An affluent bedroom community of San Francisco, San Mateo has a charming downtown and healthy variety of good - and some great - restaurants. The town is about equidistant from San Francisco and San Jose, and it's easy to get to both via Caltrain – a method of transportation especially recommended during rush hour. There are good bike paths through ... Read more
town and along the edge of the Bay, and Coyote Point Park is popular for joggers, dog-walkers, families and picnickers. Above town, Crystal Springs Reservoir is a large, quiet and wildlife-heavy park that feels much farther from civilization than it is. Modern architecture fanatics may want to check out the two Eichler neighborhoods in the San Mateo foothills – check Eichler fan pages for occasional home tours, or come on a weekend and sneak into an open house for a look.
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Things to see and do in San Mateo

  • Coyote Point Recreation Area
    8.823 reviews
    Outdoors, Beaches and Watersports, Hiking and Nature, Park, Beach
    Popular withFamiliesOutdoorsy
  • Bel Mateo Bowl
    8.414 reviews
    Entertainment, Bowling Alley
    Popular withStudentsFamilies
  • Sawyer Camp Trail
    9.511 reviews
    Outdoors, Hiking and Nature, Hiking Trail
    Popular withOutdoorsyFamilies
  • CuriOdyssey
    8.29 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Children's Museum, Zoo or Aquarium
    Popular withFamiliesOutdoorsy

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Silicon Valley, is, for the most part, spared from the chilling effects of the thick fog that plagues its neighbor San Francisco. Temperatures are pleasant all year, although there can be a number of peaks and ... Read more
dips outside that range, so bring layers no matter when you decide to visit. Rains are fairly common during the winter, but almost unheard of from May through October, so if you are planning on taking advantage of the area’s many outdoor activities (rather than haunting the halls of tech offices), this is the best time to visit.

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Top San Mateo restaurants

  • Ramen Dojo
    8.449 reviews
    ££££
    Ramen
    Popular withFoodiesHipsters
  • Espetus Churrascaria
    8.730 reviews
    ££££
    Brazilian, Steak House
    Popular withFoodiesLuxury
  • Ramen Parlor
    8.224 reviews
    ££££
    Japanese, Ramen
    Popular withFoodiesFamilies
  • Sushi Sam's Edomata
    8.820 reviews
    ££££
    Japanese, Sushi
    Popular withFoodiesBusiness
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San Mateo reviews

  • 9.8
    Family Travellers
  • 8.3
    Foodies
  • 6.7
    Luxury Travellers
  • 6.7
    Adventure Travellers
  • 6.5
    Nightlife Lovers

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San Francisco

Downtown San Mateo is a charming old meets new center with cute shops and great restaurants. Perfect place to bring the family. Everything you need is right there.

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New Delhi

lots and lots of delicious japanese food. ramen and izakayas galore. cinema and bars are there too

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Los Angeles

A city with an indeterminate character that I probably need to learn to know better. A convenient Silicon Valley location not too far from SFO makes it an enticing meeting place.

Recommended for:Business Travellers
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Local from Redwood City

Quiet neighborhoods with lovely homes, great for newlyweds and raising children. A nice downtown area with coffee shops and good take-out food options!

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Los Angeles

San Mateo as a city is made for families, not so much for single people. You are hard-pressed to find much excitement in the city, but if you are a family it is a great neighborhood to live in. You are about halfway between San Jose and San Francisco, and a 15 minute jobs across the San Mateo bridge Will take you into Hayward or Oakland within minutes. Half-moon bay is the other way on the 92. You can say that the city was made for being a Centre pointe everywhere.

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Santa Cruz

Recently moved to San Mateo but closer to Foster City. So far I really like it, great restaurants, beautiful places for outdoor activities and overall a really nice and quiet town.

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San Francisco

Excellent place to live! Wonderful restaurants and much more space for your buck than SF!

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London
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I used to live in San Mateo for 6 months and it wasn't the best 6 months. San Mateo has a decent downtown area with some restaurants, bars and a movie theater. However, the city sleeps at around 9:30pm during the week. It is a nice town to raise a family, but if you are single, there is really not much you can do. I moved out of there as fast as I can and never looked back.

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Roseville

Boring.

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good options...

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