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“Go here for food finesse!”

Central Park Bistro
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Ranked #42 of 409 Restaurants in San Mateo
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Seafood
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Ellsworth Street
Description: 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.
Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
Level 5 Contributor
76 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Go here for food finesse!”
Reviewed August 29, 2014 via mobile

This restaurant has mastered the art of combining the finest, freshest ingredients with the culinary talent to present an outstanding dining experience. Excellent waitstaff, nice pour from the bar and not a too uptight atmosphere to enjoy it all.

Visited August 2014
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San Francisco
Level 6 Contributor
211 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Can always count on a good experience”
Reviewed August 15, 2014

Once again I found this a place that you can have a fine dining experience for lunch - wide range of choices, excellent preparation of food, good service, a nice place you can count on for a get-together with a friend or a special lunch. We enjoyed the delicious bread and herb butter; my ravioli with peas and cheese and sauce was great, my friend's linguini with lobster and scallops was also good. Other times I've had their soup and sandwiches, always good.

  • Visited August 2014
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Santa Barbara, California
Level 6 Contributor
89 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Has it all going...”
Reviewed August 12, 2014

From the food to the cocktails to the service, this was a wonderful dining experience. Very attentive wait staff, well prepared and presented dishes and all were very tasty.

Visited August 2014
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
Level 6 Contributor
252 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Good attentive restaurant”
Reviewed July 27, 2014

A very pleasant restaurant. Had a business dinner with 8 in their handsome private dining room/wine cellar on the main floor. Service was attentive and serious. The owner knew his CA wines (good choice, few from Europe or elsewhere though). Food was mixed. Some exquisite (calamari) some OK. Portions were very small. I think they counted each gnocchi. My main course salmon was overcooked (asked for it rare) but was fresh. A pleasant but expensive evening.

  • Visited July 2014
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San Francisco, California, United States
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Better than expected!”
Reviewed June 22, 2014

Met up with family in San Mateo. Didn't expect the preparation, ingredients and creativity to be so high in San Mateo (being an SF food snob). Great wine list too!

  • Visited June 2014
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