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About Vespucci Ristorante Italiano

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

147 E. 3rd Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94401
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Contemporary Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch Friday and Saturday : 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner Tuesday - Sunday : 5:00pm - 09.30pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 685-6151

Website:
http://www.vespucciristorante.com/

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Vespucci Ristorante Italiano Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Cozy (9)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

We had a very nice meal. Our sons flight was due into SFO 30 minutes early and the owners went out of their way to get our meal service done quickly so we wouldn’t be late.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Francesco and Manuela are superb hosts at this tucked away gem. Their story and the attention to food preparation, service and the non-rushed atmosphere has made this a restaurant I have no problem recommending. Enjoying your time with your dinner companion(s) is made even better with this calm and easy service. Each plate is a delight and the flavors are phenomenal. Take some time and relax one evening in a little corner of Italy in the heart of San Mateo. Buon appetito!

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

When I entered Vespucci I felt like I was back in Italy. Francesco and Manuela make you feel like you are part of their family. They are passionate and committed to a true Italian experience. The Fettuccine Alla Boscaiola and the rack of lamb were incredible. The chocolate cake was decadent and delicious. This was my first time at Vespucci and it blew me away! I will be back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Our server was excellent - we each ordered a different meal and shared a few appetizers. It was satisfying and a pleasant surprise - everything was delicious!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Best veal scallopine ever! Loved the personal attention by owners. One quibble would be to have very small tea lights on each table in the back, as there was no rosy glow at the tables. Next time will leave room for dessert!

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Going there for years. Never a disappointment. Would highly recommend.

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

My wife and I live in town and eat there all the time We enjoy it as a go to restaurant. The food is good and the owners work hard for the business

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

The food was excellent. My only comment is that the wine pour was a little skimpy given the price.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Everything was just perfect from top to bottom, the owner was very personable and it was apparent she truly enjoyed her restaurant and her customers. I would highly recommend this
restaurant for any occasion

Tags: Comfort Food, Paleo Friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Fun
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Very good experience. Francisco & wife very friendly & outgoing you feel like you known them forever. The meal was was very good.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Amazing authentic Italian food calabrese style. The lasagna was amazing and melted in your mouth.

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2017

We brought dear friends of ours with us, and Manuela and Francesco couldn’t have been more welcoming. My roast vegetable soup was delicious. My husband had a delicious veal piccata. What a wonderful way to start the week!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2017

This restaurant never disappoints.
Food is always on point. Fresh & light flavors, full of the big, bold tastes you’d expect from a real Italian restaurant. The wine list is very reasonably priced with a great selection of flavors whatever your meal choices.

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We enjoyed a very pleasant dining experience. The food was authentically Italian. We especially enjoyed the staff who were friendly and very accommodating. Enjoy the chocolate cake dessert, delicious and decadent!

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Healthy, Fun
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 18, 2017

While the owner and ambiance is quite nice, it was loud and hard to speak to our guests and the food was just ok. Not bad but not great either. Price was in the high side compared to other nice Italian restaurants in the area.

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·Dined on November 17, 2017

Authentic and homemade Italian specialties, all deliciously prepared. Service was excellent. The eggplant parm was among the best I've ever had. Decent selection of wine to accompany the Italian food, but no California wine. Cannoli's for dessert topped a great experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Good food, great selection, friendly, sincere management. Wine was overpriced.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food was excellent but the service was disappointing. Long periods of sitting after finishing a course with no one coming to the table. Had to raise my hand to get noticed. They seemed more interested in chatting with each other in the back.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Loved this restaurant. Wonderful and delicious food, beautiful atmosphere and fabulous and warm owners who want to make sure you have a great experience and are well fed. What a gem

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

It is my favorite Italian Restaurant in San Mateo.Delicious food .

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

After many times dining at Vespucci, I never had tasted their Roasted Vegetable Soup. This now is my favorite! Rich flavors, smooth taste...what's not to like? We finished with an Affogato with many spoons...yum!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Warm and inviting from the moment you step into the restaurant. The food reminded me of the great meals I ate at my grandmother's and mother's tables. Portion sizes are ample. The service is discrete but present. Wine list is good.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

As always a pleasant experience. Great food , wonderful presentation and very authentic.last weeks special ravioli pumpkin was amazing.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Vespucci is owned and operated by a husband and wife team who, both, are out front assuring fine friendly service. They feature recipes from Italy that add flavor and interest. The chicken and roasted potatoes is an example. It was cooked to perfection and gently herbed. Salads are tasty and colorful.

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Menu options were varied and plentiful. Food arrived partly cold on my plate. Service person was nice and polite and friendly but slow to take our orders. None of our party of 7 was very impressed with food quality. It was fine but nothing great.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Food is absolutely outstanding. Best Italian restaurant around. Manuela and Francesco are the owners and do an outstanding job of providing a first class dinning experience for patrons.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Healthy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Excellent food, incredible service. A gem of a restaurant!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 16, 2017

We enjoyed our visit last Sunday evening. Had the Caesar salad and the arugula salad; both were nicely dressed anchovies with the Caesar & a light refreshing dressing on the arugula. Our entrees were the veal scallopini and the lamb. Again, both were delicious and well presented. The owners are extremely welcoming and the unique artwork complements the interior. Definitely plan to return.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2017

This was our first visit & the owners were so friendly & welcoming. The food was really good & the portions generous. We left happy!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

great food, great place to have a quiet conversation

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Vespucci is one of our favorite restaurants. Francesco and Manuela create delicious meals and warm hospitality that make you feel as if you are having dinner at your best friend's home...a friend who also happens to be a great chef!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The food, the best Italian I've ever had! Portions were perfect. The price was what you'd expect, no surprise there. Service was impeccable. Being a small restaurant the noise level was a bit elevated, and the tables-for-two were a bit small, however, no smaller than at any other small restaurant and I didn't feel cramped.
Over all this is the best place to go if you want great Italian food, accompanied by great service.
YES! we will absolutely be back!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Great experience! Met Owner very personable. Truly Authentic!

Tags: Spicy, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Fun, Healthy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Amazing meal at what we felt was under priced. Although the restaurant is small, the tables were far enough apart to enjoy a personal conversation. The owner checked on her several times and shook our hands when we left.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Charming, authentic modern Italian decor. Very friendly service. Excellent food. The gnocchi with gorgonzola sauce was perfect--not over sauced and with just the right note on the toasted pine nuts. The arugula salad with asparagus was also excellent--lightly blanched, peeled asparagus pieces added the right amount of crunch. Chianti was delicious!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on September 21, 2017

Nice family business husband and wife true southern Italy nicely looking menu and great quality food . The Chianti reserva tasted great with the pasta and bolognese.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Authentic
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Excellent place. The food was fabulous and the waiter was very pleasant and handsome.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Our third trip here, we brought along a friend (his first time) who was very impressed. Authentic Italian, everything is splendid. Special was a pork filet tenderloin-Wow!. Lamb chops were extra and the scallopini is always perfect. Enjoyed two of the chocolate desserts. Owners are personable and give each table consistent attention.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 11, 2017

It is everything we expect from an Italian restaurant. The decor was tasteful and the restaurant is very clean. The food was very good. We order the Caesar salad, Calamari Fritti, PETRALE SOLE PICCATA, SALMON STUFFED WITH CRAB MEAT AND MUSHROOMS, SPAGHETTI ALLE VONGOLE. Everything was excellent. The owners were warm and welcoming. We really enjoyed our dinner experience at Vespucci.

Tags: Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

the is the best Italian food on the Peninsula. Period. I challenge anyone to come up with a better Italian food in the entire bay area.

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