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Central Park Bistro
Central Park Bistro

Central Park Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.centralparkbistro.com
  • Email: pkolcak@hotmail.com
  • Phone: (650) 558-8401
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food, Southern
  • Executive Chef: George Garcia
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We can recreate our menu or customize it to your needs. Please call for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ellsworth Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Metered parking on street and large lot in back of restaurant.
A word from Central Park Bistro
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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Diner Reviews
  • "This is my third time at this restaurant and it just keeps getting better and better. The staff is absolutely outstanding. They truly want you to have a wonderful experience. The food is completely awesome! I will be back and back again! You just have to try it for yourself."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "we had 8PM res on Friday evening and other tables were clearing out early. Our waiter was busy talking to other waiters and we had to ask someone at bar to bring us anther glass of wine before our dinner was completely finished. Too many great places in San Mateo to go back and the food was forgettable."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The elderflower cocktail was one of the best cocktails I have ever had. However, when I asked that steak be added to my salad...they brought a salad (soaked w/ a gross dressing) pushed to half of the plate and steak smothered with gravy on other side of plate. HUH? Maybe the waiter didn't understand but who would order an entree salad with gravy-soaked steak? I would have sent back but I fear the repercussions. Also, very few people were in restaurant yet service was ridiculously slow."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "We had a great time at Central Park. The bartender makes the BEST cocktails and the food is very fresh and seasonal. We sat at the bar until our friends arrive and the staff and patrons are very inviting and friendly. The owner Georgio always remembers us.....and other patrons ( because we heard them talking about it) making us feel right at home. What a fun night! Definitely one of the best places to go in San Mateo!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The wine selection was very nice, the meal was delicious and the service just right. An enjoyable meal on a quiet weeknight."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We found this restaurant on Open Table and loved it! The food was delicious and we will definitely go back."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "First time at this restaurant. The food was very good but way overpriced. The service seemed rushed and a little unorganized. Asked for bacon on my burger and it came without. When I pointed it out, our waiter brought me cold chopped up bacon on a separate plate. The bread pudding was really delicious but tiny for the price. Check out the rockin' bread pudding at Town in San Carlos. Overall Central Park Bistro was good but would not repeat."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Enjoyed an evening dinning here..food was very good and service was excellent. A place to return to in future."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Our waiter was attentive and helpful, and the ambiance was good for a romantic dinner. My husband had the scallops entree, which was delicious, but it consisted of THREE scallops. For $28, listed as an entree, they could afford to add a few more scallops. I was happy with the lamb chop appetizer which had two lambchops, but I was actively choosing a smaller serving for a lower price. The food was good and our experience was good, except for the above suggestion."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The Ribs came off of the bones with the slightest touch. They have very good local beer to go with the ribs."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Central Park Bistro is consistently good. I've never ordered something I didn't end up liking. This last time was fantastic. The goat cheese and pear ravioli were absolutely delicious--highly recommended. This is a great place for a business lunch, especially if you have 5+ people. With 5 or more they put you in the other half of the restaurant which is significantly more quiet, meaning it's easier to talk business. The menu changes all the time, as it should at good restaurants. Even in San Mateo, with all its great restaurants, it's hard to find places that really focus on seasonal cuisine, beyond one or two specials of the day/week. If you haven't tried Central Park Bistro, you definitely should."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "The seared scallops with the mushroom and asparagus risotto was wonderful, flavorful and beautifully presented!"
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Lunch menu had a variety that suited everyone's tastebuds. Service was very good and nice atmosphere. Food arrived quickly and very enjoyable."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The service was not great. We were seated right away (we had a reservation) with menus. Our server came over five minutes later to tell us the specials. He did NOT take a drink order. He came back almost ten minutes later to take our complete order; drinks, appetizers and entrées. Each course took a long time. After we received our entrées, nobody came back to check on us until they removed our clean plates. Fortunately the food was excellent. It took forever and us requesting our check to be able to pay and leave. This place is NOT staffed correctly at all!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We had the skirt steak our first visit there. It was delicious. On our return visit, we decided to share the mushroom pizza as our starter and also shared the sirloin steak special. Both were absolutely delicious. We were both so stuffed, we ended up taking home half our sirloin steaks home. Service is excellent.....food superb....and conversations can be had even with people sitting at the tables right next to us, left and right."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Just had a great meal with friends I hadn't seen in 14 years. I've got to tell you, the wine list is amazing. Partridge Cabernet was just plain unbelievable. I'm discovering after the fact that the wine isn't available except apparently from the winery. Good food, spectacular wine, outstanding service, memorable evening."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Found this place on yelp, great downtown San Mateo location, nice inside, good food and service! I would go back"
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "The food was good but not amazing. The wine list was extensive and good choices for varying prices. Overall an enjoyable experience and I would go there again."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Met with my brother and a retired work mate that we worked with for many years.As I was early I was seated at the table right a away. I sat there a good ten minutes waiting for the server to come by to see if I wanted a drink or something. Never happened. I had to get up and go to the bar and ask the bar keep for the drink.When my two other mates arrived then they were more attentive. The menu has a good variety and the prices are fair.The food was good and well prepared I would definitely go back. Parking in down town San Mateo can be a challenge some time and you might have to park a ways away from this destination."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "We were on a wedding dress quest. We were tired, hungry and frustrated with the rain. Checked Open Table for San Mateo lunch spots and selected Central Park Bistro--and became delighted with our decision. They make a wicked Irish Coffee (and have a good beer selection), the mushroom pizza was hot, crisp and delish and their dark chocolate gelatto was heavenly. My friends had pasta selections and were equally pleased. Our waiter was just wonderful. He had a delightful sense of humor and made us feel so relaxed."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Love this place! Food and service is always fantastic."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Excellent service and food. Went for twin daughters 40th Birthday and really enjoyed it. Waiter was great, food was great, and service was great. Would highly recommend and will go back for the delicious sea bass (was on the specials). $20 cork fee / brought our own wine."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Although we waited about an hour for our main courses to come, the food was very nice once it arrived. I had the lobster salad and mushroom pizza."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "This is my third trip to Central Park. Each time I am more impressed by the food. Amazing flavors and great presentation. The price is high but worth every penny in my opinion. This dinner was a celebration and the staff did a wonderful job. The ambiance is normally nice a quiet but we sat next to the kitchen so I can say without a doubt, the kitchen staff is extremely professional. Loved sitting next to kitchen so I can hear the buzz. I will continue to visit as I can."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "We have come here several times and the food is always consistently great. We also like the service, the staffs are very attentive, even with a full house of customers. We Cap it off with their bread pudding and volcano dessetrs. We would recommend this local gem to anyone who is in the San Meteo area."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Some good menu items and creative--pizza menu. Other specials were not as tasty and quite bland. For the cost of my fish, it was a bit cold and the prawn was more like a shrimp. The restaurant tries to be a higher end trendy restaurant, but lacks service and consistency in cooking. Our bill was $250 and could have had a better meal."
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "Food and service was excellent,especially for a New Years Eve."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "I had some friends from out of town who were looking for some "red meat." They had the steak special and I had fish special which were both excellent. Beef was well cooked and the fish was fresh with a great sauce. I'll be going back."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Love this place. The food was outstanding and the desserts, we tried the bread pudding and lava cake, were out of this world. Will definitely go back."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "Food was well prepared, cooked, and presented and the staff was very nice. Some nit-picky things could be addressed to improve the experience. The food selections could be more seasonally appropriate and fresh. Large, thick paper menus were dingy and wrinkled, like they hadn't been reprinted in months. A flaming pizza oven made the room unbearably hot to the point that we could not stay for dessert because we needed to leave ASAP to cool off. Wines by the glass tasted like they had been open for too long. Communal bench seating, in one of the two dining rooms, eliminates the possibility for private and romantic dining in that area. Perhaps it's just time for a few changes to breathe new life into this enduring and capable place?"
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "Great little Bistro with a really nice menu selection and food prepared beautifully. Menu has lots of variety and some nice creative ideas, all very tasty. Prices are reasonable; wine is a bit expensive."
    Dined on 11/18/2013
  • "Great food had the lobster salad risotto and skirt steak.. Portions are not that big... Great food"
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Central Park Bistro is an anchor restaurant on the Peninsula - great go to spot with friends or date night. Excellent cocktails, the regular menu is outstanding and we will usually get at least one dish from their daily menu (seasonal items)."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "The service was excellent (attentive, well-informed, with the perfect level of engagement). The butter lettuce salad was memorable, the scallops were great (I chuckled at the idea of "micro-greens", right up until my tongue informed my brain that this really was something that enhanced the already great scallops tremendously), and the dessert (toffee bread pudding ... don't associate this with what you normally think of when you think of "bread pudding") was delicious. On top of it all, we'd requested a table where we could sit and talk without being in the midst of the Friday night crowd. Not only was our request noted, the staff took great pains to ensure that we felt relaxed and unhurried. No question, we'll be back."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "The appetizers we selected were wonderful-steak tartare and duck pate. As for the entree, the mushroom pizza was fantastic. Thin delicate crust and tons of savory mushrooms on top. The skirt steak was excellent too-a nice portion, great sauce and delicious side of mashed potatoes. Nice ambiance. Great meal and we will go back again!"
    Dined on 10/21/2013
  • "Went out with a group and we ordered duck, lobster, steak and even a diet plate! There was a perfect meal to suit every taste and they were all delicious. Also ordered decaf coffee and it was really decaf...no up all night switcheroo. Service was great, friendly and helpful but also left us alone to catch up."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "Good food, clean flavors entrees in the $25-$35 range. Ambience amenable to conversation, and private dining for small groups. Overall service was attentive, yet not overbearing. Would recommend."
    Dined on 10/16/2013
  • "Lobster salad is a favorite. Staff are very accommodating -- will modify a preparation to suit."
    Dined on 7/2/2013