Dahlia Mexican Grill

13 Reviews
$30 and under
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
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 13 people are saying
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3.6based on recent ratings
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021

Service was very good, but unfortunately we did not enjoy the food here. The food was bland, even the guacamole. Prices were on the high side. There are better Mexican restaurants close by and not so pricey.

OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021

The restaurant was not opened on 1/29/21. We were very disappointed that OpenTable accepted our reservation!

San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020

The restaurant was running behind on reservations times, but the customer service given to us was excellent always checking in on us till our table was ready.

San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2020

I love the set up they have outside. Its very cozy and private. However; the service at the time we went, (happy hour) was very very slow and only ended up having 2 drinks in 2 hours. My food was pretty darn good, but my friend got the calamari and it was quite fishy. Maybe we just caught them on a bad day. We will try again for sure. Maybe for dinner next time. Menu items looked intriguing

San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020

Yummy food, clean and fresh. Think the opposite of Celias!!!

San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020

I was really excited to try this restaurant since it was something new and different in downtown San Mateo. I can tell they’re still trying to work out some of the operational processes. I had a reservation and was promptly seated in their nice (heated) outdoor setup, then was quickly brought complementary chips and salsa for the table. But unfortunately that’s where the attentiveness stopped. We waited for about 10 min and watched several members of the wait staff walk by our table and take orders from other tables until eventually we had to flag someone down so that we could order drinks and entrees. The drinks were delicious and were appropriately priced for the quality. Then the food- we watched a server bring out our food to the table beside us put it on their table then realize there had been a mistake and brought the food to our table. Now, normally, I wouldn’t mind this since mistakes happen, but COVID cases are surging and I wasn’t really excited about my food being placed in front of someone else as they talked over it then brought to my table. The portions of the food were decent, although for the quality I think it is a little pricy. I ordered the sopes trio and my partner ordered the barbacoa which came with a side salad and rice & beans. Overall, the flavor was lacking, especially in the barbacoa. San Mateo has many small taquerias that I visit often and can’t really justify paying the price for Dahlia when you have so many of these places nearby.

I don’t think I will be trying Dahlia again soon. Perhaps in a few months after they’ve worked out the kinks.

San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020

Excellent food, beautiful presentation, energetic server, reasonably priced!
Will be recommending to friends!💕

OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020

Food was underwhelming and over priced. Chicken was under cooked in grill platter, chips not fresh. Service was good and waiter accommodated us. Still disappointing for a expensive Mexican restaurant.

San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020

Tried Dahlia for lunch then dinner as new Mexican restaurant in San Mateo. Upscale food with little different style, generous portions and varied menu. Being new they have some minor bugs to work out, but flavors and creativity are excellent, portions for dinner a bit too large, but smaller portions for lunch are perfect. Good addition to San Mateo eateries.

New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020

We had a great date night. The service was quick and followed all the safety guidelines.

vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020

Few bumps because they’ve only been open a few days, but remarkable there weren’t a boatload of bumps like most places I’ve eaten that have only been open a few days. Great addition to downtown San Mateo.

San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020

Salsa was horrible
Service horrible

Too bad we were so excited about a new restaurant

OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020

They didn't spray down the tables between uses. They gave a us a dirty to go box. The meal was overly expensive. Not going back.


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

Dahlia Mexican Grill is rated 3.6 stars by 13 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.