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Vault 164

4.4
1190 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, American
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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
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Phone number
(650) 348-8164
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Gerardo Garcia
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
2nd Avenue
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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
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Public transit
CalTrans stops just blocks from us
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Gift Card
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

Private Dining

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

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What 1190 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.5
service
4.2
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4.0
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Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Food was mediocre at best. Lacked taste, extremely bland. Service was fine, over priced for what you get. Won’t be going back.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Very nice early dinner. Atmosphere is quiet and comfortable. Service was a little slow but good overall.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Fantastic meal! Loved the Tuna tower, burger, birthday dessert! Great room...everything was perfect!

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Monique was wonderful!
And so was the food.

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4.0Dined on February 11, 2018

The Blood Martini was delicious, and for my friend's birthday they gave him a complimentary Baked Alaska that was amazing. I had salmon and it was delicious (although a bit on the small side). My husband had the skirt steak and he really enjoyed it. I tasted it and thought it was really good, but a bit peppery for my taste. The server was very attentive and polite. Overall a great dinner!

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3.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Very disappointed. Ordered the most expensive T-Bone steak. Bad presentation, no sauce, over cooked and hard to get waiter’s attention.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

This is a great place. The service was over the top. The food was super. I’m coming back.

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5.0Dined on February 7, 2018

Great service, great bar scene

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3.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Food was fantastic but waitress disinterested in serving us.
Three items we ordered didn’t arrive. We had to remind her and we got 1 of the 3 and then gave up. Bill was wrong in end too and needed to be corrected.

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

I went with my daughters for my birthday dinner and we decided to share some of the small plates and an entree. The food was great, though our server was slow and mixed up our drink orders. The place is loud, but we would go back.

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3.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Have eaten at Vault164 many times and always have enjoyed the whole visit! This time I was very disappointed!! Ordered a drink over the rocks and got it str up. II had a Philly steak sandwich and there was literally two bite size pieces of steak. I expected a bit more for an $18.00 sandwich! Poor service this particular day!

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4.0Dined on February 1, 2018

Wonderful server guided us through the menu with great recommendations. Tasty and interesting food. We focused on sharing s bunch of smaller plates.

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2018

Always attentive service and delicious food! We love eating here every time we are near San Mateo. Don’t miss the crispy Brussels !!!

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

Our server Tina made my birthday a very special occasion. She took my very unique drink order and was apply to translate it well to the bartender so I could enjoy my favorite Jeanne-tini . She gave us time between appetizers and main dishes and quickly supplied new fresh napkins or cutlery as needed while waiting on many other patrons.
The food was delicious and offered many different plates to satisfy all palates.
I’ve been to Vault 164 about 1/2 dozen times already and the service, food and wine list just keeps getting better and better. Kudos!

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Love the restaurant. A go to when I am in he area. Especially Brussels sprouts!

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

I was pleasantly surprised by the way exceptional service. From the sweet ladies at the front desk to our waitress and her incredible personality and service and the manager they all delighted us.
We were in a room that had a large loud party and it was noisy but the manager came over apologized and asked if he could buy us a dessert. It was so unexpected and so nice. We had their amazing creme brûlée.

Great food and service

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3.0Dined on January 26, 2018

The restaurant is loud and not great for a family dinner; however it is the service that lags most. Inattentive at best. Dinner was average but not enjoyed because of the waiter who was all but impossible to get a response from

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5.0Dined on January 24, 2018

We got there about noon for lunch. We were seated immediately as the restaurant was not crowded at all.

We started with the fried Brussel sprouts and the deviled eggs. The sprouts were good but the eggs, spectacular. We then order the cheese steak sandwich, good, but remember we're not in Philly. The burger was done well and the chicken club sandwich, very good.

I would recommend this place and plan to return for dinner some day.

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2018

Always fun place, with good food, lots of choices, nice staff, and reasonable considering portions.

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5.0Dined on January 22, 2018

Enjoyed this first time visit. Would definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2018

Really enjoyed the food and atmosphere. Great service too.

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2.0Dined on January 19, 2018

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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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on January 19, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2018

A treat to spend my birthday at Vault 164. I shared the calamari and it was light and flavorful. Then had the short ribs which were so tender and delicious. Noise level was high and hard to have a conversation. Good for a fun night out.

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 15, 2018

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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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

Excellent as always..

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3.0Dined on January 12, 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.

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on January 11, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 9, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on January 8, 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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4.0Dined on January 6, 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...

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3.0Dined on January 2, 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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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

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!

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Great NYE dinner! Service was wonderful!!!!

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5.0Dined on December 28, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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

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4.0Dined on December 24, 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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