Kosher Foods The closest large kosher food selection is at Mollie Stone's in Palo Alto, which is about 25 minutes from S. Mateo (164 S California Ave, Palo Alto, 94306 - (650) 323-8361). In S. Mateo, you can find many kosher food items at Costco in Foster City. There is a Trader Joe's at 1820 South Grant St, San Mateo, 94402 - (650) 570-6140 which has many items with hechshers. There is also a Trader Joe's in Millbrae, which is closer to SFO airport, at 765 Broadway, Millbrae, 94030 - (650) 259-9142.
Kosher Restaurants and Takeout Sabra's Grill Restaurant (419 Grant Ave., S. Francisco, CA 94108 (415) 982-3656). (The Izzys in SF and Jerusalem Bar and Grill were sold and are no longer kosher. Amba is no longer under Vaad supervision.)
For catering and Shabbat meals, try Yes Catering in Palo Alto, (650) 456-7000, and Epic Bites Catering (646) 853-4630.
The closest kosher breakfast and lunch restaurant is Izzy's Brooklyn Bagels at 2220 University Ave in East Palo Alto ((650) 322-5700) and in Palo Alto at 477 N California Ave, Palo Alto ((650) 329-0700). Some products are cholov yisroel, others not.
Lodging If you would like to stay in walking distance of the Chabad Center, the closest hotels are Holiday Inn (3 star) and Best Western (2.5 star), which are about 1 mile away. The Marriott Hotel (4 star) is a 2.3 mile walk. There is a large kiddush after shul on Shabbos day. For Friday night, call our office and we may be able to set you up with a family nearby for a Shabbat meal.
Sponsorship Opportunity Chabad of S. Mateo, like most Chabad centers around the globe, is not funded by Lubavitch Headquarters in Brooklyn, nor do the shluchim receive a salary from headquarters. It is sustained solely through the efforts of the local shluchim and the generosity of local and visiting donors. When traveling, consider a donation to the Chabad center you encounter. Click here to donate online.