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“Meal for 1 at bar counter”

Paul Martin's American Grill
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Ranked #21 of 409 Restaurants in San Mateo
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Meal for 1 at bar counter”
Reviewed October 11, 2013 via mobile

Great service made the good food taste even better. Have to complement my server (Jana) for her great attention and sparkling conversation.

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English first
San Francisco, CA
Level 6 Contributor
328 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
“Great service, good food, a bit pricey”
Reviewed August 30, 2013

A bit pricey- actually quite pricey for what you get, but it is very nice and good food. Try the salt and pepper prawns, in a buttermilk batter- excellent!

The decor is awesome and they ahve a great outdoor patio in front.

  • Visited August 2013
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CA
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Very Good on First Visit”
Reviewed August 28, 2013

This was our first visit to this new restaurant and it was very good. A nice patio out front but it's noisy inside. Service was good and very attentive and our server was very helpful. They took our drink order within five minutes of our arrival and our food order within ten minutes of our arrival and everything was prompt, hot and good. The sweet potato fries were wonderful! I had cedar plank salmon, my husband had short ribs and our daughter had a burger - all were good. We started with an artichoke and two caesar salads. Only negative was the chocolate cake - tasteless. I had strawberry short cake - very good - and husband had homemade ice cream which was good too. We will definitely go back. Don't go without a reservation though - it was packed and our reservation was at 5:30.

  • Visited August 2013
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San Carlos, California, United States
Level 5 Contributor
81 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“First visit and impressed”
Reviewed August 4, 2013

Our expectations were low and we were pleasantly surprised. For a place only open three weeks, they are doing a great job. Unlike the previous review, our service and the food were all very good. Paul, our server was prompt to greet us and very attentive. He explained the menu, took our drink orders a did a nice job throughout the meal. We had both salmon dishes and the pork ribs at our table. All three of us enjoyed our meals and would order them again. I had a margarita and found myself ordering a second. We shared the chocolate cake, it was moist and really good. Is this a "foodie" destination? probably not. But, for the eternal 5:00pm question " where should we eat tonight?" Paul Martin's is a great answer. Nice atmosphere, good food, good service and all at a fair price. I think they will do well in San Mateo.

  • Visited August 2013
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Davis, California
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Worse than "we just opened so we are sorry"”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

Totally dysfunctional. Horrendous service- inattentive and makes the same errors over and over. Beautiful open layout. Kitchen was noticeably packed with staff. Our 6 pm reservation for 6 (4 adults, 2 teens) included a round of drinks and an appetizer. Both arrived about 15 minutes later together-good idea, way too long for drinks. Could never get the waiter's attention when for mote water and had to get up to ask a busboy to bring us some. At 30 minutes after we ordered we were inquiring about our salads and the waiter started apologizing about the new kitchen and the manager being there to try to get things moving. When the salads did come so did the manager who apologized and told us that he would make sure the service was stepped up. Fifteen minutes later we got up to walk across the restaurant again to ask for water. Our meal finally came one hour after we ordered and one steak was cold and one dish had the wrong starch. Additional wine that had been ordered to come before the main course arrived partly into the main course. The manager did come over again and comped the meal. Good etiquette but would rather have paid the few hundred dollars for what should have been a great meal. A table adjacent to us was seated after we were and got their main course before we did- they had to send it back twice because it was wrong.

  • Visited July 2013
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