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Esposto's in the Evening

39 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem (61)
  • Good for Groups (16)
  • Great for Lunch (15)

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Esposto’s Delicatessen’s San Mateo location is a family own and run establishment serving the community for over 50 years. It has taken traditional family recipes, passed through the generations, adding some along the way, to create unique dishes that epitomize service and quality as time-honored rituals. Try Esposto’s Delicatessen’s homemade cheese or meat ravioli, or its spaghetti and meatballs or meat lasagna. For vegetarians, there is a vegetable and polenta lasagna in addition to five different types of salads.

Known for its signature hot sandwiches, this establishment lets guests choose from a variety of meats like pastrami, meatballs and hot coppa to create their own palatable creations. Esposto’s Delicatessen offers catering services for special occasions, large and small, as well as boxed lunches for any outing.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Italian, American
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Hours of operation

Dinner: Wed-Sun 5:00pm-9:00pm
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Phone number
(650) 525-1941
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
We encourage private parties for any occasion. Large families always welcome!
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Private party contact
Esposto's Catering: (650) 588-9500
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Established in San Mateo in 1956, Esposto's Catering is family owned & operated full-service catering company. We proudly create value for our customers by offering food made from fresh ingredients, reasonable pricing, & excellent service. Our wide variety of menu's are designed to suit you needs ranging from simple and casual to elaborate and elegant. Our knowledgeable staff will assist in planning your event from beginning to end, and will happily provide advice and support along the way.
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Cross street
El Camino Real and HWY 92
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Public transit
Hayward Park Station Caltrain station 7 mins walking distance (

Samtrans bus stops on El Camino just outside Borel Shopping Center.
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Special events & promotions
We can host any special event you may want to have including on the days we are closed for large group events. We can offer customized menu planning with menu options including sit-down, family style, or buffet style for any group event. Contact us for more information.
Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout
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vipRose (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 31, 2015

Really good old style Italian with some great specials. I love their scampi, lasagna, and all the chicken dishes. Wish the refrigerators were quieter, but they doesn't distract from the many lovely evenings we've had there. Friendly staff and generous portions.

vipRose (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on June 12, 2015

Who knew a deli could serve such wonderful food? The food is always great with generous portions. We love the shrimp scampi and all the chicken dishes. The specials are always good.

vipBadTraveler (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on April 10, 2015

Food was good, reasonably priced, casual atmosphere, and great staff.

vipRavioli (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 19, 2015

If you are looking for a complete Italian dinner which include antipasti plate, sour or salad~ Esposto"s is your Go-To Restaurant. Wonderful selections, evening specials and fabulous service can be found at Esposto's! This restaurant is a deli by day and serves dinner at nite . Lunch can be enjoyed outside in the front patio seating area under umbrellas. Our dinner was delicious and the service was great! Also serves very reasonable house wine by the glass!

vipRose (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 12, 2015

Classic Italian, very generous, and delicious. It's a small, a little bit noisy deli, but the staff are friendly and nice and the food is awesome.

vipRose (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 20, 2014

A surprising treat. Great food and reasonable prices. All the chicken dishes are great. I love the spaghetti and meatballs.

vipRose (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on November 6, 2014

We frequent Esposto's. The service is great; many improvements have been made over the last few months, including better staff and a nicer interior. The food is awesome. Love the chicken dishes, and the shrimp scampi.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on October 25, 2014

This is definitely the place to go if you're looking for straightforward Italian food that is inexpensive, filling, and tasty. Esposto's is a deli by day, so it's not the fanciest of restaurants in the evening, but it has a cute homey feel to it. The portions are filling, the food is well prepared, and it's a really good deal - $50 for a full meal including appetizers + a bottle of wine.

vipRose (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on October 19, 2014

I'm always happy with the meals at Esposto's. The improvements they've made to the interior have made it a much nicer place to dine. I love the tomato soup and all the chicken dishes. They are awesome. And, I love the shrimp scampi. Yum

vipRose (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on September 20, 2014

It's a quaint little place in a deli, but they've worked on making the dining space more attractive and it worked. The food is delicious. The shrimp scampi is a favorite of my husbands, and I love all the chicken dishes. Generous portions and very nicely prepared.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 12, 2014

Outstanding food and service! Too bad more people aren't aware of this restaurant.

pickyeater (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 7, 2014

Was not busy and should have been as the food is great. We went on a Sunday at 5:45P. Will definitely return.

vipRose (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 10, 2014

Although it's a bit noisy from the refrigerators (it is a deli), the food is very good and the portions are generous.

vipRose (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on June 13, 2014

Generous servings, fine flavors. Loved the short ribs.

vipRose (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on May 29, 2014

The prices are reasonable, servings are generous, and the food is very good. Their chicken dishes are wonderful. I enjoyed my chicken piccata. The refrigerators are noisy, but other than that, this is a nice place to dine.