5.4 out of 10

Ingold / Milldale

37.5916258474258 -122.352454999428
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Safe & Sound
  • Eating Out
  • Internet Access
  • Nightlife
Not great for
  • Childcare
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Pest Free
  • Public Transport
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • LGBT+


3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5


Stretching out just to the south of SFO, the Ingold/Milldale “neighborhood”—I have to put quotation marks around it since I don’t think anyone actually lives here—is known for being home to a ton of hotels. Doubletree, Red Roof Inn, Embassy Suites, Hilton, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and the Vagabond Inn all look to take advantage of SFO’s proximity.

You can roughly divide the Ingold/Milldale neighborhood into 2 sections. There is the long watery stretch which has very little other than airport parking and hotels, except for a Kincaid’s, a classic steak joint right by the side of the bay. It’s the pricey sort of place that people of a certain generation used to go to celebrate anniversaries.

The other section is farther to the north and surrounds the Bayshore Freeway. It too has a more significant proportion of hotels. Here, too, there are a number of restaurants here too. Many of them are popular chain restaurants that travelers are likely to recognize, such as Benihana, El Torito, Max’s Opera Café (if you go for the singing waiter thing) and the Elephant Bar.

Others are more unique to this area: Fandorin is a Russian influenced continental restaurant that sits right at the edge of the bay, giving you an excellent view of the airplanes and landing and taking off. Gulliver’s is another restaurant that I think is unique to Burlingame—it is basically a steakhouse similar to Kincaid’s.

For those of a more active mindset, there is also Caribbean Gardens, a salsa place where you can get lessons or just go to get your Latin groove on. And if you prefer sports, there is the Badminton Center—which deals in all things badminton.

There are a number of commercial businesses here, too. For example: Simply Perfect, a catering place; ABC Supply, a roofing and window’s supplier; and Vector Labs, a medical supplier that specializes in detection and labeling products.

Now, like a lot of places like this it is not that attractive—lots of squat commercial offices south and west of the freeway, and hotels dominating the skyline on the eastern side.

Overall, however, it is not a bad place to go if you want to grab a bite to eat.
  • Good Choice of Hotels
  • Close to SFO
  • Good Restuarants and Nightlife
  • Some Crime
  • No Residential Area
  • Kind of Ugly
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • LGBT+
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5

"Gritty, bayside commercial zone"

Ingold-Milldale is a flat, skinny Burlingame business zone nestled against the vast San Francisco Bay. The area is almost completely commercial and overrun with adequate and open spaced, two-story industrial complexes. This includes unnamed office parks, factory spaces, acres of business parking and nothing else. Each sub section of the community has a bit of a gritty feel to it but boasts a couple blocks of bayside terrain. Yet, the district is rarely visited by the general public, except if you work within the neighborhood’s quarters.

For commuters, the district runs along US Route 101 while also being within close proximity to the Broadway Caltrain and the San Francisco International Airport. In fact, towards the southern edge of the community (along Airport Boulevard) there are a handful of accessible, mid-rise hotels to accommodate the influx of visitors traveling through the San Francisco International Airport. If you’re looking for your shopping options, there is a small neighborhood shopping center situated across El Camino Real. The area provides most everyday household need including a supermarket, a couple restaurants and small chain stores. For young families, Mills High School is also across the street and within a block of the Mills-Peninsula Medical Center.
Recommended for
  • Professionals

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