San Mateo, California


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

1363 Votes - "Best For Food"
11 Votes - "Most Beautiful"
10 Votes - "Friendliest"
7 Votes - "Most Fun"
1 Votes - "Most Patriotic"


Two of my favorite San Mateo restaurants are Rainbow Pizza and Hotaru. Rainbow offers a wonderful combination of bountiful pizza and Greek specialties, including gyros and delicious egg lemon soup. On winter days we head for Hotaru and their varieties of udon or steaming sukiyaki. The staff at both places are friendly and good at what they do. I enjoy cooking at home with ingredients from the local farmer's market and fish and poultry from Piazza's, Trag's, or Whole Foods, but I also love to take a day off and have a meal out in San Mateo. Either way it's a treat for the taste buds.
Reviewed by kmwp
on September 24, 2013
San Mateo is a wonderful city for foodies, from breakfast to after dinner cocktails or dessert. You will find something for whatever mood you are in. The diversity of ethnic food is extensive. There is Chinese, Indian, Mexican, Greek, Italian and good old American to name a few. There are cheap choices and fine dining. You can enjoy small bites or five course meals. My husband and I very rarely go in to San Francisco because we get such a variety and quality in San Mateo.
Reviewed by rileyre
on September 24, 2013
San Mateo is a great place for all palettes. Want small eats? cha cha cha Cuba, B St & Vine, Three Restaurant. Big eats? Espetus, Pancho Villa. Fancy eats? King Fish, Melting Pot, Capellinis, Fish Market. Hole in the wall eats? La PiƱata, Mom and pop eats? America's House. Just to name a few. If you crave it, San Mateo has got it. On top of all the wonderful and diverse cuisine that you can find in San Mateo, the people are nice. The town is not as diverse as other communities in the Bay, but definitely accepting and embracing of all folks! Come and visit, and bring your appetite with you.
Reviewed by Akamangos
on September 24, 2013
Ramen Capitol of the Bay Area, hands-down. San Mateo cannot be contested when it when to the plethora of ramen varieties. There is the cult-driven Ramen Dojo, where you can indulge in a bowl of spicy ramen taken to the next level by their secret chicken gravy. Disregard the sometimes hour long wait for a seat... it's worth it. Right down the street (seriously like 4 doors down) is Ramen Parlor which offers an umami-infused lobster broth topped with a fried soft shelled crab which is the perfect accompaniment to the perfectly chewy, springy ramen noodles. If you are looking for something that is a little more sinful, head down to Himawari where the waiter drops a half stick of butter in your piping hot corn ramen right when it's set on the table, the butter rapidly melting and creating a veil of buttery goodness. Whatever your little ramen heart desires there is an option for you in San Mateo, which is probably why everyone from San Francisco to San Jose (and even Los Angeles) flock to this renowned ramen mecca.
Reviewed by slocampo
on September 24, 2013
San Mateo is better than San Francisco for restaurants !
Reviewed by Catalina
on September 24, 2013
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