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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 3 days ago

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.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Service was off that night, no specials, no bread. Disappointing

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Great Food. Wonderful service. There when needed, let us alone to enjoy our meal. Great time was had by all.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Very attentive service coupled with great food and atmosphere. We will be returning.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 8, 2018

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

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.

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·Dined on December 13, 2017

Really good food and service. Australian lamb chops are a must as is the pomegranate margarita! Wish we had discover Central Park sooner!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Rude waiter, slow service, badly cooked food. Don't bother.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

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!

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

As usual, lunch with friends, family, or my grandchildren is great: friendly, accommodating and delicious.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 22, 2017

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!

Tags: Spicy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Cozy, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Tapas, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Food was excellent, presentation also was appealing. Had a 5 PM reservation -- yes it was early, but it was also quiet and good for talking. Been here a number of times and the food is always terrific. Some of the best lamb chops you'll find and the portion is hefty -- a rarity. The drinks are respectable -- not watered down. Definitely going back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

Wonderful waiter who was very attentive. The food was delicious ( all 4 or us raved about the food) and beautiful presentation.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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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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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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 (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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 (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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 (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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