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Three Restaurant & Bar - FKA Astaria
Three Restaurant & Bar - FKA Astaria

Three Restaurant & Bar - FKA Astaria Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.threesanmateo.com/
  • Phone: (650) 344-9444
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast/Lunch: Monday - Friday 7:00am - 1:30pm;
    Bar Service: Monday-Friday 1:30 pm-5:30pm Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm;
    Brunch: Saturday-Sunday 9:00am - 2:00pm
    Happy Hour daily 5:00-7:00
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Alicia Petrakis
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Delivery, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: attentive... creative... unforgettable.
    Three Restaurant & Bar and the Peninsula Dining Room offer two unique venues in one historic location. Ideal for rehearsal dinners, ceremonies, corporate events and meetings.

    Select from seasonal menus designed to meet a wide range of tastes and budgets.
  • Private Party Contact: Alicia Petrakis (877) 925-6315

Getting there

  • Cross Street: El Camino Real
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Adjacent Street Parking. 2 major lots within 1/2 block of restaurant.
A word from Three Restaurant & Bar - FKA Astaria
Open and inviting. Innovative and energetic. Playful surprises are found throughout the menu, as well as the restaurant itself. The menu has been designed to give you options, is perfect for sharing and you are encouraged to order however the mood strikes you, so don’t be shy about ordering more of… Well, anything. Salads and pastas created with greens and veggies from the rooftop garden should please locavores. While burger lovers will appreciate the balance of the house grind that blends brisket, short rib and sirloin. Between bites be sure to take a look at the beautiful, “Living Wall”. A wall of plants and herbs living and growing inside the restaurant itself. Take a peak at the “Peninsula Room”, an homage to the Hotel Benjamin Franklin located directly in front the exhibition kitchen.
The beverage program takes a backseat to none. Eight rotating craft beers, hand-crafted cocktails, and a first-class wine program.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Diner Reviews
  • "Three was so busy last night - it was exciting! I'm thrilled that Three is doing so well and that so many people want to go there. They had different sweet potato chips last night, which weren't my favorite (I prefer the dark orange ones), but other people in my group liked them. The blueberry lemon drop - amazing. I could have 10 of those. They need to add that to their permanent drink menu. The steak and shoestring fries were great. My group also had the corn pancake with prawns as an appetizer - superb. The staff is always so friendly and welcoming; they always remember me, which is great! And, lastly, I would like to thank Alicia from Three for donating 2 gift cards to the 2014 Relay For Life of San Mateo!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "WONDERFUL DISHES, GREAT SERVICE, but as the evening wore on got way to loud. Could barely carry on a conversation with the person next to you, much less across the table. Perhaps best for an early dinner (pre theater or some evening engagement). I hope to find a way to make it work, because it's a terrific addition to the peninsula dining scene."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Our server hurried us into ordering before we were ready. She kept coming to the table every few minutes to see if we were ready. We were 5 friends who hadn't seen each other for awhile and wanted to visit a bit before looking at the menu. And, there were plenty of open tables so that wasn't the issue. After numerous visits to this restaurant, this was the first time that the service wasn't spot on."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "PROS: Extensive main menu with something for everyone as well as entirely separate vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free menus! Fresh ingredients and good flavors. Nice & friendly staff. Good cocktail and beer offerings. Full brunch 7 days a week. CONS: Always full of large parties and families with young boisterous children and the restaurant unfortunately won't take charge and ask either to keep their volume reasonable for the sake of the rest of their patrons. This makes it VERY, VERY loud and hard to hold conversation without yelling. Service can be slow during peak hours."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Always enjoy dining here. Quality, seasonal produce - unique menu...definitely fit for foodies! Great cocktails, too!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Great menu. The food is a little rich but if you like that then you're all set. Fun beer and wine list. Our service was okay - maybe she had an off night. Still definitely coming back! :)"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "we love Three for lunch and dinner. They have just started serving breakfast and it is equally as good. Our new favorite spot!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I was meeting my Mom for a Sunday lunch and arrived about five minutes before her. I was seated promptly, and twice asked if I was ready to order. (Both times I explained I was waiting until the rest of the table arrived.) Mom arrived, and our drink order was taken, delivered, and then nothing for thirty minutes! No water refilled, no "are you ready to order?", no "how is everything". We finally flagged down the hostess and she took our food order, but not our drink refills. The service continued like this through the meal. All of the servers are friendly enough and nice enough, but that doesn't refill the water glass or serve the food."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "I love this neighborhood gem. Alicia is great and has wonderful food and a great staff. I am going to frequent more often because good food,good service and clean. Also it does not break the bank."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Really nice ambience and great location in downtown San Mateo. Eight of us gathered there for brunch before the World Cup final. Personally, I do love the fried and stuffed mushroom."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "After my last week's bad experience here (which was an anomaly for Three), the operations manager apologized profusely when I came in this week and he even comped part of my dinner to make up for the bad experience last week. Thanks! The experience tonight was great. I had a fabulous cosmo and I tried the blueberry lemon drop (yum!...this might be my new drink here!). The steak and shoestring fries were great as always. My dad was with me and he had the cod; he loved it. He also had the blueberry upside down cake and loved that. The ambiance was great, the server was fabulous, and all of the other staff were great. This will always be a neighborhood gem and I think everyone should come here. I love spending Friday nights here!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "My family goes to Three EVERY Fri. night. We rarely have problems, except for tonight (a Thursday). I ordered the chicken club (which I've had twice before) & it came out as the fried chicken club. I told the waitress (Stefanie?) I wanted the regular grilled chicken club & she started to argue with me (& still charged me for fried). She said the main chicken club is fried. I'm sorry, but 1) I've ordered this by saying "chicken club" before & it's come out fine, & 2) if I had wanted a FRIED chicken club, I would have said fried. If I have to designate that I want the chicken club not to be fried, & if I can't just say "chicken club" to get it not fried, then the menu should be updated to indicate this or the waitress should clarify."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "This is a pleasant surprise...same owners as when it was Astaria but the food is MUCH better. I have been there 3 times now and the food is consistently excellent. Try the lamb burger!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Girls Sunday brunch. Waiter was helpful and provided good info. Brunch food was good and the restaurant was lively with a mix of people including families. Nice place to have brunch. Banana pecan pancakes was the standout in our group of various plates we ordered. Oh and the bacon bits!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Saturday night was our first time at Three. Really enjoyed it and cannot wait to come back again soon! Food was really good, yet playful. Shared some great appetizers with the husband. Overall, thought the restaurant was very reasonably priced, in a great location, with good service. We look forward to coming back soon for brunch and future dinners!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We come here every Friday night and it's always great. The hostess, servers, bus boys, bartenders etc. know us. The sweet potato chips, skirt steak, shoestring fries, drinks etc. are always amazing. I love how they have seasonal menus as well. Can't wait for the summer one!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I've liked Three since it was Astaria. Three's menu is adventurous and contemporary. I really like the small/medium plate idea since it lets you sample several things without getting stuffed. I ordered the lamb kabobs (again) and they were just as tasty as the first time. The carrot soup special was creamy, carroty, and just a tad spicy. Very versatile--nice for a romantic evening OR a business dinner."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Staff very friendly, trying to do the right thing but there seems to be too few servers or disorganization among the staff. Main dish came before the soup, drinks took forever and the second round came after all the meals were served. Food was very good."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We had a few appetizers that were good. Enjoyed our cocktails too. But we were let done by the service and the main courses. I had the fried chicken which was cooked well but had no flavor, including the mash potatoes & gravy. I put salt on everything, as it didn't seem to have any, and I never do that. The salt helped a bit but it was a huge let down. Similar flavor issue with the hamburger, sandwich & fish."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We had out of town guests and they absolutely love this place...would not consider going elsewhere. It is the one restaurant that I consider taking my friends. The food is consistently good and the wait staff attentive"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We have come to Three several times and have enjoyed the menu selections. It seemed to be a perfect place for Father's Day dinner, and it was, kind of... We were seated promptly and greeted warmly. After ordering, food took a LONG time to arrive. At least 45 minutes, maybe a bit longer. There was no check ins with the waitstaff, no explanation of the delay and refills on the drinks were few and far between. When the server did offer a refill of iced tea, I thought she meant it would arrive in a few moments, not 20 minutes. When the food did finally arrive it was tasty, fresh and well prepared. We really have enjoyed our meals at Three and will return. We just hope that service and wait times can be tightened up."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "My wife and I ate here the other night for the first time based on an OpenTable list of area hot spots. It was delicious from the "stogies" to the mini tacos, salmon bites and bacon bits. Everything was terrific (especially the peanut butter ice cream sandwich for dessert) and we'll definitely be back. Our server was very good too and it turns out she's one of the owners. Great atmosphere, lively but not too loud. Great all around experience."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "All of our appetizers were terrific and the Thai salad was delicious. We will be returning."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "It was our first time and we really liked it. Food is ok, loved the vibe of the place. Will be back soon!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Wow, this place was packed! It was way too loud to have a normal conversation with my guest. It was like sitting in a giant and rambunctious bar, not a restaurant. If I wanted a bar scene, I'd go to a bar... It doesn't help that their bar spans the length of the entire restaurant without any dividing walls or separation to spare diners the earache. Thank goodness the menu was decently varied and food was fresh and tasty but it will be hard to get up and go there again because of the 'party-like' atmosphere in which half the tables were filled with loud children and the other half with drunken college kids. If you are hard of hearing or don't mind yelling through dinner then this place could be fine for you. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Wild mushroom stogies are excellent and bursting with flavor, including the sauce that accompanies. In contrast to the Brie poppers which were bland -- not much cheese flavor -- and were accompanied by a cloyingly sweet fig jam. Blended margaritas were extremely tart and pretty light on the tequila. Service was very good but the noise level made conversation difficult. The restaurant was packed on a Sunday night."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I order the one of two things every time I come here because they're always so amazing. The food is great. There is a lot of variety on the menu. It can be a little pricey but it's all worth it. The portions might seem small but they aren't. They're wicked filling and delicious."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We were huge fans of Astaria and are now huge fans of Three! Eleni was our waitress and we couldn't ask for anyone better! The food was excellent and we plan on coming back on a regular basis. We loved the sweet potato chips. What a unique idea instead of bread. Prices were excellent as well."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Love Three! Went here twice in 1 weekend (with different people). The service was great and the food was made very quickly. The drinks were great and everyone remembered me from the night before which was nice. I had the skirt steak and a cosmo. Delicious. My friend had the special pizza (artichoke, bacon etc.). She had never been to Three before and loved both the pizza and the free sweet potato chips. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We enjoyed the food we had for lunch at Three, but the service was not up to the standards set at previous visits. The server seemed distracted and failed at routine tasks such as making sure we had the tableware for the food, refilling our drinks and bringing us our tab when it was clear we were ready to leave. This was not just once, but happened multiple times. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I love the fact that Three accepts reservations until 9:15pm. It's great when you get home from work late. Ate here at 8:45pm at night on a Friday and had the grilled chicken club. I had them hold a few of the pieces of food that come on the club and they were very nice about it. The sandwich was delicious. The people with me had the skirt steak and the lamb burger. The person who ate the lamb burger liked it with regular onions on it; he said the onions that normally come with it wouldn't taste good on it because of the sauce on it. Overall, the food and service were great!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We went for dinner on Friday night. It was reasonably crowded but we didn't have to wait. The decor is nice, the service was attentive but not overly so. Decent value for money. The food was good, not something to rave over but definitely worth our time and money. I'd say a solid B overall. I had the gnocchi with skirt steak, my husband had skirt steak balsamico. No appetizers or desserts for us, though they did have a few interesting options. Maybe next time. A very good downtown San Mateo find. We spent $70, including tax and tip. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We recently went as a group.. service started out very attentive, once restaurant filled up it was hard to get a hold of the server.. food was delicious. Wild mushroom stogies are definitely a hit! Salmon bites and the skirt steak are incredible, tender and yummy. Drinks were hit and miss.. several of us had the mango mojito and it was inconsistently prepared. Not sure if different people made it. The Presbyterian and the ST Germain Collins were really good. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We were excited to try Three for the first time since it's transformation. We liked the updated decor and new menu. Things started off well with Brie poppers and the house chips- yum! Then the issues started. My Beet/citrus salad was actually mostly arugula with sonly 4 wedges of orange- not as described. My husband's salad and entree was hugely delayed by a computer glich with the price fixe menu. They were very apologetic and didn't charge us for his meal, but I wish they had notified us sooner about the extent of the delay. It also took 10 mins to remove a charge from the bill for a drink that never came. Our toddler was a complete mess by that point. We will consider trying them again- but avoid any special occasion items next time!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "besides from messing up our drink orders and forgetting my daughter's order altogether the rest of the food was fantastic."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "This is only my 2nd time at Three as I used to go to Astaria often. Just had a burger and the meat was good - nothing special on the bun. Ordered a salad rather than frys - had blue cheese on it which I don't like at all, and the lettuce didn't look all that fresh"
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "I love Three. I think more people should go here. It's amazing. The drinks, the service, the atmosphere/ambiance, the food, and even the decorations are all amazing."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Because I am part of the "older" crowd, I am less likely to recommend this restaurant to my friends because it is very noisy. I found the menu selections over extended with few traditional items or just "regular" food. The service was outstanding, the best I've had in a long time. I wish I had the server's name. He was great. There is a tech college in the old hotel which I think Three feeds and soon they will offer breakfast. "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "The restaurant is trying to be the fun local hangout for food and drink. The problem is that it's neither special food nor a good value. Dishes attempt to be creative, but fall into the "ordinary" category. Not bad, but not yummy either. When you're thinking, "hey, let's go out to dinner!" you think of getting something special or different, and that's just not what this place is about. When you see the bill - $90 for two, you think, "Did I get $90 worth of pleasure?" and the answer is no. The people are nice, service good, the ambiance bright and informal, and nothing bad, but alas, this is not a place for us to return to. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Made reservation and that was a good thing because it was busy. Buffet was great - eggs benedict, bacon, ham, fruit, steak, bagels, salmon, etc - nice selection. Separate table with beautiful and delicious desserts. Good service and not too crowded. Nice open kitchen - very clean. Would definitely return for brunch. Excellent cappuchino too!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014