Piacere

4.2
1135 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Italian
Piacere’s cuisine reflects a commitment to fresh, seasonal ingredients, Using locally grown produce, premium meats, and the finest poultry and seafood, our Michelin star Chef Torsten Schulz creates unique, accessible dishes with simple, timeless appeal. From small bites in the lounge to a decadent dinner, an outdoor lunch, weekend brunch or an evening with friends, Piacere invites guests to share a modern-elegant, delicious experience! A Peninsula favorite!
Piacere has six Banquet-private Rooms.Ranges from 4 guests to 200 sit down 400 Guests for Reception and Social Events.
Piacere does Casual to Executive Catering . Please E mail - Info@piacererestaurant.com
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary Italian, Californian, Farm-to-table
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 10:30 am–4:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Sat, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(650) 592-3536
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Torsten Schulz
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Catering
Let our Chef make your event special!
Full service catering from small intimate parties to large scale receptions in private homes, corporate settings, or other party venues.
Email us at privatedining@piacererestaurant.com.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Cherry Street
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Parking details
Located in the heart of downtown San Carlos. Parking Direction: Heading El Camino South -one Block south of San Carlos Ave make a right on Cherry Street Public Parking LOT . Also across the stree on Elcamino North Side Public Parking LOTStreet parking and two public lots within a 1/2 block radius. CalTrain is within walking distance as well!
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Public transit
San Carlos CalTrain Station on El Camino 1 block away. SamTrans stop 2 blocks over at El Camino and San Carlos Ave.
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Entertainment
Join us for live music Thursday-Saturday nights starting at 8 PM.
Family Night is Every Sunday from 5 pm to 7 pm. Call for details
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Special events & promotions
Piacere is a local favorite for culinary events. Wine pairings, customized cocktails, Holiday events, football season bar specials, social gatherings and more. Piacere has been featured many time in the local press with our annual Farmer's Market family-style dinners (May-Sept.), and our winter wild game family style meals during the winter months.
Learn more by liking us on Facebook and by visiting our website's special events page: www.piacererestaurant.com.





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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

With five private dining rooms Piacere is a Peninsula favorite for corporate & social events. Custom menus, award-winning wine list, wi-fi, screens, projectors & AV equipment. Full-service event planning to make your meeting or special occasion memorable. FULL CATERING OFF SITE AVAILABLE

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Mon - Fri 11:00AM - 11:45AM 1:30PM - 3:30PM

What 1135 People Are Saying
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MS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Service was good but food quality was mediocre and portions were too small for The prices

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L
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

I have been to Piacere many times over the years, birthdays, anniversaries, lunches with friends, etc, I have never had a bad meal there, but i just dont think i want to go anymore. I was there with my husband for my birthday, the dining room was virtually empty, on a saturday at 7pm, but we still had to ask for bread. So heres my beef, so to speak. I didnt see anything in their usually plentiful pasta offerings i wanted, there were just a few to choose from, so i asked the server if the kitchen could make me a Carbonara. She said, No, "they dont have the sauce for that". Okay, the "sauce" for Carbonara is grated cheese, butter, cream, egg and bacon. Oh, and pasta. This italian kitchen didnt have those ingredients? ? Could she have least asked them? its like the simplest pasta recipe there is! I would have happily paid full boat for it, ive had it there before and it was fantastic! . we had this same dance when i asked for a plain green salad, and she told me they couldnt do that, only a Caesar. I gave up and had a hamburger, which was excellent, just not what i wanted. I GO there for the pasta.
Yes. i did ask for things off the menu, but a place like this shouldnt have had a problem ,it wasnt busy at all, and i wasnt asking them to whip up a Beef Wellington.
So , husband liked his prawn dish but didnt love it, ordered a cup of coffee and it was luke warm. So thats it for us, theres too many other great Italian restaurants in the area to choose from, that not only have great food, they have great service too.
Ciao, Piacere , it's been nice

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LG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

I would have given this review of your restaurant 5 stars BUT when I paid my bill the gift card that I used credited my bill 10% instead of the $100.00 that the card was valued at. I had won it at a bridge function at St. Francis Auxiliary. My daughter talked to the cashier and showed her the envelop that the card had come in. On the envelop was written $100. Did your check out computer not read the card correctly? The cashier re-calculated the charge and did, indeed, deduct $100.00 from my bill.
I had shrimp risotto, which was delicious. I will recommend your restaurant to my friends. I live in San Jose, the ride to San Carlos was worth it.

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RG
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Food was not good , there is s reason the place was empty. Will never go back

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food!! Friendly staff all the way around

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F
San Francisco
77 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had pizza as appetizer and it was very good. The crust is crispy, not too thick and not too thin. We ordered the Italian sausage one and was disappointed that the sausages looked more like the hot dog kind rather than the sausage crumbles type. They are very salty but the cheese was very good. My peach salad with added shrimps was excellent. My husband had linguini with clams and they are fresh Manila clams . Very good. We brought our dog and we were able to sit outside on the sidewalk.

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JS
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We've not been there in a couple years, however, service, ambiance and food 8+ on a scale of ten.

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NJ
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The salmon and gnocchi are delicious. The service is good and I like the ambiance. I've only been twice and I ordered the same thing. Our three year old goes with us and they have kid friendly options. I will attend again.

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D
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My mother felt like a queen on her 70th birthday! They were so thoughtful with their preparations. Food was amazing, ambiance perfect, and the service was impeccable! Bravo!

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NM
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A bit over priced and open table reservation allowed us to book a 9:30 slot yet they were not open until until 10:00. Service was great and food was good!!!

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MK
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The proprietor, "Mummy", is wonderful. He actually served us.

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B
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Piacere has changed it's menu from some years back. The result is more accessible, more affordable food with more variety in the menu. They've gotten nailed with inconsistent service in the past, but every time I've been there, the service has been fine. All in all, I go to Piacere freely and really have never been disappointed.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Live music drew us there - we enjoyed the food as much as the music.

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S
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

They have a new chef that is doing wonderful things with their menu. The wine list needs some improvement, but the entertainment was spectacular - “Sweet Talk” .

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A
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Menu is odd, food was fair/ disappointed

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OB
New England
11 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I've been before but this trip was disappointing.

friend's roasted veggies came out cold. asparagus was actually "off." My salmon was fine, not great.

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IL
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I hadn't been back to Piacere in a couple of years. I used to go about once a week many years ago for lunch. I'm glad I went back, the service was wonderful and the Paella was very good. Overall a great visit, glad to have returned.

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f
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I like the convenience and atmosphere. The food is interesting and flavorful. The red wines or not that great.

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LW
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The food was OK. The service was slow. Meals came before salads. Asked for a bread basket more than once. Never got it although saw other tables had one. The management really needs to get on the wait staff to provide better service. And if there is a delay in the kitchen the diners should be notified.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Forgetful and unapologetic service. Several of us found our food disappointing.

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OT
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

First time back in about a year. Disappointed in the limited menu. Food was good but the service was not good. Servers could use some training. There is more to being a good waiter than just showing up for work. Management needs to pay more attention.

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y
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

I have been to Piacere for all different occasions and this day really disappointed. Seemed as though they had ceased to care at that hour. Bartender was waitress and we had to ask for Everything! bread, oil for bread, dish for shells, sugar for coffee. And then she acted as though we were demanding-yes, of considerate professional service!

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n
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

All sides are extra. Our dessert didn't taste right and she asked the chef and he said it was fine. They did not offer to exchange it.
Would not recomnend

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KN
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had not been to Piacere in about a year and walked away asking "Why" Absolutely a great experience. Had a table between the bar and the sidewalk which was perfect for people watching and enjoying the cool night air. Ordered the salmon and the beet salad and they were excellent. The beet salad was loaded with beets and was absolutely delicious. The salmon was cooked to perfection and served over gnocchi with a mushroom cream sauce. I order salmon pretty much every time I eat out and this was one of the best I've ever had. I will definitely be going back for the salmon and the beet salad. The topping was the live music which was not expected but so much fun. The band was fantastic and the lead singer was amazing. We ended up staying for two hours, never felt rushed to leave our table, actually had an awesome waiter that was super attentive , we loved the entire experience. Piacere moved to the top of my dinner spots in San Carlos.

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B
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good restaurant. Service is generally good, but I have had a couple of just OK nights as well. Food is good, nothing stellar, but works for a casual lunch/dinner. Prices are reasonable.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always go there & our service is the best & the food is great as well

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

We ate outside. Food was great. Service was sub par. The waitress was forgetful, inattentive and didn’t think or anticipate what we might need such as a second round of drinks we had to almost beg for after waiting empty for 10-15 min.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was ok.

But service was well below expectations
- extremely slow service
- dirty silverware
- undercooked meat
- no water refills
- no bread, despite asking more than once
- repeatedly had to ask for drinks

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food seemed like it had been sitting under a warming lamp for a while. We were indoors and there seemed to be a swarm of flies hovering.

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S
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I've been really reluctant to write this review. Piacere has been a go-to place for us for years. It used to be among the top places in San Carlos. But I'm sad to say its gone mediocre. The past few times I've eaten here, the food was just OK. Not bad, but just OK. And the service, while good, hasn't been anything spectacular either (most recent visit is was sub-par).

I'm afraid I'm going to have to give PIacere a pass for a while. I truly hope things improve. The menu is good, the location is good, the ambiance is fine. But I don't go out to a nice restaurant for so-so food. I go out for great food.

My most recent experience was mother's day brunch. The first course was a variety of breads/pastries. It was a Sunday and the farmers market was on. I could have gotten up, walked 15 feet to the stand in the middle of Laurel street, and gotten better pastries. The fruit plate looked like it had been prepared the night before. Again, better looking strawberries at a stand on the street. The french toast was luke-warm at best, and had nothing that was exceptional. If you're going to charge me $45 for a prix-fixe breakfast, it should be great, not so-so.

Sorry Piacere, I'll try you again in a year or so, or when you get new management. But I'm crossing you off my list of go-to's in San Carlos for the time being. I gave you four chances in the past year, each was less than satisfying.

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EW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Only offering a brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays which was a disappointment when eating at 1 pm. The lunch menu is not available, so very limited choices. The waitress was very flustered and distracted, and didn't appear to be in sync with the kitchen, but was very pleasant under the circumstances that she was put under. The service appeared to be understaffed. Food was very slow to come out, and was okay, but nothing special. A wrong order of Eggs Florentine was brought out instead of Eggs Benedict, and there was a long wait for the correct order to be made while the other guests ate. Terrible hollandaise sauce which was sour and split, looked more like a poorly made cheese sauce. Mentioned this when the incorrect order was initially brought out, but the second dish was prepared with same split sauce.

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c
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

This had been our go to nice San Carlos restaurant however the menu choices have changed and not to our liking. Hopefully others will like it but we will not be back.
Service was nice but not very attentive even though it was a very slow night. Drinks were watered down. Sorry to say we cant recommend.

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V
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

When we arrived for a 7:00 reservation for four, the restaurant was half full and we were taken to the bar where two small round tables were pushed together. When I protested, we were then seated in the dining room. Our server was efficient but the food (with the exception of the calamari) was terrible. Dry risotto, mushy eggplant etc.
I won’t return.

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DM
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything we ordered was very good, the portion was good for sharing and the dessert was just perfectly sweet!!!

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M
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

What a wonderful dining experience! I can’t wait to return!

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b
New England
10 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal and dining experience! There are other places on Laurel St I like better, but on a busy night at the last minute (we reserved 45 minutes before we ate) ... this is worth a try. Nice menu, tasty food and cocktails!

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AS
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were both wonderful. They were able to accommodate our party of 12 with no issues. Will definitely be dining here again!

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P
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Happy Hour food and drinks were good--especially the smoked mozzarella flatbread!

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K
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always the best and great tasting, awesome staff that is very attentive with you. A must if you never tried and great to go back to if you have.

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M
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a lovely Easter dinner here. Food was delicious and service was excellent.

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