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

The Van's 'On The Hill' Details

  • 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: American, Steak
  • 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.

Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Diner Reviews
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Great Thai Chicken salad! David, the server, was so nice. we will return soon!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "All 3 of us had the Sand Dabs. Very good! Always a scenic view."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Good food, personal service, great views! Fun Bar as well!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I love this place! The steak and the views are amazing!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We ate here for lunch. Apparently, the restaurant only serves steaks during dinner. Darn!! Ordered the salsbury steak with capers and it was delicious! On the other hand, my husband ordered the chicken fried steak and it was just ok. Beautiful view of the peninsula. Restaurant is very very dated, but clean. Lots of parking."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The Van's is our favorite Bay Area restaurant. Excellent meal, stuffed mushrooms were fantastic! Our server, David, was very attentive. Have recommended The Van's many times in the past and will continue to do so."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "I've eaten here many time, but the service was terrible this time. I don't know if they were exceptionally busy (Weds) that night, but everything took for ever. I complained, and they comp'd the desert. That never came out either, so I asked for the check, and desert to go. They also charged me for 2 martini's, and I only had one. Bad night! "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "everyone from the person that greets you at the door, bartender and wait staff are super and friendly. Food is good and plentiful."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "There were six of us and each ordered a different salad/entree. No one was disappointed in their dinner. Loved the food. Service was excellent. Noise level was a bit difficult, but we managed."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "For $17 it wasn't worth the 1/4" bone, and 1/16" of the pork chop meat. Unless. You don't mind the size, the taste was good. I was so hungry, I ate bread and shared my spouse's dish; because of that, he ate more bread!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Had a wonderful time great food. Friendly. Your host and waitress were great."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Enjoyed the Sand Dabs (again!) and the Fried Prawns (again!). Both so very good that we keep ordering them! Really beats all of the newer, trendy restaurants in San Carlos! Server and busboy were wonderful."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The apps very were good and waiter was really nice ( when we saw him) but service time was SO slow and when we got our food it was not very good ;( prime rib, no flavor, onion soup So salty I had them take back.. My son had alfredo that i could have made.. My mom loved her Thai salad, I agree it was tastie. I just wanted our 1st time to be better.. And $250 should har been :("
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Each time we eat here, we say we should come back more often. The food is consistently good, and the views are great. This time, I had pasta with sausage, with enough left over for another meal at home. My son had the prime rib, and my husband had the burger. We were all very happy with our choices. We also shared calimari as an appetizer, and a brownie sunday as a dessert. On this most recent visit, our waiter was very friendly and helpful when he came by the table, but there were long stretches where he was nowhere to be found."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "This was our second time dining here. We enjoyed our first time much more. I know they're the "dining place for the 49'ers" but just after we were seated, the dining music was turned off and an old football broadcast was put on over the stereo system. The food was also better the first time (4 months ago)."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "I had the linguini primavera with olive oil, the best I've had on a long time. My friend said her fish dish (sand dabs) was excellent. Banana Creme pie for dessert was the best! We'll be back. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "This is my 'go to' place. My cousin Barts in from Castro Valley and wants a long good lunch. Where else?? The Van's and Adrian, who has to be one of the most charming, competent waiters I have ever seen. Great time. Great food. Again. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "We've been going to Van's for many years, and always have enjoyable meals. Each trip brings back memories of the past years. This restaurant makes for nostalgic and fun times. It must be the inner surroundings , especially the fun bar area. The bartender is quite sociable and tends to make one reminisce and to remember the "good ol' days!" The maitre d' is a former well known jockey and horse trainer that warmly greets everyone and adds to the enjoyment for a wonderful time and dining pleasure. "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "I think the view is unparalleled in the Bay Area and that is the only reason to go here. We had a reservation for 6:30 and were seated at 7:10. There were more open tables than occupied when we sat down, so maybe they were having staff issues. I get it. Things happen. But the food is trying to be classic steakhouse out-of-town grandparent fair, but fails even there. Medallions of beef were rubbery. Garlic mashed were dried out and not good. The waitress informed us that my daughter's hamburger was cooked well and had to be refired as she had ordered medium. 25 minutes later the hamburger arrived rare. We didn't have the heart to send it back because we were ready to leave at that point. But they do have chicken fried steak. Gross. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "in my recent visit I ordered the dreaded name__Salisbury Steak. It in no way resembled the stuff found in TV dinners.It was a seared steak tartare specked with onions, eggs and capers, covered in the lightest glaze and topped with huge sauteed mushrooms. Absolutely delicious! A modernized twist. The other person at the table had huge tempura shrimp and Seafood Chowder. Both magnificent."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We had shrimp salads which were good, but one of the large bowls/plates was chipped! Geo, the waiter, is great!"
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "We made a reservation for Mother's Day. Got a corner table ( a little tight ) with a nice view. Mary was our server and very attentive. Our drink order was returned promptly and Mary explained the menu thoroughly. The busser replenished the bread quickly. My wife ordered the prime rib ( it was delicious ). My son and I each had New York Steaks. The steaks were cooked exactly as ordered. The vegetables were good. No room to try the deserts but they sounded good. Will certainly return."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We went to the Vans for Mothers Day. The hostess handed us these crumbled stained flyers, that listed their Mothers Day Specials. They had about 8 entrees listed. Omelettes, chicken fried steak, a fish fillet with no indication of what type of fish, and prime rib. They did not have any appetizers, and you could not order off of the main menu. My husband suggested that we have a round of mimosas. I was then informed I could purchase a $105 bottle of Vuvee and the orange juices separate. Between the limited heavy menu, ridiculously priced cocktails, and the flies around the windows, we could not stay another moment. We got up and left. Might go back for Monday Night Football, the bar menu looks great!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Great place to take a date. Nice atmosphere and good service. Th food is really good too."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Enjoyed another ladies' lunch to catch up and gossip! Ate the sand dabs and scallops. Very good. We will be back!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Old school and proud of it! Steak lover's dream. Great house wine (Kenwood Vintage Red)."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "It is great to eat at the Van's. A local favorite. Good food, good service, good view."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Food and service was excellent,however, the table for two was so squashed behind another table it was uncomfortable but we enjoyed our evening none the less . "
    Dined on 4/26/2014