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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
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 24
    Excellent
  • 36
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
historically important 1915 Japanese pavillion from PPIE S.F. fair

love this place! If only the walls could talk! Was once a speakeasy and bordello, still has a full bar and decent restaurant. cocktail with a view!

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 21, 2015
luggedsteel
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Los Altos, California
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Burlingame, California
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55 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went here for dinner with a party of 6. Reservations when arrived were perfect and no waiting to get in on a very crowded Saturday night. Lots of choices on the menu and our table actually had 5 different entrees which were all served together and were all perfect. The service was also very good and the wine pours were... More 

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1 Thank richpvihbass
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

We go here every time we get together as a family. It's a classic superclub from another era. Great service, good food, and fabulous cocktails. Love it.

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1 Thank Ruth H
San Francisco, California
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

We've been here several times now and enjoy our meals every time. The steaks are done exactly as specified, even the creamed spinach is very tasty and could have been a meal in itself, given the portion size. My vegetarian lasagna was also done just right, not often a given in a place that specializes in steaks. The service is... More 

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1 Thank ARay456
Los Altos, California
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59 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

love this place! If only the walls could talk! Was once a speakeasy and bordello, still has a full bar and decent restaurant. cocktail with a view!

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Thank luggedsteel
california
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98 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Everytime we go to the Van's I am never disappointed. The wait staff is amazing and the food is awesome. I love going here to celebrate the special occasions. The restaurant sits on top of a hill, the views looking over Belmont towards the San Mateo bridge can be spectacular.

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1 Thank snookiet
San Francis
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46 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

I've been here a few times over the years. The restaurant is one of the oldest in the area and I heard its building was physically relocated from another place in SF to its current location. The views are excellent. The food is great.

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Thank Hemant M
San Francisco, California
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34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015 via mobile

I've been to Vans many times, but this was the first time I went during the week and it was great. We started with the mini corn dog appetizers which were a great change of pace. We loved them! Then we had their jumbo prawns which were excellent - nice and meaty in a lightweight tempura like batter. We ended... More 

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Thank TimeforRnR
Kansas City, Kansas
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36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

Walked in on a Monday evening with no reservation and were seated right away. The waiter was in his forties and very professional at his job. Great menu selection. I had the chicken parmesan. The marinara sauce was almost as good as my wife's sauce. It was a fresh tomato reduction with fresh oregano, thyme, and basil. The chicken was... More 

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1 Thank DannyM80
Sacramento, CA
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123 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Great view from the restaurant. Can see from San Francisco, Mount Diablo, to the south bay. Place looks like it was builtin the 1960's or 1970's and needs a facelift. Food was ok.

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Thank petrod21
Redwood City, California
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176 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015 via mobile

We visit here a couple times a month for the bar bites and cocktails at the bar. Friendly service and great view. The escargot is delicious. 😎🍹🍷

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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?