Astaria

Downtown

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In a Nutshell

  • Diverse, seasonal menu
  • Local/sustainable focus
  • Lunch, brunch, and dinner
  • Award-winning wine list

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Feb 28, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person. Limit 1 per table. Dine-in only. Tax and gratuity not included. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Restaurants provide the public with mealtime convenience, as well as the opportunity to practice pulling the tablecloth from beneath the place settings without worrying about clean-up. Today's Groupon suppresses prankster urges with artfully crafted fare and drinks: for $20, you get $40 worth of cuisine at Astaria in San Mateo.

Executive chef, co-owner, and San Mateo native Alicia Petrakis helms Astaria's seasonally focused kitchen, which specializes in turning out high-concept comfort food. Focusing on local ingredients from sustainable sources, the eclectic dinner menu begins with appetite-swelling starters such as crispy polenta fries ($10) and Humberto's inferno ($9), which features a slab of fried gruyere set ablaze tableside as a chilling warning to would-be dairy rebels. Carnivores can feast on meaty marvels such as the buttermilk-marinated fried chicken ($18) or the bone-in pork chop with honey balsamic glaze paired with red-pepper-infused mashers, broccoli spears, and pepperonata ($23). Vegivores might opt for the Napoleon, which conquers appetites using grilled and roasted veggies crowned with provolone cheese ($15). A convention-flouting roster of pizzas includes chicken carbonara pizza rosa ($14), while the dessert menu takes taste buds on a flavor field trip with sugary chaperones such as the strawberry pavlova, which deposits vanilla pastry cream, fresh strawberries, and whipped cream atop crunchy meringue ($7).

Astaria also offers a similar but more sandwich-heavy lunch menu, as well as a brunch menu worth the investment of precious weekend hours and gold Spanish doubloons. The large but well-honed wine list includes 12 whites and 14 reds by the glass and is a winner of several international freestyle rap battles, as well as Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence.

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Reviews

The Wall Street Journal profiled Astaria, which more than 230 Yelpers and more than 165 OpenTable reviewers rated an average of four stars. Eighty-four percent of more than 80 Urbanspooners like it:

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    Downtown

    50 E Third Ave.

    San Mateo, California 94401

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