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Vault 164
Vault 164

Vault 164 Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.vault164.com
  • Phone: (650) 348-8164
  • 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: Contemporary American, 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "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"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "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."
    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"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "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..."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Took a potential client to lunch. Really enjoyed the food and we were actually able to talk!"
    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)."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Average food. Steak was over cooked. Calamari was overly salty. Excellent service. Probably not going back."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We had the Asian braised short ribs and the macadamia crusted swordfish. Both were delicious and our server , Rosalie, was warm and accomodating."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Vault 164 was, hands down, amazing! Food was delicious, service excellent...we can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "This was an excellent experience. The food was really good as was the service. The atmosphere was fine as well."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I can always rely on a great meal with fantastic service."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "The food is always very good as well as the servers. Our waitress, Michelle, was outstanding and lots of fun."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I've been here 4 or 5x and every time but once, the bar was hopping and the dining room full. The dining room is so incredibly loud that is ruined one meal for me and a friend, but other times, it was okay. Best for loud, I mean really LOUD groups. "
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Looks amazing when you first walk in. Not great at all. Service sucked and the restaurant was not busy. Food was okay."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I have to admit - after all the great things I have heard about this place I was disappointed. Food was ok - nothing so wonderful that you would rush back for. Service wasn't anything special for certain. Nice atmosphere... Beautiful restaurant "
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Excellent time and the food was fantastic!! The wait staff and owner work hard to make sure you re happy! I'm going back next week with a friend and booking a group of 50 for a luncheon in their banquet room! Erin"
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Baked Alaska is awesome! Big enough to share but you would not want to."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "We had a wonderful time here, the food was delicious, the service superior and unique interior decorations. The only negative is that it is hard to park, we were there on Sunday night and i guess perhaps that is the one night there isn't valet parking....but we found a spot."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Fun venue in downtown San Mateo. The food was great, including brussel sprout chips, ahi tuna tower, lettuce cups, and short ribs. Wine menu could have been stronger. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "I have never been disappointed, they had a reservation open at the last minute for my husband and I to celebrate out 12th Anniversary. We were so happy and excited for dinner. Our appetizers were tasty, bacon wrapped figs and tomato/garlic flat bread. And our meals were just as tasty, this time we had a 6oz filet and a skirt steak. We topped it off by sharing a key lime pie for dessert."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "We had a great time. The food and service were wonderful. But, the noise was terrible. It was impossible to have a conversation at out table."
    Dined on 4/26/2014