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"


Right now, my favorite restaurant in town is Dash, a Japanese tapas and sushi place at 220 Main Street - across from the Century movie theater entrance. This is a good place to find excellent service and creative presentations by people who are obviously passionate about the food they serve. The food is great and reasonably priced. Also, they have a sake and beer happy hour from 5 to 6 pm. What more could you want?
Reviewed by cortega
on September 16, 2013
Over 80 Restaurants in our downtown. Your heart's desire...whatever you are craving. You name it...san mateo has it! My favorite is The Fish Market on the water. We launch our boat and pull up to the dock for the tastiest menu on earth. This is truly a unique way to arrive at your favorite restaurant.
Reviewed by Limborock1
on September 16, 2013
It's not just a foodie's delight downtown, check out San Mateo's 25th Avenue for delectable choices - my favorite: La Lanterna Ristorante. Their burrata caprese is truly the most perfect blend of authentic soft creamy homemade Italian cheese perfectly balanced with tomatoes, arugula and a tasty balsamic reduction & olive oil dressing. And you have to try the housemade potato ricotta gnocchi in brown butter mushroom truffle sauce. Yum. You’ll want to come back. The portions are generous and beautifully presented. Nestled in a residential neighborhood, it provides a beautifully appointed and intimate feeling dining room with spacious booths, as well as lovely outdoor seating on the sidewalk. You'll often find both couples and families walking from home to dine here - this is everyone's favorite place to celebrate a happy occasion. The staff is friendly, solicitous and seems to know most people by name.
Reviewed by
on September 16, 2013
There are so many great restaurants in San Mateo representing many ethnicities, price ranges, tastes. Favorites include Vault 164, 3, and my very favorite, B Street and Vine. B Street and Vine is the perfect representation of what makes San Mateo special. It's locally owned, friendly, a great gathering place, with unique, delicious food and drink at reasonable prices. It's the perfect feel good place, often with live music from local musicians (sometime even from local high school students). It's sophisticated enough for true foodies yet accessible for anyone who likes to eat. The special touches like excellent, fresh pressed coffee served with freshly whipped cream show how much the owners care about the little details. I have been here with just one other person or with a whole group, and every experience has been wonderful. This is a true gem and we are lucky to have B Street and Vine in our community of wonderful places to eat.
Reviewed by
on September 16, 2013
Such great food and so many choices! Just for restaurants there are a jillion: the awesome California style burritos from La Cumbre rock, Japanese small bites and shochu from Ginji, ramen noodles at Himawari are some of our favorites. I little while ago I told my kids that, yes I'll take them out to lunch on minimum days, but we have to try something new every time. It'll be a loooong time before we run out of choices. So far we've done pizza, thai, indian, burgers, sushi, fondu, Hong Kong street food... And let's not forget the excellent dessert places, Dessert Republic, Beard Papa, classic ice cream (Baskins Robbins) and fancy ice cream (Cold Stone, Draeger's gelato, Oh, and the cakes, pastries and cookies at Draeger's too. We have the *best* supermarkets (our local market Trag's has great produce, meat, a wine section that has impressed our winemaker friends from Napa, their own delicious ice cream and staff that remember when my kids were born and always ask about them), produce markets, ethnic markets, farmer's market, food truck meetups, You can get a great beer, good wine,delicious coffee, hot tea, cold tea, smoothies and fresh juice. So much to enjoy! And I've just been talking about one area of San Mateo. San Mateo totally deserves to win this one!
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on September 3, 2013
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