231 Ellsworth

★★★★★
  • 231 South Ellsworth Ave

    San Mateo, CA 94401

    Map & Directions
  • 650-347-7231

About 231 Ellsworth

Categories
  • Restaurants
  • French Restaurants
  • Seafood Restaurants
Details
  • Business Dining
  • Fine Dining
  • Group Dining
  • Notable Wine List
  • Romantic Dining
  • Special Occasion Dining
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Food

Food
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As a visitor to this area I have been amazed at how poor the food has been in the restaurants I have eaten at. Big portions of tasteless mush, with oodles of sauce to disguise the bland produce. A shameful eating experience.

So it was a pleasure to eat at a restaurant that obviously cares about the food they serve. The negatives: a little too nouvelle cuisine for my liking, with tiny portions and elaborate explanations of the two mushrooms on the side of your plate ("How did you find the chicken sir?" "It was hiding underneath the sprout") . And an excessively priced wine list (bring your own). Also the dining area could do with a designer's touch.

Having said that this was the first meal I have had in over a week that I could distinguish the taste between the produce offered and it felt like it was cooked with loved.
I can not tell you how refreshing this was!

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★★★★☆

As a visitor to this area I have been amazed at how poor the food has been in the restaurants I have eaten at. Big portions of tasteless mush, with oodles of sauce to disguise the bland produce. A shameful eating experience.

So it was a pleasure to eat at a restaurant that obviously cares about the food they serve. The negatives: a little too nouvelle cuisine for my liking, with tiny portions and elaborate explanations of the two mushrooms on the side of your plate ("How did you find the chicken sir?" "It was hiding underneath the sprout") . And an excessively priced wine list (bring your own). Also the dining area could do with a designer's touch.

Having said that this was the first meal I have had in over a week that I could distinguish the taste between the produce offered and it felt like it was cooked with loved.
I can not tell you how refreshing this was!

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Yes, there are many establishments that can serve a fine meal, but none, in my opinion, can compare with 231 Ellsworth. What sets them apart from the others? Attention to detail. The food is a tapestry of flavors woven with surprising and innovative flair. The service is impeccable: attentive but not invasive. The atmosphere is warm, contemporary without being flashy, and elegant yet relaxing. This is truly an experience worth repeating, and sharing with others!

PROS: valet parking, service, ambience
CONS: none

5
★★★★★

Yes, there are many establishments that can serve a fine meal, but none, in my opinion, can compare with 231 Ellsworth. What sets them apart from the others? Attention to detail. The food is a tapestry of flavors woven with surprising and innovative flair. The service is impeccable: attentive but not invasive. The atmosphere is warm, contemporary without being flashy, and elegant yet relaxing. This is truly an experience worth repeating, and sharing with others!

PROS: valet parking, service, ambience
CONS: none

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Over the years, we've eaten at 231 Ellsworth on numerous occasions, sometimes for special events, but just as many times, if not more, simply because it's good. Having dined there over the last couple of decades, we are especially happy with the offerings of the current chef, Tim Hilt. He and his kitchen bring fresh, seasonally updated versions of classics with inventive twists and the presentation is at once elegant and whimsical. Most importantly, though, is that the food is delicious. We never worry about whether we should order seafood on certain days of the week. Without exception, everything they serve is fresh. We found it to extraordinarily fresh and flavorful, exquisite really,--not always our experience when we've dined elsewhere. We wouldn't hesitate to highly recommend this restaurant.

PROS: Delicious food, superb wine list
CONS: Hmmmm...I'm still thinking

5
★★★★★

Over the years, we've eaten at 231 Ellsworth on numerous occasions, sometimes for special events, but just as many times, if not more, simply because it's good. Having dined there over the last couple of decades, we are especially happy with the offerings of the current chef, Tim Hilt. He and his kitchen bring fresh, seasonally updated versions of classics with inventive twists and the presentation is at once elegant and whimsical. Most importantly, though, is that the food is delicious. We never worry about whether we should order seafood on certain days of the week. Without exception, everything they serve is fresh. We found it to extraordinarily fresh and flavorful, exquisite really,--not always our experience when we've dined elsewhere. We wouldn't hesitate to highly recommend this restaurant.

PROS: Delicious food, superb wine list
CONS: Hmmmm...I'm still thinking

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I have been to 231 Ellsworth many times, and I have to say that it is my favorite restaurant for fine dinning. Do yourself a treat and order the five course tasting menu with the wine paring. You will not find a better experience anywhere! If one of the items is not really what you want, just ask and they will gladly change it. (My wife won?t eat wild) I have not tried the Vegetarian option, but I just might next time. The wine paring are perfect too. Take a few hours to really enjoy it and treat it as an adventure. You will thank me?.. Michael

PROS: Fantastic food and wine pairings
CONS:

5
★★★★★

I have been to 231 Ellsworth many times, and I have to say that it is my favorite restaurant for fine dinning. Do yourself a treat and order the five course tasting menu with the wine paring. You will not find a better experience anywhere! If one of the items is not really what you want, just ask and they will gladly change it. (My wife won?t eat wild) I have not tried the Vegetarian option, but I just might next time. The wine paring are perfect too. Take a few hours to really enjoy it and treat it as an adventure. You will thank me?.. Michael

PROS: Fantastic food and wine pairings
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