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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

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Fall in LOVE @ THREE. Candlelight and rose petals accompany our 4 course notorious Aphrodisiac Menu. $60.00/person + tax and gratuity. Our regular menu will also be available.

Three Restaurant & Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (18)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
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Comfort Food (12)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Great for Lunch (12)
Bar Seating (10)
Great for Brunch (10)
Fun (8)
Good for a Date (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Business Meals (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Seasonal (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Tapas (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Authentic (2)
Great Beer (2)
Healthy (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Cozy (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Live Sports (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Romantic (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 11, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 4, 2017

Very nice and accommodating hostess. Excellent service.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 4, 2017

this place is a gem! would recommend for families or groups or even for dates.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Fun, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Comfort food with a creative modern twist. Kids friendly and not over priced. We ordered multiple starters to share instead of a heavy entree and get to try many varieties.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Fun, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Quick Bite, Cozy, Business Meals, Afternoon Coffee, Great Beer
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 24, 2017

I went for brunch with a friend. We both had a hard time pulling out the chairs stuck into the table legs. Not many vegan options but was really the only choice for breakfast that early on a Wednesday in San Mateo.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 20, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Gluten Free Options
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Outstanding cuisine. Mouth watering combination of foods and good sized portions.

Two thumbs up.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 15, 2017

Food was excellent. We had almost every appetizer and they were all very delicious. We were very happy and will go again.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 14, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Went here for breakfast on Mothers Day. Food was delicious and the service was excellent. Atmosphere was very pleasant, not hectic as holiday dining can be. Prices were on the high side but I would return again for the food and service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Great menu selection. Reservations prompt. Good bar offerings.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Tasty menu. Unfortunately it took 90 minutes for food to arrive and wait staff seemed comfortable and awkward as though it were their first time ever waiting tables. Overpriced.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Crab cakes phenomenal. Pure crab

Carmelized onion mash delish

Fried chicken so-so. Too much breading for me

Would go back for sure.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 9, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 8, 2017

I was really impressed with the food and the service. I booked the restaurant for a business dinner and it was fantastic.

Tags: Quick Bite, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Tapas, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Service was great! Messed up on reservations though

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 6, 2017

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! 😊

Tags: Casual, Great for Brunch, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, People Watching
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Entirely underwhelming and unremarkable. My cod over risotto was flavorless and rubbery. Spouse's pork was fatty and flavorless, baked alaska was mud pie with meringue swirl. Get it together!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on April 26, 2017

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?

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 23, 2017

Extensive menu with a lot of variety--something for everyone made for a nice Sunday brunch.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on April 19, 2017

Wonderful!!!! Fantastic food! Great girls night out birthday meal! Creative, delicious dishes all around!!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 18, 2017

my friends and I had a fun breakfast. food was delish and our server was friendly.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun, Local Ingredients, Great Beer
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 14, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 9, 2017

Great for Brunch. Great neighborhood find. Menu with good variety.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Greeters were top notch. Letty, our server, got toooo many things mixed up. She was nice, however, didn't listen to our needs. Interpreted her own thinking that's how we wanted it. If she were my server again, I would leave before ordering.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 6, 2017

Great spot for lunch or dinner. The Brothers Burger is outstanding!!!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 2, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 30, 2017

Very good tasting and creative menu items. All of the food seemed prepared with great care and flavor in the kitchen. Nice bar area. Prices are moderate. The hostess and wait staff service was excellent, welcoming, and responsive.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 26, 2017

Service was horrible, staff knowledge of menu was poor, food was decent, will I go back? Probably not. Will I recommend to friends? Absolutely not

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 26, 2017

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.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Tapas, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Casual, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 22, 2017

Service is always a little off here -

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 19, 2017

Took almost as long to get our coffee as it took to get our food, which is not great for a place serving brunch. Otherwise, the food and dining experience was good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Vegan, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 19, 2017

Very nice brunch menu

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 18, 2017

We went for lunch on a saturday. It was packed and I think the waiters were overwhelmed, as service was slow. It was better the previous few times I went.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, People Watching
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