Pausa Bar & Cookery

4.8
1045 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.

Support Pausa Bar & Cookery during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 1045 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

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vipBeaJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a FANTASTIC Anniversary dinner from start to finish. Highly recommend. The Butchers board took us back to our Italy vacation. Carlos made the experience great. Will definitely being good back, soon!

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vipSarah
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food & service in a lively atmosphere. A local favorite.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Everything was fresh and was so tasty. Healthy too! Drinks were amazing! Loved the Lavender gin drink! Would definitely go back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good, service was good.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing as usual. All our servers were outstandingly knowledgeable, attentive, and friendly. Food and drink were incredible as usual. Make sure to try their house made meats and cheeses!

JW
JesseW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time out since Feb 2020! Now that we're fully vaccinated, we're doing outdoor dining and knew we wanted to get back to Pausa ASAP. We felt like they were being very safe and we got the same great service we always did pre-Covid. Food was amazing as well. We were near a table with a screaming kid—which seems weird for a place like Pausa which seems more like a quiet-night-out kind of place for adults. But that's obviously not the fault of anyone at the restaurant, so of course we didn't let that cloud our review. And we were just so happy to be out again! We love this place and will be back for sure.

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italianooo
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, amazing cocktails, and yummy food!

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vipMadds
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Unfortunately, our experience at Pausa was not ideal. Service was poor and we were left unattended for chunks of time. When we first were seated we were neglected for almost 10 minutes until Kristen, who redeemed the rest of the service staff, attended to us. She was delightful and if it were not for her our experience would likely have received a much lower rating. I would recommend that Pausa evaluate its communication amongst host/wait staff/ bar staff for a more successful dining experience. We felt that our meal was overpriced for similar experiences and meals in the area. With improvements, this place could be great but would recommend adjustments.

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RWCdowntowner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Squid ink pasta was amazing. Lamb pasta dish was good. Great interesting unique cocktails. Upscale casual atmosphere. Good service.

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Mariannen
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

As always the food is authentic italian. very, very good chacuteri and cheese plate. pasta dishes delicious. Cocktails a well made and balanced, best mixoligist! the service was a little slow but to be expected with the limited seating capacity. always a favorite place to take my friends for a meal. i will be back

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food2service5ambience4

Food was amazing! Staff was very friendly, attentive, and made sure that we had a fantastic dining experience. Loved the menu that said “Happy Anniversary” with our names and also loved the complimentary panacotta they gave us for our anniversary. We definitely will come back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ordered was amazing! Great staff. Super friendly and attentive!

AO
AlicynO
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Pausa! Quality food with quality service!

JV
JasonV
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places to eat. Always a great experience!!

LL
LaurenL
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fun to visit Pausa and soak in the energetic atmosphere at Spritz Hour!

KH
vipKH123
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner at the bar area, watching all the activities while dining, warm service and superb food!

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Troy
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We keep coming back to Pausa. The Bastardo spritz is a perfect beginning to the amazingly tasty food. Pausa will remain our first choice of restaurants on the peninsula.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing inventive Italian food! So glad this spot is in the peninsula so I don’t have to take the trip to SF!

LA
LAB234
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the friendly service and neighborhood atmosphere!

JM
JeanM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easter lunch
Perfect for everything

NP
NimishP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was super courteous and accommodating. A+ pizza, arancini, and pasta dishes. And the drinks were fantastic. Catered to me being a vegetarian.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The food and service were fine and I understand the need for a time limit due to COVID and trying to serve as many customers as possible. However, this even was a shower celebration. We spent nearly $400 dollars for a small party of 4 and were literally rushed along and rushed out. It was disappointing. Also, if there’s going to be a time limit - the waiters should be dedicated to your table and get everything to you as quickly as possible. We waited awhile for drinks and had to look for our waiter a few times. Probably would not pick Pausa again for an event or celebration.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

It was great except our outdoor table was in the setting sun and half of us were blinded and that definitely made eating very difficult. A drape that could be pulled across would be very much appreciated!

KF
KarenF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place on the Peninsula

MK
MacKenzieC
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pausa is fantastic. Everything about the attentive service to the impeccable food and the elevated atmosphere is a win. Don't even get me started on the stellar wine selection. Looking forward to being back!

GV
GloriaV
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Host was professional and welcoming. Servers were knowledgeable and polite. Food was nicely presented and made my tastebuds danced.

PM
PatM
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the second time that we’ve been there. This occasion was for both of our birthdays. It was an amazing experience we love this place so much. Our waitress Kayla G really knows her stuff. She was actually our waitress the time before and was training someone at that time. She is a benefit to that restaurant and we love the place thank you so much.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an excellent choice for a nice dinner! Menu is limited with covid restrictions but all the items are always tasty! Has the risotto and I would give it 5 stars!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, drinks and the staff brings us back all the time. Shakerato’s are so good, we DoorDash Pausa just to have one when we need to satisfy our cravings. And the Salame Calabrese Pixza is the best!

GS
GarySobers
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a gem

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Beautiful signature touches! Made our engagement even more special, they printed our menus with a personalized message at the top. Thank you Pausa!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, great service!

BB
BychaB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing , we had pizzas, short ribs, charcuterie board and Lambrusco the service was fantastic such a wonderful new addition to Downtown San Mateo!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is awesome.
The drinks are awesome.
The staff is awesome.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and a friend were celebrating my birthday.
As usual, the food is excellent, the drinks are great, the service is superb and the outdoor dining is something I could really get used to in this area.

An overall great experience!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food everything was delicious beet salad, drinks, ravioli, risotto, and dessert. Really good service will definitely come back again.

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vipJunebug
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved the creativity of our dining experience! We would have liked to have ordered wine to compliment our meal, but thought it overpriced so did not.

MB
vipMeganB
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great time & meal as always at Pausa! Recommend for a fun night out.

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Holloway
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Had a good, safe time at pausa. The only downside on this visit was the lack of heating in the outdoor seating. Otherwise I enjoyed the time there

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 1045 OpenTable diners.

Pausa Bar & Cookery does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://pausasanmateo.cardfoundry.com/giftcards.php.

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.