Paul Martin’s American Grill Opens

San Mateo has anxiously awaited the opening of Paul Martin’s American Grill in the Hillsdale Shopping Center and can now celebrate its unveiling. Housed in the old Crate & Barrel location, the upscale restaurant is a nice addition and perfect fit for the renovation of the shopping center.

Not familiar with what the American Grill serves up? Menus vary depending on location but according to a recent San Mateo Patch article which covered the opening…

The menu will rotate seasonally with seafood from sustainable fisheries, free-range and natural meats and poultry, artisan cheeses and cured meats.

Fresh & Local.  When you dine at Paul Martin’s American Grill, great effort is made to make your dining experience a memorable one, serving up fresh, local and sustainable food.  Below is a little insight into their business philosophy:

At the heart of all great food is fresh, local, peak of the season ingredients. Paul Martin’s® aims to take diners back to the farm with meat raised in a humane and wholesome way, locally sourced organic produce, the best of both wild and farmed fish, artisan cheeses and cured meats from small local purveyors. Brian and Paul spent more than a year handpicking the sources for Paul Martin’s® menu. The thorough search produced 40 partnerships with thoughtful, local farmstead producers, 80 percent of whom are located in Northern California and with the opening of El Segundo they have developed a great network of local southern California producers as well.

Paul Martin’s American Grill is wildly popular in its current California locations (El Segundo, Irvine, Roseville & Westlake Village) and is expected to be well-received in San Mateo as well.  According to the Patch article, the focus on fresh ingredients isn’t limited to just the food:

The restaurant’s focus on peak-of-the-season ingredients extends to the bar, showcasing seasonal fruit-infused vodkas made in house and used in signature cocktails. In addition, Paul Martin’s offers several craft beers on tap; and an extensive wine list with more than 100 bottles, 80 of which are available by the glass.

Looks as if the new restaurant is popular, from their yelp reviews:

The food was excellent and the service was amazing. Very friendly and knowledgeable waitstaff. Great atmosphere. This place will do well – Andrew M.

I went here for lunch. The ambiance is outstanding, kinda of looks like something you would see in a Vegas Hotel, very upscale and casual at the same time. The burger was outstanding, you could tell that they ground their own meat as the level of freshness was at another level. I went with 4 others, they also had the salmon taco’s, and the enchiladas and everyone said their meals were outstanding. Highly recommended. – Blake E.

Head to our neighboring Hillsdale Shopping Center and give Paul Martin’s American Grill a try.  From what everyone is saying, you won’t be disappointed.

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