John Bentley's - Redwood City
John Bentley's - Redwood City

John Bentley's - Redwood City

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.johnbentleys.com/
  • Phone: (650) 365-7777
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: John Bentley
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: John Bentley's offers private dining downstairs for up to 24 people, and a private dining room upstairs, with private bar, for up to 50 people, equipped for AV presentations.
  • Private Party Contact: Vincent Osar 6503657777x52

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Selby Lane
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Private lot directly behind the restaurant.
A word from John Bentley's - Redwood City
Located on the Atherton/Redwood City border, John Bentley's offers New American cuisine, a fun wine list, and warm gracious service with a full bar and banquet facilities.
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John Bentley's - Redwood City reviews from OpenTable diners
177 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (129)fit for foodies (129)neighborhood gem (94)romantic (84)notable wine list (50)great for lunch (37)good for groups (33)vibrant bar scene (11)hot spot (8)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • good food but too loud
    rosa
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    The food was fantastic. The rack of lamb was cooked perfectly. When my date and I arrived, we were taken back by how loud it was in there. We thought about leaving. We were shouting across the table from one another. After some groups left, the noise level was dropped and we could enjoy a conversation. I wouldn't go back unless it was later in the night and it wasn't packed with loud diners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb
    SIW713
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    We were first time diners at this establishment and they made a great first impression. Its a small intimate setting yet not stuffy. The food was was delicious and the service was on point. A few standout dishes were the Scallop entree and pork belly appetizer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Dining Spot
    ClaraVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    We were four for dinner on a Wednesday night. Bentley's was busy and there was a nice buzz. The staff is super and the service excellent. There is a variety of items on the menu that would satisfy anyone's preferences and they will substitute items if you desire. My husband had the veal and I had scallops. Both were outstanding. The best restaurant in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • City Dinning Without the Drive
    whineandine
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Have been to Bentley's numerous times and always enjoy the experience. Dinner was with 3 out-of-town guests and evening was very nice. At times, however, the service disappeared and as a result time between courses lengthened to more than 20 minutes. Kitchen is creative and some of the dishes are excellent. I recommend diners go for what's new.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CarolVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Love your little booths for quiet conversations. Thank you. The watermelon and crab salad is a delight!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious! (Noisy)
    Goldieluvsfood
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Great food, great service, too noisy. Can you do something to reduce the noise?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • consistently great
    steveseabolt
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    John Bentley's never disappoints. Every item on the menu is excellent. Warm welcoming environment. Consistently excellent service. Our 'go to' spot for romantic dinner, special event.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Desserts
    BB4food
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    My friend and I went to John Bentley's to celebrate our birthdays. It has become a tradition for me to have two desserts. For my entree, I had the Blackberry Crisp which was delicious, nicely prepared, and beautifully served. For my dessert, I had the Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake. I was not as impressed by that one. Again, it was beautifully served, but the texture was too much like cake and not the Sticky Pudding texture I expected. My friend had the Canneloni for her entree, and she said it was delicious and wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    SkylarLuciaVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Our server, Dean, was great. The food was outstanding
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • born2eatVIP
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    The restaurant would be perfect if we had the option of black napkins.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a Great Dinner
    ragediandiVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    This was our first time back to John Bentley's after a few years and it was as good as we'd remembered. Staff is fabulous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent as always!
    luncher
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Love going here for dinner and lunch..the service is great, the food is consistently delicious, and the menu changes enough to keep it interesting!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A must try!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    My mom took me here for lunch to celebrate my birthday. I had read yelp reviews and decided we should try it. It did not disappoint! The restaurant was busy but quiet so we could enjoy our conversation. Our waiter was wonderful & attentive. My lemon drop was excellent. We enjoyed the goat cheese, golden beet & arugula salad, I had the pork chop and my mom had the seared ahi. They were all excellent. We had the sticky toffee pudding dessert that was fabulous! I highly recomend it! We will definitely return for dinner. It was so nice to be in a smaller type restaurant where so much care is taken to be sure our experience was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    disappointeddiner
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Nice atmosphere, great food, and great service. We'll be back. Nice for a special occasion or just a night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular Food
    GregVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I've been in the area for 26 years and always had JB on the list to places to visit. Your taste buds will not be disappointed. Outstanding dishes ! Service was a little slow....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very enjoyable
    finefoodfan
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We chose John Bentley's for a special occasion and were not disappointed. Both the food and service were excellent, especially the desserts. We had a very enjoyable evening there and will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service
    FoodaholicVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    This is our third time eating here and every time we've had great food and great service. My husband tried the crispy sweetbreads and was very happy with his selection. I've had two different versions of their scallops and both have been delicious. It's too bad we live about a hour away which makes it inconvenient to go there as often as we would like.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • John Bentley's RC is great! but....
    JnJKVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    John Bentley's is an outstanding restaurant. The food is delicious and innovative. The service is pleasant and very professional. Everything was/is great except that the noise level for such a good restaurant is really high. Even so we will go there again and again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful place
    Anniversary
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We forgot how much we like John Bentley's. Went there to celebrate our 32nd anniversary and the food and staff were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AnnekaVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Food at John Bentley's is always amazing and makes for a memorable experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superior in every way
    thansVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We had a delicious meal and good service in an attractive dining room. I had a roasted artichoke appetizer and sweetbreads entree. Both prepared perfectly. My husband's tuna tartare and veal were equally as good. The only drawback, they have a wine list that is very pricey. We brought our own and paid the corkage.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous dining experience
    PrincessVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The six of us all had fabulous appetizers, delicious and artfully plated dinners. Good wine selection and wonderful service. The desserts were decadent and oh so yummy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service and food
    eats
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The food, wine and service at John Bentley's are outstanding. What an awesome meal! The bar and TV can be loud - ask for a table in a quiet corner if you think the noise might bother you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely dinner & drinks
    luvvansVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Had good cocktails at the bar with Bob, the very friendly bartender. Although $25 for 2 drinks a bit high! Enjoyed Scallops & the Ling Cod special for dinner following their very good blue cheese iceberg salads(a blast from the past) at $10 each. The $32. per entree price was expensive to us for the size of the serving. Angie, our server, was nice. Not everyone is from "old" or "new stock option" money!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fish is fresh and well prepared
    carol
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The sauces are true to form and the vegetables are also cooked to perfection. Overall a very good dinner
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    Happy
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    We had a wonderful evening. Food, service, ambiance...excellent!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Very nice -- good food, nicely presented. Noisy and was hard to carry on a conversation. A bit pricey
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent all around
    Damocles2Eat
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Food so nicely presented the four of us hated to eat it but when we did it was outstanding. Waiter was the best we have ever had except for maybe for those we had on Silver Seas Cruise line
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • can't go wrong
    ddaly
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    If you love good food don't miss John Bentley's. The food was outstanding and the service was excellent. The pork belly appetizer was "to die for" and the entrees magnificent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, ***SLOW*** service!!!
    ig2igVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Food was great, and the chef should get 5 stars - HOWEVER, even though we made a reservation - waited for a while to be seated (in a semi-empty restaurant!) :( NOT good for an expensive place. Then waited for 45 (!!!!!!) min for our meal to be cooked and brought to us - are you SERIOUS???
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Great service, great food, will be back! Looking forward to my next business trip to the West Coast
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Palo Alto Foodie
    BayAreaFoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Came here for a small business dinner. Fantastic portion sizes, well cooked food, and a restaurant that is tailored to Silicon Valley Corporate needs. Cocktail menu was superb, food an equal match. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    Californiafoodie
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great food, good service. We really enjoyed our meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We just celebrated my husbands 65th birthday at JB and it was delightful.. Service was great, and the food better than than the 5 star restaurant we went to for our anniversary...... We didn't leave a morsel of food on any of our plates... I hadn't been to John Bently's in years, but it was just as good, if not better than I remember....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything was great
    NickSFVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We had a work dinner with visitors from the UK. We all enjoyed the starters, mains, dessert and the wine. Lovely dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our Favorites
    2oldfoodiesfromSoCal
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We travel to Menlo Park every other year and have tried many restaurants. So far John Bentley's is our favorite. The wine selection is superb. We have always been pleasantly surprised with our choices and always excited when one of our favorite appi's (the fig and gorg'a cheese) is available. We celebrated our 51st anniversary and received a delicious complimentary dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This restaurant is fantastic. The waitstaff is very attendant and guides you skillfully through the menu. You feel as if you going to a friend's house for dinner. Couldn't have had a better experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Consistent experience: greeting, bar service, waiter service, food, atmosphere. Haven't been for several years (why - we asked ourselves). The food is innovative, but with quality ingredients and a real flair for combinations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food and service
    BillyBoy
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The food was excellent, the service was great. Had a very nice business lunch.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • glad it's in my neighborhood
    ohmysmomVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Although I live in an area which should boast many very good restaurants, that is not the case. Thankfully we have John Bentley"s...The food is wonderful. The service is terrific. It is a constant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate