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“Good place for business meal”

Central Park Bistro
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Ranked #20 of 423 Restaurants in San Mateo
Price range: US$30 - US$30
Cuisines: Seafood
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Ellsworth Street
Description: Central Park Bistro is a 100 seat contemporary restaurant in downtown San Mateo featuring fresh seasonal American cuisine, in the $15-$26 range. We offer a carefully chosen eclectic Wine Spectator award-winning wine list. Central Park Bistro is an affordable sophisticated, fun dining experience. Relax and unwind with a house specialty cocktail at our wonderful Martini Bar. We also have several intimate private dining rooms perfect for that corporate presentation business meeting, wedding rehearsal dinner, retirement/anniversary dinner, or any special function you may have in mind. Check out our private wine cellar room which seats up to 8 people for that extra special dining experience.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Met a client at this restaurant for a business meeting. Was a good choice as it was not too loud and the service was respectful of the business conversation but was also attentive. Food was good.

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Reviewed February 19, 2018

Quite fancy place with nice interior and good location in downtown San Mateo. The food was good but without "wow" effect. Rice balls - arancini - stuffed foie gras were very good, served with delicious salad. My concerns regard the filling which was probably frozen, certainly not fresh and not very tasty. Spaghetti was also below my expectations. The food presentation was nice and, unfortunately, it is the only good thing I can point out. Pasta was overdone and not fresh as well. Generously sprinkled ground black pepper had no aroma at all. Meatballs were not very meaty (more breadcrumbs than beef). I paid a lot for those two dishes so my rating cannot be higher than three points.

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Reviewed February 14, 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed a great meal at Central Park. The food was very tasty. I had a filet and several in our group had lamb. We had 2 children with us and they promptly brought some food for them to keep them happy. The wine list was very reasonable in cost. I would definitely make a reservation as the restaurant was full.

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Reviewed September 23, 2017 via mobile

It's relatively quiet. Busier during holidays when there are groups for holiday parties.

Cocktails are good. Nice wine list. Salads are good. I enjoy the flank steak. Fish choices are good and fresh, too.

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Reviewed August 20, 2017 via mobile

This restaurant is a great spot in San Mateo. We went for lunch there the other day. It was quite busy right before noon and although they had many seats available, it's not a bad idea to make reservation.
We ordered:
Salmon 5 stars, very flavorful and tasty
Burger: 4 stars. It was cooked very well but the tomato, lettuce, pickles and avocado (+$1) were all chopped on the side. You have the option of getting salad or fries as a side
Saffron Paella: 4 stars. It's not a traditional paella but it's quite tasty.
Steak: 5 stars it's a great steak for a bistro
Their wine selection is quite well as well.
Service: 5 starts!

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