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Pausa Bar & Cookery

4.7
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913 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Pausa, a bar and cookery in San Mateo, calls for guests to take a recess from life and enjoy a dining experience that transports them to a place of leisure. With a strong focus on modern Italian, our menu will consist of house-made pasta, wood-fired pizza, wood-fired grill, and house-cured meats. Our friendly and knowledgeable team will ensure your pause is a memorable one.

We are now taking reservations for our patio tables, bar, and indoor tables. As we practice social distancing with our new limited floor plan, we ask that you and your guests limit your dining to 1 hour and 45 minutes to accommodate all reservations.

When checking table availability, if outdoor seating is not an option to select, then your reservation will be for an indoor table as the outdoor may be booked.

We will also not be allowing any outside food, beverage, wine, or cake until further notice.

Thank you for understanding.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 913 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.7
service
4.6
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4.2
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Innovative menu, artfully presented, wonderful service. Superbly crafted cocktails!

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Juliean
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and service, as always. The dining experience at Pausa, though recently adapted to comply with social distancing guidelines, is just as high quality as it was before.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been coming here for about 2 years now and when I heard they were going to reopen I immediately made a reservation. We were served by Carlos (amazing service) and ordered drinks and food and they were outstanding. Glad I came back and will continue to come back.

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LaurenL
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

So great to be dining again at Pausa in San Mateo! The service was excellent as always, the food very good, the ambiance fun & energetic. The staff wore masks the entire time and offered to also wear gloves. The tables and seats were wiped down between parties and the area had a minimum 'empty' time to allow decontamination between parties. The restaurant was very clean and there was adequate space for social distancing with other parties and staff. We felt safe dining there.

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JenH
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Pausa. Elevated casual dining at its best! Service is always fantastic and tho it’s a little pricey I think it’s worth it!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We loved seeing everyone at Pausa again! We were at an outside table which was a bit noisy being on the street, which was not the fault of the restaurant. The 2 parking spots out front were labeled as no parking although people continued to pull up for pick up.
Overall great experience! Pausa is going above and beyond guidelines to ensure the safety of their staff and guests!

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Michelle
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st time there And I must say, I forgot how good the food was because the service was Outstanding!! Made another reservation for next week! So so good!!

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JenB
London
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was phenomenal! Loved going back. The food and service were both outstanding.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great to eat at a restaurant again. Pausa was excellent always.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious cocktails and food. Great service and ambiance

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vipcreditwherecreditisdue
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

All other restaurants are adding more tables along the street.

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Franc
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The highest quality food and drinks in San Mateo and beyond.

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Stephh
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was pleasant, informative and gave us great recommendations - everything was so delicious! The covid safety measures they took made us feel like we could have a safe dining experience. Great cocktails, too.

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JonP
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WE love Pausa! Food is always amazing and the service is always great!

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KarenH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always exceptional at Pausa! We had great service as well.

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Sfvisitor
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great San Mateo spot, awesome food and energetic scene.

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KathleenC
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the best restaurants I’ve enjoyed in a long long time. Everything was interesting and flavorful. Love the menu itself - it’s a great read!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pausa always delivers. Love this place.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner date with my girlfriend celebrating her birthday. The experience was fabulous. The service from Emmanuel was second to none. The new items were absolutely mouth watering and delicious. Definitely would go again.

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vipChrissy
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was wonderful and Dan was very accommodating. Loved the food and presentation. Will definitely return.

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vipMarieC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Your wait staff are attentive, friendly and knowledgeable. Your food is always beautifully placed and tasty. I have always felt welcome in your restaurant. I ordered panini only twice in my many visits to your restaurants, and found both times the bread was too dry for my taste. I look forward to my next visit.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. The food is so Good and the service is friendly and professional. I always enjoy coming to Pausa

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vipKamr
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch was wonderful. Great menu with plenty of choices. Excellent service. Highly recommend Pausa!

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vipHLEE
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was great as always and the service was good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Indiana
10 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

This was a lovely experience. We went for a friends night out. It would also be an adorable place for a date. I’ll loved their salami pizza. Everything we had there tasted great. I’ll take my boyfriend back there next.

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vipJocelyne
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always amazing!

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DavidG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pausa has some of the best Italian food I’ve had in the US.

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vipsanmateoCL
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place to meet up with friends. We always love the salumi boards, and cocktails/meals were great too.

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vipJojo
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had no expectations as I had never been here before, but now that Kingfish has permanently closed this is my new favorite in San Mateo. Very tasty food and the prime rib was perfectly rare. Can’t wait to go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this swanky fun euro classy vibe and delicious creations. Pizza will never be the same!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, atmosphere, and service were all phenomenal. Perfect for date nights and special occasions. Try the Butcher’s Board!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

underwhelming food, overwhelming price

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vipZakkTS
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect service and the food was nothing short of fantastic. This is exactly like kind of place downtown San Mateo needed. I'll be back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love pausa

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vipPeteeye
New England
84 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent, as always. I really enjoy Pausa every time I'm in the SFO area. Great for catching up with friends or a business meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

This is my third or fourth visit to Pausa. Food was stellar as usual; host staff greeted warmly and the ambiance was very nice, loved the music playlist and the light. However, one area that missed the mark was service. Our waiter acted as if every moment of his job was a drag and he was exasperated with doing...anything. There was little to no initiative to say hello, take our order, help provide any suggestions or even provide the items we requested. He was quick to try to remove items from the table when we were not finished. Again, it just felt like he wanted to get people out so he could finish his shift. And this was at the top of lunch - not 2:30pm in the afternoon! Pausa - you are better than this.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It was okay- nothing special. I just think they are trying too hard to be like Che Fico in SF, iTalico in PA, and all of the new trendy Italian restaurants that are trying to offer house made salumi, house made pasta and pizzas. Flour and Water and Che Fico are better.

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viplyndync
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious and service is outstanding.. Love this place

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service & food here is always top notch. The menu changes seasonally & never disappoints. Wine, food & ambience is the perfect setting for a casual night out or special occasion. If you haven’t tried out this spot be sure to add it to your list of must have’s in San Mateo.

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BethY
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Butternut squash flan and CA bass were fabulous!
Our attentive and knowledgeable waiter Carlos delivered a sublime dining experience.
It was delicious cuisine.

FAQs

Pausa Bar & Cookery offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 375-0818.

Pausa Bar & Cookery is rated 4.7 stars by 913 OpenTable diners.

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