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Celia's Mexican & American

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504 Peninsula Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-1612
(650) 343-5886
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8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Mon 8:00 am - 8:30 pm
Tue - Sun 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Yummy authentic mexican food

Kid friendly and good food . Very reasonably priced and a fun happy hour hang out. Staff is friendly

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Hillsborough, California
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Hillsborough, California
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Kid friendly and good food . Very reasonably priced and a fun happy hour hang out. Staff is friendly

Thank nh1027
Half Moon Bay, Ca.
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41 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

We go to Celia's at least once a month. We love their food and the service is always fun and friendly! A fiesta for sure!

Thank yvonnebutterfly
San Mateo, California
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015 via mobile

My parents took me here as a kid and I've been coming back ever since. The food is not too hot and not bland, to me it's just right. My favorite is the #4, taco and enchilada combo. Like most Mexican restaurants it comes with a full plate of food and piping hot. Guacamole is excellent as is the chips... More 

Thank Alan_Chun
Yorba Linda, California
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015 via mobile

Family owned restaurant that was recommended by the Marriott staff. Very warm atmosphere, good chips and salsa. The seafood salad with shrimp and crab was extremely generous with the fish and they didn't skimp on anything.

Thank corinne l
Burlingame, California
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194 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015 via mobile

Went with friends to have pitchers of margaritas and appetizer platters. Prices are fine and appetizers platter is filling. Margaritas are ok too. Can be a busy place in the bar. Two pitchers and two platter of food was $52.00. It's a good place to meet.

Thank travelagentreplies
Burlingame, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Love their Cadillac margarita and taco salad. Also love the cancun platter too. Its a favorite of our family.

Thank nancyc1011
Burlingame, California
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

If you don't have a whole lot of Tim to dine, this is a decent place to start. Service is quick and always friendly. The menu is typical of American Mexican restaurants, not great, not bad, and the food is OK. They do make a very good margarita, have two!

Thank Gary W
Lehi, Utah
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

Good atmosphere for families, or couples. The waiter was very helpful in telling me the best meats for the chimichanga, and was not wrong. I am a little bit of a chimichanga connoisseur, having ordered chimichangas in many mexican restaurants across the country, searching for one that matches my mom's. I was very pleasantly surprised with this chimi. The tortilla... More 

Thank Brent E
Avon, Connecticut
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96 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 via mobile

We discovered this restaurant when we lived around the corner at the Woodlake complex. That was 13 years ago. We finally made it back to the bay area this year, though just on vacation, and for sure we had planned to pay our favorite restaurant from back then a visit. It was exactly as we memorized it, even the Mariachis... More 

Thank Ump22
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Located in a nice neighborhood near Burlingame Ave. shops + a freeway entrance to 101, this Celia's is a large restaurant with a separate bar area and room for large parties; plenty of comfy booths. They cook all their own meats, beans, chips and salsa daily, and offer quick bites as well as large combination plates. Take your time to... More 

Thank Carole G

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 504 Peninsula Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-1612
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: (650) 343-5886

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
8:00 am - 8:30 pm
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
8:00 am - 8:00 pm

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