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About Piacere

Piacere’s cuisine reflects a commitment to fresh, seasonal ingredients, Using locally grown produce, premium meats, and the finest poultry and seafood, our Chef 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 casually-elegant, delicious experience! A Peninsula favorite!

727 Laurel Street
San Carlos, CA 94070
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Californian, Farm-to-table

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30-3 PM
Brunch: Sat & Sun 10:30 AM-4 PM
Dinner: Sun-Sat 5-10 PM

Cross Street:
Cherry Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 592-3536

Website:
http://www.piacererestaurant.com/

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

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.

Parking Details:
Located in the heart of downtown San Carlos. Street parking and two public lots within a 1/2 block radius. CalTrain is within walking distance as well!

Public Transit:
San Carlos CalTrain Station 1 block away. SamTrans stop 2 blocks over at El Camino and San Carlos Ave.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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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Private Dining

With 5 private dining rooms & no room rental fee*, 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.

Piacere Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

4.0

ambience

4.1

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

80% would recommend it to a friend

Bar Seating (10)
Casual (9)
Special Occasion (8)
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Good for a Date (8)
Romantic (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Business Meals (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Authentic (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Cozy (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Live Music (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
People Watching (2)
Fun (2)
Healthy (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined a day ago

We have eaten at Piacere a few times. I enjoy the ambiance here. The menu is always featuring my new seasonal dishes which are fun to try. I most appreciate that their menu indicates their gluten free and vegetarian dishes. They have also prepared my gf dishes separately which is reassuring. Sometimes service is a bit on the slow side (depending on the server), but it is always friendly and accommodating.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

This continues to be a favorite. Food selection is excellent and well-prepared. Service is top-notch too.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Disabled Access, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Live Music, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Piacerre truthfully is hit or miss. I’ve been five times. 3 good two bad. Decent price point. Menu is prolly too big and broad to say they are great at any one things. This was my first lunch and I was pleasantly surprised. Just need to improve service.

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vip
 (London)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Friendly, efficient, quality foods. Wine by the glass options were adequate, did not explore the full wine list. The starters of burrata was good, the octopus was great. For main courses, the serving sizes were moderate, just about right. Very well presented and cooked. Thoroughly enjoyed it, will go again. And it works for a gluten-free diner. The gluten-free options were marked on the standard menu.

Tags: Romantic, Gluten Free Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Restaurant was quite empty at almost 8PM. Service was impeccable. Food was very good too.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Needed place for business dinner for 8. We got table be bar area but they have a few nice options for more private areas that looked great. Food was delicious. Linguine and clams was done right! Service was very professional and timely.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Been going here for 25 plus years and have never been disappointed. Excellent meal as always!!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We have always experienced good food and service at Piacere. Attentive servers, but not intrusive!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on November 15, 2017

I didn’t like the view of the kitchen and stacked chairs in front of it .

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Was unhappy with the food. I ordered the salmon and my husband ordered the filet mignon--both lack flavor and my salmon was dry.
We've been to Piacere plenty of times before and this will be the last time we will be going. Food wasn't what it used to be. The service was OK too. Our waitress would hum when we say "thank you" and she didn't look happy throughout the time we were there.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

This is my go to spot for weekend brunch with friends. Always a variety of choices to suit everyone. The food is always good!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Gluten Free Options, Kid-friendly, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

It was ok, a little too expensive. OK ok ooo okmmmmmmmm

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The service was horrible, tge food was decent. Definitely would not go back.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Attentive but not hovering service. Excellent food and differentiated menu selections. Guests are pleased, a relaxing atmosphere for productive talks. Recommended!

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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Above average food..they had more Italian dishes than fish/seafood or beef dishes. Price average for the location and type of dining but you would not be disappointed. Dessert small for the price you won't need to share.

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Repeat customer, satisfied again with their consistency in good and service. A differentiated menu and excellent quality. Recommended!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

This restaurant continues to be rather poorly run. We liked what we saw of the menu online, only to be told that's old and they don't have this and don't have that, which was disappointing.

Also, a couple weeks ago we came by to enjoy Happy Hour, only to be told they, "No longer have Happy Hour". If you check their menu, they show a Happy Hour menu.

There's no mystery why Town dominates so dramatically compared to Piacere; its all in the management. Piacere should sell to someone that has some passion to run a restaurant well.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 3, 2017

My family eats at Piacere often so I set up a dinner here for two colleagues in from out of town. We were one of two tables with people in the restaurant so service was excellent and food came quickly. Calamari and buffata appetizers were delicious. My main complaint is that all three of us ordered the same dish-rigatoni with chicken. Mine came missing half the ingredients so was essentially just a small amount of pasta with a few chicken pieces. My colleagues dishes were complete and bigger. Very strange. It was dark and we were talking so I only noticed after the waiter left. Chalked it up to a kitchen error so I'll be back to try again.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Food was good. But why, oh, why did they get rid of my favorite dish there, which was the beet salad with goat cheese tower? That was actually THE REASON I suggested we go there. I was so very disappointed when that wasn't available. The sugar snap/shrimp/endive salad that we ordered as a substitute was very good too - different and fresh tasting. I had the salmon, which was good, but I didn't care for the rice it sat atop. The rigatoni my daughter ordered was basically soup. We expected a nice rigatoni baked dish. It was super-messy.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 26, 2017

Great food! Fabulous service! Beautiful place!

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·Dined on September 16, 2017

We ordered the hamburger and both were burned to pure black on the outside, along with the buns which were blackened from too much time on a too-hot grill. The place was busy and the waitress was extremely attentive, but a bit frantic as well. I suspect this was the vibe thru the kitchen and why our food was burned.

Tags: People Watching, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 14, 2017

We had a lovely outdoor table and the best waiter. Our food was delicious, their bread/oil is to die for!!! I had the homemade rigatone with chicken and sausage, soooo good, my friend had the salmon and it looks amazing!!!

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Food is fine but not exceptional. Overpriced for what it is. Nice ambiance, good service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 23, 2017

First time visit, definitely will like to return. With friends, a very casual setting, great service, excellent above average and creative food offerings and prices just medium-high average. Altogether, a exceptional and very enjoyable experience. Looking forward to a return visit.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Food was ok nothing remarkable or bad. Not as good as I remember

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

Everything was great except there was an issue with some out dated menus.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Always a consistently positive experience at Piacere. Good dishes and good service.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Enjoyed an excellent lunch with a former business colleague. We had fried calamari as appetizer - very good but wish the potion was larger. Followed by lamb sandwiches for main course with salad and shoe string fries. The lamb sandwich was sensational. The fries were done to perfection. The side salads had lovely fresh greens but the dressing was ruined by sugar. Gross.

I have eaten here for years. Love it. I can also highly recommend the mussels and the burgers are not to be missed either.

Tags: People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Scenic View
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·Dined on August 8, 2017

We went for a late happy hour and we were served by Hilberto the bartender. Excellent!
Adam the owners son was so welcoming and charming.

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Casual
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

we had a great dinner and good time until the music came on. Then it was so loud and we could not carry a conversation too much. Other than that, it was very good.

Tags: Romantic, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Healthy, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Vegan, Paleo Friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Excellent spot for a late lunch with friends. We sat inside. It was cool and quiet. Very good for conversation.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 1, 2017

This is one of our favorite restaurants in San Carlos (and there are many to choose from!)
The food and service is outstanding every time we go!!
This time we had the Ahi Poke appetizer which was so so good!! Highly recommend!!
We also had the pork chop and the scallops both were very very good!!
We order the bread pudding which was good but not traditional bread pudding,
we don't recommend that but there are many other good options!!
Enjoy!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Food was nothing special and was lacking in flavor

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 31, 2017

👍🏼 N area nice

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 27, 2017

The service was outstanding. Food was good, the scallops were overlooked and so was the meatloaf . The risotto was undercooked. However, the vegetables, especially the broccoli was perfect.

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 23, 2017

All dishes were very good. Enjoyed the fried calamari.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 21, 2017

What a great surprise! The server was fantastic (and a great sense of humor) and the chef came to speak with us personally, more than once! He's a hoot and was generous to spend so much time with us (if you're lucky he'll share one of his stories with you- what a riot!).

Thanks for a memorable evening that we won't soon forget!

Tags: Comfort Food, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Authentic, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Live Music
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 13, 2017

The salmon salmon salad with strawberries was good.
Too bad they burned our pepperoni pizza, but, they made another one, which was also a bit burnt, but, we took it home.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Sry good food nice place for after work

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 3, 2017

When we arrived we were greeted and seated. Our server was very attentive to every detail,. Food was delicious, one of my favorite lunch restaurants. A good variety of seating options, inside, outside with roof, inside with open windows. All good.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Live Music, Healthy, Hot Spot, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation
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