Vespucci Ristorante Italiano

4.7
477 reviews
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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.


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EC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambiance was neat, service was great and very personal. Food was great as well.

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M
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good Italian Restaurant. The food was really tasty and the portions were generous.

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R
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vespucci is a family owned restaurant that provides a great atmosphere, amazing food, and friendly hospitality. We felt as if we were part of the family. Francesco and Manuela are friendly, down to earth people who welcomed us with open arms. We plan on returning here again.

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Owners are amazing, food is great.

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DB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian food on the Bay area. A true authentic Italian meal family run and just consistently excellent

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s
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely host and delicious food! We will be back soon!

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DB
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the food, delicious and the owners are both so warm and inviting!

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PK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal and service!!! Will definitely go back and recommend to friends!

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CR
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the very best Italian food !

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MP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved the food and the personal
Attention to our table and especially our Nona( grandmother). Will definitely go again.
Grazie

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L
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Authentic and fresh. Simple delicious Italian food. Spinach raviolis were excellent. Perfectly cooked. Caprese salad was lightly dressed and aromatic

The desert vanilla gelato with expresso and cream was yummy.

Service was very good. Welcoming

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R
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great meal!! The wild boar pappardelle special was amazing. More amazing are Manuela and Francesco. They love what they do and it shows. The food is always fantastic and they make everyone feel at home. Your really do feel like you have been invited to their home for a private meal.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding

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e
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

The Gnocci and the Spaghetti Bolognese were excellent. Food usually good here but the noise level is a bummer and lessens the number of times we choose this restaurant.

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SM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Service and recommendations. I will be back!

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TM
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I had dinner there over the weekend with two friends. The Calamari Fritti was delicious. I had a very generous and tasty green salad. My friends loved their entrees, the special of the day, lamb shank, was excellent and the lasagna was well crafted and delicious. My main course was not satisfying, and I am wondering if my love of this particular pasta dish has waned. This is a very nice place.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best Italian restaurants in San Mateo, and I would rank it #1. The food is freshly prepared, the service is outstanding, and you are never rushed. Francesco and Manuela greet guests like family and treat you like you are the only ones in the restaurant. I can't say enough about Vespucci's!!

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MT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food. Waiter was wonderful and Manuela was lovely. She made us feel so welcome and more than once she cane to check on us to make sure everything was ok. Felt like you were eating at a friends home. We will definitely be coming back!!

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KB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly impeccable service and cuisine. The owners are charming and hospitable and the food is outstanding.

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RP
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Your hosts Francesco and Manuela will ensure that you have a superb dining experience. Their welcoming warmth and friendliness can only be matched by the excellent cuisine. Dine there often--it will make you happy.

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PD
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vespucci is definitely my favorite Italian restaurant in San Mateo. They've got incredible handmade pasta, and don't get me started on the bouillabaisse! This is a great restaurant if you're looking for a nice restaurant with incredible food. It's not super casual, but you don't need to dress up either. If you want authentic Italian cuisine, this is the place to go!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent authentic Italian restaurant in downtown San Mateo. Francesco and Manuela are excellent hosts, very warm and friendly and make it a point to talk to all the guests....makes one feel at home. We were at this restaurant on Dec 31st, liked it so much that we brought our son to dinner with us a few days later. By the way, while the pasta is excellent, their Tiramisu is something to die for. Thank you Francesco and Manuela for another delightful meal and experience.

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DM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly, authenic, delicious. One of my favorite places to eat.

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Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vespucci is a diamond of Italian culinary mastery located in downtown San Mateo.
Having dined at some of the best Italian eateries in the country, Vespucci does not
take second best to the top names cooking today.

The petrale sole in lemon sauce with capers was to die for.....cooked perfectly.
My guests both had Lasagna saying it was the best they'd ever eaten.

Save room for dessert....the chocolate cake is delicious if chocolate floats your boat,
and their grandfather's recipe for Tiramisu is something you simply cannot afford to miss.

This brother/sister Italian eatery is the real deal.....once you try it, you'll be coming
back time and time and time again.

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n
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I will go back as the food was very good and the server friendly without being overly so

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R
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family had our Christmas season dinner here. Francesco and Manuela made everyone feel so special. The restaurant was crowded but the service was perfect and unrushed. Every dish was a work of art. Our three hours together went by in a flash. I always leave thinking I have dined in Italy.

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DE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent. Loved the atmosphere and the service was great.

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Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, it is an amazing experience dining in Vespucci. I can't say enough about Manuela and Francesco and the warm atmosphere that they create...not to mention the food is fantastic.
Family recipes that they brought from Italy on the menu make any diner feel like they are in an Italian home.
Can't wait to go back.

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CD
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a wonderful place, Manuela and Francesco make you feel like family.

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CP
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
3 reviews
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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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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