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Prince of Wales
Overall: Great    Score: 80 / 100
106 East 25th Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94403
United States
(650) 574-9723
Last Updated: January 2005
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I have lived in Rio Claro, Costa Rica for 12 years but spent many years in San Mateo. I am a retired Californian and one of the places I miss most is the Prince of Wales.

Five years ago I brought my wife, Julieta, to the PoW and ordered a wine Habanero popper. We are both chile freaks but, after drinking one of those (and they are excellent), Julie swore-off on the Habanero chile FOR LIFE!

Anyway, I sure wish I was there. Miss the courtyard out back. We will return one day.

Scott Draper

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Scott Draper Scott Draper, Rio Claro, CR
(07/24/2007)

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The rest of the story: The Prince of Wales, once a "place where everybody knows your name" is no more, after giving a 30 day notice of eviction to Jack and Debbie the new building owner is continuing the business as it is on his own under the name and reputation that the previous owners had worked hard over 32 years to build. (He purchased the building, not the business)

That will be impossible because the Pub was in reality the heart and sole of the owners who ran it and the relationships they had forged over the years...

If this new owner wanted to start his own pub at that location, well that is one thing, but to in effect steal the name and present to the world that it is the same pub was done in very poor taste by the new owner..

Jack and Debbie are currently looking for a new location to open the new POW under what name has yet to be determined.. But that pub where ever it ends up and under which ever name will be more the a sum of its parts, a place that people can go to enjoy a great beer food and fellowship that had made the POW famous world wide..

Please don't be fooled by the current owner trying and failing to replicate the pub on 25th ave..As it is now only a pale reflection of what it once was..

All my friends and I will never patronize this establishment again. The best words I can find to discribe it, is that the owner is a wolf in sheep's clothing...The POW may look the same but it's not. It's now just a building without a soul.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Lance Henderson Lance Henderson, RWC, CA
(02/05/2007)

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Well, if you did not hear about it until now, Jack and Debi Curry had to move out; their last day of business was Sat, 29 Jan 07. Sunday, Jack, Debi, and a dozen volunteers removed 33 years of memorabilia. Monday, the site was functioning again as the "Swinging Door" (its original name) under a new owner. Bruce is the downstairs manager and several of the original employees and "regulars" were back at their seats. Beers of the World Club mugs are being honored.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Bart Evans Bart Evans, Hillsborough, CA
(01/24/2007)

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JOE BITHELL, Jazz SInger and his SILICON GULCH (Traditonal/Dixielnd/New Orleans) JAZZ BAND <www.keller.com/silicongulch> have been playing for almost 22 years every Tuesday night from 7 to 10 PM. The Prince of Wales also has a variety of music on Thursday nights. A couple years ago it was voted the best "Night Club" in San Mateo and has been consistently voted best beer bar, best hamburger and other awards. The pubs "Chili Darters" consistently take First to 3rd place at Area Chili cook-offs and have taken 3rd in the nationals in Texas a few years ago. The pub has been recently featured on the "Food Channel" for its Worlds Hottest Hamburger - the Habanero Burger. Your pubilican Jack Curry has owned & operated the Prince of Wales for more than 30 years.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from JOE BITHELL JOE BITHELL, SANTA CLARA, CA
(01/28/2005)

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With about 80 beers to choose from, this is one of your best bets when looking for something specific. On course, you can hand over your "Beers of the World" card and let whoever's tending surprise you.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Bart Evans Bart Evans, Hillsborough, CA
(12/18/2004)

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Harmonicist Red Archibald's trio were on last week. They were Fantastic. When they play here again they are a definite must see.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Billmcguffy Billmcguffy, San Mateo, CA
(05/27/2004)

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The Anchor Steam beer is Kept Just right. The Fish and chips is better than most they serve in England, the batter is good and crisp. Tuesday nights with the Silicon Gulch New Orleans jazz band is something you have to experience for yourself.Fantastik

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Muldoon Muldoon, San Mateo, CA
(05/12/2004)

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So So So So Good Good Good
If this place offered at least one strong, hoppy IPA, I'd be a weekly customer for life. Instead I stop by once a month or so for the fish and chips. Meet the owner if you get a chance, a real character who likes to connect with his customers. My girlfriend thought the place was "filthy" and has no interest in returning. I like the charm of this bar, I just don't like their beer.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Bill Andrejko Bill Andrejko, Redwood City, CA
(10/12/2003)

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I Love the Pub , and Hell Yea The Freakin Hottest Burger Eve. Hope You Like It

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Crossknot Crossknot, San Ma-Gay-yo, CA
(10/11/2003)

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Good Good Great Good Great
Great place. Grotty and very well worn Just the way I like it.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Bill McGuffy Bill McGuffy, San Mateo, CA
(08/29/2003)

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Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! Awesome!
Live bluegrass music every First Thursday night makes this place a monthly stop for me! Excellent food, beer, atmosphere, management, all right here in San Mateo.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Michael Hall Michael Hall, Redwood Shores, CA
(08/03/2003)

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I've been hitting this pub for some time now.It has a cool Brit. pub flavor,low ceilings and all. Also it has an upstairs for partys and such. Now I've had the habanero burger here, and I'm a chilli guy but, this is the hottest thing I have ever eaten. This is not wimps, it hurts plain and simple. Overall great place to hang w/friends and family. So try it!

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from T. Kamp T. Kamp, San Jose, CA
(06/27/2003)

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I could spend every waking minute in this pub. Great menu, great beer, great staff, great atmosphere. Dogs and cigars welcome in the beer garden in the rear, and everyone is welcome all the time. OK, so maybe the Guinness is something short of magical, but the staff sure are. If Michelle or Lisa are tending, you will wish like hell you could live there! Debi and Jack have a great pub, and it's one of my favorites.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Mark Berger Mark Berger, San Mateo, CA
(01/06/2003)

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This is a great pub for a game of darts and the service is friendly, but Jack has got to look to his quality control. Too many skunked pints and sub-par food have made me give up on what used to be a favorite. Live jazz on Tues nights.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Tim Kardos Tim Kardos, San Mateo, CA
(01/06/2003)

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This is a dying breed, not a dive and not a yuppie bar. It's has a casual atmosphere and a lot of history. It's like your favorite old chair; worn but comfortable. No better place to sit and enjoy a beer. It has the most eclectic style of pub-fare I've ever encountered. -The people make the place.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Rev. Lance Henderson Rev. Lance Henderson, Redwood City, CA
(10/16/2002)

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N/A Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! Awesome!
The beer selection and the food are outstanding.They are always comming up with ways to make your experience at the pub an enjoyable one, weather its the comrodery on dart night or a new food item that they have created. You will feel like 'every body knows your name'.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Elizabeth Elizabeth, RIpon, CA
(09/26/1999)

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No frills, no pompus attitude, pure spit and saw dust. If you are looking for a fern bar this is not the place. If you are looking for a real BAR this is the place.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from C. Baranowski C. Baranowski, Northampton, MA
(05/17/1999)

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Guinness tastes like the tap is cleaned with vinegar. Habanero burger must be tried once. During NFL season they have great specials on food and beer. A dive, but at least a relatively cheap one.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from David Grace David Grace, San Mateo, CA
(04/20/1998)

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Good Awesome! Awesome! Great Great
Best fish and chips on the San Francisco Bay peninsula! Not just beer food...

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review San Francisco, CA
(04/12/1998)

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They have a Habanero burger, which is a burger with Habanero paste on it for you Hot food freaks. Only the brave and foolish should try it, if you can finish it they give you a bumper sticker. The rest of the food is typical bar food, nothing memorable.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Bob L. Bob L., Santa Clara, CA
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