Pausa offers fresh and authentic Italian fare made from scratch with the bounty of Northern California from Chef Owner Andrea Giuliani paired with an all Italian wine list and craft cocktails and spritzes. Pausa is Italian for “pause” and Owners Steve Ugur and Giuliani intend for their restaurant to be just that. The restaurant is a place where guests can take a short recess from their daily pace of life and enjoy a dining experience that transports them to a place of leisure. Whether the gathering is a lunch with old friends, Spritz Hour in the lively bar, a date night in the ambient dining room or a behind-the-scenes dinner experience at the Chef’s table, they hope to revitalize guests’ senses. The friendly and knowledgeable team will ensure your every pause is a memorable one.


Yes, it’s August 2017… 

– Introducing ‘family-style’ luncheons, bring down the office for an event    

#uncater @pausasanmateo


– Sleigh bells in the distance? Reserve your tables today, for the Holidays before it’s too late

  • SFWeekly

    Downtown San Mateo's fanciful Italian Pausa is beautiful inside and out.
  • Modern Luxury Silicon Valley

    Pausa’s devotion to detail and authenticity makes for an impressive meal, from start to finish.
  • Eater SF

    Pausa Brings More Late Night, Italian Dining to San Mateo
  • Plate

    Andrea Giuliani Gives San Mateo a New Italian Spot and More Chef News in the Bay Area
  • The San Mateo Daily Journal

    Taking a pause: San Mateo Italian restaurant “Pausa” offers breath of fresh air
  • The Mercury News

    Pausa taking over San Mateo’s Spiedo restaurant site


SPRITZ HOUR Daily, 5pm-6:30pm

LUNCH Mon – Fri, 11:30am-2pm

DINNER Sunday-Tuesday,

*Bar open one hour later every night.