Great food in San Mateo open until 9:30 or later on weeknights?
What does SM have that's better or different than I can get in Oakland and open until at least 9:30, preferably 10:00? Some previously recommended places:
close too early:
I'm not current on them, but there's a vibrant izakaya scene and surely some are open late enough for your needs. Ginji, Kokko, etc. may not be "better" than Ippuku but will introduce more variety. Japanese is a safe bet for great food in San Mateo.
What about 231 Ellsworth? It's been downtown SM's major fine-dining destination restaurant since current ownership ca. 2001, collected some veteran personnel from other high-end restaurants, and is more approachable than many of them. Had excellent large and small dinners there.
I signed up on their email list, and have been getting periodic notices of tempting bar-dining and odd-hours deals, available to everyone, far more often than I've had opportunity to be in SM to make use of them