Where to eat Latin food in San Mateo: The Best Restaurants and Bars

January 12, 2020 Flossie Demartino

Reviews on Latin food in San Mateo, California, United States. San Mateo (/ˌsæn məˈteɪ.oʊ/ SAN mə-TAY-oh; Spanish for "Saint Matthew") is a city in San Mateo County, California, located in the high-tech enclave of Silicon Valley in the San Francisco Bay Area. With a population of 97,207 as of the 2010 census, it is one of the larger suburbs on the San Francisco Peninsula, located between Burlingame to the north, Foster City and San Francisco Bay to the east, Belmont to the south, and Highlands-Baywood Park and Hillsborough to the west. The 2015 population was estimated to be 103,536. San Mateo was incorporated in 1894.
Things to do in San Mateo

1. Pancho Villa Taqueria

365 S B St, San Mateo, CA 94401-4019 Mexican, Latin Lunch, Dinner Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible +1 650-343-4123 http://www.smpanchovilla.com
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4 based on 230 reviews

Pancho Villa Taqueria

Reviewed By sharrongeg

Very casual Mexican restaurant in downtown San Mateo. Although there were no signs, I stood in line at the counter and placed my order..shuffled down and paid for order then waited for my order. Wait time was 13 minutes at 11:30 in the morning on a Friday.It appeared that preference was give to large to-go orders.My chicken/avocado Caesar salad had lots of chicken, very little avocado and tons of sliced peppers. Man, it was spicy - so spicy I could not finish it. Price for the salad without tip was $12.

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2. Espetus Churrascaria

710 S B St, San Mateo, CA 94401-4245 Steakhouse, Brazilian, Latin, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Highchairs Available +1 650-342-8700 http://www.espetus.com
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4 based on 139 reviews

Reviewed By lwj

We had a get together dinner.... we were high school classmates with our spouses gathering decades after graduating from our local high school...Espetus Churrascaria seemed to be a perfect choice... the various cuts of meats were very good. Having been to Fogo de Chau in San Jose several times in the past few months, I can say that the meats at Espetus were better marinated which resulted in offerings with nicer flavors... unfortunately, the salad bar fell somewhat short on the evening that we had reserved our table. The prosciutto and salami were excellent, the dried tomatoes, marinated mushrooms and artichoke hearts were very good.... but aside from prepared salads (potato, bean or slaw), the traditional green salad with lettuce, tomatoes, palm and artichoke hearts, cucumbers, croutons etc. with a salad dressing that one expects when you think of a SALAD BAR did NOT exist. A big disappointment.The restaurant was clean and the service was attentive.Finally, their “free” WiFi did not work at all!!! Thank you for choosing Espetus for your recent reunion. Though we do apologize for any WiFi issues, it's a pleasure to know everyone enjoyed their meals overall. We hope you'll decide to dine with us again!

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3. Cuban Kitchen

3799 S El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94403-4422 Latin, Cuban, Caribbean, Spanish Lunch, Dinner Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations [email protected] https://www.facebook.com/CubanKitchen
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4 based on 20 reviews

Cuban Kitchen

Reviewed By K H

We were looking for something new and different for lunch on Sunday.Found Cuban Kitchen....and decided to check it out. I think they are fairly new... I don't remember seeing them before, right next to one of my favorites "Jacks Prime".So we stopped in for a late lunch on a Sunday.Parking was EASY....yes they have local off street parking....EASY... How a bout that.Took us a few minutes to figure out their menu. You go up to their counter where a very nice and energetic person took our order, and gave us some advice on the menu. Thank you!!We've had cuban several times......our favorite place is actually near Denver CO...imagine that.They have a few tables out front, downside your right on El Camino....but they had an awning to provide some shade, and there was a nice breeze....so outdoors it was.One of us went with the cuban sandwich with beans on the side....we shared an order of fried yucca fries, and I got their pork plate. I was warned that the pork would take about 20 minutes. That's fine!!!We got our fries immediately, with some various dips. Thank you!!Shortly after that the sandwich came.....well ahead of my pork plate. This is the only service point I would make....would have been nice if they had waited on the sandwich to be closer in time to my plate.Food was very good... the pork plate was fantastic. Wow....so much flavor. Plus the BBQ sauce was VERY different....but very good. I would also say it's very good value for the quality of the food, and the serving sizes.Enjoy

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