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Osteria Coppa
Osteria Coppa

Osteria Coppa Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.osteriacoppa.com
  • Email: dining@osteriacoppa.com
  • Phone: (650) 579-6021
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch 11:30-2:00, Monday-Friday (closed for lunch on weekends)
    Dinner 5:00-9:00pm Sun-Thurs, 5-10pm Friday-Saturday
    Brunch: Sunday, 10:30am-2:30pm
    Bar open at 5pm nightly.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizzeria, Contemporary European
  • Executive Chef: Chanan Kamen
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Large group takeout menu available, with salads, sandwiches, lasagna, pizza, pasta and salumi.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Available for daytime private lunch events, special events on our outdoor (heated) patio, and restaurant buyouts.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 1st and 2nd Avenue
  • Public Transit: Near San Mateo Train stop.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Ample street parking as well as a public garage behind the restaurant with entrances on First and Second street.
A word from Osteria Coppa
Inspired by the slow food movement of Italy, Osteria Coppa specializes in artisanal pasta and pizza while embracing a fresh, seasonal farm-to-table style. Handcrafted pasta and pizza, farm fresh toppings, artisan cheeses, savory house-made sauces, and house cured salumi reflect Executive Chef Chanan Kamen’s profound passion for making his cuisine from scratch using traditional, old world techniques.

Relax in a casual, urban setting in the heart of downtown San Mateo. Grab a seat at the bar, dine tableside indoors, join friends at the community table, or enjoy the sunshine outdoors (with heaters and shade umbrellas) on the festive “Coppa Cabana” patio!
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Diner Reviews
  • "I have been here a few times, most recently for Easter brunch. Food is consistent. Service is good in the dining room, but I enjoyed the drink at the bar the most. Great bartenders set the tone for the entire place & these guys did not disappoint. Attentive, humorous & knowledgable, I'll be back just to have a laugh with them. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We went to Osteria Coppa for Easter Dinner. We enjoyed everything we ordered. The waitress was wonderful. She suggested selections for sharing and explain both the price fixed and regular menus. She was able to make the modifications we selected. The food was outstanding. We will return. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Again, another good meal with good service and several inventive choices from their ever changing menu featuring all sorts of intriguing seasonal entrees...the noise level was moderate facilitating conversation ..."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We had the burrata, beets and snap peas appetizer, artichoke, caramelized onion, feta and oregano pizza on gluten free crust, and osso buco with risotto. All were outstanding. Best gluten freecrust I've ever had. Pizza had fresh artichokes, not canned/pickled. Onions perfectly caramelized. Osso buco and accompanying risotto delectable. This is my husband and my favorite restaurant. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "OC is a gem. We had a reservation and once we made it thorough the line of people waiting to get in, we were seated promptly. Unfortunately our table was near the bar which was quite loud! On a trip to the restroom, the remaining section of the restaurant seemed a bit quieter. Both our drink and food orders were taken quickly and accurately. The specials of the day were expertly recited back to us. My wife and I split a salad, pizza, pasta and most importantly the charred broccoli. The side dish nearly stole the show. I ended up ordering a second serving. "
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We enjoyed an very good meal with good service on a quiet Monday. Their seasonal offerings are always worth trying as there inventive menu sets the standard for downtown San Mateo."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "We have been to OC many times before but had not been since late last year. Restaurant, at least on this nite, was a disappointment. While food remains near the same quality, the service has really fallen off. Our server, while well-meaning, appears to be inexperienced and in need of training. The wine list also seemed to be much more limited than on previous visits. Not sure if we will return again in the near future."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "From the moment you walk in everything is exceptional, the vibe, the host, the manager, the bartender, the waiters, the food, the service, i will definitely come back."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "The food , the service and the atmosphere is right on at Osteria Coppa. We had the special which was pasta with black truffles and English peas. It was so good my husband soaked up the sauce with the bread. My soup was excellent lentil with Prosciutto and the Caesar Kale salad was mighty tasty. Wine selection is Unbelievable with so many the choose from. Great local restaurant with ease of reservations. Parking a little crazy on Saturday night but other than that it was FANTASTIC!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Always a wonderful experience when we dine there. Have been there three times and not one complaint ever!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We've been here for lunch and dinner and the food and service is always good, with attentive staff and quality dishes. But if you plan to visit Osteria Coppa on Friday evenings at peak times, I strongly recommend reservations through Open Table. With the increased patronage comes a more lively environment - it can get noisy - so bring your outside voice or sit closer to those you wish to speak to - but always a fun place. Great bar, but wish they had more California wines on the wine list instead of so many Italian selections."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "My dish had not much short rib meat and too much pasta, so there wasn't much flavor."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Given the standard for Italian restaurants in the bay area, host to the likes of La Ciccia, A16, Incanto, Pizzaiolo, this restaurant is worse than medicore, but it is priced to compete with the others listed. Salumi platter: the salumi was fine, nothing exciting, however the portion can not be described as anything but stingy. We were nonplussed when it arrived, and remained nonplussed when we tasted it. We shared and enjoyed a Panna pizza. I ordered the duck special -- it was described as a duck and porcini ragu on fresh pasta -- and was utterly disappointed. No sauce to coat pieces of egg pasta that were stuck together. Duck was dry,tasteless, no hint of porcini. I preferred to leave half and come home for cheese and crackers."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "We made reservations and were seated immediately. Service was good, generous with delicious bread, friendly servers and waitstaff. Pizzas were shared; two varieties, both delicious. They also had a number of different salads and starters. Creative. And the price was right! What more could you want?"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The feeling of the restaurant is casual and friendlly. The food is the best Italian anywhere at anyprice. Imaginative and tasty, Chef Chanan checks every plate as it goes out to make sure it is perfect! Great variety on the menu but the Coppa appetizer is outstanding and we always order some kind of pasta. The pasta's are the standout of this restaurant!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "the service was pretty good. the place was full at the time but not completely busy. we had a reservation for 2 and were seated right away. the food was very good. i think we had a pork belly appetizer, risotto, and pappardelle."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "food was very good. service was very slow - we were seated before tables next to us, but were the last to be served - people next to us were paying their bill before we got our entrees. Noise level was very high - and this was on a Thursday night - place was packed. Might go there for lunch, but never again for dinner."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Food is always great ! But service is not.Had this server once before (Sassan) and it was equally as bad. It took 15 to 20 minutes before he even came over to ask for drinks. I watched him, he gets totally distracted talking to bigger tables. He finally took our order and we ordered quite a few things. Well, he got the side dish wrong and brought brussels sprouts instead broccoli.We sent it back. To get dessert was an equally lengthy proposition. We waited another 15 minutes for him to take the credit card and had to flag a bus boy to come get him.Makes for bad dining !!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Good inventive menu with interesting wine selections BUT the service was painfully slow:-("
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "I had the sausage rigatoni which was delicious; however, the service left something to be desired. Perhaps it was just an off night and it's probably worth returning to know for sure."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Having last visited Osteria Coppa one year ago we looked forward to another wonderful lunch. Our expectations were not met. The menu choices were limited and the ones we chose "Pasta with Asparagus and Proscuitto" , Kale salad, Pasta Bolognese all missed the mark. The Asparagus consisted of a few stem pieces, the prosciutto was thick and tasted more of ham than the delicate prosciutto expected. The salads and Bolognese were nothing special. We had an appetizer of calamari and fennel. Tasty but not soggy fried presentation. Service was comical. Waiter made recommendations for dishes he had never tasted. Did not know wine list and kept running to bar with our questions. The few people dinning there speak to the current staff and menu."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "The Caesar salad was great. Perfect Caesar dressing and great homemade croutons. The special salad of the day was also fantastic. Light tasty dressing, and the garlic soup was very garlicy and good. The baked Rigatoni was very well made. The sauce was rich and flavorful and was cooked til the top was slight crispy, very nice. And lastly, the chocolate creme brulee was very chocolatey & smooth, glad we ordered dessert."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "We used to enjoy coming here, decent food, nice staff but not anymore. Now we have returned at least one entree each time we have been here. Food has been either way overcooked or just not the quality we have grown to expect. On top of that, to get attitude and dirty looks from the waitress, wow, I ignored that two times but after the last time, we will not be back for a long time. Management has to really be on top of what's going on in the restaurant but that clearly doesn't seem to be happening anymore."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Yikes, I hate to admit that because I think it is already difficult enough to get a reservation. Daughter, granddaughter and I went there and had an amazing meal, tremendous service and a great time. Our wait person suggested sharing the dinners and we were both glad we did (even snuck a piece of the granddaughter's pizza, which looked to good to resist & was large enough so she could spare a piece). The seafood pasta was amazing and I really liked the fritto misto even though I don't typically order or like fried food. I thought the lemons were incredible. We'll be back."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Great Calamai with lemon, every dish was nicely prepared, server gave great recommendations."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Good fresh italian food in a very convenient location downtown san mateo. Service is sub par though - waiters did not even seem to speak english???"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Wonderful food and friendly casual service. Vibrant atmosphere."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "The food here is always fresh and creative! Make sure you order a pizza to share - even if you're planning on having one of their pastas. Coppa has a great energetic feel - we will definitely be back."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We have eaten before at Osteria with good results, but our most recent visit had several problems. We arrived early, and were told that we would be seated shortly. "Shortly" turned out to be twenty minutes after our reservation time, with an interim attempt to sit us on the patio in the pouring rain. We hoped that after waiting so long for a table, we would have plenty of time to relax and eat - but no, dishes were cleared before the entire group was finished eating; the bussers were clearly in a hurry to leave even though the restaurant was still 70% full; and the check was rushed out. The check which for some reason thought the credit card was a gift card, and left no room for a tip... Karma? We left one anyway, though not as large."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Nice location in downtown San Mateo across the alley from the parking structure and 1/2 block from the show. Good service, nice bar, tasty food but small portions."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Excellent dinner this time and great service. We had a new server and she was exceptional,saw and did everything. Dishes we ordered were very good. beet salad w smoked trout - Jerusalem artichoke ravioli -Mt.Lassen trout w. couscous - prosciuto special-almond flan."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We dine at Coppa on average 3 times week. Came in on Thursday with an Open table reservation. Coppa was not busy at all. Asked to sit at a table for 4 since we had someone joining us . Chris the Manager sat us at a table for 2. When we asked why since there were 3 tables for parties of 4 wide open.. he said ah... cause they are for parties of 4. So I said what are we going to do when our 3rd person arrives.. He said.. we'll set tham a place at your table for 2.. HUH??? seriously??? So when we left 2 4 tops tables... wide open... NOT A GOOD JOB of a Manager. poor skills."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Our service was outstanding. I arrived before the rest of my party (I was on time) and since the restaurant was not crowded on this Tuesday evening they seated me right away so I could enjoy a relaxing glass of wine. Once the rest of our party arrived the waitress checked with us and got our drink orders and returned with them promptly. she recognized without being told that we were dep in conversation and hadn't yet glanced at the menu so she dropped off our drinks and came back later. She told us of the specials and took our order and the pace of the rest of the service was perfect. the only slight issue was bringing the check before we asked for it but I guess after all we are not in Europe anymore."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Amazing food accompanied by knowledgeable and personable waitstaff!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I've eaten here a couple of times previous to this visit and the food is delicious, but for some reason, the service this time around was terrible. The service was extremely slow and a couple of the servers got plates mixed up and two of us didn't get their meals until 10 min. after the rest of us got our meals. I would still recommend the restaurant as the food is good, buy hope for better service."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "a little slow to receive our bottle of wine and desert menu's. these are matters that are easily corrected regardless of service provider demands. waiter very personable but somewhat overwhelmed but cool. we will come back!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "The best thin crust authentic Italian pizza I have had in a long time. The staff was most helpful."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Valentine’s Day can be challenging but Friday night was a horror show. The excuse being shared liberally around the house was that the kitchen was backed up but the problems seemed universal. It took over 30 minutes to be seated for our reservation. The hostess sat a party of walk-ins ahead of reserved guests. 5 minutes later the manager asked the walk-ins to give up the table. Another manger was apologizing to all for the delay. She took an order for a refill of our drinks. The bar never received the order. Our waitress disappeared for 15 minutes or more several times. At one point it seemed to me like she’d just been crying. How did it take more than 45 minutes to prepare and serve an order of Fitto Misto? Food was hit or miss."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My husband and I really like this restaurant. Always a good meal. We like the seasonal menu. Only downside on this trip; service from the kitchen was a little slow."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I received a gift certificate for this restaurant and thought why not use this for Valentine's day. I was able to make reservations for 6PM (does help when I called in Janauary). After dealing with traffic where it took 45 minutes to drive and find a parking space (yes, it was Friday and Valentine's day with a car accident on 101 to top it off). We arrived about 10 minutes late to a packed house but they still had our table open. Overall the place is something that we enjoyed, a homey feel but with energy. But either they didn't have enough staff in the kitchen or on the floor, every item we ordered came late, especially our entree. We've been to Europe & I do appreciate that dinner should be a leisurely experience but this was a bit much."
    Dined on 2/14/2014