Outdoor seating for lunch in Mid-Peninsula
Some friends are looking for place for a "nice" lunch where they can sit outside and take advantage of the weather. Somewhere between PA and Burlingame would work best.
The first place that comes to mind is Crepevine in Burlingame (Burlingame Ave). It is counterservice, but the food is delivered to your table. The food is very good (pasta, lots of brunch type dishes, salads, sandwiches etc) and a lot of bang for your buck. But I guess it also depends on your definition of "nice," meaning, if you want a white tablecloth meal, it ain't the place.
Steelhead Brewery also has a patio, it's about a block from Crepevine (off Burlingame Ave. in between Lorton & California Drive). Full tableservice, but still not white tablecloth. Also good food, and good bang for the buck.
I can't think of any place in San Mateo that would fit this request....
Bravo Fono in the Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto has a very nice patio area with umbrellas and good food. It's a bit pricy, but it's a great place on a nice day and at lunch time when other places are crowded I've never had a problem getting a table on their patio.
In Palo Alto, it has been a long time since I've eaten at Bistro Elan on California Ave., but their back patio is a somewhat-well-kept-secret that you might find available on a nice afternoon.
Zibibbo in PA has a patio area which is quite nice. Reports have been up and down. Anything roasted seems safe. I remember brunch being good...breakfasty things.