231 Ellsworth

231 S Ellsworth Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401 · Central San Mateo
(650) 347-7231 · $$$$
Rating: 4.5 out of 5"23 reviews ·


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 · Cheese Plate · Truffle French Fries



Latest reviews

  • Get Ready for a 5 Stars Dining Experience

    Rating: 5.0 out of 5"Mar 02, 2010 · by by verlisia at Citysearch from Citysearch231 Ellsworth has officially replaced Parcel 104 on my top 5 special occasion dining list (Peninsula & South Bay edition).I was requested by higher power to show some very important friends of my ... Full review
  • Listen to the waiter! Awesome experience, food, service...total package

    Rating: 5.0 out of 5"Apr 16, 2008 · by by MikeandVivian at Citysearch from CitysearchMy husband and I finally had a chance to dine here last week. Everything was incredible! We got there early, but had a chance to look at the menu in the window. They were not 100% ready at 5:30, b... Full review
  • Very disappointing

    Rating: 2.0 out of 5"Sep 08, 2007 · by by kkfgeo at Citysearch from CitysearchWe, a large party, had a variety of dishes.Some had the 3-course tasting menu, which included an ahi starter, flat iron steak main course, and the chocolate cake for dessert.The ahi was average;th... Full review
  • Very solid and interesting...but doesn't go beyond

    Rating: 3.0 out of 5"Aug 30, 2007 · by by cliff at Menuism from Citysearch231 Ellsworth is sometimes considered San Mateo's best restaurant (its main competition probably being... Full review
  • Don't wait for a special occasion !

    Rating: 5.0 out of 5"Oct 17, 2006 · by by peterr23232 at Citysearch from CitysearchMy wife and I just celebrated our anniversary at 231 Ellsworth, I must say that it was the nicest meal that we have had in a long time. We will certainly be back and more often.\r Full review
  • Attention to detail

    Rating: 5.0 out of 5"Sep 25, 2006 · by by bethparab at Citysearch from CitysearchYes, 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 tapest... Full review
  • An awesome dining experience

    Rating: 5.0 out of 5"Sep 25, 2006 · by by jonys at Citysearch from CitysearchI've eaten at 231 Ellsworth many times, and have always had an amazing dining experience there. The wonderful combinations that the Executive Chef, Tim Hilt puts together are just fabulous..I espe... Full review
  • 231 Ellsworth is a Culinary Delight

    Rating: 5.0 out of 5"Sep 23, 2006 · by by kathryn_sauers at Citysearch from CitysearchOver 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 cou... Full review
  • World-Class Dining Right In San Mateo!

    Rating: 5.0 out of 5"Sep 22, 2006 · by by hodgster at Citysearch from CitysearchWhy drive into the city when you can have a dining experience like this right in San Mateo? 231 Ellsworth sets the standard for fine dining on the Peninsula. With a wine list to die for, gracious ... Full review
  • No reason to dine here when San Francisco is only half an hour away

    Rating: 2.0 out of 5"Aug 26, 2006 · by by sampalo at Citysearch from CitysearchThis is one of the most disappointing dining experiences I've ever had.After reading many good reviews, my wife and I decided to go to 231 Ellsworth for our anniversary dinner.I had the five cours... Full review
  • Excellent fine dining value - great mix of tastes and texture

    Rating: 5.0 out of 5"Jul 13, 2006 · by by iamnoone at Citysearch from CitysearchThe 3-course and 5-course were excellent. Wide variety of food - ahi sashimi was very tasty and fresh. Followed by Lobster with fava beans. Poussin on pudding offered a nice mix of textures. Lamb ... Full review