Vault 164 in San Mateo, CA

Vault 164
164 South B St.
San Mateo, CA

blood orange margarita

My friends had eaten here when they were in town and highly recommended this place. Since we were in town and it was near my birthday, we decided to have a celebratory dinner out. We started off with drinks.  My blood orange margarita was delicious! So refreshing and it actually tasted like blood oranges.

Trumer Pils

Joe really enjoyed his Austrian pilsner with its light body and hoppy-ness.

salmon chowder

The small dishes looked great (which was what our friends had said too) so we decided to get a few small plates and entrees (in hindsight, probably should’ve just stuck with the small plates).  We started off with salmon and roasted corn chowder. I love that this restaurant was able to cut all our dishes in half for us so you wouldn’t drip chowder all over the place as your spoon travels from the bowl in front of your dinner-mate to your mouth. It was creamy and full of salmon flavor. I don’t think I’ve ever had this combination before,very creative.

brussel sprout chips

The friends who had recommended this restaurant to us had raved about this dish. Brussel sprout chips were amazing! These goodies were flash fried and doused with lemon salt. The lemon really brought out the flavor. They were so crisp! I loved these so much that I’ve started making them at home and made them a part of my regular dinners.

spicy ahi tuna

Every time we see ahi tuna on the menu, we have to have it. Ahi Tuna aka Yellowfin tuna hails from Hawaii. This dish was not spicy. It came with avocado, cucumber, wasabi aioli and taro chips. The taro chips were comparable to the brussel sprouts chips. Delicious! Parents with picky eaters, this is a great way to get your kids to eat brussels sprout (it’s Brussels like Brussels, Belgium. I did not know that!).


The flatbread came out with applewood bacon, cambozola cheese and caramelized onion. The cambozola cheese is a mix of French cream cheese and Italian gorgonzola cheese. Amazing! Probably my 2nd favorite thing after the brussels sprout chips. I wish this had been our last dish of the night…

skirt steak

Someone wrote online that this was the best skirt steak of their life. That person should be dragged out into the street and beaten. This was not a very good dish. This was probably the biggest regret of the night. The skirt steak is the diaphragm cut of the cow and is mainly known for its unique flavor. It was served with potatoes au gratin, creamed spinach, and brandy peppercorn sauce. I mainly ate the potatoes au gratin from this plate.

But to be fair, Joe and I had probably ordered way too much food. And a redeeming quality was when we told them we were celebrating my birthday, the waitress brought out a free dessert and sang Happy Birthday to me (super loud too).

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