The Most Romantic Restaurants in San Mateo

San Mateo County engulfs several cities that offer cuisines from all over the world. Irrespective of what you’re craving for this Valentine's Day, San Mateo will satiate your appetite. Here are some of the best restaurants that should be experienced for a romantic night out:

John Bentley’s

Located in Redwood City, the restaurant features seasonal American cuisine that is served in a comfortable, sophisticated, setting. The place comprises of a comfortable, sleek bar and a private dining area. The wine list includes the likes of Pinot Noir, sparkling white wines, red wines, Cabernet Sauvignon, and many more. Apart from this, the food menu is also very tempting with a variety of soups, sandwiches, and scrumptious entrees. Desserts include cinnamon gelatos, apple tarts, caramelized banana splits, seasonal sorbet, fresh berries, and the like.  There is no formal dress code for the place and the dishes are normally under $30 which is a good value.


Located in San Carlos, it is a simple looking building, but once you walk into the restaurant you will find it very inviting. The menu is pretty interesting too. You can order alligator medallions, crawdad hushpuppies, fried okra, seafood gumbo, poboys sandwiches, fried chicken, and a lot more. Desserts include, new bread pudding, peanut butter mousse pie, chocolate mousse pie, and the like. Creola offers a three course meal for approximately $50. This is certainly a great place for couples who are looking to try different flavors.


Sultana is a Mediterranean restaurant located in Menlo Park. The entrees here include, chicken shish kebab, kofte, adana kebab, lamb chop shish, veggie musakka, salmon kebab, Turkish ravioli, and the like. The wine list is also very extensive with Cabernet sauvignon, Merlot, Pinor Noir, Zin Fandel, and several famous world wines, for order. A meal at Sultana will not make a dent on your savings. In fact, the place offers good value for money. If you and your partner are looking for some Mediterranean adventure, this is a good place to be.


The restaurant is located on a cliff in Half Moon bay. It is best to go there before sunset to savor the mesmerizing view. Some of the menu items include soups, clam chowder, Caesar salads, cob salads, fish and chips, mussels, roasted chicken, sea food, and the like.  There are also a variety of desserts that couples can try including, warm chocolate cake, homemade ice cream, vanilla bread pudding, crème brulee, and the like.

Kabul Afghan

Located in the city of San Mateo, this small restaurant has a very casual and private atmosphere. One of the most popular dishes here is a large plate of juicy lamb covered in rice. Apart from this, one can also try a variety of kebab dishes. The service is excellent and the cost of main dishes is approximately $14 to $18. In case you and your partner are vegan, the place offers a variety of vegetarian dishes such as, sabzi, kadu, gulpi, and the like. Desserts include, baklava, firnee, sheeryakh, which are traditional Afghani sweet dishes.

On this Valentine’s Day, make sure your dinner is filled with romance, good food and a lot of wine. And since getting high will be the order of the day, it’s important to take a taxi cab rather than driving on your own. There are several private cab providers in California that offer the best service and ensure their customers travel safely to and from their houses to enjoy the big day. The best way to find out about these companies is to look for them online. Most these providers have websites these days.