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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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

95% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (18)
Good for a Date (15)
Special Occasion (15)
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Business Meals (14)
Great for Lunch (13)
Good for Groups (11)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Casual (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Romantic (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Authentic (6)
Cozy (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Fun (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Healthy (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
People Watching (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Seasonal (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (San Joaquin)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Outstanding food, exceptional service. We look forward to dining here again and highly recommend.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Central Park Bistro is our favorite neighborhood restaurant. The food is consistently good, the owners are always gracious and welcoming, and the service excellent. We also appreciate the restaurant's acoustics, which keeps the noise level to a minimum.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Got the 8 person private table in the wine room. Quiet and comfy.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

This is definitely our "go to" restaurant in San Mateo. We are always satisfied with the food, wines and service.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual
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food5
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I booked this restaurant because of my gluten free diet and my cousin needed to bring her dog. Food was surprisingly good and staff was quick to service. Great find overall. Will be back for sure.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 22, 2017

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!

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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Delicious food. Excellent service. A wonderful dining experience. We loved the sea bass, scallops, and signature desserts.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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·Dined on October 17, 2017

We went to Central Park Bistro to celebrate our engagement with some of our family members. We were seated in a private space next to the wine tasting room and it was perfect! Food was amazing and staff were awesome.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Food was exceptional and the service outstanding!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Had the Petrale sole. It was overcooked. Otherwise all was good and would come back again.

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

The service was top notch! Very friendly yet very professional staff! The food was delicious and there was a very short wait between ordering and serving. We’ll definitely return!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

It’s our girls day out. The restaurant was quiet enough for us to chat for a long time. The food was good. The waiters were very friendly and kind. We definitely will go back.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Cozy, Casual, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Consistently great food, great service. Super attentive wait-staff makes sure you are taken care of quickly. Food is always superb.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 5, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Menu, sufficient number of choices. Food excellent, cooked right on. Service very efficient.
Excellent restaurant for lunch and dinner.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Quick Bite, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Cozy, Authentic, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Gave specifics for special occasion requests to restaurant all requests were forgotten. Service very slow and it wasn't crowded.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Always a good time. Food is great and service is excellent. Georgio & his crew do a great job of making you feel welcome!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Food and service absolutely superb. Well worth the price.

Tags: Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Casual, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Very personable, very attentive and accommodating.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Authentic
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 10, 2017

This restaurant never disappoints. Excellent quality, excellent food and excellent presentation.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Central Park Bistro continues to be one of our "go-to" places for date nights. We always enjoy our meal here and the service is efficient and gracious.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 8, 2017

They were very accommodating to my Open Table request for special seating and the service was outstanding and wonderful. Thanks for making our-evening out with friends all the more special! The food was exquisite and everyone enjoyed their meal.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Good food and wine selection. Attentive staff. Comfortable setting

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2017

The food and staff are the best !! they make you feel at home !!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Had a light meal of appetizers (Lobster salad, 1/2 Caesar, Heirloom Pizza, Meatballs paired with 2012 Paraduxx 1/2 bttl), while we met with CPB owner to plan future business meeting with our Wine & Food club.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 25, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 21, 2017

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Their excellent, perfectly dressed lobster salad, their house made bread with herbed butter, and a glass of Rombauer Chardonnay make for a perfect lunch here. We like to repeat this as often as possible!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Incredible lamb chops but each meal I've had has been excellent. Not overly crowded or noisy either. I come whenever I'm in town.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Paleo Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 24, 2017

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 14, 2017

The scallops were undercooked to the point that they were inedible. A lackluster experience overall. We won't ever go back.

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 12, 2017

Highly recommend. Frequent business traveler to area and discovered this gem several year ago. Always good food and service. Wine list is great. Giorgio and company always take good care of us.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 11, 2017

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...).

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Great dining experience. Pricing a bit high, but overall value very good.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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