Ladies lunch. Had a wonderful
Ladies lunch. Had a wonderful time. Food delicious, service great and amazing ambiance.
1/1/0001 4:00:00 PM
Very nice Italian restaurant
Very nice Italian restaurant situated in an historic building. The owner was very nice and seemed genuinely concerned about how well our dining experience was. She even helped me with a valet parking problem that I had. The food and service was excellent.
3/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
Found the wine we ordered
Found the wine we ordered (a $57 nebbiolo) to be overpriced and underwhelming.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
a little loud as the evening
a little loud as the evening went on. But the overall satisfied feeling, food being always just excellent!
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Food was excellent as was
Food was excellent as was the service. There were 6 of us and we and we all had a great time.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
The service was incredible.
The service was incredible. I went with my fiancé and we were constantly taken care of. The staff was very friendly and caring. The environment was great and had a feel to it. The food was good but not great, it hadd simple flavors to it but wasn't the most flavorful. For spending $70 on a meal with my fiancé I expected a bit more, but it was worth finishing. The spectacular customer service will be the factor to keep us going back!
4/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Capellini has been a local
Capellini has been a local staple for a long time; they are not known for being exciting, but rather, consistently authentic. I had the Caezar Salad; along with the dressing is one of the best. the Fettuccine my friend and I had were superb and fresh, which makes me want to go back again.
4/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Luv the Strwberry Shortcake!
As always, super meal and experience at Capellini! Beautiful space with great staff and large amount of food choices for all my picky friends. the baked cheesy oysters are always a hit and the strawberry shortcake desert was huge and super tasty!
4/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
The oyster appetizer was outstandin
The oyster appetizer was outstanding. Vongole was tasty but needed more clams.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a pleasure with great
Always a pleasure with great food choices and variety. Very competent and friendly staff.
4/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Atmosphere, Flavorful Food
I had the gnocchi with meat sauce. It had a tasty, savory sauce with nice depth and the potato dough gnocchis were light and delicious. Gnocchi can be a somewhat bland dish in the wrong hands but the sauce had plenty of flavor.
5/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
I love this restaurant! I've been coming here for 20 years and it is always wonderful.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Mother's Day Dinner
As always, Capellini's was a wonderful experience. The food was excellent as was the service. Just had to wait a little long for our waiter to order desert, and wish there was a chocolate mousse item; otherwise, A+++++. The employees there are always friendly and helpful - a warm experience.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good dinner with family
Had a wonderful meal here for Mother's Day with four generations in our family!
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Sublime Italian dining
This is an old favorite spot of ours; we've dined here off and on for 21 years (but moved out of the area so we can't visit as often now). For a special occasion, we booked a table for two. They haven't lost a step! The bread is to-die-for, dipped in grassy EVO at the table. The butter lettuce salad is so fresh and clean, I always want to order two and skip the entree. My beloved had a penne/pancetta dish and ate every bite. It was so much more than the name suggests, with fresh ingredients, succulent tomato sauce and earthy pancetta. I had the special, strozzapreti with spinach and ricotta in a cream sauce. Decadent, rich, flavorful and memorable. We were addressed by name on our way in and on our way out. Classy joint!
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Capellini never fails me, I go whenever I want an excellent meal, with friendly and stellar service, in a beautiful setting. It is like a best friend, whether I have been the other day or whether it is been two months, it's always just as wonderful as I remember. I can't go without ordering the calamari appetizer. It is still the best that I can get anywhere. I need to figure out what's in that batter and in that sauce. I also love getting the staple Capellini dish. It's perfectly executed - and don't forget that you can ask to add shrimp or chicken, which I do often. I also love their new chopped shrimp salad. It's so yummy, I crave it. I always save room for the house made sorbets. We're lucky to have a SF caliber restaurant in San Mateo.
5/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, wonderful service
A great neighborhood gem that gets it right every time. The staff listens to want and delivers. Had a great steak cooked perfectly and a very nice glass of wine that our waiter picked out
I am always satisfied with this restaurant and will happily return again soon.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
The character of the building really sets Capellina apart from other restaurants.
The feel of the dining area gives you the anticiaption of a great evening to come and it was.
The food was very good and reasonable for a fine dining establishment.
6/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
We've been patrons of Capellini's since they first opened. It is still one of the best restaurants in the San Mateo Bay area. The food is always fresh, delicious and presented beautifully. they change the menu occasionally which makes it very nice. The service is professional and warm. It is a beautiful restaurant designed by Pat Kuleto and has been maintained very nicely. I recommend this restaurant highly.
6/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
We enjoyed eating in the basement, it was quiet, and had a nice warmth to it.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love the place
Have been going to this place about 8 years. Tried a bunch of new places, but always come back. Their salmon pizza is the best in the Bay Area!! And brochettes... - even Olive Garden doesn't do them that good! Only bad things I can said - " unchangeable" menu. They really should tried to add more new dishes to menu. Love that place.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Anniversary Night Out
For over 20 years my husband and I have celebrated our wedding anniversary at Capellini's more often than not. The food and ambience is excellent and the service superb. We save this gem for special occasions.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food and service is always great. Good selections for specials too.
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I went here for our eleventh wedding anniversary. The food was exceptional! Service was great, attentive but in no way pushy. The polenta appetizer was delicious. We will definitely will return and recommend Capellini to others. The noise level was a little high when we first arrived. Things quieted down after a while which was great.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a great choice!
I love Capellini's. The menu offers wonderful choices, the food is delicious, the service always professional, yet personal., and the décor very comfortable.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a nice experience.
I made reservations apprehensively after reading some of the more recent bad reviews, and I'm pleased to say everything was outstanding! The food was great and so too was the service. The timing of the water refills was spot on, and the attention we received from our waiter - Nicholas. The wine list provided a nice range of options without being overwhelming. It has great onbieonce, yet very friendly towards children. When we were seated I was informed that they would be happy to prepare any dish to meet the discerning tastes of my five year old. I am a fan of fresh homemade pasta, and yes, this place makes their own pasta! We have found a restaurant worthy of being put into our regular rotation.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a nice family dinner, waiter was great and he did not rush us at all (even though we had kids with us). Would definitely go back.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
I've been a fan of Capellini's for many years. The food is never disappointing, the service is top notch and professional yet friendly. Very nice place for a special occasion. The only issue for our evening was having a family with two VERY roudy boys and a rude mother sit next to us. I have no tolerance for out of control kids especially in an upscale restaurant. If you want pizza, go to a pizza parlor. Not the restaurants fault. But there should be a special room for this type of party.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary and we really enjoyed ourselves. Our wine selection was great and the food was pretty tasty as well.
my wife ordered the potato dumpling dish and was a little surprised at what the dish came out to be. The sauce was a little thick for her, but she did enjoy it.
I had the shrimp dish and it was great. i would order that again in a heart beat.
Overall we had a great time celebrating our special occasion and we will come back again.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another great meal!
This was our second time eating at Capellini's. I'm happy to say we received the same great service and high quality food! As I mentioned in my last review of this gem, if you can, ask to be seated in Nicholas' section. His ability to pair wines with that you order is spot on.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love Capellini! Excellent
Love Capellini! Excellent service and food! We are creatures of habit so we always start with the calamari fritti, polenta, and smoked salmon pizza. For entrees, we love so many of the pastas. I'm a sucker for homemade pasta so I always go for those. I love the homemade spinach fettuccine dish and I added chicken for protein. My dad always gets the calzone.
8/7/2013 5:00:00 PM
For a restaurant with a long
For a restaurant with a long neighborhood history, it is great to know their food is as good as it was years ago. I believe Capellini was the first up-scale restaurant on B Street and I have been going there since opening. The interior decor hasn't changed much and I always have felt a comfort when dining. Their open cooking area is maybe the best on Peninsula for sure. An excellent layout for sure as to bar, dining and private areas. I say this after having spent 40+ years in restaurant servicing (engineering, layout, design).
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our waiter was exceptional. I hadn't been in a long time, last time my fish was drowning in sauce. I was worried about that this time and the waiter suggested sauce on the side, I did as suggested so I could put the ideal amount of sauce on my sand dabs which were crisp and perfect. Exceptional service and food this time. Highly recommend the goat cheese walnut salad.
8/9/2013 5:00:00 PM
Cute & Charming place
Food is very good here. It is a charming little restaurant inside ( doesn't look like much outside ). Enjoyed dinner -- they gave us the best table -- the booth near the bar with a window view. Great find -- good Italian food.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was a great experience. Our entree's were excellent, service a delight and the desert is to die for!
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Never,ever have been disappointed
Been here many times over the years and still love it. Great selection, service, and wonderful pastas. It is our "go-to" place when entertaining out-of-town guests and prices are reasonable. Classy and comfortable decor.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
We are very fortunate to have this restaurant in San Mateo. If you don't want to spend a fortune at 231 Ellsworth or go to a very casual place, this is a great option. Nice for bringing out of town guests. Service was a little slow getting started but I had a great vodka martini with olives.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Watch out if you are in a
Watch out if you are in a group of 6 or more as they add in the tip. They didn't tell us and we almost double tipped. We threw in cards and they split the bill but somehow we never saw the original bill. Only after realizing how expensive the dinner was did we question the waiter.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
We always enjoy dining here.
We always enjoy dining here. The atmosphere and service is excellent. The food is consistently good.
9/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
It was our 11th anniversary
It was our 11th anniversary and the place we had our reception when we got married. So we like to come back for the memories
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
A good meal. Nice wine list,
A good meal. Nice wine list, even by the glass. Tasty veal dishes, Pleasant ambiance.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Capellini continues to deliver
We have been dining in this restaurant since it opened and continue to be impressed with the place. The ambiance is still wonderful and the ever evolving menu continues to provide a balance of the old time favorites like the salmon pizza and Calamari friti. We were very impressed with the veal scaloppini and veal Milanese. We are from the east coast and have trouble finding good veal and Capellini has it and the preparation is authentic. Service continues to be good for a suburban restaurant with many familiar faces.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place to take the family
Great place to take the family on special occasions.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Better every time!
This place is great for families or for couples. It's expensive but the quality of the food and the service makes up for it. I've been here half a dozen times and keep wanting to come back.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Capellini Birthday love
Capellini's proved to be a wonderful place to dine, wine and celebrate my boyfriend's birthday. We had a group of 10 and sat at the most perfect round table in what seemed like our own private VIP area upstairs. We had a nice little view of everyone else enjoying their time there and since we had a round table we were all able to chat and enjoy eachother's company as a whole. The food was AMAZE and our server had great knowledge and tips for us. I had butternut squash ravioli which got me so in the fall time mood. We celebrated the birthday as a delicious bread crumb pudding dessert was brought to us. I loved our time at Capellini's and cannot wait to go back
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Capellini (San Mateo)
I was at a professional conference in a city not my home....the restaurant was recommend. My colleague and I were extremely happy. We shared an antipasto and a special thin crust pizza. Big portions, great bread.....we were very grateful for the recommendation!!W
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gem in the Neighborhood
Cappelini's is absolutely the best Italian restaurant in San Mateo, if not in the San Francisco bay area. It has held it's standards for fine dining since it first opened in 1991. We've been dining there since. I recommend this restaurant highly. You will not be disappointed.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
We chose Capellini's as a very special restaurant to celebrate my 80th birthday
and it was an excellent choice. Thanks for the service and food. All. four of us
enjoyed it immensely. -- jmu
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
My wife and I have been dining at Capellini for years. It's high on our list for special nights out. Great with good friends if you want to talk because, unlike many restaurants, you can actually hear each other talk here. Service and food are invariably good.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
all around good experience
food was good to very good. One of our group thought the calamari steak was too "lemony" for her, but others enjoyed their meal. Of note was the eggplant parmigiana and the pear salad. Service was perfect with a nice personal touch starting with the receptionist.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM