Good Value for Money Restaurant in San Mateo County?
We want to take friends out to a restaurant next week and are looking for a great value for money restaurant. Some of the restaurants ones we have tried were very good, but very expensive for our current budget. Any hidden gems out there?
Piacere in San Carlos or Mistral in Redwood Shores are good and not overly expensive. But they aren't exactly a bargain. It's been 18 months since I moved into San Francisco (how short memory is); I used to like Ciao Amore at 788 Laurel St in San Carlos, although I wouldn't say that it qualifies as a Chowhound kind of place. Southern Italian comfort food, fun staff and people, spills out on to the street at night.
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Can you give us a budget of what you're looking for? Like $20 per person, or $10, or $25. Also, are you up for hole-in-the-wall places or the atmosphere has to be a little nicer?
First, fyi, Caio Amore was closed by the IRS.
I wouldn't call Piacere a budget place. It has good food and service but a bit pricey. One of my old standbys is Olivio's (Italian) on El Camino in Belmont. It is homey and personal and has very good pasta. You can get a main course for under $20. For a caloric and budget splurge, put in your dessert souffle order when you order your dinner.
Very recent discovery on Burlingame Ave. - Sapore Italiano which is fabulous from the bread to the dessert. Especially recommend the prawn entree and the semi-fredi dessert. It is up the street from Copenhagen which has partial week dinner service which I hear is quite good.
Let us know where you end up and how you liked it.