Vault 164
Vault 164

Vault 164

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.vault164.com/
  • Phone: 6503488164
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-4:00pm

    Dinner: Mon-Thurs 4:00pm-10:00pm

    Dinner: Fri-Sat 5:00pm-11:00pm

    Dinner: Sun 5:00pm-9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Gerardo Garcia
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 2nd Avenue
  • Public Transit: CalTrans stops just blocks from us
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Night Valet available in front of the restaurant - Monday through Saturday, from 5:30 pm

    For daytime parking, there are numerous lots and parking on nearby streets
A word from Vault 164
Welcome to Vault 164, located in the heart of downtown San Mateo. Set in the old Crocker Bank on the corner of 2nd and B, the décor uses many of the building"s antique vault pieces sprinkled throughout the dining room and bar. We feature an eclectic and contemporary American cuisine, using sustainable seafood and organic produce when possible. Stop by and enjoy our bourbon and maple glazed pork chop, served on sweet potato mash, or a savory Caramelized Onion, Applewood Smoked Bacon, and Cambozola Cheese Flatbread. We offer a wide range of aged steaks and whole roasted chicken, fresh pasta, and unique salads. Our bar is great place to meet friends or watch a game, and it features a variety of classic and new cocktails, handmade to perfection, a large selection of beers on tap, and over 20 wines by the glass.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Vault 164 reviews from OpenTable diners
153 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (71)neighborhood gem (71)good for groups (63)special occasion (53)vibrant bar scene (37)great for lunch (36)hot spot (26)notable wine list (23)romantic (19)kid-friendly (17)late-night find (10)great for brunch (8)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • Expected more
    Foodie15
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Place is too dark and nothing special about it interior. Food is ok/good, but overpriced. Very noisy and reminds more of a bar scene rather than an elegant restaurant scene.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Amazing Food & Service
    Kie914
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I was shocked that a random choice off opentable turned out to be such a good place. We had the crab dip as an appetizer with the taro chips. It was a great combination. We continued to entrees with the cedar plank salmon, prawns and mashed potatoes and roasted chicken. The three of us were more than overwhelmed with the depth of flavor and quality. The waitress even brought out a baked Alaska for the birthday girl. I definitely plan to come back again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it - great service/food
    TreenWVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    My mom and I dined here for the first time and were pleased with the wide selection of menu items. We both had cedar plank maple glazed salmon with fingerling potatoes and vegetables, served beautifully on the plank. She enjoyed the spinach salad and I the kale & quinoa salad. Our server, Jenessa, was attentive and friendly. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Vault is open
    Lars90274VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We like the vault and regularly visit because the food is always great and fresh. The menu changes so I always find something new to try. Also, my wife is gluten intolerant, and they have a dedicated food allergy menu, which is excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    Jcm650
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    food was very good and came out right away which almost never happens to us. our sever was kind and friendly. will diffidently come back again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Had a great time! Such good food and amazing Sangria!! Will be back soon for sure!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • outstanding
    Sonnyj
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Most on line reviews gave Vault 164 high rating I agree. My pork chop was huge yet tender My wife had the salmon and thought it was one of the best she ever had. Sides were not the"usual" and were excellent. The Baked Alaska desert was wonderful. Parked in city garage 1/2 block away. Free parking after 6:00pm
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice and Relaxing.
    visitingdiners2
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The wait people were great. We were seated immediately. Menu was varied so there were plenty of choices for all tastes. Food was good. We were in a booth, which was nice as the noise level was not too bad. No parking - so have to have valet service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food you can bank on
    AahzVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Everything was good to excellent; the standout was the lump crab and artichoke dip. Service was good. Felt noisy but we had no trouble conversing.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome food every time we go!
    MacbestVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    I have been here for lunch 10 times with clients. Everytime I go the same occurs: fabulous food and service! Why wouldn't i want to come back! If you like sparkling water, its free (they make their own) and sat right on the table. The brussel sprout "chips" are a must try (even if you don't think you like brussel sprouts!). The burger is amazing, the skirt steak - same. The appetizers really shine and I have had them all. Each are well thought out and extremely tasty. Try the tuna tartare; the deviled eggs are amazing! The sausage sampler is super. I can't say enough about how great this place is other than, after 10 times, I will still be going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well Presented
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    The food is well presented and tasty. The bar during happy hour is packed. Different choices of food on the menu. Not your run of the mill entrees.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Professional yet casual work lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    While the exterior may look intimidating and serious, like a bank in fact, inside the restaurant was open and airy. The soccer game was playing on the screen above the bar, helping to stir conversation about the World Cup. The server was pleasant, prompt and helpful giving our group of 8 enough time to choose from the menu. The orders came close to the same time and all were good. The food was casual, in spite of the businesslike surroundings and bank feel from the building's previous life. The artichoke and crab dip was wonderful and everyone also loved the tomato and garlic flat bread. The burgers and salads were also excellent. We were too full to enjoy dessert. I will definitely go there again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, good service for the $
    Donnahcarm
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Our party of 4 had the wild mushroom risotto, the roast chicken, the scallops, and the salmon. No food was left on any plate at the end. Plates were plenty of food, so appetizers aren't necessary if you don't want one but are hungry. House glass wine was also good. The brussel sprout chips are a novel delicious appetiser adequate to feed four. The waiter was very attentive and seemed to truly care that we had a great experience. We overall recommend the place!
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  • Everything was wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Great place, extensive wine list, Brussels sprout chips were amazing, as was the kale salad, Mac and cheese, pork chop and curious George dessert!! Waitress was very helpful and attentive. Can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best in San Mateo
    LoveThemBsprouts
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We had a large party for a birthday and they treated us first class. The waiter was exceptional and her recommendations for wine was first class and budget sensitive. Dinner was fabulous and the let me customize my dinner choice to meet my dietary needs without making me feel like the world would end in the kitchen. After we ordered they brought us a menu and a pen so the entire group could write a special note to the person celebrating their birthday on the menu. Nice touches of friendly service, without being stuffy. Good for older kids, but I would leave the young ones at home to enjoy your adult time.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 98 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 520 reviews are from the Vault 164 reviews archive.
  • Good food & service, parking sucks
    sacpubgrub
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We headed in on a Saturday night from a Foster City hotel and missed that there was a street fair going on. This is the third time I've headed to San Mateo on the weekend and to say parking sucks is way too polite. With the fair going on I ended up parking about 3/4 of a mile from the restaurant which is at the heart of downtown...maybe locals know where to park but as a visitor driving in circles around the downtown parking lot did not endear the San Mateo experience to me...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good high-quality Bistro Food
    FridayNiteDinnersVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    We've decided that Vault 164 is a great high quality Bistro. There is a good range of choices, although we feel the meat may be more expertly done than the seafood. We ordered the scallops which really needed the crispy prosciutto for great flavor, but the accompanying veggies didn't do much for the dish. Also ordered was the cajun steak which was phenomenal, a much better dish overall. The service was good, drinks came a bit slower than the appetizers, but all in all a great evening and a place we regularly visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cool and stylish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    A bit more of a "scene" than other downtown San Mateo restaurants, Vault 164 offers delicious food in a stylish setting. I highly recommend the chicken as well as the spaghetti squash primavera. Pair your dinner with a cool cocktail or one of their many wines by the glass -- or, choose a delicious non-alcoholic beverage (the "no-jito" is a great pick).
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Client Lunch
    Scott
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Took a potential client to lunch. Really enjoyed the food and we were actually able to talk!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing special
    SAM650
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We went on the Father's Day for dinner and surprisingly it wasn't that busy as I expected. Food was OK, I even would say on the fair side. But for the special day they did not even have that special menu what some of the restaurants have. Not much choice buy away. To be fair, I would have to say the service was very good - fast and very friendly. In overall, I would say nothing special and exited which you can expect from the historic place.
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  • TresJohns
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The service was very slow and I found that the side dishes were bland (I had a delicious pork chop for the main). The desserts were great.
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  • Delicious Food and Great Service
    KarenVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I tried Vault 164 for the first time the other night and was extremely pleased. We tried the spinach salad, Poached Pear Salad and Corn and Salmon Chowder. They were all delicious and large portions. For our entrees we had the salmon, gnocchi with vine ripened tomatoes and prawns, and Spaghetti Squash Primavera. Again we were al extremely pleased with our entrees. Service was excellent. Would highly recommend Vault 164
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business luncheon
    JanGre
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    I entertained 5 clients for lunch recently. The service was perfect and timing of the food was ideal. Our server was available, but not intrusive during my presentation. The restaurant was not overly busy (I booked an early reservation) so we were able to easily carry on a conversation without having to shout. The food was outstanding and the portions are huge. I will be back again and have already suggested this location to my colleagues.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • meh.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Average food. Steak was over cooked. Calamari was overly salty. Excellent service. Probably not going back.
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  • Great date night
    tabitha73
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our meal. I had the day's special - Hawaiian Swordfish, and my husband had the Spicy Louisiana Prawns. This is classic Californian cuisine at its best - fresh produce, with delicious flavors. We even had complementary Brussels Sprout Chips for checking in on Facebook. That was very unique. Our waitress was extremely friendly and helpful. My only regret was that we were too full to try any dessert. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun!
    sfnativeVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We had the Asian braised short ribs and the macadamia crusted swordfish. Both were delicious and our server , Rosalie, was warm and accomodating.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Vault 164 was, hands down, amazing! Food was delicious, service excellent...we can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Meh..
    Holly
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    been there a few times. on this visit, the hostess got real attitude because I didn't want to sit in the corner. The food was really salty. When the owner came over to ask us how are food was, my husband made the mistake of telling him because he got really defensive and rude! then he came back to tell us that he's cracking down on the cooks and inspecting the quality and presentation of every meal. on a positive note. Our server Alex was awesome and sweet.
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  • legalmilt
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    This was an excellent experience. The food was really good as was the service. The atmosphere was fine as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great lunch spot
    Naldo
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    I can always rely on a great meal with fantastic service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of our favorite places to eat.
    betts
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The food is always very good as well as the servers. Our waitress, Michelle, was outstanding and lots of fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • asdfghjkl12345
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Overall, it was a good dining experience but I most likely would not return. The service was especially bad: the waitress was talking with a fellow waiter and we were trying to flag her down to give her our order. It took about 20 minutes! We had to constantly ask for water refills since the waitress never came by to check on us. Food was decent. The waitress at the table across from us was also extremely rude and asked the child in our party to scoot in because she was "blocking the path". However, it was the young lady from the other table who was leaning back in her chair and blocking the path.
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  • good for drinks & apps only
    whats4dinner
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The apps and cocktails were perfect. Our server went out of her way to make our dining experience superb. However the garlic steak was not garlicy except for the few garlic cloves placed next to my steak and the sauce on the filet mignon that my date ordered was bitter and wasn't flavourful. If I go back it'll only be for happy hour's apps & drinks.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth trying, I'd go back.
    GaelTirVIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    The highlights include the Brussel sprout chips for sure. Both Cobb salads (steak and chicken) were good as was the gnocchi and the prawns and clam lingiuini.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly Surprised
    MDay2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Mother's Day Dinner... They did not pack the dinner room to try to get more tables turned. The ambiance was casual but also upscale and cool. Everyone chattered normally but we had no trouble hearing each other. Tania our server was SUPER!!! Nice smile, unrushed, patient, tendative and most importantly, SINCERE!! She made our night. The FOOD? THEY WERE SUPER SUPER GOOD!!! The Salmon had the glazed crust but it was so, SO, moist inside, cooked just right. Even my husband (he likes raw salmon and hates cooked) was surprised by the texture and gave it a thumbs up. He compliemented me 2x on my choice. We had a GREAT M Day dinner. At the second course we were already saying we will be back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not Great
    Becks
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Looks amazing when you first walk in. Not great at all. Service sucked and the restaurant was not busy. Food was okay.
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  • Mother's Day
    360brat
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Took Mom for dinner Saturday night, we had a wonderful waiter and we never felt rushed. We took our time with everything! Had a great night.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Portions!!
    Cliff
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    All I can say is their dishes are HUGE!! I had their pork chop and my girlfriend had their steak. Not only was the dish large, the meals were succulent and flavorful. Both our meats were tender to the bone. The waitress was polite and absolutely attentive. She made sure we enjoyed our meals and the service. Highly recommend this place
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beyond Expectations!
    kalifa99
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Dining at Vault 164 is a foodies dream come true. The restaurant has it all: outstanding food, ambience, and the best service ever. I will be back again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Baked Alaska
    Nemo
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    I like the dessert very much but just remember don't let the flame burn for too long. Otherwise, the marshmallow/whipped cream is burnt and bitter.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.