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  • Review Count
    2
  • Helpfulness Votes
    0
  • First Review
    November 15, 2014
  • Last Review
    November 24, 2014
  • Featured Reviews
    0
  • Average Rating
    3.5
 
 
FoodEnthusiast's Reviews
 
Chalkboard restaurant, open May 2013 under Executive Chef Shane McAnelly, offers a modern small plates menu emphasizing seasonal and technique-driven fare. McAnelly sources much of his menu from local purveyors and farms, with many ingredients coming from the restaurant’s own dedicated 3-acre vegetable and herb garden located at nearby Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards. Highlights on the daily changing menu include crudos and tartare, house-made pastas, just picked salads, roasted and grilled meats and seafood. The dining room has been completely remodeled into a contemporary and welcoming space with an open kitchen, new banquettes, hardwood floors, hand-forged iron finishes. The bar has also been renovated to create a lively environment with new finishes such as a Carrera marble bar-top. Offerings of local wine flights and an extensive list of wine-by-the-glass are a major focus at Chalkboard, as well the cocktail menu inspired by fresh ingredients from the Chalk Hill garden.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Way beyond expectations
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/22/2014
 2007
Dined on 11/22/2014
 2007
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"Great place with innovative, tasty food. This is not yet another good restaurant - the Bay Area has plenty of those - this place is awesome. The chef definitely experiments and knows his stuff"
Dined on 11/22/2014
 2007
Special Features: fit for foodies
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Welcome to Vespucci Ristorante Italiano, our little corner of Italy here in San Mateo.<br />We are Francesco and Manuela from Calabria, Italy. It is a privilege for us to offer you the Cuisine of the culinary traditions of both our families. All the recipes come from our mothers, grandmothers and grandfathers. Francesco’s grandfather Antonio was a renown chef throughout Europe in the early 1950’s. Manuela’s great grandfather Giustino was an accomplished pastry chef in Naples , Italy, in the early 1920’s. <br />Along with the freshest produces, meats and seafood, many of the traditional Italian ingredients used on our menu are proudly imported from Italy. It is our pleasure to recreate for you the authentic flavors of our Country. <br />We truly wish you an enjoyable dining experience here in the Culture of Vespucci.<br />Buon Appetito,<br />Francesco and Manuela<br />
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Good San Mateo choice
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 10/18/2014
 2007
Dined on 10/18/2014
 2007
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Food was very good and service also exceptionally attentive. They were very accommodating and all the food tasted like it was made in a home kitchen, no artificial/jarred/packaged food here."
Dined on 10/18/2014
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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