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About 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.

2915 El Camino Real
Redwood City, CA 94061
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm

Cross Street:
Selby Lane

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 365-7777

Website:
http://www.johnbentleys.com/

Parking Details:
Private lot directly behind the restaurant.

Executive Chef:
John Bentley

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:
Rachael Bentley: (650) 365-7777 ext. 52

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

John Bentley's - Redwood City Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (41)
Good for a Date (27)
Good for Anniversaries (26)
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Good for Birthdays (24)
Fit for Foodies (24)
Romantic (21)
Cozy (20)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Business Meals (19)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Worth the Drive (15)
Notable Wine List (15)
Good for Groups (13)
Authentic (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Bar Seating (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Comfort Food (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Seasonal (5)
Healthy (4)
Paleo Friendly (3)
People Watching (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Casual (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Waterfront (1)
Fun (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tapas (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 28, 2017

John continually and consistently serves great food be it at lunch for a business meal or a fun dinner out for a fine experience in a classy, casual setting. The hazelnut crusted goat cheese salad and the salmon entree are a perfect bright, light, and delicious lunch every time. Bravo.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 28, 2017

We tried John Bentley for the first time on the spur of the moment. It is a cozy space with A+ service. Some of the food was imaginative and tasty - check out the crab, avacado and watermelon starter. But, sadly, the special veal chop, though thick and impressive-looking lacked flavor and was tough. Perhaps we did a bad job ordering but at this point we are not inclined to return.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 28, 2017

We were celebrating the birthday of a couple who both turned 80 and were taking them out. In that atmosphere we didn't want to ask how much the specials were and they don't automatically tell you when they describe them. The specials were very good, but higher priced than I expected. We're sorry the restaurant is closing and we will miss it.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 26, 2017

I loved the fresh flavor combinations. On different nights, I had the grilled watermelon salad and the asparagus soup; the panko-crusted cod; and the marinated figs and the grilled salmon. I truly enjoyed every dish. The service is impeccable and the staff are very friendly and clearly care about your dining experience. I sampled the desserts, too: the blackberry crisp with cinnamon gelato is like summer in a dish. The apple tart is incredibly light and delicious, and the seasonal sorbets (I had blackberry and pineapple) are refreshing and tasty. My favorite dish of all that I tried is the watermelon salad, which is two slices of (barely) grilled watermelon sandwiching avocado and fresh crab, topped with shredded deviled jicama. I recommend John Bentley's to anyone who is looking for something fresh, unexpected, and marvelous.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 25, 2017

One of our favorite local restaurants. Have dined here 20 or more times. Service is attentive, professional and friendly. Food is very good, and enjoy a more quiet dining environment although bar area can get loud for surrounding tables.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 13, 2017

The food is consistently good. The hanger steak I had was cooked perfectly medium as I requested. My wife ordered the sea bass special and truly enjoyed it. The apple tart made with puff pastry and topped with ice cream was a big hit.

It's a little hard to spot from the road, but worth the effort.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Went in for a business dinner with two other people
Cons:
The ruby rye cocktail was water down and bland
The bass was small and poorly prepared
The watermelon crab thing he was barely there and a very poor quality

Pros:
Great ambience, vibe, crowd, Chris white tablecloth's quiet diners I wish the food was better

Not coming back

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Always great

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Good food, excellent service, expensive. Would go again for a special occasion.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 8, 2017

John Bentley is consistently the best restaurant on the peninsula. It is the only restaurant in the area where I can look at the menu and honestly say I would be happy with anything listed there.
John himself is very much in charge and it shows in every detail. He and his restaurant are treasures to be appreciated by all who go there.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 8, 2017

We were seated in the back room with three parties of 8 and 10 each. They were extremely noisy and it was most unpleasant. Finally our waiter suggested that we move to the bar to finish our dinner. And they did comp our dessert. But don't ever let them put you back there.

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 (Memphis)·Dined on July 5, 2017

This was my second visit to the restaurant. We were staying at SFO for an early flight back home the next day. I was there about a
Month ago on business and was anxious to return. Service was excellent and the atmosphere is warm and cozy.
Two of us had the sea bass special but wish we had ordered the Panko pork chop which someone else had and raved about. The sea bass was a bit dry as if had been cooked earlier yet still good.
We shared four different desserts and all of them hit the spot.
I will return next time I'm in SF and don't want to fight the traffic into the city.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Always a delicious meal, friendly service and casual but elegant ambiance. Definitely one of the best restaurants in the Bay Area with a great bar!

Tags: Fun, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 1, 2017

The food was excellent, the service was present but not intrusive, and the restaurant had a nice ambiance. The whole experience was really wonderful. I think I'll come back here next time I'm celebrating a special occasion.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Yummy food and good service..................................!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 27, 2017

The food and service at John Bentley' were excellent as always. However, the high noise level made it very difficult to enjoy a quiet anniversary dinner. I do realize that this is something the managment doesn't have much control over. The problem seems to be that people no longer respect the quiet ambience of a fine dining establishment. They, especially business diners, conduct loud conversations, sometimes nearly shouting, with little regard to the comfort of others nearby. Perhaps a reminder could be posted for diners to try to keep the noise level down as a courtesy to others in the restaurant who are trying to enjoy a quite meal and have a conversation without raised voices. Unfortunately, it seems to be the trend these days for folks to be oblivious to the needs of others (for example carrying on loud cell phone conversations in public).

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 26, 2017

Dining at Bentleys is always a pleasure. The menu has a nice variety of entrees that are made from fresh local ingredients and are perfectly prepared. The ambience in the restaurant is so soothing and relaxing. The perfect place for a special lunch or dinner.

Tags: Fun, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 24, 2017

The food was pretty good, but the ambiance and service left a little to be desired. Our server was clearly stretched thin and was running around nonstop, so we didn't get the attention that I would expect from this type of restaurant. The restaurant was also very loud, so I wouldn't recommend this place if you want something a little more intimate. The food was good, but I don't think I'll be returning. There are plenty of restaurants with this caliber food with better ambiance & service.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Delicious dinner and attentive service. We'll plan to go back more often.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Bentley's is consistently excellent. The food and service are unmatched on the Peninsula . No one does cannelloni like they do, magnificent!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 13, 2017

Great ambiance, great food, great service. Highly recommended.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 12, 2017

The ambience was very noise, with a very loud TV on the background. Even after the bar had no clients, the staff was loud and kept talking and laughing loudly while cleaning and making a lot of noise with plates and glasses. The experience was very disappointing.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 10, 2017

We have been going to John Bentley's for many years. We enjoyed our recent dinner there and were very well taken care of by Bill. We will always return here for our special occasion dinners.

Tags: Casual, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Paleo Friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 7, 2017

Not as good as on previous visits
Food just fair and not c0mmensurate with the prices.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 3, 2017

The maître d' accommodated a last minute change in reservations willingly. The food was absolutely delicious, as usual! And our waiter was attentive and informed. Couldn't have asked for a more agreeable and pleasant experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Again, we truly enjoyed a special meal at John Bentley's! Celebrating my husband's birthday on a warm summer evening. We really enjoy the care and attention from the service to the delicious menu. We look forward to going back soon!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 3, 2017

JBs is one of my favorite restaurants. The food is always high quality and delicious. John always comes out of the kitchen to greet his guests and treat you like family. They don't tinker around with the menu like lots of established places do so you can always count on having your favorite. Same goes for the desserts. Perfect place to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries or anything else!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Food is wonderful and the service is great. Always a treat to dine at Bentley's

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 1, 2017

It was an appreciation dinner for a valued employee

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 31, 2017

Good for Birthday Luncheons for the Ladies. We have been enjoying our birthdays at Bentleys for 15 years and never disappointed.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Anniversary dinner was fantastic . Love that JB has kept both foi gras and sweetbreads in the menu.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 24, 2017

The service was outstanding as was the food. We were not rushed which was very considerate.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 24, 2017

Still my favorite place on the peninsula!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 20, 2017

We are always completely satisfied with our visit to John Bentley's. Everything about this place is excellent. The food is unbelievable and the service is outstanding. It's a little dark inside the restaurant but once you are there for a little bit you get used to it. We love this place!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Should avoid seating a party of two next to a large group table - it was very loud and not enjoyable for us. There were other tables we could have sat at as they were open during our meal. Next time I will ask for a different table.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Early Mothers Day dinner here was fantastic. The food was outstanding as usual and the service was superb.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Clientele is a bit on the Senior side, but the Staff are fantastic and the food is good. Great place for business meetings or quiet conversation.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Overall experience was excellent. John Bentley's dishes were satisfying and prepared with great attention to detail. The waiter knew everything I was about to request and provided it instantly without my uttering a word! This is probably one of the best restaurants on the peninsula.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Drinks: Mango Margarita perfectly prepared and rich flavor of fresh mango, great choice for Cinco de Mayo.
Appetizer List was so delicious I enjoyed two appetizers instead of a main dish. The fresh dugeness crab Neapolitan with watermelon was refreshing and flavorful. The beet "ravioli" with a mushroom stuffing was colorful, and layered in complimentary flavors.
Main dish: (my son's impression) The "legdendary pork chop" did not disappoint. Savory crust and cooked to perfection to maintain flavor and juciyness.
Service: Excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Like other recent reviewers, my husband and I also found both the food and the service impeccable. Our server, Bill, was there when we wanted him and discreetly out of sight otherwise; service was prompt but we never felt rushed. Truly professional. The food was also a delight, especially the "ravioli" appetizer, the salmon and the house-specialty bread pudding. The only food item we had that could have been slightly better prepared was arguably the appetizer special of Maryland softshell crab. The batter was a little heavy, but I still ate it all! We feel we've found a new (new to us) Bay Area gem.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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