Vespucci Ristorante Italiano

4.5
402 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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Welcome to Vespucci Ristorante Italiano, 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.
Along with the freshest produces, meats and seafood, many of the traditional Italian ingredients used on our menu are proudly imported from Italy. It is our pleasure 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 Friday and Saturday : 11:30am - 2:00pm
Dinner Tuesday - Sunday : 5:00pm - 09.00pm
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Phone number
(650) 685-6151
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

The owners are from Italy, moved here 4 years ago. They are the ones working the tables. Family Recipes are authentic and delicious. Lovely atmosphere, super delicious food, house made pastas and desserts. So so good.

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2.0Dined 4 days ago

Food is mediocre, quality of ingredients and preparation falls far behind the price

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Vespucci is a darling restaurant with attentive service and amazingly fresh and delicious food. I enjoyed the ambiance of the establishment, very nice decor and it felt like comfortable fine dining - not stuffy at all. The owners are a husband and wife team, and they clearly love what they do and enjoy catering to their guests. We had the eggplant bruschetta, lobster filled ravioli topped with shrimp in a tomato cream sauce and a fettuccini pasta with meat sauce, peas and mushrooms (the pork sausage was amazing). The dishes were very flavorful and super fresh. Will definitely be back to try more items. Can’t wait!

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Absolutely delicious cuisine, prepared with care and beautifully presented. Warm and professional service.

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

How many ways can you say outstanding, it's Vespucci !

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Vespucci has excellent food and service. Its atmosphere is homey and friendly, but at the same time, service is formal, prompt, and courteous. I have invited friends here from all over. Not touristy, just excellent. Not inexpensive, but not overpriced either. Thoroughly enjoyable. The pasta is really good, but I like the seafood/fish dishes. They really know how to prepare that right. Appetizers, particularly the carpaccio, are really good, and the bread and sauce served with it are to die for.

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

Vespucci has been consistently superb over at least 20 separate times We have dined ther. The Italian owners are most cordial and attend to every detail. The Chef cooks topnotch renditions of Iealian Classic Dishes with a flair for Calabrian Specialties. The Wine List is well chosen, Especially outstanding Dishes are The best Lasagna I have ever eaten, Lobster Ravioli Veal Marsala and Petrale Sole'

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Fabulous food and exceptionally warm service, perfect way to celebrate our mom’s 96th bday!!! Thank you!
Complimenti! Ci vediamo presto!

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4.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Took my mom here from out of town. Food was excellent. The carbonara and ravioli were super authentic and recommended. Finished with the tiramisu and it was also very good.

The service was very hands off but the owner was there to add her flair to the evening.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

I LOVE Vespucci's!! Manuela and Francesco are amazing owners who listens to their customers. I wanted to book a dinner for 13 on open table but was unable to do so. I left a special message indicating that I needed to increase my party from 8 to 13. Before I knew it, Manuela called me back immediately and made it possible. I've been to this restaurant many times and I've experienced consistent service, excellent food, and for family with food allergies they were able to accommodate without any problems. I've brought friends from all over to Vespucci and everyone of them enjoyed a fantastic and delicious meal each and every time. I would highly recommend Vespucci if you want a meal to remember.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

The restaurant was wonderful and the food was great and the dessert yummy and worth every bit! The owners and staff were so kind and friendly love everything about the place 💕💕

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Great food, presentation, and service. The restaurant is very attractive too.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

The restaurant is impeccable and Francesco and Manuela always make you feel like family. The food is unique and the table is yours for the evening. The variety of food and excellent presentations make the evening always memorable. The wine list is extensive and we love trying Italian wines which are new to us. Mike and Mary

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4.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Stopped in for an early and quick dinner on our way to SFO airport. Food was wonderful!
Fresh ingredients, lots of flavor and a great selection of Italian favorites and some interesting dishes! Fresh pasta was delicious and Tiramisu was perfect!
Service was excellent and we were in and out quickly - although we didn't feel rushed at all.
Would love to go back and enjoy a leisurely dinner one evening.

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

Vespucci is our absolutely favorite restaurant that always takes us back to Italy to authentic Italian food. Last night was no different. Even with a full restaurant due to Father's Day, we were there to celebrate Dave's birthday, and, as usual, it didn't disappoint. Dave had the chicken which was unbelievably fabulous (you must order this sometime!), and I had the fettuccine with shrimp, spicy tomato sauce and basil. So incredibly delicious with the house made pasta.

Manuela and Francesco continue to provide amazing service, you really feel you are in their private dining room in their home and you are an honored guests. That never gets old!

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4.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Good food and quietly empty. Everything was average (service, drinks, abiace,etc) but the food was really good!

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Best find! Gotta go and manga manga!! Love all of it!!

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4.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Like true Italian venues, this restaurant respects diners wishes to stay as long as like during/ after a meal. Dishes authentic and tasty. Appetizers, arugala salad, creamed spinach excellent.
While parking on E. 3d Street can be challenge, there is handy around corner multi-level public lot run by city of San Mateo with good availability.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Fantastic. Food was delicious and service was excellent. We had a large party; and they were very accommodating.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Never disappoints! We love this place... the food is always fresh and delicious. Francesco and Manuela are the owners and are so gracious and friendly, we enjoyed their hospitality and conversation. We were there for a graduation lunch (7 people) and there was plenty of room and all the food came out hot and at the same time. Love it here!

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

The service is very good, and the food is good, try it out. The owners are very friendly !

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Vespucci is by far the best Italian cuisine on the Peninsula. Manuela and Francesco are amazing and treat you like you are in a dining room in an Italian home. The food is amazing... all from their family recipes in Southern Italy. It is a warm and friendly atmosphere for any occasion and Francesco can pair wine with any entree. Definitely recommend this spot.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

We love Vespucci; the food, the service, and the owners. It's always nice to try something different on the menu, many of the dishes are family recipes. Manuela and Francesco are so warm and friendly.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

The owners Francesco and Manuela treat all their guests as if they are the only customers in the restaurant, just as if you were dinning at their house. And the food is as wonderful as they are.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Recently moved here in the Bay Area from Europe, and I was looking for a place where feeling at home, finally I found this cute little restaurant. I was impressed by the elegant decors and artworks at the walls, by the friendly and welcoming atmosphere, the attentive and professional service and most of all BY THE FOOD! We enjoyed burrata cheese and vegetable soup as an appetizer, gnocchi gorgonzola and fusilli genovese as a main course. Both dishes were tasty without been heavy. The hit of the night was definitely their amazing tiramisu fluffy, soft, creamy and surprisingly light. No doubt, they gonna see me often!!!

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

A very nice Italian restaurant with authentic dishes. The service was excellent and the hosts/owners were very welcoming. The tiramisu was incredible (and alcohol -free which was a big plus for us).

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Being an Italian myself, when it comes about Italian food I can be very picky. I have heard about VESPUCCI from other Italians and decided to give it a try!
It was a great experience over all, from the warm greetings at the door, the impeccable service and ending with an amazing meal . my fiancé and I enjoyed the parmigiana di melanzane (eggplant parmigiana), Carbonara and fried calamari as an appetizer; fried calamari were tender and crispy, carbonara creamy and delicious but most of all authentic, no heavy cream, that’s the way it should be. The eggplant parmigiana was moist, flavorful and succulent. It is “Calabrian”style so each single slice is dipped in eggs and flour and fried, simply delicious. Unfortunately we were to full for dessert.....
I am already planning my next visit.

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2.0Dined on May 19, 2018

We wanted to try a new Italian restaurant in San Mateo and were able to sit down immediately. It's a large restaurant with exceptionally welcoming staff. The food was average and taste was bland. I had the eggplant parmesan which was overcooked and greasy. My husband the spaghetti carbonara which was over cooked and the noodles taste like heated up cooked spaghetti. The mista salad was a dish of tossed spring greens. The service was wonderful and the staff attentive.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Great food....friendly staff make everyone feel welcome.

Their grandfather’s award winning Tiramisu recipe is to die for!

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2.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Long wait for entree and then arrived cold. Petrale sole didn’t taste or look like any I’ve seen or tasted.
Overall food tasted extremely pedestrian that catered to a generic clientele. Nothing authentic nor unique.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

We were pleasantly surprised with the ambiance, great food selection and helpful staff. We will definitely recommend it to our friends and will return again soon.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

As always a wonderful time. Great food and service. There is definitely a European feel as this is much more a “dining” experience than just “eating” dinner. They are gracious and hospitable. Never rushed and a great attention to detail. They did not hover pushing you and left us to enjoy our time. I see reviews about noise and did not experience a issue with conversation at our table. This will become one of our regular goto places for good Italian food.

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3.0Dined on April 22, 2018

The noise level was so bad that conservation across the 2-person table was not possible. This is far worse than it was during our earlier visit. Because of this unpleasantry I was tempted not to recommend.
The Fusilli Genovese was somewhat bland but the ravioli was tasty.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Always amazing!!!! The service and the food is outstanding and the atmosphere is so friendly !

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Ristorante Vespucci is by far the best authentic Italian cuisine on the Peninsula. Being in the restaurant is like being in a warm Italian home. Manuela and Francesco do an amazing job of bringing their family recipes from Southern Italy to your table. Francesco knows wine and will pair the menu with whatever dish you are having. It is always an amazing experience when we visit Vespucci. Been going there for years and will continue for many more to come.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Excellent food. Good service.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

The service was very good, the ambiance was good, and the food was AMAZING. If you like good Italian food this place is for you.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

My girlfriend and I have dined here before and it has always been spectacular. This was an anniversary so I selected Vespucci as it is a very special place. The owners pride themselves in fantastic food and service and they did not disappoint. Manuela knew it was an anniversary and presented us with a dessert that was unique and touching. I highly recommend

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Love this place

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We really enjoy Vespucci; the owners are so hospitable, and the food is delicious. Many of the dishes prepared are family recipes.

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