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

John Bentley's - Redwood City Details

  • 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 (650) 365-7777 x52

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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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We took my sister-in-law there for her 75th birthday. We had a wonderful dinner."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "great dining classic experience wait staff was informative and demure food was prepared perfectly menu had good variety with unigue selections without being pretentious"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Everything about the dinner was exceptional, the wait staff, the food and the environment"
    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."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Great service, great food, great ambiance. We enjoyed artichoke soup/watermelon and crab salad/NY strip/pork chop/sticky toffee cake with ice cream. Wonderful."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "A word to the wise......this is the place to be for any occasion. Food has flavor beyond comparison and ambience is superb."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "My husband tried the sweetbreads for the first time as was pleasantly surprised. A low-lit restaurant with beautiful finishes gave us the feeling that we were in an upscale restaurant nestled in Redwood City. Service was excellent!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The salads were terrible, bland, wilted, and expensive. It is a dark restaurant and not worth it for lunch."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The two stars for food? Our first course was Caesar Salad, which looked and tasted as though it had been assembled from one of those kit boxes found in grocery store delis, right down to the stale, tasteless croutons. Note to the kitchen: Please learn to make this dish correctly. The rest of our dinner was very well done, though the dishes were not outstanding or particularly creative. The service was excellent, and apart from the hard-bottomed chairs, this is a pretty, relaxing place."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Everything was great. We were celebrating 3 birthdays and they made very nice birthday desserts for us."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "went to john Bentley's for our anniversary the other night. excellent dinner as always. attentive service tho the waiter Che was hopping with several tables to serve. Food was prepared to perfection. great varied appetizers and superb entrees with intriguing specials. Lamb dish was very tasty and my wife's pork chop was tender and seasoned so well. will be back!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Since this place has been around for so long (though I'd never tried it), I was prepared for ordinary and tired. It's anything but! The food, while described very simply on the menu, definitely exceeded my expectations. It was delicious and presented beautifully. Much more complex than many restaurants. The tuna tartare was wonderful and the sole was really delicious. My husband's hangar steak was not only delicious but very creatively presented. Kudos to John Bentley's for keeping things fresh!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "All of us really enjoyed 4 different meals. Lamb special, veal medallions, Ahi, Hanger steak. Special appetizer & salads were also very good. Noisy, but have been there when it was noisier! Bob, bartender & waitperson (136) were wonderful. We will return!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Bentley's has once again surpassed our expectations for another special occasion luncheon! This time, as a small group of 5, we had a private round table in the back, excellent service, a warm welcome from all of the staff---our favorite watermelon/crab salad and wonderful desserts. We never felt rushed, and were allowed to linger throughout the lunch hours. I highly recommend John Bentley's Restaurant for lunch and dinner, especially if you want to celebrate a special occasion!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We celebrated our son's birthday there for dinner. The food was excellent--one of the best Ahi Tuna dinners that I've ever had. The service was exceptionally good--friendly and timely."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The service and food at John Bentley's was excellent, much better than expected. The courses and imagination of combining ingredients was fantastic. Not necessary to drive to San Francisco to find a great restaurant. Recommend the pork chop highly. I am not a pork lover, but it was amazing."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We dined to celebrate my husband's 50th birthday with another couple and everything was EXCELLENT! Our friend's husband is definitely a foodie and said when we were leaving that this was the best meal he's had out in a restaurant in a long time."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Once again, John did not disappoint us when we celebrated our anniversary with my wife's brother and his wife. John's is our go to place to show out of town guests you don't have to drive to San Francisco for a great meal. The Domaine Chandon Le Reve champagne for our toasts was worth the price and we were not rushed to order. The grilled watermelon Dungeness crab avocado salad was a surprising hit. The goat cheese stuffed grilled fig special was divine. I never regret ordering the sole with the best lemon caper Beurre Blanc sauce anywhere. Three wonderful different desserts complimented our meal."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "My family went to John Bentley's for my birthday. As usual, it was a great evening. I had the Moroccan lamb special, quite different and very tasty, with cumin and curry. Two others in our party had the scallops, which were also excellent, as was the fig appetizer. Plus the sticky toffee pudding to cap it off."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "One of the worst experiences I've had. Hostess offered the wine list and I asked about the corkage fee. She said $20. The bill came and we were charged $30. I brought this to the attention of the waitress and she said, "Oh she made a mistake, she's new here. It's $30." I said, okay, but she told us $20. She took the bill and said "I'll be back." The manager shows up and says, " Do you have a question on the corkage fee?" I had to explain again. He left and came back and said "Yes I talked to her and she did tell you $20 but she's new here." Thought it was resolved. Then the waitress comes back with the bill and they didn't change it. Couldn't believe it. Had to talk to the manager again. He didn't get it so I left. Paid $173."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Was looking for a nice restaurant on the Peninsula (between SF and SJ) to celebrate my mom's 84th birthday. Made a reservation at this restaurant for the first time based on the good reviews for 4 adults for dinner on a Monday at 5pm. The food was delicious, the service outstanding and the ambience was perfect! Parking was easy in their back lot. We tried 3 appetizers (crab/watermelon/avocado, shrimp/mozzarella/tomato, duck), 4 entrees (scallops, pork chop, mahi mahi, veal), 2 desserts (bread pudding, sticky toffee pudding cake) & wine - We would order all again. Tried a taste of every dish and every one was delicious and wonderfully put together (accompaniments). Looking forward to returning and trying more items on their menu!!!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "We had a reservation & we were taken in right away instead of waiting for couple of minutes. The menu special was excellent-I had the seared lamb medium rare & it was cooked exactly to my desire. Excellent & service as well, the waitress was friendly."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Our entrees were tasty and the presentation was fitting for this cozy place perfect for a quiet meal. Our server was very attentive and knowledgeable. The entrees were in the mid to high $20s, which seemed a bit high for the amount of food, but overall it was a nice place."
    Dined on 6/14/2014