Central Park Bistro

★★★★★
  • 181 E 4th Ave

    San Mateo, CA 94401

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  • 650-558-8401

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I brought in a group of 12 for a going away dinner. Food wasn't special and the service was okay. Most of the team didn't finish their meals due to the ill taste on the seafood dish.The next day when I checked on my credit card record

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★★★★★

I brought in a group of 12 for a going away dinner. Food wasn't special and the service was okay. Most of the team didn't finish their meals due to the ill taste on the seafood dish.The next day when I checked on my credit card record

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The bread is so good, I couldn't tell you why but it's the one restaurant where I'll eat the bread and forget about the carbs! There's a delicious apple salad- it's a great bistro spot for dinner and drinks. They also have a pretty wine room for private dining.

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★★★★☆

The bread is so good, I couldn't tell you why but it's the one restaurant where I'll eat the bread and forget about the carbs! There's a delicious apple salad- it's a great bistro spot for dinner and drinks. They also have a pretty wine room for private dining.

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Central Park Bistro is in a prime location w/lots of parking & close to other stores. the food is good but I really enjoyed the appetizers. What's best about the bistro is that you can reserve the spot for your own private parties!

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Central Park Bistro is in a prime location w/lots of parking & close to other stores. the food is good but I really enjoyed the appetizers. What's best about the bistro is that you can reserve the spot for your own private parties!

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We had a team holiday lunch at Central Park Bistro and the service was excellent. They were able to accommodate us on short notice and the lunch was lovely. I had a shrimp bisque soup which was excellent and the salmon "pizza" (smoked salmon on homemade flat bread). The decor is upscale, but cozy, and the downtown location is very convenient. Definitely would recommend as well as go again.

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We had a team holiday lunch at Central Park Bistro and the service was excellent. They were able to accommodate us on short notice and the lunch was lovely. I had a shrimp bisque soup which was excellent and the salmon "pizza" (smoked salmon on homemade flat bread). The decor is upscale, but cozy, and the downtown location is very convenient. Definitely would recommend as well as go again.

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I love this place. I went once, and ordered the New York Steak (I think, it was the cheapest steak, but not cheap!) and it was amazing! They also had delicious garlic mashed potatoes. For dessert I got the ScharffenBerger chocolate fondue which was also delicious! They didn't give you enough dipping stuff for all the chocolate, so next time I'll bring some extra - don't want the chocolate to go to waste! Our service was fine, and I am definitely going back!

5
★★★★★

I love this place. I went once, and ordered the New York Steak (I think, it was the cheapest steak, but not cheap!) and it was amazing! They also had delicious garlic mashed potatoes. For dessert I got the ScharffenBerger chocolate fondue which was also delicious! They didn't give you enough dipping stuff for all the chocolate, so next time I'll bring some extra - don't want the chocolate to go to waste! Our service was fine, and I am definitely going back!

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I want to like Central Park Bistro so badly. It's in a great location for pre- or post- movie going and the ambience is nice. But after 3 dinners and 2 lunches, I have to finally admit that the food really isn't very good. The fish is

3
★★★★★

I want to like Central Park Bistro so badly. It's in a great location for pre- or post- movie going and the ambience is nice. But after 3 dinners and 2 lunches, I have to finally admit that the food really isn't very good. The fish is

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Central Park is not bad...it's just not great, and it's overpriced. I've been there twice, I believe, and both times I seem to remember thinking some minor thing was wrong with the food. I don't think I'd go back.

3
★★★★★

Central Park is not bad...it's just not great, and it's overpriced. I've been there twice, I believe, and both times I seem to remember thinking some minor thing was wrong with the food. I don't think I'd go back.

Pros: Nice interior design, ambiance

Cons: uninteresting, average food, too pricey for quality

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i was at centralpark bistro on saturday and after all my friends told me how nice it is, i just can say that all my expectations came true.starting from the service , winelist to the food everything was great.Speciall thanks to anna and

3
★★★★★

i was at centralpark bistro on saturday and after all my friends told me how nice it is, i just can say that all my expectations came true.starting from the service , winelist to the food everything was great.Speciall thanks to anna and

Pros: food, service, winelist

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We were seated near the front window. Soon after they seated 2 larger parties on either side of us. This made our table escape areas small. For instance, when the waiter was serving the adjacent table, his rear end came much too close

3
★★★★★

We were seated near the front window. Soon after they seated 2 larger parties on either side of us. This made our table escape areas small. For instance, when the waiter was serving the adjacent table, his rear end came much too close

Pros: nice decor

Cons: service spotty, tables too close

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Glad we didn't read some previous reviews, we might not have stepped in! Maybe it was because it was a Tuesday night... Servers were on top of everything from the water to the plate clearing. We had the beet salad with nut-crusted goat

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★★★★★

Glad we didn't read some previous reviews, we might not have stepped in! Maybe it was because it was a Tuesday night... Servers were on top of everything from the water to the plate clearing. We had the beet salad with nut-crusted goat

Pros: Service, Appetizers

Cons: Entrees

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The hostess didn't even smile. the waiter was pleasant but not efficient (forgot to order the dessert from kitchen), wine list good. Food average. Will not return. Come on, get the energy level, service and food together!!

3
★★★★★

The hostess didn't even smile. the waiter was pleasant but not efficient (forgot to order the dessert from kitchen), wine list good. Food average. Will not return. Come on, get the energy level, service and food together!!

Pros: Decent decor, Nice bar, Good wine list

Cons: Negative energy, Inexperience service, Very average food

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I just planned a private party for 55 and was nothing but PLEASED with the entire experience. Event Planner Robert was very accommodating! We had the side room entirely to ourselves and could make as much noise as we wanted with the

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★★★★★

I just planned a private party for 55 and was nothing but PLEASED with the entire experience. Event Planner Robert was very accommodating! We had the side room entirely to ourselves and could make as much noise as we wanted with the

Pros: staff/service, desserts, ambiance

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I just had my b day party at Central park bisto and i really had my best b-day
Thanks to the great team and the chef.The food was great but at the most Our Server Alex! Thanks again for the great time!!

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I just had my b day party at Central park bisto and i really had my best b-day
Thanks to the great team and the chef.The food was great but at the most Our Server Alex! Thanks again for the great time!!

Pros: food, service, winelist

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We just had dinner there last night. We ordered the fried green tomatoes, baby back ribs, and the gnocchi. All of the food was good including the herb butter for the bread. A little pricey and the portions were not huge but average. We

3
★★★★★

We just had dinner there last night. We ordered the fried green tomatoes, baby back ribs, and the gnocchi. All of the food was good including the herb butter for the bread. A little pricey and the portions were not huge but average. We

Pros: food, ambience

Cons: price

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A friend of mine who had had a few good experiences with this restaurant recommended it to me. While the ambience is pleasant, the service was terrible. The waiter forgot our side dishes and coffee with dessert (but didn't seem to care

3
★★★★★

A friend of mine who had had a few good experiences with this restaurant recommended it to me. While the ambience is pleasant, the service was terrible. The waiter forgot our side dishes and coffee with dessert (but didn't seem to care

Pros: Good ambience, Easy Parking

Cons: Service needs to impr, Food is mediocre

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I have been to Central park three times. The first two visits were wonderful. The third time made me wonder whether I should chance it again. While the food was great each time (wonderful, subtle flavors), the service was ambivalent and

3
★★★★★

I have been to Central park three times. The first two visits were wonderful. The third time made me wonder whether I should chance it again. While the food was great each time (wonderful, subtle flavors), the service was ambivalent and

Pros: Great food, good wine list

Cons: Bad service, Loud dining room

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This is our favorite place in San Mateo (and we have tried them all). The food is creative, different and consistently well prepared. The winelist is both reasonably extensive and reasonably priced. We have always had friendly,

3
★★★★★

This is our favorite place in San Mateo (and we have tried them all). The food is creative, different and consistently well prepared. The winelist is both reasonably extensive and reasonably priced. We have always had friendly,

Pros: Diverse menu, Well prepared food, Great value for money

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We have had dinners here consistently for the past few months, and I can not say enough about this place. It has become our favorite "dinner and a movie" spot because of its proximity to the new cinemas in San Mateo.

What a find! The

3
★★★★★

We have had dinners here consistently for the past few months, and I can not say enough about this place. It has become our favorite "dinner and a movie" spot because of its proximity to the new cinemas in San Mateo.

What a find! The

Pros: Location, Food quality, yummy cocktails

Cons: , sometimes noisy

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After having been a frequest diner at both Vivace and Piacere I was disappointed to find a lower standard overall at Central Park Bistro. The food was good but not great. The raviolis and the pizzas are good choices. Come for an afterwork

3
★★★★★

After having been a frequest diner at both Vivace and Piacere I was disappointed to find a lower standard overall at Central Park Bistro. The food was good but not great. The raviolis and the pizzas are good choices. Come for an afterwork

Pros: live jazz, nice space, reasonable food

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Central Park is a gorgeous restaurant, complete with velvet curtains separating different rooms. The food is also very good, especially the smoked chicken pasta and toffee bread pudding. However, the service is very poor. My server was not

3
★★★★★

Central Park is a gorgeous restaurant, complete with velvet curtains separating different rooms. The food is also very good, especially the smoked chicken pasta and toffee bread pudding. However, the service is very poor. My server was not

Cons: service

 

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