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1078 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Italian
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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 -
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary Italian, Californian, Farm-to-table
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Hours of operation
Sat, Sun 10:30 am–4:00 pm
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm
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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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.
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Cross street
Cherry Street
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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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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:

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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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We invite you to join us for Happy Hour at Piacere seven days a week. Enjoy our appetizers and drinks while you catch up with friends and family!

Terms and Conditions: Excludes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 31, 2017

Ends: April 30, 2018

Availability: Daily 3:00PM-6:00PM

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What 1078 People Are Saying
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 17 hours ago

Very happy with the service and food.

vipChippy23 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

The last time we dined here was 10/2010. Decided on lunch and was surprised they don't do a regular lunch on a Saturday. The waiter was very accommodating and checked with the kitchen staff to see what pasta dishes they can come up with. We shared a Margherita pizza and a Rigatoni Pasta Forno. Both were very good, especially the rigatoni dish. It stays hot until we polished it. We had a great time here!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Had to move from a table near a wall shared with an exercise studio to one that was too big and had an unstable top. Why is it so hard for restaurants to get this right. It's the basics for a nice restaurant: stable tables that are the right size. The food is wonderful. I wish I could say the same for the infrastructure. A few hours of attention to this would make it a great restaurant.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

It was Valentines Day. The restaurant added tables to accommodate more people on Valentine’s Day as such the seating was very crowded. The croutons on my caesar salad was soft. I complained and was told that it wasn’t his area. I had linguine clams lobster for a main course which should have been good but was pretty much tasteless. The service was poor. I had to waive down someone (not our waiter) to order a second glass of wine for my wife. The best part of the meal ( beside the company—my wife)was the dessert. I had a chocolate mousse which was very tasty. On the plus side I asked to have the starter without goat cheese which they readily accommodated. Also I asked if they could remove the onions from the main course which they also accommodated.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Noisy, bad service expensive

NoOrdinaryJoe (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Tony, the owner, is a gem. We had a terrific business lunch facing the street, but indoors - awesome natural light.
The food was delicious and we were treated very well by the staff.

vipLinda (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

First time I've been here. Great food, very tasty and good portion size. The server was good not great, I'm guessing he is new to the restaurant business. He never come by to pour the wine. There was a mom at the bar and she lets her kids run wild around our table and it was getting very irritating. One of the waiters finally noticed they kept bumping into our table and asked them to settling down. Mom however ignored them as she enjoyed her cocktails. (not good) Overall, I would go back again and would recommend it to friends.

DreA (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Went for a co-worker birthday party, table of 5, lunchtime. The restaurant was empty and the service was still horrible. No one came to the table for 15mins to take our drink order. The waitress just sat there completing her side work. She didn't check in during the meal. Food mediocre, salad flooded with dressing, other complained about how fishy the shrimp was. We had to flag down someone else for dessert menus. Had to get up to find the waitress to get our bill. Nothing special for the birthday person. I have been in the hospitality industry for a long time and waited many a tables, I never do review comments, this was a horrible dining experience.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Great experience and good food.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

I asked for bread twice and I never got the bread :(

vipOpenTable Diner 
4.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Our friends enjoyed the calamari so much so we ordered another plate. Personally I preferred the mussel appetizer on the skillet. I enjoyed my clam linguini although my friend’s husband said it was a little bland. That was true, the sauce was not the creamy sauce but more a soupy broth but the clams were fresh and plentiful. My husband’s salmon and good with the lentils. We asked for butter with our friend and our server brought it promptly. The noise from the paint nite event in the back of the restaurant was distracting at times because we could hear the instructor talking on the mic. The white roses from the flower arrangement at our round table for 6 had wilted but the white centerpiece still presented a nice setup. Parking in San Carlos is always an issue but we all managed to find street parking eventually.

vipMaxfoodie (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

The wine tasting was a disappointment: they used a big name winery to attract one's attention, then used another well known winery for the wines (bait and switch?!). Served microscopic portions of the wine.

Service was inattentive; food was lukewarm. We have eaten at this restaurant several times before but have never been this disappointed.

vipLika (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

The restaurant really needs to update the menu. There is nothing on the menu that makes this place interesting anymore. There is such huge competition in San Carlos , they need to step up. We had salmon- it was ok, nothing special, and chicken- sliced, pre-cooked half breast, very dry. Looks like the restaurant is cutting cost. Not sure we'll go back, unless on heavily discounted coupon.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

We had a late lunch at Piacere so it wasn’t very busy and I cannot comment on the noise level. We were seated in a little cozy room with a burning fireplace.
I don’t often go to Italian restaurant as I’m a vegan but the lunch menu was perfect with the ‘build-your-own’ bowls or salads. The choice was fabulous, our waiter was super friendly and despite being late we were not rushed to eat and leave.

I’ll definitely be back again!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

Excellent Caesar salad, good pizza, OK fried calamari. Service was very pleasant, but they brought everything at once. Though we had not specified otherwise, most restaurants would have brought the salad and calamari appetizers first.

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 15, 2018

Great brunch on Sundays and holidays!! I would go back with friends in a heartbeat.

vipLisadnash (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

Great brunch place to drop into after the San Carlos Farmers' Market!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

Culinary crafted dishes, handmade, quite delicious. Great Chef…

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

When I booked New Years Eve dinner reservation, it did not indicate that there was a fixed price menu for the evening, which we were unpleasantly surprised to find out when we were seated! I had seen other restaurants listing that there was fixed price menu for new years eve and i had skipped them - i would have skipped this option too if i had known! They did offer a limited kids menu. The appetizer was okay, the salad was a little skimpy, the filet mignon was delicious, and mousse was good but not spectacular! The service was decent and food was presented quickly. Overall it was an okay meal but the experience was soured by the inflated prices! Definitely will not be returning!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Went for their Pre fix New Years dinner. Good menu. Food was excellent as always. Service was much too brisk. It was almost an "eat and get out" situation. Soup and salad courses came out before we had finished the previous course. Restaurant was not crowded so there was no reason for the rush. Other than that it was a good experience.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve

Food60 (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

We have been to this restaurant a number of times,thoroughly enjoyed it.We met fabulous head chef, have always enjoyed our meal. We enjoyed it so much we then bought 5 gift certificates; the report was always positive. We wanted a family gathering of 16 people for Christmas Eve so we asked if reservations would be available. The answer was "No Problem" We proceeded with reservations. When our party arrived, all on time, we were directed to two separate tables. We were all disappointed as this was NOT a table of 16 but two separate tables of 8. Our waiter a male (I wish I remembered his name was great.) Immediately he apologized to us right away saying service might be slow since "2 large parties of 8 came in at the same time and he was the only server" . We then told him we were all one party and that we were supposed to sit at one table. He again apologized and served us within a timely matter with dignity and respect. We also accommodated him with a more that 20% tip since the situation was not his fault. Overall the food was okay but was not as good as other nights we had been there. We were charged with an appetizer that was "included" with the prefix menu and it was not very good at all. This could slightly by explained by the fact that it was crowded for Christmas Eve but on the other hand since this was a place of service that should have been able to adjust to large crowds and special events, perhaps they should have made some adjustments. Our menus at the table were all different. Some said we had a "prefixed menu" and others did not. Regardless we all were still charged with the appetizer. ( We were quoted on the phone that there would not be a prefixed menu.) Prices were higher than normal but obviously not the accommodations. It is obvious to say but I will not be buying any more gift certificates for friends and family. Such a disappointing evening for a special time for out family. At this point, I am not likely to return.

Carolyn (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

We went Christmas Eve. Very busy. Good variety of entrees were offered on a price fixed menu.

vipMBYINTHEKNOLLS (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

We had Christmas eve dinner here with our 3 adult and teenaged children. The service was somewhat rushed. My daughter’s soup was removed before she was able to finish it. They had a set menu with good options, including vegetarian. However, the serving size of the vegetarian option was smaller than the other options. Two of us had the lamb shank which was excellent. Two of us had the short ribs over mashed celery root. The short ribs were a bit dry. Ambiance was a little tense and uncomfortable. The host (maybe the owner) was abrupt with some of the customers who were checking in and was snapping at some of the staff. I think under normal circumstances, the service would probably be better. They just had difficulty handling such a busy night.

vipCooksforcompany (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

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.

vipMunchingMark (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

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

vipFoodieTJ (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 14, 2017

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.

vip01Badger (London)
4.0  Dined on December 9, 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.

Guto (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 6, 2017

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

vipEatAlittle (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on December 5, 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.