Esposto's in the Evening
Esposto's in the Evening

Esposto's in the Evening

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.espostos.com/
  • Phone: 6505251941
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner: Wed-Sun 5:00pm-9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Cafe, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout
  • Catering: Established in San Mateo in 1956, Esposto's Catering is family owned & operated full-service catering company. We proudly create value for our customers by offering food made from fresh ingredients, reasonable pricing, & excellent service. Our wide variety of menu's are designed to suit you needs ranging from simple and casual to elaborate and elegant. Our knowledgeable staff will assist in planning your event from beginning to end, and will happily provide advice and support along the way.
  • Private Party Facilities: We encourage private parties for any occasion. Large families always welcome!
  • Private Party Contact: Esposto's Catering 6505889500
  • Special Events: We can host any special event you may want to have including on the days we are closed for large group events. We can offer customized menu planning with menu options including sit-down, family style, or buffet style for any group event. Contact us for more information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: El Camino Real and HWY 92
  • Public Transit: Hayward Park Station Caltrain station 7 mins walking distance (http://www.caltrain.com/stations/haywardparkstation.html)

    Samtrans bus stops on El Camino just outside Borel Shopping Center.
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Esposto's in the Evening
Originating in San Mateo, our family has been proudly serving the Bay Area for over fifty years. We have taken the recipes passed on to us by former generations and have added some new ones of our own to create a menu that is both healthy and delicious.
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Esposto's in the Evening reviews from OpenTable diners
9 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (9)great for lunch (2)good for groups (1)great for outdoor dining (1)kid-friendly (1)fit for foodies (1)Show More
  • Delicious
    RoseVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I'm always happy with the meals at Esposto's. The improvements they've made to the interior have made it a much nicer place to dine. I love the tomato soup and all the chicken dishes. They are awesome. And, I love the shrimp scampi. Yum
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Gem
    RoseVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    It's a quaint little place in a deli, but they've worked on making the dining space more attractive and it worked. The food is delicious. The shrimp scampi is a favorite of my husbands, and I love all the chicken dishes. Generous portions and very nicely prepared.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Outstanding food and service! Too bad more people aren't aware of this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • pickyeater
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Was not busy and should have been as the food is great. We went on a Sunday at 5:45P. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    RoseVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Although it's a bit noisy from the refrigerators (it is a deli), the food is very good and the portions are generous.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 4 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 25 reviews are from the Esposto's in the Evening reviews archive.
  • The food is great
    RoseVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Generous servings, fine flavors. Loved the short ribs.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good & Reasonable Too
    RoseVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    The prices are reasonable, servings are generous, and the food is very good. Their chicken dishes are wonderful. I enjoyed my chicken piccata. The refrigerators are noisy, but other than that, this is a nice place to dine.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointment with open table
    Rs1952
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Open table confirmed our reservation and after 40$ taxi ride we found a run down DELi service ClOSED!! Would not have eaten at the mangy site in any case. Open table needs to be sure that restaurant is still in business. I think all recommendations were plants. New cab took us nice Italian in Burlingame . Thumbs down for Open Table
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely food and great value
    SwankieVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    In an unexpected location>>>had delicious meal and smiling service. Housemade lobster ravioli in lobster bisque sauce and a family style salad in tomato vinagrette. All very good. You get a lot for your money at this establishment.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome Specials
    RoseVIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Love this place. Great food and generous portions. This week, I had the chimichurri bistro steak special and it was delicious! Sometimes they have a pork loin with a gorgonzola sauce which is wonderful.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was excellent. Good
    Mark
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    The food was excellent. Good selection and quality. Very friendly and accommodating to us with two young kids.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    RoseVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Generous servings and good food. Old Italian style with great specials. Love the pork tenderloin.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Food
    RoseVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Although the refrigerators are a little on the noisy side, the food is very good!
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Valentine Dinner
    elvis
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    cheery ,clean, respectful ,homey type of atmosphere. food was descent, service was good, would eat there again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Versatile Kitchen
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Got a reservation on Valentine's Day! It was a specially priced Valentine's Day menu that included champagne, antipasto, salad, entree and dessert. Great deal, except we don't eat all of the offerings. The food was tasty, The waiter was very helpful with changing the entree to accommodate food allergies. Much appreciated. The restaurant was cold in temperature. For a deli during the week days, I think they do a good job of making it into an evening restaurant by night.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian food and surprises
    SwankieVIP
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Esposto's served up a delectable full course dinner--from fabulous relish tray that included awesome marinated olives, cheese, salami and crudites plus soup or salad..I had the house salad with an excellent tomato vinaigrette, chicken sautteed with mushrooms and artichokes in a light garlic/rosemary sauce with fresh steamed vegetables and a rigatoni with a very good marinara as a side. All for $15.00! A neighborhood deal Happy to re-discover.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Old Style Italian Food
    RoseVIP
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Although it's a bit noisy because of the refrigerators (it's a deli during the day), the food is delicious and the servings are generous.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great little restaurant!
    unsnobbydiner
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Esposto's is our "go-to" place when we want a good meal in a relaxed environment at a very reasonable price. Servers are always friendly.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    RoseVIP
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    Very good old style Italian food. Love the artchichokes in the chicken piccata. Great meatballs. The olives from the deli are awesome. Generous servings. The restaurant is in their deli, so it's a bit noisy from the refrigerators, but the food is very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food - Ambience needs help
    BrueppelVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2013
    The food is great and service is reasonable but a few minor changes could make the deli by day / restaurant by night a nicer experience. 1) dim the lights at night for the dinner hour - it is to bright for dinner 2) white table clothes at night would be good 3) candle on the table and 4) arrange the tables into a more intimate feeling. The food, wine, and Italian music are great but please go the last 25% and you will have a great casual neighborhood restaurant. Thanks.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner Choices
    deelishfood
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    We made a reservation with OpenTable for 7:30pm at Esposto's. Our server was friendly and our dinner was delicious. It was like a romantic "The Bachelor" moment. By that we mean that we were the only couple in the restaurant which is a shame because the food was excellent and the choices many and varied. Try it sometime! We will again for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Surprising Treat
    RoseVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    It may not look like much from the outside, but the food is very good. The refrigerator fans are a bit loud (they are a deli during the day), but the food is delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved Esposto's
    Flyingdiner
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    The four of us had a delightful meal. Esposto's is old fashioned Italian style dining, starting with an antipasto plate. I had the minestrone soup which was delicious, while the other three had salad with blue cheese dressing. Chicken parmaesan was pronounced delicious, Bistro stk. was enjoyed trememdously, and my husband said his meal passed the "lasagna test". He always judges an Italian restaurant by their lasagna. They did not have my favorite eggplant parmesan, so I ordered the veal parmesan, it was very good. The main courses came with pasta and al dente vegetables. Our red wine was reasonably priced and very good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice traditional Italian.
    RoseVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    Very nice traditional Italian. Generous portions and very tasty. I love the salad dressing, and their olives are delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A hidden secret. The food
    RoseVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    A hidden secret. The food is great and portions are generous.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First and Last Visit
    123DWS
    Dined on 7/14/2013
    The restaurant was awfully quiet for a Sunday Night. There were only two tables including mine with large groups, and a few small tables. The restaurant only had one waiter which could be the reason for the slow and less than stellar service. Our empty water glasses were never refilled, and the bread baskets were never refilled, nor were we asked if we wanted more bread. One person @ our table did not get their order as the waiter forgot to write it down. The food was good though and the portions were large. The desserts were sitting in the displayed case and looked dried and may have been out there for a few days. Anyway, as expected they were dried. Oh well, there are many other restaurants to try in this area.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I remember the Four-Day Café
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/24/2013
    For my family, the Esposto's Café is perhaps the best secret in San Mateo. There is not a better value. I'm old enough to remember when Esposto's ran the four-day Café on B street. Check this out before it catches on again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noteworthy Neighborhood Gem!
    dvnoneVIP
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    Deli by day and an amazing dinner house in the evening. Have eaten lunch there numerous times but this was the first time we'd been there for dinner. My calamari steak was delicate and tender. My husbands veal was equally delicious. Our waiter Blake was friendly and attentive. Who would have guessed that a deli could turn into a fabulous Italian restaurant?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Esposto's is back
    drh2ozVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    We loved the old place on B street and were happy to see it return. Staff is very pleasant and attentive; the concept of a traditional Italian family style meal is well done. Portions are substantial and the extras (antipasti tray, soup or salad with meal. the usual bread) are nice additions. Food quality good; might be a notch up on the garlic with the pasta than some may prefer. Minestrone soup is packed with veggies if that's the way you like it; spouse liked the salad with beets and his chicken entree. It's good to have a neighborhood restaurant. it''s not quite where the old Esposto's was in ambience or the menu (miss that great stratacella soup, the glass of wine while waiting), but it has the potential.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was good, very large
    RoseVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    The food was good, very large servings, and we didn't wait long for dinner.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic