Park & Howard Bistro

4.7
696 Reviews
$30 and under
Bistro
Park & Howard Bistro located on the corner of Park and Howard Ave in Burlingame CA and featuring fresh seasonal American cuisine. We offer a carefully chosen eclectic world wide wine list. Park & Howard Bistro has a decidedly understated rustic motif, linen tables clothes, hardwood floors, intimate leather booths , & rich mahogany wood accents and is an affordable sophisticated, fun dining experience. Park & Howard Bistro also has intimate private dining rooms perfect for that corporate presentation, business meeting, wedding rehearsal dinner, retirement celebrations ,anniversary dinner, or any special function you may have in mind. Check out our private wine cellar room which seats up to 12 people for that extra special dining experience.
The lunch menu is full of wonderful seasonal pairings salads, sandwiches and entrees. Service is approachable, knowledgeable, attentive and friendly, in a comfortable atmosphere

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • 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 696 people are saying
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Julie
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, delicious food and good choices for our vegetarian eaters. Fantastic wine selection!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I share meals out to avoid overeating or wasting food. We had 4 courses, all prepared to perfection and served leisurely. First course was grilled artichoke hearts, second beet salad, third grilled branzino and for dessert chocolate bomb. Each was delicious and presented beautifully.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here for the first time on Thanksgiving. Everything was great. The food was amazing. We had salads, filet mignon, pasta, burger, lamb,desserts and coffee. Everyone was impressed with the quality of the food. The service was also excellent. We will come back here often!!

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MarkH
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first dinner at Park & Howard, and we found it excellent. Prompt service, good cocktails, fresh and well-composed food. Will definitely be back.

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vipwalterm
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were excellent, especially considering they were very busy. Portions are not too large and everything was beautifully prepared with good quality, fresh ingredients. Did not try dessert, but will definitely be back!

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vipRobert
San Francisco
64 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a “just right” mid-week dinner. The resto was busy and the staff were working hard, but everything felt like a pre-pandemic normal. We dined indoors and felt very safe with the distancing and staff masking. Everyone in the resto seemed happy and happy to be there.
The food was terrific. My wife had great looking pork ribs—fall off the bone tender—paired with a cabbage and mango slaw and a very special looking cornbread. I had lightly grilled scallops, tender and juicy, paired with arugula. We enjoyed a nice rose’ picked almost at random from an engaging wine list. Finished the meal with espresso and house made biscottis.
P&H has become a go-to favorite for us, and judging by the crowd, for lots of others. Highly recommend.

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vipTammyK
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always amazing service and high quality food. Our family favorite.

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vipNeiltony
Central Coast
36 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My only complaint is that we were near the front door, and it was a bit chilly. Great drinks, food, service. Nicely decorated spot too. Bar is lovely!

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AlbertG
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very Comfortable and very good! The lunch is also very good.

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NicoleH
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Billy's staff at Park and Howard took great care of my team. Thanks so much!

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SuellenR
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I had lunch there with a friend. Lovely table by the window, quiet and welcoming hostess. Couldn't be better.

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vipBart
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu. Delicious and consistent food. Superb service.

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JoeB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This remains the go-to place for fine dining in Burlingame after the demise of ECCO. Keep up the good work!

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KathyN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing and the food was delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We girlfriends often have brunch here after morning spa on Sunday. We noticed quality of service is going down which makes the food and prices not worth it. This most recent felt our dining experiences almost all based on the waiters, when they are free to give us a menu, when our dishes arrive at different times, and when anyone notices we trying to ask for anything. There are several places along peninsula with similar menu.

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vipcody
San Francisco
69 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food! Very pretty dining room. Service was a little slow but they were busy and only had three servers. One very friendly young lady, one male that was alright and a third male who was not very friendly at all. But we will still be back as it was very enjoyable!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Be careful if they don’t indicate where they are seating you! We were put outside and I was freezing the whole time… Quite disappointing.

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vipAlbinaK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Atmosphere is fantastic

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VincentG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly a gem. This was my second time here and from the person who greeted us, the busboy, waiter, kitchen staff, and owner they put out a great product. Very attentive and no detail was missed. The presentation was spot-on perfect. Definitely going to be my go-to place to take someone to impress.

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vipjak1
San Francisco
111 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolute perfection! Had the octopus appetizer and the Salmon entree. Phenomenal! My mouth is watering just thinking about last nights dinner. Service was par to none. You can never go wrong at Park & Howard Bistro!

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RuthanneR
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Steak tartare is delicious.

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MichelleC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a really nice place and the servers took care of us. We’re in a big group and had a great time!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had never been to this restaurant and found it on Yelp. It exceeded our expectations. We were able to sit outside which was very pleasant and the service was exceptional. The cocktails were delicious and the meal was one of the best I have had in a while. I has a beet salad, seared Ahi, and a divine crepe brûlée. I will definitely recommend this restaurant and will plan to return. Thank you

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vipDianeK
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cocktails were inventive, our main dish pastas (risotto and tagliare) were delicious!

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LoJSF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was a making along with the wait staff. My friend and I have wanted to go here for a long time. We were sorry we waited so long. We will definitely be back.

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Slim65
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good food but service a bit slow. Had gelato for desert but was not served promptly as was somewhat melted. Very loud indoors making visiting difficult. Parklet outside was quieter but just ok ambiance.

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vipPrada06
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

My friend and I enjoyed the food and service. Unfortunately given our current circumstances, we sat outside and it was a bit too loud (not the restaurant's fault). I was pleasantly surprised to find that the food and service have not suffered through the pandemic.

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vipTimB
San Francisco
68 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

No real wow factor on the food. Everything is paradise way. As the dishes came out lukewarm to cool. Taste was average. Unfortunately the coffee was cold as well. Even with the reservation we were shoved in the back towards the opening to the kitchen and/the bathroom. Service was good. Easy parking easy access.

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Monkeyjewelry
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food is excellent. Good choices for all kinds of eaters. Everything fresh. We had a small party of 5 and they gave us the back room which is more private. Just really know how to take care of customers.

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vipDenMilo
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Park & Howard Bistro is one of our favorite places on the peninsula. The service and food are exceptional and the menu has enough variety for everyone. My wife and I are pescatarians and there is a nice variety of seafood and pasta dishes to keep us coming back. They also have wonderful signature cocktails.

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vipJessicaBaby
San Francisco
80 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The staff members were professional, courteous and friendly. They do offer a good selection on food and desserts. Ambience is good. I just wish the portion of the entrees could be a little bigger.
Parking was easy at nearby parking lot or on the streets.
Overall, it is a great place for gatherings.
I chose to sit inside as it was a chilly night, but the outdoor dining area was nicely heated too.

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TaraM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was underwhelming for the price. Was tasty, but not unique. The tuna tartare was salty (too much soy sauce). Butternut gnocchi and scallops were smaller sized portions and had some good flavors, but nothing spectacular. Bill for 3 people without drinks was 127+tip -- quite steep for what we got (2 apps + 2 entrees). There was an extremely noisy group at the table next to us that carried pretty far in the outdoor space. The heaters didn't keep us warm enough.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to dine!

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DaveR
Monterrey
6 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a nice find! Great selection of appetizers and entrees. The octopus was tasty and tender as was the artichoke soup of the day. I had a hard time choosing my entree and finally settled on the short rib pasta and it was tender and super tasty. I tried each of the other three entrees at our table and all were delicious. We finished off with the bread pudding and again hot gold! Their wine list is extensive so come with confidence that you will have a great meal.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love that we never feel rushed. We like to enjoy our experience plus we spend more this way! Sometimes the music seems loud but we are old and maybe that’s why🤣😂

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vipCarolineR
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great appetizers and the entrees’ are all amazing. It’s consistently great!

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vipHaim
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved this place from the moment I saw the menu. So many great options, especially on the lunch menu. The food was excellent and the service was outstanding. Even though I don't live near Burlingame, we will make an effort to come and eat here again.

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vipYummers
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come here regularly. It never disappoints

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vipDiningFine
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our go to restaurants. Whether for casual, family, date night, work or special occasion. It really fits the bill. Can always count on the food and service being exceptional.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
69 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We all cleaned our plates. Excellent

FAQs

Park & Howard Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 567-6080.

Park & Howard Bistro is rated 4.7 stars by 696 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.