Welcome to Burlingame
Tree-lined neighborhoods and many shops and restaurants
Burlingame has a lively urban feel, while its beautiful tree-lined streets feature a mix of older traditional and modern homes. More than 18,000 trees cover Burlingame, earning it the name The City of Trees. Burlingame Avenue and Broadway have dozens of shops and restaurants, with more places to eat and drink located along the Bayfront. Local public schools are excellent, and Burlingame High has outstanding athletics facilities, including the region’s largest swimming pool.
Burlingame’s picturesque residential neighborhoods are alive with greenery. Tall trees and well-maintained grassy areas cover its sidewalks, and the front yards of its homes feature colorful flower beds and manicured lawns.
What to love
People & Lifestyle
Burlingame’s prime location amid the tech hubs of Silicon Valley has attracted numerous hi-tech companies to the area, with bio-tech firms being particularly common. The city has a community-orientated and self-contained vibe, combining friendly residential neighbors with many parks and a walkable downtown area.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Burlingame has two main commercial corridors centered on streets running north-south between California Avenue and El Camino Real. The primary downtown district covers the blocks surrounding Burlingame Avenue, with hundreds of stores and restaurants. The smaller Broadway commercial district has a classic small-town America feel, with restaurants interspersed among its friendly mom ‘n’ pop stores. Businesses around Burlingame Avenue range from big-brand retailers Apple and Pottery Barn to independent boutiques such as Les Deux Copines
Restaurants are equally diverse, ranging from casual breakfast and lunch spots like Alana’s Café
to the Michelin-starred contemporary Indian cuisine at Rasa
. Other standouts are family-run Peruvian restaurant Limon Rotisserie
, sophisticated Northern Italian dining at Stella Alpina Osteria
, and exotic Burmese dishes at Mingbala
Nightlife spots along Burlingame Avenue include modern gastropub Barrelhouse
, easygoing Irish pub Paddy Flynn’s
, chic lounge Vinyl Room
, Japanese-style drinks and small plates at I Prive
, and Flights’
buzzing Pan-Asian restaurant and nightclub. Highlights along Broadway include Zagat-rated sweet treats at family-owned Preston’s Candy and Ice Cream
and wood-fired meats and live jazz at Broadway Grill
. New England Lobster Market & Eatery
on Cowan Road has received a Michelin Guide recommendation for its delicious seafood tacos and sandwiches. It also sells fresh and frozen shellfish to take home.
Continuing northwest to the Bayfront, restaurants such as Kincaid’s Fish, Chop & Steak House
and Japanese-style sushi and steakhouse Benihana
combine great food with wonderful waterfront views. The Marriot on Burlingame’s SF Bay shoreline offers fine dining at Hangar Steak
and fantastic cocktails at the upscale Flights 101 Lounge
Things to Do
Burlingame’s historic 1894 Spanish Revival-style train station is on the National Register of Historic Places. As well as being an active Caltrain station connecting Burlingame to other areas, the train station houses Burlingame Hillsborough History Museum
. The Museum frequently adds next items to its collection, the centerpiece of which as a 1908 Fire Department Chemical Wagon. Peninsula Museum of Art
on California Drive features rotating exhibitions from talented Greater Bay Area artists in its five gallery spaces, along with arts classes and 29 studios housing active professional artists.
The City of Trees has many parks and green spaces. Washington Park
has sports fields, a playground, and redwood-shaded picnic areas. Washington Park hosts events such as the Music in the Park
free summer concert series, Art in the Park
in June, and Family Fun Fair
in July. There are also lighted sports fields at Bayside Park
, along with an off-leash dog area and trails taking in magnificent waterfront views. More trails can be found in the natural expanse of Mills Canyon Park
on the Burlingame-Hillsborough border. Coyote Point Recreation Area
on the Bayfront just beyond Burlingame’s northeastern boundary features 670 acres of eucalyptus groves, cultural attractions including the kid-friendly CuriOdyssey
science museum and zoo, and a marina for accessing the Bay’s waters.
Public schools in Burlingame are operated by the Burlingame Elementary and San Mateo Union High School Districts.