Tomatina - San Mateo

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$31 to $50
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Italian
You’re always welcome at San Mateo’s Tomatina, our family-friendly Italian restaurant at the corner of 4th and B Streets in the heart of downtown San Mateo just off Highway 101. Located just 10 minutes from San Francisco International Airport, minutes from the San Mateo Event Center and a block from Century 12 San Mateo, we are here for any occasion.
Tomatina is designed to appeal to as many people as possible, which is why they carry a vegetarian, gluten-free and children's menu in addition to their regular ones. Each month, Tomatina offers seasonal specials in addition to the normal menu. These offerings have included a chicken apple salad, roasted cauliflower pizza and even a proscuitto and fig piadine. Staples of the menu that guests can always count on are dishes such as the mozzarella and prosciutto sandwich, ravioli di formaggi, mini-hand tossed pizzas and a chicken spaghettini with spinach, parmesan and an onion-tomato broth.
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San Francisco
74 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Enjoyed a great Italian Cobb salad. It would have been perfect if the restaurant had used freshly grilled chicken instead of cold. All of the salads with protein option were served cold...salmon, steak, chicken. My dining partner and I agreed it would have been nice if a little effort had been put forth to make the proteins freshly cooked.
Otherwise everything was nice. A quiet night so it was easy to chat.

MW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for a group of people, very spacious, good food.

E
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed lunch, had the lunch special with mixta salad and pizza. Great service, tasty food and reasonable prices. Will be back.

RS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our food was really good, and our server was excellent! Two in our group had severe food allergies that our server took seriously. She made sure that we had a relaxed eating experience.

CJ
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Forty minutes to get a drink (and then the wrong one showed up), appetizers ordered but never brought, waitress was nice but everything was slow.

Definitely pass the next time around.

DS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is always fantastic! Sarah’s cocktails are custom created. Lilian gets everything right. Food is consistently delicious and the management team leads a great group of people.
Our family-favorite spot!!

DS
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Tomatina’s is a good restaurant, for casual Italian food. The garlic bread rolls are outstanding; the rest of the meal was good but not great. Server was good and friendly, but not great.

D
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Came at a time with less customers. Service was fast and food very good for 3 people.

desert also good. Finished in about an hour and place filled with more people. Was my 4th time there.

MM
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

service was a little abupt and server could've been warmer and more personable.

KK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The service was good but the pasta dishes were disappointed as the sauce but so blended. I can get better sauce from the cant.

DW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Excellent service! The happy hour menu was a real treat. The meatball appetizer was a big hit at the table.

LH
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

My husband and I went here for our date night. Didn't have to wait for a table, order a cocktail & their famous garlic bread rolls and we were happy!

TC
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service, nice atmosphere, open and spacious. Food is good — nothing fancy, but simple and good.

FH
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I was surprised, the food was excellent and the service was outstanding. We both had salmon and a caesar salad. They even gave us the option anchovies which we accepted. Overall a very good experience, we will be back.

GD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy Tomatina's a a good place to meet. My sister and I and our families are on both sides of the Bay.

RS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reservations suggested. Busy Saturday, but servers helped servers. Food was outstanding. I recommend you give them a try.

AS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

The food is good, but the service is always lacking. Very slow, and items are often incorrect or forgotten.

MK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Service very slow. Not enough waiters. Food ok. Would not recommend to friends.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Fathers Day

TM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful location! Excellent place for parties or small groups! Family friendly! We had the best food with an excellent wine selection and beers! Will be back soon!

L
San Francisco
88 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food is good and atmosphere is very causal. Great for meeting a friend or last minute dining

NE
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

This restaurant needs to go away. The food was HORRIBLE. I have almost never sent any food back but here I sent back two items and I should have sent back more but didn't because it was such a struggle to explain why the first two items were unacceptable. I will NEVER NEVER NEVER eat here again. The garlic rolls were covered in burnt garlic and covered in salt - like seriously spoonfuls of salt. The beet salad was only tossed oil and probably a good 1/3 cup of oil...no joke...horrible. I have never met a beet salad I didn't like or would refuse to eat until now. The shrimp pomodoro pasta was nothing to be desired. The shrimp were large but did not taste like shrimp one bit. weird slimy waterlogged. The tomato sauce was no different than someone dumping a can of crushed tomatoes with no seasoning whatsoever. The mushroom pizza was edible but way to rich and the sausage was a very weird texture I have never experiences before, took the leftover pizza home and it stunk so bad. tried eating it the next day and it had an odd and gross taste. The caesar salad was not bad and the only thing my husband and I ate. Also, can't stand it when you purposely order and appetizer, then salads and then entrees but they don't course it out, then come a long time after with EVERYTHING and complain their is not enough room on our table. On top of it, they gave us the bill without removing the 2 dishes we sent back and they said no problem they will take it off our bill. felt tricked. horrible place never again. I still feel burned by what we still ended up paying because I felt it was no way at all deserving of anything. Too many great restaurant in San Mateo to even think of going here. McDonalds would have been better

MS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, quickly prepared and nicely served. Reasonable prices and, thank heaven, you could hear your friends.

D
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family reunion

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D
San Francisco
65 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tomatina is a great casual restaurant for a pizza or pasta meal. Great for families and large groups.

f
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time going and food was pretty good. My husband ordered the salmon pasta dish and I ordered the salmon piadine. The piadine was good but wasn't easy to cut with the serrated knife but I would order it again.

RS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice place for a family dinner. Friendly and accommodating.

LT
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We were a group of 12 for lunch. Delivery of food was staggered and the last 2 people were served almost 10 minutes after the others.

Apart from that, great experience. Great food!

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, I've never had a bad experience at Tomatina.

DW
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and fresh food! Excellent experience

KT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was really good and the winter menu was a great comfort. The way they cooked the kale was just perfect not too crunchy and softened just the right amount

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Thanks
We enjoyed family time

LH
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went here with my family for a late dinner, booked my reservations on open table. Waited about 10 minutes, which was about right since we were early. Restaurant was crowded , Saturday before Christmas.

SM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

At the time I visited (early lunch) it was quiet and service was quick. Usually I see a more folks in for dinner time.

GA
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Enjoyable environment, reasonably priced, good Italian food. Good service. Perfect for families. Nice to be able to get in somewhere in San Mateo on a Saturday night easily. Appreciated that they honored our open table reservation ahead of others who were waiting. Large portions allowed for lunch on Sunday.

NR
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Friendly service, clean, nice atmoshpere, and delicious food. Always interesting specials, fresh, and very reasonable. Cocktail we're great too. Highly recommend for a nice local lunch or dinner. Parking can be tricky.

SM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The service was great but the actual food was not worth the cost of the meal.

W
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, the whipped cream was made fresh. Loved the buttered nut squash, gelato and pumpkin cheesecake! The service was great and the manager even checked in on us to make sure lunch went well. Definitely coming back!

LT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall5food3service5ambience4

When you get service like Kimmy gave us Saturday you just want to tell anyone that will listen. Kimmy was very attentive and friendly. The teenagers in our group were even impressed with the service we received (and you know how hard it is to make teens happy!)

KG
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The waitress was also bartending so service started well but was inconsistent after our order. The food came out fairly quickly - the food was bland, uninteresting, and lacking in flavor; Italian in name only.