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"


I love the food here! You can stay here for months and just eat and eat and eat! Attic Restaurant for Filipino and Asian Fusion- adobo chicken wings, garlic noodles, sisig... and amazing inspirational cocktails! I love the calamansi and the lychee. Three restaurant is where it's at for lunches and casual fine dining! The Melting Pot has great fondue, and who doesn't love meat, cheese, and chocolate? You can't forget Fusion for Peruvian (so much Peruvian fare in San Mateo)! Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, and literally everything within downtown. Mouth is watering already thinking about the deliciousness. 100% Dishcrawl approved city! :)
Reviewed by ladyleet
on August 26, 2013
It used to be that downtown San Mateo closed up when the banks closed, but that has definitely changed for the better. Love being able to go for dinner on the spur of the moment and having such a plethora of choices. Some personal recommendations are: Himawari, Kitcho, 231 Ellsworth, and Charlie's Tacqueria.
Reviewed by hannamarie
on August 19, 2013
B Street and Vine in the Downtown has incredible bruschetta and panini's!!! Also, live jazz in the evenings. Great place to go and reasonable prices!
Reviewed by ExecSec
on August 15, 2013
No chain restaurants (well, there is a Chipotle). Amazing breadth of cuisine at all price points. On the high end, 231 Ellsworth is incredible along with Viognier. Want Brazilian beef? You got it! How about the best Sushi? Or a really great Porterhouse? It's all there. And it's beautiful too! They don't gouge you for parking (like many of the neighboring towns) and the City really cares--and it shows. Come to San Mateo!!!
Reviewed by mbenek
on August 15, 2013
In the heart of Silicon Valley, San Mateo has the best mix of dining you can find - from white table cloth dining to take-out, we've got the best ethnically diverse, interesting and tasty tidbits you can find. San Mateo is foodie-worthy. Check us out the next time you're traveling between San Francisco and San Jose. Two of my personal favs include 31st Union for a casual, delicious meal in a hip environment and Viognier for more formal, special occasion dining. And that's just downtown! There's Romolo's, best gelato ever on 37th Avenue and the Indian food at All Spice restaurant on El Camino Real is foodie heaven.
Reviewed by foodmaven
on August 15, 2013
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