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San Mateo - good & current recs?

Making a quick trip to San Mateo and looking for lunch and dinner suggestions - eclectic preferred.

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  1. Hotaru has good homestyle Japanese food. Really good. Third Ave. @ El Camino.

    Santa Ramen is only open for dinner. Get there early. It's one of the best ramen places in the Bay Area.

    Thai Satay on Fourth Ave. is pretty good too.

    There's so much on B St., Third, and Fourth Aves. that you can't go wrong.

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    1. re: VirgoBlue

      Has Santa changed its hours to dinner only?

      1. re: Melanie Wong

        They're open for lunch? I never knew! I just know they're open for dinner from 5 to 9 (that is if they don't run out of food by 9).

        1. re: VirgoBlue

          Yep, open for lunch too. Closed one day of the week, maybe Tuesdays.

      2. re: VirgoBlue

        Thanks for the good start! Interested particulary in non-Asian due to an accompaning picky eater.

      3. There is a decent dim sum place I think called ABC Seafood in the middle of corporate hell off freeway @ Edgewater. Apologies for not knowing the address but I have only been driven there. In same 80's strip mall as longs. Would love to try that good looking seafood in the tank at some point.

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        1. re: mmerino

          ABC Seafood
          973 E Hillsdale CA
          Foster City CA
          650-328-2288 or 358-0566

          It's been a few years since I've eaten there but it's always busy.

        2. Lure ( on 2nd ave) if your picky guest likes fish is eclectic and good. Cappellini is non eclectic but consistently good with a varied menu. Left Bank near Hillsdale Blvd and 101 is excellent, better than the rest of the Left Banks, and 231 Ellsworth, of course, has esoteric fare and is experiencing a renassaince. For good Afghan, just a little south of San Mateo on El Camino is Kabul.

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          1. re: Giselle

            Seconding Giselle's characterization of the "Left Bank" small-chain bistro in the instant village created a few years ago off Hillsdale (the new architectural trend -- villages -- another example being Santana Row in SJ). 231 Ellsworth is a very popular high-end place, does lunches and dinners, I'd say its rebirth began some years ago (after the reorganization in 2000) and it thrives now to Florentine or Venetian proportions. (Maybe Florentine. Let's reserve Venice for the Village Pub, with all the merchants.)

            1. re: eatzalot

              231 Ellsworth is our favorite -- always great food and service. but it's pricey.
              We go once a year on our birthday and they remember us!

              OCEllen -- What price range/ formality range were you looking for?

              1. re: Kim Cooper

                Semi-casual, price range about $30 a person. Thanks for asking!

          2. Don't forget Yuzu, a small gem in Japanese cuisine!

            Vincent

            1. Thanks for the helpful replies!