Three Restaurant & Bar

4.4
807 reviews
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$30 and under
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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. Salads and pastas created with greens and veggies from the rooftop garden should please locavores. 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.
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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was great and so are the foods. I had the potatoes cakes with salmon egg benedict, it was heavenly.

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e
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We all liked our meals and the selection was varied enough to please a wide range of tastes. However we were all disappointed that the menu items and beer selections posted on line in various places were not available once we arrived. The rotating menu and rotating taps caught us by surprise. So the items we were looking forward to were not to be found. :-/

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ES
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We had the Valentine's Day prix fixe menu. The amount of food was tremendous, with leftovers making a wonderful full dinner the next day! The quality of the food and the flavor were excellent. The service was friendly and attentive. The atmosphere was more like a bar than restaurant, with kickboxing on two televisions being aired. The ala carte menu was extensive and inviting. I'm sure we'll be back!

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C
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was very helpful in offering what was a chef's special. She was also great with the timing
of each course and did not make us feel rushed. I feel like we could spend time enjoying the food and
wine or come in for a quick bite before or after a movie. Excellent food and service.

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AM
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I was passing by San Mateo at lunch time and being hungry went to Three Restaurant near me. I was asked if I have a reservation, said no, so they asked me to wait. Sitting there I remembered the Open Table app on my phone, so I used it and sure enough there was an opening within 10 min. I made the rez, and approached the host " I do have a rez now". Believe it or not, he said that it is not OK, because I just made it. I would say it is great that I just made it, this is the 21st century people! Get on it! After a short debate about it, we got a table and had an wonderful lunch! Exciting huh!

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AC
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

I keep trying to make this place work but each time I am so disappointed. The breakfast menu is good, maybe I will just stick to breakfast. I made reservations, we got the back are for a table of 7. The waitress was just not attentive... didn’t stop by to check on us, the food came out super late, she didn’t want to split the bill between two credit cards because we didn’t give the exact amount we wanted on each card. She was annoyed that she had to use a calculator to add two items and the tip on one card and the rest on the other. She didn’t care for us... which is fine.

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L
San Francisco
90 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great decor and comfortable setting. The wait staff was very attentive and always made sure I had ice water and asked the table if they needed refill on their cocktails and never forgot about us. The food was very good and the portions were perfect. Getting setting to catch up with old friends, had a great time and would good back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The food was good but not exceptional. I probably won’t go back. It was just ok. Our waitress was great. The specialty drinks were very good. I would recommend it for drinks and appetizers. Bar is cute.

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g
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The clam chowder ranks among some of the best I've ever had. The meatloaf is amazing -- you won't regret ordering it.

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LB
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

This restaurant has not decided whether they want to be a restaurant or sport bar. Food is not great but expensive for what it is. I will not go back.

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L
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, our meal was delightful. Three has a diverse menu, so that anyone can find something delicious to eat. They also rotate their menu, to reflect seasonal changes.

And.....Monday is happy hour all day. Who doesn't love that?

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S
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Had lunch here on 1/21/19. I had a 1pm reservation, but we weren’t seated until 1:20pm even though we arrived 10mins early. Our server wasn’t particularly nice and left us unattended after taking our order. We had to go to the back to find someone to bring us a check. Disappointing.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the waffle and fried chicken. Very good!

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KH
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We needed a comfort food meal and both had the amazing burger.
Our server was so friendly and efficient.
The perfect end to a long week.

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T
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service at the bar was super friendly and knowledgeable. The burger was tasty. We enjoyed our time at Three.

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GF
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

When we arrived ,the background music was too loud for conversation. The manager reduced the volume. HOORAY!

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g
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food amazing service !!!

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SK
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere.

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g
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They have the best burger in San Mateo

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C
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Came here several times for lunch with colleagues. This place is well worth the drive into down town San Mateo. Parking can be a bit tricky but if your patient, you may get lucky with street parking. If not, then there's a parking garage around the corner.

The food is LIT and the service is great! Try their brunch, you won't leave disappointed.

Go on, give them a try!

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k
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

hip, updated cool place. cheese warm appetizer sizzling yummy at table. big portion salad.

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C
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good place to meet up with friend to have a nice meal and catch up on events.

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l
New England
22 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was the perfect restaurant to meet old friends from college for a holiday meal. It is located in a convenient spot relative to where we all live. It was easy to park. There were many excellent selections off the menu, so much so that a friend and I split two entrees because we couldn't decide--both 3 specialties (poached salmon benedict and the friend chicken sandwich). Highly recommended. We also got the trio of samplers for dessert because we wanted a taste of everything. We stayed well past the lunch hour and the staff was very accommodating--no rushing, always polite. Overall, a great find in the San Mateo area

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R
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Christmas Eve with family of 12

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TR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

While the staff was very friendly, the service was terrible and disorganized. We had to ask three different people three different times if we needed something, including appetizer plates and water - things that you shouldn't have to ask for. The restaurant was extremely loud so it was difficult to have a conversation. The food wasn't great, either. Definitely overpriced for the quality.

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FL
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was great, minus the salmon pizza. Service and décor were also nice; this was a good spot for date night.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

The server was rude, unfriendly and not attentive . When asked about certain items on the menu, server was unpleasant with her answers as if we were bothering her. Steak was requested as medium but came out well done. Overall the experience was unpleasant and will never return.

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OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Three serves a great brunch!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went out for a date with my girlfriend and had a great time, food was amazing and service was very good

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place strikes the perfect balance between being welcoming to families while also feeling exciting, fresh, and original. In my wife’s words, “We’ve always had a good experience there.”

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DD
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and great service. Were seated promptly for a Sunday lunch - however the table we got (two of us) was not great, despite having a reservation. We were sandwiched between two big groups and we could hardly hear each other talk.

We were able to place our orders in timely fashion and did not have to wait long for our food even though it was a busy Sunday brunch. The staff came to check on us a few times, cleared our plates and our check was brought to us without us having to request for it which was a nice touch.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This is the place to go for brunch if you don’t want to wait for an hour or two. Service and food was good.

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JJ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really love this place, consistently great food and cocktails, very attentive and friendly service.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff

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OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Service was slow but the food was incredible. We were a party of four, and every dish we had was absolutely spot on delicious.

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R
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful!!! Not a fan of the the pumpkin soup

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B
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Service was slow. Meal was good. Place needs a good cleaning

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B
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was good food, reasonably priced. Got a little bit of sass from the host for not having my party of 6 arrive on time, even though 5 of us were there at 10:15.
So she had to give our table to someone else but other than that, it was fine. We still got seated by 10:30ish

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S
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. Desserts amazing!

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P
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's never a miss at A3. Great food, lovely atmosphere and friendly staff. I recommend any meal of the day, however, brunch is a treat.

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