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Central Park Bistro

4.3
789 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
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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Cross street: Ellsworth Street
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What 789 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.4
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4.3
service
4.3
ambience
4.1
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ApplePig (San Francisco)
4.0
Dined a day 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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OpenTable Diner 
4.0
Dined 2 days ago

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

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vipPaul57 (San Francisco)
5.0
Dined 2 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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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0
Dined 4 days ago

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

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SanMateoResident (San Francisco)
3.0
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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vipWaltH (San Francisco)
5.0
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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Betty (San Francisco)
2.0
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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vipRobert (San Francisco)
4.0
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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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
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!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0
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.

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
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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Cross street
Ellsworth Street
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Price range
$30 and under
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(650) 558-8401
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Catering
We can recreate our menu or customize it to your needs. Please call for details.
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Parking details
Metered parking on street and large lot in back of restaurant.
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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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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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