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Dec 30, 2009 08:48 AM

San Mateo restuarants

Any recommendations for more "upscale" restaurant in the San Mateo or adjacent city area? Cuisine not as important as quality of the food.
Thanks for the help.

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  1. I was born, and I still live in San Mateo. I would say Donato, in Redwood City is a choice you might look into. First rate food, and upscale in terms of the Peninsula. Here is the link:


    1. 231 Ellsworth has its detractors, but I had a fine meal there, and recommend checking it out. About the worst thing you'll hear is the restaurant "isn't all that".

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      1. re: bbulkow

        i had a work event there recently. the food was fine, the restaurant looked nice, service was competent, though it was all a little bland, but also inoffensive/generally satisfying to everyone. a big mark in their favor is that they were 100% friendly and accommodating of coming up with a dairy free meal. instead of just leaving off the risotto that my fish was supposed to come with (leaving a rather empty plate, which has happened at other restaurants), they made a sauteed lentil thing. it wasn't spectacular, but it tasted fine, and it was so nice not to have to worry about whether i took enough lactaid. it is really rare that a restaurant is that thoughtful in the lactose intolerance department, so i was most appreciative.

        before anyone suggests it, lure was horrific.

        consider stella alpina osteria in burlingame for upscale-ish food. i've had a couple excellent meals there.

        1. re: artemis

          I remember two items from when I was there a few years ago: an intercourse/amuse fritter, and a perfectly cooked scallop. But, yes, given the gorgeousness of the room, precision of the menu, and price, one would expect a little more .... something.

          Viogner, in comparison, is in the mediocre realm, instead of "inoffensive". Thus, ellsworth gets the nod. Not much to say, eh!

          The closest Michelin star would be Village Pub, a fairly easy shot on 280 if you're on that side of town.

          Central Park is also on the upscale side, much more reasonable than 231 Ellsworth, and puts together a nice cocktail. It doesn't try to be extraordinary, simply good, and thus succeeds. It's a good little joint but nothing terribly special.

          1. re: artemis

            Lure closed for perhaps you were not the only one that didn't care for it.

            1. re: artemis

              Dollie Marie's

              Dollie Marie's
              1602 S El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94402

          2. For traditional sushi, Yuzu Sushi or their sister restaurant Sakae Sushi in neighboring Burlingame can't be beat.

            1. I've never been, but I've heard good things about the kaiseki menu at Wakuriya in San Mateo.

              115 De Anza Blvd, San Mateo, CA

              1. Viognier

                222 E. 4th Ave., San Mateo, CA 94401