San Mateo, California

A diverse and growing city at the heart of the San Francisco Peninsula, San Mateo, California is becoming well-known among food-lovers.

San Mateo boasts more than 350 food establishments of remarkable variety — Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American, classic American, and dynamic fusion cuisines. Many spots have earned Michelin and Zagat ratings.

Food explorers should set a place at the table for San Mateo, and discover why so many locals can’t choose just one favorite.

What makes San Mateo so great? Seasonal menus, fresh ingredients, and an innovative approach to serving a blend of ethnic flavors go hand-in-hand with an authentic, friendly vibe.

“Food is a great unifier,” says Alicia Petrakis, proprietor of THREE, an eclectic eatery in the heart of Downtown. THREE is built on this mantra and has gained loyal fans with its locally sourced ingredients and lively dining room abuzz with conversation and camaraderie.

A few blocks away, 31st Union features sustainable California cuisine. A map of the state illustrates where menu items originate, and flavors of the best food, wine, and brewing regions come alive with each taste.

Restaurants of every culture are peppered across the city, from authentic taquerias, comforting ramen shops, and Peruvian chicken purveyors to fine dining destinations All Spice and Wakuriya. This tremendous variety has put San Mateo on the map, catching the attention of trending regional establishments such as Koja Kitchen and Bonchon.

Among all the newcomers, there’s still a place for tried-and-true favorites. Romolo’s Cannoli has been satisfying sweet cravings since 1968. A third generation of the Romolo family now produces the famous cannoli and spumoni.

Along with all the great food, San Mateo offers sunny, mild weather year-round, historic neighborhoods, beautiful parks and more. The time is ripe to visit this Bay Area gem! Learn more at


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