Dahlia Mexican Grill

4.1
82 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Healthy Mexican grilling, coastal dishes and a full bar with unique tequilas and signature cocktails, Dahlia is an upscale Mexican Grill.

Located in Downtown San Mateo, Dahlia exceeds the expectations of guests and strives for excellence with authentic and unique Mexican cuisine paired with freshly prepared cocktails.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 82 people are saying
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vipStevemN
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service, good food, good value, could be our next go to Mexican restaurant

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Dennizs
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is delicious! Literally everything. Even the lemonade is made to order. We are so happy we found this place

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anniep55
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The first time I went the food was wonderful. I went again later in the week and ordered the same dish and it was not as flavorful. The service was excellent and the atmosphere is very pleasant.

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Iceman
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice restaurant good mix of choices would go back

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HeatherB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Dahlia's for the amazing food. Whether it's taking my parents for Sunday brunch, dinner with our family, or table for 14, it's an great place to go!

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AnnetteH
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience1

We sat outside so we did not get the ambiance that looked like was inside. It would be nice if they were able to make the outside a bit more appealing somehow. The food and service were excellent. We all enjoyed our selections. Next time we will sit inside. We will be back!

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SMat
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly server and staff. The music playing was nice and the food was delicious!

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vipmaggie
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Horrible food, place is dead, felt sick afterward and didn’t even finish my meal. Service was ok. Not going back. First time and last time.

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vipnoname
San Francisco
66 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very tasty dinner. We ordered the shrimp Diablo and fish tacos. And of course the guacamole. My only concern is how few people there were. This is excellent food. Why aren't they more busy. The bar has an amazing selection and the restaurant is attractive. The place should be packed. I'll be back for sure. And I'll tell others.

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DoreenD
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was delicious and generous. Well presented. A great place to share a meal with family and or friends

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vipLanie
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Upscale Mexican food. Fresh, flavorful, interesting with beautiful presentation. We had prompt, friendly and attentive service. We will definitely be back to try more menu options.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The steak fajitas are delicious! Service was fast.

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vipnoname
San Francisco
67 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit, the first was dinner and this occasion was lunch. Both visits were excellent. Dishes ordered were the short rib quesadilla, a tostada salad with tinga chicken and chicken mole enchiladas. And of course, guacamole to start! We were all very satisfied with our choices. The seasonings in each dish was spot-on. I would recommend these choices and look forward to trying other menu items. The service was perfect as we were 3 friends trying to catch up on the latest - the waiter was available as needed but did not hover - thanks!!
The restaurant was not busy at our 12:30 reservation time and did not fill up when we left at 3 pm. It was a Monday and a holiday so perhaps that was the reason. I certainly hope this was unusual as I want this restaurant to succeed.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing experience and Tina was an awesome server! Loved the live music!

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suef
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great place & time spent there for our family celebration

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GloriaB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The presentation and taste of the food was great, but was just a little dry.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Not pictured, but the street corn dip appetizer is 💯👍

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vipLanceK
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love Dahlia -- very good and authentic flavors of Mexico. The shrimp cocktail is awesome, The mole is excellent. Salads are excellent. We have yet to have a dish that disappoints.

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Jimc
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food, house margurita and sangria terrific.

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vipcynthian
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Dahlia!! The food is consistently good. Service is fantastic. Our favorite "outdoor" spot to eat downtown!

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vipJubilyB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding. We ordered the short ribs and the carne asada. Meat was moist and flavorful. They have many cocktails to choose from which were also delicious. I am sure I gained a pound or two after.

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JulianaR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excelente food light, flavorful, delicious. Yummy cocktails and attententive waitstaff.
Support local business! Highly recommended….

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vipFridayNiteDinners
San Francisco
76 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our dinner at Dahlia’s! We were introduced to ingredients not generally found in Americanized Mexican fare. The tortillas and chips are house made and delicious! As was the flan we ordered for dessert. We ordered the Antojitos for Two and brought home another full meal from the generous serving. We look forward to making this a regular dining option!

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Sara
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love sitting in their outdoor space and the food was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Would not recommend

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ndb99
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I liked Dahlia, and will go back. I think that once the pandemic is really behind us they will improve. The food was good (but not great). The service was very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience5

The service was exceptional. The food mediocre

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vipBarbaraF
San Francisco
145 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

“Authentic” modern Mexican food with lots of menu options. A nice new addition to the food scene even though we miss Vault 164 (which previously occupied the site)

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SuzanneC
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved Pure Ecstacy! Wish there was more room for them tho… very packed in. Nice touch having singers face Street however big speaker block their faces.

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ArianP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

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vipBillymcc
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Creative upscale regional Mexican food, everything we have had over several visits has been excellent. Service is excellent, and drinks are very good. Glad San Mateo has this venue, step from usual Mexican restaurant.

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Chrisfitz
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great ambience; attentive service; delicious basics: chips, 2 salsas, guac, rice and beans. I’m not a fan, though, of updating main dishes; I prefer traditional style. Overall, very good.

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rlyork77
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time trying this place out. We ate inside which was pretty empty, but that was nice for us. Our server was incredibly attentive and checked on us multiple times throughout the meal. The decor inside is lovely and colorful. Food was very tasty and nice large portions. We enjoyed ourselves and will definitely return.

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vipPCM627
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Seems the food quality and service has been stepped up. Great guitar music was a big bonus, Be nice when the bar scene gets back to where it was during the rhein of the previous restaurant there (the Vault),

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KathyN
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit great service and food going back to try Brunch !

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Lou2
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Food was terrible and cold. Unfortunately we will not be going back .

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DianaC
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Very disappointed with the menu and the food. We had salads, without added protein
and felt that they were very routine; nothing out of the ordinary.

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Chippy23
San Francisco
77 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was our 2nd time here. This time, we tried their regular entrees. The special for the weekend was Birria. It was delicious! Lots of food for one person. We also had the camarones tacos. Both entrees were packed with flavor. Not spicy at all. There were plenty of food to share among us. No dessert for us.

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HPaula
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was very good and the ambience was nice. Service was a bit slow even though the restaurant was not full.

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Meera
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience5

Food was good. We ordered the soup, that we loved. The chips were okay. The salsa was amazing. Sopios trip was great as well!!

FAQs

Dahlia Mexican Grill offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 348-8164.

Dahlia Mexican Grill is rated 4.1 stars by 82 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.