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Pausa Bar & Cookery

4.8
4.8
1330 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 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.

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Booked 66 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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

  • 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

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Menu

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What 1,330 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Peninsula

    Hot Spot

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  1. E

    Erika

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Super delicious, the food options are very unique and fun! Definitely would recommend

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food3service4ambience3

    A little noisy Good bread and pasta

  3. CB

    ChrisB

    San Francisco

    40 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    40 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    food was okay but not great - was a bit surprised how underwhelming, service slow

  4. R

    Ryan

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Has a great dinner with my family. Started with a cheese board then had ribs, quail, gnocchi, n a spaghetti. The rotating menu is both good and bad since it's nice to try different dishes and utilize seasonal produce, but sucks when you find a dish that you like and it disappears because of the rotating menu. So if you judge a place by the pictures on review sites and apps double check their actual updated menu, otherwise you’ll be disappointed when they tell you they don't serve that dish anymore.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Anniversary

  6. p

    ptsteno

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The deserts are amazing! The wood oven pizza was delicious. Service was outstanding. Will go back again and again.

  7. AM

    AimeeM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The food was not only superb it was beautifully presented. Luca our server was outstanding. Dining room was a bit loud for my preference but overall Pausa was a pure delight and I'll definitely be back... soon!

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    Great food and service, interesting menu. However, the noise level made it almost impossible to hold a conversation.

  9. JV

    JoeV

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Excellent Italian wine list and great pizzas. Great buzz and vibe outside, inside and at the bar.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a fantastic dining experience last night - Delicious food, well crafted cocktails, and attentive staff.

  11. E

    Elle

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Nice spot with nice outdoor patio. Food is upscale, inventive, and good, but not amazing. Service was generally very attentive. Indoor bar area looked packed & very popular.

  12. WW

    WinoWithFriends

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    This was my umpteenth visit to Pausa. Does that give you any idea how great this restaurant is for food and service!? It’s one of the best restaurants on the peninsula! This visit we started with the antipasti of different meats and cheeses accompanied by their house made grilled bread. FABULOUS!! We followed that with rigatoni in a creamy Italian sausage red sauce and parmigiana, and a corn salad…..so good! Just make a res and go! You’ll be so happy you did!

  13. KK

    KKenny

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Great meal, tried the recommended monococco grain salad and was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. Server disappeared for about 12-15 minutes after taking a drink order, surprising at 5 with no tables. After that service was on point. Crust on exterior of pizzas are stellar, you can taste the quality of flour. Would use less oil on center ingredients as it weakens the middle and makes it a requirement to use a fork and knife. Affogato was a nice finish to the meal.

  14. LS

    LizardSpock

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    Lovely and attentive service but food was overpriced for the small portions. Risotto was unforgivably underseasoned to the extent which made me question if the chefs forgot to add salt. Pasta and pizza were good enough. Nice decor but didn't live up to expectations,especially for special occasion.

  15. v

    vivliberti

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Went for a 10th Anniversary. Small plates, and my husband and I ended up splitting two appetizers and a pizza. It was enough for both of us, but I’m sure there are some who would say they would still be hungry. The restaurant gave a free panna cotta dessert to help us celebrate. Everything was delicious and perfect!

  16. D

    David

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience4

    Very disappointed. Being relatively new to the Bay Area, we have been trying a lot of places and this one looked great. Unfortunately the food was not only overpriced, but the flavors were severely lacking. The pasta had a lot of lemon flavor which didn’t work and the rest was bland. Even a margarita pizza was flavorless. Would not recommend.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3

    Service was painfully slow.

  18. DA

    DanielleA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Saw this on Check Please Bay Area and it was really good. Our Server was INCREDIBLE and the meal was amazing. Their Hugo is outrageous. Worth every penny.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our server was amazing! Highly recommend for a night out!

  20. C

    Chewie

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The 'Nduja pizza is a must have! Bartender makes great cocktails. Sitting at the bar is just as great as sitting in the main dining room.

  21. R

    Ronmsf1000

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic food, and super friendly, knowledgeable wait staff. We had an amazing time. Thank you!

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love coming here! Top of our list for out of town guests.

  23. MG

    MichaelG

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A place we go for special occasions. Nice atmosphere, very attentive server , friendly service from beginning to end. Delicious food and excellent presentation.

  24. ST

    SusanT

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Indoors are preferred. Outdoor area done fairly nice but street is very noisy. Food and service are very good!

  25. KS

    KellieS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing! We had a 7 person crew business dinner here with a very important client, and had an incredible experience. Everyone was thoroughly impressed. Thanks Pausa!

  26. JM

    JoyceM

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had the focaccia bread and the burrata appetizer. My husband had the strozzino cocktail, and I had the lavender lemonade soda since I can't have alcohol for a few weeks. For main courses he had the saffron mezzi rigatoni and I had the chestnut linguine. All of the food and drink were absolutely deeeelicious!! We loved every bite and would have it all again!!

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Nice ambiance although slightly on the louder side. Food was delicious with the fish being slightly too salty. Wouldn’t get the ravioli again, though will try other pastas next time. Dessert was great. The one cocktail with coffee wasn’t that great… Beer and other cocktail were good.

  28. C

    Char

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4

    Sat at the bar for dinner. Crowded but good service

  29. LY

    LubaY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    love Pausa, amazing food, amazing staff. Great spot overall!

  30. PL

    PragnaL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5

    Would be nice if they could include more vegan options on the menu

  31. DF

    DanielF

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3

    They service it as amazing as always , however the food for the first time in the at least 10+ times I’ve been there was below average. All the food needed salt, the risotto was really bland and the truffle that was supposed to go with it was nonexistent and could not get any truffle taste. I will be bakx because I know that every place can have an off day

  32. DM

    DinahM

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    If you're looking for a place that feels like you are dining in SF with the convenience of being close to home, check out Pausa! Get vibe, great food, and great service.

  33. AA

    AllenA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fancy food but they still have items like pizza. Great date night place.

  34. M

    Mike

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We went to Pausa to celebrate our anniversary, and it could not have been better! Right off the bat, we were greeted with well wishes from the hostesses, and our menus even had "Happy 1 Year Anniversary" printed on them! Our server Elizabeth was fantastic, and made great menu suggestions. On a very busy night she made sure to check in with us multiple times, and helped us plan the timing of our meal (we ordered a bunch of dishes and wanted to space them out). Everything we tried was fantastic! Highly recommended for a special occasion (though not if you're looking for a quiet, intimate spot, the music and atmosphere was LIVELY!) or just treating yourself to an excellent meal. The staff at Pausa really took care of us and made sure we had a special experience. We will definitely be back!

  35. LA

    LindaA

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Wonderful food and service. We will definitely go back.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food and service! Pizza was great!

  37. J

    Jess

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I always enjoy my meals when we go to Pausa. It’s a tradition for us to visit Pausa every year. We’ve been visiting every year since 2017.

  38. TL

    ToledoL

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Anniversary dinner. Pacing and service were exceptional

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was the 2nd time I’ve been. The menu is seasonal and rotates what is available. While the items we had this time were not as delicious as what we had ordered last time, they were still excellent. Especially if you can appreciate the culinary inventiveness and unique combinations as an art, it’s a fun experience.

  40. IH

    IleneH

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved Paus, fantastic food, choices, wines and service. Can't wait to go back!!!!

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 4.8 stars by 1330 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 66 times today
Google Map for Pausa Bar & Cookery

223 E 4th Ave San Mateo, CA 94401

Additional information

  • 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

  • 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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