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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.

181 East 4th Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94401
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
Ellsworth Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 558-8401

Website:
http://www.centralparkbistro.com/

Catering:
We can recreate our menu or customize it to your needs. Please call for details.

Parking Details:
Metered parking on street and large lot in back of restaurant.

Executive Chef:
George Garcia

Additional:
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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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.

Central Park Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

92% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (20)
Special Occasion (20)
Business Meals (19)
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Good for a Date (17)
Great for Lunch (14)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Good for Groups (12)
Romantic (10)
Casual (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Healthy (7)
Cozy (6)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Authentic (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Fun (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
People Watching (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tapas (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Late-night Find (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 14, 2017

The food was average. The grilled octopus appetizer that we got did not taste like octopus, it was soft. The customer service needed some improvement and didn't seem friendly. Our servers were rushing us throughout the dinner (e.g. taking away our plates when we weren't even done yet) even though there weren't many customers during dinner.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 13, 2017

I told our server that we were celebrating a birthday, but this was ignored. A friendly restaurant, can have a conversation. Better for dinner than lunch. Lunch menu limited, especially for salads.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 12, 2017

The food is consistently good. Your can order anything and know it is good.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 6, 2017

Ahi was good but not awesome. Didn't help that the waiter did not serve what I ordered (salmon). He offered to change it but I hate wasting food. On my way out I saw them taking a salmon plate to another table and it looked delicious, wish I could have had it!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 28, 2017

Had a very nice lunch. I had the lamb sandwich which was very tasty. The fries with it had a great seasoning on them as well. I will be back.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 23, 2017

Food was great. Owner prepared a nice cheese plate when requested and dessert was homemade and scrumptious. Service was excellent. Definitely will be back!

Tags: Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 21, 2017

My friend and I had a superb meal. The crab/lobster cakes were exceptional and beautifully presented. My friend and I shared them and they divided them up beautifully on two plates.
The Chilean sea bass and the accompanying fennel and purple potatoes were all delicious.
My friend only had the meatball appetizer as her main dish . It was delicious and so was the raspberry/white chocolate gelato we shared.
It was a totally good evening.
My only negative is that I was a little surprised at the high prices. The small portion of gelato, although delicious, was $12. Sea bass $35, maybe, but many of the main courses were in this range. Our bill (we had no alcohol) was $80.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 21, 2017

Excellent!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 15, 2017

I often have the salmon here as it is so very good. Always tasty and moist, beautifully cooked.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 13, 2017

Was impressed by restaurant before for food quality and service. Sadly service has deteriorated; it's so poor, you can't turn a blind eye to it despite the food quality still being above average. I'm a VIP Open Table customer and apparently that doesn't mean a thing at this venue. The table behind us got attentive service, and we were barely served. As a result, we were unmotivated to enjoy ourselves by fully ordering from all categories of the menu. Highly disappointing, and we will not be back. Now I know why the restaurant down the block was crowded. This place will not be in business too much longer with better competitive choices.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Great place. Service was spot on and very friendly.
I got the skirt steak which was delicious. Wife got the linguine with lobster and scallops. As much as I liked my dish it tried the linguine and it Enea's amazing. Need to go back and get an entire plate myself. Great place. You should go!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Central Park Bistro is my favorite local restaurant. They always offer standards like filet mignon or salmon but they are frequently updated with a twist! The atmosphere is warm & inviting and it does have the feel of a bistro in Europe. I've made it my regular go-to restaurant to relax, have a glass of wine or a cocktail and a delicious meal.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 25, 2017

This restaurant was recommended by a friend, and we were all very satisfied with the food and the service, would definitely recommend it

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Great food, great service, great wine! My wife and I love this restaurant, it is our number one choice for dinner in San Mateo.

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Groups, Outstanding Value, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 19, 2017

Great calamari, tasty seafood linguini, and drinks prepared well. Overall good dinner

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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 17, 2017

Delicious food and terrific service! We'll be back!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2017

This was a Valentine's Day celebration with 6 people. Did not know there would be a
special menu instead of regular menu. Was taken aback by the price-$75 per person. However
the food was good but not a lot of it. Did not think the 20% gratuity was warranted. We were
never offered any wine, service was hurried, did not offer a water refill. We understand it was a
very busy nite but paying that kind of money it should of been better

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 8, 2017

Cental Park Bistro is consistantly delicious.
The waiter's are friendly and excellent!

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 7, 2017

Central Park Bistro needs to update its menu, its decor, its wine list. Two fish on the menu, a completely boring vegetarian option from people who should know Eastern Mediterranean food, sticky card menus as if this were a cheap dinner....all add up to sitting still while the world changes. Pausa down the street will give them a run for their money. CPB is TIRED.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 6, 2017

Great place for a business lunch. We shared the lobster and crab cakes and the salmon. Yummy.

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Great mushroom pizza. Good size for one hungry person. Hamburger a bit on the rarer side. Ask for one level up. Nice ambiance and efficient service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2017

this place is consistently good.. i have been many times and it is always good! owners are nice and the food is terrific. the seating is comfortable too where you can have an intimate conversation.

Tags: Bar Seating, Live Sports, People Watching, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2017

Delightfully unexpected. Great service!

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 18, 2017

The appetizers : crab & lobster cake and lobsters salad were very good; we ordered the central park skirt steak (medium ) done right and tasty, lobster and scallops linguine is very tasty with lobster sauce. .not too greasy. ..and of course dessert was the warm bread toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream. . Overall, it was a pleasant experience and the waiters are very attentive. . would go back again. .

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 2017

This has become our "go-to" restaurant when we want to get out for a quiet dinner by ourselves or with others. Staff is friendly. Service is prompt. Cocktails come in a hefty pour. And, most of all the food is delicious. It's a varied menu from pizzas to foie gras risotto balls to steak and seafood main courses. We never have room for dessert!

Tags: Cozy, Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2016

way overpriced-4 appetizers=$81!. staff was talking loudly in some language, table was tiny even though we had reservations, tv was on the whole time w/ some college football-won't be back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2016

Wonderful experience!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2016

This was Christmas Eve dinner with three very picky millennials! The food was truly excellent. The Chilean sea bass was to die for. I had the foie gras as a starter and it was delicious. Service was really good. We were given a table in the window (after I requested a move) which was quiet and delightful. I can wholeheartedly recommend this restaurant. You won't find anything better even if you pay top dollar in SF. Peninsula gem.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2016

Had annual Christmas dinner with best friend at Central Park Bistro Friday - as always a lovely time. Excellent food and service...we asked to split everything and each dish was divided onto two portions served perfectly.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 19, 2016

The ambiance and the food were great. The crab cakes were amazing though a bit tiny. The burger was perfect and I was happy that they substituted a salad for the fries.

Everything would have been perfect except for the waiter. I was not impressed with the surly waiter. He didn't smile and was not friendly. He insisted my Visa gift card was invalid and made no attempt to try to figure out what was wrong. I ended up using my regular credit card and using the gift card somewhere else. Apparently he didn't know how to handle it which was ok but his attitude was not ok.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2016

Went with girlfriends for a fairly quick dinner before a dance, so we just had entrees and wine. Th environment was warm and comfortable, noise level low, so we could talk, and the food was delicious. We had petrale sole and skirt steak. We were all happy with the meal and wine.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2016

Great service
Great food
Reasonable wine prices
Had a great time

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 12, 2016

We all enjoyed our food. The waiter hovered a bit while we were trying to make our food choices which was annoying. I had the short ribs which were incredible!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2016

Central Park Bistro is one of our local favorites here in San Mateo. We have gotten to know the owner personally and he always greets us and knows our favorites. The food is excellent and the wine selection is solid.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 8, 2016

Love coming here. The lamb chops & fish dishes are yummy- as well as the salads & wine list. Ambience is lovely and really comfy. Elegant decor. Great neighborhood place to dine. Great for family events, a quiet date or an evening with friends.

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 5, 2016

They don't take discover card, research in advance. :)

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2016

It's my favorite restaurant on the Peninsula...I've never been disappointed!

Tags: Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Casual, Organic, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2016

Great food and drinks, especially the lamb pizza and the australian lamb chops.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Organic, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2016

We didn't want to cook for Thanksgiving. They made Thanksgiving very warm and welcoming for my family.

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2016

I have enjoyed this restaurant for years. Wonderful food, very nice ambiance and excellent service. This last time I went there with my two grown children. My daughter ordered the filet without the sauce or butter on it. They accidently forgot and placed the items on the steak and she asked very politely they she had ordered it plain. The server got quite an attitude at the point and made the rest of our dining uncomfortable. I would have recommended it to a friend but now I have concerns.

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