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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 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

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

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

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

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. 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!

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

Executive Chef:
Torsten Schulz

Additional:
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

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 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

Piacere Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

3.9

ambience

3.9

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

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

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!

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Noisy, bad service expensive

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 (Chicago)·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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Great experience and good food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

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

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vip
·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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·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!

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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 15, 2018

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

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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

Tags: Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

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

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·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!

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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve

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 (San Francisco)·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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (San Francisco)·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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2017

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 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.

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vip
 (London)·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.

Tags: Romantic, Gluten Free Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 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 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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 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 December 1, 2017

This used to be our "go-to" place for special occasions, but the food has really dropped in quality, prep and presentation. For example, the "heirloom tomatoes" in the California Burrata were clearly sliced Roma tomatoes with next to no flavor, the scallops were less than fresh and the Cauliflower Salad seemed to have included something pickled in anchovy. Ugh!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

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

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 14, 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 11, 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 3, 2017

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

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 19, 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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