231 Ellsworth Restaurant Review, San Mateo

Reviewer: Foodnut.com

231 Ellsworth Street

231 S Ellsworth Street

San Mateo, CA 94401


231 Ellsworth Street Website

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231 Ellsworth San Mateo Exterior

231 Ellsworth is a long standing high end restaurant in downtown San Mateo. It reopened in 2000 and serves Contemporary American, innovative and globally inspired cuisine.

231 Ellsworth San Mateo Interior

Decor, Vibe – Elegant bar area in the front of the restaurant opens to a beautiful dining room with some cozy booths.

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Website Menu


231 Ellsworth San Mateo Scallops

Dayboat Scallops ($15 appetizer size) Scallops, asparagus risotto, sorrel sauce was delicious. Scallop was cooked just right with a nice crust. Risotto was perfect too. This is a good entree for scallop fans.

231 Ellsworth San Mateo Duck Confit

Duck Confit Special ($17) had a nice crispy outside and tender, moist duck meat. Mash potatoes were pretty average. A good dish for duck fans.


231 Ellsworth San Mateo Sirloin Steak Sandwich

Sirloin Tip Sandwich ($14) Nitschke’s grass-fed sirloin tip sandwich, sharp cheddar cheese, avocado, spicy cole slaw had a lot of lettuce and not a lot of meat. The meat was seasoned well. The cole slaw was very spicy and need more time to tenderize the cabbage.


231 Ellsworth had decent service, with the bus boy coming by frequently. Prices at lunch are reasonable, with dinner substantially more, making a decision more difficult. Nearby competition is Viognier in Draeger’s, which we would rate superior to 231. If you are looking for fine dining in downtown San Mateo and do not want to drive to San Francisco, definitely consider this restaurant.

231 Ellsworth Street Overall Rating: (Very Good 2.5)

Come Back?

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

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

Alcohol:Beer, Wine
Hours:Tu - Fri 1130am - 2pm, Mon - Th 530-930pm, Fri-Sat 530-10pm
Prices:$14 - $23 (Lunch)

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  • Jack
    July 31, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    I have always been a fan of 231 Ellsworth and very much agree it is a great place for fine dining on the Peninsula.

    Did you only eat lunch there, or Lunch and Dinner? The reason I ask is that you wrote extensively about 231 Ellsworth’s lunch menu, not their dinner menu. Then later in the review you compare them to Viognier which doesn’t serve lunch, so I am not sure you are necessarily making an apples to apples comparison between them if you are not comparing the same meal. While I think Viognier is a decent restaurant, I would rate 231 above them; especially if you are comparing apples to apples and check out the dinner menu as well — perhaps you should revisit and refine the review?

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    February 1, 2012 at 9:36 am

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