Pausa Bar & Cookery
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.
- 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
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Squid Ink Shell Pasta
spicy lamb sugo, chickpeas, pecorino, mint
Roasted Beet Salad
macadamia toffee crumble, apple cider vinaigrette, pear & apple butter, goat cheese, oro blanco grapefruit
bay scallops, purple artichokes, lemon, spring onions
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!
Always great food & service in a lively atmosphere. A local favorite.
Amazing food! Everything was fresh and was so tasty. Healthy too! Drinks were amazing! Loved the Lavender gin drink! Would definitely go back!
Food was good, service was good.
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!
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.
Great service, amazing cocktails, and yummy food!
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.
Squid ink pasta was amazing. Lamb pasta dish was good. Great interesting unique cocktails. Upscale casual atmosphere. Good service.
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
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!
Everything we ordered was amazing! Great staff. Super friendly and attentive!
Love Pausa! Quality food with quality service!
One of our favorite places to eat. Always a great experience!!
Always fun to visit Pausa and soak in the energetic atmosphere at Spritz Hour!
Fantastic dinner at the bar area, watching all the activities while dining, warm service and superb food!
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.
Amazing inventive Italian food! So glad this spot is in the peninsula so I don’t have to take the trip to SF!
Love the friendly service and neighborhood atmosphere!
Perfect for everything
Staff was super courteous and accommodating. A+ pizza, arancini, and pasta dishes. And the drinks were fantastic. Catered to me being a vegetarian.
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.
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!
Our favorite place on the Peninsula
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!
Great experience! Host was professional and welcoming. Servers were knowledgeable and polite. Food was nicely presented and made my tastebuds danced.
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.
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!
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!
What a gem
Beautiful signature touches! Made our engagement even more special, they printed our menus with a personalized message at the top. Thank you Pausa!
Good food, great service!
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!
The food is awesome.
The drinks are awesome.
The staff is awesome.
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!
Great food everything was delicious beet salad, drinks, ravioli, risotto, and dessert. Really good service will definitely come back again.
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.
Great time & meal as always at Pausa! Recommend for a fun night out.
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
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.