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About Vault 164

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.

164 South B Street
San Mateo, CA 94401
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-4:00pm

Dinner: Mon-Thurs 4:00pm-9:00pm*
Dinner: Fri-Sat 5:00pm-10:00pm*
Dinner: Sun 5:00pm-8:30pm
Bar stays open later depending on how busy we are

Cross Street:
2nd Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 348-8164

Website:
http://www.vault164.com/

Parking Details:
There are two large public garages: 1) On 2nd, between B St. and train tracks, adjacent to movie theater, and 2) on B St, between 3rd and 4th.
All street parking is free after 6pm
For daytime parking, there are numerous lots and metered parking on nearby streets

Public Transit:
CalTrans stops just blocks from us

Executive Chef:
Gerardo Garcia

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Private Dining

Vault 164 Private Dining Room seats 64 people comfortably, and a 100 people standing.

Vault 164 Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.0

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (24)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Special Occasion (21)
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Casual (21)
Fun (20)
Business Meals (18)
Bar Seating (15)
Comfort Food (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Good for Groups (14)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Great for Lunch (14)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Vibrant Bar Scene (12)
Romantic (9)
Worth the Drive (8)
Hot Spot (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Cozy (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Tapas (6)
Authentic (4)
Healthy (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Great Beer (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Seasonal (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Organic (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
People Watching (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Great service, excellent food. At this price point I would have expected a little more elbow room between tables/booths, but that's a minor nit. Would recommend without hesitation.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Great lunch with friends at the Vault. Great food and a great bar. Jake is a pro behind the bar. The brussel sprout chips and deviled eggs were great. One of my favorites in San Mateo and close to the movie theater for a meal after the movie. Enjoy! G-man

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 4, 2017

We had a horrible dining experience here. Service was awful, they served my son RAW chicken and then forgot to reorder him new ones leaving him french fries to eat (and never removing the raw chicken away from the table). No one apologized for this awful mistake, waitress was never around, we had to wave her down from across the room. All the food was okay, but definitely not worth the $. I was so upset, the menu was so promising and being new to the area we thought this would be a new go too. Instead I promise to never return again.

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

I had a great dining experience at Vault 164. We ordered off of the 'Small Plates' portion of the menu. The food was very, very good!! Sweet potato fries were amazing and so was the calamari!! Can't forget the dungeness crab artichoke dip and pork belly! We had six people 6-7 plates and it was enough for us before we went drinking at the bars later. Our server was super attentive and really nice! We came in pretty late (9:30) and the kitchen closes at 10. We did order everything before the kitchen closed but it was nice that our waitress didn't seem irritated or pressured us and ensured us she would not close the kitchen until we were satisifed with what we ordered. Thanks so much for the great experience! I'm looking forward to coming back.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Tapas, Romantic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Sarah was very accommodating when we needed to change our dining time. Nicole did an outstanding job serving us - she made our son who was celebrating his birthday feel very special. Also, Nicole offered great menu recommendations

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 27, 2017

The only complaint was the A/C was too hivg. It was cold.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Outstanding as always

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Server had no personality and was a bit rude. Food was overpriced.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great food! Had the bacon wrapped dates to start which were so good. The swordfish was fresh, super tasty with a potato cake that was also delicious.

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Service was engaging.
Filet with gnocchi was phenomenal.
Order the deviled eggs.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

It's in downtown San Mateo, so parking is a problem.....especially early evening weekdays, so come early as it make take some time to find parking. It's also a block from the train station, so walk-in bar crowd is high. Recommend reservations as on both visits, they had my table waiting for me when I walked in. I used open table as my reservation vehicle.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Service started off slow but then the manager started helping and it got better. I think they may have been under staffed. The food was very good.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Great Cobbs salad

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Our favorite restaurant in San Mateo!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Good food. Nice waitress, but a bit slow. Go here if you have plenty of time.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Delicious! First time to this restaurant and both of our meals were very good. Interesting menu and we'll go back to try the Vermont-cheddar-burger another time. The Baked Alaska dessert is fun - it was enough for three or four people! Service was excellent, too.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 24, 2017

I met a friend for dinner during the week and we were both disappointed. She had the pork chop and I had the baby back ribs. My ribs were very fatty and her pork chop had a ton of gristle on it. Neither of us finished our meal which was a bummer, considering the entrees are $25-30.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

I love the appetizers at The Vault! We went for a girls-get-together. The wine and cocktails are yummy. The only "weird" thing was our 1st server. Nice enough guy, but came off slightly odd/rude with his food/wine suggestions; we didn't find him very helpful nor pleasing to work with. But the food came out quick, was really yummy, and the 2nd server was very helpful and checked on us often! And had great drink recommendations.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Anniversary

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Food was cold and they really want to rush you in and out. Definitely not a place
to go for a relaxing dinner.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food was beautifully presented and absolutely delicious. The cocktails were also very tasty. I had the chipotle-rubbed skirt steak, which was fantastic. we celebrated my wife's birthday here with a group of friends, and it was the perfect place for a birthday dinner!

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 18, 2017

We enjoyed the delicious food and had a great time gabbing!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Healthy, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Delicious - we enjoyed all the food we ordered!
The brussel sprout chips were delicious but a little hard to eat politely.
The service was great - we had a great time!

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Great experience. Good selection of food and drinks, and everything was delicious!

Tags: Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Everything was perfect from the excellent service to the delicious food. Will definitely be back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Groups, Romantic, Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 11, 2017

This is a great place with very good service, one of my favorite lunch places in San Mateo.

Tags: Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour
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·Dined on October 10, 2017

Overall experience was great, our waiters was friendly and attentive of our needs. The food was excellent.

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 10, 2017

This place is great, but avoid sitting at a booth table. The bench seat is low in comparison to the table while the opposite chairs are proportionately tall. Therefore, whomever in your party gets seated on the bench is going to feel like a toddler in need of a booster seat!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Love the food! Ask for the fresh baked focaccia bread. Will be back soon:)

Tags: Fun, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Our server did not pay much attention to us. He needs to speed it up a bit

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 5, 2017

We waited over 20 minutes for the server to even greet us, then another 20 mins for drinks. It was absolutely terrible service and I ordered the fish and it was so over cooked that it was inedible. I couldn't even send it back because the server was no where to be found. I took business colleagues to dinner and it was embarrassing!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

I read some reviews on Yelp where some people didn't have the best experience. I went there on a Saturday night. The service was excellent. Me and my date had our flat iron steaks cooked perfectly to order. The flavor was great and I have nothing negetive to say. I happen to be very particular and crtique every aspect of my dining experience. I was very pleasantly surprised. The menu choices were very nice and the kitchen is willing to accommodate special dietary needs. The layout of the seating in the restaurant is a little odd. Ambiance was fair. Prices were a touch on the high side but I have no problem paying a little more for a great food experience. The great service helped tie everything together nicely. I will go back for sure.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

This is my go to restaurant if I want great food, great atmosphere and unbelievable service. I've been here half a dozen times and have never been disappointed.. Highest possible recommendation.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Food was excellent and our server was terrific. Only issue we encountered was at the door. We were about 20 minutes late and hostess had already marked me as a no-show. When informed about our arrival, she was pretty rude. Maybe she was having a bad day.

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·Dined on September 27, 2017

Food wasn't so good therefore the prices were unreasonable

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Very good food..had the maple glazed Scottand salmon and it was wonderful. Friends had the crispy fried Brussels sprouts and they were amazing. Also the Ahi tower. All so good. Also wine pour is very reasonable.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 25, 2017

I visit Vault 164 frequently. It's my favorite special-occasion restaurant in San Mateo, and I am here frequently with friends and with my kids. They provide great service and the food is very good. Excellent wine list! Great, creative cocktail list. Nice place for a meal, or just a quick bite and glass of wine at the bar.

They are pricey but the food is generally quite delicious. Especially the brussels sprout chips (free, if you check in on Facebook!). The kids menu is extensive and includes a delicious sundae for dessert.

Brad, the owner, is frequently walking the dining floor talking to guests, which I like to see.

I will note that they have fewer vegetarian items on the menu than they used to. Perhaps it's the current seasonal menu, but there used to be, at various times in the past, a portobello mushroom sandwich, several flatbreads (many of which were vegetarian), and an additional salad or two. Now, there are 2-3 vegetarian 'meals' to choose from, tops, and that includes a salad item. Wish they had more options!

That said, it is still a special occasion-worthy visit in San Mateo. I'll continue to return.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 25, 2017

We had a fantastic, low-key family dinner celebrating our anniversary. We had early reservations to have a relaxing and quiet meal and were not disappointed. Not only did we all enjoy our food, but we were treated to some of the best service by our gracious and attentive server, Karina. She was extremely kind and made our evening special. We will go again!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Kid-friendly, Business Meals
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

We enjoyed the night but the food was not good. The chicken was dry!

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 20, 2017

The service was great. My sis-in-law and I ordered the BLT. Reviews rated it high. We were disappointed. The top bread was a toasted slice of bread, but the bottom bread was the bottom of a bun, not even toasted. Weird!! Both breads should be toasted slice bread. Service was very good. We were a group of 5 and we felt comfortable eating and talking leisurely.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Casual
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