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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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.1

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Birthdays (22)
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Special Occasion (18)
Fun (18)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Good for Groups (16)
Casual (15)
Bar Seating (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Great for Lunch (13)
Comfort Food (13)
Vibrant Bar Scene (12)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Romantic (9)
Kid-friendly (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Cozy (6)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
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Seasonal (4)
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Tapas (3)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Vault has a good menu and a nice ambiance. The food was ok, but the service is was so poor I won’t go back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Great food, good cocktails , would go back for some more

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Food could have been better. The ahi tuna tower was bland. The sword fish was fishy and dry... but the lobster sauce it came with made it much better. Service was amazing! Our server definitely made our night!

Tags: Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

great cobbs salad--- I returned specifically for that meal

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·Dined 6 days ago

Great place for a nice dinner. Nice, lively ambiance. Very courteous and attentive staff. The menu had a ton of tasty options. My friend and I both thoroughly enjoyed our meals. Would definitely come back again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Excellent as always..

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·Dined on January 13, 2018

Asked for steak to be medium and it was served dry and over well done. Waiter was really nice and took it right back, I was then served rare steak and did not eat it, the fries were gross they tasted as if they were fried in old oil and even fried twice. Was with a group of friends and did not want to appear unhappy, so I just paid for a meal that I did not eat.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

I always enjoy dining at Vault 164. Delectable and worth the price.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2018

quality food and well run restaurant. Always good in every way.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Great food, service and nice atmosphere. We will be back.

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·Dined on January 9, 2018

The place was cold and un inviting, there were several large groups so it was extremely loud, and no one came to take drink order or welcome us for at least 15 mins. It was my sons bday and I had wanted it to be special, I had to remind them to bring a dessert with a candle and we order fries, and never got them. The food was good though, but not worth returning for.

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

The food here is excellent. For our fairly large group of 10, conversation was almost impossible; so loud in there. We needed to shout, to be understood by family sitting directly across the table. This would be a nice dining experience, with reasonable sound levels...

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 3, 2018

I had mentioned we were coming for my boyfriend’s birthday and asked if they could do something special, since we go often and nothing was done. Oh well

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Took mom out for NYE dinner and what a pleasant surprise! Seated promptly (we had reservations) and the server was excellent! We had the cauliflower latke as an appetizer and the apple jam made the dish! The pork entree was juicy and the short ribs were eaten with a fork.
The dessert was a wonderful ending to a great experience- Baked Alaska. Very well presented with flambé and all!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great NYE dinner! Service was wonderful!!!!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Server was great. Good was good, but very salty. The noise level can get out of hand at times.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Getting seated was a bit slow, but once seated, service and food were very good. Early lunch at 11:30 am avoids the crowds. It's quieter and less rushed

Tags: Casual, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Lucky to snag a same-day rez for a family Christmas Eve dinner for 6 after my brother showed up as a surprise from Texas. Called and begged to add one more and they accommodated us! Woo-hoo! Everyone enjoyed the atmosphere, not being rushed on such a hectic day. Enjoyed the Brussels chips, calamari and crab cakes to start. Dinners were spaghetti squash pasta, fish & chips, prawns, and 4 filets. Delicious all around. We especially liked the au gratin potato side and lemony green beans. Fantastic place for family dinner, friends out, and work dinners. Great value as steaks include sides and prices are reasonable. Thank you!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Service was good once in the restaurant got organized. We were there at 5 o’clock and got seated right away but we waited quite a while for cocktails. In fact the orders came before the cocktails

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Birthday dinner however we eat here often. Love to just sit at bar and have dinner just the two of us.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Brunch/lunch over the holiday weekend meant that place would be packed, and it was. Concern rose when business did not open at stated time. Panic-aside was alleviated with quick seating, bloody mary, beers, and water for all. Had three appetizers - brussel sprout chips, pork belly ends, and bacon wrapped dates. Tough choice as my fav between brussel sprout chips (which I usually don't eat) and dates (which I love and with bacon!!!) Deal though is the Banker lunch - enough portions and quick for eat-and-go. Service was friendly, helpful, and timely to our requests. Recommend for group gatherings and stop after/before SFO.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 2017

It was a holiday party. The food and service was excellent with a excellent gluten free menu. Busy area of town so parking was difficulty. Use gps for garage. I highly recommend for all occasions.

Tags: Live Sports, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Late-night Find, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

A nice surprise with familiar menu choices. Festive environment, just a little "bright" with the restaurant lighting.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Live Sports, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Great salmon salad, ahi tower, and yummy chocolate chip cookie ice cream dessert for those who want to indulge.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 14, 2017

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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vip
 (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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