El Camino Real and Sneath Lane • San Bruno, CA 94066

(650) 873-2000


Score (8.5 out of 10)

Tanforan Mall in San Bruno opened to large crowds on October 7, 2005. Replacing the old Tanforan Park, this new mall is clearly a hit. Outstanding architectural elements and tasteful lighting, this mall is simply stunning.


Tanforan mall is chic; beautifully designed and decorated. The architects, Altoon + Porter, are known for other famous mall renovations, including Las Vegas’ The Fashion Show mall. The ceiling is stunning, with the latest in lighting design. At night, it glows a beautiful blue. Careful attention was given to detail, including fixtures and neutral flooring. The mall appears upscale and demands attention. Only Westfield Valley Fair Mall and Westfield Oakridge Mall could compare in terms of design.


We found many mid-end shops, but a disproportionate number of stores geared towards teenagers. Although like any new mall, we expect it will mature and better reflect the area over time.

A Century Theatres is now open and accessible from the second level of the food court.


A gorgeous two-story food court can be found near the BART entrance. You’ll find an excellent selection of eateries with food from around the world.


Tanforan mall sits on a small site. However, plenty of parking garages are available, but all in the back (near Target). The El Camino Real side of the mall is sometimes congested and parking is difficult. For that reason we recommend the garage by Target.


Tanforan mall is conveniently located of I-380 in San Bruno CA. Exit north on El Camino Real and the mall is on your right.

From BART, the mall is just steps away from the San Bruno station.


Mondays – Saturdays

10 AM – 9 PM


11 AM – 7 PM

Anchor Stores:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Century Theatres
  • JC Penney
  • Sears
  • Target


Official Site: Shops at Tanforan

Stores: 113

Type: Superregional center

Enclosed: Yes

GLA: 100,149.477 m2 (1,078,000 sq. ft.)

Levels: 2

Architects: Altoon + Porter

Owner: Wattson Breevast, LLC

Management Company: General Growth Properties

Year First Opened: n/a

Year Renovated: 2005


Size: Large

Architectural Appearance: Chic

Cleanliness: Hospital clean!

Occupancy: Bursting at the seams!

Stores: Mainstream/Upscale/Unique to area

Store Quality: Average (-0.5)

Parking: Average (-0.5)

Location: Very convenient

Services: Website, information booth, printed directories (-0.5)

Uniqueness: One-of-a-kind gem!

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