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: 6505916525x
  • 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
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
The Van's 'On The Hill' reviews from OpenTable diners
102 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (78)neighborhood gem (71)special occasion (45)romantic (32)great for lunch (30)good for groups (29)fit for foodies (23)vibrant bar scene (16)great for brunch (15)late-night find (10)kid-friendly (10)notable wine list (9)hot spot (5)Show More
  • 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
    flyingfood
    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
  • 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
    Donut
    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
  • Dine with a view
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I love this place! The steak and the views are amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great View, Ok food
    foodmommy
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bay Area's Best
    mrTRAXVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Whiz
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    everyone from the person that greets you at the door, bartender and wait staff are super and friendly. Food is good and plentiful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Well prepared American comfort food
    Rose
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Don't get the pork chop
    Disappointed
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Joseph
    scare
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Had a wonderful time great food. Friendly. Your host and waitress were great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seniors who lunch!
    luvvansVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful place & Great apps -
    SmLocalGurl1
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    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 :(
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, slow but friendly srvc
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • KrisH
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    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).
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 66 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 685 reviews are from the The Van's 'On The Hill' reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As Usual...Perfect!
    AnnieVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Van's "charm" will warm one's heart
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great view. That's it.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate