A nice evenig
Made reservations with open table, confirmed by email, smooth. The restaurant has a great view of the bay all around. The menu has a large selection to choose from, steaks, pasta, seafood. We shared a Caesar salad and I had the BLT onion ring salad- very novel and I enjoyed it. Our 4 top had 2 pastas, beef stroganof, and the pork chop. My pork chop was perfectly cooked- nice and moist. My daughter added a bowl of clams to her fettucini- no problem. Xyzinfandle was $20.00 and was very nice. Deserts were tasty and pretty. It was he Sat evening before Mother's Day and everything was neat and clean, we enjoyed our visit and were not rushed at all.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
I have always loved the Van's. Food, Service, and Ambiance are always perfect.
5/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
One of my favorite restaurants
One of my favorite restaurants in the Bay Area with a beautiful view.
Love coming here on Wednesdays cause of their awesome tasting Cream of Chicken soup.
5/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love their cream of chicken
Love their cream of chicken soup, thai chicken salad and white chocolate banana cream pie.
Keep up the good cooking !!
6/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always great at Van's for lunch!
My friend & i always meet at Van's for a luncheon occasion. We are well taken care of & the service & food are very good.
Sand Dabs & Scallops were very good.
6/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
For Ladies who Lunch!
Loved the view, the waiter, the owner and the food & cocktails! Will be back soon!
6/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
A view to remember.
This classic restaurant located in an historical buillding, with views from every window, can best be remembered for fine food and a friendly atmosphere. A pleasure to dine there.
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food! Filet Mignon and
Great food! Filet Mignon and Beef Brisket--both very tender, melt-in-your-mouth excellence. Service outstanding--Cameron was our server. Very attentive, friendly. I'd come again.
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hear a lot but never been
Hear a lot but never been there. So, on a Father's Day decided to give it a try, finally.
Place were a little bit of overcrowded. And instead of private (away from traffic) table, we get seated, I would say, on the semi-private one on the second floor. Which wasn't that bad, considering the floor plan. Also, would like to add: the interior very simple and kind of modern; chairs very uncomfortable.
But the food was very, very delicious and in very good portion from a special Father's Day Menu. Drinks were very good too, especially the "Blue Lagoon". Server guy were kind of slow, but very nice and attentive.
I would definitely return in there again.
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
great place to celebrate
super place to go for father's day dinner. always good straight forward food.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Vans has been around for at least 1968 when we started dining there.... The food is eclectic - from the excellent Prime Rib to the very tasty Chicken Livers...The wait staff was excellent present but not intrusive. The desserts - were large enough to share...
All in all fine food , great view of the Bay and all very reasonably priced.. A Belmont Bargain overlooking the Bay
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
As good as always. Friendly, knowledgeable staff who always appear when you want. Same menu always cooked perfectly. Same with the daily specials. Highly recommended.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and view
We had dinner on the 4th of July, it was really busy. We were graciously greeted and seated after a couple of minutes. Our server was friendly and helpful in fulfilling our dinning requests, we were a party of 4. Even though it was a very busy evening we were never rushed and truly felt like guests. Our salad, entree, and dessert were completely satisfying and delicious, home made desserts. I had the berry shortcake, yummy.
7/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
An Old Friend
Like visiting an old friend.....comfortable and consistent.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
The service was beyond excellent
The service was beyond excellent as well as the meal.
7/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our favorite Bay Area restaurant. Consistently good food and service. Fantastic view sitting in a booth by the window. Although we live in the Sacramento area, we dine here at least 4 times a year. We'll be back!
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had not been here in many
Had not been here in many years and was not disappointed. The food was good, the ambience amazing. We sat at the window with a view of the Bay. They have many tables that have excellent views. My only criticism was the size of the portions but we did have leftovers for lunch the next day!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great menu with many choices--the
Great menu with many choices--the soft shell crab and escargot dishes were especially fine. Window seats offer terrific view.
Very relaxed atmosphere with good table service.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
A very nice evening
Went out with the "boss" for dinner. We had a few issues with seating and wine glasses, but these were promptly solved and the rest of the evening was very pleasant. We had the lamb and some pasta. Both were done excellently. The staff was helpful with our issues and we did not feel rushed.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very unique place. That's what I liked most about it. The host could've been nicer and more accommodating of my window seat preference, but other than that and the high prices for a college student, it was a great experience. The food was awesome, the location, view, and ambiance was awesome. Oh yeah, and the bread was extremely crunchy. (in a bad way)
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, Great view, Great place
Look, if you want and intimate setting with great food and a view of the bay area from San Francisco to San Jose, this place is it!
Bring your wallet, especially if you order the decadent Rib Eye.
Oh, and if you go around the holiday season the whole place is lit up with lights.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great view + fine food!
This was our first time for dinner after several lunches which we had found to be excellent. Our appetizers were excellent. Our main courses, the 12-0z beef filet and the beef filet medallions were beautifully prepared and tasted wonderful. The restaurant has a magnificent view which is best seen at sunset. The service by our waiter, Tony, could not have been better. All of the wait staff did a great job. This becomes one of our favorite places to dine on the Peninsula. We look forward to going back soon. Highly recommended!
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love the Van's!!!
We had an amazing experience the other night at Van's! It was my husband's birthday and we had "Tony" as our waiter! Wonderful recommendations, excellent wine, and very attentive service. We were NOT rushed or made to feel like we should be rushing. Food was excellent - view fabulous - a perfect evening!
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always look forward to Van's for lu
We always look forward to having lunch at Van's. The Salmon special was Not as good as the Sand Dabs I usually have. The spinach & mushroom served under the salmon did not work well. However, the fried prawns were wonderful as usual.
7/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
This is our favorite Bay Area restaurant. Even though we live in Granite Bay (30 miles NE of Sacramento) we dine at The Van's 3 or 4 times a year. We celebrated my 50th Birthday there with a group of 25 ten years ago! The food is very good and the variety of offerings is outstanding. The servers are very attentive, particularly Gio whom we've had our last 2 visits. Even my mother, who is not a big fan of eating out, enjoys going to The Van's!
8/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Dining at Van's...
Fabulous food every time! Loved the Prime rib, large portion for meat lovers & very tender too. I added creamed spinach, which is aptly named as it's really creamy. I had a dessert with toffee pieces in it, big enough to share and everyone loved it!
Our sever, Cameron, the hostess and everyone at Van's were very friendly and accommodating. Next time I go to Van's I may just
try something different from their menu!
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is one of my favorite
This is one of my favorite restaurants in the peninsula. Food is always good here and the staff is GREAT !!
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have been coming here for years, and the Food continues to be excellent. The staff is friendly and accommodating. Love, Love, Love the Vans!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Steaks a must try
The food and service was very nice.
The view must have been wonderful when they started the restaurant.
Now all cheap houses have cropped up.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Met 2 friends for dinner who
Met 2 friends for dinner who drove up from San Jose, They were very pleased. We had steak, pork chop and burgers plus bread pudding. All excellent, but the appetizer of bacon wrapped prawns was great.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Touchdown for the Van's!
We always enjoy eating at the Van's. They score touchdown after touchdown with their good food & service. They have also scored BIG for large birthday parties & other special events.
9/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Adrian was our waiter, and
Adrian was our waiter, and very attentive as always; All staff especially efficient and friendly on this visit. Great food and particularly the desserts were excellent.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice birthday lunch for the "girls"
We were 2 women both celebrating the same milestone birthday. We both enjoyed the sand dabs and the wine. Always enjoy the Van's!
9/12/2013 5:00:00 PM
THE DEEP FRIED SHRIMP ARE THE BEST IN THE BAY AREA AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED. I ORDER THEM EVERY TIME WE GO THERE. PRIME RIB IS GREAT TOO. WE GO THERE FOR MOST OF OUR SPECIAL OCCASIONS.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Classic scenic restaurant with food
I've been a Van's fan for decades. Interesting history of the building, awesome bay view, and consistently good food. Perhaps the biggest surprise is the periodic change and updating of their menu to be current and interesting, yet maintaining the high quality of their food. Love it!
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for dining
We were a party of four. The food was terrific The ambience terrific. I always enjoy, if opportunity comes along, inviting small group entertainment. Usually the service persons assigned to my table were very congenial and pleasant and accommodating. This time the service personal assigned to my table, although accommodating, needs to put a smile on his face and be a little more pleasant. Thank you for the delicious dinner. Am looking forward to the next dining experience. But please a more pleasant service person!
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Neighbourhood Spot
The Van's Restaurant is a good spot whether you are looking for a romantic night with good food and a good view or a special occasion with a small or large group. The stuffed pork chop is excellent.
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Jennifer was our waitress and she is outstanding. From the moment we sat down until we left, we were well taken care of. The menu has plenty of options to choose from, including dessert. We highly recommend The Van's!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband grew up in the neighborhood and we had been wanting to go back. It is a little quirky and old with an interesting history. There were lots of families seated around us. We were looking for a little more intimate, but it was pretty busy for a Sunday night, late. Loved the music they were playing too! Elton John, Andy Gibb, Bay City Rollers! Funny! Food was good. Had the salmon special, which was very good, and the prawn cocktail too. Fun and nostalgic. Bar is a fun place too, with sports on 4 or so TVs.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Exactly as advertised
We had an enjoyable first visit and we definitely will be back. Food was great and the service was outstanding. Priced right for what you get.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always enjoy Van's
Had a nice lunch for 2. Both of us enjoyed the Fried Prawns. Generous portions & tasty. Jennifer, the waitperson, was great even though she was very busy with a large party.
10/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Lunch at the Vans
Had a great lunch at the Van's, I've more often had dinner there but recently started lunches as well. Its a great place for a nice sit down lunch whether for a meeting or social.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
For Ladies who Lunch!
Enjoyed a nice lunch with a friend who had not been to the Van's for a long time. She really enjoyed her french dip sandwich made from prime rib. My sand dabs fish special was wonderful as usual. Gio was a great waiter.
10/6/2013 5:00:00 PM
I have been dining at Van's for the last 20 years. The bartender and the staff are very nice. The food is very tasty - a good selection to choose from. The drinks are quite decent - they don't short you on the liquor. Love the scenic view.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good for lunch
Service was excellent and lunch very good, better than I had expected. Van's has been in Belmont forever.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another Wonderful Meal
As always the food was good and the staff were wonderful. I've been coming to this restaurant for over 20 years and have always been satisfied with the dining experience.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Celebrating Loring's 41st!
We both enjoyed the 41st anniversary dinner with salad, entree(Fried Prawns) & a dessert for a price of $41.00 for 2! This was to celebrate the owner's (Loring) 41st year! Tony the waiter was great too!
A great deal & very good food.
10/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
big fan of this place
the food is good but the pineapple drink they have there is amazing!!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Another very good meal and dining experience at our favorite Bay Area restaurant. Took a cousin who was visiting from New York for her first time at The Van's and she was very impressed!
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Old School Neighborhood Favorite!
The Van's has been around for one hundred years and for those of us who grew up on the Peninsula, we love it! Where else can you find a fabulous view, a fun bar with great cocktails an prime rib. It's the kind of place you can go on a date or with a visiting girl friend and know you will have white table cloths! LOVE the Vans hope they are around for another hundred years!
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM