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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.
San Mateo, CA 94401
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
El Camino Real
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Adjacent Street Parking. 2 major lots within 1/2 block of restaurant.
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
Came in for brunch, and the food was amazing. The "bacon bits" appetizer (pork belly cubes with a sweet barbecue glaze) started things of really well. My wife's corn beef hash was a subtle tweak to the traditional version, keeping it interesting but identifiable (and super tasty). I'm a benedict fan, but I was afraid that it would be boring compared to some other interesting things on the menu... I've never had eggs benedict with the eggs that perfectly poached, and something subtle about the hollandaise made it awesome. The drinks were great as well. Very creative, but really well balanced. A definite must for brunch, but make reservations... groups of 2 had a 90 minute wait when we arrived at noon.
Three has changed a lot since the old Astaria days. It is now a loud cafeteria vibe rather than a quiet elegant vibe. The food has also changed, too. No bread with your meal, the fried chicken is actually chicken strips. Some times changes are not for the best. I still like the place, but they would be wise to go back to the ways that made them so popular - both the food and decor.
My first time eating here. It was a Friday evening, so the bar scene was really active. I'm an old person, and while bar scenes are OK, it was difficult to carry on a conversation in the main room. Luckily, we were able to get a table in the back room and it was better. Still kind of noisy. Lots of young people for those of you who like the high energy. The 3 people I was with just loved their food and thought it was excellent; they had ordered the fried chicken, the chicken cordon bleu, and the seafood risotto. They all looked really good. I had the pacific cod on rice with aspargus and peas. Turns out, I forgot that pacific cod is actually red snapper, and I don't like that fish, so I won't write about that. The rice with asparagus and peas was delightful. The waiter, was awesome, and although we didn't order it, he brought us a bowl of pickled carrots. And he was funny. We might go there again on a week night.
Mixed bag on two separate visits.
Visit 1 was 4.5 stars - excellent food & service. Waitress was very knowledgeable & helped us pick great wines to match our meals. Service was prompt, efficient and the food was amazing
Visit 2 was 3 stars - food was again excellent for the most part, but the caesar salad left a lot to be desired it was too lightly dressed, the dressing was more a vinagrette than a caesar dressing, there was a lack of garlic & herb flavor to the dressing, having trout instead of anchovies really wrecked the dish. Seafood risotto was just too much arborio - could have easily cut by 1/3 to 1/2 and kept the herb & seafood levels the same and had a much more flavorful dish.
Service was just bad to awful. Nothing came out all together for the table - my wife's drink was at least 5 mins after the other three drinks were served. First courses took three separate trips to get all four to the table (first one was done by the time the last one was served). Second courses were also spread out over two trips to the table. This is basic service in a restaurant and speaks to both kitchen and waitstaff. Kitchen should be getting all dishes for a table ready simultaneously and waitstaff should not bring dishes to the table until they have all of them.
When I asked the waitress for a wine recommendation with the seafood risotto she said "white" and when I pressed further she didn't have a clue. Fortunately I guessed right but waitstaff training on food-wine pairing MUST be improved dramatically.
Took several mins to get the bill and another several minute wait to get my credit card back
Not a great experience. Went to dinner with sister/ brother in law in town from Puerto Vallarta - had 7:00 reservations thru Open Table. We were seated at a round oversized table right by the entrance - worst table. It was freezing cold that night and outside air blasted us. Service was very slow until we moved to a better table and a better waiter. WAY TOO LOUD for conversation with friends and not at all romantic, but very creative, reasonably priced menu. We loved the food and our 2nd waiter and would go again on a weekday when not so busy and loud.
Was very disappointed. The recommended corned beef sandwich came out with soggy bread and fatty corned beef. Waiter so so but didn't pay attention to the tables. Busboy worse. I specifically called the restaurant after making reservations through open table and asked to be seated at a quiet table. None of that happened. My friend steak sandwich was good according to her so that's about all I can say except for the fact that I will not be back.
I came with my cousin for a long overdue catch up session Saturday brunch with a 1030am reservation! The hostess was very welcoming and smiling. The ambiance was inviting and had a social modern feel. I didn't care for the seating though. I sat on the bench and my cousin sat on the chair. Huge difference in height which made it awkward to converse at eye level. Also as the restaurant began to fill up, it began to get louder and louder. Most of our conversation was yelling at each other. My voice was beginning to strain and crack. Not fun! But the energy was fun and exciting! My food was AH-FRICKIN-MAZING!! I had the delicious deep fried French Toast with maple syrup sauce and house potatoes along with a side of luscious Bacon Bitz... that's pork belly in a maple syrup sauce and chives with a kick!I washed it all down with a couple of strawberry guava mimosas (my concoction). Sadly the mimosas were served in a 40s/50s style champagne glass (the kind they used for champagne fountains) which is pretty small and charged me $12 a glass. I feel like that was a little exorbitant for a mimosa considering a standard mimosa (champagne & oj) is $8 and a guava mimosa (champagne & guava juice) is $10. So I take it I was charged another $2 for the little splash of strawberry juice. Kinda lame.
All in all, I plan on going back and I'll be more attentive to pricing and my ordering. Can't wait! 😊
I brought some out of town visitors to have a meal located within walking distance of our house.
Everything was ok - but just ok. Service was nothing special. It wasn't busy and therefore there was no discernable noise factors. The menu had a lot of choices and all of us wound up eating 2 of the appetizers apiece. The variety of the selections is a positive point.
I did not like the 3.5% surcharge to cover the "minimum wage". How sad that the bad habits of San Francisco have seeped down to the Peninsula. The excuse is so that they don't have to raise prices. We all know they will raise prices anyway and keep the surcharge.
To be fair, we dined at another San Mateo restaurant 2 days later and it also applied the surcharge. Is it a matter of time before grocery stores, clothing stores, everybody does the same? Or shall we just dine at home?
Love Three and we will continue to frequent. The appetizers are amazing and while the dinner menu (in my opinion) lacks vegetarian options, there is still a lot to choose from. But not so much so where you wonder about the freshness and quality thereof.
Our server was very friendly and attentive once she got to our table. It just took a while from the time we were seated, but it was a busy time. All in all, we always enjoy our time at Three whether it is exploring the craft beer and cocktails selection or a full meal with family.
I must have chosen the wrong dishes since this is the first time I was disappointed here. Fried chicken is not good. It's more of a flattened chicken fried on a pan (vs. whole chicken pieces fried in a fryer). Waiter is good when we can get his attention but was too busy to even look our way. Very disappointing.
Although the restaurant was acceptable in many respects, the background noise was so overwhelming that it was impossible to enjoy a meal there. Six of us met there for Sunday brunch, and it was not possible to communicate with one another without shouting. It is unfortnate that what would have been an otherwise enjoyable experience was spoiled by the excessive noise.
My wife and I just got back from dinner last weened and I wanted to write a review before I got too lazy after such a great meal. I had the pork shoulder and my wife the skirt steak. To start we had a cheese at your table flambe, pretty cool (or warm!) then the fried calamari which was prepared perfect, light batter, crispy and perfect doneness and we all know what an overcooked squid is like. My pork shoulder in chili sauce was great with just the right amount of heat. Couldn't finish it all so I look forward with tomorrows lunch. My wife's skirt steak was a perfect med-rare. We will definitely be back. Our waiter, Gerardo was fantastic and all his support staff. Table was always clean, fresh silverware, full water bottle and food came quickly so always hot out of the oven. Thank you Alicia for introducing us to our new local favorite.
Always a hit at Three! The menu makes it difficult to pick, as there are too many good options. The handcrafted cocktails are ever-changing and interesting to most pallets. The seating has always been on time (with a reservation) and the service has never been less than excellent.
I had a great lunch, fried chicken club and then a date dinner. The lunch was wonderful and both of us enjoyed the cocktails and dinner selections. It was early so I don't think we were able to enjoy/comment on the lively ambiance later in the evening, but all together a good time and good menu.
The food was good but service was pretty bad. We always had to ask for refills. We got the bill but we wanted dessert. Then my friend's affogato was forgotten the first time so the ice cream melted & they had to make another one. She finally got it after we finished our desserts.
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