Paul Martin's American Grill - San Mateo

Paul Martin's American Grill - San Mateo

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.paulmartinsamericangrill.com/
  • Phone: 6502127400
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: M-F 11:00am-3:00pm

    Dinner: M-Th 3:00pm-10:00pm

    Dinner: F-Sa 3:00pm-11:00pm

    Dinner: Su 3:00pm-9:00pm

    Happy Hour: Su-Sa 3:00pm-7:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Vincent Castillo
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 31st ave/El Camino Real
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Paul Martin's American Grill - San Mateo
Seasonal & Delicious.

With Paul Martin's American Grill, Brian Bennett and restaurateur Paul Fleming have realized a long-nurtured dream to create the restaurant "we've always wished was in our neighborhood."

At the heart of all great food is fresh, local, peak of the season ingredients. Paul Martin's aims to serve diners the best ingredients with meat raised in a humane and wholesome way, locally sourced produce, the best of both wild and farmed fish, artisan cheeses and cured meats from small local purveyors. The deep California-centric wine list twists and turns, by glass or bottle, through the Golden State's vineyards, with an occasional stop for an Oregon Pinot Gris or a Washington dry Riesling. Behind Paul Martin's elegantly rustic bar is an interesting array of craft beer and spirited cocktails with fresh garnishes. Good times and thoughtful food are a way of life at Paul Martin's American Grill.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Paul Martin's American Grill - San Mateo reviews from OpenTable diners
320 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (131)great for lunch (125)neighborhood gem (113)special occasion (111)fit for foodies (110)good for groups (107)vibrant bar scene (94)notable wine list (68)hot spot (54)great for brunch (43)kid-friendly (43)romantic (39)late-night find (18)scenic view (6)Show More
  • candyVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We tried their brunch menu for the first time and it was excellent, great value for the price, tried their spinach omelet and it was delicious! Great service as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mass produced food & terrible svd
    shoefly
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Third time was NOT the charm! Terrible service from Dan B! Happy hour food (ribs & chicken skewers) tasted mass produced and served cold - terrible! Dan B was our waiter and never once cracked a smile or faked the friendliness. Asked him for water 4 times and everytime he acted like it was the first time he heard it. The only saving grace was the calamari - but I still left hungry, no hangry :( I must be a glutton for punishment because I'm still thinking about trying the Sunday 3 Course Prime Rib Dinner for $25 paulmartinsamericangrill… Should I? Maybe...as long I don't get Dan B!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Modern scene with decent food/drink
    SunsetDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Good, predictable food. Great drinks/wine list. Love the outside patio. Great happy hour!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasantly surprised
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    With previous reviews being all over the map, we were not sure what to expect. Looks like they have worked out the kinks. We were seated promptly at our reservation time, on the patio, as we requested. The server was prompt and knowledgeable. The food was top quality. Baby kale salad with white anchovies, grilled corn soup (would go back just for that!), salt & pepper prawns with linguini, cedar planked salmon with an au jus and topped with as impressive garnish--not enough room here for more details, but suffice it to say that they use the very best ingredients, and creative recipes. Prices a little higher than we expected, but ultimately worth it. Manager constantly checked on tables. Would definitely return. Maybe the seafood platter?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good quality & friendly service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Spinach artichoke dip was to die for! Knowledgeable staff in recommending the best wine with your main course selection.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, convenient location
    MunchingMarkVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Have been here a few times and always enjoy the experience. The fish tacos were excellent. Good and efficient service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent addition to San Mateo
    SFDiner
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Fantastic food, and will likely become our new go-to restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dessert
    Foodee
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Ooh did not like the dessert choices .. Wish they had creme brulle and tiramusu
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Delightful waitstaff, mediocre food
    jar2
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The hostess was gregarious. Upon seating, I inquired about happy hour. She explained that HH was not served in that section and immediately relocated me to the patio, where I waited for my pal. While I'm glad I asked, it would have been nice to know in advance. Our server was friendly, though he seemed uncomfortably formal; he had a forced-looking smile, and he read my entire name when bringing back my credit card after payment! As for food, it was mediocre. Salmon tacos were tasty, but it only came with 2 tiny tacos for $9. Overpriced. The triple chocolate cake was so so and also overpriced. At $5 a pop, the drinks were good & affordable. While I would go back if someone else wanted to dine there, it would be no big deal if I don't return.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Party time
    Fab6
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Service was wonderful for our birthday party of six. Nice gesture that one dessert was complimentary for birthday girl. Strawberries, their ice cream, in cream puff pastry topped with whipped cream. How can one object. Lunch was delish too!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unhappy with the service
    Dinnerqueen
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I've been to Paul Martins twice before and I like the food. This time I brought my two friends who have never been there before and I'm not sure they will ever go back. The service was horrible. We were seated a little after our reservation time and our order was placed a little after. 45-50 minutes later our food finally came. Our server never came back to let us know why it was taking so long. We didn't even order anything that should have taken that amount of time. When we finally got the bill, the check was split between two credit cards and after explaining that to our server what we wanted him to do, he came back doing the complete opposite.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tasting menu 3-7p
    diningout
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    One tasty option on this limited menu: burger, fries & beer for $13.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Splendid tacos
    sfnativeVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Their fish tacos are superior and fresh and the braised short ribs excellent. Service is consistently good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • convenient location
    SMRealtorVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    came here with a large party, service was good but very slow, food came out warm not hot, picked over cheesecake factory because they take reservations. nothing special but could be.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not Stellar, But Will Return
    NapiliGirl
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I hate to write this review. Eaten at Paul Martin's twice before w/ great service. Was disappointed with this particular visit. Fairly certain server was new or had too heavy a load, which was likely an anomoly. Unfortunately, wine for two in our party of four was delayed an unreasonable amount of time, and food was cold on arrival. Three of us had the the Sunday Prime Rib Special and one had Cedar Plank Salmon. Other than being cold, flavors/presentation were good. "Medium" steaks were a bit uncooked in the center, but servings are generous, so plenty to take home and reheat for a future sandwich. Nice price range on food/beverage, lovely to eat on covered patio with good weather. Would go again & recommend. Husband was unhappy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Food was just okay for the price. Was surprised they couldn't accommodate a group of 8 inside, only in bar area. Made reservation a week in advance and we had to sit in patio area.
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  • Excellent Meal and Service
    pfdinnerVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I've always had a great time here and would recommend it to others. While this is a chain-like restaurant, their food is great and the service is outstanding. The rib eye is fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nothing Special
    Familyof4
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Dinner reservation at 6:45 on Friday. Arrived at 6:00pm for Happy Hour, no seats available. Told could sit outside, grabbed table that ended up being for dining only, moved inside, where again the table was for dining only. Went to hostess/host stand was told we could sit at bar. Told them I had a 15 year old daughter, they said no problem. Sat at bar and was told by bartender that minors could not sit at bar. Sat for dinner outside, cold and loud. Server was nice but overwelmed with little help. Drink order was wrong. Food was average. Felt the dinner was overpriced, the salmon dry, and the house wine lousy.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fun time
    laselva
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    this is the second time we've been here...I'll be back next time in San Mateo. Easy to please just about everyone. Food's good, lots of choices and good atmosphere. If you're on a budget, come for happy hour...4-7pm, as it can get to be $50/person
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • special times
    retiredteacher
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This was my second visit to this restaurant...first was for dinner with a group of friends. We so enjoyed it that we decided to return for lunch and seating in the Patio. Both experiences were delightful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paul Martin makes dining fun!
    FCdinenwine
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Thank goodness for a slice of excellent dining and savory delights in San Mateo! Finally!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not impressed
    RHusa
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    This was my first time at Paul Martins. I will not be going back. First the noise level was intense even though we asked for a table away from several noisy groups. The service was spotty. Maybe they were short handed. Finally I was totally unimpressed with the food. I had the cedar plank salmon. The recipe was did not work. My friend had the salt and pepper shrimp; they were bland and uninteresting. The ice cream was ok. However, when I looked at the price for the meal, I definitely decided that, for the money, I could go to a number of other places and receive better food/service/value. I guess if you are at Hillsdale & are looking for somewhere to eat, you could go here. I'd just as soon eat at California Pizza.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Service by Maria
    FosterCityGastronome
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We were hesitant to go last Sunday night because of negative comments about the service and reported wait-times for a table even with a reservation (per Yelp and Open Table reviews). When we arrived at 5:20 p.m. for our 5:30 reservation, we were seated immediately. The only drink we ordered was Pellegrino sparkling water; when Maria asked if we wanted lemons or limes as an accompaniment and saw that we were uncertain, she brought both. That was just an example of her thoughtful service---it's a delicate balance between obtrusiveness and inattention, and she navigated it well without interrupting our conversations. We both ordered the 3-course Sunday Prime Rib special ($25), an excellent value and medium-rare, as we both like it.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    CJB89
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We attend Happy Hour here regularly and always enjoy it. This visit we had dinner in the restaurant with another couple and received poor service. When the food was brought to the table, it was not delivered by our waiter, but one of his helpers. He had no idea which plate went where, and I feel in a restaurant of this caliber, this is unacceptable and annoying. When I pointed it out later to our waiter, he agreed and said it shouldn't have happened. Later, when we ordered 2 coffee's he did it again. I ordered the salmon, which was mediocre. I'd say skip the restaurant and stick with Happy Hour in the bar area. Many of the appetizers served there have been excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disjointed service
    RonlVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    When the wrong salad was served it took the staff 15 minutes to bring the correct one, my wife sent hers back,as it was not the salad as advertised. Dinner came and no fries, when reminded it came also 15 minutes later. Food great service poor that night.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ireania Orednod
    ireaniaorednod8
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Enjoyed our dinner very much. Service was good. The food was delicious, but appetizers a bit pricey-5 prawns for $19 seems a bit much. Also 20% gratuity was added after the tax, not before. Never have seen this.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • HYKC21
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Wonderful place for lunch. Food was delicious. Atmosphere was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Our party consisted of four on Monday, Aug. 4. Our dinners were very good. Disappointed that the entrees did not include a vegetable. Our only disappointment was the service - could have been better.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed the food and the drinks
    Wahine
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Service was ok but simple things like water took reminding. The meals was served promptly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I really enjoyed the food, two visits...service was great. Music was really bad and I recommend they change it to easy listening jazz, etc.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Great first time visit because of great reviews on yelp. Glad they demolished Crate and Barrel to build this gem of a restaurant
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious pork tacos
    sfnativeVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The freshness of ingredients is prominent in entrees such as fish or pork tacos. Always fresh and local; the tastiness makes this restaurant one of the best in the area
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too good to be true....
    shoefly
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Too good to be true...had an early reservation and got seated right away. Ashley was nice enough and attentive enough, however, it was not enough to give this review 5 stars. If you are going to promote a Tuesday 3 Course Fried Chicken Special for $22 - you better get it right. Salad was overdressed and mushy - boring; chicken came out 15 minutes later and was boring; ice cream was boring too! The bill was $36 and with tip - put it over $40 a person...for this kind of money we deserve better!
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  • Paul Martin's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    The hostess was not friendly. The waiter was very nice, but also very slow. We weren't asked if we wanted second drinks. After our food was served we were not approached again. We had to ask someone to get him and ask for our check. The food is good. I think its a bit over priced, but all and all its good. Wine selection is great and the cocktails are good. It's a nice break from the food court if you are at the mall.
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  • Poor Service
    mrfiat
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food was great, I had the Chimichurri Steak with fries and the wife had the Bistro Burger with fries. Both were perfectly cooked and tasted awesome. The service was very poor. The server would walk by and ask how we were as he kept moving, not really caring what we said. Getting drink refills was near impossible. And I think we should have got bread because we kept seeing it walk by going to other tables, but never did. If it wasn't for the great food this place would have not been worth the price.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MacnMike
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food was wonderful - second time I've eaten there and very impressed. The waiter was probably new, since he didn't know much about the menu, or bar items (which was surprising).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Willette
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Our reservation was at 6:00, we were not seated until 6:20 and only then because I went and inquired. (there were plenty of empty tables). The food was good but our steaks came way too rare even though thery were ordered medium. Our waiter was very good. So generally a good experience but a little disappointing.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • grade of decaf. coffee is poor.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I've been to the restaurant twice, both times the decaf coffee was stale - asked for a fresh cup, same stale coffee was served. Also, my first visit was with a friend to celebrate her birthday. I expressed that when I made my reservation, and, to my surprise, a dessert was not served to the birthday girl complimentary - not even mentioned. That did not leave me with a good impression of Paul Martin. My husband and I will give it one more chance.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, noisy room
    yrdw
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Food and service both very good. The open design - dining room right next to the bar, is visually appealing, but makes for a very noisy dining room. Go for the food, but don't expect to have a quiet conversation over dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible service
    Nikki
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We had a party of 8 on Monday night, we came for our company dinner. Our server knew little about the menu & the service was extremely slow. Our Resv.was at 7:30 & we left around 10. He didn't take our drink order for a half hour, then our drinks took at least another 20 mins to arrive. The restaurant was out of A1 sauce, we asked for the patio heating lamp to be turned off because it got to be too hot & no one ever came to turn it off. Our appetizer plates were never cleared before our entrees came & we had to ask for them to be cleared. It was very disappointing. I'm not sure what his name was, he was Latin & had a shorter hair cut. He definitely could use a big training in service. The servers should know the menu as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.