Group Dining

Pausa is Italian for ‘pause’ and what better way to take a recess from your demanding day-to-day schedule than to allow us to plan your next event! Pausa Bar & Cookery, located in the heart of downtown San Mateo, is the perfect venue for a corporate event, bridal shower, birthday party or any other reason you can think of to celebrate. We offer a range of menu options from tasting dinners to cocktail receptions with the capacity to host groups of 6 to 90. Contact us today, our team is ready to get started on creating your next ‘pause’!

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Located front and center, the communal table offers the perfect setting to enjoy libations and bites.



Bolle, ‘bubbles’ in Italian, represents celebrating with great company. From formal dinners and cocktail receptions to private luncheons, our ‘Bolle Room’ will ensure a memorable event. Entertain your guests surrounded by reinterpreted classic Italian elements such as blackened steel, rustic leather, elegant drapery, and warm tones of walnut and gray oak. All this playing against the soft lines of furniture, brass accents, patterned glass and large hanging pendant lights to fill the space.



Enjoy a seasonal and spontaneous tasting menu with Chef Andrea Giuliani at our gorgeous walnut ‘Chef’s Table’. This is a truly unique behind-the-scenes experience with a front row view of our culinary team in action. While dining, Chef Andrea will take the time to discuss his creations with you and your guests, explaining the courses as well as answering any of your questions. We offer two seatings every Friday and Saturday night, 6pm and 8:30pm. Please inform us of any allergies or dietary restrictions when making the reservation.

Chef’s table pricing is $80/person for the 5-course tasting menu with an optional wine pairing for $30/person.

To book the chef’s table experience, contact us at 650-375-0818


Join us every Friday & Saturday night from 11pm – 2am as Pausa transforms into Fermata, featuring a DJ, table service, authentic Italian cuisine, group dining, celebrations, good vibes, and much more. Finally, a premium late night spot in San Mateo!

Fermata is an Italian musical term meaning “a pause of unspecified length on a note or rest,” and we invite you to stop by and join us for a late night pause to your routine.

For groups over 6, please call (650) 375-0818 for reservations. Table reservations begin at 10 pm. Be sure to use #FermataTonight to share your photos and connect on the fun!


Book a private event

Download the Pausa Events Package