We are a family-owned restaurant that specializes in individual personalized service and simple home-style American cuisine, all in an intriguing and intimate environment. You'll be met by a seasoned staff, who are prepared to indulge your group with an extraordinary private dining experience.View Private Dining Details
I've been going to Central Park for years, as my old organization used to host our off-site luncheons in the private room.
My favorite is the warm bread with chive butter, it's to die for!
Great Food, Great Service, could not ask for more. They are flexible in terms of working with you as far as ingredients (allergies) - and they make very good cocktails, in addition to having a good wine selection.
Have been eating here since shortly after it opened.
Over the years they have moved their menu offerings from more bistro oriented options to more fine dining options.
The food has been consistently good for many years. The menu has a wide range with at least one option that should appeal to each person in your group.
Our recent dining experience was excellent with very flavorful and well prepared appetizers and entrees.
For desert, try the "bread pudding." It is not what you would expect with that name: it is more like a relatively dense, moist, spiced cake with a simple sauce. While that may not sound like much, it is unusual and very good.
A glass of wine was $16. Meal was only ok. Service was slow to respond to our requests .my date, however, was fabulous.
The major problem was the wait staff! They were very unhappy and appeared angry that they actually had to work at this restaurant. We have been there a few times but this was the last.
Outstanding experience! Everything was wonderful. Definitely would come back!
I had a nice glass of wine, half an appetizer and French onion soup. All was great but but so much for so little. Love this place though!
Friendly service with good food. Dishes are well presented.
We felt rushed and there was no one there?? The food was ok but certainly not outstanding. The waiter came to our table about 6 times to rush us to order. We arrived at 12:30 for lunch with a reservation - obviously not necessary
I was pleasantly surprised by Central Park Bistro - the food was fantastic, service was great, and the atmosphere was very pleasant. The prices are a bit high, but at the same time the food was so good that I wouldn't necessarily say it was over-priced. Maybe it just felt a bit high for San Mateo (seemed more like SF prices). But overall, we loved it!
Less than stellar, the staff were noise in the back area of the restaurant and constantly checking their phones. I was concerned about their hygiene practices since the wait staff add the garnishes as the food is ready from the kitchen.
Clam chowder, grilled octopus, Australian lamb chops, and filet mignon were delicious. I've been here previously and the burger is less exceptional this time (not worth the price). My friend had told me that the dessert would be amazing but the cake was dry and had clearly sat in the fridge for a day or two. Floor manager was unfriendly, rude, micromanaged the two wait staff, and led the team in non-existent customer service. There was one nice waiter who brought out our water (who had the highest chance of making eye contact) but he was not allowed to serve the main dish. Our entrees sat on the counter for a few minutes -- the wait staff walked by 6 times! -- before the [micro]manager got to it. It felt like we were intruding on HIS bad day. We were very uncomfortable but tried to make the best of the celebration.
We usually like to thank the staff on our way out but no one took notice when we got up. Fortunately, the gentleman in the kitchen by the bar warmly acknowledged our thanks! Food/kitchen is decent but I have strong mixed feelings about coming back. Also, I thought it was a little more dressy but the regulars dress very casual.
Great place for gathering... however, I would recommend to build a air conditioning. We were sitting in front of the kitchen and we can feel and see the smoke.
Nice staff from the moment we walked in and all through. Wine by three glass was very well done and the food was delicious. Definitely a gem in the San Mateo area!
This neighborhood gem has wonderful food and is one of our favorite places to eat.
We waited a while for our table as they were packed. The table they gave us was small and really good for 2 people only so I requested a bigger one and of course that’s more waiting time. It was confusing as there was no host to sit you down all the waiters were also doing The hosting.
Another fabulous meal with friends at Central Park Bistro. Service is very professional and attentive. Food is plated beautifully and even something as simple as a butter leaf salad was phenomenal. We will be back!
Overall good food and quiet restaurant for meeting
This place is got excellent food and service at very reasonable price. I love their grilled seasonal vegetable dish. The disk includes many kinds of fresh veggies and is so delicious！
We went for a business lunch and had a wonderful meal. It was quiet mid day, perfect for conversation and we had great service. The grilled salmon was absolutely sumptuous, perfectly cooked and great lunch accompaniments of tossed salad in a light dressing and fingerling potatoes with asparagus, so good. I was happy to find a Resling by the glass on the menu, and we shared desserts of the toffee bread pudding and a red velvet cake, both were a sweet finish to a fabulous meal!
The service was very slow
Always a pleasure.
The food was good. We all enjoyed our dishes, but the serving sizes could have been bigger. The service was very professional and attentive, but not very friendly. We had a tough time understanding the host, the waiter, and even the person refilling the water. They needed to speak up more and not mumble their communication. Finally, we missed out on the bread! For whatever reason, our table never got bread. We could have asked, but by the time we saw other tables with bread, it was well past when we would have liked to have received it.
The food is good, every one enjoyed their meal from appetizers to dessert. It’s a great option for small to larger group gathering. The fire place enhanced the ambience, the place is good for kids too, it can easily become one’s go-to place. My only feedback is that the waiters can put on a happier face although their service was on point.
Service was off that night, no specials, no bread. Disappointing
Great Food. Wonderful service. There when needed, let us alone to enjoy our meal. Great time was had by all.
Very attentive service coupled with great food and atmosphere. We will be returning.
Oh how the mighty have fallen. CPB’s food is as good as ever, but the service we had was atrocious. Our party of 8 Was ignored, and had to tell our waiter how to do every step of his job. 2 entrees had to be sent back (steak way over done when asked for med-rare). After a wait, then they cane out and told us they were “out” of the steak so guests had to pick something else. After another wait they brought the replacements and one of them was totally not what was ordered (asked for pizza and got pork roast). Then had to wait again for the pizza. Rather than crediting us the cost of the Twice-screwed up meal, they “apologized” with two tiny bread puddings (to be shared by 8 people), but was useless because we had brought in a birthday cake for them to serve for the birthday we were celebrating. Then they automatically added a 20% group gratuity rather than 18%. Will never go back.
Really enjoyed spending time with our good friends at CPB. Included celebrating owners wife’s birthday. Special menu of the evening we had the Squash Soup, Tower of Beets, Confit Duck, and Lobster Tail. This was paired with an excellent bottle of 2012 Shafer Merlot Napa Valley. Before going home we walked next door to Pausa for night caps and wished our good Pausa friends happy new year, while enjoying a Sibona Grappa & Nonino Amaro dessert wine.
I invited a client for a holiday dinner and was disappointed that there were no holiday decorations at all, not even lights. I asked the waiter about this and he said they decided not to put up any decorations this year??? What's up with that? I arrived about 20 minutes before my client and no one asked me if I wanted water, a drink or anything. I had to flag down the waiter to pay attention to me. My petrale sole was dry, but my client did enjoy her petite filet. I was disappointed to say the least.
Enjoyed the food and service. Both were very good despite the fact the restaurant was very crowded and a large group arrived at the same time we did, but the service team managed it very well. It was moderately noisy but it was easy to carry on a conversation at our table.
Really good food and service. Australian lamb chops are a must as is the pomegranate margarita! Wish we had discover Central Park sooner!
I went there with my boss. I took him there for his birthday lunch. he goes there all the time. we both really like it. super food and excellent service.
The food at Central Park was outstanding. The service wonderful and provided our group with a small dessert on the house. We were put in the "wine" room that I did not request but a great way to celebrate the holiday with our group.
Rude waiter, slow service, badly cooked food. Don't bother.
The food was good and the service was very good, but the meal was expensive for what it was and we felt a little rushed. We both enjoyed the salmon but wasn't thrilled with the steak tartare - all that awesome beef was completely overwhelmed by the dressing. Overall an ok experience and if I'm back in the neighborhood I may try it again.
It was our first time dining at Central Park Bistro but it won't be the last! The service was excellent and the food came out promptly even though there were very few empty tables. Martinis were fabulous and generous! Pasta with lobster and scallops was divine -- but there were so many other delicious-sounding choices on the menu that we'll be back soon to sample a few. This is a great place!
As usual, lunch with friends, family, or my grandchildren is great: friendly, accommodating and delicious.
Never disappointed! Excellent dishes, wonderful service, chic atmosphere, and attentive Management. Highly recommend for dinners, dates, lunches, larger special parties, and just drinks at the bat. 5 stars in all areas!