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231 Ellsworth

American, Seafood, Contemporary
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231 S Ellsworth Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4021 (Between 2nd and 3rd Ave.)
+1 650-347-7231
17:30 - 21:00
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Mon - Sat 17:30 - 21:00
Tue - Fri 11:30 - 13:30
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San Mateo CA
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2016

In its day this was the restaurant that started the foodie boom in San Mateo, or on the peninsula for that matter. After the earthquake 1989 no one wanted to venture to the city, this place got lots of business naturally. It was highly respected during its run.

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San Jose
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2014

Excellent food, nice tasting menu, excellent wine cellar, and excellent service. My favorite in San Mateo, by far.

Thank Paul F
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2014

This restaurant is an excellent choice if you like good food, good service, and the ability to hear your table mates talking. If you don't want a full dinner, lighter fare is available in their pleasant bar area. The chef creates excellent meals with foods currently available from the market. An excellent wine list at reasonable prices complements the foods.... More 

Thank elijahCA
Redwood City, California
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2014

We had a large family dinner on a Friday night. We were warned that service could be slow so we opted for a prefixed menu to speed things up. Unfortunately we were still over three hours. Salad was nice, carrot soup very tasty and we had options of sea bass, steak, and risotto. Each course was smaller than the last,... More 

Thank Tracy R
San Mateo, California
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43 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2013 credit card Amex Cardmember Review

Most place think this place is not affordable but bar offers weekly 3 course special for excellent price.

Thank TeaHsu
Geneva, Switzerland
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114 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2013

+ Great meals, all prepared with care and tasty + Wide selection of beers + We've gotten a square table for 12 people, which enabled us to have a good conversation - Service was attentive but at times slow - Slightly pricey + Overall a very good experience, I'd come back again

Thank janpopovic
Palo Alto, California
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41 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2013

The food and service were average to poor. Everything is a la carte so if you order meat it is literally just a piece of meat. Vegetable choices were potatoes or mushrooms. There was almost nothing vegetarian and virtually no salads. This is a definite miss.

Thank phdandtrees
Chicago, Illinois
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38 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2013

Service was very good, attention to detail was very good, food was very tasty, just a bit pricey overall. Went with the Sampler (or whatever it's officially called), which is a 5-course meal for $95. Portions were relatively small, but each was great.

Thank Rossco814
Pacifica, California
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119 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2013

Went during the week for dinner. It was eerily empty with only one other couple in the dining room. The service was excellent and the meals were quite good. The bar and the bartender are terrific! I am worried that they may close, given the lack of customers. This would be too bad as there are so few fine dining... More 

Thank Bags Packed to Go
San Francisco, California
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42 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2012

My husband I went here for our anniversary. We shared the 9 course tasting menu and loved it. It's definitely a "special occasion" restaurant since it's pricey. The service was great, staff friendly and the food was delicious. My only comment would be for the same price you could get quite a meal in San Francisco. There, you would have... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
American, Seafood, Contemporary
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Seating
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 13:30
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 13:30
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 13:30
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 13:30
17:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 231 S Ellsworth Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4021
    (Between 2nd and 3rd Ave.)
  • Public Transportation: Less than five minute walk to Caltrain San Mateo station
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: +1 650-347-7231

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?