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The Barrel Bistro & Wine Bar, San Mateo, CA

The Barrel Bistro & Wine Bar

4.5
4.5
203 Reviews
$30 and under
French / American
The Barrel Bistro and Wine Bar welcomes everyone with selective wines selection and many pairings superbly with a wide variety of cuisine. With selective cheeses and charcutiers, hundreds of different wines, seafood,
and meats.The Barrel Bistro&Wine Bar attracts colleagues for a drink after work, business dinners, a quick bite or drink before a show, late night revelers, families for Sunday brunch and more.

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2 people

7:30 p.m.


Booked 7 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    French / American, Spanish, Wine Bar

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (650) 445-7250

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Edwin Steve

  • Neighbourhood

    San Mateo

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 203 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Peninsula

    Child-Friendly

  • Peninsula

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. RF

    RickF

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Waiter was super friendly, but the service overall was very slow and not effective. We waited a long time before any one showed to take a drink order, and waited a long time between every visit. They brought our cheese plate with no silverware or napkins. When my food arrived, I waved down a manager to request a wine list, but no one came back to take a wine order until our entrees were complete. We skipped the wine. My wife’s meal was burnt. Everyone seemed well intended, they just gave the impression that they are struggling to run a busy restaurant.
  2. J

    Jacqueline

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, drinks, and service were amazing and we'd definitely come back!
  3. f

    foodie

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great the way they have the street blocked off and we can eat outside in comfort. Also, terrific vocalist performing for us.
  4. CR

    CatherineR

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Music in the outside seating area was terrific! Staff was very friendly and service was great, even though they were very busy. Just had wine, cheese, and desserts but everything was great!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Attentive waitstaff, good reccomendation on food, slightly pricey cocktails. Very nice restaurant for hanging out with friends.
  6. f

    foodie

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    I've been here 2x before and every time- it's been great. This time I sat inside (they removed the outdoor walls and it was too windy to sit outside) and it was awesome. The wine is excellent. I had the hummus, the arugula & prosciutto Flatbread and the lobster risotto. The hummus was perfect, the pita was warm which I love. The Flatbread was okay....I'm not sure how fresh the flatbread truly is, but the toppings were. I could have done without the cheese, but it was good. The lobster risks definitely needed more than 2 bits of lobster, but the risotto itself tasted great and the 2 skewers of seafood were tasty. No regrets overall and I would defeat come back for a 4th time. The service is great and the staff was fun to converse with!
  7. JY

    JackelineY

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s a great experience. The ambiance is very welcoming and charming. Amazing wines, food and service. Staff is friendly (Ernesto) 👏🏻 and make great recommendations.
  8. ML

    MelizaL

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place! Great food and Service. Decently priced too. Tons of parking around. Great service from Cleo.
  9. P

    Pastry22

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This was our second time dining here after having stumbled upon it one random evening a few months ago. The food is outstandingly good! I love the lobster risotto with seafood and my husband enjoys the slow cooked short ribs. We tried the filey mignon flat bread this time which was so tasty and ordered the octopus salad we had last time for starters. The octopus was not as good as I remembered it with less octopus on it too which was slightly disappointing. We finished with tiramisu and pineapple upside down cake. It was just alright. Last time we dined inside and service was impeccable! This time we dined outside where they had a lot more tables placed than last time when I saw their outdoor setup.. It seemed to be only 2 waiters for the entire outside and it left service slow and lacking due to it. I hope it was only a temporary staffing shortage. I saw our waiter with tables on the complete opposite side. Nonetheless I am happy to continue coming here for date night, their food is truly amazing and you won't regret a meal here!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mom’s night out.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious. We came for lunch and it wasn’t busy which was nice to enjoy the place with only another table or two. Once the food was ready it was served hot. Wonderful taste and flavors in each dish. We loved it! We had a great afternoon graduation lunch. Huge wine list. Great service and beautiful ambiance with all the wine bottles displayed along the wall. Thank you so much!
  12. S

    Steph

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious, wine list impressive and includes nice exotics. Somewhat noisy when busy (as they often are).
  13. AP

    AlexandreP

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and Service. The hostess was great. Friendly and very helpful. We will go there again as soon as possible.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience5
    The place could be fantastic. The staff were friendly and seems To be having fun and enjoy working there. The menu looks great , and the musician on the weekend is what drawn us to try the place. We ordered , d Escargot, charcuterie, Ribeye, Sliders, Paella, and pizza….Excited much to try them but a big disappointment… everything was bland….. Thanks to the service, the live music and the feel of the restaurant….. either needs a new chef or hire one if they dont have one…. If they hire the right people in the kitchen, this place has a really good potential to be d best In the area
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    This was my second time eating dinner here. This time, I popped in before my movie and ate at the bar. The service was excellent and attentive. My food overall from both visits was good but not excellent. I would’ve preferred a traditional balsamic style dressing on the beet and goat cheese salad instead of the raspberry dressing. That is personal taste, though, as nothing was wrong with the salad. My arugula prosciutto flatbread came with old arugula on top, which was disappointing. The ladies that sat next to me liked what I had so ordered the same thing. I was glad that there’s was much fresher and not yellow. I will definitely come back again and just keep trying different things on the menu. The service is great and the live music is a very nice touch.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food great service I would go again.
  17. JS

    JasonS

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Always good food. Go-to place. Good ambiance and nice service.
  18. SF

    SantosFamily

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It was our first time to try The Barrel Bistro and we enjoyed all the dishes we ordered - Crab cakes, Spanish octopus, Tagliatelle with braised short ribs and Crab-salmon burger. Each food was delicious and the portion was generous. Will definitely come back!
  19. SB

    StuartB

    Oklahoma City

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, great service. Enjoyed our dinner and no problem going back next time we’re in town.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Short rib taglitelle, mushroom risotto, salmon flatbread ans sea salt caramel gelato were all delicious. We were very, very impressed with how hot the food was when it arrived. Portions were generous. Clearly, lots of care went into choosing ingredients. Two issues to work on: Bread for bruschetta was terrible. It should be a sturdy bread, chewy not dry and crumbly. Service was uneven on a slow night. It was hard to figure out who was serving us so that no one was really checking on us. I had to flag a server down multiple times to get water, ice, another drink.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of the best new restaurants on “B” in San Mateo. Our entrees were terrific, generous portions, fresh seafood Will priced. The wine list is one of the best I’ve experienced in a small local restaurant. Try it!
  22. KC

    KimC

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food tasted great. We enjoyed the outdoor eating area. Very good service.
  23. AP

    APAP

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent wine flights and dishes. We have been there several times, enjoyed everything on the menu. Great service, very romantic ambiance. It’s a little noisy at times.
  24. KP

    KarenP

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was excellent, and the food really delicious. We had sliders, salad and fun flights of wine. Ambiance was great with a musician playing live 70s music and it was not too loud - we could still have a conversation and enjoy the music. I will make this place one of my regulars now.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    A good time we had.
  26. SP

    SylP

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the staff to the table and decor to the food, everything was pleasant and tasty! I can’t wait to come back and try more from the menu! Also love the extensive wine list!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious. I enjoyed my meal with a generous pour Pinot flight. I would definitely go back.
  28. R

    Reginag

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and wine. Best service and atmosphere!
  29. AH

    AmyH

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Second visit and Valentines Day no less, still great service and food.
  30. B

    Billy

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience4
    The outdoor seating was good. The wine and food really nothing to talk about. Cheese charcuterie was quite bland, no good choices. The margerita pizza was really just cheese pizza. I am not sure the chef understand the difference. The wine flights we ordered was just okay.
  31. TT

    TravelTrekker

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    overall3food2service1ambience4
    Nice ambiance but noisy with mediocre food, poor service, and high prices, especially for the wine.
  32. JS

    JasonS

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Always great place to dine. Friendly staff and attentive.
  33. HW

    HeatherW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Fantastic evening out. The live music was amazing (Saturday night) and the outdoor dining was great! Nice warmth from the many heaters and festive atmosphere. The food was tasty and wait staff was very attentive.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    1st visit. Nice dinner with great pork sliders and live dining music. Pleasant atmosphere and servers!
  35. SL

    SLPemberton

    San Francisco

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely dinner with friends who recommended the restaurant. Our food was delicious and the service wonderful. Looking forward to going back again soon.
  36. JF

    JackFoodie77

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Went on NYE. The food was ok, nothing amazing. Price for food was too much for what we got.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed this B Street gem and plan to be back often. The wine selection is thoughtful and generous, with numerous wines by the class and several fun tasting flights. The food is quite good and definitely a cut above most wine bars. The only reason I didn’t give the food five stars is because the short rib tagliatelle needed a bit more salt to bring all the flavors out and the bruschetta had so much balsamic vinegar reduction on it that you couldn’t taste anything else. They also have the best service we’ve had throughout the pandemic! The live music by Eddie was the icing and n the cake!
  38. JS

    JasonS

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good service and menu selection. It is becoming a “go-to” spot for us.
  39. CC

    CathyC

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great outdoor seating with wonderful heat lamps on a very cold night!
  40. RB

    RichB

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great wine list! Service was excellent and the food was delicious. We are very thankful for the great experience for our Christmas dinner. I would recommend this place to anyone.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks

FAQs

The Barrel Bistro & Wine Bar does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. The Barrel Bistro & Wine Bar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 445-7250.

The Barrel Bistro & Wine Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 203 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 p.m.


Booked 7 times today
Google Map for The Barrel Bistro & Wine Bar

246 S B St, San Mateo, CA 94401-4018

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood

    San Mateo

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    French / American, Spanish, Wine Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Edwin Steve

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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