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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)
+1 650-591-6525
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
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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menlo park ca
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51 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

First, the view. CalTrain, the Bay, East & South Bays, incoming SFO flights. Days? Very nice, but at night it's magical for those of us who like twinkly lights. Menu is standard, retro, traditional American fare as we've known it for decades. It's a carnivore's delight - steaks, prime rib, pork chops, as well as chicken, prawns, calamari, many green... More 

Thank carol22b
San Mateo, California
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105 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Haven't been in a whikle. Had first seasting on Thanksgiving Day. Service was excellent. Price ok for holiday. Food could have been warmer but overall all was good.

Thank dcs1755
Sunnyvale, California
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319 reviews
217 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Would never have imagined that in a suburban looking cluster of homes there was this sweet restaurant. You can tell it's been arou thend for years! The view is amazing for starters. I met a colleague for a business lunch and everything we had was really good - he had the escargot and ribs, I had the starter size of... More 

Thank ohdonnaoh
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71 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I went here to try out their signature dish of prime rib. We both ordered medium cooked, and it was very good, but not great. The garlic mash potato did not seem to have much garlic flavor, the string bean & rice were par. The servixe was great. The window view was very nice, but $39 seemed... More 

Thank y2ktigr
San Mateo, California
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79 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Welcoming atmosphere, straightforward menu with nicely prepared food. I went on a whim and will be back. Old time bar area with sports on for those looking for a place to watch a game. I ordered the "Vans" scallops which were served as two patties of scallops. It was fantastic and if you love scallops you could not imagine eating... More 

Thank Roger E
Palo Alto, CA
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76 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was my family birthday party, hosted by my two daughters and their 4 children. Even the 4 children (3, 8, 9, and 13) had a wonderful time as well for 3 hours and begged to come back to the restaurant again. The service and food were excellent. We will return for the next family birthday (daughters live in Oakland... More 

Thank Alice G
Sudbury, Massachusetts
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208 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

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 September 28, 2016 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 

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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
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7 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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 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
Bar scene, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
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: +1 650-591-6525

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?