Vespucci Ristorante Italiano

4.4
447 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS FOR CHRISTMAS EVE AND NEW YEAR'S EVE (even if it's a Monday, we are going to be open).
Welcome to Vespucci Ristorante,our little corner of Italy here in San Mateo.We are Francesco and Manuela from Calabria,Italy.It is a privilege for us to offer you the Cuisine of the culinary traditions of both our families. All the recipes come from our mothers, grandmothers and grandfathers.Francesco’s grandfather Antonio was a renown chef throughout Europe in the early 1950’s. Manuela’s great grandfather Giustino was an accomplished pastry chef in Naples , Italy, in the early 1920’s.
Many of the traditional Italian ingredients used on our menu are proudly imported from Italy, to recreate for you, the authentic flavors of our Country.
We truly wish you an enjoyable dining experience here in the Culture of Vespucci.
Buon Appetito,
Francesco and Manuela

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Contemporary Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Fri, Sat 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–8:45 pm
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Phone number
(650) 685-6151
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 447 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a splendid dinner! We went for my birthday, and my dad couldn't stop commenting how much it reminded him of his Calabrian Nona's cooking that he grew up with. That's what happens when the chef/owner is from Calabria!

Great service, affable folks, and every dish was prepared wonderfully. Five very happy customers that night.

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MP
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing old family Italian recipes. Great service

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DM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous without being pretentious. Food is consistently authentic and delicious. Staff are helpful and friendly. Nice wine selection.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptionally well done classic Italian food.

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MS
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Celebrated a birthday dinner there for mom.
The Good: Service was impeccable and they even remembered my notation on OpenTable reservation that it was for her birthday and put a candle on the tiramisu (we paid for the dessert which was fine). Calamari appetizer was probably my favorite thing there since it was cooked perfectly and had the right amount of light batter. My sister's squid ink pasta was probably the only dish that stood out and was flavorful. The portions were amazing large - we all needed to take doggy bags home.
The Not so good: All the other entrees we had were very average (pesto gnocchi, fruit di mare rissoto, clam spaghetti, and ciopinno seafood stew. They weren't bad but they were just very unexciting The decor in the restaurant was a bit outdated too but I never care much about that if the food is exceptional. Was hoping to get what the glowing reviews were saying about how authentic the food would be. I've never been to Italy or in no way an expert of Italian authenticity but this could not be authentic. Was disappointed. It was enough to satiate us as it was large - but we were really underwhelmed. Service made up for most of it but still probably wouldn't go back

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food with great authentic taste!

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HS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vespucci is our go-to restaurant. We love coming here for a date night or with our family. Food is excellent and authentic. Manuela and Francesco are passionate about their food and dedicated to ensuring customers have a positive dining experience. They are so warm and welcoming it feels like you are dining in their home.

As far as parking, we almost always find a spot at the multi-level parking garage on the corner of El Camino Real and 2nd Avenue. Buon appetito!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family is Italian and Argentinian and we often do not eat out because our cooking is always better. Vespuccci is the exception because it is authentic and real Italian style. The food is outstanding and the we love seeing the owners who are always there. They are sincere and take great pride in their restaurant to ensure everyone has the best dining experience. We always chose Vespucci for eating out!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very authentic Italian restaurant in the heart of downtown San Mateo! The owners are fantastic, very passionate and love what they do. The food is delicious. Highly recommend for those that know real Italian cuisine.

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L
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, delicious food!

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CH
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant. Love everything about it. Will return often!

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JH
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When you walk into the room you notice immediately that it is very thoughtfully decorated. The colors, fixtures, and especially the old world map in the back remind you of the restaurant’s name sake. This is all just a bonus however. The star of this place is the food. My seafood risotto was subtle and delicious. What wife’s salmon was good. The dish that really surprised both of us, though, was the calamari appetizer. It was the opposite of what this appetizers so often is. It tasted light, subtly flavored, and not greasy! It did what a good appetizer is supposed to do: wake up your taste buds for the main dish. The young couple who runs this place has a great spirit and it shows in their service. One constructive criticism: they should expand the wine list. Very highly recommended!

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LY
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a party of eight for a birthday celebration at Vespucci. My husband and I are returned customers but the rest of the group are first time patrons. Everyone had a great dinning experience and enjoy the excellent service and good foods. I am sure my guests will return to Vespucci!!

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M
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

The food was ok. Nothing special was offered for our daughters birthday dinner even though it was specified. The food portion was small and overpriced example: Ravioli lobster. We are not obese, but try adding more ravioli in the plates! Nothing special to return for. Better food and price at other Italiano restaurants for sure. No wonder it was empty. Add music or something to the ambience.

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J
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant. The food, service and ambiance are absolutely 5 star. The only downside to an evening here is parking. Recommend public transport if possible. I will visit again, but my transport will be a motorcycle...

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HE
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

The owners are wonderful and very welcoming. Great food as well!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service was below par. The server forgot my salad and when I followed up, he didn’t say anything. He just left to double check the order. No apologies either.

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J
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

Once we found parking (Saturday night challenge for out of towners-no signs indicating the public parking is free after 6:00 p.m.) our experience was overall mixed. The Caesar salads were really outstanding: dressing, cheese and croutons and portion. The entrees were all generally fine, although my mushroom risotto was tasty, but a bit bitter. My wife's salmon was excellent although salmon is normally not served on a bed of mashed potatoes. Our pumpkin bread pudding shared desert was excellent although it took quite some time to arrive. Service was spotty-our server was a bit unctuous when he showed up which was infrequent (too few servers on duty?). Certainly worth a second visit-even if a bit pricey.

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H
Denver
97 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting San Francisco and found it on line. Great menu and food service was outstanding. Great find

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c
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stopped in to Vespucci for a Friday night date with my lovely wife , The restaurant is beautifully designed and we were felt like we were treated like family. Started off with the pesto gnocchi as an appetizer and was pleasantly surprised how delicious it was . I had the Rack of lamb and my wife had the Salmon both were well prepared and very generous in size . We finished our meal with there homemade cannoli and have to say it was some one the best I have had , This dessert didn't need to rely on tons of sugar to compensate for flavor. The cream gave it a light fluffy texture that was a great close to a filling meal. I would recommend reservations as it gets busy . Can't wait to go back .

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RC
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

For an authentic Italian dinner this is the place - what a treasure for downtown San Mateo. The owners are friendly and attentive, the food delicious, and the service outstanding. We felt transported to Italy if only for a couple hours!

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N
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Vespucci offers authentic Italian food in a lively atmosphere. The owners, Manuela and Francesco, help make the experience delightful. They are warm, genuine, and excellent hosts. You feel like you are dining in Italy — the food is fresh, beautifully seasoned and sensibly portioned. We’ve enjoyed the Caesar salad, homemade raviolis, petrale sole, scalloppini. Nice wine options also. Salute per tutti!

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CR
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again Vespucchi was amazing. It continues to be consistent and authentic to the southern Italian cuisine. The owners are warm and friendly and make you feel welcome and at home. This truly is our favorite Italian restaurant in San Mateo county.

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Orlando
42 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best Italian food anywhere in the country. Great hands-on owners. Surprisingly great prices.

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SC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was the first time at vaspucci, we enjoyed the food and the all the people. I'm Italian and so were my guests. they all enjoyed the their food. We wish there was a full bar we would of liked a mahattan. We would definitely go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed a lovely meal. The service was fantastic, and the food was exceptional.

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BB
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Not kid friendly.
Gotta have pizza for kids.
So-so wine list.
No full bar.

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c
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice meal with pleasant service. Fun to go with friends.

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AC
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. It is authentic Italian food from the Calabria province in the south of Italy. The food is delicious and the plates are serve very attractively. The service is excellent, and the owners are very friendly. They are both from southern Italy. We go to dinner here frequently,

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B
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The lasagna and asparagus salad was very disappointing this tine- it use to be great _ owners are very pleasant and the service was good.
They must have a new chef or new recipe- never heard of a lasagna without cheese - I would try another rntree if I go back

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FM
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is excellent and the service is always great. It has authentic Italian taste and the owner -who does the service, is always very friendly and welcoming. Their Risotto al fungi is delicious.

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D
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love dining here because of the exciting menu and ever changing specials. The sauce on my petrale sole was distinctive. Francesco and Manuela were so gracious and the entire restaurant has a festive atmosphere. You leave Vespucci feeling you have enjoyed a family meal with good friends. We will be back!

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BL
Seattle
45 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy returning to Vespucci! Wonderful flavors and reasonable prices.

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MK
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

My friend and I loved the ambiance and thought the service was extraordinary! I loved the lemon sorbet and limoncello dessert!

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M
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best authentic Italian fare you'll every eat!
Made fresh daily....and it shows.

Wonderfully Deliciouso!

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NS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family and I stumbled on this restaurant by happenstance and are so glad we did! The owners are the most lovely couple, the food was incredible the service impeccable and we enjoyed every moment.

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TF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food, Service, Atmosphere . . . the works!! One can sense a pride of ownership from the minute you walk thru the door. They care about the way the restaurant looks and the service you get, not to mention the great food. Highly recommended.

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JC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The owners and staff are very attentive providing great service. The food is authentic and beautifully presented. They are very accommodating for food allergies. The owners are warm, making it a great dining experience. We have dined here several times and the food is always consistently fresh and exceptionally good. Check it out, it’s a wonderful place to dine.

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LR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

The food was quite good but the service was deplorable. We waited almost 1.5 hours for entrees. Only the owners (2) and a busboy for an almost full room. Smaller parties were moving quickly but our party of 7 continued to wait. The noise level was unbearable. Nice owners but we won’t be back.

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WI
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hostess, wait staff made us feel really appreciated and welcomed. Food was fantastic, service and ambience just what my wife and I needed after a challenging day.

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