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“Good quality food with excellent atmosphere” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of 31st Union

31st Union
Ranked #51 of 405 Restaurants in San Mateo
Price range: $8 - $22
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: 31st Union is the Peninsula's hottest eatery. Recommended by the 2014 Bay Area Michelin Guide, raved about by food bloggers and locals alike, 31st Union has developed a cult following. 31st Union offers local, seasonal comfort food, a full bar featuring hand crafted cocktails, wines featuring the best California wine and craft beer. Open for lunch, dinner and happy hour. Available for private parties and catering.
Henley in Arden, United Kingdom
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114 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Good quality food with excellent atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2014

Good quality food, in sensible portion sizes (small for the USA) and nice choice of drinks. Buzzing atmosphere plus efficient and friendly service. Had a booking and our table was waiting for us when we arrived. Would recommend you book.

Menu was short - normally a excellent sign but not all the dishes appealed to me when I went. Prices where not expensive

Would very happily go here again

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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San Mateo, California
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43 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Room to improve”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The menu is creative for the most part but the wine list is to be desired. Good tapas style eating but nothing really blown my socks off. Very friendly and attentive staff. The place can be kind of loud due to the interior. Seats are rather too close to each other so not so much of a romantic spot. Excellent to sit at the bar enjoy a drink and small bites solo or with friends though.

Visited March 2014
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Thank TeaHsu
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San Francisco, CA
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222 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“neighborhood Gem”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2014

Love this small restaurant in downtown San Mateo. Locally sourced and organic ingredients.
The menu is somewhat limited, but everything is excellent and tasty.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Aluor
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Henderson, Nevada
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32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“An American Tapas style restaruant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2014

This is an informal wine based small plate restaurant... In the best way... great soups... wines on tap... each day there is a slider, a taco, other small plates... These are American plates... not Spanish plates but Tapas none the less... The soups are special. There are a couple of outside tables... there is lunch some days (not all) The chief's wife is in the dinning room, even when not on duty... taking care of dinners.

I love this place...

Randy

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank RandyHees
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Bay Area
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843 reviews
650 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 274 helpful votes
“Great Happy Hour”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2013

San Mateo
Great Happy Hour, wine bar
Interesting bar menu e.g., charcuterie
Daily specials e.g., quinoa salad, pork belly tacos
Local, sustainable food
Very friendly food service

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Rosquete
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