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John Bentley's

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American, Contemporary
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2915 El Camino Real, Redwood City, CA 94061-4003 (Selby Ln.)
AC Transit
650-365-7777
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5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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Visitor rating
  • 49
    Excellent
  • 18
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Lunch"eon"

Met friends for a overdue lunch! Wanted to go to a place locally for the "ladies who lunch. " John Bentley is near my home and I had not been in a few years. Not only was the service great, our waiter understood our "timeline" without us having to declare we were in no hurry. I was surprised to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Ruthless32
via mobile
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Met friends for a overdue lunch! Wanted to go to a place locally for the "ladies who lunch. " John Bentley is near my home and I had not been in a few years. Not only was the service great, our waiter understood our "timeline" without us having to declare we were in no hurry. I was surprised to see... More 

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Thank Ruthless32
San Jose, California
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37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

A couple of months ago, based on the great reviews already on Yelp about John Bentley's, I decided to have dinner there. I was amazed that I could get a same-day reservation on opentable.com, but it was midweek and I arrived at 5:30 pm, ahead of the dinner crowd. I was greeted in a friendly manner and seated at a... More 

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Thank ladyjazz17
Redwood City, California
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36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

Located at the confluence of Redwood City, Menlo Park and Atherton on El Camino, this medium-sized fine restaurant is both elegant and informal, a good place for a special occasion with spouse and or friends. The menu changes with the seasons and available local ingredients, and the appetizers and entrees are interesting and creative blends of what is fresh and... More 

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Thank ghsfcal
Redwood City, California
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

My go to, reliable excellent food and service,casual, fine dining destination on the Peninsula-Great bar, terrific food, and excellent service

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Thank JK1931
Columbus, Ohio
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223 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

We learned not to try to find this place at night...no indication of the parking lot accessed by a teeny driveway. We circled around the neighborhood to get a second try. But once inside all was good. Perhaps the best hanger steak ever, actually tender and nicely accompanied, too. Wine list is different, with very little regional representation from the... More 

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Thank rac-columbus
Redwood City, California
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

This fine dining establishment has become a habit, I admit, so they have earned the fifth star. The Pork Chop with black cherry chutney (the scalloped potatoes were very good with it) and the sticky toffee pudding cake were spectacular. The service is text book good, and one of the features of John Bentley's we like the most.

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Thank ReynJohnson
San Jose, California
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

John Bentley's is a bit pricey, but we're determined to go at least for special occasions. The food is outstanding and the chef has solid skills. If you're looking for overrated "experimental" cuisine, this is not your place. If you're looking for absolutely delicious food beautifully presented and with good service, you won't be disappointed. The pork chops were spectacular.

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Thank Karlyn B
San Francisco, California
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94 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015 via mobile

Visited there based on customer review. Bumped into my favorite waiter Michael who used to work at the Village Pub. Glad. Parking is kind of strange. Very dark restaurant. Noisy. My server is just ok. Food taste plating quality from start to finish is totally forgettable. Nothing extraordinary. Feel like a fancy diner for some reason. Will not return (... More 

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Thank SL65-Cora
Redwood City, California
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95 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

This is a very expensive, fine dining restaurant. Be on your best behavior and dress accordingly. The food is small portions, well plated, and very good. The drinks are superb. The lighting is low, the ambiance is quiet and respectful. It's a smaller sized restaurant, so the service is very good and prompt. It's a great place for a special... More 

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Thank 5150rocks
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40 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

We chose the place based on its proximity to where we were staying and walked in without a reservation. The staff were extremely accommodating and food was excellent with a good vegetarian selection. A very pleasant surprise given the location and our lack of planning.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2915 El Camino Real, Redwood City, CA 94061-4003
    (Selby Ln.)
  • Public Transportation: AC Transit
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Redwood City
  • Phone Number: 650-365-7777

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 40
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
Open Hours
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?