Vault 164

4.4
1372 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Welcome to Vault 164, located in the heart of downtown San Mateo. Set in the old Crocker Bank on the corner of 2nd and B, the décor uses many of the building"s antique vault pieces sprinkled throughout the dining room and bar. We feature an eclectic and contemporary American cuisine. Stop by and enjoy our bourbon and maple glazed pork chop, served on sweet potato mash, or a savory Caramelized Onion, Applewood Smoked Bacon, and Cambozola Cheese Flatbread. We offer a wide range of aged steaks and whole roasted chicken, fresh pasta, and unique salads. Our bar is great place to meet friends or watch a game, and it features a variety of classic and new cocktails, handmade to perfection, a large selection of beers on tap, and over 20 wines by the glass.
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l
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the second time I've been here within a month. Both times were excellent.

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JC
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our service was fantastic. It really made the evening for us. Thank you.

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m
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

We were sat in back room for larger parties and only two of us. Large groups with children on Valentines Day not good to do with only two people. I have a feeling we were sat the due to a former work mate back in the day who is a server there and was conversing with the hostess when she saw me. Bad for business!

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DM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have been to this restuarant before to check it out before my date night it was wonderful both times. The food is great with a wide variety of options from land and sea. They have a full bar and a good selection of wine to choose from. A lovely help staff to serve and help to make choices on the selection of everything the menu has going on. I recommend this place

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S
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm never disappointed. My favorite go-to-place in town. Always has something that suites my whim of the day. They have a very diversified menu. And to me, it's all good.

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GW
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was stellar; food was delicious; ambiance was perfect for a quiet birthday celebration.

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

$25 a bit too much to open a bottle of wine. And, I had to pour the first 3 glasses to my wife and daughter. On my birthday. Right?

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CA
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always good.

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NG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

All good except noise level.
Food consistently good, service very good.

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OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Came for a business Dinner with seven other colleagues. Really high ambiance and good vibe, but a bit noisy in my opinion. The food was great but the service was initially a bit slow and we had to wait to make our order. Overall the experience was good however and I would definitely consider to come back next time we’re out in the area!

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S
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service .. which is why we keep returning.

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JO
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Mussels and Fries: 5/5 stars...amazing
Pork Belly: 5/5 stars.
Ribeye with crispy leeks: 5.5/5 stars...star of the night
Spicy Prawns: 3.5/5 stars...would have liked a bit more prawns and less mash potato ( too much filler)...great sauce though.

Good service, plenty of parking, price a little less than comparable restaurants.

Only con of the night: when I was about to sit down, I noticed some food on my seat.

Overall, a great dining experience.

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S
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Two couples, both celebrating anniversaries. Excellent food as usual. Terrific service. Made our night special. Thanks to all at the restaurant.

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SS
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

My first visit in Feb 2016 was fantastic!
My second visit in Feb 2019 was so-so.
I ordered the chicken dish that was supposed to come with red potatoes and broccoli instead came with beans and carrots - very disappointed.

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j
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Four people, all ordered something different and we all thought the flavors were excellent. Our cauliflower latke appetizer was really special. Would like to see this stay on the menu!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal, drinks and service!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

It was fine

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L
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rosalie is the most amazing waitress. It is always a pleasure to have her wait on us. It definitely elevates the experience. Her recommendations were spot on. We tried the new pesto pasta with chicken and it was delicious. My husband said his fish and chips were the best he had had in a long time. We will of course be back.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was very good

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Gluten free menu was fantastic, and drinks were awesome!

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FR
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was great and the service was great definitely would recommend this restaurant

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n
Sacramento
19 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

We had excellent service. But the food was cold. I understand the desire to sell drinks but there is no excuse to not bring food when hot just to sell another round of drinks. For the price the food left quite a bit to be desired.

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CG
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Every dish we ordered was excellent: PEI mussels, pear salad, mushroom bruschetta, pork belly, skirt steak, short ribs, pappardelle, and petrale sole....all really good. Desserts were also very good: baked alaska, key lime pie, and cookie pie. The portions are generous and so one could easily share a few items and be very satisfied. The service was fine and the ambiance was enjoyable. We really enjoyed our meal and were very happy with the dining experience.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great energy. Vibrant. Feels classy. Very attentive waiter. Only drawback...I forgot my to-go box on the table and didn’t realize til I got home. Would have been nice if the waiter had noticed, and reminded us. Perfect dinner place with just the right amount of “happening”.

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a
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I wanted to like the place since the owner and the server are both nice and accommodating. Unfortunately, we found a staple wire in the brussel sprouts chips and a plastic underneath the fries. We addressed this to the owner and he said they'll take care of it and talk to the team which is good.

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San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

I think they need to hire more wait staff. We had to ask for more water, get up to find additional silverware, get up to ask for a box, and ask for the bill. We were not checked on. This is unfortunate as we were celebrating a work anniversary. The food was great though- the service did not match.

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RB
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Very loud place to eat and attempt to talk. Many food items overpriced.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We came to the vault for dinner on New Year’s Eve. The service was great and the food was delicious. It was a good way to begin our evening

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AT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding and the food was wonderfully prepared

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C
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has become my favorite of all in only two visits. I highly recommend discovering the creative dishes (the best are to share...) and desserts. Don’t hesitate a mili-second. Just go and enjoy

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NH
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great dinner for two. We were just looking for a nice place in town to enjoy a meal and this hit the spot. Excellent steak!

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DC
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Good spot for dinner/drinks on your way to Century 21 movie across the street. Brussels sprout chips, Ahi tuna tower, and calamari ... appetizers...all excellent and recommended. Lively bar scene. Ambiance is lacking as decor is drab and plain...not the most enjoyable atmosphere but food and service make up for it. Will return.

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SK
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great selection, presentation and taste!

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C
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The restaurant has never disappointed us. The food is always delicious. The noise level was very loud. I have never been to the restaurant when it was that loud. We will continue to dine here now and again

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ZT
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

For was good. It wasn't brought to the table super warm, but it wasn't the end of the world cause that's just a preference. Also, while the server was nice- we just barley ever saw him.

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CC
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are returning to have our team lunch here. You all did not disappoint. The waitress was attentive and friendly. The food was amazing. We made a special request and the chef was kind enough to grant our request and accommodate a member of our team who had food allergies. You guys are awesome. We will definitely be coming back again.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tried the Vault for a new date. Very noisy but hostess seated us in a quiet corner. We had a great time.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

I had dinner with a teammate on a business trip in the area. The ambience immediately caught our attention - cool place and vibe. The service was a little slow but they were very busy. The food was pretty good but lacked a little seasoning (salt and spices) in my opinion. The Pinot Grigio was great though!

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C
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed the atmosphere. Staff was friendly and our waitress was great. Very attentive. My vegi burger with cheese was very good. Something I wouldn't ordinarily order. Others in the group liked their choices. The noise level was high so conversations are somewhat challenging with our group, but overall it was fine.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Were seated right away, but by a table near the kitchen. Server was very nice and helpful. Only a few wines by the glass, we split a Zinfandel. Both had fish, neither finished our meal, and took home leftovers. Have had trouble applying my open table points, and manager came by to say he did not know how either. All in all a nice experience.

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