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The Barrel Bistro & Wine Bar, San Mateo, CA

The Barrel Bistro & Wine Bar

4.7
4.7
329 Reviews
$30 and under
French American
The Barrel Bistro and Wine Bar welcomes everyone with selective wines selection and many pairings superbly with a wide variety of cuisine. With selective cheeses and charcutiers, hundreds of different wines, seafood,
and meats.The Barrel Bistro&Wine Bar attracts colleagues for a drink after work, business dinners, a quick bite or drink before a show, late night revelers, families for Sunday brunch and more.

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2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 15 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    French American, Spanish, Wine Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–10:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (650) 445-7250
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Edwin Steve
  • Neighborhood
    San Mateo
  • Parking details
    None
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 329 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

329 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was excellent. Attentive, friendly and efficient. We enjoyed our lunch very much.

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  2. cherrytiwst76

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    good service and good food and portion overall. the bone marrow was delicious. when we went it was right after it opened on a holiday monday so it was empty and quiet. i’m sure it’ll be more vibrant during dinner hours.

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  3. ToniS

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very friendly service. Excellent cocktails and delicious food. The menu is diverse and has an excellent selection of bites to complement cocktails or wine flight. Great ambience too.

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  4. GreatDinners

    San Francisco

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Valentine's Dinner.Prompt attention. Food was great

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  5. PamelaG

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service and food was spectacular and can't wait to go back.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Would definitely go back. Everyone enjoyed their meal even if it was a bit loud in the restaurant

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  7. HeatherF

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Went here with some colleagues while traveling for a conference. The place was crowded and noisy with the basketball game on. We had fantastic service and the food was great. I have a very specific needs diet and they were very good about accommodating me and not making me feel like I was a pain for it. My special meal was fantastic. Will definitely eat there again.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was very good, food was okay. My sister really enjoyed the experience! A bit loud, but overall it was good.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We’ve been to this restaurant many times and usually have a great experience. But one dish is totally a miss .We’ve ordered it twice and it was disappointing both times and that is the paella. Soggy over cooked arborio rice, very bland basically no saffron that you could detect. The fish was very fresh, and it was lots of it, but taking a risotto and putting it in a paella pan and relabeling it paella is not right. This was seafood risotto but not nearly as good as their lobster risotto. My advice; go to a real Spanish restaurant if you want Paella. Because this is not it. Otherwise everything else we’ve ever order there was very good.

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  10. KimberlyK

    San Francisco

    37 reviews

    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    good local restaurant. fun ambience. Will definitely go back.

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  11. NancyL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Salmon was amazing, brussel sprouts perfect, rack of lamb divine, service awesome.

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  12. MM51travel

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to the Barrel bistro for lunch and had their sampler and the filet mignon flatbread. Both items were very good. Almost all items in the sampler were deep fried so watch out if you are avoiding fried food. Our server Sultan was excellent- she provided attentive service with a smile and made our lunch special. We will definitely return when in the area again.

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  13. GayleH

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Being NYE they did an amazing job! The manager Ibo called ahead to confirm we had a party of 7 and would be there promptly at 8pm as it would be very busy. I really appreciated the heads up, I could then share with our group the importance of being on time. The food was perfect, the service was spot on with a large group. Everyone was very happy. Being from San Diego the locals left it to me to find a place for dinner which was kind of funny. Thanks for making me look good. I will return on my next trip. Cheers to your continued great business into 2024 and beyond. Gayle H.

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  14. Marcm

    San Francisco

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I have dined at this restaurant at least six times. A very welcoming atmosphere and great food!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely amazing! Wonderful Christmas Day experience. The food was exceptional and beautiful. The wine selection was expansive. It was very pleasing.

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  16. ChristinaY

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is the second year our family has come for Christmas lunch. The ambience was festive and making reservations through OpenTable was very easy. The food is great from start to finish. The crab cake and mussels were both excellent. The paella was flavorful, and the meat sampler was well cooked. The portion sizes were generous. The lava cake was amazing. The service was excellent too. The staff were all very friendly and attentive. The price was also very good for the quality and service.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice atmosphere, good cocktails and food with generous portions . Will definitely be back.

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  18. MartinaK

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful spot, great selection of wines and cocktails - try the espresso martini - YUM! We really enjoyed our annual holiday get together at Barrel Bistro last week, and the friendly service, delicious food and drinks were just perfect for the occasion. The filet mignon flatbread and baked burrata were standouts. What a great spot in San Mateo - we will be back soon!✨✨✨

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  19. annec

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    everything was superb. the only thing was the strong smell of chlorox bleach that permeated the atmosphere when I came in

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  20. jgtobg

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We returned to The Barrel Bistro for dinner, as it is my favorite dining destination in San Mateo. The bone marrow and escargot appetizers were off the charts. Although they were out of Veuve Clicquot, our waiter suggested a Premier Cru Brut Champagne from Winery Bourgeois-Boulonnais. It was delicious and reasonably priced. My entree, a ribeye steak, blue broiled at my request, was the pièce de résistance. We were treated to a delicious chocolate lava cake for dessert. All told, a perfect dining experience. Kudos to the chef and wait staff!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service from Sultan. Wonderful food. Thank you.

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  22. KathyY

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Very nice menu. Food was well prepared. Service was personal and attentive. But noise level was wearing so we didn't linger over our meal as we would have liked to do. We didn't choose outside seating because in December, the coolness is a factor, but next time, we'll choose the coolness over the inside din, so we can actually talk during dinner without having to shout.

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  23. StephanieY

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything as expected. Will go again! Good food and good service.

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  24. JCSJr

    San Francisco

    52 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I truly enjoy going to this neighborhood restaurant. It’s a mix between elegant, warm and sports bar. Not sure how that combo works but it does! We had one of my favorite go to’s which is the sirloin flatbread. We also enjoyed the calamari, though the dipping sauces could be a little bit more in size. We ran out of one of the sauces immediately. The lamb sandwich is wonderful! Highly recommend it! It’s moist and tender and perfect meat to bun ratio. I didn’t give it an overall five star rating because they wanted to suggest right by the serving area in the far back when there were plenty of seats up front, but they were kind in accommodating our request to move forward GG is a wonderful waitperson and made sure we had everything we needed. It was a first time visit by my friend, and he enjoyed it tremendously & will be back again.

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  25. farbie

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a terrific meal last night at Barrel Bistro in San Mateo!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had Thanksgiving here and it was wonderful! The burger was perfect and the seafood pasta as well. Highly recommend anytime. Super cute ambiance too

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  27. ScottO

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great environment, great food and drinks, and great service.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The only downside is that it’s quite loud in the restaurant.

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  29. SnV91622

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good wine selection and flights and flexible swap on flights Food was amazing and well presented and delicious The Turkey burger was delicious and the lobster risotto was great Definitely will return

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    What a pleasant surprise. We only had appetizers to share (4 for 2 adults) and they were amazing, from octopus to crab cakes, to grilled burrata. Everything was delicious. Our only concern was that it could have been served hotter. Service was 5 stars. Highly recommended.

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  31. Diner9

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food portions and quality, and great drink selection. Servers and management were extremely helpful in explaining precautions for food allergy, including Celiac disease. Made us comfortable and we were feeling great after!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Burrata starter was good, went well with the wine flight

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Diana is an amazing server and made us feel so welcomed and comfortable!

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  34. mononoke

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The lobster risotto was out of this world. Beef short rib pasta was done to perfection

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    El servicio excelente, las personas que nos atendieron súper atentas y la comida estaba deliciosa, vale mucho la pena ir a este lugar y más en una ocasión especial.

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  36. Mlo531

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Been here numerous times and never disappointed. Lobster risotto is the best!! Sit outside on the weekends and enjoy the live music. Eddie is great!!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fara was amazing and young lady hostess was so sweet and accommodating. We will be back. Very attentive on filling our waters. We drink tons of water. Every staff member was incredible. We will be back for sure.

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  38. JoeF

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was amazing. Great wine choices and the food was outstanding. Would highly recommend.

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  39. Dant

    New Orleans

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was delicious the tables for two are too small. Service was excellent. We started with a shared salad which was huge. Followed with salmon over spinach. And I had the lobster risotto which would be an excellent share way more than I could eat The dessert was a great tiramisu. They also have Austin Hope Cabernet which is our favorite wine. I would come again.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Klara was amazing! One of the best service experiences recently - thank you!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks

FAQs

The Barrel Bistro & Wine Bar does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. The Barrel Bistro & Wine Bar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 445-7250.

The Barrel Bistro & Wine Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 329 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 15 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Barrel Bistro & Wine Bar

246 S B St, San Mateo, CA 94401-4018

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    San Mateo
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–10:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    French American, Spanish, Wine Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    None
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Edwin Steve
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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