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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

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food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.1

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (25)
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Neighborhood Gem (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Comfort Food (13)
Great for Lunch (13)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Romantic (12)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Notable Wine List (9)
Hot Spot (8)
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Kid-friendly (6)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 18, 2014

I was shocked that a random choice off opentable turned out to be such a good place. We had the crab dip as an appetizer with the taro chips. It was a great combination. We continued to entrees with the cedar plank salmon, prawns and mashed potatoes and roasted chicken. The three of us were more than overwhelmed with the depth of flavor and quality. The waitress even brought out a baked Alaska for the birthday girl. I definitely plan to come back again.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 16, 2014

My mom and I dined here for the first time and were pleased with the wide selection of menu items. We both had cedar plank maple glazed salmon with fingerling potatoes and vegetables, served beautifully on the plank. She enjoyed the spinach salad and I the kale & quinoa salad. Our server, Jenessa, was attentive and friendly. We will be back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 12, 2014

We like the vault and regularly visit because the food is always great and fresh. The menu changes so I always find something new to try. Also, my wife is gluten intolerant, and they have a dedicated food allergy menu, which is excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 11, 2014

food was very good and came out right away which almost never happens to us. our sever was kind and friendly. will diffidently come back again.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Late-night Find
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 11, 2014

Had a great time! Such good food and amazing Sangria!! Will be back soon for sure!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 8, 2014

Most on line reviews gave Vault 164 high rating
I agree. My pork chop was huge yet tender
My wife had the salmon and thought it was one of the best she ever had. Sides were not the"usual" and were excellent. The Baked Alaska desert was wonderful.

Parked in city garage 1/2 block away. Free parking after 6:00pm

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 5, 2014

The wait people were great. We were seated immediately. Menu was varied so there were plenty of choices for all tastes. Food was good. We were in a booth, which was nice as the noise level was not too bad.

No parking - so have to have valet service

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 5, 2014

Everything was good to excellent; the standout was the lump crab and artichoke dip. Service was good. Felt noisy but we had no trouble conversing.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 1, 2014

I have been here for lunch 10 times with clients. Everytime I go the same occurs: fabulous food and service! Why wouldn't i want to come back! If you like sparkling water, its free (they make their own) and sat right on the table. The brussel sprout "chips" are a must try (even if you don't think you like brussel sprouts!). The burger is amazing, the skirt steak - same. The appetizers really shine and I have had them all. Each are well thought out and extremely tasty. Try the tuna tartare; the deviled eggs are amazing! The sausage sampler is super. I can't say enough about how great this place is other than, after 10 times, I will still be going back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 30, 2014

The food is well presented and tasty. The bar during happy hour is packed. Different choices of food on the menu. Not your run of the mill entrees.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 30, 2014

While the exterior may look intimidating and serious, like a bank in fact, inside the restaurant was open and airy. The soccer game was playing on the screen above the bar, helping to stir conversation about the World Cup. The server was pleasant, prompt and helpful giving our group of 8 enough time to choose from the menu. The orders came close to the same time and all were good. The food was casual, in spite of the businesslike surroundings and bank feel from the building's previous life. The artichoke and crab dip was wonderful and everyone also loved the tomato and garlic flat bread. The burgers and salads were also excellent. We were too full to enjoy dessert. I will definitely go there again.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 28, 2014

Our party of 4 had the wild mushroom risotto, the roast chicken, the scallops, and the salmon. No food was left on any plate at the end. Plates were plenty of food, so appetizers aren't necessary if you don't want one but are hungry. House glass wine was also good. The brussel sprout chips are a novel delicious appetiser adequate to feed four. The waiter was very attentive and seemed to truly care that we had a great experience. We overall recommend the place!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 27, 2014

Great place, extensive wine list, Brussels sprout chips were amazing, as was the kale salad, Mac and cheese, pork chop and curious George dessert!! Waitress was very helpful and attentive. Can't wait to return!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 22, 2014

We had a large party for a birthday and they treated us first class. The waiter was exceptional and her recommendations for wine was first class and budget sensitive. Dinner was fabulous and the let me customize my dinner choice to meet my dietary needs without making me feel like the world would end in the kitchen. After we ordered they brought us a menu and a pen so the entire group could write a special note to the person celebrating their birthday on the menu. Nice touches of friendly service, without being stuffy. Good for older kids, but I would leave the young ones at home to enjoy your adult time.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on June 21, 2014

We headed in on a Saturday night from a Foster City hotel and missed that there was a street fair going on. This is the third time I've headed to San Mateo on the weekend and to say parking sucks is way too polite. With the fair going on I ended up parking about 3/4 of a mile from the restaurant which is at the heart of downtown...maybe locals know where to park but as a visitor driving in circles around the downtown parking lot did not endear the San Mateo experience to me...

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (London)·Dined on June 17, 2014

We've decided that Vault 164 is a great high quality Bistro. There is a good range of choices, although we feel the meat may be more expertly done than the seafood. We ordered the scallops which really needed the crispy prosciutto for great flavor, but the accompanying veggies didn't do much for the dish. Also ordered was the cajun steak which was phenomenal, a much better dish overall. The service was good, drinks came a bit slower than the appetizers, but all in all a great evening and a place we regularly visit.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 16, 2014

A bit more of a "scene" than other downtown San Mateo restaurants, Vault 164 offers delicious food in a stylish setting. I highly recommend the chicken as well as the spaghetti squash primavera. Pair your dinner with a cool cocktail or one of their many wines by the glass -- or, choose a delicious non-alcoholic beverage (the "no-jito" is a great pick).

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 16, 2014

Took a potential client to lunch. Really enjoyed the food and we were actually able to talk!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 15, 2014

We went on the Father's Day for dinner and surprisingly it wasn't that busy as I expected. Food was OK, I even would say on the fair side. But for the special day they did not even have that special menu what some of the restaurants have. Not much choice buy away. To be fair, I would have to say the service was very good - fast and very friendly.
In overall, I would say nothing special and exited which you can expect from the historic place.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 15, 2014

The service was very slow and I found that the side dishes were bland (I had a delicious pork chop for the main). The desserts were great.

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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on June 14, 2014

I tried Vault 164 for the first time the other night and was extremely pleased. We tried the spinach salad, Poached Pear Salad and Corn and Salmon Chowder. They were all delicious and large portions. For our entrees we had the salmon, gnocchi with vine ripened tomatoes and prawns, and Spaghetti Squash Primavera. Again we were al extremely pleased with our entrees.
Service was excellent.
Would highly recommend Vault 164

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 11, 2014

I entertained 5 clients for lunch recently. The service was perfect and timing of the food was ideal. Our server was available, but not intrusive during my presentation. The restaurant was not overly busy (I booked an early reservation) so we were able to easily carry on a conversation without having to shout.
The food was outstanding and the portions are huge. I will be back again and have already suggested this location to my colleagues.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 9, 2014

Average food. Steak was over cooked. Calamari was overly salty. Excellent service. Probably not going back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 7, 2014

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our meal. I had the day's special - Hawaiian Swordfish, and my husband had the Spicy Louisiana Prawns. This is classic Californian cuisine at its best - fresh produce, with delicious flavors. We even had complementary Brussels Sprout Chips for checking in on Facebook. That was very unique. Our waitress was extremely friendly and helpful. My only regret was that we were too full to try any dessert. We will be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 7, 2014

We had the Asian braised short ribs and the macadamia crusted swordfish. Both were delicious and our server , Rosalie, was warm and accomodating.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 6, 2014

Vault 164 was, hands down, amazing! Food was delicious, service excellent...we can't wait to go back!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 6, 2014

been there a few times. on this visit, the hostess got real attitude because I didn't want to sit in the corner. The food was really salty. When the owner came over to ask us how are food was, my husband made the mistake of telling him because he got really defensive and rude! then he came back to tell us that he's cracking down on the cooks and inspecting the quality and presentation of every meal. on a positive note. Our server Alex was awesome and sweet.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 31, 2014

This was an excellent experience. The food was really good as was the service. The atmosphere was fine as well.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 29, 2014

I can always rely on a great meal with fantastic service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 24, 2014

The food is always very good as well as the servers. Our waitress, Michelle, was outstanding and lots of fun.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 24, 2014

Overall, it was a good dining experience but I most likely would not return. The service was especially bad: the waitress was talking with a fellow waiter and we were trying to flag her down to give her our order. It took about 20 minutes! We had to constantly ask for water refills since the waitress never came by to check on us. Food was decent. The waitress at the table across from us was also extremely rude and asked the child in our party to scoot in because she was "blocking the path". However, it was the young lady from the other table who was leaning back in her chair and blocking the path.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 17, 2014

The apps and cocktails were perfect. Our server went out of her way to make our dining experience superb. However the garlic steak was not garlicy except for the few garlic cloves placed next to my steak and the sauce on the filet mignon that my date ordered was bitter and wasn't flavourful. If I go back it'll only be for happy hour's apps & drinks.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on May 15, 2014

The highlights include the Brussel sprout chips for sure. Both Cobb salads (steak and chicken) were good as was the gnocchi and the prawns and clam lingiuini.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 11, 2014

Mother's Day Dinner... They did not pack the dinner room to try to get more tables turned. The ambiance was casual but also upscale and cool. Everyone chattered normally but we had no trouble hearing each other. Tania our server was SUPER!!! Nice smile, unrushed, patient, tendative and most importantly, SINCERE!! She made our night. The FOOD? THEY WERE SUPER SUPER GOOD!!! The Salmon had the glazed crust but it was so, SO, moist inside, cooked just right. Even my husband (he likes raw salmon and hates cooked) was surprised by the texture and gave it a thumbs up. He compliemented me 2x on my choice. We had a GREAT M Day dinner. At the second course we were already saying we will be back!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 10, 2014

Looks amazing when you first walk in. Not great at all. Service sucked and the restaurant was not busy. Food was okay.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 10, 2014

Took Mom for dinner Saturday night, we had a wonderful waiter and we never felt rushed. We took our time with everything! Had a great night.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 9, 2014

All I can say is their dishes are HUGE!! I had their pork chop and my girlfriend had their steak. Not only was the dish large, the meals were succulent and flavorful. Both our meats were tender to the bone.

The waitress was polite and absolutely attentive. She made sure we enjoyed our meals and the service. Highly recommend this place

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 9, 2014

Fun place to meet friends for drinks/small plates.... love all their small plates (minus the salad). Every time we come, we start with the appetizers or small plates, we order so much, we never get to the larger plates. Next time, we'll start w/the large plates. The service is always impeccable. The servers are very friendly & conscientious. Vault 164 is a great addition to san mateo!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 9, 2014

Dining at Vault 164 is a foodies dream come true. The restaurant has it all: outstanding food, ambience, and the best service ever. I will be back again and again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 8, 2014

I like the dessert very much but just remember don't let the flame burn for too long. Otherwise, the marshmallow/whipped cream is burnt and bitter.

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