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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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Birthday dinner. Such a treat! All was great!

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·Dined on July 23, 2017

I love Vault! I've eaten at Vault multiple times and the kitchen consistently delivers a really good meal and the servers have always been friendly.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fun, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Wish I remembered our female server, EXCELLENT, better than outstanding! Menu selection was outstanding, small servings or large servings for main course. Price was not bad either, very reasonable.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Good food, good value in a fun atmosphere. The service is outstanding...the wait staff, bus staff and management. You can sense the positive work environment and community involvement. They support local charity. Go have a nice meal, support them and they in turn will support others.

Tags: Casual, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 17, 2017

We came here for my mom's birthday, 45 minutes early to our 7:30 reservation, and seated right away. The hosts were very nice. It wasn't crowded or loud. I love the free brussel sprout chips when you check in on Facebook! You can ask for bread upon request, and it's delicious. I got the 7 sesame crusted ahi tuna, and I loved it! You get two decent sized slices, on top of rice noodles/mango/carrots/etc with a really yummy dressing. We were served a free baked Alaska (amazing) for my mom's birthday dessert. Our waitress was very kind and efficient. I would revisit in the future.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Great food and drinks, awesome staff!! Would recommend to anyone. If I'm ever in San Mateo again, I'll go back. Be sure to try their Global Warming cocktail.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 15, 2017

went here with old friend for a long overdue get together and the service was very good and the food was too. better to make a reservation because they can get busy. My friends enjoyed the cocktails and the free brussels sprout chips for checking in to facebook. funny we were her the night before LOL

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Excellent food, superb service! (Only drawback is high noise level.)

Tags: Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Great food and service. I recommend it for sure.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 7, 2017

We experience the worst service. The restaurant was dead- Friday night; should have been a sign. Food was mediocre, cocktails were returned. Won't be coming back

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 7, 2017

This was our first time at Vault. Service started out good then became a bit lax. The restaurant was very busy that night. My order was confused ,and I was served something that I didn't order. When the gravlox (that I did order) was delivered it was not to my taste. The salmon was too thickly sliced and didn't have much flavor. The other three were happy with their dinner (ribs, sole, and a burger). Each of us said we would try Vault again.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Quick Bite
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Excellent service! Great food and ambience!
Very kids friendly! My kids love the dessert ice cream sundae with the kids meal!

Tags: Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Food was good, nice portion sizes but a little pricey. The tuna tower was awesome! Service was average and it was pretty noisy. Thought the 3% charge on top of your bill due to the minimum wage increase in San Mateo county was a little cheesy.

Tags: Bar Seating, Live Sports, Good for Groups, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Vault is a fun and vibrant place. The servers are very conscientious but not pretentious. I had the fish and chips. The chips were nicely fried and not too salty. The fish was nicely friend and nice big portions. The mac and cheese is awesome and I love the brussel sprouts. My friends had the filet mignon and the pork chop and both said they thoroughly enjoyed their dishes.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for Groups, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Good food though a bit pricey for lunch. Great ambience. Enjoyed the booth. Good service.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 26, 2017

The decor has a dated appearance. It felt like an older Las Vegas casino restaurant. Not very warming. We went on a weeknight and arrived 15 mins before our reservation. The restaurant was all but empty. We were a party of two. They seated us right away. The hostess took us to a table in the back close to the kitchen. Once we saw the table the hostess was about to seat us at we asked if we could select a better table. They had no problem putting us in a better table. My thought was if there was a better table in an almost empty restaurant, why seat us right outside the kitchen's entry/exit door??

The hostess, our server and the bus staff were all courteous.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 25, 2017

The servers did a good job of paying attention to empty plates and glasses.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Food and service was fantastic!!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Good food but limited menu

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Great place for a large group. Service was excellent. Food very good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 21, 2017

We had a large party with a reservation. We made it clear this was a bimonthly get together and we would be going longer than the typical 2 hour table turnover. 2 hours into our meal and 400.00 dropped we were given our bill and asked to move...essentially told to get out because they had another large party coming in. We were on track to drop another 500 on drinks alone if we had not been told to leave. I don't care who you are and what kind of restaurant you are...if told in advance you're coming and you will be staying longer...you absolutely don't tell your customers to leave. We will never come back. Management needs to change and get a clue.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Poached pear salad is outstanding. Risotto a bit heavy on the truffle oil but very tasty. Interior is sweet but quite noisy.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Always good food and service. Had a great dinner catching up with friends. The only downside was that we paid our bill and then decided we wanted one more round. Our server had gone (it was 9.30 but there was still people eating) and when we asked a passing waitress she told us the bar closed at 9. Bit of a shame on a Thursday night but still a great meal.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Had steaks that were cooked perfectly medium rare. Server was friendly. Would come again.

Tags: Happy Hour
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 11, 2017

It was just okay. Nothing special. I wouldn't go back.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Very bad service experience. Maybe better next time?

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Our server Karen was top notch!!! Food was delicious. I had the grilled chicken on brioche bun. My friend had shrimp tacos. The wine selection great. We both had the Simi Sauvignon Blanc. The roasted Brussels sprout chips were to die for. The warm chocolate chip cookie ala mode capped off a great afternoon lunch!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Live Sports, Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Healthy, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Afternoon Coffee, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Fun, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Quick Bite
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 7, 2017

The host greeted with a smile and was very receptive. Good selection of food and wine list for casual American/Californian cuisine. The place was noisy/energetic may be due to NBA finals on TV in the bar area. The waitress was great and food came out quickly. Overall, my guest from out of town enjoyed the food and ambiance.

Tags: Business Meals, Notable Wine List
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 (Detroit)·Dined on June 7, 2017

Short ribs and Baked Alaskan. Can't beat it!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on June 6, 2017

Our server Rosalie was great! She made great recommendations for food and drinks. Will definitely go back!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 6, 2017

Made a reservation for our 30th wedding anniversary, which turned out to be a great decision. Was there once about two years ago and remembered that the food was really good. Our overall experience was great. Our server was friendly and easy-going and let us take our time as we had drinks, horderves, then our main.
My martini was great and I was very please with the wine prices. We had a bottle of nice rose brut sparkling wine which was $52. Saw the same bottle at another restaurant for $92. We had the brussel sprout chips and the cauliflower latkes as appetizers. They were superb! My main was the pork chop and I switched the potatoes to a garlic mash, my wife had the beef short ribs. Both were very tasty and perfectly prepared. Really loved all aspects of the dinner. Even better was the reasonable price of our meal. Very pleased and would definitely recommend to others.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 4, 2017

Service good, food overall delicious, 1 star off for cocktail we ordered

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Excellent gluten free choices and all food was really good. Physical space in an old bank was amazing. The only flaw was the lack of decent service (the buster was great though). We are going to return and hope for a different server because otherwise we really enjoyed the experience. However, if the service isnt up to par, that will be our last time.

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 31, 2017

Date night for my wife & me, wanted to try a new place, & it didn't disappoint ! Good food, nice portions and HOT which is a rare experience...right off the stove to you.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 31, 2017

Loved the ambiance and decor in this restaurant, and the fact that it was an old bank was very fun! We had a family dinner with 8 of us, and the table was fantastic and the food even better. Service was excellent! Great location in the heart of San Mateo. We will be back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 31, 2017

Love Vault 164. It is such a classy place and the food is excellent. The service was so good.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 29, 2017

Had the shrimp tacos, a delight! Also shared the ahi tower and caulifour latke appetizers. Enjoyed every bite! Really enjoyed the ambiance, will definitely go back! Shared the chocolate chip cookie dessert, evil! Key lime pie, just ok. Enjoy!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 28, 2017

First time dining there and will return. High quality ingredients excellently prepared and presented. Loved the seared tuna and my daughter loved the mushroom risotto. Service was highly attentive by our server and all the staff- very professional and friendly.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Food, service was very good. All four of us enjoyed the restaurant. I mentioned to a hostess that I worked in that location 20+ years ago when it was a jewelry manufactory and retail store, she introduced us to one of the owners. He was plesant and interested in my story. We will be back.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Excellent food, great service and wide ranging wide list makes for an enjoyable adventure at Vault 164.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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