Three Restaurant and Bar Restaurant Review, San Mateo
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Three Restaurant and Bar
50 East Third Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94401
Why did we dine here? – Three Restaurant and Bar used to known as Astaria, but morphed in the summer of 2013. More casual, small plates, food to share. A concept that we have to agree is more attractive. They use products from sustainable farms and ranches and have kept some of the old favorites. Food gets served as it is ready. Our last visit was Fall 2013
Insider Tip – Happy Hour 7 days a week, all day on Monday.
Cuisine – American, Tapas
Location – San Mateo Downtown
Opened – 2013
Service – Three Restaurant and Bar was adequate but not great. Pretty casual service to go with the food. It was even worse on our last visit.
Verdict – Three Restaurant and Bar serves up solid American food in a nice atmosphere. Give it a try if you are nearby. We like the change.
Three Restaurant and Bar Signature Dishes – Bacon Bitz, Wings, Ho Hos, Onion Soup
Three Restaurant and Bar’s Menu has lots of new dishes along with some Astaria Favorites.
Three Restaurant and Bar Food Picks:
Strawberry Mojito ($12) was tall and pretty strong. Not too sweet or fruity, so not a lot of foo foo ness.
Bacon bitz Chipotle maple glaze ($6) was fatty and had a spicy glaze. 3 pieces of Wonderful artery clogging!
September Special Heirloom Tomato and Watermelon Salad ($10) herbed goat cheese, and chipotle florentine had a nice sweet savory interplay. Refreshing during those warm summer/fall days. Accented with a chocolate crisp wafer.
Seafood Risotto ($13 small) Prawns, calamari, clams, mussels, pacific coast cod was done well. Adequate size, good flavors and lots of shellfish.
Parmesan Risotto ($4) was a nice compact bowl of rich risotto topped with a shave of cheese. Any more and it might have been too heavy.
Sesame Salmon Bites ($11 small) unagi glaze, pickled cucumber slaw looked great and tasted great. Crispy top, good quality fish. It would even better if cooked to 70%.
Lamb Kabob ($8.5 small) yogurt-mint salsa verde had 3 under spiced kabobs. Meat was fine, sauce was weak.
Hot chicken wings ($7 small) had a great blue cheese dip that tasted ‘real’. Really hot wings.
3 Grind Burger ($9) was a pretty decent burger, served pre cut in half. They asked how we wanted it done, the meat tasted better than average as did the bun. Lots of tomatoes and lettuce too.
Salted Carmel Macchiato Demi ($5) had a cute creamy individual dessert full of rich and sweet decadent pudding. Nicely done.
OK: (Order if you like this dish)
Margherita Pizza ($8) was small, thick, and pretty average.
Veggies ($4) were tiny, corn and red peppers. Edible at least.
Cherry Cola cocktail ($12) was weak, unmixed but had a nice flavor.
Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
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