Managemt was wonderful in
Managemt was wonderful in setting up our party of 10 next to the windows in a semi-private space while another group of 50 dined in the other room. Food and service was great as always even though it was a busy night. The duck breast special was delicious as was the skirt steak. We started with the calamari and a mushroom-arugula pizza for appetizers, ended with the apple crumb and panna cotta desserts. YUM! Others had the ribs and lobster seafood pasta as well as the halibut and petrale sole. Everyone had a good time and it was thumbs up all around for the food and service! big or small, our groups always enjoy the Central Park Bistro.
3/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great service -- management
Great service -- management is personable and aims to make the dining experience pleasurable. The roasted beet salad was perfect with the mache lettuce, goat cheese and lovely beets! The 3 of us were in a beefy mood and had the prime rib and the skirt steak. We would've had the short ribs except that we were solving for a gluten-free diner but we were delighted that the alternate dish could be prepared without gluten...most accommodating staff and chef! Meals were great and we ended the night with sorbet, gelato and panna cotta. The ambiance is very pleasant, unfussy but attractive. I love bringing friends and family here as well as business contacts.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
CENTRAL PARK BISTRO IS ONE
CENTRAL PARK BISTRO IS ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITES. FOOS & SERVICE EXCELLENT!
3/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
May be my favorite San Mateo
May be my favorite San Mateo restaurant. Food is dependably excellent -- always have some nice specials. But nine times out of ten I order the lobster salad. It is perfect. And the french fries with gremolata. The people are so nice but so professional.
3/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Frown Turned Upside-down
A farewell dinner, a sad occasion as I move away from my beloved Bay Area, became a thoroughly enjoyable experience. We had great service, a comfortable, quiet location for our table for 5, delicious food and lots of laughs. The only downside is not finding this gem of a restaurant until a week before I leave. I'll feel a bit better if I know that my San Mateo neighbors will read this and treat themselves to a wonderful dining experience.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent First time experience
Our first time to Central Park Bistro and we will definitely be back. The staff was wonderful and food was excellent. Skirt Steak was perfect and Lobster Pasta was out of this world. This place is a hidden gem.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
we brought new friends to
we brought new friends to our favorite neighborhood restaurant, so it's always fun to order new things. while the proscutto/brie appetizer was just okay, the calamari and maui onions were delicious. we had stuffed pork tenderloin which was very tasty. i loved my pork chop with brandy apples. the goat cheese and pear ravioli was wonderful with the crushed walnuts. our beet salads and butter lettuce salads were just right. we ended with splitting 3 desserts - all great: choco lava cake; toffee bread pudding; key lime pie...just the right size so we could all have a great taste of each without feeling guilty. service was attentive as always and so accommodating to split items, have extra wine glasses for our pairings and pleasant throughout.
4/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very attentive and excellent
Very attentive and excellent service. Food is very solid.
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Friendly staff, outstanding
Friendly staff, outstanding food. Our new favorite restaurant.
4/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of my favorite neighbor
One of my favorite neighbor restaurants - always good and service is so professional.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
We enjoyed a perfect family dinner.
Service was friendly and patient. Food was outstanding. The swordfish was the best ever, ever, ever. Nice wine selection. Atmosphere was warm and welcoming.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
I've dined at Central Park
I've dined at Central Park Bistro several times for different occassions; meeting with friends for dinner, Valentine's Dinner, Mother's Day Brunch, and each dining experience was excellent. The service, the food, and the atmosphere is great and really glad the restaurant accepts opentable reservations - so convenient. It's a great place for brunch or dinner without having to drive in to the city to dine for a special moment. My family and I will definitely return.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Central Park Bistro, great!
Excellent food, attentive waitstaff and close-by parking.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great time all around!
Fantastic experience: quality food with a flair, but at a reasonable cost. Chic atmosphere and our waiter was freindly and top-notch. Will definitely return! Thanks.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
We are hardcore foodies (we have eaten at the French Laundry and Meadowood thrice). We took our son here for a family night out while our daughters were at swim night at La Petite Baleen.
The food was much better than our last visit. The beet and butter lettuce salads were proportioned correctly -- not too large. The ribs were decent, and the salmon was cooked just right -- medium/medium rare. Both the bread pudding and the panna cotta dessert were just right.
The service was friendly and attentive. E.g., our waiter accidentally spilled something on my arm. After apologizing, he also brought me a new napkin to replace the soiled one.
The wine list was a surprise. There are some higher end and unusual/small production vintners.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food is A+
I love this restaurant. I've been here several times for business lunches and the food is always so good! My favorite is the skirt steak. The service is great too. Everyone in our party of 8 was happy with their meal.
5/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great brunch place in San Mateo
I went to this place for branch, and it was perfect. They serve great branch cocktails, good food. Service was great too. It's a perfect environment to relax on the weekend. Will definitely go back!
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always good food. Our server was a little slow to address the table for drinks but after that was prompt.
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this place!
This place is great. I have been here a few times and never have any complaints. The food is delicious and our waiter was awesome. I would definitely recommend this place.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have eaten here many times for dinner and lunch- and our conclusions are always the same: The menu is varied, the service is excellent, and the noise level is tolerable. It is especially accommodating when you have a group of people with different food preferences and/or different quantity preferences. The staff doesn't seem to mind if you want to order a smaller portion, just an appetizer, and/or a dessert. Speaking of desserts, do not miss the bread pudding!
6/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lobster salad is a favorite. Staff are very accommodating -- will modify a preparation to suit.
7/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food? Fantastic! It was a romantic evening and it was not a busy night for the restaurant, the setting was great. However, while the restaurant was listed to be open until 1000, about 915 we started to get rushed by various staff. Until around 930 we were asked to take care of our bill so that they could close. I really liked the restaurant (especially the food), and may go back, but not for such an evening. I guess if I want a long romantic dinner I need to go to Paris and what's with 1000 PM anyway?
7/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place surprised me
I've been to a a lot of restaurants in San Mateo but never here before. The food was great, and the service was just about right.
We were there early and they sat us at a nice private table. Took a bit longer than I liked to finally order dinner especially considering we were practically the only people there.
7/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have always had a great
I have always had a great experience at Central Park Bistro. It's a great place for special occasions-- I just took my great-aunt for her 85th birthday. The food is consistently tasty and the staff really go out of their way to make you feel special.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
our 57th anniversay
Odd that the resturant asked if this was a special occason. We said yes - thought maybe they'd bring a candle popped into a piece of cake. Nothing! Everything went very well. Wine list is rather pricey, to say the least. Why it is called a " Bistro" with nothing french on the menu , i.e. steak tartare, onion soup, etc. is a puzzle. Would and did recomment it.
7/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Consistently great food & service
Wonderful place for lunch with friends or a work lunch too because the food and service are really excellent- including beautiful presentation- and it's quiet enough to hear each other even in a bigger group. Always satisfied!
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
An Enjoyable Meal
Very good food and service. Some nice menu options and interesting combinations. Great desserts. Had not been here in at least a year, but we are going back soon.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Jury is still out
We thought the food was perfectly executed. We felt service was good, too. It wasn't quite "French" as it was classified to be. There were more Mediterranean/Italian dishes on the menu than there was French. A turn off was having to box our own leftovers. We were given the boxes not the option. Having given the option to box our own or they do it for us would have been a touch of class.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Central Park Bistro was Very Good
We had a large group (8) ...and they did a very good job...the menu is broad enough to appeal to all tastes and the service was very good...attentive without being intrusive...my only complaint...the bread was mediocre...especially with so many excellent bread bakeries (read Acme or Semifreddi) in the Bay Area...
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Repeat satisfying experience!
This restaurant is the place to go when you want good food and good service. They have a nice varied menu- just enough offerings that it is not over whelming and a good selection if you are a small eater (as I am) or have a big appetite: I usually have a hamburger (rare for me, juicy, and tasty!) and share an appetizer with my husband who goes for something like fish or lamb. I have seen folks eating a full course meal while others order an appetizer and dessert.- reminds me of a New York type neighborhood restaurant. Give yourself extra time to park in downtown san mateo- especially on the w/e- and don't leave without having eaten their bread pudding!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
A favorite that never disappoints!
Each visit is positively delightful with fabulous food, friendly service, and dessert soo-good you might not want to share :) There is outdoor dining, which looks appealing, however, we have only sat inside ourselves. We find it perfect for a romantic dinner when just two of us, and enjoy going with small groups of 4-6. There is a small private room which I am certain would be fantastic for a larger group! We have even enjoyed a to-go order and the food was equally delicious; we only missed the ambience of CPB. A friend recommended Central Park Bistro to us several years ago, and we still make a point to thank them for sharing!
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved the food and atmosphere!
We had to drive a bit from San Jose to get to Central Park Bistro in San Mateo, but it was so worth it! From the minute we entered the restaurant, we felt welcomed and enlivened by the vibrant atmosphere and friendly staff. The service and meal were wonderful; I especially loved the beet salad, which was unusually tasty, sort of sweet and tangy. The petrale sole dinner was delicious, and the Caramel Toffee Bread Pudding with Vanilla Bean gelato is a must-try! We'd love to go back when we have the opportunity.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our dining experience was
Our dining experience was very good. We were at Central ark Bistro to celebrate the retirement of a friend. We all enjoyed the excellent food and service was very much improved over past experience. We all remarked on how nice it was that the restaurant was quiet enough that we did not strain to hear our conversation. All in all, a pleasant dining experience.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very Good in Downtown San Mateo
Nice assortment of appetizers, salads and entrees. Better than average wines by the glass. We're going back.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, clean flavors entrees
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.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Something for everyone...
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.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
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!
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great - Deserves its reputation
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.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Central Park Bistro is an
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).
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food had the lobster salad risotto and skirt steak.. Portions are not that big... Great food
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent little Bistro
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.
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM