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Vault 164 - San Mateo

Foodnut8 | Feb 10, 201211:40 AM

Vault 164 recently opened in San Mateo.

Full Review with Pictures:

Finally! A new hotspot on the San Francisco Peninsula.

Why did we dine here? – Vault 164 recently opened in downtown San Mateo. This restaurant is one of a few high end American eateries in this area. This welcome addition has very nice, modern decor, making one feel like they were in San Francisco, not the suburbs. The chef is Carlos Salcedo (Max’s). This joins old school Viognier and 231 Ellsworth as the high end American dining establishments in this area.

Insider Tip – Make reservations as this place was crowded for dinner.

Cuisine – New American
Location – Downtown San Mateo
Opened – January 2012

Service – Vault 164 had very good service with a friendly waitress who helped us navigate the menu as well as kept our experience positive.
Verdict – Vault 164 surprised us with very good food and service in a beautiful and historic building. If you are in the area, give it a try. Across the street is top notch Italian restaurant Osteria Coppa.

Signature Dishes – Pork Chop, Lamb Shank

Vault 164 San Mateo Menu

Vault 164′s Menu changes regularly. They have a wide selection of starters. Many different kinds of entrees including several steaks as well as sandwiches.


Blackberry mojito ($10) cruzan citrus rum, fresh mint, blackberries, lime, sugar, soda was tall, strong and balanced.

Samba Caipirinha ($10) cabana cachaca, orange, lime, & sugar was very potent but not very fruity.

Bacon wrapped dates applewood smoked, goat cheese, balsamic glaze ($9) had a sweet and savory taste to every bite. Soft and crunchy textures also. This appetizer isn’t for everyone.

Figs, prosciutto, and arugula manchego and balsamic glaze flatbread ($13) was a soft and warm flatbread with lots of sweet and salty contrast.

Hearts of romaine caesar parmesan, white anchovies, croutons, kalamata olives, shaved manchego ($7,$5 kids) looked beautiful and proved to be a decent salad.

Vermont maple glazed berkshire pork chop ($22) black shallot mashed sweet potatoes, crispy leeks was surprisingly excellent. Large, juicy, and very tender.

Braised lamb shank on lemon tomato sauce ($25) fava beans, chantrelle, shitake, and crimini mushrooms. sour cream and chive mashed potatoes was a huge dish with lots of tender lamb and a stellar gravy.

JB’s chocolate bread pudding souffle ($8) creme anglaise, – allow 20 minutes – is there signature dessert that came hot out of the oven. More of a bread pudding than a souffle.

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