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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

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.1

ambience

4.0

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

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Comfort Food (15)
Sunday Lunch (14)
Great for Lunch (12)
Great for Brunch (11)
Kid-friendly (10)
Good for a Date (9)
Bar Seating (9)
Good for Groups (7)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Fun (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Business Meals (4)
Cozy (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Tapas (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Romantic (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Great Beer (2)
Live Sports (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Seasonal (2)
Spicy (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Authentic (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

On the up side, the space is nice. However, inattentive staff dressed like they were going to be cleaning horse stalls and really disappointing food...I mean how can any one completely screw up scrambled eggs?! We won’t be back and will tell anyone who asks to definitely avoid. Too bad, San Mateo could use a decent breakfast place and Three is 100% not one.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

My husband were at Three for breakfast. Food was delicious, lots to choose from on the menu. Our waitress and staff were friendly and great. Will go back to try dinner.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Wait staff was trying to turn the table over very quickly. We were still trying to finish up our drinks and brunch but they kept coming over and brought the bill over as well while we were still chatting and finishing up. I was also disappointed how I asked the waiter to write no capers on my smoked salmon Benedict but instead it came with no hollandaise sauce. Also towards the end of our meal when they kept coming up to us, we were only at our table for like 45 minutes max.

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·Dined 5 days ago

We had a great experience here. Awesome food and great service. My boyfriend arrived early and was seated right away and offered a drink. Our server was great and the food came out fast and tasted delicious. Would absolutely come back again.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

Valentines Day!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

It was way too noisy to hooks a conversation. They need some upholstery.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

this was our third visit to 3 Restaurants
and the food has been consistently good and the prices are fair 🍻

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The restaurant was so loud that we could not hear one another speak. We were a table of five and could only hear the person next to one another. Very frustrating.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Wow, they have gone down a notch or two since previous times we have eaten here. My wife ordered a lamb burger and it arrived with no garnish, over cooked, small, on a large plate by itself. I ordered a pawn mushroom pasta. You have to wash porcini mushrooms very carefully -- well they didn't so my pasta was full of sand. Beet salad was very good as was my son's burger. Waiter was fairly clueless, offered no amends.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Was here to celebrate a birthday. Service was just right not intrusive but came by just enough to make sure our water glasses were filled and we didn't need anything else. Food was delicious and servings were big enough where we had leftovers. Would definitely come back here.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Live Sports, Quick Bite, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

The pastas we had was nice and chewy and quite tasty. However the fried chicken was poorly done with lots of batter but dry pieces of chicken inside. Kentucky fried chicken tastes so much better and a fraction of the cost. The service was excellent, but the food left much to be desired. I wouldn't come back again for dinner with all the other choices there are in downtown San Mateo.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Enjoyed outdoor dining with our doggo

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

We got there right at the right time, 10:30am on a Sunday for brunch. Three was a little quite when we got there and then the crowds started to roll in! Very accommodating with our little one, food was ok, service was ok, ambiance was ok, we will most likely be back. Nothing bad to say.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The meatloaf is fantastic!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 24, 2018

First time dining at Three... Food choices were good, the Seafood Risotto was excellent as was the Hamburger. The waiter was a bit of a mystery because he could explain how great the hamburger might be - because he doesn't eat meat. Further, he wouldn't bring over another server to answer the questions we were asking about. Other than that oddity, I will be back.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Service was attentive and helpful with the menu (first time visitors) for our after work dinner. Loved the wild mushroom stogies, the salmon dish and the hoho for dessert. Ambiance is lively, family-friendly.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 21, 2018

We had a double birthday - and the waitstaff was extremely nice and even brought us a double dessert with two candles! Unexpected and lovely.

Tags: Romantic, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Live Sports
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Took a bridal group here for brunch after dress fitting. It was close by and we could walk without reparking car in downtown San Mateo. The service was erratic, 4 orders were brought out in a timely fashion, and the remaining two took some time, despite the fact that both orders were nothing more than 2 eggs scrambled. The in house music system was very loud and we were seated under the speaker. It was so loud it was difficult to hear each other during the meal.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 18, 2018

I had a wonderful experience there for a Sunday brunch however tried it twice for dinner and both times it was a huge flop. Went back the second time to be fair wondering if it was just a bad night. The front desk was indifferent to almost a rude feel, the food was very disappointing but the waiter was delightful.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The food is really good. Nothing fancy, but tasted great. A nice family spot!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The service was mediocre at best. When they brought the food out, they just put plates down anywhere did not even ask people what they had. We were a party of 7 and had to pass the plates around. 3 of us ordered eggs benedict and it was ice cold. The manager heard me and said can I get you another order (We were already half way through our food because our waiter never came by to ask how everything was) and declined. Literally as we were getting ready to leave, the eggs came out again. We came down from Sonoma County to take my daughter out for her bday. I expected way better service and food in San Mateo; you can get much better in Sonoma and Napa. Would not recommend at all.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

disappointed w/ the waffle w/ bacon and chicken- waffle seemed like it’s been sitting around for an hour before getting on my table; pomegranate lemonade was disgustingly sweet and jar was sticky

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

This place offers a diner quality of food and service disguised in a nicer decor than a diner.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We always enjoy three restaurant. The food is delicious and there are always seasonal specials, and the staff members are friendly and helpful.

I highly recommend Three Restaurant to anyone who knows good food.

Tags: Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

New Years eve. We had not been to this local restaurant in at least a year. Remembered it as having some good small plates. We ordered 2 apps, calamari and the Maple Chipotle chicken wings. Wings were outstanding, Calamari was pretty good...
3 meals; Chicken Apple salad, pulled pork and squash and the hanger steak. All were very good. We were just hoping for something decent since we made reservations at the last minute. 3 was not my first choice. However, we had a great experience, good service, great food in a really cozy spot. Only ding was for the lack of Champaign by the glass, especially on New Years eve.
We will be back!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Ordered chicken waffle and deep fried French toast. Chicken was just okay while waffle was not tasty. Was expecting a fresh crispy waffle: however, the waffle was not crispy and not fresh at all. Was the worst fried chicken waffle I have ever had. Deep fried french toast was very oily but since it is deep fried, it was what I was expected. Inside ambience is great and servers are nice.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Food and service were great. There were six of us and we all enjoyed the meal.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Food was average, it was good, but did not blow my socks off. Ambiance is nice, with a dim lit and cozy atmosphere.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Always a treat. Creative menu, delicious food, friendly service. Surprised how quickly the meals came out, too! We always leave looking forward to our next visit.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Great service and great variety of pretty dang good food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

First visit and was very pleased ... service was attentive and appropriate, food was excellent. The large main space with huge street-side glass windows requires early day temperature adjustment as it was unfortunately not warm enough inside.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 13, 2017

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 on December 12, 2017

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 on December 10, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

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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 (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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 (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 25, 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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