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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

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.0

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (26)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Casual (23)
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Special Occasion (22)
Fun (19)
Business Meals (18)
Bar Seating (18)
Good for Groups (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Comfort Food (14)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Great for Lunch (12)
Romantic (11)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Hot Spot (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Kid-friendly (6)
Cozy (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Healthy (5)
Seasonal (5)
Tapas (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Authentic (3)
Great Beer (3)
People Watching (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Spicy (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
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·Dined 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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 (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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 24, 2017

I met a friend for dinner during the week and we were both disappointed. She had the pork chop and I had the baby back ribs. My ribs were very fatty and her pork chop had a ton of gristle on it. Neither of us finished our meal which was a bummer, considering the entrees are $25-30.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

I love the appetizers at The Vault! We went for a girls-get-together. The wine and cocktails are yummy. The only "weird" thing was our 1st server. Nice enough guy, but came off slightly odd/rude with his food/wine suggestions; we didn't find him very helpful nor pleasing to work with. But the food came out quick, was really yummy, and the 2nd server was very helpful and checked on us often! And had great drink recommendations.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Anniversary

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Food was cold and they really want to rush you in and out. Definitely not a place
to go for a relaxing dinner.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food was beautifully presented and absolutely delicious. The cocktails were also very tasty. I had the chipotle-rubbed skirt steak, which was fantastic. we celebrated my wife's birthday here with a group of friends, and it was the perfect place for a birthday dinner!

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 18, 2017

We enjoyed the delicious food and had a great time gabbing!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Healthy, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Delicious - we enjoyed all the food we ordered!
The brussel sprout chips were delicious but a little hard to eat politely.
The service was great - we had a great time!

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Great experience. Good selection of food and drinks, and everything was delicious!

Tags: Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Everything was perfect from the excellent service to the delicious food. Will definitely be back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Groups, Romantic, Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 11, 2017

This is a great place with very good service, one of my favorite lunch places in San Mateo.

Tags: Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour
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·Dined on October 10, 2017

Overall experience was great, our waiters was friendly and attentive of our needs. The food was excellent.

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Local Ingredients
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 10, 2017

This place is great, but avoid sitting at a booth table. The bench seat is low in comparison to the table while the opposite chairs are proportionately tall. Therefore, whomever in your party gets seated on the bench is going to feel like a toddler in need of a booster seat!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Love the food! Ask for the fresh baked focaccia bread. Will be back soon:)

Tags: Fun, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Our server did not pay much attention to us. He needs to speed it up a bit

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 5, 2017

We waited over 20 minutes for the server to even greet us, then another 20 mins for drinks. It was absolutely terrible service and I ordered the fish and it was so over cooked that it was inedible. I couldn't even send it back because the server was no where to be found. I took business colleagues to dinner and it was embarrassing!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

I read some reviews on Yelp where some people didn't have the best experience. I went there on a Saturday night. The service was excellent. Me and my date had our flat iron steaks cooked perfectly to order. The flavor was great and I have nothing negetive to say. I happen to be very particular and crtique every aspect of my dining experience. I was very pleasantly surprised. The menu choices were very nice and the kitchen is willing to accommodate special dietary needs. The layout of the seating in the restaurant is a little odd. Ambiance was fair. Prices were a touch on the high side but I have no problem paying a little more for a great food experience. The great service helped tie everything together nicely. I will go back for sure.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

This is my go to restaurant if I want great food, great atmosphere and unbelievable service. I've been here half a dozen times and have never been disappointed.. Highest possible recommendation.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Food was excellent and our server was terrific. Only issue we encountered was at the door. We were about 20 minutes late and hostess had already marked me as a no-show. When informed about our arrival, she was pretty rude. Maybe she was having a bad day.

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·Dined on September 27, 2017

Food wasn't so good therefore the prices were unreasonable

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Very good food..had the maple glazed Scottand salmon and it was wonderful. Friends had the crispy fried Brussels sprouts and they were amazing. Also the Ahi tower. All so good. Also wine pour is very reasonable.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 25, 2017

I visit Vault 164 frequently. It's my favorite special-occasion restaurant in San Mateo, and I am here frequently with friends and with my kids. They provide great service and the food is very good. Excellent wine list! Great, creative cocktail list. Nice place for a meal, or just a quick bite and glass of wine at the bar.

They are pricey but the food is generally quite delicious. Especially the brussels sprout chips (free, if you check in on Facebook!). The kids menu is extensive and includes a delicious sundae for dessert.

Brad, the owner, is frequently walking the dining floor talking to guests, which I like to see.

I will note that they have fewer vegetarian items on the menu than they used to. Perhaps it's the current seasonal menu, but there used to be, at various times in the past, a portobello mushroom sandwich, several flatbreads (many of which were vegetarian), and an additional salad or two. Now, there are 2-3 vegetarian 'meals' to choose from, tops, and that includes a salad item. Wish they had more options!

That said, it is still a special occasion-worthy visit in San Mateo. I'll continue to return.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 25, 2017

We had a fantastic, low-key family dinner celebrating our anniversary. We had early reservations to have a relaxing and quiet meal and were not disappointed. Not only did we all enjoy our food, but we were treated to some of the best service by our gracious and attentive server, Karina. She was extremely kind and made our evening special. We will go again!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Kid-friendly, Business Meals
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

We enjoyed the night but the food was not good. The chicken was dry!

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 20, 2017

The service was great. My sis-in-law and I ordered the BLT. Reviews rated it high. We were disappointed. The top bread was a toasted slice of bread, but the bottom bread was the bottom of a bun, not even toasted. Weird!! Both breads should be toasted slice bread. Service was very good. We were a group of 5 and we felt comfortable eating and talking leisurely.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Casual
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·Dined on September 19, 2017

We went here on a Monday night for a family celebration of my son's 18th birthday that needed to be in or near San Mateo. He wants to be a chef so we were looking for something that had creative dishes for a teen with an appetite. No tiny plates for this guy. The prices, though not cheap, were more reasonable compared to other restaurants we looked at and they had dishes that our 16-year-old nonfoodie daughter would like. She got the fish and chips. Huge portions. She only ate half. I liked my poached pear salad. Salmon corn chowder was okay. Calamari appetizer was good. The pork chop dish was impressive. Both kids loved the mashed sweet potatoes that came with it. The side dish of mac and cheese and bacon disappeared quickly. My vegetarian husband ordered the spaghetti squash entree, and the squash was mushy. Everyone's meals were nice and hot. Hard to get that most places we've been to lately.
The desserts we shared were great. Baked Alaska was huge! The chocolate chip cookie dish with ice cream was really good too. Peach crisp was yummy. Key lime pie was good, not great.
On a Monday night there were business people here and a few families with older kids. I wouldn't recommend if you have toddlers, though it is somewhat noisy so it's possible.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Casual, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Everything was excellent but as we were seated in a side section with low ceiling it was very noisy

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Good food, miss the cucumber martini that they had for years and took off menu.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 13, 2017

One of my favorite places, and Karen our waitress was fabulous - so attentive, friendly and enjoyable.

Tags: Fun, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Our group enjoyed the food and the ambiance of the restaurant and will go there again some day.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 12, 2017

We have been coming to Vault ever since it opened, & most of the time the food & service have been very good & consistent. Tonight was not one of those nights. The food was not as good as usual & the service was horrific. We waited about 20 minutes to get our order taken then it went downhill from there. My husband even went up front to ask to speak to a manager. Not only wasn't here anyone up front to speak to but he had to use his cell phone to call 4 times to get anyone at the restaurant to answer the phone to let them know he wanted to speak to the manager. Not sure we will be coming back which is too bad as it's been one of our favorites.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 11, 2017

First time here for anniversary. Had the impression it was a more upscale place especially for the price. 2 tables of families with small kids in shorts/t-shirts nearby. Appetizers came out fast but we're rather bland. Rest of meal OK but not great. Bill placed on table before even finished dessert.

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