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231 Ellsworth

231 S Ellsworth Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401
(650) 347-7231 · $$$$ · American, Eclectic, International
Rating: 3.5 out of 5"257 Yelp reviews ·


  • Mon5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Tue - Thu11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Fri11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Sat5:30 PM - 9:30 PM


231 Ellsworth, voted one of the top twenty restaurants in Northern California, reopened its doors October 2000. A group of local professionals with more than fifty years of combined restaurant expertise and a passion for the world of food and wine have reincarnated this favorite of Bay Area diners. Proprietor MoreRichard Milkovich has recently joined forces with Maitre d’ Chris Templin and Chef Tzu Chiang. Chef Tzu Chiang has refined his skills in some of the Bay Area's top restaurants. 231 Ellsworth presents a world-class wine list of eight hundred selections emphasizing California and French offerings. The bar pours an exceptional array of libations and signature cocktails as well as carefully selected list of wines by the glass. In the bar, guests are offered the dining room menu and are also invited for late evening treats.

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Popular menu items

Crab Cakes · Rack of Lamb · Truffle Fries · Truffle French Fries · Cheese Plate



Latest reviews

  • Rating: 5.0 out of 5"by M D. at Yelp User Review3/28/2014Great food, great drinks - and now with wonderful happy hour and bar specials. Lamb tenderloin, truffle fries, amazing salads - you have to try this place! More
  • Rating: 3.0 out of 5"by Maximillian M. at Yelp User Review3/17/2014I'm now realizing that the Michelin rating system is unreliable. Let me backtrack--here's what we had: the mushrooms (excellent), the truffle fries (average), the poke (good), the short rib (good), a #4 cocktail (good), and a small dessert sampler plate of macarons (not macaroons) and other tasty things … More
  • Rating: 2.0 out of 5"by Silvie P. at Yelp User Review3/1/2014After my disappointing experience (and honestly struggling to find anything good about the evening spent here) I did send an email to the restaurant to let them know about the service and food issues. When I didn't receive a reply back I decided it was important enough to me to call and ask for the manager. The … More
  • Rating: 5.0 out of 5"by Eli R. at Yelp User Review2/20/2014This is one of the most under rated restaurants in the area. The food is always creative, unique and most importantly delicious.Great wine list, décor and perfect for date night. Yes it is pricey but they deliver, consistently. More
  • Rating: 1.0 out of 5"by Rikki S. at Yelp User Review2/19/2014This is my first bad review and I am so sad to do it for this place..I expected better from this kind of expensive place.. I'm not even sure where to start.. There were about 5 of us and we went there right when they opened so there were only 4-5 other tables in the whole restaurant.. Got seated fairly quickly … More