Central Park Bistro

4.7
1211 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-$40 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 12 or for private functions please contact the restaurant directly.
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KristenH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Central Park Bistro exceeded my expectations. The food was beautifully presented and delicious. Service was also excellent. I highly recommend you try it.

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NGMOT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice dinner with outdoor seating area. Food was great.

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2BlackCats
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This charming Central Park Bistro has a delicious variety on the menu, and excellent wine cellar, and excellent service. Especially nice for a celebratory treat for the person(s) who have everything.

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vipLindaG
San Francisco
67 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good good, really enjoyed the Brie egg rolls

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RHM2k
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Truly an excellent venue for a business or social meal.

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vipDessertfirst
San Francisco
191 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great filet, prepared well, and my colleague had a delicious risotto. Well made cocktails.

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vipOliviaG
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service & dinner was delicious!

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BradfordW
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food tonight was just SO good!

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vippprasek
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal this trip to SF. Filet and Lamb rack superb. Crab cakes excellent too. Nice wine selection.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Service was excellent. We had a good time!

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Daysi
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

magnificent attention, delicious food ... delicious desserts. everything was wonderful I had an excellent birthday dinner

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ellens
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always! Perfect place for a celebratory dinner with friends. Thank you so much!

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Kare
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Over price for the amount of food. Looks great on the plate but taste is just okay. Expected more

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msellenr
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Went for birthday celebration last night based on the great reviews. We were not disappointed. Our party of three loved our entree choices. Mine was the pan seared sea bass, delicious to the last bite. My friend had the petite filet mignon and substituted brussels sprouts chips for the green beans and was very pleased. My husband ordered the grilled hanger steak, also with brussels chips. The steak serving was large enough for leftovers for this morning's breakfast. Very satisfied. As the birthday girl, the restaurant treated me to a delish slice of key lime pie. We also ordered the lava cake with salted caramel gelato. Everything was amazing. The only (very slight) disappointment were the two appetizers, both delicious, but smaller than expected given the other menu items potions. There were only four small brie and pear filo rolls, and the fried calamari was combined with too many onion rings. Overall though, the food was exceptional and service, great. We'll be back!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First they have amazing wine list and full bar.
There are a lot of choices in the menu calamari and octopus was high level.
Excellent and friendly service.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I don’t even know where to start from!! Food was out of this world.
Service was amazing and was the best I’ve ever received in a restaurant. I will definitely come back here again and recommend this place to my friends.

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Emilio
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first experience in Central Park Bistro. So far everything was perfect. Server was so nice to us and scallops was just amazing. We topped with the bread pudding and it was awesome. We’’ll definetly be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food and service was great

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GiorgioY
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience3

Food was really mehhh

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atetoomuch
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love eating at Central Park Bistro. Have been coming for years. A nice quiet upscale feeling without being too pretentious. They have a good selection and can always find several things to enjoy. At times the food can be a bit under seasoned, but nothing that a slight sprinkle of salt won't fix. A wonderful place to enjoy a meal with family/friends with nice ambiance, and you don't have to talk loud to hear each other speak!

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JosephB
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was recommended to us. We enjoyed the entire experience with Central Park Bistro.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

A real mixed bag - some really excellent parts of the meal and some that were sub par. Service was attentive and friendly but really challenged with even the smallest special request.

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vipwoog
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very good cuisine. Good variety. Excellent service.

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KKKK
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Consistently good food and good service! A "go to" restaurant for my family in downtown San Mateo.

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vipNancy
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Great menu with good variety.

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Drumrollz
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Attentive service. Team has made the best of the Covid situation with their spacious indoor and outdoor dining options. But the food…amazing. Layers of flavors. Reminds you of what life was like before eating out of to go boxes and cold food and missing items from DoorDash, etc. We will continue to support this San Mateo establishment and eat often…

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GML9999
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was delicious and I was so grateful that the portions seemed to be normal sized (vs. the huge plates you see at many restaurants). I chose this restaurant becauseI heard it had nice outdoor seating. It was nice, but it would be even nicer if there were just a few more plants to break up the space between diners and the sidewalk. Our waiter was lovely and had a fun personality. He was attentive but not overly so. I also appreciated that the staff let us finish our drink and then our first course before brining out entre’. This is a small thing, but it is nice not to feel rushed and it’s nice to see that “rule” enforced.

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vipNancy
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed ourselves. Food was great, lots of variety.

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vipACSanMateo
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outdoor seating feels well spaced. Always appreciate the wide selection on the menu.

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vipBruceS
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor dining option in San Mateo. Service and food is terrific!

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vipOliviaG
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service & food was delicious! Waiters were great!

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susans
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

So nice & we stayed for several hours.

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vipRominaK
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal outside in their parklet. The service was outstanding and they have done a beautiful job with their outdoor dining.

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CarolynK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely lovely dinner. The only problems we had were pretty much related to covid. We ate outside, which was lovely, but there was a lot of sidewalk traffic and we were a bit hemmed in by the tent. The waiter was hard to understand through his mask. The wine list needed to be updated. Oh well, it's just part of the times. The service was attentive and wonderful. The food was FANTASTIC! We had three courses plus dessert/cheese and the timing was perfect. We had a REALLY REALLY GOOD TIME. I can hardly wait to go back! It was both fancy and casual. Perfect for our first date night since last year! I would recommend Central Park Bistro to anyone and everyone!

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vipFoody
San Francisco
134 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is the most un-noticed place on the Peninsula with the absolutely best food around. Well thought out appetizers, a pizza oven that turns out the most exquisite pizzas and other fired food you could crave. A very decent wine list and full bar, this restaurant has it all if you are in the mood for a fine dining experience.

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vip2picky
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had lunch with a friend. Lovely, fresh salad with salmon for her and crab cakes for me. Beautifully presented and delicious. We have often been for dinner and now will be back at lunchtime.

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vipdjmw
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food and service were very good. They were not terribly busy for lunch for two on a Thursday. We had Beet Salad, Caesar Salad, Gnocchi, cheese board, coffees and two glasses of wine. It seemed rather expensive for what we got, $140 with tip. The portions were on the small side. I think it is the industry's "Covid tax" given the need to trim costs and make a profit and I have seen the same thing at a number of other restaurants.

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TinaH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my daughter’s Birthday!

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MichaelB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very tasty Italian food option in downtown San Mateo

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 1211 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.