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The Van's Restaurant On the Hill

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$$ - $$$
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815 Belmont Ave, Belmont, CA 94002-2013 (El Camino Real)
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat - Sun 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sudbury, Massachusetts
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209 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a 4:00 early dinner and thought we'd be the only ones there but there were 5 tables that went in with us. The place was a bit obscure but with a great view. We loved it. Probably only people who know about it go there. We had the veggie lasagna-super divine. The ribs were St Louis style and... More 

Thank jo k
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I am so fortunate to have this long standing restaurant in my town. When you walk through the doors you are greeted like an old friend. I have never been disappointed. Great place to lunch and enjoy the views of the bay. Dinner is always a wonderful experience. The Prime Rib is terrific! The waitstaff at both lunch and dinner... More 

1 Thank Chris E
San Francisco, California
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

In one word: underwhelming Nice location with a cute history. Somewhat awkward walk up some steep stairs, so ladies be wary if you're wearing high heels. The view has potential, if you have a clear day (and by that I'm mostly referring to the smog). But after that everything just kind of sinks downhill. The most important part of the... More 

Thank Wanderlustfulme
Belmont, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

Vans has always been a good experience for us. We visit for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year, and Memorial Day or July 4th. The food is excellent and the views are wonderful. Enjoy!

Thank Theo H
Sunnyvale, California
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78 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

I love that The Vans is classy yet not at all stuffy. It's a great place for a special occasion. I was here with my hubby for our 39th anniversary and it did not disappoint! I had the scallops - wow- two huge scallops, breaded and probably fried in butter - heavenly and so rich! My husband had the filet... More 

1 Thank Jeanette1
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45 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

Vans is apparently a local institution, and has a menu that speaks to that. The food is solid fare- comfort food really- and the view of the south bay is great. Service is friendly and efficient, not such a great wine choice and cocktails can be good (though depends who is on at the bar). All in all an experience...though... More 

Thank peter w
San Mateo, California
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91 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016

HAD A 50TH BIRTHDAY PARTY. A little expensive. Service was good but slow. Free parking but hard to walk. Long time in same location.

Thank dcs1755
San Francisco
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114 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2016

The setting and history of this restaurant make going there well worthwhile. The views are fantastic if you can get a window seat........sometimes the bar noise drifts into the restaurant a little too much. The food could be better.......

Thank SanFranciscoVoyager
Belmont, California
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51 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2016

I love prime rib. As far back as I can remember, which is around 1950, the prime rib has always been a rather slender but tasty piece of meat. NOT THIS TIME. (wife and daughter each had 5 ribs...the prime cost as much as both their meals). BUT, this was the most deliciously flavored hefty slab of prime rib I... More 

1 Thank robert g
Belmont, California
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2016

We always get the prime rib because it is consistently amazing! Add escargot or onion soup to start and a side of creamed spinach with the prime rib...and you have perfection with about 5,000 calories, and worth every pound!

Thank 777LivingTheDream

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Private Dining, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Families with children, Large groups, Romantic
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 815 Belmont Ave, Belmont, CA 94002-2013
    (El Camino Real)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Belmont
  • Phone Number: 16505916525

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?