Excellent, attentive service.
Excellent, attentive service. The food was excellent and there were a bunch of little treats from the chef along the way.
1/1/0001 4:00:00 PM
Support your local establishments!
231 Ellsworth continues to fill a much needed void in the SM downtown (or Penninsula for that matter) dining scene. The food is well prepared and of the highest quality. Service is impeccable and the wine list is outstanding. Prices are very reasonable (both food and wine) given the effort involved. I work in the area and dine out regularly in SM. There is no question that restaurant turnover is a big problem - it would be truly ashamed if this were to happen to 231 as it's clearly a couple of notches above all the rest.
3/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
Chris and team really spolied
Chris and team really spolied us what a fabulous night with Spike and Patrick. We did 2-5 course and 1-3 course at the table. Two of us did wine pairings which were fabulous. Really great service and a fun visit from Chris.
3/17/2013 5:00:00 PM
Lunch with greant ambiance
The food was excellent. Chocolate gnanche was the best I had so far. I had the Angus New York strip which was decent, but could use more flavor. Howeve,r the sea bass that my guest had was awesome. The salads were very good as well. The portion was just right, not too much and not too little. Service was great. Will definitely come again to try some of their lighter dishes.
3/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
A very nice experience! We
A very nice experience! We came for a special date and felt pampered the entire evening. Our four course choice turned out to be about seven with all the little extras that were sent out. We will definitely be returning.
3/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
Nice high-end meal. Great
Nice high-end meal. Great that they had a separate menu for vegetarians, as wife wife eats no meats. Very attentive service. All of the food was well prepared and nicely presented. Certainly not cheap, but worth it for a splurge.
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
A special place for a beautiful,
A special place for a beautiful, elegant meal. The service is well paced and professional.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Original, imaginative food
Original, imaginative food creations. Choose the tasting menu and prepared to be surprised! Went with a group of 7 and everyone liked it, including the vegetarian.
4/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
We arrived at the reservation time and were promptly seated. The restaurant wasn't very busy so that maybe the reason. They have a pre-fixed menu with a choice of dinners from 3-5 courses. They also had a wine pairing for additional $$ which did compliment the dishes we
ordered. I thought that the food was well prepared and some of the dishes, partridge in particular, unique and nicely done. The servers and staff were attentive and we had an enjoyable evening for our anniversary!
4/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
We really enjoyed this place. We each got the three item menu where you pick three things from the menu. Everything was great. We've eaten at a fair number of Peninsula restaurants and this was one of our best meals.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our visit to 231 Ellsworth for Mother's Day brunch was pleasant and an altogether positive experience. I expected to pay more for an exceptional dining experience, but I was disappointed that they found it necessary to gouge us in the wine pricing ($18.75 a glass for a $40 Argentine cabernet?). I left the selection to our servers, so it wasn't as if I had asked for anything out of the ordinary.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fabulous Mother's Day Lunch Spot
We were served a delicious four-course lunchtime meal for Mother's Day, with kids getting the same meal for 1/2 price. The service was decent but not as perfect as is typical with this restaurant, but I find this is the case for most restaurants on most holidays. I would heartily recommend this as a Mother's Day option, as a nice change from the typical buffet brunch. Plus it's quiet enough that one can converse with others at the table without shouting.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
A San Mateo darling with warm
A San Mateo darling with warm wood paneling, perfectly pressed linens, and a beautiful blue barrel-vaulted ceiling that sets the mood for a lovely meal anytime. Service is as polished as the setting (with the sole exception...the lady at the front door was kind of churlish and standoffish). The menu offers plenty of selections for each course (including wine), every course only got better than the last. Will definately go back.
5/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time at 231
We had the three course pris fixe menu, sharing dessert with wine parings. Each course was excellent, intersperced with surprise chef free tasting items. Wonderful experience.
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Definitely top shelf!
We had been having great lunches lately at 231 Ellsworth, and decided to try them for a Friday night dinner. I love the way you can choose any number of courses for a set price and then can choose to have the wine pairings if you want. We chose 4 courses with the wine pairings, and each one was more delicious than the last. Our young server, Tim, did a great job all around and paired each course with wine that was a perfect match. The rest of the service team is also excellent. I was also interested to learn that if you come in after work for a drink, they offer great dinner options at the bar or in the dining room. All you foodies out there - you definitely should re-discover 231 Ellsworth!
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
A friend and I had been through
A friend and I had been through some difficulties and decided to give ourselves a nice dinner out. So glad we selected 231 Ellsworth. The food was outstanding, with little extras (an amuse bouche, a palate refresher, an after dinner confection) that made the evening seem special. The service was excellent: professional, friendly, responsive, but unobtrusive. The tables were not crowded together so that we could talk comfortably. I had the impression of a well-run, professionally capable restaurant with the result the diners (or at least my friend and I) felt well cared for. I would recommend this restaurant for a special occasion. From my experience, you would enjoy a delicious meal and you would not be rushed.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excelent Dinning Experience
The restaurant has wonderful food but the price is high.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Father's Day Dinner
Dinner was delightful! We enjoyed a varied menu with the three course option and each course was a mix of flavor explosion and beauty. Nice, nice evening.
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
I love this restaurant and
I love this restaurant and last night was no exception. Food and service were both outstanding. The summer menu is absolutely incredible and there were a number of selections to choose from. The wine list is one of the best that I've seen. Amazing... just amazing. This is a intimate, wonderful restaurant exhibiting no flows and all very positve attributes. Enjoy.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Try the 3,5 , or 9 course
Try the 3,5 , or 9 course menu. Outstanding set of dishes, perfectly balanced and cooked. Delicious cuisine. Superb chef! Amazing wine list, not cheap but top quality. Excellent service: discrete, efficient! I definitely would return for this special occasion.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wine List Galore!
We took an important client to 231 Ellsworth. Every one of us is a "foodie" that also LOVES wine. We had an incredible Zin and some awesome food! Three of us chose the 3-course meal, prepared by the chef...everyone said it was AMAZING. I had the arugala & fennel salad, along with the braised ribs...both were incredible. The wine list was more like a book...SO much variety. Service was fantastic. The only downside of the place was that it smelled a little musty...but once we started drinking and eating, we didn't notice.
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food. Numerous wine
Great food. Numerous wine choice but pricey. I am impressed it is also a kid-friendly place.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Food. Quality and wonderful tastes. The food is fresh and interesting. Paired well with wines. Great Champagne.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Unassuming environment when
Unassuming environment when first enter with surprise high-end service and unique menu options - a la carte and chef's prix fixe options. Chose fish wonderfully grilled with dab of ginger herb paste. Risotto and greens complimented exquisitely without overpowering the fish. Had surprise palatte cleanser before entree and petite dessert with our drip, pressed coffee carafe for the table.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Menu choices good, service
Menu choices good, service good. Few customers, which surprised me. I had not been in a while, but it used to be a bustling business lunch spot.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food/Expensive wine
This was our first experience at 231 Ellsworth and for the most part it was positive. The quality of the food was very good and the service was top notch.
The wine list is one of the most extensive we have seen in the area. However we felt the wine was way over priced. There are very few reds on the list that are under $100. We ordered one of our favorite Russian River Pinot Noirs that we pay around $40 at the winery. They charged $130. I think I will consider bringing our own and paying the corkage fee.
8/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Outstanding food, wonderful server, but still a bit expensive, considering its uninteresting location.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and even better
Great food and even better service. I recommend going to the bar for a before dinner cocktail. The bartender takes pride in his drink making skills and ingredients. We had an overall great experience.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Whether having lunch with
Whether having lunch with good friends or a romantic dinner, you can always count on delicious cuisine and impeccable service.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had been wanting to try 231 Ellsworth for quite some time and finally got the chance for our recent "date night." My experience was top notch from the moment we walked into the restaurant. We were greeted and seated right away and enjoyed great food and service during our meal. The cocktails, apps, main course, and desert were all very good. The portion sizes were small by today's "super-sized" standards but I left the restaurant without feeling over-stuffed and uncomfortable - a plus for me!! I would consider 231 Ellsworth as one of THE nicest restaurants in Downtown San Mateo.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Well balanced experience
Ellsworth was on our list for quite some time, expectations were high, and the experience was grand. Enjoyed a special occasion.
9/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always happy to dine here
Excellent birthday dinner...they always please us with delicious food and great service.
10/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
Sedate but lovely
The decor and ambiance were not what I expected - think more steakhouse than vibrant hipster - but turned out to be the ideal place for date night. The service was prompt, not in your face or disruptive; the drinks fabulous (especially the 231 Margarita!); the food delicious, with not too small, not too large portions. We will definitely return!
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food doesn't have to be pricy
They have weekly 3 course meal special at the bar. The price is very reasonable, usually under $40. It's always fun to sit there and chat with the bar tender and the local foodies who dine there often.
10/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
We had a fun evening!!
We had a very fun time. The staff is most welcoming, accomodating, knowledgeable and friendly.
I had the scallops which were delish, my friend had the lamb rack which was also delish, my husband
had steak and mashed potatoes. The steak was cooked just right. We took our own Somona County wines.
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Superb food with proper service
Absolutely wonderful Thanksgiving menu...and normally holidays are iffy at restaurants. Every course was outstanding. Service was impeccable...a far cry from what passes even at many high-end restaurants.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Saved Thanksgiving !
For family members with good taste AND who enjoy eating earlier on holidays, I heartily recommend 231. Crisp, clear flavors, fine wine list, and not a 'barn' with awful acoustics like everything else on the Peninsula.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM