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Piacere

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1101 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Italian
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  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
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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 - 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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Specials

Happy Hour Special!

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 1101 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

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

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

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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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

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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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We went with my family for Easter brunch. They had a pre-fixed menu with a good sized selection of entrees. The cinnamon roll and panna cotta were great, but the entrees were just average.

The real downside was the service. We went around 1pm and the wait staff seemed really tired and already a bit checked out for the day. They only filled 4 of our 6 water glasses before walking away and we had to flag down another staff member walking around just to get the other glasses filled. They dropped off our food and after about 5-10 of no one coming back to check on how we were doing, we had to ask another staff member again to find our waitress and remind her that we were still waiting on one of our entrees. They also omitted a couple of the sauces described on the menu, but after having to wait around so long just for standard service, it didn’t seem worth the trouble to ask for anything additional. For $39/person I expected a whole lot better than that.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The bus boys were not attentive at all. Ran out of water a few times and even after asking, they would keep forgetting. Food and location is great, so it’s sad to see the service be subpar.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter brunch- pricrfix menu was a bit overpriced for what you got. $39 for half a cinnamon bun, 3 medium pancakes and a chocolate cake - I would have happily traded the chocolate cake for some greens or eggs and potatoes -

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1.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter Brunch

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We were very happy with the service. We started on the bar side with the doors open to the sidewalk patio. The noise from the patio wasn't too bad, but then a woman walked in with her daughter and sat at the bar. We heard every single word from her even though we were on the opposite side of the room. The combination of her and the outside noise was unbearable. Thankfully our waitress was kind enough to let us move to the restaurant.

The food was delicious and the pricing is fair. If you want a good meal and a good price point, with a quiet setting - go here, but sit in the restaurant.

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4.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Very good Italian cuisine. Nice menu. We had the lamb shank, rigatoni with chicken and sausage and the shells with short rib. Portions were large. Really like the short rib pasta and lamb shank. Nice wine list, beer list a little on the short side. Nice ambiance - the dining room is broken up into several small rooms. Large bar area - we'll come back to try Happy Hour (3-6 every day) Nice, solid Italian fare with very good service. OH, the tiramisu was excellent.

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2.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Service was slow, and the place was practically empty. And it was very expensive. Lunch was $40 per person. No drinks. Ridiculous.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Very nice food and service for our business dinner. Really liked how flexible it was when we had a larger group attend.

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3.0Dined on March 12, 2018

For a Sunday night dinner at 6pm we found the noise level very loud, music was blaring from the bar area and not conducive for having a nice conversation. The couple sitting next to us also mentioned how loud the music was and left without having dessert. Disappointed this visit as usually this place is great.

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Very dog friendly.

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3.0Dined on March 8, 2018

The caesar salad was not exciting. The Parmesan cheese was not thin or crumbly. It was more like sliced cheese and tasted like Swiss cheese. The croutons were not house made and had no flavor. The appetizer with fava beans had good flavor but had a very runny mozzarella cheese on on top. It was difficult to separate the cheese and enjoy it so it was left on the side of the plate. The spinach ravioli was yummy and the raspberry dessert was absolutely delicious. This is a popular restaurant.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

They were able to accommodate my request for a private room. The wait staff was friendly and attentive. The food was good and was served on a timely manner. Overall great experience and will definitely recommend this place for business meetings and group dining.

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4.0Dined on February 26, 2018

On an unusually cold day it was nice to be seated in the dining room near the fireplace. Our waiter was very sweet and he checked on us enough times. The food was good. I had the Bulgar Bowl and a bowl of tomato soup.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

My husband had the lamb sandwich which was absolutely delicious and very flavorful. The lamb was cooked perfectly! It came with soup and salad. The tomato basil soup was delicious as was the side salad. I have the Florentine Benedict. They had no flavor even when I added salt and pepper. The English muffin tasted like an uncooked ball of dough. I don't think I have ever had a benedict with hollandaise sauce that had absolutely no flavor! The potatoes were very good. A disappoint me for our anniversary celebration especially with my husband dish having so much flavor.
The only bright spot to my meal was the wonderful service we had. our waitress was really wonderful and very attentive.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Very happy with the service and food.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

We went on a double date with my husband’s colleague and his spouse. The restaurant was very accomplished of the fact that we arrived staggered. Esp one person came in almost an hour and a half after the rest of us began.

Food was fine. There was only one veg starter and limited veg main course items. An italian place can do better on this. Food sat really heavy on my tummy the next day. Decent wine selection and cocktails.

Place got super loud towards the end, almost as if they were trying to make us leave with the music. And this was a weeknight.

Biggest issue - service. Our server approached us twice before we were ready to order, then completely disappeared on us. We had to repeatedly signal for someone to take our order when we were actually ready to order. She also forgot to send us the cheque. Very awkward and non intuitive of guests.

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4.0Dined 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!

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3.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined on February 15, 2018

It was Valentine’s, so my expectations for service weren’t high, but I expected more of the food. Ambience was lovely and staff was extremely sweet and friendly however, so I may give it another go on a normal evening.

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2.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Noisy, bad service expensive

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

Great experience and good food.

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on January 15, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on January 14, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on January 6, 2018

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

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