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Celia's Mexican Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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504 Peninsula Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-1612
+1 650-343-5886
08:00 - 20:00
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Mon 08:00 - 20:30
Tue - Sun 08:00 - 20:00
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Palo Alto, California
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Had daily special. Big plate full of good food. Strong drinks. Very good service. Parking a problem.

Thank zebra27355067
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131 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Fresh Mexican food served in true Mexican atmosphere. Pleasant comfortable seating with a occasional mariachi band. Stick with house specialties. The espresso burrito very filling with all the usual fixins. Relish a huge berry flavored margarita while relaxing. Food is served very prompt. Happy hour popular. Very family friendly establishment. Parking mostly on the street.

Thank David O
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

I visit Celia's once a month or so, and I like the margaritas, chips and salsa and that serving sizes are generous. When I'm not having a margarita, the sodas are large. The menu is also, large, so you can find just about any item you are looking for. I wish I went more with big groups, as there is... More 

Thank Elisabeth G
San Francisco, California
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51 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Family owned, old time classic decor and food. Large plates home cooked flavor. Nice bar to watch sports with locals. Good drinks and the chips and salsa just keep on coming. Happy hour is exceptional. The restaurant is a great place for large groups and birthdays or for an intimate meeting. The family has a few other locations but If... More 

Thank UniversalTourist
San Mateo, California
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126 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

attended a birthday party. had been there before. service & food always good. with a large party, every thing was slow. Difficult street parking as lot is very small. Owner Rafael very nice man.

Thank dcs1755
San Francisco, California, United States
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64 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We have been regulars at Celia's on Peninsula Ave. for 30 years! I love the Pollo en Crema. My kids like the Grande Burrito and my husband goes for the cheese enchiladas. Good food, good service, good ambiance. Fabulous Margaritas!

Thank Jeanne U
Lakeport, California
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

You'll have a rough time trying to find better food, or Margarita's ANYWHERE else. 35+ years of the finest.

Thank Bill V
San Mateo, California
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

There is a special every night of the week. Recommend the Carrne Asada on Thursdays, good drinks in the bar and sports on the TV's

Thank Frank J
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

I used to enjoy this place frequently in the 90's. The past few visits have been far from pleasant. Each time, I have left in agonizing pain from heartburn! Food here has become saturated in fats and oil. I also would not be surprised to learn of health department violations as the surrounding area is nasty!

Thank Christopher B
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

We are from Nashville, TN and have always received white questions dip when ordering cheese dip however this time we received our cheese dip with beans! YUMMY!!!

Thank Jacqueline H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:30
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 504 Peninsula Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-1612
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: +1 650-343-5886

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?