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Red Crawfish - San Mateo

30 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem

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Featuring live Louisiana Crawfish, come and enjoy Cajun-inspired and Asian-fused exquisite cuisine in our warm, comfortable, yet sophisticated environment. Red Crawfish, located in the heart of downtown San Mateo, represents the confluence of American South and Asian traditions. Our owner and executive chef, and her decade-long partner who is raised in the South, are both passionate with good eats. They always mingle together in the kitchen and try out new recipes. Their passions lead to the creation of the unique Cajun-Asian fused dishes for all of us to enjoy. Whether you are craving for home-cooked comfort foods, planning a dinner party with family and friends, or just curious about our Cajun-Asian fused cuisine, you are always welcome here at Red Crawfish of San Mateo.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cajun, Seafood, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Monday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(650) 347-7888
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9  based on all time ratings
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipPT03 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 29, 2014

If you love crunchy, garlic-y chicken wings, they make some of the best, tons on garlic & onions, very tasty. Their Cajun fries are the very spicy and also have a nice crunch, while their grits are really smooth, the amount of butter and cheese is just right, it melts in your mouth....the perfect comfort food.

luvthisplace (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 25, 2014

a nice place to go for cajun food. if you like boiling crab, their shrimp is very similar. but they don't give you as much as boiling crab. it beats the drive to san jose, though. the restaurant has flat screens, so you won't miss your favorite sports team, if theyre playing on tv. great for an evening out or a get together w friends and family as they can accommodate large groups. Service has always been excellent. Never had to wait long to be seated. Thats a plus.

Matt (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on April 25, 2014

Ignored reservations and all around worst service EVER! Food was good.

Jazzygal (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on April 10, 2014

The food is always a hit with my family and I. The menu hardly changes and we stick with the tried and true, but do become adventuress and try something different. The Catfish and fries are excellent ! Like eating Southern cooking, which is a favorite of mine. Garlic noodles are great ! Green Beans and garlic -- refreshing and tasty. All-in-all, a great experience ! We keep going back for more.

Walropodes (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on April 5, 2014

Cajun is a rare genre of food in the Peninsula and done well is even harder to find. Red Crawfish for the price hits the right notes in regards to Crawdads and Fried Seafood. They have expensive but strong mixed drinks and serve large fresh crawdads. A good lunch or night out I chose this place for my birthday for a reason.

Leftcoast (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on April 2, 2014

The seafood was excellent as was the garlic noodles. Food was served quickly and the staff did not rush you. Would have been rated a little higher if they had remembered my wife's birthday which I had indicated on the reservation.

vipezachry (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on March 29, 2014

The food was great and it was a great deal.

I have eaten at Red Crawfish many times and the foot is always outstanding. The only issue I had was that I had a reservation at 8:30pm, and was finally seated around 9pm. I feel like if you have a reservation you should not be kept waiting a half hour, or at least be offered water or something while you wait.

The food came out really quickly which was great, but then our shell dump bowl was only cleaned a couple of times and then they forgot to bring it back at one point. One great thing was that our water glasses were refilled quickly, which was nice because the food was a little spicy.

Nelson (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on March 29, 2014

Glad was able to order dinner family style menu for lunch. We were all glad we ordered that menu. Everybody had enough of the shrimp and crayfish. They were delicious and fresh.

vipBell (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on March 15, 2014

Our family of four came here on a Saturday for lunch. It wasn't crowded, the place is very clean, the server was nice, and the restaurant is located in a good location. You'll find parking on the street, and even if you park in a garage, the parking fee is not too expensive. The menu has a reasonable price for each item and much better compared to Shaking Crab located in Westlake! We thought that the food was good and we will definitely come back here again! We've had the shrimp, the combination, garlic noodles, thai ice tea, corn, french fries, and sweet potato fries-they're all delicious!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2014

Not sure why people are commenting on the poor service. Our service was great! It was fun and the food is yummy, especially the garlic noodles!

Chefshig (New Orleans)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2014

Excellent service, great tasting foodm a fusion of Asian Cajun, great Flavors!

Dajedi (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 2, 2014

Delicious, fresh shrimp in original sauce!
Flat iron was a perfect medium!
Beignets were NOT like those from New Orleans which was a disappointment. This was more like a dense dough ball

Chito (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 2, 2014

We've been here a few times and the food and service were quite consistently. We like it too because we could bring our favorite wines to pair with their dishes.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on December 24, 2013

Although the service at this restaurant wasn't very good, the food made up for it. We weren't impressed with the wine list or the fact that they only had one dessert option. The servers were friendly and our food was very good though.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on December 6, 2013

I think that the staff can improve on their customer service; however I have dinned in during the mid day as well as late evening and I feel that the service becomes poor by the waiting staff as well as the chefs when it is almost closing time.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on December 3, 2013

everything about the service was awful the food was awful we waited there for like 40 minutes just to get served when we were there before many other people so the service sucked to the whole restaurant was just awful never again will I go back

Sxlong (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on November 27, 2013

Slow in water and taking order but food was great and friendly staff! This is our third time in 2 months!!

OutandAbout (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on November 15, 2013

Food was great for Cajun, the restaurant appearance reminds of identity crisis not sure if it wants a Cajun or Thai style. Went for lunch and table was not ready. Service a little slow but they try hard to please.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 31, 2013

Perfect with good food and good ambience.

Foodie (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on October 24, 2013

Food was gross. Service was so slow the waitress was difficult. How they are still open is beyond belief. Will not be back.