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Our Delicious Lamb Chop - Central Park Bistro, San Mateo, CA

Central Park Bistro

4.6
4.6
1631 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Central Park Bistro is a 100 seat contemporary restaurant in downtown San Mateo featuring fresh seasonal American cuisine by Chef Ricardo Garcia, in the $15-$45 range. We offer a carefully chosen eclectic Wine Spectator award-winning wine list. Central Park Bistro is an affordable sophisticated, fun dining experience. Relax and unwind with a house specialty cocktail at our wonderful Martini Bar. We also have several intimate private dining rooms perfect for that corporate presentation business meeting, wedding rehearsal dinner,
retirement/anniversary dinner, or any special function you may have in mind. Check out our private wine cellar room which seats up to 8 people for that extra special dining experience.


For reservations larger than 12 or for private functions please contact the restaurant directly.

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2 people

9:00 p.m.


Booked 17 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Comfort Food, Bistro
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Mon–Sat 11:30 am–2:15 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:45 pm
  • Phone number
    (650) 558-8401
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Executive Chef
    Ricardo Garcia
  • Catering
    We can recreate our menu or customize it to your needs. Please call for details.
  • Private party facilities
    We are a family-owned restaurant that specializes in individual personalized service and simple home-style American cuisine, all in an intriguing and intimate environment. You'll be met by a seasoned staff, who are prepared to indulge your group with an extraordinary private dining experience.
  • Private party contact
    Giorgio Yesilyurt: (650) 558-8401
  • Neighbourhood
    San Mateo
  • Cross Street
    Ellsworth Street
  • Parking Details
    Metered parking on street and large lot in back of restaurant.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,631 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Peninsula

    American

1,631 Reviews
  1. KatieF

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The meal lacked flavor. The crab cake and calamari did not have any seasoning. The crab cake had a mushy consistency like mashed potatoes were added. The Scallop entree was very disappointing. No flavor at all but the scallops were cooked to perfection. Osso buco ravioli was good. It had good flavor and pasta was fulled with meat. The star of the meal was the bread and butter. The bread was fresh and warm and the butter was flavorful. Great service and great drinks. The bread pudding was also lack luster. Would try again to see if the other entrees are better.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a perfect Easter, Sunday dinner attentive service, excellent food, and perfect music. I will be back. 

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  3. TraceyA

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff was friendly, efficient and attentive. Two of us shared the shrimp appetizer and crème brûlée, and both ordered the skirt steak as it was recommended by our server. The steaks were cooked perfectly and everything was delicious. The other diner ordered the gluten free cauliflower pasta dish and enjoyed it as well. I’ll definitely go back.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding, food, cocktails and service! I have always been a regular at Central Park Bistro. CPB never disappoints me.

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  5. Kara

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    3.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Good was excellent but very small portions in relation to cost. Which would be okay if stellar service at fine dining. Server although nice, could not explain food on menu, did not fill waters and clean off table crumbs etc as would be expected for a dinner out for $440 Food was great but not sure we’ll ever return as it wasn’t an overall fabulous experience.

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  6. Ronk

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was great and the service was even better. It was a most enjoyable experience and highly recommended.

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  7. gailA

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall lunch was good , but we were charged more than the prices on the printed menu. Do watch your bill

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Celebrated my friend’s birthday. It was her first time at Central Park Bistro. We both enjoyed our lunch. The stuff was attentive and food was very good and presented nicely.

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  9. Giorgio

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and attentive service, everyone enjoyed their dinner. Definitely be back soon.

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  10. pastafiend

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great birthday dinner for my wife. The whole family had a great meal.

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  11. ValerieL

    Coastal Georgia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent with wide selection and generous portions. Service was superb. Everyone was attentive and friendly. Ambience in the bar area where we sat was very pleasant. First time eating there and would definitely go back again!

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  12. Giorgio

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience, good food and drinks. Neighborhood gem and we definitely be back.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s been a long time since I went to this restaurant but it certainly was better than I recall. The service was great and the dishes were all incredibly tasty. The price per dish was a little on the pricier side but it was worth it. I’ll come back for sure

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  14. EugeneC

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Mostly OK but Soup a little thin: had Lutece Pasta (my favorite dish and found sometime a terrific and delicious meal, but sometimes a little off, this time it didn't match the menu items offered: had wrong dessert placed ordered French and got cake and topped. Sorry about the spelling . But mostly every thing was OK and will without a problem return.

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  15. Marsha

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and the service was outstanding as always! I can't wait to go back!

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  16. Iridium

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A great little spot with great service and good food! A fantastic food and drinks menu

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  17. Miaa

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The $32 dollar Caesar with two tiny crab cake was mediocre. The cakes tasted like they had been in the freezer too long. The parmigiana was chewy. If are sensitive to wood smoke you may want eat outside.

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  18. AdamD

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cocktail drinks, soup of the day...mushroom, steak and hamburger were to near savory perfection! The service staff was warm, friendly and accommodating. Central Park Bistro has dialed it in perfectly!

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  19. DonnaH

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    1 of 7 never got her meal until the others had finished. It was hard to get the server’s attention. When we did, he said the meal was cold from sitting too long and they had to make a new one ever! The other 6 had to wait for that guest to finish before getting dessert. The food was delicious, but the server should have come by to check that all were served. Then another guest pulled a hair from her mouth after a bite of linguini. At $90 per plate it was a disappointment. We complained and the manger comped one meal of the 7, but we would rather have had good service.

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  20. JillN

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    While I was very happy with the company, I was disappointed with our Valentine's dinner at Central Park Bistro. I looked at several restaurants, and many were offering a Prix Fixe menu which I wanted to avoid because I had a late lunch. Central Park Bistro didn't advertise a Prix Fixe menu so I made the reservation. Unfortunately, only the Prix Fixe menu (for $90 each) was available so at that point we didn't have too much choice. I politely explained my frustration to the manager and the waitress with no satisfaction. The dinner was average to fine, but we were rushed from the second we sat down. Disappointing to be sure.

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  21. Natalie

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had a wonderful meal here with 3 friends for a Galentine's celebration. I had the filet mignon with green beans - it was delicious. They both had the cauliflower pasta, which they told our server, Sergio, lacked flavor. However, we all loved our desserts. 2 of us had creme brulee, with berries. 1 had key lime pie, which she enjoyed a lot. We had tastings of wine before making our final decision for the meal. Sergio was attentive and knowledgeable and friendly. Fabulous experience!

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  22. Lisadnash

    San Francisco

    57 reviews

    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Central Park Bistro is a great place to go for a casual lunch, a last minute Friday night get together or a big celebration. Giorgio and his team provide outstanding service, a wide variety of delicious food and a lovely, friendly ambience. This is one of our regular favorites in San Mateo.

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  23. EugeneC

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    service needed improvement. Had a call in reservation but wait staff really busy and no comfortable table.

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  24. CameronP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food, service and decor. Great for business or nice outing.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, food, cocktails and ambiance. It’s a great neighborhood hidden gem!!

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  26. Carolnico

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every time I come here, the service, the food, everything is great, I recommend it to everyone.

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  27. Kirsten

    Hawaii

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    The food here is very good, but the service is pretty slow. Took over 10 minutes between the time we sat down and the first our waiter came by. Then it took forever to get our food. Other than that we really enjoyed our meal.

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  28. Laura

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and service- lovely presentation. Wonderful place for a special meal or celebration..

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  29. TatyanaN

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely amazing experience every time we are here. Food is delicious, service is impeccable, love this place!!!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious fillet of sole sandwich. The main room was a bit noisy, but we were accommodated with hospitality when we asked to move to a less crowded part of the restaurant. I would totallly go here again!

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  31. DavidK

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were excellent. Parking is a bit challenging. The nearby city structure is your best option.

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  32. Kristinla

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice restaurant with pleasant ambiance and great service. The only thing that prevented me from giving 5 stars is that the menu is pretty mainstream. I would have appreciated a few more creative options.

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  33. Steve71

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Well prepared food and friendly staff. The noise level was low, making it easy to have a conversation. We will definitely go again.

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  34. KatyM

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a favorite spot for a lovely meal with friends.

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  35. dfred

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our waiter was extra good. He was the only waiter working that evening, with two helpers, and he did it all with ease.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing! The beet salad was delicious. Cocktails were also really spectacular ☺️

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  37. CindyS

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Central Park Bistro prepared a delicious special 4 course menu for New Year's - every selection we ordered was delicious. The wait staff are knowledgeable and courteous. This was the perfect atmosphere to ring in the new year for 3 of us - however there were larger tables celebrating as well. We will definitely be back!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. Great service. Amazing ambience for NYE ….

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  39. KathleenL

    Cleveland

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent experience! The food and the service were both excellent and the atmosphere was very conducive to conversation. I highly recommend the Central Park Bistro! We will definitely eat there again!

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  40. SanMateoFoodie

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice holiday dinner! Excellent Food and wine choices. ⭐️ We had one issue that we communicated privately to the host. Awaiting a response.

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FAQs

Central Park Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 558-8401.

Central Park Bistro is rated 4.6 stars by 1631 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 p.m.


Booked 17 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Central Park Bistro

181 East 4th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94401

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Ellsworth Street
  • Neighbourhood
    San Mateo
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Mon–Sat 11:30 am–2:15 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:45 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Comfort Food, Bistro
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    Metered parking on street and large lot in back of restaurant.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Executive Chef
    Ricardo Garcia
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (650) 558-8401
  • Catering
    We can recreate our menu or customize it to your needs. Please call for details.
  • Private party facilities
    We are a family-owned restaurant that specializes in individual personalized service and simple home-style American cuisine, all in an intriguing and intimate environment. You'll be met by a seasoned staff, who are prepared to indulge your group with an extraordinary private dining experience.
  • Private party contact
    Giorgio Yesilyurt: (650) 558-8401
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