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7:00 PM
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Three Restaurant & Bar

661 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Casual (17)
  • Neighborhood Gem (16)
  • Creative Cuisine (15)
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Contemporary American, Californian
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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
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Phone number
(650) 344-9444
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Alicia Petrakis
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Cross street
El Camino Real
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Parking details
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
What 661 People Are Saying
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4.2  based on recent ratings
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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viprekker (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Valentines Day!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

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

LindaM (San Francisco)
2.0  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.

vipchoclove (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 4, 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.

Geezabrat (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 29, 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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Enjoyed outdoor dining with our doggo

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  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.

vipgeneo (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

The meatloaf is fantastic!

vipCowboy (Philadelphia)
4.0  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.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  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.

kitmom (San Francisco)
5.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
4.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

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

sonomawinejan (San Francisco)
1.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  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

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on January 7, 2018

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

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  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.