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The 8 Best Romantic Restaurants Near San Mateo

Updated: October 6, 2021

From long-time favorites to newly opened gems these are San Mateo's most romantic restaurants. We referred to millions of reviews and analyzed top local sites and these are the most romantic venues we found. With extensive wine lists, seasonal menus, and candlelit tables these venues will make any date night a special one.

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Pausa Bar & Cookery

Italian, $$$, San MateoItalian, $$$San Mateo, Central Business District
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
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    Bib Gourmand • Inspectors’ favourites for good value (2019)

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All Spice

Indian, $$$$, San MateoIndian, $$$$San Mateo, Aragon
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0
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    The Plate • Fresh ingredients, carefully prepared: a good meal (2019)

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DASH Japanese Tapas & Sushi

Japanese, $$, San MateoJapanese, $$San Mateo, Central Business District
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

Porterhouse

American, $$$, San MateoAmerican, $$$San Mateo, Central Business District
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 3.5
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Paul Martin's American Grill

American, $$, San MateoAmerican, $$San Mateo, Northeast Hillsdale
Google: 4.1
Yelp: 3.5

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Rasa Contemporary Indian

Indian, $$$, BurlingameIndian, $$$Burlingame
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0
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Vivace Ristorante

Italian, $$$, BelmontItalian, $$$Belmont, Central
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0
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Rocca Ristorante

Italian, $$, BurlingameItalian, $$Burlingame
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

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 28808 restaurants in San Mateo, 3104661 restaurant reviews, and exactly 1901 lists and articles from experts at Find Me Gluten Free, AAA and Eater and more. All with some boam magic. The spots that made the cut have been featured in Find Me Gluten Free - Most Celiac Friendly Restaurants San Mateo, California, AAA - Three Diamond Restaurant and Eater - San Francisco’s 2019 Michelin Stars, Mapped. 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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