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Pausa Bar & Cookery, San Mateo, CA
Pausa Bar & Cookery, San Mateo, CA
Pausa Bar & Cookery, San Mateo, CA
Pausa Bar & Cookery, San Mateo, CA
Pausa Bar & Cookery, San Mateo, CA
Award-winning

Pausa Bar & Cookery

4.6
4.6
1712 Reviews
$30 and under
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 2 hours 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.

Thank you for understanding.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 49 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Farm-to-table, Contemporary Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (650) 375-0818
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Andrea Giuliani
  • Private party facilities
    Bolle Room: Outfitted with elegant drapes and a skylight, the Bolle Room is a great destination for memorable events Chef's Table: Enjoy our Chef's Table with a front-row view of our open kitchen and dough room. Set in the heart of our restaurant, your dinner will be unlike any in recent memory.
  • Private party contact
    our Private Event Coordinator : (650) 375-0818
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2023
    2. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2022
  • Neighborhood
    San Mateo
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Entertainment
    Enjoy Pausa's full menu in our bar or dining room until midnight on Thursdays through Saturdays. Book a private dinner or cocktail reception in our 'Bolle Room' for late night parties.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

What 1,712 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

1,712 Reviews
  1. SFGirl

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Love the food, cocktails and service here. Only downside is super loud but better at the bar, where you are treated like gold!

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  2. WaltH

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have been fortunate enough to dine here on multiple occasions. Food and service are fantastic. Last night was taken care of by Tony again who is an absolute pro

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  3. SanHoZay

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent experience! The food was tasty and the employees were very nice. It was my in-laws' wedding anniversary, so I had asked ahead of time if they could acknowledge the occasion, such as writing with chocolate "Happy anniversary" on a dessert plate or something. They had printed special menus for us with "Happy 50th anniversary ________ & ________" at the top, which was really nice of them. It was a great surprise, and my family kept all of the menus after as a souvenir. The owner also came over with champagne glasses with sparkling Italian wine for my in-laws to have a toast. Very kind of them to care! Great restaurant. We'll be back.....

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  4. jeffv

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice new find! Very fun place - ambience and vibe were great; food was great; waiter was excellent!

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  5. KarenW

    San Francisco

    69 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    69 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pausa was a great new find for us. LOVED the food (those pizzas are divine). We'll be returning!

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  6. EmilM

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had a great experience, everything was as good as I remembered from years ago!

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  7. EricS

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This a fantastic restaurant in downtown San Mateo. Beautiful ambience, fantastic food, and great service. A must for any special any occasion or a fun night out!

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  8. PatM

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We’ve been to Pazza a number of times and they never fail to please. Beautiful ambience great staff great food ever changing. Definitely worth trying.

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  9. ChrisSilva

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding service, food and ambiance! Chef Andrea and his team know what they’re doing!

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  10. TerryC

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time we’ve been disappointed at Pausa. The food came out lukewarm. We ordered the pork osso bucco and a funghi pizza. Presumably the osso bucco was prepped ahead of time and fired at service, but it was barely at temp and didn’t have much color in it. A couple near us ordered the same dish, it looked much different than ours, more caramelized, more fall apart tender. Our pizza was also a disappointment, it may have been sitting at the pass waiting for the potatoes or osso bucco. The potatoes were actually crispy and blazing hot, so something wasn’t timed right. Great drinks and atmosphere as usual, but the food was the let down this time.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Steak was terrible, waiter never came to ask how our dinner was

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  12. MrBaseball

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I always enjoy dining at Pausa; the food is excellent; and very reasonably priced. This time, the chef was a little heavy on the salt for my pasta though the noodles were perfectly al dente ; but my wife's duck confit missed the mark; the duck was poached correctly, however, the skin was not crispy as was expected; we don't know if this was intentional. The servers are very good and gracious; however, on this visit I had to ask for the pepper for my salad; and cheese for my pasta. Nevertheless, it is a fine restaurant. Might have been an off day due to Valentine's Day.

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  13. Kiwi

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, service and ambiance- consistently well worth a visit

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  14. MikoS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place! Food was amazing. Best pizza in town but more importantly service was impeccable!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Fish dish gave me nausea. Pasta was under seasoned and bland. Burrata was too cold

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  16. M1977

    New York City

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Who knew a beet salad can taste this good. Only fresh ingredients. We’ll definitely be back the next time we’re in town.

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  17. Thomasc

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food is good, but it is a bit loud. Overall, I would recommend it, but it may not be the best place if you want an evening of conversation.

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  18. Ocean

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very professional staff, food tastes great, and it has reasonable prices for what you get

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From food to service, it was OUTSTANDING. Everything was delicious and the attentiveness from the whole staff was top notch. Can't wait to go back! ✨

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  20. Nicolini

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food is always amazing but unfortunately the server didn't know anything about the menu and kept having to go back to the kitchen to ask for what certain items were. I'm gluten free and told our server that but had to remind her for gluten free crackers with the charcuterie twice. Everything seemed a bit overpriced for the quantity. Especially the cocktails! $18 for an old fashioned that was tiny. Will come back as it always a good experience but ordering charcuterie, 2 cocktails and 2 mains for $300 felt STEEP!

    1 person found this helpful

  21. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love visiting Spritz Hour outside in the parklet. A Bastardo or a Sbagliato to drink and a margherita pizza to share is a great time.

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  22. Rachael

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pausa was all-around phenominal! Always heard the buzz of how amazing it was, so decided to try. Plus, a big football game was on and they have a 100+ inch projector which airs sports (great touch). The ambiance when you walk in is beautiful with really good music (ove eating at places with music - it really sets the tone). As I waited for a friend, I was already greeted quickly - asking if I'd like some water or wine while I wait. All of the staff are very sweet and very attentive. Our waitress was absolutely wonderful and had the best personality, she knew the menu inside/out which helps in ordering if you're not familiar - impeccable service. I've eaten at many Italian places, but have never experienced dishes like these - and we ordered alot of food. So much flavor, you just want to savor every moment. What really stood out too, is = they were closing and we didn't even notice. They let us stay an hour longer to finish up. We were enjoying the food so much and loving everything, they told us no rush at all and to please stay and enjoy. The dessert was just as amazing as the food. Highly recommend this place for any occasion or just to try their food and have a great experience. I shall return often :)

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Phenomial! Couldn’t recommend this place more - our server was the perfect blend of personable yet knowledgable, and made the evening for us.

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  24. MarkN

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Save your time and $$$ We saw this on Check Please and wanted to like it It has been our try list for a while Sadly disappointing Except the Whisky list was the ONE BRIGHT spot A lot of very great whiskies at fair prices Wife had flat champers cocktail that was sent back Now down to the basics I am a big porchetta fan However when you order porchetta I expect sizzling hot crackling crunchy garlic toppped porchetta. This was served as a sliced cold cut sadly disappointing. Edible but not normal porchetta( took 2 Tumms after) The wife ordered the trout that was served lukewarm at best Then on to the Ossobuco with Gnocchi, the pork ossobuco was ok. The Gnocchi was made out of fried cheese. Not used to having "crispy fried Gnocchi" It literally bounced off my plate, tasted more like something from KFC. Bottom line the dishes sound interesting but are just plain weird with poor execution.Last but not least the server had the epicurean & wine knowledge of Alfred E Neuman  SAVE YOUR $$$

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  25. ReenaP

    Sacramento

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was ok. Not for the price point. I have had bette foccacia bread for cheper the price. Quantity is very less .

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  26. NerissaL

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and ambience . Server Stanley is very friendly and good recommendation with food . Thumbs up .

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  27. GwenS

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food and great service. Sat @ the bar for dinner - the bartender was very helpful with suggestions on food and drinks

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious! I loved the meat board we got along with pizzas and pasta. My dad is gluten free and dairy free and I am dairy free and our server was very accommodating and made sure to modify our dishes and let us know what would be good.

    1 person found this helpful

  29. DianaM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely restaurant and amazing service -- they went above and beyond for our anniversary celebration date night!

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  30. SamS

    Nashville

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great! A little loud music. Food was incredible. Would recommend.

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  31. DonnaL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    My Husband and I had a gift certificate we received for Christmas. We both had a good time with good food.

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  32. Sock

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    High quality food, high quality service. You get what you pay for!

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  33. SommWannaBe

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    It was very noisy and the menu was confusing due to ingredients not being well defined. There were ingredients that could have easily been clarified for the average Californian.

    1 person found this helpful

  34. Janikins

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We waited almost 10 minutes after we were seated for our waitress to show up. After we ordered drinks and it was served we waited another 10 minutes before she came to take our order. Meanwhile there was so many wait staff members walking around but no one spoke to us to let us know that someone will be coming by soon. We ordered the bone marrow margarita pizza agnolotti pasta and rack of wild boar. The bone marrow was cold and it was unappetizing to eat congealed fat. The pizza was ok but also a little cold. Agnolotti was the most flavorful dish. The wild boar was overcooked and not worth the money. We would not go back to this restaurant.

    1 person found this helpful

  35. Foodesq

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We are outdoors so was a bit chilly. Pizza was great, as were the entrees.

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  36. DannyN

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is incredible. From the presentation of the dishes, to the flavors, to the staff - bartenders, servers, bussers, hosts, managers. Outstanding service and some really amazing dishes. The truffle potato millefoglie that comes with the Wagyu - absurdly good. The demi-glace & primitivo reduction that goes with the steak - outstanding. The nutella cheesecake - oh my god… I could go on and on. This is one of the best restaurants I’ve been to on the peninsula. The vibes are immaculate

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  37. VictorJ

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great. Server was nice. Problem was that we were in the Bermuda Triangle table and server didn’t come around much. Other tables around us didn’t have issues so either the server wasn’t aware he had our table or he forgot.

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  38. JamesW

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great! Service was outstanding Music was dope. Food was Delicious Bill was high

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  39. JenniferM

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was excellent. We enjoyed the charcuterie with prosciutto, salami and mortadella. All the entrees were good. The risotto used a different kind of rice and was very creamy almost polenta like. We tried the gelatos but were not that impressed.

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  40. robh

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The charcuterie boards are outstanding! Excellent service as well

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • 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

FAQs

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

Pausa Bar & Cookery is rated 4.6 stars by 1712 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 49 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Pausa Bar & Cookery

223 E 4th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2023
    2. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2022
  • Neighborhood
    San Mateo
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Farm-to-table, Contemporary Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Andrea Giuliani
  • Entertainment
    Enjoy Pausa's full menu in our bar or dining room until midnight on Thursdays through Saturdays. Book a private dinner or cocktail reception in our 'Bolle Room' for late night parties.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Phone number
    (650) 375-0818
  • Private party facilities
    Bolle Room: Outfitted with elegant drapes and a skylight, the Bolle Room is a great destination for memorable events Chef's Table: Enjoy our Chef's Table with a front-row view of our open kitchen and dough room. Set in the heart of our restaurant, your dinner will be unlike any in recent memory.
  • Private party contact
    our Private Event Coordinator : (650) 375-0818
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