Rave Burger Restaurant Review, San Mateo

Reviewer: Foodnut.com

Rave Burger

144 East 3rd Ave (Near Ellsworth)

San Mateo, CA 94401


650-342-6685 (Fax)

Rave Burger San Mateo Exterior Decor

Rave Burger is a new burger joint that opened October 2008 in downtown San Mateo. We were walking by and decided to give it a try to see how it rated. The provide sit down service in addition to to go food. They tout their Niman Ranch gourmet natural meats with no antibiotics and hormones. Niman ranch was sold so their quality may have changed. They serve hamburgers, vegan burgers, hot dogs, and salads.  We have been to Rave Burger several times over the last year with our last visit in October 2013.

Rave Burger San Mateo Interior decor

Decor, Vibe – Rave Burger has modern clean decor with some nice cartoon wall art, crusty rock music. We ate during lunch and found most people giving the new place a try during their lunch break. They slightly remodeled the dining room, to include a counter area with TVs in 2012.

Rave Burger Menu Pictures (Click to zoom on any picture)

Rave Burger San Mateo Menu 1


Rave Burger’s menu has beef,  chicken fish, and vegetarian burgers with lots of cheese, topping, and sauce options to personalize your burger. Daily specials were Kobe burger, ribs, and more. They even have rib eye steak.

Rave Burger Picks:

Rave Burger San Mateo Western Burger

Western Burger with BBQ Sauce and Onion Rings ($9.89) and found it Good to Very Good.  Cooked to a requested medium rare and covered with good BBQ Sauce. They dish out free home fried potato chips now, which were a bit burned.

2am Burger ($11.90) with bacon and an egg.  Very messy with the egg dripping out! A great hearty burger for those needing lots of protein.

Rave Burger San Mateo Cheeseburger

Cheeseburger ($9.90) with Natural Niman Ranch Hamburger patty, Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Fries.  They did ask us how we wanted it cooked, which is a good sign. The medium rare burger was of decent size, and slightly juicy. Big thick sesame bun was almost too fluffy, making the patty look small. Cheese was fine but not extra special. Fresh condiments, slightly above average meat taste. Definitely better than nearby Jeffery’s.

Rave Burger San Mateo Cheese Sliders

Cheese Sliders ($8.80) had two small but tall mini burgers that looked fun and proved to be tasty. You can mix and match sliders, so on another visit we also tried the Avocado Slider ($3.50) based on their recommendation.  A little zest and also a good choice.

Rave Burger San Mateo Chicken Tenders

Two Chicken Tenders ($4.95 kids) with fries had two nice sized deep fried wonders that should satisfy the kids.

Rave Burger San Mateo Kids Cheeseburger Garlic Fries

Two Mini Cheeseburgers ($4.95 kids) with garlic fries were good looking sliders with lots of cheese.  Garlic fries had mild garlic and lots of cheese.


Rave Burger San Mateo Pear Salad

Pear Salad ($6.95) with honey glazed pears, caramelized walnuts, spinach, crumbled bleu cheese, cranberries, served with balsamic vinaigrette dressing is there for non meat eaters.  It was fine but not special.


Their business at Lunch was pretty busy, a good sign for Rave Burger. Service for refills and ordering was friendly but slow when the place is filled. The burger reminds me of Burger Joint’s as both use Niman Ranch meats. While this is good stuff, it is not a guarantee of the best burger around. Jack’s Prime and Jeffery’s are a nearby rivals offering slightly lower quality. Godfather’s in Belmont is slightly ahead of Rave.

Rave Burger serves up solid food if you are nearby. This is better than the usual fast food joints, but not as good as top places like Burger Bar, Pearls. Kid’s menu available.

Rave Burger Overall Rating: (Good 2)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Very Good)
Service Rating: (Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Good)
Value Rating: (Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Beer, Wine
Hours:Sun-Th 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm
Prices:$5.89 - $11.89

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    Going to try Rave burger now based on this review and the deal they are running for 50% off. Can’t go wrong with Niman Ranch> http://www.dealpop.com/san-francisco-peninsula/oct-04-2010/half-off-food-at-rave-burger-in-san-mateo?cid=01001

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  • Jeremy Walker
    January 16, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    thanks for the reco food nut. gave this place a try earlier this week and man it was delcious. onion rings on a patty? AWESOME! only downside is usually it takes a while for them to make the food. after i read your review, i actually found their site (www.raveburger.com) and found out you can use this thing called Order Ahead? when you get there, it’ll just be ready. other than that though, this place rocks!

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