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Three Restaurant & Bar

4.3
4.3
912 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Open and inviting. Innovative and energetic. Playful surprises are found throughout the menu, as well as the restaurant itself. The menu has been designed to give you options, is perfect for sharing and you are encouraged to order however the mood strikes you, so don’t be shy about ordering more of… Well, anything. While burger lovers will appreciate the balance of the house grind that blends brisket, short rib and sirloin. Between bites be sure to take a look at the beautiful, “Living Wall”. A wall of plants and herbs living and growing inside the restaurant itself. Take a peak at the “Peninsula Room”, an homage to the Hotel Benjamin Franklin located directly in front the exhibition kitchen.
The beverage program takes a backseat to none. Eight rotating craft beers, hand-crafted cocktails, and a first-class wine program.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Californian

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 9:00 am–2:00 pm Breakfast/Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon, Sun 5:30 pm–8:00 pm Tue–Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (650) 344-9444

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Alicia Petrakis

  • Private party facilities

    Want a great vibe for your next event? Corporate dinner, Birthday celebration, Girl's Night Out or a celebration of a different kind, THREE will help you get your PARTY on. Our approach is this is YOUR event and should feel and taste as much. WE customize because we know it matters.

  • Private party contact

    Alicia Petrakis: (855) 548-1156

  • Neighborhood

    San Mateo

  • Cross street

    El Camino Real

  • Parking details

    Adjacent Street Parking. 2 major lots within 1/2 block of restaurant.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 912 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’m so sad they’re closing, but happy to have enjoyed their great food and service!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unfortunately I went here for their last brunch. They Closed The restaurant for good after we left! However, the same company runs Par3 at the golf course in San Mateo, and I have gone there for lunch several times during the pandemic, for outdoor dining.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is excellent!! One of our party of 4 was running late, but we were seated at our reservation time and not rushed at all. Barrel Aged Manhattans were excellent. Entrees were prepared and delivered hot to our table. Oregon Risotto with Cod or Chicken was primo!! Our wait person, Tammy, was friendly, answered our menu questions and took good care of us. I've been there 3 times in the past month and a half and look forward to returning again very soon.
  4. a

    anniep55

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We love Three and have not been in awhile. The food is consistently good and portions are good. The service was excellent on a busy Friday night with Leah as our server. We love the atmosphere and it was easily accommodated when we requested a table change due to noise from private room combined with the bar. I will be back sooner than later.
  5. P

    Parkliving

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2020

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    Wishing there would be a face lift here....been a long time customer and it feels tired. Staff at the door was great! The food is good but again this area needs a place that has some fresh new items and ideas on the menu.
  6. JF

    JulieF

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The steak sandwich was excellent!! Soft roll, steak cooked to perfection, delicious sauce! Cute atmosphere!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My wife and I had a delicious dinner at Three Restaurant and Bar. The Barrel Aged Maker's Mark 46 Manhattans were outstanding!! The portions are good size. The side dinner salads were tasty and the Prawn spaghetti in mushroom sauce and the beef bourguignon were both fantastic!! We had a great time and look forward to returning soon.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My first time there and it was fantastic. Would definitely go back. Lea is amazing!!
  9. D

    Delightful

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    We have been here when we enjoyed the experience, not this time I am afraid
  10. BG

    BettyG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Inferno cheese appetizer and mushroom Stogies never disappoint ! Salmon bite entree amazing!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great Galentine’s Day with my bestie. The drinks were tasty (between the two of us we got the Halle Berry, Jameson Apple, and Vday special Cupid’s Arrow. We were given addicting sweet potato chips as a complimentary starter snack. We ordered the Three Inferno (fried cheese set aflame, IG worthy, and it’s delicious) and Bacon Bites (pork belly, tasty but not very spicy for sweet & spicy) appetizers. For mains we got the braised beef bourguignon with a side of spiced fries and the fried chicken stack. We weren’t aware that the beef came with pasta and that the horseradish was the base of the pasta sauce. I’m not a horseradish fan, but the flavor wasn’t too strong and the pasta itself was cooked to perfection. Beef was a little on the dry side, but still tasty. Fries were good but eventually the salt caught up to us. Fried chicken was solid- crispy and crunchy on the outside and moist on the inside, very flavorful. It came with mashed potatoes that were so good and excellent for satisfying the comfort food craving. I would definitely go back again to try everything else I wanted to order off the menu.
  12. LG

    LadyG

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was excellent!
  13. MC

    MovedtoCali

    San Francisco

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely service. Food was delicious
  14. GW

    GoWithTheFlo

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Have always enjoyed the food during brunch, lunch and dinner. Service overall is good.
  15. G

    Gr8bites

    San Francisco

    52 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2020

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Easy restaurant to dine at, while the food wasn't excellent it was good.
  16. PB

    PatriciaB

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Good food and service and low noise level Had a ginger pumpkin soup and mushroom phyllo appetizers - served nice and warm. Delicious.
  17. C

    kristaC

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Went there with a group of 9 people. The food was good and the service was very accommodating to out larger group. We enjoyed our dinner and drinks.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service.
  19. F

    Fruch

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friend’s belated birthday
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was our first time a Three Restaurant and Bar and it was a dining pleasure. The sweet potato chips were a great way to start us off and the Maker's Mark 46 Manhattan is a must for Manhattan aficionados. We had the Oregon Cod Risotto and the Ravioli. Both were perfectly prepared and the portions were generous, and moderately priced. It is definitely a place that we will return to in the near future.
  21. AM

    ArunaM

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2019

    overall3food2service5ambience2
    The experience depends on what you are expecting. Based on the website, I was expecting a restaurant that would fit into the “fit for foodies” Opentable category. Walking in, it was immediately evident it would not be that - loud pop music, a tv turned on, menus suitable for takeout... Service was great, so we felt too guilty to just have a drink and appetizer and go elsewhere. Portions were huge but the food was also something we consumed out of politeness and so as not to waste. I do think other customers had a much better experience (they all seemed pleased) so again, I think it comes down to expectations.
  22. FT

    FrosTraded

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The food was terrible. Cold pancakes, tasteless benedict, really bad food Im sorry. Never going back.
  23. RM

    RichM

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was the perfect place for a few buddies to meet for a quick holiday lunch!!! Food was terrific as always!!!
  24. s

    sparrowlark

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2019

    overall1food1service2ambience5
    They kind of accommodated me but they are listing GF dishes that are not GF. Do not eat here if your have Celiac. It’s not safe. They post an extensive GF menu online. When I got there they had three GF things on the menu. Two were appetizers and one was an entree. Of those, only one was actually GF. They deem anything without flour in it to be GF. They had a fried appetizer listed as GF even though they fried it in the same fryer as breaded items. The entree also could not be made without CC due to the bulk prepared risotto. So I could have had it without the risotto or the sauce but I chose not to do that. They did prepare a dish for me and I got CC. The food was ok but not great. Would have gone somewhere else but due to time constraints had to make do. The waiter was apologetic and said they were taking proper measures to prepare my food but my gut says otherwise. Won’t be back and don’t recommend for other people with Celiac.
  25. M

    Maxine

    San Francisco

    85 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The wine is a great moderate selection. The apps are tasty and small so that you can enjoy one of the best burgers we've had in the Bay Area.
  26. o

    oscarlg

    San Francisco

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The noise level is very high Rendering conversation difficult
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great cocktails and food. We'll be back
  28. JD

    JoeD

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2019

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    All good except the noise level was just too much.
  29. RP

    RenataP

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service! Great food! Little too noisy to my taste.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    3.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2019

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Meal was fine but not special; rather expensive for ambiance, service, quality. Portions were large, but overly sauced / very heavy. Drinks were quite expensive, one diner was served top-shelf liquor without being asked if he wanted to pay for that (rail would have been fine). Overall, it was.... okay.
  31. GW

    GoWithTheFlo

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Food is always fresh and delicious. Like how they continously introduce new dishes. Service is attentive.
  32. LW

    LeticiaW

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2019

    overall2food3service3ambience1
    This is the second time I visited Three within 2 months, the services were almost equally bad both times, while the food was way worse the second time. I thought to give the restaurant a chance after our first visit since I remember the cocktails, bacon bits (an appetizer), and skirt steak were pretty good during my first visit. Not sure if the exec. chef was on break on Sunday nights or perhaps I didn't drink enough during my second visit, but everything tasted mediocre. The cod fish risotto smelled extremely fishy, bacon bits were ok but the plating was disappointing, few other appetizers we ordered were underwhelming, signature cocktails had no garnishing, not even mint leaves or cucumber as described on the menu, steak sandwich was dry, hard, and bland, salads were boring... During the second visit (a Sunday evening), there was just one waiter serving the entire restaurant and it appeared that he was overwhelmed which my be the cause of the occasional impatience on his face when we asked questions about the menu. I also wanted to point out that their Halloween decor was just tasteless, and the cheesy music they played reminds me of Safeway. Last but not least, the greeter lady was rude both times we visited. Not welcoming, unenthusiastic, unprofessional - the only thing that seemed to make her excited was when she told us $2 cake cutting fee per person was required for the birthday cake we brought with us and when she sat at the bar drinking with the bartender.
  33. SV

    ShaV

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend! Three is located in a great area of town...full of walkable shops and restaurants. Great menu, fun decor, attentive staff.
  34. ZT

    ZakkTS

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Good. Not great. The food is always pretty good, but the service is hit or miss. Sometimes it is excellent and other times you wait forever for everything. You just never know.
  35. MB

    MaryB

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and atmosphere was excellent. Our waiter and the other staff that served us were great.
  36. LW

    LeticiaW

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Food and cocktails were excellent. Our party of 6 enjoyed every dish and every drink we ordered. Service was ok and attentive. The fried cheese appetizer was a crowd-pleaser. We had to return our NY Steaks once (2 orders) because medium rare came out medium well, but the server was apologetic and took it back right away.
  37. SF

    SteveF

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly an awesome experience every time
  38. B

    Billie

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2019

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Food is OK. Used to be much better. Was the only place we could make a reservation at our desired time. Would not rush back to eat there.
  39. KC

    KarenC

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Met a friend here for brunch. Service was excellent and they were very patient when my friend was very late. The bacon bytes are to die for. Salmon Benedict was a bit salty; however, maybe I should have know it would be as it was made with smoked salmon. We really enjoyed our meal and the service. The only down side was that parking in that area is a bit dicey. It's a very busy area.
  40. l

    lowlow

    Phoenix

    20 reviews

    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Onion Soup was really good... However I also had a signature dish - Fried Chicken and Waffle sandwich and the was not very good. chick was good but the waffle was cold and soft not crispy. The potatoes that came with the dish where also cold.. My friend had the corn beef hash and she said it was really good. So Yes, have the soup and the corn beef hast, but skip the chicken and waffle sandwich.

FAQs

Three Restaurant & Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 344-9444.

Three Restaurant & Bar is rated 4.3 stars by 912 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    El Camino Real

  • Neighborhood

    San Mateo

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 9:00 am–2:00 pm Breakfast/Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon, Sun 5:30 pm–8:00 pm Tue–Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Californian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Adjacent Street Parking. 2 major lots within 1/2 block of restaurant.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Alicia Petrakis

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (650) 344-9444

  • Private party facilities

    Want a great vibe for your next event? Corporate dinner, Birthday celebration, Girl's Night Out or a celebration of a different kind, THREE will help you get your PARTY on. Our approach is this is YOUR event and should feel and taste as much. WE customize because we know it matters.

  • Private party contact

    Alicia Petrakis: (855) 548-1156

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