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The 10 Best American Restaurants in San Mateo

Updated: March 22, 2021

Figuring out which ones are San Mateo’s best restaurants has never been easier. To get you the ultimate list of the finest restaurants, we assessed the best review and restaurant sites incorporating millions of expert and diner reviews. Compare ratings, reviews, prices and hours easily by scrolling down and checking out our top 10 list.

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Rise Woodfire

Pizza
San Mateo, Central Business District
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

Par 3 at Poplar Creek

American
San Mateo, North Shoreview
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.5

Jack's Prime Burgers & Shakes

American
San Mateo, San Mateo Village
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

Mendocino Farms

American · $13 avg. main dish
San Mateo, Bay Meadows
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

Karaage Burger

American · $14 avg. main dish
San Mateo, Central Business District
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

Jeffrey's Hamburgers

American · $9 avg. main dish
San Mateo, Central Business District
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

31st Union

American
San Mateo, Central Business District
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0

Jack's Restaurant & Bar

American
San Mateo, Aragon
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0

Rave Burger

American
San Mateo, Central Business District
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0

Porterhouse

American
San Mateo, Central Business District
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 3.5

How did we curate this list?

Figuring out the best restaurants can take a long time. These results are brought to you by Feastfox, with insights from the Yelp and Google ratings for 28808 San Mateo restaurants, 3104661 reviews, and 1901 top lists and articles from the likes of Find Me Gluten Free and Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life. Yes, we even looked at Find Me Gluten Free - Most Celiac Friendly Restaurants San Mateo, California and Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life - Food & Drinks Specials in SF's Peninsula to pull this list together. If it’s on the list, we’ve checked and verified that the restaurant is still open and will showcase any updated hours and services you need to be aware of. Feastfox gets no payment from the restaurants we show, so you can trust what you see. We don’t recommend restaurants lightly, these 10 are really something special.

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