Three Restaurant & Bar

4.3
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884 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. 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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4.2
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4.3
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4.0
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RP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service! Great food! Little too noisy to my taste.

OT
San Francisco
29 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.

GW
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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

LW
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 27, 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.

SV
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 25, 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.

ZT
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on October 22, 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.

MB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

LW
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 5, 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.

SF
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly an awesome experience every time

B
San Francisco
4 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.

KC
San Francisco
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.

l
Phoenix
17 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.

n
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great selection of food-Brunch available all day which is nice!

J
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time for brunch crab Benedict is awesome eggs cooked perfectly

RF
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good atmosphere! Food was delicious and the desserts were out of this world. Will go again!

L
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place.

BG
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I joined a friend for a long, late lunch during a weekday, and found Three to be quiet and inviting. I ordered the Nicoise salad, which was substantive, fresh and delicious. My colleague ordered the chilaquiles and found them to be flavor-packed and delightfully filling. The micheladas were phenomenal - some of the best we've had. Couple the excellent food with the outstanding service from the attentive staff, and I would easily go back to Three again. In fact, I'm taking my wife there on a date tomorrow!

AB
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Customer service was lacking. Waitress looked like she just woke up from a nap. Not engaged and not excited/enthused to be there. Food was bland. Ordered porcini spaghetti and needed salt, pepper, and chili flakes.

AM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The stacked chicken and watermelon salad were both excellent, and more flavorful than any I have had in some time,

S
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a celebration with 2 kids and 5 adults. Everything went well, food and service. It was hard to hear one another, however. We had a large round table and the noise level was just too high. Otherwise, I would recommend.

ZL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Last time we went there for dinner, the food was excellent but we cannot enjoy it. We were seated on a table right next to the west facing window on a very hot day. The waiter did not make any effort to help, after we complained. They refused to close down the curtain further, or move us to cooler table.

Therefore 4 stars for food, but 1 star for service.

MC
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Good looking menu, but the food did not measure up. Additions service was lacking. Not a busy night. Two at the table were still eating our appetizer/salads, and the main courses were delivered. I offer to keep them warm. The server was actually motioning as is she wanted us to move the food we were still eating out of the way so she could put down the plates. On getting home, my wife found she had grease spots on her pants from the seat cushion. Too many good restaurants in San Mateo to eat here again.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Horrible food quality.

P
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Appreciate that they serve brunch during the weekdays, a plus for me. The food was good, service could step up a bit, though I might return if I felt it would deliver upon my expectations. It could they were having an off day, though I had to get the staffs attention which took roughly 10 mins and everyone there had already been taken care of...... and it was not busy?

J
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome they never disappoint. All the staff are great

VK
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I have been coming to Three Restaurant for the last 3 years. The food, service and atmosphere have been very good and very consistent. It's my go to restaurant in San Mateo.

OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, good service and quiet table by kitchen

FE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Limited menu - especially salads

BE
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Three Restaurant & Bar is a terrific restaurant to meet a friend for lunch, enjoy drinks after work or to have a great dinner with family. The food is delicious, the ambiance is great and service is excellent! I can’t wait to return!

RK
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We’ve been going to Three and formerly Astaria for years. The food and service were good but not great.

N
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience1

not impressed with the look and set up of the restaurant. cheap blinds on the window, nor table cover, just a regular place nothing for special occasions or date night. but most of our food was good except for the stacked chicken which was the specialty of the house and it was over cooked and burnt.

YB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

We walked in and the host was rude we get to our seat and our server goes to another table that was there after us to serve them. When she gets to us she is rude and we felt rushed to give her our drink order. She only checked on us once but checked on the table next to us multiple times. Let it be known there where not a lot of tables in her area.

By far this was the worst experience I have at any restaurant and me and my husband will not be returning.

M
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nice design & ambience. Food is solid and service is friendly & prompt

OT
San Francisco
96 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food! Chicken wings, cauliflower, pork tacos, all great appetizers. Fried chicken entree stellar! Loud so be prepared to,yell through your dinner.

HC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was wonderful as was the service. I would recommend everyone to dine here. Thank you for a lovely evening, Three.

m
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Some of what we ordered was good, but there we some items (including the crab cakes) that were not.
The place was busy and, although there seemed to be plenty of staff, yet I felt we were not very well served.

b
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! We had breakfast for Fathers Day and I loved the fact that we were not tied into a costly brunch menu.

a
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience2

Decided to give this place another chance, once again they proved the service needs work. Food is great, service not so much.

DN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Service & food consistently good. Down side was noice level. Difficult to carry on a conversation

NR
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good brunch in the area

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