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Celia's Mexican & American

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504 Peninsula Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-1612
(650) 343-5886
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Mon 8:00 am - 8:30 pm
Tue - Sun 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Lakeport, California
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You'll have a rough time trying to find better food, or Margarita's ANYWHERE else. 35+ years of the finest.

Thank Bill V
San Mateo, California
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

There is a special every night of the week. Recommend the Carrne Asada on Thursdays, good drinks in the bar and sports on the TV's

Thank Frank J
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I used to enjoy this place frequently in the 90's. The past few visits have been far from pleasant. Each time, I have left in agonizing pain from heartburn! Food here has become saturated in fats and oil. I also would not be surprised to learn of health department violations as the surrounding area is nasty!

Thank Christopher B
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We are from Nashville, TN and have always received white questions dip when ordering cheese dip however this time we received our cheese dip with beans! YUMMY!!!

Thank Jacqueline H
San Mateo, California
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64 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

Have dined with just one person and also a large group for a party. Always busy. Normally loud. Service good. Food good. Large party service was slow but expected.

Thank dcs1755
Burlingame, CA
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45 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

Margaritas are great. I like all the dishes there. Food comes quickly after ordering.They have a Mariachi group on certain nites. You'll have to call for which.

Thank radmarc
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43 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

Overall food is okay/good depending on the dish. Service is good. There are many Mexican restaurants in the area. I would try others before going back.

Thank Susan B
Daytona Beach, Florida, United States
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118 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2016

Local Mexican food: not inspired and a little pricey for their product but large portions. Family atmosphere, very clean and has a full bar. There is little or no parking except on the street.

Thank McTrix
San Mateo, California
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

Good family restaurant , with good food & location. Been here for birthday parties, work parties too. Margaritas very good!!!

Thank Laurie H
San Mateo Ca
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143 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

At the end of our block so the restaurant of our choice for any occasion or just to "eat out". My favorite is Chili Rellano with refried beans because it is mild but tasty. Each family member (daughter and her family and friends) has a favorite after many years eating here. We have favorite tables depending on the size of... More 

Thank Goldig

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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 of 5 stars
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget, Large groups
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
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

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