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About Three Restaurant & Bar

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.

50 East 3rd Ave.
San Mateo, CA 94401
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Californian

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast/Lunch: Monday - Friday 8:30am - 2:00pm;
Dinner: Sunday - Monday: 5:30pm - 8:00pm, Tuesday - Thursday 5:30-9:00
Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm;
Brunch: Saturday-Sunday 9:00am - 2:00pm
Happy Hour M-F 4:00-6:00 for beverages, 5:00-6:00 for food

Cross Street:
El Camino Real

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 344-9444

Website:
http://www.threesanmateo.com/

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

Executive Chef:
Alicia Petrakis

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Three Restaurant & Bar Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.1

ambience

4.1

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

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Comfort Food (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Great for Brunch (9)
Good for Groups (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Kid-friendly (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Healthy (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Seasonal (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Business Meals (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Hot Spot (3)
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Authentic (2)
Cozy (2)
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People Watching (2)
Tapas (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
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Local Ingredients (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Waiter was very nice but there was a large party ahead of us and our food was delayed a long time. It put a damper on the whole evening.

Tags: Disabled Access, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Made reservation for 10, when I arrived 6 minutes after 10, I was told we had to be out by 11:15.
The eggs Benedict were so under cooked they had to be sent back. The server was great, but the Fare was mediocre at best. Really disappointed, as previous visits were really enjoyable. Don't know if they we focused on the "private party" coming in at 11 or were just having an off day, but the food was definitely not up to par.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Creative menu, yummy preparation, friendly service -- soooo many options! We'll be back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined 7 days ago

I enjoy the food at Three. Usually I go in for brunch with family. The omelets are very good.
Tried the Chilaquilles this time, it was awesome. My mother who does not like to go outside the norm took a chip and then I noticed she was reaching over and taking more when I wasn't looking. the fruit was ok but out of season so it did not have much flavor. Otherwise everything I have tried has been terrific.
The main room is loud when full so it is hard to hear. We have sat in the back of the restaurant and it was much better.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Had brunch with the family. Love everything about this place.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

I enjoyed my thai salad and the bread pudding was yummy. Great place to meet a friend for lunch. I parked on Third street, and paid $2 for 2 hours.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Maggie was the sweetest, super knowledgeable and attentive. Sunday brunch was incredible, lots of sweet and savory options to choose from!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Went with my daughter for the first time. What a gem! The pumpkin ginger soup was very nice and the butternut squash ravioli was outstanding. The apple and prosciutto pizza was also delightful. I'll bring a friend back to try other things from the menu. Definitely will be back.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We were seated in advance of our reservation. Server answered questions, food was delicious.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Three has consistently excellent food, and something for everyone.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving was the occasion. We all has other than turkey. All seemed to enjoy, but my New York steak dish seemed too salty and over produced. Do you really have to drown steak in sauce ?

Tags: Spicy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The service was terrible. It was a Saturday night and they were busy, but it took 15 minutes from the time we were seated to be greeted and asked for drink orders. The restaurant has a sports bar vibe, so I figured fried food was the way to go, however my food wasn’t cooked all the way through, and once the food arrived we didn’t see our server again for an hour.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Very busy and very noisey, but good food and service.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great Beer, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The staff was exceptionally helpful, despite my party's lack of organization. They really made us feel comfortable.

The deep fried French Toast was a fantastic experience.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Attentive, professional service. Quality, diverse, savory food. Great wine.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Food took forever to arrive (>30 min). As this was a business meeting it became quite awkward because of the long wait. The given reason - a big party in a private room - doesn't cut it.
Food was fine. Nothing to write home about.

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Bathroom was filthy. What does that say about the kitchen?

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The noise level here (for Sunday brunch) was overwhelming - I can't imagine what it's like on a weekend night. The veggies in my omelet were more charred than I like, so I wasn't overly impressed with the food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Service was great, our server was super friendly and helpful. We went for breakfast and there was a line out the door. Food was good and the mimosa's were tasty. Will return!

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Loved everything about this place. Exceptional food, cocktails and service!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I have been many times to this restaurant. The services consistently slow. My waffle was cold, they took it right back and redid it. I'd go back but, just average.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Service was horrible, not sure if I would go back based on that.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

That was a satisfying Saturday brunch. We had 2 dishes, Crab-cake benedict and Potato Salmon benedict, are both awesome. Lovely warm welcoming service. We will come back again for sure.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Very decent food, takes large party reservations but the service leaves a lot to be desired for.

Tags: Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Very good comfort food. Not much healthy on the menu anymore. Good place for families.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 18, 2017

All four of our dinners and our two desserts were delicious! The restaurant was not crowded, so the noise level was good, and we could take our time. The service was friendly and prompt. I would recommend Three to everyone, and will go back again soon myself!

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Absolutely love this restaurant! My favorite girls night out dinner. The food is amazing, we shared the mushroom stogies and cheese appetizer, I then had the French onion soup which was AMAZING and to end the perfect meal we shared the pumpkin brûlée which was to die for. Our waitress was so friendly and attentive. Definitely one of my favorite restaurants!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Amazing service!!! The staff were very friendly and knew a lot about the menu. They made create recommendations. The menu was very diverse with create options for everyone. We had a wonderful time.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Went for brunch...great for kids. Waffle was 'great'. Good location -- can walk to movie theater.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Friendly service. Great food. A little noisy, but not too bad. Love the orange with beet salad. Soup was delicious.

Tags: Healthy, Quick Bite, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

I have been to this restaurant a few times and am becoming less satisfied every time. This time we had to wait about 20 minutes even though we had a reservation. My food came uncooked and my friends food was disappointing in creation and a super skimpy portion. Note - this is a brunch review

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Food was good, our server was excellent, and we can't wait to go back!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

My wife and I enjoyed our dinner at Three very much. Food was delicious! My wife the crab cakes and she loved them. I had the calamari and the pork shoulder. The pork was very tender and had a great flavor. We hard the berry tart and chocolate cake. Both were outstanding. We are looking forward to dining here again in a few weeks.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 13, 2017

We went here for my birthday and it was fabulous. The service was great and the waiter attentive. The food was outstanding, the portion sizes are generous. I can't wait to return!

Tags: Fun, Healthy, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 13, 2017

If they have handcrafted cocktails then they need to have a bartender that knows how to make a drink. I order a Manhatten that was served in very small ugly cocktail glass & consisted of whiskey with small chunks of ice - that was the complete drink without vermouth
or bitters -undrinkable! The corned beef in the Reuben was tough, stringy, and impossible to eat. My friend had a salad which was OK but nothing special. Won't be going back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

The ambiance is stellar and service is friendly and attentive. The food however was not warm which is too bad because the flavor is good but every dish is cold and the brunch potatoes were greasy. So at these prices, that's a problem.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Food wasn't good at all which was so sad because I love this place for breakfast.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

The restaurant seems to always be very busy. The menu is interesting and the food is good. Unfortunately the execution is lacking (probably because tgey are so busy); one of our entrees was tepid, the fries tasted like they had been held a while and our beverages showed up after our first course was served.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 28, 2017

We had a great time celebrating a girlfriend's birthday. The service was very professional and friendly from the hostess to the bartender to our waitress. The ambiance was very energetic, clean and the food was delicious and brought out in a timely manner for our group of 6.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Wonderful food, service, and location

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