Three Restaurant & Bar - FKA Astaria
50 East 3rd Ave.
San Mateo, CA 94401Neighborhood:
Contemporary AmericanPrice: $30 and under
Three Restaurant & Bar - FKA Astaria
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://www.threesanmateo.com/
- Phone: (650) 344-9444
- Hours of Operation:
Breakfast/Lunch: Monday - Friday 7:30am - 2:00pm;
Bar Service: Monday-Friday 2:00 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,Pay with OpenTable,Visa
- Cuisine: Californian, Contemporary American
- 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 8779256315
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.Continued
The beverage program takes a backseat to none. Eight rotating craft beers, hand-crafted cocktails, and a first-class wine program.
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 WinnerGreat for Brunch
- Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
- Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
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Three Restaurant & Bar - FKA Astaria reviews from OpenTable diners
125 reviews since July 27, 2014
- Ambiance3.8Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (68)good for groups (60)great for brunch (57)neighborhood gem (57)great for lunch (53)hot spot (34)kid-friendly (29)special occasion (25)vibrant bar scene (16)late-night find (6)notable wine list (6)great for outdoor dining (4)romantic (3)Show More
- No Longer Astaria...but Still VerySusanneVIPDined on 7/11/2013The décor is different and the menu is changed...but some of the old favorites are still there and some new, intriguing dishes. The menu is designed for sharing plates. We still love the crab cakes and mushroom cigars. New winners are the buttermilk battered fried chicken and the corned beef sliders. We look forward to going back and working through the menu.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Give it time...Divingbelle13VIPDined on 7/6/2013Three is a new offshoot of Astaria and the space itself looks like it will be a fun hangout for groups of friends after work or on weekends. The menu looks promising and perhaps after the kitchen gets itself together it will gel. We tried a few of the apps, including the mushroom cigars, spring rolls and a couple of others. There was a lot of frying going on, and the sauces clashed with each other-the server could have resolved the latter by staggering our dishes but we received everything at once. As it stands now, this will be a place to go for drinks. The wine on offer is ok, beers are better. We'll go back but not for awhile...
- DisappointedOpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 7/6/2013Strawberry Mojito tasted watered down with soda water. Lamb Kabobs turned out to be ground lamb which the menu did not indicate. Ho Ho dessert tasted like a stale Ho Ho and was overly sweet. The Lemon Meringue shooter was also overly sweet. All portions are super small and sparse but pricey. We were seated next to the window and at one point, the sun was beating on the window and coming thru the blinds...it got so warm and the sun was in our eyes as it came thru the sides of the blinds. Tried this place when it was Astaria and now Three and both times have been very disappointed. We told all this to the waiter and he did nothing about it except to say he was sorry. Creative menu but food was just okay and portions ridiculous.
- So many options!PouleDined on 7/6/2013I was having a rough morning with no chance for breakfast, when I decided to stop into Three for brunch - and I'm so glad I did! There are loads of different options for tasty tapas-style "sharing plates" (highly recommend the yam fritters and lamb kabobs), but the brunch menu options are ideal for one and some of the best things are daily specials that aren't even on the menu. Today's unlisted special was truly delicious chicken & waffles ($10), which I suplemented with fresh squeezed orange juice and a bottomless cup of really good coffee. Service was exceptional and the atmostphere was very open and relaxed. Three rescued my Saturday. My advice: Avoid over-ordering (there's more food than you think) and ask about the specials!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Astaria, oh what a star ya are.GeliDined on 11/18/2012We came here for brunch and ordered the Steamers (mussels), Crispy Polenta Fries, Astaria Tuna Melt, and some sort of breakfast hash. Everything was delicious. Unfortunately I did not have my I.D. with me so I was not able to take advantage of tasting their mimosas but we still enjoyed our meal none-the-less. The polenta fries and steamers were most notable. It was a Sunday afternoon so it was a bit quiet although they played Top 40 music overhead which reminded us we were dining fairly casually. I recommend this restaurant to anyone within the vicinity and whoever wants a change in scenery if you live in San Francisco like me.Special Features:
- Okay, would not return toMTVMVIPDined on 11/9/2012Okay, would not return to this place. I think it's overrated based on other people's review.
- Waiter service was slow andEatforfunVIPDined on 8/19/2012Waiter service was slow and unattentive. Not the first time dinning with same waiter.Special Features:
- Music was live--a surpriseJoanne88Dined on 8/18/2012Music was live--a surprise when we dined. Food was delicious and server was accommodating. All in all, a very pleasant experienceSpecial Features:
- Food had a lot to be desired.OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIPDined on 2/28/2012Food had a lot to be desired. Quite possibly the worst crab cake I have ever had.
- Just stay away from the smellyOpenTable Diner Since 2004VIPDined on 1/11/2012Just stay away from the smelly cheese appetizer made at the table...otherwise great san mateo restaurant.Special Features:
- We were most disappointedOpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 12/24/2011We were most disappointed to hear that our traditional Christmas Eve dinner was going to be buffet style but we gave it a go. It was worse than we imagined! Quite embarrassing to be treating friends and family. We were shunted to a back room where efforts to warm the ambience did not pass muster. It was chaotic, made more so because the buffet was served in the big hall after the first course had been served. Passable for an amateur home cooked meal but failed to impress for a restaurant. Also, they kept running our of certain items so some plates were unfilled. Our guests were most gracious but it was a less than auspicious start to Christmas. The only bright point was that the Champagne was Piper Heidsieck! Will not return.
- The bathrooms are HORRIBLE.foodlackyVIPDined on 11/26/2011The bathrooms are HORRIBLE. The open kitchen was nice but it made the room VERY hot. The raised booths in the back are nice but it made us feel on the spot. I'd advise against the booths.
- Our go-to place in San MateoSanMateoGalDined on 11/20/2011Our go-to place in San Mateo for dinner. We've been here several times & always had a solid meal.Special Features:
- There were only three tablesOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 10/23/2011There were only three tables of customers, less than 10 customers in total. Our waiter was not professional and slow. In fact, he didn't seem care. There was another waiter serving other two tables. The food was decent. What surprised me was that our waiter added an additional 18% of gratitude for a table of 3? Also, I don't know why I am not created the 100 points from Open Table. I did make the reservation via Open Table and showed up at the restaurant on time. Definitely, I won't return to this restaurant again.
- Will not be going back. EachJChiangVIPDined on 10/21/2011Will not be going back. Each time the hostess manage to make us feel unwelcome. We are regular but she make it such a big issue when we like a table in the front.
- finally our waiter an asianLuv2eatDined on 8/20/2011finally our waiter an asian man was excellent compare to the last time . great thanksSpecial Features:
- We had dinner here for ourOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 7/12/2011We had dinner here for our anniversary and had a wonderful night! My wife loves the espresso martini. We'll be back soon for more.Special Features:
- Great Food!OpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 6/22/2011I took my parents here for their 52nd wedding anniversary, and we were all very pleasantly surprised. On the table were beautiful red rose petals, an the menu had a page written especially for them wishing them a happy anniversary. The food was wonderful! Our only negative was on the smell of an appetizer that is ordered constantly. It was some kind of cheese dish that had an odor that was very unpleasant. As soon as the odor would be gone due to it having been eaten, another table would order it, and the cycle would start all over. Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on how you view it, this is one of the dishes they are known for.Special Features:
- We had a nice Monday nightOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 2/21/2011We had a nice Monday night dinner out - good food & smaller crowd, so not particularly busy or noisy. We started with the hummus as an appetizer, it was quite spicy, as advertised. I had the steamed mussels in a red wine broth (not the typical white wine) and it was quite good. My dining partner had the kebobs, but the wrong dish was delivered the first time, and she had a 5+ minute wait. Coincidentally, tables on both sides of us had similar issues with their plates also. The manager handled the situations pleasantly, but it was apparently a kitchen runner issue, not the waiters, per se. But why the waiters weren't watching the service window a bit more closely on a slow night is puzzling. We would definitely go back.Special Features:
- Overall, delightful, comfortableOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 12/16/2010Overall, delightful, comfortable and good service.Special Features:
- Pretty good food, sadly weOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 11/8/2010Pretty good food, sadly we got seated RIGHT smack dab in the middle of the restaurant close to the kitchen even though there weren't many people there. The large round table was nice for our group though.Special Features:
- As our previous visits, itAlsin1000VIPDined on 9/3/2010As our previous visits, it was a great dining experience. We tried the mushroom stogies per the recommendation of our waiter and we loved it as an appetizer.Special Features:
- came here for an anniversaryOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 8/3/2010came here for an anniversary one year. the food was so so, nothing made me want to immediately come back.Special Features:
- Mother's Day Buffet brunchOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 5/10/2009Mother's Day Buffet brunch included prime rib, oysters, shrimp cocktail, wide range of breakfast items, sushi, pastas (a whole table devoted to it), and dessert bites. I really should have listened to the Yelp reviewers regarding Astaria - it got great reviews for lunch and dinner but so-so for buffet brunch. We absolutely agree with this sentiment, especially at $40pp for Mother's Day brunch! The food was good but not memorable. What we do recall is the different cuisines served together. We would try out the regular menu but likely won't since we feel taken for the brunch. :(
- I have visited twice sinceOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 5/4/2009I have visited twice since without open table reservations since the date on this particular evening. I was compelled to go throught my email and fill this out because of a review I just read. It had to do with the winw list and this person's percetion of white wine. I've gone over Astaria's wine list each visit and enjoy it more every time. There are whites that should be drunk young and invariably Astaria has '06 and '07 vintages on these wines. Some other whites actually broaden, and become much better with time.Your bottle was "off". It happens. To create a scenario,(bad ecconomy), then fill in the blanks(not selling white wine)and then condemn(Bring your own, Astaria's are bad)seems infantile. Not to mention plain wrong.Special Features:
- We came for Easter Brunch.OpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 4/12/2009We came for Easter Brunch. Not as much selection as other places, but the shrimp and grits were fantastic.Special Features:
- Astaria is consistently veryOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 3/28/2009Astaria is consistently very good. I have been here several times and they are consistent, service is attentive but not overbearing and the food is very good. Atmosphere leans to the quiet romantic side and overall it is an enjoyable place to dine. Highly recommended.Special Features:
- Meatloaf like momma used toOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 12/24/2008Meatloaf like momma used to make...garlic fries that makes your skin smell...dessert that is just to die for.Special Features:
- Astaria's menu does not havemikesVIPDined on 8/6/2008Astaria's menu does not have as many Mediterranean dishes as in the past which is un- fortunate but there is still a wide selection of small and large plates which can be shared. Portions continue to be quite generous and food is wholesome but not quite as palatable as on previous visits. Service has also deteriorated as the server could have been a bit more attentive to the table. Overall value is very good, particularly on salads and appetizers. I hope that my next visit will be in line with what was experienced before this visit.Special Features:
- The service and food wereFinediner1Dined on 8/3/2008The service and food were wonderful. We went on a Sunday night, so the restaurant was really quiet, not sure what it would be like on a Friday or Saturday night. I had the Lamb Shanks and thought it could have been braised a bit longer. The Flaming Cheese and the Polenta Fries were awesome and the Shortcake and the Cherries Jubilee were out of this world.Special Features:
- I have always enjoyed my diningOpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 6/28/2008I have always enjoyed my dining experience at Astaria. Friendly wait staff and good food to boot.Special Features:
- Great service and yummy foodOpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 6/27/2008Great service and yummy food - an unusual, interesting menu inspired by the Mediterranean. The night we were there they had live music and it was WAY too loud for the size of the restaurant but I think that was due to the "Wine Walk" in the town. I'd go back for sure.Special Features:
- Large restaurant. Not loudOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 6/23/2008Large restaurant. Not loud like so many Bay Area restaurants. Food was very good. Service was, too. I would recommend it highly. My only disappointment was the menu. Not a single chicken dish. Seems odd.Special Features:
- Great staff, vegetarian options,OpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 6/15/2008Great staff, vegetarian options, very good food, value
- Our Father's Day brunch atOpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 6/15/2008Our Father's Day brunch at Astaria was good. The food was great, but the service was quite slow. The restaurant was maybe a quarter-full when we arrived, yet we waited over 30 minutes for our order to arrive at the table. While they do a nice job of catering to families with children, that is a long time for two little ones to wait for their food. It was hard for the adults as well. Overall though, the brunch was very good and we will likely return to Astaria again.Special Features:
- Great night out....deliciousOpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 6/9/2008Great night out....delicious food and warm atmosphere. Our waitperson was very attentive but in a relaxed way. I look forward to the hotel next door being completed.Special Features:
- Food, outstanding personalizedOpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 6/3/2008Food, outstanding personalized service for a special occasion....always consistent and a treat. Banquet room available as well.Special Features:
- The Blood Orange CosmopolitansOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 6/2/2008The Blood Orange Cosmopolitans were delicious, as was the Halibut entree and the shrimp appetizer dip. We'll be going back there again.Special Features:
- Astaria is a pleasant restaurant,OpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 5/29/2008Astaria is a pleasant restaurant, but we were there on Thursday evening and they had a combo playing music which was loud enough that all the patrons had to raise their voices to hold conversation at their tables. I would guess the noise level is better other evenings. The hostess was very accomodating, our waiter was knowledgeable and reasonably attentive. The food was enjoyable. I had an excellent French Onion Soup dish and I understand the Napoleon was quite good. The lamb sirloin was tough and the Spring Rolls were so-so. I would return and try some of their other offerings.Special Features:
- Food was excellent, deliciouswine4diningVIPDined on 5/27/2008Food was excellent, delicious and attractively if not elegantly presented. Service was efficient, timely and friendly. Wine list is very good.Special Features: