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The Swingin' Door

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Good Fish and Chips

Went to the Swing Door today to try their Fish and Chips. I have ordered fish and chips when I... read more

Reviewed October 8, 2018
San Francisco, California
Looks can be deceiving

Labelled as a British Pub I thought I would give it a go and not too far from my hotel. At first... read more

Reviewed November 16, 2017
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106 E 25th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94403-2351
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Reviewed October 8, 2018

Went to the Swing Door today to try their Fish and Chips. I have ordered fish and chips when I travel and had them in London at the Black Friars and another establishment. Also had them in Ireland on another trip and at Fisherman's wharf...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 16, 2017 via mobile

Labelled as a British Pub I thought I would give it a go and not too far from my hotel. At first glance it is a little dingy but the bar staff were great. On the first night I went in they had a jazz...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed September 7, 2017 via mobile

Local pub that takes care of their guest sierra and Sonia are awesome! I came to San Francisco for an outrageous layover. A Uber got me a ride minutes away and I enjoyed the service and most importantly the atmosphere. I recommend this pub dive...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Andy M
Reviewed June 12, 2017 via mobile

Looking to try this place out but don't want to pay full price drop in for the lunch specials they are only $5.95! Fish and chips are delicious, they come with a spicy ketchup, steak fries yummy tartar sauce and hige pieces of flaky 🐟!

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Shauna M
Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

Pathetic service or non service actually. 15 mins at the bar without even a greeting. Left still thirsty.

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank Doug G
Reviewed August 31, 2016

I don't think the venue itself is any different than the normal neighborhood bar. What is does have that's very good is trivia night. We went on a Sunday and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank 10,032,016
Reviewed November 20, 2015

We visited The Swinging Door for Sunday night trivia. While the trivia was a lot of fun, the food was nothing special. Would come back again for another trivia night.

Date of experience: October 2015
Thank Chris S
Reviewed November 18, 2015

Love this local pub in San Mateo. Their Fish and Chips and special own tartar sauce is DELICIOUS!! The ambiance is pretty cool from the worn out/much loved tables, to the photos on the wall, the memorabilia all around, the terrace backyard dinning and the...More

Date of experience: September 2015
Thank Candi B
Reviewed November 12, 2015

For your fish and chips jones, this is the place! Classic British pub atmosphere and menu, good food, decent prices, good beverage selection and bar. In fact, some days of the week they even have live music of the New Orleans Jazz variety. Outdoor as...More

Date of experience: August 2015
Thank Bart C
Reviewed September 4, 2015 via mobile

Heard they had great burgers, compared to..... Fast food restaurants or bad burger palaces???? I guess. Order Jamaican Jerk burger which was a FACTORY made patty with Jerk sauce, Which the jerk sauce had MSG in it, I'm allergic. Really didn't think of a local...More

Date of experience: September 2015
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