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The 10 Best American Restaurants In San Mateo

Updated: May 2, 2022

Looking for the best American restaurants in San Mateo? These are our top choices for gumbo and fried chicken. We researched top sites and incorporated millions of critic and user reviews to find the best American restaurants. If glasses of bloody mary and plates of crawfish sound like a good time head to these fantastic options in San Mateo.

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Rise Woodfire

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

Winner Winner Chicken

New American, Northeast HillsdaleNew AmericanSan Mateo, Northeast Hillsdale
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.5

Jack's Prime Burgers & Shakes

American, $$, San Mateo VillageAmerican, $$San Mateo, San Mateo Village
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
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Mendocino Farms

American, $$, Bay MeadowsAmerican, $$San Mateo, Bay Meadows
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
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Jeffrey's Hamburgers

American, $, Central Business DistrictAmerican, $San Mateo, Central Business District
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

31st Union

New American, $$, Central Business DistrictNew American, $$San Mateo, Central Business District
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0
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Jack's Restaurant & Bar

American, $$, AragonAmerican, $$San Mateo, Aragon
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0
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Rave Burger

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

Original Nicks Pizzeria & Pub

Pizza, $$, AragonPizza, $$San Mateo, Aragon
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 4.0

Porterhouse

American, $$$, Central Business DistrictAmerican, $$$San Mateo, Central Business District
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 3.5
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How did we curate this list?

Figuring out the best restaurants can take a long time. These results are brought to you by boam, 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. Our site 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.

Most common questions

There are 48 American restaurants in San Mateo.

Central Park Bistro, Jack's Prime Burgers & Shakes, and Apple Fritter are the highest-rated upscale restaurants for American cuisine in San Mateo.

Central Park Bistro, Century Centre Cafe, and Foreigner are some of the highest-rated late-night American spots in San Mateo.

Central Park Bistro and Porterhouse are the highest-rated American restaurants for a date night in San Mateo.

Central Park Bistro, Jack's Prime Burgers & Shakes, and Mendocino Farms are the highest-rated American restaurants that are good for groups in San Mateo.

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