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Vault 164

4.4
1194 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for a Date
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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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 1194 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.5
service
4.2
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3.9
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Noise · Moderate
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Mixed bag experience this time since I expected more for the price. Came here to celebrate husband’s birthday. Even though we had a reservation, we got seated in a place where we could literally hear every conversation that’s going on around us. The ceiling was low and sounds around us were so loud. Not romantic at all.
Service: slow at the start but servers were friendly & attentive.

Food: the appetizers of crab and artichoke dip and bacon wrapped dates we’re delicious. For entre, I got a sole while my husband got the pork chop. However, my husband’s pork chop was 1)charred on the outside and 2) raw in the middle... he didn’t want me to make a big deal out of it but it’s simply unacceptable that he was served raw pork.

We were hoping to have a lovely dinner, but it was hard for me to overlook the rookie mistake.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Great menu, excellent food ,greatervice. ambiance good too

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

Food was not as great. I never use A1 sauce on any steak, however with their grilled flat iron, it needed to be drenched it that. Grilled veggies were soggy. Tasted like it came out of a bag. Fried calamari was under fried. So disappointing.

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3.0Dined 7 days ago

I made this reservations for my parents and they did not enjoy their experience. This was for their wedding anniversary. I had a great experience when I went and thought they would as well. Unfortunately they felt the vegetables were bland and the corn chowder didn’t taste like corn. The salmon in it overwhelmed the taste so they were disappointed. They also felt the environment was too load for the romantic evening they were hoping for.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

We went to Vault for my sons birthday dinner. Rosalee our server was amazing, funny, nice and fast. What great service. We loved the Brussels sprouts, the tuna stack and the baked Alaska desert. We will be back again.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great food!!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Another enjoyable meal at the Vault. Love the Cobb salad with grilled skirt steak. Prices are getting steeper. $23 for mushroom risotto seems high to me for a dish without meat.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

All our group of foodies had a great meal here. Beautiful building in nice location with close parking. Good meat and seafood options. High marks for food, selection and service. Drink was very strong. High energy, loud and busy which we liked.

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2018

This place is a true gem in the south San Francisco area. Food is always good. The servers are personable and are determined to make each visit memorable. We’ve tried other places whenever we’re near the SF Airport, but this place never disappoints.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Awesome service and food was fantastic! Will definitely go back !

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary...the waitress was especially wonderful, the food was delicious and the ambiance was fun...good place...parking was difficult...

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Very good food at reasonable prices. Our waitress couldn't have been more accommodating or welcoming. She made us feel like a valued guest.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Wonderful dinner at a great restaurant! Our waitress, Rosalie was very pleasant and helpful, the food was excellent and the ambience was relaxed but classy!

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Very friendly and delicious food. Loved the greeter and wait person. Will return soon

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

First time visit... I would definitely return. I used Yelp to locate since I live in the East Bay and was meeting up with a friend that was traveling down from Seattle and staying close to SFO.

We had the following:

Drinks:
We had... and I can not recall the name... however, it had a nice zing and was delicious! It was a Tequila based drink with Jalapeño peppers and other tasty ingredients. Definitely would recommend to someone that likes some "flavor" in their drink.

Appetizer:
Brussel Sprout Chips - Delicious and plenty to share between the two of us.

Poached Pear Salad - Another delicious item and shared. The restaurant split the plates for us as an added convenience.

Main Course:
7 Sesame Seed Crusted Ahi Tuna - My friend said it was delicious. Although, for some reason he thought it might be warmer. However, they enjoyed it very much as prepared.

Vault Roasted Chicken - Very tasty!

Dessert:
Key Lime Brûlée - Seemed a bit heavy... It had a good flavor however, just a bite was plenty.

Apple Tart - Delicious! I usually only have a few bites of each dessert and we did share... all that was left was a few crumbs and a little residue from the Vanilla Ice Cream. I little extra time at the gym made it all worth it!

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Easter Sunday dinner

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3.0Dined on March 29, 2018

I've eaten before for lunch and enjoyed it, but on this visit the service was nice but very slow (we were ignored/forgotten) and the food wasn't great -- overly salty soup, overly small salad. One benefit is that it's quiet, so easy to hear what your meal-mates have to say.

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3.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Ordered fish and chips. Most unappealing presentation. Fish was fried a light tan color and plate was loaded with 2 huge fish filets, pale french fries. and a large dish of brussel spout slaw. Fish had no flavor and had been overcooked.

However, the Baked Alaska dessert was fabulous! Next time, I'd order just that and a glass of wine.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Food was really good. The brussel sprouts chips were amazing. Loved the pork belly. And the skirt steak was cooked to perfection. Staff was super friendly. Would def come back again. :)

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Extensive gluten free menu!
They even have a dedicated fryer!

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Excellent service and food was delicious. We celebrated our wedding anniversary, and we had a wonderful time.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Great food, alcoholic drinks, and service. Karina was a wonderful server. She had perfect recommendations (the Vault chicken is SO yummy!). I was one and done with my Manhattan. I’ll definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Nice spot, excellent Manhattan, burgers are huge.

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2.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Ordered a medium steak and got a very well done, dry, and cool one. It had definitely been sitting a while after it was over cooked before served. Salmon was over done as well. Service was friendly, but seemed overwhelmed by volume of people she needed to attend to. I understand that it was probably a busy night (Thursday), but based on the quality of the food, will definitely not return.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Our server Monique was attentive, friendly, and truly a perfect addition to our day.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The food is excellent. I had the pan fried sole. My girlfriend had the Chinese chicken salad. The Brussels sprout chips were good. We sat in a corner booth so the noise level was not as bad as many people say. Still the atmosphere is great for a night out and I will go back when I am in San Mateo area again.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Selected Vault 164 for my Birthday dinner. The food and service was outstanding. I will return to the restaurant soon because of the great dinning experience!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Waitress was friendly and helpful, service was quick.

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3.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Too loud in side room. Eat in main room if you want to hear your friends.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Best meal in a long time! Parking is tough but so worth it - This is a great spot - service, food was superb

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Great food and good service. Menu has lots of variety. Glad we found this place.

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3.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Made early reservations for our anniversary dinner at 5pm and wouldn't expect any problems at that hour.and there was not. I was disappointed that I did specify it was our anniversary when I made the reservations, but it was not acknowledged at all during the time we were there. With the restaurant barely filled with customers, there was no excuse to overlook a simple gesture.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Went for a friend’s 50th birthday celebration, and it was a terrific evening. From the moment our group walked in, we were enthusiastically welcomed. Our server, Rosalie, couldn’t be any nicer and more attentive. She was delightful and fun, and service was excellent. We ordered cocktails, brussel sprout chips, crab & artichoke dip, petrole sole, spicy prawns and sea bass, and they were all delicious. And the baked Alaska dessert was the perfect ending to the night. Lively atmosphere. Highly recommend!

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Food here is always tasty. But the last 2 times I've been here the otherwise delicious salmon and corn chowder was served lukewarm....which is not good. I think the attention to detail that they used to have is slipping. That can be turned around if they focus. Still, this is a nice place for a casual bite.

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3.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Never again for a business meal

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4.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Great Neighborhood restaurant. The help is the best. Food, great selection and all really, really good. Don't miss it!

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4.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Very good food but higher price than I expected. Maybe this is normal for the area as we are from Denver area. Our server was very friendly, but it did take awhile to get our drinks and appetizers ordered. Delivery was fast.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

What a gem! Outstanding & delicious dinner & dessert!
We had a Monday dinner with friends @ 5pm and it was nice & quiet but by the time we were ready to leave @ 7pm.....it was crowded & noisy!!
All our entrees were cooked to perfection! Our Caesar salad was terrific but the baked Alaska was the perfect ending to a delicious dinner! Reservations are important. Go early if you want quiet! We will definitely return!

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4.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Second time at Vault 164, enjoyed the food and the ambiance both times. When the space was a jewelry manufacturer/sales shop, before the restaurant, I worked there. It's grand to see what can be done with that cavernous bank building.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Food was great. Server was attentive. It was a nice evening catching up with my friend.

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