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San Mateo, CA

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San Mateo is located south of San Francisco, and is one of the larger suburbs in the Bay area. It has a population of about 97,000 people. The city has vestiges of its former life as a summer home locale for the wealthy from San Francisco with some of the old mansion still standing.

Getting Around in San Mateo, CA

Downtown San Mateo and the area surrounding S El Camino Real are relatively walkable, but most every day errands will requires a car. CalTrain offers train service to nearby San Francisco, and from there you can easily transfer to the BART network making most of the Bay Area accessible from San Mateo.

Walk Score®
"Very Walkable"
Transit Score®
The average commuter time in San Mateo is:
10 to 14 minutes
Explore info about this city
  • Time Range
  • 25 to 29 minutes
  • 30 to 34 minutes
  • 35 to 39 minutes
  • Percentage of workers
  • 6.68%
  • 14.52%
  • 2.88%

California's Central Park

<p>San Mateo is popular for several reasons. It is a city with both an urban feel yet has plenty of outdoor space. Both Shoreline Park and Coyote Point are great areas where you can walk the beach or just enjoy the view of the Bay. You'll find numerous running and biking trails too. The performing arts center is one of the largest outside San Francisco and can provide many evenings of entertainment. The Japanese arboretum in downtown's Central Park can provide a fantastic refuge amongst the skyscrapers.</p>

Asian Fusion

<p>As with many cities in the Bay Area, you will find excellent Asian restaurants. San Mateo has a number of them that you'll want to check out. Wakuriya is excellent for its eight course Japanese dinners, and Oceanic is a locally owned Chinese food restaurant that gets the highest ratings from locals. 231 Ellsworth is a newer American cuisine place that might be on the expensive side but is well worth the price. Your San Mateo apartment is bound to be near some very good local and chain places, and you'll have fun finding your own favorites.</p>

Dive Into San Mateo Nights

<p>San Mateo is full of small bars and lounges to discover. You'll find live music at The Little Fox Theatre, which is a great addition to the downtown area. Good seating at tables, two bars and a wide selection of bands. It isn't huge either. McGovern's Bar often books local bands and is a good place just to hangout on other nights. If you like it quieter, B Street is a jazz place which is very laid back. There are pubs and dive bars all around and once in your San Mateo apartment, you'll quickly find ones you can call home.</p>