Park & Howard Bistro

4.5
332 reviews
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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
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j
San Francisco
67 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice dinner had the salmon. The greens they put with them are quite bitter. Hamachi appetizer very small. Service very nice. Definitely will go back.

OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Park and Howard. Food is always wonderful. Service is great. Best restaurant in Burlingame. Our go to place.

NL
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, atmosphere, and the food is always wonderful - this day included. This is becoming one of my favorite places for special occasions or those days when you want a perfect dining experience.

LG
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great local place!

ML
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Park and Howard Bistro was a great find in Burlingame. So great to find good food so close to the airport! Our dinners were well-cooked and presented, although there were only 3 scallops on my husband's plate. A couple more would have been nice. Overall we had a great experience and would come back again.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 1

Good food but too noisy. Very loud hard to hear.

J
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service! Great meal and beautiful decor! Celebrated my friend’s birthday and they brought a dessert with candle. Delicious!!

L
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Top notch. Every course AND the cocktails. Best kept secret in San Mateo!

C
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a find! Everything about the restless fantastic. We enjoyed everything immensely. There was a problem when we arrived that they did not have our reservation but luckily they had a few open tables. We plan on making this a monthly dinner out.

LS
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Scallops were amazing tonight!

CD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, fabulous service. My favorite place to eat. Would go there all the time

l
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal out in a long time.

j
San Francisco
68 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner - great service. The Italian gentleman who sat us was fabulous!

RS
Tahoe
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Host asked us Kindly if we would like to sit in the more quiet room. It was anything but quiet.

Since that room is relatively small, he sat us in the middle table of 3 tables by the window.
All 3 tables appeared to receive excellent service....however all I can recall is looking up often
only to see the "rear end" of the waiters as they served the other 2 tables.
Not a pleasant memory, no matter how good the food.

KW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined here frequently and love the food and everything about it.

H
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all loved it.
Thanks

CD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and a wonderful wait staff. One of the best meals I have had in a long time, from start to finish

GR
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

1st class restaurant. Selections on menu are diverse. Wine List is superior.

GL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was amazing. If the artichoke appetizer was offered as a main course, I would have ordered it. The signature bar drinks on the cocktail menu were fantastic.

MR
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

I eat here frequently. It’s usually pretty good. Food was over cooked this time

OT
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great to have a new quality restaurant in the neighborhood.

SD
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very enjoyable evening. Nice ambiance, excellent service, and good location. Would return!!

RF
San Francisco
183 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is excellent. Fresh and beautifully prepared and presented. Service is top notch.

SB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

I have eaten here a number of times and have recommended to many before. Brought friends this time. Food was tasteless, undercooked or overlooked, every plate served. Disappointed!

ST
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have been there twice before. The food was much better this time.

j
San Francisco
68 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 3

Our first time to Park and Howard bistro.
We walked in the door and the hostess was quite curt, abrupt and sharp. First thing she says, “Do you have a reservation? What’s your name?” No smile. No, hi how are you - nothing. Did not catch her name but she had very long straight black hair and looked as though she hated her job.... she set a very bad tone.. We sat down and the rest of the staff were very - very pleasant. Had appetizers and a great meal. Scallops were pretty salty. But other than that the meal was very enjoyable. It is very LOUD.
We will go again and hopefully have an all-around more pleasant experience. I would hope someone would speak with this hostess. She sets a very bad precedence for the restaurant if it wasn’t for her we would be giving them before five stars!

GN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time and not rushed

n
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been there twice now and the menu is excellent, especially the Petrale Sole sandwich!
Very nice wait staff and ambience.
We’ll be back!

l
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The appetizers were good, but the portion sizes were small. I ordered the scallops ($34) and I had to send it back because they were very salty. They were accommodating in replacing my meal with something else. The bread pudding dessert was good, but the chocolate lava cake had no lava and was over baked and on the verge of being burned.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Had Father’s Day dinner here for the first time trying the restaurant. The service was pretty good, friendly and somewhat attentive. The food however fell short. Three of us had the petite filet and we all agreed it was not “filet mignon” quality and was quite bland. The only time I ask for steak sauce is when the steak has no flavor which is rare. Everything else ( coq au vin, branzino) was ok was the feedback from other members having other dishes. The chocolate lava cake was good but the bread pudding fell short (it wasn’t even warm). The bill also had an automatic 20% gratuity when was ok given that the service was ok but had it been under par I would not have been happy with it. There are many good restaurants in the Bay Area and I’m sorry to say this one will not be on my “be back again” list.

BL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

berger was dry and overcooked, besides being cold. my friend asked for crispy fries and they were not.

T
118 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The place was full on a Sunday evening which means it has local regulars. Started the meal with the green salad with blue feta cheese, good but not a delight. Then shared the duck mousse, again good but not special. Finished with the salmon, it tasted like salmon, looked like salmon, but didn't have anything to make it newsworthy, or worth of acclaim.
Enjoyed a glass of the Shaffenberg sparkling wine, again, acceptable but not notable.
The bread was a disappointment.

This place is good for locals whose expectations are not very high, but is not a place to go out of your way for.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Driven by this bistro for several months. Decided the other night to give it a try. Smaller restaurant. Great wine list, outstanding food quality, great ambiance and attentive and helpful wait staff. Consider this a great find, and plan to frequent often.

M
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the skinny margarita made perfectly to the tomato/burrata salad to the ahi salad everything was de-lish. A little pricey for lunch but worth it. I will definitely return.

k
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Last minute, we were able to book a table for 6 on a Friday night at 7pm. Had great service, good food and a nice table at the window. Thanks.

OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place is OUTSTANDING and always PACKED!!! This place is definitely one of my favorites in Burlingame. My goodness, the food and service is on point!! The Steak Tartare as a starter, Filet (Cooked Perfectly) with a Potato Cake and Sautéed Veggies, and to end the night with my favorite dessert...The Chocolate Lava Cake!! I was very pleased with everything. I’m definitely going back soon.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot and great food, great ambiance

S
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely ambience, nice menu and presentations. You must try their homemade bread and bread pudding.

SF
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Overall just ok. Prawns with salad were well prepared but the lettuce on the salad tasted like soap. Not good.

v
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A really good 4 stars. Solid in all regards -- food, service, ambiance. We will go back.

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