Central Park Bistro

4.7
1136 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Central Park Bistro is a 100 seat contemporary restaurant in downtown San Mateo featuring fresh seasonal American cuisine, in the $15-$26 range. We offer a carefully chosen eclectic Wine Spectator award-winning wine list. Central Park Bistro is an affordable sophisticated, fun dining experience. Relax and unwind with a house specialty cocktail at our wonderful Martini Bar. We also have several intimate private dining rooms perfect for that corporate presentation business meeting, wedding rehearsal dinner,
retirement/anniversary dinner, or any special function you may have in mind. Check out our private wine cellar room which seats up to 8 people for that extra special dining experience.


For reservations larger than 10 or for private functions please contact the restaurant directly.
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Dave
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went on a Monday evening so the place was not crowded. Service was excellent. Had a Manhattan and the Pan Seared Bass which were both excellent! Others in our party also enjoyed their meals very much. Highly recommend!

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Tess
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Service is good. A little pricey but food is delicious. So it fine. I like it dog friendly

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good. Waiter was nice, however mistook the order

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Victoria
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owner/staff went above and beyond to help me with my reservation. The flight for my guest for dinner was delayed beyond the kitchen closing. Management reached out to me and bent over backwards to help me fulfill this planned special occasion. Our meal was superb!!! Highly recommend to everyone!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and great food. Outdoor seating was nice too. Will definitely be going back! Loved it!!

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LaurieM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our small group (of 5) had a wonderful lunch gathering at Central Park Bistro!!👏😋 Our server was very gracious, attentive & patient! He understood this was a social lunch and he did not rush us at all! We had a choice to be seated inside or outside. We were seated in exactly the area we had requested! The food was delicious and the ambience was very nice as well! Central Park Bistro was the perfect spot for a truly enjoyable lunch from beginning to end! It is a favorite spot of our “lunch bunch” group and we will be back again soon! Thanks so much to the entire staff for another excellent dining experience! Soooo happy & thankful that you are fully open!👍🏻😁👏🎉Take care❣️❣️

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vipVivianZ
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The crab cake tasted a bit Weird prob not too fresh. Servers checked in too often.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Birthday ! Super food ! Good service, food took little longer than normal , but delicious ! It was busy too!

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vipNTSM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We hosted a party of 8 and service was spot on. We appreciated their assistance all throughout the evening and food was great.

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Mark
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed delicious meal with family in parklet. They ran out of sole but chef make an excellent substitution upon our approval.

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vipMudslide
San Francisco
105 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and food. Some very creative, delicious dishes such as the beet gazpacho soup or lobster salad (nice presentation). The pizzas are likewise excellent. Something for everyone here. A little on the pricey side, but to be expected nowadays,

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vipPandM
San Francisco
116 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ate in the parklet and since it was a very warm day, it was quite hot. The inside seating looked beautiful and once we are comfortable dining indoors, we will choose that. The service was great. Friendly and helpful. I highly recommend the hamburger. Medium was still slightly pink and served on a delicious grilled bun. The menu offered several choices of sides and fortunately, I chose the soup of the day, Shrimp Bisque. The intense flavor was like drinking shrimp. We will definitely return because my dining partner wants one of those burgers that he saw me enjoying.

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JillR
New England
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Scallops and risotto were fantastic.

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vipEllen
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The restaurant ran out of almost everything we ordered. It was a prix fixe menu. There were no other options.

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AmyJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and delicious food! Had a Mother’s Day lunch here and spent 3 hours eating and talking...hospitable staff and very accommodating! A wonderful feeling of normalcy as the world begins coming back to life amid a pandemic.

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vipJB2007
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Would recommend to others in the area.

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DAVIDB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have loved this place for a forever...and it never disappoints..We keep returning because the food is wonderful, the chef, a special artiste, so much so that I would love to have him add new items to the menu more often..he is sooo good, that you come back wanting to discover several things that are new every time, because you just know it's going to be great..nay, beyond great!
Lastly, the service is impeccable. Five plus stars...
Just go, and be prepared to have perhaps an unexpected blissful time....

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DavidM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service.

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vipVirginia
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It’s always a good to great meal. Service is impeccable

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vipBarbaraA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love Central Park Bistro - enjoyed eating outside. The food is consistently delicious, great service and value.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Beautifuly presented food, comfortable indoor banquette--outdoor seating available. Excellent attention from Maitre d'/Manager. Busser could benefit from training on when/how to clear. Upscale casual/semi-dressy decor was good backdrop for a party that didn't need "destination decor"--in other words, I wouldn't come just for the restaurant design. All-in-all, will def return.

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naner
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Always a very good meal at Central Park and the service is tops

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vipBeejanB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an outstanding dining experience at Central Park Bistro!

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vip2picky
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love going to Central Park Bistro. The food is excellent. So is the service. It’s a local gem.

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vipCarolineR
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service!

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BettyC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My nephew and I had an excellent meal and you can be sure we will return.

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vipBrett
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First time back after over a year of covid quarantine. Food and service are still great and the outdoor dining set up worked well.

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vipMyNewFavorite
San Diego
31 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent! I've been to CPB before, but WOW the food was just amazing! I ordered the sea bass and my husband ordered the seafood pasta and both were just outstanding. We also ordered the octopus appetizer and this was the best octopus I have ever had. So tender and the marinade was so fresh. Thank you for a GREAT night now.

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vipReasonablePerson
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for lunch for the first time in over a year. Ate at an outside table. Service was prompt and food came reasonably quickly. I had the hanger steak and it was delicious. Served with a side of dressed arugula and garlic fries. The cappuccino was delicious. Will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely bread pudding was amazing! Best in town for sure! Great service and amazing presentation! Thank you so much, see you soon!

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vip2picky
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Three couples first double vaccination post pandemic dinner together in 13+months. We still had an outdoor table and had the best time. Excellent food and service.

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vipEpicurean
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Was happy to dine inside with the nearest other diners sitting about 12 feet away. The butter lettuce and beet salads were both fresh and tasty. My mom requested her filet mignon to be MW and her green beans tender, but neither arrived cooked enough but she managed to enjoy half the plate, took home the rest and enjoyed the leftovers even more the next day. My dad and I both enjoyed our braised short ribs, fall off the bone tender beef and nice root vegetable puree made for solid comfort food. I chose a 2009 Beaujolais off the list but a 2013 was shown as the current offering. It was a fantastic pairing for our dinner and a superb value. We had the bread pudding and chocolate lava cake for dessert, both were very good. My mom also loved the Earl Grey tea. Great meal and look forward to returning soon.

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JohnC
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Eating outside, the ambience is like a street with tables, a roof, some windbreak walls and heaters. It's still good and we keep going back. Food is the attraction. It's one of the few places around here to get octopus and they do it perfectly every time. Scallops were wonderful and it's a very filling meal.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! We’ve been here 4 times & every time has been amazing! Excellent Food, Fantastic Service!!

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luckypuppy
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great Place for a family dinner; we celebrated my dad's 75th. Try the Linguine w lobster, and we all enjoyed the calamari plates. Good service, reasonable prices

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SandraO
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first restaurant visit following the pandemic — and it was great! We always loved this restaurant as they would always make a vegan meal for our daughter; and they didn’t disappoint. So happy to be back dining at our favorite restaurant - great food, great service!!!

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donm
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

quality of food was better than anticipated, wohoo
service was attentive but not bothersome.
I will go again

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The whole experience is good. However, the tables are kind of close to each other— less than 6 feet apart.

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NancyL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor seating was arranged so we felt safe. The staff were gracious and happy. The food was outstanding. The presentation was fabulous. Our experience was wonderful and we highly recommend Central Park Bistro in San Mateo!! Go to OpenTable and make your reservation!!

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vipmarcf
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Outside dining was safe and well separated.

FAQs

Central Park Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 558-8401.

Central Park Bistro is rated 4.7 stars by 1136 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.