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The Van's Restaurant "On the Hill"

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815 Belmont Ave, Belmont, CA 94002-2013 (El Camino Real)
650-591-6525
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Good for:
Casual Dining

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Visitor rating
  • 15
    Excellent
  • 26
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
beautiful views

Old Peninsula restaurant, food is very good and they have an interesting menu. Their Burgers are sensational, Good bar. The Host is polite but doesn't seem interested. We have been seated by the hostess without a reservation or having to wait, however he seems to make you wait even if you... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
myrna d
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San Mateo, California
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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54 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
San Mateo, California
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Old Peninsula restaurant, food is very good and they have an interesting menu. Their Burgers are sensational, Good bar. The Host is polite but doesn't seem interested. We have been seated by the hostess without a reservation or having to wait, however he seems to make you wait even if you have a reservation about 15 minutes, then we were... More 

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59 reviews 59 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Service is just great, Food over the top. My wife and I tried a new salad we had not ever tried. Chopped greens, tomato and bacon with blue cheese dressing stuffed in a lightly battered onion. Wow was that perfect. My wife had chicken livers and I had scallops Both are signature dishes to this Restaurant and they were awesome.... More 

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Bozeman
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74 reviews 74 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Van's has a classic 1950's supper-house feel with romantic booths, great service and a bar area that has an excellent local-joint vibe. Everything about our dinner experience last month was great, from the Martinis, bacon wrapped prawns (garlic for days!) and stuffed mushroom appetizers, to the wine and filet mignon, and fresh berries dessert with cappuccino. Dinner for 4 was... More 

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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Party seated easily - no waiting for the reserved table. Most had one of the dinner specials - cooked appropriately. Server (Russell) was excellent.

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San Francisco, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We have been here on many different occasions and each time the staff and the food has been fantastic. We have been there on 'date' night as well as with our newborn and each time the staff has been helpful, never making comments or giving strange looks when our little one cried. The food is always wonderful and they are... More 

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014 via mobile

We went based on reviews here. When we arrived with 4 kids I began to reconsider but the prices were reasonable and they had something for everyone. We were all amazed that the check was well under $200 we had expected it the other way. Completely enjoyed ourselves and the view of San Francisco to San Jose!

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Belmont, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We visit Van's at least 6 times a year. We always get great service, and the food is always great. Love the "Van's Scallops", but REALLY love Vollei Balls!!

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Oceanside, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

We had a window table and the view was amazing! We were a party of 3 and decided to share the bacon wrapped shrimp that was nestled on a baguette. We were blown away by how fantastic this item is. I enjoyed the salmon that was prepared with spinach and risotto - absolutely yummy and a nice size piece of... More 

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San Francisco
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152 reviews 152 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Van's has been here forever, but it is still a worthy destination. The history is interesting, the location with the view great for out-of-towners and the food is way above average with good preparation. The sourdough French bread is delicious. It can be noisy at peak times and there is some elegance in the setting. We have enjoyed the turkey... More 

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San Jose, California
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72 reviews 72 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

We ate here for the second time, the last time being more than 25 years ago. Now I remember why I have not been back in such a long time. But let’s start with the positives: 1. We had an early 5 PM dinner. The view as the sun is setting is impressive. We had a corner window table (we... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 815 Belmont Ave, Belmont, CA 94002-2013
    (El Camino Real)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Belmont
  • Phone Number: 650-591-6525

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 8:00 pm

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