The Van's 'On The Hill'
The Van's 'On The Hill'

The Van's 'On The Hill'

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thevansrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (650) 591-6525
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm;
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday: 3:00pm - midnight, Saturday & Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, American
  • Executive Chef: Richard Oliver
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Happy Hour, Late Night, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: El Camino Real
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: private lots available
A word from The Van's 'On The Hill'
Delight your friends and out-of-town visitors by introducing them to The Van's Restaurant in Belmont. The famous restaurant is frequented by the San Francisco Giants, 49ers and celebrities nationwide including The Van's own celebrities: an extensive family of regular patrons, history buffs and culinary connoisseurs. Restaurants on the Peninsula come and go. The reason The Van's has remained popular for so many years is that the quality of food and service continue to be consistent; the atmosphere and welcome is always warm and friendly; and going to The Van's is like going home to meet friends and family.

Come and enjoy our Attitude Adjustment $5 Bar Bites. These items are available at the bar only from 3pm-6pm Monday-Friday AND AGAIN at 8:30pm-10:30pm every night.
You can also enjoy our Daily Special Offerings at the bar. Available twice a day from 3pm-6pm and 8:30pm-10:30pm Monday-Friday only.
All offerings are subject to change and availability.

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  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
The Van's 'On The Hill' reviews from OpenTable diners
82 reviews since July 23, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (61)neighborhood gem (59)special occasion (37)romantic (34)good for groups (28)fit for foodies (24)great for lunch (19)vibrant bar scene (14)great for brunch (11)kid-friendly (9)hot spot (7)notable wine list (6)late-night find (6)Show More
  • Local & Colorful
    ReynVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    I've been here many times. This is a comfortable, familiar, and always a good place to eat. There is a history, look it up. It's evident if you just look at the building. Steaks and chops are excellent. Also, if lobster tails are on the menu, don't miss them. I recommend the Vans. Give it a try, you may find yourself coming back. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MinervaVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Great food and service. Beautiful view. The owner is very friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LOFO
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    The service is the best part of a great dinner on the hill.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good..
    AnnieVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    What I really like about The Van's is the consistency. I have never had a bad dish at this restaurant. Always to my seat piping hot and delicious. I can't come up with enough positive adjectives to describe how much I like this place. Honest cocktails. Great wait staff. Superb chef's........what else can I want..... PS Those stuffed mushrooms are to die for....and the livers are good....and that Tomahawk was awesome and.......
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fun2dineoutVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Always enjoy the view. This is a spot we frequent often due to good food, service and view
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waiting, waiting, waiting
    yum123VIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    What was served in a timely fashion, was good. We got the salmon cake and ribs as appetizers. No issues there. We ordered chicken skewers and the prime rib as entrees. Entrees took more than 40 minutes to arrive after the appetizers were served. The server came by once about 35 minutes into waiting to say that he just checked and it was another "5 minutes." While we were waiting for the entrees to be served, 4 other tables that were seated within 10 minutes of us, had finished eating and were waiting for their checks. By the time the entrees arrived, we needed to go. The said entrees are currently sitting in the fridge. Of the 90 minutes we were there, the majority was spent waiting. Beautiful views. Go only if you have hours to spare!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Husband
    dinewmyfine
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Great old-er time feel. 50ish male server that knows what he's doing and seemed to have been doing for so long. Refreshing no pen/paper/stylis to take your order. He knew the food. A great place somewhere between the Bella Vista and 16 Milehouse!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice night out!
    Eatoutoften
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Everything was great! A bit loud due to the baseball game going on, but that was ok. Service was great. The only negative was that the dining time that 1 really wanted (6:45) wasn't available through open table. We had to take the 7:30 spot which was a bit late for us. The restaurant wasn't that busy!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Van's needs a facelift
    dvnoneVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    I hadn't been to this restaurant in 10+ years and if it's still around, I don't think i'll be back for another 10 years!. The food was so-so, but we did have great service. The restaurant has beautiful views, but my scallops were totally bland and my husband's fried prawns were nothing special. The people at the next table were eatinga burger,and that looked awesome. This restaurant is not handicapped accessible.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special Occasion
    special
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We have eaten at The Vans many times for special occasions and always find the food, the service and the ambiance exceptional. We are never rushed, and the servers are helpful and knowledgeable. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants a great dinner at a local restaurant where the prices are not over the top.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food mediocre.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Food over all was nothing to brag about. Had an order of calamari. The batter was falling off, not crisp as in the past. Dipping sauces were good. Waiter and staff friendly.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great view, great steak
    jdsfVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    A neighborhood classic, and great steak. Prices are a bit high on the steak and seafood, but aren't bad on the other mains.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • goodfoodVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    great prime rib dinner, excellent service, owner always present, the drinks come filled to the top !!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fun2dineoutVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Food a little on pricy side but consistently good. Had the lobster special which was prepared well. Always enjoy the view.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not bad but
    meee
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I had a new York steak but it was really tough, not tender as one would expect. it is also pretty pricey. the waiter didn't start off real good, took a while to get beverages but then he improved a lot.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • hottieVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    A wonderful dinner. The food was great. Generous portions. We could have ordered one dish for two people. Dad and Mom who are 92 and 94 thought it was wonderful..quiet, so they could hear the conversation...and took home the leftovers so they had food for the next few days.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • yumyumVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    View is fabulous. Food was a little overlooked. Drink was too sweet. Over priced menu.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ladies who lunch
    luvvansVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Enjoyed our mutual birthday lunches with Sand Dabs & the Thai Salad. Geo was marvelous as our wait person.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sherwood
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Everything was wonderful. Would return again and again esp. for the sand dabs, my favorite. The owner came up to us and asked if everything was to our liking. Of course, that is a special touch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I like the view
    LeungVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Even though there is not much to see up on the hills, it is nice to dine inside a restaurant with such a view. I like the restaurant to be located up the hills. I like the prime rib. It is 2 pounds. The raw oysters are fresh. The apple potstickers are good too. The price is reasonable. But I do not think I will go there the second time because it is hard to have the same feeling if you go there again.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great New Find
    merrynoel
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    So glad to have found Van's. It has the old school ambiance that many restaurants lack these day. The food is great and service very attentive. Can't beat the views. Will be coming back, even without the living social deal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Van's 9/2104
    mrTRAXVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Another good dining experience at The Van's, our favorite Bay Area restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not impressed!
    CAvacationers
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    After reading the reviews, we decided on Van's. We arrived early for our reservation and waited at the bar. We were greeted quickly by the bartender, but did not order anything. We were seated at our table right on time! It then took, 15 minutes before anyone came by.... Our server told us they were famous for their steaks. So we ordered a filet and prime rib. Both were terrible. The prime rib was very chewy and the filet was charred. The garlic mashed potatoes tasted instant and the vegetables were almost raw. Overall, our bill was over $100 (no alchoholic beverages) and it was the worst meal of our CA vacation.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Sand Dabs
    RoseVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We dine here once a year when the sisters get together. We love the Sand Dabs. They are the best. Worth the price!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great view
    flyingfoodVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    On a hill the restaurant has a great view on a clear day. Food was good, service was pleasant. Not overly expensive for what you get. We had an enjoyable time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ALWAYS A TREAT
    Buddy
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    SPECIAL OCCASION OR JUST A NIGHT OUT THIS RESTAURANT IS ALWAYS MY GO TO PLACE.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Friendly lunch
    luvvansVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Had Sand Dabs & Prawns. All 3 of us enjoyed everything. Owner, Loring, greeted all of us in the dining room. Very nice! Will return soon!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 55 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 710 reviews are from the The Van's 'On The Hill' reviews archive.
  • Good Eats
    SharonVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Food was good as usual. The steaks and pork chop were cooked just right. Service was also good. Fantastic view as we got a seat by the window. Would recommend this restaurant to anyone who is interested in having a good dining experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ladies who lunch
    luvvansVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Great Thai Chicken salad! David, the server, was so nice. we will return soon!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ladies who lunch
    luvvansVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    All 3 of us had the Sand Dabs. Very good! Always a scenic view.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • joeu2
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Had an early dinner reservation and we were seated immediately at a nice window location (good view). Waiter was friendly and efficient. Appetizers and drinks were served in good time and main course arrived as requested. Food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A classic, ...
    mcd51
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Van's afforded my wife and I a chance to relax, soak in the wonderful vista, and enjoy each other's company for a bit of time on a Sunday evening. Great service (thanks Michael!), great food, and a great time, ... can't ask for much else.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SPECIALS
    goodfoodVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    LOVE THE CALENDER FOR SPECIAL DRINKS & WINE INFO. GREAT SERVICE & GOOD FOOD. IT IS A FAVORITE DINNING EXPERIENCE. WILL GO AGAIN.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • amazing food mediocre service
    lovechampagne
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Service was pretty bad and super slow. The waiter was nice but just not attentive. The food is absolutely delicious and the view of the bay was gorgeous! I recommend for a romantic date however, there were some kids there as it is a neighborhood spot.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mom's Birthday
    ruddstr
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    They asked if something special was happening. We told them Mom was celebrating her 95th birthday. We ordered dessert and they brought it with a candle and sang "Happy Birthday" to her, that was nice. Best service we have had in a long time!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love the Van's
    DonutVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Good food, personal service, great views! Fun Bar as well!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sweetheart
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I love their escargot, but this time, it was not sizzling hot when it was presented in front of me. We are a party of 6, everyone had appetizers and loved their choices. I always order medium rare for my salmon, but it came to me as medium. Our fellow diners ordered medium for the salmon and came out dry ( unable to finish the meal). They were very busy (Father's Day), since our table was on the top floor, I think that the food cooled by the time they brought it up.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Historical Steak House
    DinnerWithDad
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    This is a good restaurant if you like historical places. It is an old-fashio steak house, once a speak-easy during prohibition. An updated menu and better bar tender would add to make a better experience.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great dining experience for us
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    My husband always chooses the Van's for a nice meal. It's close enough to home. Good wine and cocktails and always great service. Food options always work for us. We sometimes show up without reservations because we just decided we want to go and they always are able to seat us within a reasonable amount of time. Thanks Van's!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Memorable Visit
    honi
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The night before Father's day my family and I went to The Vans for dinner. From the time we got our table to the time we left, everything was perfect. The food was brought out on time and the waiter was always around to help us when we needed his assistance. I am very Happy with the whole night. And my daughter wasn't as fussy as I thought she would be. And everyone who hasn't or hadn't gone there before, had enjoyed the food and the company and the scenery from the windows. And we all enjoyed spending the night with each other.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic