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For 2
Sun, 2/25
8:30 PM
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Central Park Bistro

804 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Business Meals
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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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American, Comfort Food, Southern
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm;
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm Friday- Saturday : 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(650) 558-8401
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
George Garcia
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We can recreate our menu or customize it to your needs. Please call for details.
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Cross street
Ellsworth Street
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Parking details
Metered parking on street and large lot in back of restaurant.
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Gift Card
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

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.

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What 804 People Are Saying
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4.3  based on recent ratings
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 5 days ago

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

5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

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!

none (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

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.

SerenaL (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

vipDinerSF (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

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!

vipTangball (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

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.

vipCathyJ (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

This neighborhood gem has wonderful food and is one of our favorite places to eat.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

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!

vipJack (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 29, 2018

Overall good food and quiet restaurant for meeting