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The 5 Best Romantic Restaurants in San Mateo

Updated: February 26, 2021

Figuring out which ones are San Mateo’s best restaurants has never been easier. To get you the ultimate list of the top restaurants, we checked out the best review and restaurant sites incorporating millions of expert and diner reviews. Scroll down to easily compare ratings, reviews, prices, and hours.

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Sushi Yoshizumi

San Mateo, Central Business District
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5

Pausa Bar & Cookery

Italian · $37 avg. main dish
San Mateo, Central Business District
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

All Spice

San Mateo, Aragon
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5


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

Paul Martin’s American Grill

San Mateo, Northeast Hillsdale
Google: 4.1
Yelp: 3.5

How did we curate these results?

Selecting the right restaurant can be really difficult, especially when you would like to find a new one. The restaurants in this list rose to the top after we analyzed the Yelp and Google ratings for 31320 restaurants in San Mateo, 1095134 restaurant reviews, and exactly 1539 lists and articles from experts at Michelin Guide and Thrillist and more. All with some Feastfox magic. The spots that made the cut have been featured in Michelin Guide - The Plate • Fresh ingredients, carefully prepared: a good meal (2019), Thrillist - The Peninsula's 31 Best Restaurants and Michelin Guide - Bib Gourmand • Inspectors’ favourites for good value (2019). As restaurants continue to adapt to COVID-19, you can trust us to show the latest information on which restaurants are open and how with our real-time data recommendation engine. Restaurants can’t pay to show up on this list, so enjoy the best food with no agenda. Don’t sleep on the restaurants in this list.

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