Jeffreys San Mateo Review


Jeffreys Hamburgers

42 South B St (At 1st Ave)

San Mateo, CA 94401


Jeffreys Hamburgers Website

jeffreys hamburgers San Mateo outside

Jeffrey’s Hamburgers is a popular burger joint in downtown San Mateo open since 1997. They also have a location in Menlo Park. They serve American fast food including burgers, hot dogs, fish and chips, salads, fries, and shakes. Seems like every town has a place like this, San Francisco has its Mel’s Drive in..

We have been here several times over the years and find them pretty busy during lunch time.

jeffreys hamburgers San Mateo inside 2

Decor, Vibe – Jeffrey’s Hamburgers has a 50’s diner retro look with counter seating and a back patio are. Lots of families, friends, and groups chowing down.

Jeffrey’s Burgers Menu Pictures

Burgers, salads, fish and chips, and other classic fare.

Soda’s cost an astronomical $2.89!

Website Jeffery’s Hamburgers Menu

Jeffrey’s Food Picks:

jeffreys hamburgers San Mateo fish and chips

Fish and Chips ($7.99) had 2 large pieces of fish. Freshly fried and vinegar ready to go. Quality of fish was good. French Fries were decent too. This was better than the burger.

jeffreys hamburgers San Mateo Chocolate Shake

Chocolate Shake ($3.99) made with premium ice cream, was tall, frosty, and very thick. It also outdid their burgers.

jeffreys hamburgers San Mateo bacon cheeseburger 2

Bacon Cheeseburger ($8.19) was of decent size and had tons of bacon. They asked how we wanted it done, and produced a slightly reddish medium rare. Slightly juicy or not particularly great beef quality even though they say they grind USDA Choice Angus Beef daily. Cheese was of standard quality and needs to be upgraded.

jeffreys hamburgers San Mateo condiments

They have a huge condiment bar with lots of fresh items, so you can load up tomatoes, lettuce, pickles etc.

Sweet Potato Fries ($4.19) and Chili Cheese Fries ($4.19) are pretty good.  The Chili ones have a liberal topping.

Chili Dog ($4.99) with cheese (+$0.50) was a heaping mess that needed to be eaten with a fork and knife.  The chili was average and not particularly spicy.


jeffreys hamburgers San Mateo hot dog

Hot Dog ($3.99) had a huge dog that exceeded the bun’s size. Decent quality but not as good as a Windy City dog.

jeffreys hamburgers San Mateo Garlic French Fries

Garlic Fries ($2.29) were pretty standard fare. Lots of fries, big strips of garlic on top. OK but not up to Gordon Biersch ballpark quality.


Burgers came quickly, in about 5 minutes. Prices are reasonable. Quality was above that of fast food places but not as high as top notch places in San Francisco including Pearls.  We would also rank Palo Alto’s The Counter, Godfathers, Jack’s Prime, and nearby Rave Burger as better than Jeffrey’s Hamburgers for burgers.

If you are in need of a quick burger on the Peninsula, do not hesitate going to this place. Their shakes are pretty good.

Other location:

Jeffrey’s Menlo Park
888 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA, 94025
(650) 322-1959


Restaurant Map:

Jeffreys Hamburgers Overall Rating: (Good 2)

Come Back?

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

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

Hours:Mon-Sun 11am-9pm
Prices:$3.49 - $9.99

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