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About Central Park Bistro
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.
San Mateo, CA 94401
American, Comfort Food, Southern
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm;
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm Friday- Saturday : 5:00pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
We can recreate our menu or customize it to your needs. Please call for details.
Metered parking on street and large lot in back of restaurant.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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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.
Central Park Bistro Ratings and Reviews
We had hoped to get a dish of mussels. Unfortunately chef was still on vacation. Instead we had salmon (cooked perfect), Petrale Sole (new preparation quite good), and finished off with a bread pudding. Paired meal with Gls ZD Pinot Noir. Service a little spotty this visit.
We came here because we were meeting friends from the Hillsborough Antique Show, and we didn't know the area. Given that we didn't know if anyone had allergies (e.g. fish) or disliked ethnic foods (e.g. Italian), we chose an 'American' style eatery. Boy were we blown away! We each got something different, and each entree was fantastic. We decided this is definitely a place to keep in mind when guests from out of town come into the city. We'll definitely return.
We were in the wine cellar which was very charming. The restaurant says it seats eight but really six is the max. The door swings into the table and can be very disruptive for the two diners that are sitting on that side since it is a round table. The food was truly exceptional , its our favorite SM restaurant!
all our friends love to come here as it has something delicious for everyone - pasta, meats, veggies, appetizers, pizza. my lamb chops were delicious and the salads we shared were fresh and tasty. We always share everything because we want to taste everything. Central Park Bistro never disappoints, and the owner Giorgio is most gracious and hospitable to all.
We went here to for a team celebration lunch. It was one of the highly ranked restaurants on Yelp.
The food was good, and came out on time. The service and the dining experience was fine. I had no complaints and would happy to come and try other selections on their menu.
We made a reservation for inside but when we arrived it looked nice outside and we opted for an outdoor table. The service was a bit slow and we had difficulty understanding the waiter although he was nice enough. Portions somewhat small but very adequate. The scallops were tender and moist, calamari was good as well.
Celebrated my birthday with a friend. Food and service was great, loved the ambiance and all was good until a large party came and occupied the table behind us and drapes were pulled between their table and ours, killing the ambiance and the enjoyment. The noise volume rose to a crescendo thereafter. Something to learn - request not to be seated by large tables when you are just a party of two.
Great meeting place with exceptional food & service provided from start to finish with my two Sr. Executive guests.
Provided ample time to talk business without feeling rushed and the food was absolutely delicious.
Highly recommend for business or special night out with that special someone.
Great service but food needs to have a little more flavor for the price we paid. The squid appetizer was so soft in the mouth but a little bland. The ambience was great for romantic dates. Willing to give them another try but I hope the food will be better.
Enjoyed dinner with our friends. Cocktails followed by Octopus, Lobster Salad, Prawns, Salmon, Half Slab Ribs, Sole, Lamb, Bread Pudding paired with a bottle of 2013 Gigondas Moulin De La Gardette. Presentation of food dishes are very appealing. Excellent service.
Specified on open table that this was our wedding anniversary dinner but nobody acknowledged it. Beyond and totally separate from that, the waiter was the most unwelcoming and unpleasant service I think I've ever had. He was sarcastic, dismissive, and seemed very annoyed that he was working. We dined early and despite only 3 tables total he never came and asked us how anything was. He never smiled. So unpleasant. My husband asked if there were any specials and he replied "everything is special." Very pompous.
My petrale sole entree was without flavor or inspiration and had a weird texture. Nobody asked how it was until we were ready for the bill. A busboy asked me if I didn't like my fish and I told him it wasn't my favorite. He smiled.
We'll not be returning or recommending to friends.
This was a special occasion with 8 guests. Prompt, attentive service. Fish, pasta dishes (both meat balls and seafood), appetizers - outstanding. Pumpkin soup was amazing. Two of our party ordered lamb - that was a big mistake. The meat was too tough, lamb flavor way too strong, and with lots of inedible fat. The dish did not come with steak knives, but steak knives were badly needed there. Unfortunately our guests were too polite to send these dishes back. I wish they did, just so the restaurant could have had a chance to rehabilitate itself.
I am still a fan - we had a private event at this place for 30 guests a year ago - both the food and the service were outstanding (no, we did not order lamb...).
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