Discover San Mateo’s Diverse Food and Dining Scene

31st Union Restaurant in San Mateo

31st Union Restaurant in San Mateo

Foodies take note! There’s an exciting food and dining scene to explore in San Mateo. With more than 350 restaurants and food specialty stores, San Mateo is well position (it’s literally mid-way between San Francisco and San Jose and a short drive from the San Francisco International Airport) to attract diners and the epi-curious from the Bay Area and beyond.

Its diversity and sheer volume of restaurants is what sets San Mateo apart from other communities. San Mateo’s food establishments feature an impressive collection of world cuisines: Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American, European, Classic American and dynamic fusion cuisines can all be explored and sampled. At every price point and in atmospheres ranging from quick take-out to Michelin rated and from comfort foods to trendy fare, you are sure to uncover a delightful gem in one of San Mateo’s many dining neighborhoods.

To celebrate San Mateo’s recent accomplishment of being named Best Small Town for Food in the Rand McNally Best of the Road competition, the San Mateo Best Food brand and website was created to promote San Mateo as a food and dining destination.

The City of San Mateo created the website featuring each dining establishment located in the community. The website allows the user to explore restaurants using the interactive map or search by restaurant name, location or food category. It also includes a blog that will feature restaurants, food related topics and highlight San Mateo’s dining culture. Restaurants and food specialty stores will receive a window cling featuring the San Mateo Best Food logo to place in the door or window of their business as well as other promotional materials that are available on the website. The San Mateo Best Food campaign will launch on Friday, May 16th as part of San Mateo Innovation Week 2014.

“San Mateo’s food and dining culture has taken off and it’s astounding to see the creative concepts opening in town,” says Marcus Clarke, Economic Development Manager. “Curry-Up Now started here as a food truck and has expanded in San Mateo and regionally, 31st Union focuses on using only the freshest local ingredients; it’s exciting to see how their menu changes each season. Paul Martin’s at Hillsdale Shopping Center brings a sophisticated vibe and neighborhood commercial areas such as 25th Avenue and 37th Avenue are home to smaller, family owned establishments that are definitely worth exploring.”

San Mateo’s dining scene is bursting with excitement and is capturing the attention of local residents and employees as well as a regional crowd and foodies looking for an exceptional dining experience. Take the time to discover San Mateo where there is something for everyone.