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.
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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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.
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.
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.