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222 E Fourth Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401
(650) 685-3727
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Ranked #23 of 353 restaurants in San Mateo
Price range: $30 - $80
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Contemporary, Californian
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Good for: Doing business
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: B St. and Ellsworth
Transit: Cal Train / San Mateo Stop 1 block away
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74% Recommend
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Sao Paulo, SP
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

I have eaten here many times over the past several years and found the service and quality very consistent and excellent. The menu changes and is a tasting menu (you choose selections for each course; they offer 3, 4 and 5 course meals, with and without wine). There is also a Chef's menu of the day with 5 courses. Service... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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49 reviews 49 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

For the most part, the food was very, very good, but the portions were too meager for the likes of me. But then I am from Milwaukee! : ) I ordered the stuffed quail and was a little anxious that the stuffing wasn't hot upon being served - never a good sign as far as I'm concerned (I was a... More

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Oakland, California
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94 reviews 94 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013 via mobile

This restaurant is located on the second floor of Draeger's Market in downtown San Mateo. The food was well presented and included interesting flavors. The Farm Apple Salad included firm and tasty apple slices, other fruits, delicate greens in a creamy dressing. The Flounder was well cooked, tasty and served on a bed of beans and mushrooms. After a slow... More

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188 reviews 188 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
177 helpful votes 177 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

We had a business dinner at Viognier and very much enjoyed it. I liked the restaurant's design, lots of wood and natural things; it felt comfortable yet elegant. The menu was sufficiently broad with some surprises and the food was excellent. (To be fair I should note that one member of our party asked for well done steak, it came... More

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Newburgh, Indiana
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013 via mobile

I attended a business dinner here with several colleagues. The food was outstanding and the optional wine pairing was a great way to sample a variety of wines. The service was excellent even with a larger party. The dinner was pricey, but it would be worth it for a special occasion.

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Washington, DC
20 reviews 20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Save your money. Food just ok, service inattentive. Waiter acted like he could care less if we stayed or left. Desert was highpoint of dinner. The rest mediocre.

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San Francisco, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

Went here for a business dinner. It was my first experience and it was wonderful. Nice relaxed fine dining atmosphere where you can enjoy a high quality meal and have a great conversation with your guests. The chef brought out a few items that were very tasteful. I would rank this restaurant as one of the top in CA. We... More

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Menlo Park, California
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142 reviews 142 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

Viognier is somewhat rare for San Mateo. SM is a hive of great Chinese, Japanese, and Mexican food. Places are somewhat boisterous and filled with locals. For a quiet business meal, there aren't that many choices. Viogner would be called a "ladies who lunch" place, or similar to a hotel restaurant. The food is good but not great in any... More

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Bangkok, Thailand
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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

We stopped by this place just for the dessert after our dinner. We were told that this place was a restaurant extension of a cooking school and it did not let us down. We had 4 different deserts. They were all delicious, especially the cheesecake. The icecreams were all great, too. They were all presented to us delicately in french... More

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Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

The restaurant had a lovely relaxed, clean atmosphere. We could see the Market's Cooking School from our table. I went with several folks from a local business that I consult for - they often bring people here and it's easy to see why. The service was quite attentive (maybe a bit too much). The menu allows you to select your... More

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