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!
San Carlos, CA 94070
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
San Carlos CalTrain Station 1 block away. SamTrans stop 2 blocks over at El Camino and San Carlos Ave.
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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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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!
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