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Osteria Coppa
Osteria Coppa

Osteria Coppa Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "The secret to success for any restaurant is excellent food and solid service. Osteria Coppa has both as well as an ever changing inventive menu...the chef continually offers different appetizers and entrees using fresh seasonal local ingredients with clever preparation and beautiful presentation. It is fast becoming a San Mateo favorite!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Yet another disappointing experience in the bay area. We were one of only 4-5 tables seated in the restaurant. The waitress was not helpful, not attentive, condescending, and just this side of rude. The food was ok. I ordered squash blossoms and got 4 barely bite sized, greasy "blossoms". The chicken was dry but i could eat it. My wife thought the food was, well, ok at best and the service was aweful. She will not go back based on service alone. For two appetizers that were more the size of a canape or an amuse bouche, and entrees barely large enough to call an entree with tax and tip it ran us $85. I'm not above paying well for good food and service. This was neither. I will not return."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Order wine or beer here. We ordered pre-dinner cocktails, ones not on the menu (old-fashioneds....not some obscure thing) and they were highly watered down, flavorless. However, the server was really awesome about it. She was great. We didn't make a fuss, and just orerderd beer. The food was excellent. Very good pizza, and pappardelle cooked perfectly.I think to make up for the bad cocktail, they comped us 2 moscatos after dinner. Very nice. The only other thing was, we had great table by the window, but for some reason there was a a small table right behind us with a sliverware tray on it, and servers kept coming up to replenish tables. It was super distracting. However, we will be back for the food. And wine and beer. :-)"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Lunch at Osteria never disappoints; the food is fresh, original and very delicious. It is always a treat to go there and I enjoy celebrating my birthday there. Most of the dishes are unique to their chef and ones I have not enjoyed elsewhere...which is one of the reasons I like it so much."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "The sausage, spec and mushroom pizza is always incredible. The choice of wines to go with the meal is very large. Excellent for after-movie dinner."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We had a very good dining experience...the ever changing menu reflects seasonal items (salmon tartare) as well as inventive items from the chef (ravioli with a soft ricotta cheese)...the only minus...I ordered a margarita using the "well" tequila...it was C- at best...we sat at the bar and the service was very good...attentive without being intrusive..."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Somebody had a heavy hand with the salt! Salty salad, salty pasta! Good bread, though. I'm guessing the dinner menu is more interesting than the lunch menu."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I love this place. It is my favorite date night or family night place in San Mateo. I have not tried anything that has disappointed me from salad to pizza to pasta or wine. They also have a very tasty Gluten Free menu that my GF friends have very much appreciated. Go; you won't regret it!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We frequent this restaurant in San Mateo on a regular basis....delicious food...the head chef even delivers it to you on occasion is is so proud of his creations!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "When a customer asks for something like minced garlic, the server shouldn't say "i doubt it" it was a small indicator on how the service was going to be. Not only was the server not aware what was on the menu she never tasted it so she couldn't tell us what the herb tasted like. We got more service from the guy serving water. She disappeared for 20 plus minutes. it took too long between the antipasto and dinner, we were going to get the manager, then our food came out."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Let's face it, there just aren't that many great choices in San Mateo. Osteria Coppa was a staple but the service has definitely fallen off the mark. We went to the bar while we waited for our table to be ready, and it took several minutes for the server to put dinner menus in front of us. Dinner menus that do not contain any drink options. Getting her attention to get cocktail menus was the next challenge, and it was not even busy. Our drinks took forever (and was there any alcohol in them?), which we ended up taking to the table without having a sip. Lame. Dinner service not much better - had to ask for wine, for parm (hello, it's an Italian restaurant), etc. The food was good, but the service was a meal ruiner."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "My San Mateo favorite! Fun and fresh menu, knowledgeable waitresses, the best outside dining in the area, will be back soon!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Came for dinner after bridal shower with the girls. The host made sure we were attended and got a tall chefs table for 5. We were seated just slightly later than our reserved time, but chef gave us complimentary pasta to share at the table. How nice!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The service from our waitress and manager was impeccable throughout the night. As my steak entree was overcooked, they brought another as well as comped the meal as it didn't turn out the second time. They also served an appetizer while the wait was long and made sure we were satisified. Our waitress was very attentive and intuitive. We all had a great meal ending with the special birthday dessert for our daughter. I would highly recommend this restaurant and we would return again."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Osteria Coppa is my "go-to" restaurant when I'm on the Peninsula. I appreciate the creative menu that varies with seasonality (and availability of fresh, local ingredients). The house-made pastas, salumis and more are always a treat. This is where I bring friends for a real treat."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The food was very good. We will be back. Pizza was good as were the meatballs."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We went for a Sunday Brunch and the food was just o.k. and the service was terrible, super slow and not attentive to our table at all even though the place was empty, so there was no excuse for the bad service. I won't be going back there again."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "This restaurant is a local favorite of ours. We love the food, service and ambiance. We had reservations for Sunday night and had requested a booth. We got there about 5 minutes before our reservation time, and were very disappointed to see another party who did not have reservations, seated in the very last available booth as we looked on. When we immediately alerted the hostess about the error, she was extremely dismissive so we asked for the manager. We were so very impressed with the manner in which he handled the situation. He acknowledged the error, apologized, re-seated the other party, and declined our offer to send something to their table, saying he had already taken care of it for them. Kudos also to the other patrons!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "we went on a Saturday evening to celebrate an anniversary. it was all lovely and the food was delicious. when we made the reservation we had requested a booth which they said was unavailable when we arrived, although there was an empty booth. other than that it was a wonderful dining experience."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We went on a Saturday night and didn't know about the valet ($9 - and worth it) parking and drove around for 35 minutes before calling and being told about the valet. That was our start - from there it took forever to get first, a drink, then an appetizer, then an entree - each time the wait was way too long. We gave up having a dessert. BUT, the food is wonderful, fresh and inventive for a typical Italian restaurant. I'd go again, but on a week night with fingers crossed. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "First irritation was the waitress. When asked which pasta entree she most recommended, her annoying response was, "Well, they are all good." Not very helpful. The food was just average. Nothing awful, but nothing whatsoever memorable. The restaurant was not full, so it was not too loud nor frenetic, so atmosphere was OK, but again nothing distinctive nor memorable. All in all, just average."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "when I drive up to San Mateo this is always where I want to go. The food is always amazing."
    Dined on 9/9/2013
  • "Pasta are to die for. Pizzas and main courses are excellent as are the often neglected vegetable side courses. Excellent wine list with a focus on Italy"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I've worked in and run some great restaurants in Scotland and Europe, and so I can speak (I think) with some experience. Honestly, I was expecting more from the restaurant: the ambience was OK, not great. The greeting and table attendance was good and the person waiting on the table was very polite (not too chatty) and attentive. For a menu passing itself as a real northern italian restaurant, there was too much pizza. Not only does that change the ambience, but pizza is not served that much in northern Italy compared to southern Italy. I ordered the Oso Buco - it was well presented and the plate surround was clean and you could not see wipe marks (another good sign), but it was small. For the $140.00 range I expected more..."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "It was difficult to find a pasta dish without cream in it. Since I don't care for cream in my food, I ended up with Tajarin (I didn't know Italians used "j" in their alphabet) - with a red sauce that included the trend du jour: bone marrow. The unusually wide pasta noodles were good. The sauce was good. i'm not a big fan of bone marrow so i tried to leave it behind. The kale caesar salad was really good, too. My glass of red wine was just right for the food. The service was friendly enough, although the waiter didn't offer much information other than his name unless specifically asked. The outdoor table we opted for was too small for the 4 of us. I'll try Osteria Coppa again if they change the menu to one with lighter food preparations."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Went to Osteria Coppa for the first time after hearing some good reviews and we were very disappointed. We got three different entrees and all three were just ok. The service was less than stellar. Our waiter first told us he would explain the specials but then just pointed to the board and told us they were listed there. My husband and I both got a drink before dinner and were going to order a glass of wine with dinner; however, the food was placed on the table by someone other than our waiter and the server walked away before we could order wine. So we did without the wine and the restaurant missed out on the additional revenue. We have no desire to return to this restaurant."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "we had 2 different salads, both super fresh and tasty, nice beets, avocado, gorgonzola. pizza was simple with thin crust, m hot and fresh. each had a glass of wine and a shared chocolate creme brulee. all delicious."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "As I don't have the patience to read the menu I asked the waiters for recommendations, she was spot on. The kids choose from the kids menu and were very happy. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Osteria Coppa seldoms disappoints...where other restaurants talk about their "inventive" menus using seasonal, local ingredients, Osteria Coppa actually delivers...always a uniqueness to the experience!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Went for an early dinner, sat in the back patio this time. It's hard for a restaurant to make the best of what is basically an eating area that borders an alley but they do a pretty decent job making you forget about the nearby cars and trashcans. What might be better is having some very quiet music playing to distract from the parking lot noise. The food was very good as usual. I had the Tajarin (tah-ha-reen, had to ask) pasta with smoked trout. Delicious! Also ordered the fritto misto as a starter. You can pass on this unless you want a large mound of fried calamari and lemon slices with most pieces the size of your distal phalanges. Try the kale caesar instead."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "My husband and I always enjoy dining here. We enjoyed the special soft shell crab appetizer and arancini. We had two pasta dishes, a baked rigatoni and a fettuccine pasta with mushroom and ramps. The rigatoni was very good, but the fettuccine was overcooked and a little soupy. It might have been an off night. The service was good and we enjoyed the wine recommended by our server. We will return because we enjoy their ever changing menu. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The restaurant is definitely popular with the locals. The customers were packed in pretty tightly but nobody seemed to notice or care. Parking was a nightmare and it took me over 20 minutes to finally wrangle a spot. The food was pretty tasty but we found the menu very limited. The entrée my son chose (chicken) was dark meat on the bone and had very little else on the plate except for some kale or other dark vegetable. My pizza was good although there were puddles of oil on top of it, along with cheese that slid off the crust when I tried to eat it. The prices were pretty high for the amount of food that we were served. I compare it to a similar type restaurant where I live, and there was no comparison. $7 for a bottle of water? Really?"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I have tried Coppa a 1/2 dozen times and it is very hit & miss. The Chef wants to create a menu of 'unique' interest, however the himself & his staff do not have the ability to pull it off. The specials are not fused with a mature finish which will leave you disappointed. The Pizzas have become bland and a few years ago they were bursting with topping flavors! We dined outside because it was a very warm night and the trains were a little bit much! Our server was receptive however busy with other duties inside since I think she was an Assistant Manager. The Busboys took care of our needs. I believe the only Gastronomical 'find' in San Mateo has NOW closed... those continuing should K.I.S. and they will cater to the mass and stay open! "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Outstanding! Seasonal pasta dishes with green garlic and peas were delish! Mozzarella bar selections were so tasty! "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Had great hopes that restaurant would live up to the expectations provided by website of being voted Best Italian restaurant in the bay area. The service was not good as it appeared that waitress was a new hire and was being shadowed by supervisor. Waitress was slow in getting our initial orders and refill on drinks was even slower. The food wasn't anything special that made it stand out which was a huge disappointment (ordered the fried calimari and chicken dinner). I am usually lenient when it comes to reviews but I would definitely not recommend this restaurant to any of my friends."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "My mom loves it here! We all finished every spot on our plates, the kids loved their choices, even had a last minute add to our table because my Grandpa wanted to come and they accommodated fantastically."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Usually good, but not so this time. The staff was cordial, the food quality wasn't as good as usual, and our entrees arrived at separate times. Since our previous experiences were good, we would try it again."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Chanan's food is as creative and tasty as anywhere on the Peninsula. The pasta is incredible! I wish their wine list was as good as their food. Hard to fine good chardonnay by the glass or bottle. And, once you find something you like they discontinue it. It is still my favorite place to go...."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Very disappointed in this restaurant from the poor service to mediocre food. Won't be going back a 2nd time. Too many good restaurants. "
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "The Fritto Misto, Asaparagus pizza and Almond Panna Cotta was delicious! I find my Conchiglioni quite small for an $18 entree. Looks like an appetizer in terms of portion size. For making a reservation for 2 two days earlier and got a table for 2 tucked way down in a corner where I have to ask the person on another table to let me thru does not make me happy. I think I should get a better table for planning and making a reservation earlier. The service was good but it took awhile to get our entrees as there was quite a crowd for a Tuesday night. The manager came over and apologized about it. Overall I will give it a 4-star for the good food! Service and table location (for reservation) needs improvement!"
    Dined on 5/6/2014