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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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4.7

Overall Rating

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4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

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Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

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Fit for Foodies (16)
Good for Birthdays (16)
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Creative Cuisine (13)
Romantic (13)
Business Meals (10)
Fun (10)
Cozy (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Casual (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Local Ingredients (6)
Healthy (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Manuela And Francesco always make our dining experience an enjoyable one. They offer quite a few selections on gluten and dairy free meals. I would highly recommend this restaurant to my family and friends. Looking forward to many more dining experiences here in the near future!

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Romantic, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Organic, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Gluten Free Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Had very nice night along with a great dinner, very good food,service,and wine

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Friendly hosts, attentive service, and STUNNING spaghetti carbonara.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 5 days ago

The food was outstanding and the ambience of service was really great. Will go back in a heartbeat

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Authentic Italian food with great service. Food tastes great!

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun, Great for Lunch, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 1, 2018

I had been wanting to try this restaurant for a long time, my husband and I finally went and what a treat it was! First we were greeted by Manuela, who was so much fun to talk to, gave us a run down of the menu and her recommendations. Then Francesco came over and chatted with us, such a personal touch, I love that! The restaurant is beautiful and the food is outstanding. My husband had the filet of sole with a tomato risotto which was incredible. I had the special of the evening which was an orecchiette with a lamb ragu which was outstanding. All their pasta is homemade which is another plus. We had to try dessert , my husband had the affogato and I had the cannolis both of which were excellent. I can’t wait to go back and bring my friends!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Food is delicious. Appetizer is good but portion is small. Overall I will go back again to try other pastas.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Vespucci continues to be one of our favorite restaurants. We went tonight for Michael’s birthday and couldn’t think of going anywhere else!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

The food is always good at Vespucci. Manuela and Francesco are warm and welcoming hosts and make this restaurant a friendly and enjoyable place to dine. The food is authentic Italian and the couple ensure that ingredients are fresh and dishes are prepared properly. We go there often with friends...usually a party of 4 or 6...and have never been disappointed. It's one of our favorite restaurants and I recommend it highly.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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 (London)·Dined on January 19, 2018

It is always a pleasure to go to Vespucci and see owners Manuela and Francesco. Our Friday night dinner was one of the best we’ve had in our many times there - the black ink pasta with seafood with every part of the dish prepared perfectly. We also enjoyed the Nutella puff pastry dessert which was incredible. There is no better authentic Italian in San Mateo!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Absolutely outstanding!!! Francisco and Manuela are teriffic host and make the evening very pleasant. Best Italian restaurant in the Bay Area..

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Healthy, Romantic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Food was good but not outstanding. Service was excellent. We brought an incredibly good bottle of wine that deserved better food.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Delicious food and passionate owners - worth the trip!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Simply the best Italian food on the Peninusula, made more perfect by the lovely staff.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Vegan, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Romantic, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Friendly but, attentively lack of attention to customer. You have to ask in order for you to get service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Unforgettable dining experience. Amazing meal, lovely hostess and good service. At some points it got a bit loud but not all the time. It’s the best Italian restaurant mid-peninsula.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Disabled Access, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

My friends and I had a wonderful meal. The service was impeccable. The owner was attentive. All in all, it was a great time and experience.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

This is a true Italian Restaurant with actual Italian speaking waiters. The owner is very pleasant and ensures that the dining experience is what you would expect. Service was great. We started with the Brushetta and Calamari Fritti which were both great appetizers. and then we each ordered something different: Gnocchi Gorgonzola, Eggplant Parmesan and the sole. We each enjoyed our meal. This was the first time visiting this restaurant and it won't be the last. It's an excellent find for a local San Mateo restaurant.

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

The owners and staff at Vespucci are warm and welcoming, they make you feel as though you’re being welcomed to their home. On a previous visit, one of the owners shared her story and told us about the origin of the recipes and dishes they serve, making our dining experience feel personal. We’ve enjoyed every meal we’ve had, pastas, veal, appetizers like the caprese or even a simple salad, and the desserts are divine. The food is beautifully presented and lovingly prepared. I recommend the bolognese and suggest leaving room for the tiramisu. It’s our go-to place for a lovely meal.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We've been here for 3 different occasions with 3 generations and everybody enjoys it. Beautiful scenery with nice music and the food is simply delicious and tasty. The staff is very respectful and really nice. If you go there, you are sure to have a good if not an excellent time.

Tags: Seasonal, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Super good pastas. Very friendly and caring owners. Wine list needs work. Corkage is $25.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Been to this restaurant 6-7 times. Food is always exquisite. Service is great, never disappointed. A bit loud when busy, but the tasty food is worth it. I love this place and recommend it to both family and friends.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Excellent atmosphere! Wonderful service and amazing food!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Cozy, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The food was outstanding! Authentic Italian. However, the service was fair. It too long time for the waiter to come and take out order.

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

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 on December 13, 2017

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 9, 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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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 5, 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 2, 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 2, 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 1, 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 29, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 28, 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 26, 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 22, 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 19, 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 19, 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 18, 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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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 17, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 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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