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Central Park Bistro

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181 E 4th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4003 (Ellsworth Street)
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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San Francisco, California
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347 reviews
196 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

I've been here before and remembering the food to be good but skimpy on wine. This time it's the other way around. The sparking wine was ok but the food wasn't all good. The ordered the risotto with scallops. The scallops didn't seem as fresh. It was bit fishy. The risotto flavor was just ok. The mango mouse dessert was... More 

Thank ToniLuvsScuba
San Mateo, California
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35 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016 via mobile

Nice ambiance, great location and good lunches. Dinner was a disappointment as dishes were hit and miss. The calamari and ribs were great, but the ribeye was raw and was a sirloin not a ribeye. Stick with lunches there and you will be set

Thank John K
San Mateo, California
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114 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

Excellent food, good service, accommodated my gluten free diet. Expensive...fine dining. Has a small private room, which is nice for small groups.

Thank LH L
Las Vegas, Nevada
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016

The Fois Gras appetizer was tasteless, cold, and not seared. My duck ragout had hardly any duck, mostly pasta, small and overly sweet. Two others in our party had the Sea Bass which they said was bland, small and covered with scales on the fish skin. The only reason I gave this two stars instead of one was the sorbet... More 

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134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2016

So we had a group of 14 and needed to to get some business done while eating. Additionally we had to be completely finished in 1.5 hours. And some of our group are rather specific about their food. The service was impeccable, always there but not intrusive. The real winner was the lobster salad, presentation was beautiful and very generous... More 

Thank Sharon D
San Mateo, California, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2016

There is something special about being greeted by the owner with a handshake and a welcome smile, we are repeat customers, and usually our favorite table is ready and waiting, I won't tell you which one, that's a secret. Anyway, the food is stellar and ALWAYS consistent, the Paella a saffron flavored mix of seafood, chorizo, chicken, over an awesome... More 

Thank topperwn
Sunnyvale, California, United States
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2016

Came here for our lunch for mother/daughter day after doing some hiking. We came in our workout clothes, right away we decided we would sit outside...more dressy casual inside. Had the fried calamari to start...perfect..my first Moscow Mule..yummy..I had the lamb sandwich with apple slaw, so tender and tasty, great bread, my daughter had the chicken sandwich with arugala and... More 

Thank Wopgirl63
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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93 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2016

We've been here more than a half dozen times and this is the first time we've been so disappointed in them. The food is generally very, very good here. The lamb chops always particularly amazing. We made reservations on Open Table for a Valentines' dinner. Nowhere was there info stating this was a prix fixe menu. We were with my... More 

Thank dnjscheer
Lakewood Ranch, Florida
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221 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2016

They have a different approach to some classics, so be prepared for some surprises. Some great choices on the menu. I had a great lobster salad with a generous portion of lobster. The dressing was so light, that I truly got to taste the lobster. I only wish there had been a little more arugula. Very nice coffee and bread... More 

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35 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2016 via mobile

I had a business meeting at the Central Park. The service was exceptional, wine was specially good, and the food was awesome. I ordered steak tartar for a starter and lamb for main course - food was great, the lamb sauce was amazing. Will visit again....

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30 - $30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 181 E 4th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4003
    (Ellsworth Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: 650-558-8401
Central Park Bistro is a 100 seat contemporary restaurant in downtown San Mateo featuring fresh seasonal American cuisine, in the $15-$26 range. We offer a carefully chosen eclectic Wine Spectator award-winning wine list. Central Park Bistro is an affordable sophisticated, fun dining experience. Relax and unwind with a house specialty cocktail at our wonderful Martini Bar. We also have several intimate private dining rooms perfect for that corporate presentation business meeting, wedding rehearsal dinner,
retirement/anniversary dinner, or any special function you may have in mind. Check out our private wine cellar room which seats up to 8 people for that extra special dining experience.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?