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: 6503657777x
  • 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
168 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (121)fit for foodies (106)neighborhood gem (89)romantic (83)notable wine list (46)good for groups (38)great for lunch (35)vibrant bar scene (11)hot spot (9)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • 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
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    • 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
  • Amazing dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We went with another couple and everyone's dish was beautifully arranged and everyone loved what they ordered. The cocktail list had fun drinks on it and the wine list was also well appointed. The specials seemed very seasonally inspired and all foods were plated in good portions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    MDC1046
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Delicious food, service a little slow, our server was young and more of a work in progress than I would have expected for the quality and price of this establishment. I had to ask a second waiter to open our second bottle as our first wait person was busy with other tables. She cruised by our table to remove a cocktail glass without a 'how do you do' or 'would you like to order'. Over the phone corkage was quoted as $25, on the bill $30 (we had two bottles), this was corrected but seemed not in keeping with the service you would expect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Top Drawer Food, Very Slow Service
    coats5
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The menu selections are wonderful and food top drawer. This was our first visit at your restaurant, got impression waiter didn't recognize us as a regular customer, so could have cared less about serving us. The special request I made for a table location was provided by the restaurant receptionist. We plan to come back for the excellent food, and hopefully the second time we receive better prompt service.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Excellent food and service. Noise level was high for older ears. We celebrated an anniversary and free desert was provided to the couple.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Locarno
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This has always compared to San Francisco dining 25 years ago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Note to self...Go More Often!
    ThreeDogDay
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We hadn't been to John Bentley's for awhile and once again we asked ourselves why! We completely enjoyed our experience. Had the very tasty artichoke starter and then the OUTSTANDING figs and gorgonzola. My main was the beautifully prepared swordfish and my husband another starter - a beet ravioli. Both excellent. Sticky toffee cake (still thinking about it - so good) and a peanut butter genaché for dessert. The 4 stars for service was just because I felt our wait person was a bit rushed but we were well taken care of.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    oldfoodie
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We went here for our anniversary and had wonderful entrees. The waitress was very knowledgeable about the wines and dishes. She even provided a sampling of two Pinot Noires to help decide which one to get. The sweetbreads that I had were incredible. My wife's steak was excellent also. We were given free deserts to celebrate the occasion. We just shared one. The booths are arranged facing the other tables in a long narrow area. It feels less private...a minor issue.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday's Celebration
    ViviMendez
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    My plan was to take my husband to celebrate his birthday in one of the best restaurants of the Peninsula. I checked all the good reviews and John Bentley's was in the list. At the moment we arrived our table was ready, nice smiles and greeting :) The service was really fast, we loved it! Even though the food is a little expensive, it's worth; I knew I was paying for good food, quality and service. One star less because the waitress asked me what to drink and I asked back "what do you have to drink" and she didn't understand my question mentioning my question was very vague. Of course, that made me feel uncomfortable, so I didn't give extra tip.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant Evening
    NOLAfan
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    John Bentley'e is one of our favorite local special ocasion spots. Menu had a lot of good things on it - had trouble making a selection. Food was very good. Stuffed figs appetizer set the tone for my veal dish. My wife started with roasted beet ravioli appetizer and then the double cut pork chop. Very nice bottle of David Bruce Pinot made the evening quite memorable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Dinner
    luvvansVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Enjoyed a very nice birthday dinner. Bartender, Steve, was great. Drinks were good. Waiter, Bill G. was also great. The lamb & swordfish specials were very tasty. The sauces on the entrees were delicious. The iceberg salad & delicious roquefort(sp) dressing was a good start to the dinner. The sticky toffee pudding dessert (gifted by the restaurant for the birthday celebration) was just the right way to finish. Owner, Mr. Bentley circulated around the tables. Nice touch.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • John Bentley's
    Ladyj
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food was delicious and fresh. The menu had variety without being over or underwhelming . Perhaps needing a new more "trendy" offering . Portion size was appopiate for each course. Although the service was attentive, it was a bit clumsy, The restaurant was full, the bar was full of people were having a great time. I would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    Deva
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We took my sister-in-law there for her 75th birthday. We had a wonderful dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    My husband and I ate John Bentleys for the first time this week. We had a great experience. I loved the dim lighting and friendly staff. The food was GREAT! I will recommend this restaurant to all our family and friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • go you will love it
    nativeca
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    great dining classic experience wait staff was informative and demure food was prepared perfectly menu had good variety with unigue selections without being pretentious
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food and Great Service
    ClaraVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We have been going here for years and are never disappointed. The menu is creative and the food prepared perfectly. The wait staff is friendly and efficient. Highly recommend Bentley's for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, great service & value
    Dinah
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The food was so delicious. Great selection to accommodate the most discriminating eater. The meat items were of high quality and so tender. The fish was fresh too. Desserts can stand on their own merit too. I could have that toffee pudding cake as an entree, it was that good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • delectable wine and food menu
    BayAreaFoodie
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Delightful dining experience - swanky manhattan-type restaurant vibe. Everything we ordered was delicious - from the cream of artichoke soup, fresh halibut with heirloom tomatoes and mouthwatering desserts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening
    Lola88
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The service at John Bentley's is perfect. The hostess, Alexis, was charming, helpful and professional. Our server, Jan, was attentive and knowledgeable. The food was delicious and the night was very special for my husband and me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reliable Meals
    cerfsup
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I don't get out to the west coast very often but I always look forward to a meal at John Bentley's. Never had a disappointing meal and the service is always discreet and timely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    CellarSnobVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I absolutely loved everything about this restaurant. I had the Trumpet Mushroom "paparadelle" for lunch followed up by the warm caramel bread pudding for desert. Yum is all I can say - can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a great choice!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    had never been here but chose to come here to celebrate a milestone birthday for my mother. turns out, it was a spectacular dining experience! the food, the wine, the service and atmosphere all came together in sync. would highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dinner
    laff1
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Great food. I get the same thing every time I come, as I have never had a pork chop like theirs. I can't get myself to deviate! Had the watermelon/crab salad to start and it was excellent. Great service too. We like that you it isn't too noisy either. You can actually hear the people across the table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • jbird15
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Service was very good, waitress knowlegable and gave great menu advice. Pork belly and watermelon appetizers very good. Scallops excellent, veal perfectly cooked, grilled rib eye with cabernet sauce, what else can you say? You won't be disappointed. Almost forgot, simple dessert menu but fantastic. Bar service and drinks were excellent.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Find not too far from SFO
    matineeVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Needed a place for dinner not too far from the airport. Was a little disappointed to have to wait 20 minutes for a table for two with an 8:15 reservation. The restaurant was busy, but not too loud which made for nice dinner conversation. Ordered a cup of soup to start before the appetizers and was very pleased when the sommelier brought a complimentary cup for my wife as well. A nice touch. Had a duck appetizer and quail appetizer and both were well prepared. The tuna entrée was quite nice. The double cut pork chop had a panko crusting that reminded me of an upscale shake n bake. It was good, but I would probably just prefer a nice pan sear then oven baked or grilled. Overall a nice dinner in a nice restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Incredible Quality
    Camill
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    What a great find! It's a bit of a quieter scene which is perfect for those dinners where you want to talk and hear conversation. Add to that, the excellent quality of food and great service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special evening
    CoffeeGuy
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Everything about the dinner was exceptional, the wait staff, the food and the environment
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good dining
    MissyP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We dine at John Bentley's on special occasions. The noise from the bar area made dinner conversation difficult without raising our voices. Have never been disappointed with the food selection, service or ambience, but do wish there was some way to tone down the noise from the bar.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fabulous special ocassion place!
    zarefans
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    What a great find! Came from out of town to celebrate my sons promotion at work so I found this restaurant on line. It was perfect! Great dinner from our starters to dessert! The service was superb! Thanks for making this special nite a wonderful experience!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.