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231 Ellsworth - CLOSED

231 S Ellsworth Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4021
+1 650-347-7231
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  • Excellent30%
  • Very good34%
  • Average9%
  • Poor27%
  • Terrible0%
8 Feb 2016
“FYI - This restaurant closed after 20 some years”
2 Dec 2014
“Best dinner in San Mateo”
Restaurant Hours Closed
American, Seafood, Contemporary
231 S Ellsworth Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4021
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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...More

1  Thank dptcalif
Reviewed 3 December 2014

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

Thank Paul F
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...More

Thank elijahCA
Reviewed 9 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...More

Thank Tracy R
Reviewed 22 October 2013

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

Thank TeaHsu
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...More

Thank janpopovic
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...More

Thank phdandtrees
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
Reviewed 24 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...More

Thank Bags Packed to Go
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...More

Thank Lib3
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Restaurant Details

Average prices
US$31 - US$50
American, Seafood, Contemporary
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Open Hours
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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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