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The Van's Restaurant "On the Hill"

815 Belmont Ave, Belmont, CA 94002-2013
650-591-6525
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Ranked #11 of 68 restaurants in Belmont
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: El Camino Real
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English first
Belmont, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This is a landmark place to go and it deserves all of the excellent ratings and has the qualities that people write about. They have also started using Groupons, so it make it much more affordable. For me, my only negative was parking, which is sort of slanted off onto the downward side of the hill it's on. I have... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

I has scallops and my boyfriend had the prime rib. We both enjoyed our food and the sunset. I loved the views and the history of this place. Staff was very friendly and we spent good three hours here. We were glad that we did not order any appetizers we would have popped otherwise. In the end a nice cup... More

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San Francisco Bay Area, Us
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Dine at here on Sunday the 4th of May.Food is great and have nice view over look Foster City and San Mateo.. nice one. I will go back again!

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Redwood City, California
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179 reviews 179 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

We made a reservation for Mother's Day. Got a corner table ( a little tight ) with a nice view. Mary was our server and very attentive. Our drink order was returned promptly and Mary explained the menu thoroughly. The busser replenished the bread quickly. My wife ordered the prime rib ( it was delicious ). My son and I... More

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Bay Area
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554 reviews 554 reviews
444 restaurant reviews
184 helpful votes 184 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

3 1/2* "The history of The Van's is a colorful tale that dates back to around the turn of the century. Built in 1915, it originally was erected to house part of the Japanese Exhibition at the Panama Pacific International Exposition held in the San Francisco Marina District in commemoration of the opening of the Panama Canal." Traditional steak house... More

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San Francisco, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Went back because of a Groupon, deciding to try it again after a few years. Walked there for a 5.30pm dinner on a Sunday. Seated upstairs, chairs not comfortable for the slow service. Only one server. Had the steak; not good. The stuffed pork chop was nice. Desert was good. If you have to, go for the view, but not... More

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Boston, United Kingdom
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78 reviews 78 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

They have their steak specials but I like their buttery escargots. It's an institution in Belmont. Great view up on the hill. Parking can be a bit tricky. Make sure you make reservations. They have several rooms and available for corporate functions.

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Redwood City, California
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103 reviews 103 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

Been here for dinner at least a dozen times and always enjoy my dinner. Last night I had the 1/2 local range chicken which was almost like a whole chicken in size. Very moist and tender cooked just right. My wife had the pork chop with mash potatoes which she was cooked perfect for her. The view at night was... More

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Danville. CA
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60 reviews 60 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

Fantastic View of the Bay Area. I wonderful local hangout. Bartender was friendly and food is tasty. Not fantastically tasty but good and worth going back. Chicken livers are very rich and tasty with a cold beer! I have not had dinner there, just drinks, but look forward to a sit down dinner with the best view of the Bay... More

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Oceanside, California, USA
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8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Been stopping by the Van's for 30 years. Great Bay view, good food. Bar is full of locals. Always a friendly crowd.

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