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231 Ellsworth

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) #247 of 343 Restaurants in San Mateo $$$$ American, Seafood,
231 S Ellsworth Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4021
+1 650-347-7231
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  • Excellent30%
  • Very good34%
  • Average9%
  • Poor27%
  • Terrible0%
Feb 8, 2016
“FYI - This restaurant closed after 20 some years”
Dec 2, 2014
“Best dinner in San Mateo”
Opens in 9 min
All hours
American, Seafood, Contemporary
231 S Ellsworth Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4021
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Reviewed March 27, 2012

We came here last week and were seated in the rather depressing back of the restaurant. The waiters were charming and I have no complaints about service. My complaint is that everything seemed to take an hour. We ordered three courses ($59) and each took...More

1  Thank misanthropicdreamer
Reviewed March 22, 2012

I'm a cheapskate I'll admit, but when I want a special evening, this is the place I pick. The food and the service is above and beyond what you'll find at other restaurants.

Thank radmarc
Reviewed March 22, 2012

Went for a dinner here with colleagues and a client. The atmosphere was OK. We were in the center of the room and not the best for a business conversation. The waiter and sommelier were attentive. The wine list was large but lacked some favorites...More

Thank MadridClydo
Reviewed February 26, 2012

I like the idea of paying for a 3 course meal, 5 course meal and up to 9 course meal (that includes caviar!). Good pairing choice for a glass of wine with each course. Service very well done.

Thank riouxp
Reviewed February 12, 2012

Pretentious pricing, pretentious food, pretentious management. We went with a couple who share our passion for international travel and enjoying life, to compare notes on our separate extensive trips to South America. Our friends had a Passport card, so thought this place would be worth...More

Thank Mara B
Reviewed February 11, 2012

If you expect a Michelin rated experience, this is a major major disappointment. If you expect inventive fresh California cuisine, you will be even more frustrated. An underwhelming, disappointing experience. That said, this is (according to locals) a very nice place to have a quiet...More

Thank netcapital
Reviewed January 21, 2012

This is quite simply San Mateo's finest restaurant for food, service and wine. The service is impeccable, the wine list is second to none in the United States (yes I said United States) and this is the perfect place for a special occasion or to...More

Reviewed September 3, 2011

A Michelin recommended restaurant-231 Ellsworth not only shines in the prix fixe menus you can indulge in the large dining room, you can also sample some outstanding bites at the very cosy bar area where the staff makes you feel comfortable and welcomed.

Thank alee350
Reviewed August 15, 2011

A colleague and I eat dinner at about 7 PM on a Thursday night. While Viognier was probably my first choice, the menu used to be rather odd in that you had to select 3-5 entrees at a fixed price. So, I thought we’d try...More

Thank rm84fm
Reviewed November 2, 2010

Ate here recently during my stay in San Mateo. It was raining so the valet parking suited my wife and sister perfectly. Meet at the door and given a warm welcome. Upon going through to the main dining area we were taken aback by the...More

Thank 43Saul
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$31 - $50
American, Seafood, Contemporary
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Seating
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 231 S Ellsworth Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4021
    (Between 2nd and 3rd Ave.)
  • Public Transportation: Less than five minute walk to Caltrain San Mateo station
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: +1 650-347-7231
  • E-mail
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