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Central Park Bistro

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181 E 4th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4003 (Ellsworth Street)
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
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 Mateo, California
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162 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Have put off going here because the reviews haven't been that good and the menu seemed average. Met friends here for dinner and was pleasantly surprised. We shared the crap cake which was really yummy.. all crab meat with very little breadcrumbs to bind. I had the scallops on risotto which was good - all perfectly cooked. And my friend... More 

Thank Tiny_Bubbles007
Burlingame, California
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The service, food are great and the ambience European feeling. I just had lunch there, for the first time. A highlight was the key lime pie with cherries, sounds like that would not work together but it worked very well. This is a white table cloth bistro, with sidewalk and indoor tables. The wine list has a good selection of... More 

Thank Greg S
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39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Love this place! I always walked by and never got to try this place until recently. The presentation of the food is beautiful as well as the taste. The butter spread for the bread is not a typical butter which I enjoyed as there seemed to be some herbs. The bread was a small soft roll that was presented in... More 

Thank Georgia P
San Francisco, California
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358 reviews
205 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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 

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San Mateo, California
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38 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles 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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228 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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?