The Courthouse 2021

3.9
200 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Located in the heart of Redwood City this beautiful restaurant serves as a cornerstone of the trendy neighborhood. The menu of seasonally-inspired Farm-Fresh American cuisine is complemented by expertly crafted cocktails, a world-class wine program and superb service. Prime steaks, exceptional seafood, pastas, roasted chicken and other signature dishes showcase bold, vibrant flavors sure to please the most discriminating tastes.

The elegant bar and lounge feature accordion doors opening to the beautiful tree-lined street creating a lively meeting place offering perfectly mixed classics, innovative craft cocktails. The expertly curated wine list features sought after vintages, many of which are available by the glass. The happy hour menu includes a large selection of small plates, making a perfect place to enjoy an evening out. The large covered outdoor dining area and lounge with it’s own bar is perfect for intimate conversations, meeting friends or large private events.
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3.9based on all time ratings
4.0
food
3.8
service
3.9
ambience
3.4
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71% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a business lunch at Courthouse 2021. Service and food were very good. Try the lobster bisque. It’s fantastic. It was a good place for a business lunch because it wasn’t too noisy. I highly recommend Courthouse 2021!

SS
vipSpSs
San Francisco
60 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Very poor service. Significantly understaffed. Food quality has declined. Menu in OpenTable does not match their current menu, therefore was very disappointed.

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Kimonster
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went to Courthouse 2021 to celebrate a belated anniversary. We started with the Brussels sprouts and a wedge salad (both very tasty). Our mains were 10 ounce prime rib and lamb shank with risotto with truffle fries and creamed spinach for sides plus bearnaise sauce. All very, very tasty and tender meat. Generous portions! We finished with the chocolate studded bread pudding with was creamy and perfect (dust a tiny bit of salt on it to enhance it). One of the big positives is they have a couple different mock tails which is great for us non drinkers. Service was simply wonderful.

EM
EliM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

The was the worse food experience ever.
The service was so bad, everyone around was complaining about the time it takes to get an attention, get the dishes. 40 minutes for the first course (simple green salad, which was with garlic although I mentioned several times that I’m allergic to garlic ), then the main course ( filet mignon) was really bad so that you can’t chew it. Me and my colleague couldn’t eat it. There were two options for dessert on the special valentine deal. One of them wasn’t available. They changed 100 dollars for each for the worst food experience.
Please make sure others won’t do the same mistake!!!

JP
JenniferP
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Upon arriving we were told there was only a set menu. I have a special diet that made it so I wouldn’t have been able to eat most of the things on their menu. I was willing to just go ahead and make the best of it but after waiting over five minutes for even a glass of water or somebody from the staff to approach our table, my husband and I decided to leave. The restaurant was pretty empty. Normally this restaurant is very good but they had some issues on Valentine’s Day.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We arrived on time, and the restaurant turned us away on Valentines Day evening because they said some employees did not show and the kitchen could not keep up with orders. On one of busiest nights, we had to walk around Redwood City to beg for a table at a restaurant. Horrible.

DB
DerekB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Had reservations for Valentines day and got notified upon arrival that they ran out of food and/or didn't have enough servers. Saw several other groups turned away as well. Heads up notice would have been appreciated. Will not be attempting to eat here again.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant cancelled our reservation when we got there because they were short staffed at the kitchen. They have been turning around people for a while. It was Valentine’s Day and it was a horrible experience as where do you find a restaurant open on Valentine’s Day at 7:30pm on a Friday with an open reservation??? They should have told us when they found out, not when we got there. It was clear that it didn’t happen then.

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luv2dine
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Made reservation for Valentines Day. Showed up on time just to be told that we could not be seated and served because of some problems with staff and chef asked for no more new patrons. No heads up, no notification, nothing. Needless to say, pretty disappointed given that it was our meal on Valentine's Day!

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vipRhs55
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Non existent. We showed up on time (driving 15+ miles in the bay area) and was immediately told they would not be able to sit us due to shortage of staff. We did not receive any cancellation notification. We even had one of their customers walk up to us and state"I've been waiting over an hour for a salad and still haven't received it". As bad as I felt for them, a timely cancellation notice would have been nice as not only traffic was bad BUT it was dinner for Valentine's day. What a disappointment.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They cancelled our reservation and didnt even call us to let us know!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience5

This review is based solely on Valentine’s Day. We’ve eaten here a few times before on special occasions and had great experiences. Unfortunately, the staff seemed quite overwhelmed on this busy night. We had the intention of getting cocktails, then ordering wine for dinner and dessert, but drinks came out so late we were done with our first and second course before we even got our wine. Honestly, the food was still great, but it was still our least favorite experience here thus far. Worst part is that it was also our more expensive visit. Gratuity was an automatic 20% and it was just shy of $300 for two. We have had much better meals here for half the price. I don’t think Courthouse 2021 can handle a busy night.

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vipDani
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They did not honor our reservation on Valentine’s Day! They turned away countless reservations. Apparently their kitchen staff walked out. Worse, they did not release our reservation so we could make another one. Once I realized this, I tried to call to ask them to release the reservation as Open Table would not let me cancel it but they would not even answer the phone! I’m sure they will be out of business soon!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

We came for valentines day, a known busy day. The restaurant was clearly understaffed leading to long wait times between ordering or food as well as confusion. We never received a wine we ordered, were asked about dessert twice, were brought the wrong first course, had to reorder drinks, never got water or bread and had to ask for the check twice. I believe everyone was trying.m their best but it felt like a disjointed routine. When we did get food it was pretty good! Probably won’t be back.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Slow, forgetful, inept, unapologetic. I’m thinking last night was their last one in business. It was a bald faced rip off. Service and good were the worst I’ve ever experienced. They even had the cajones to add in their own tip. These guys are crooks.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Worst dining experience we’ve ever had

OT
OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Awful - went for Valentine’s Day only to get RIPPED OFF! Do not go, save the money!

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vipSupportingSmallandLocal
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

This was a very disappointing evening. We spent 2 hours here this evening. We understood that they were short-staffed and so had some compassion for the staff, but even so, the service and food quality were both deeply disappointing. After waiting over an hour for our entrees, mine arrived cold and there was barely enough to cover the plate. No one checked in on us in the meantime, so I never got a glass of wine with dinner. Our desserts were the wrong ones, and our check took quite a long time to get in the first place and then took quite a while to be processed.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

It was for Valentine’s Day dinner. It was a set menu of 3 courses for $79 per person plus a mandatory 20% gratuity. For that price I expect a better menu and service. For the first course you have a choice of clam chowder or cold beet soup or salad. Second course there’s seafood risotto (shrimp, scallops and lobster) or roasted chicken or prime rib or Filet mignon. I ordered the seafood risotto. There were 3 or 4 scallops and shrimps and I was wondering where’s the lobster. I couldn’t find the lobster meat but just some red slender pieces (maybe the legs and little claws). My husband had the filet mignon and it comes with mashed potato and a few diced carrots. For dessert we had the tiramisu and a chocolate molten cake.
There were not enough servers for a full house and I noticed people waiting for putting their order in. For us, it took a while before we got our check.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience1

Came here because I was with a party of 6 and there weren't many places that would fit us on a Friday night last minute. When we arrived, the restaurant was pretty empty. The 2 stars is for our waiter, an older gentleman that was very nice.

The restaurant was BRIGHT. The lights were turned all the way up and for a steakhouse it was odd - wrong ambience. It was also pretty cold inside and the place smelled like cigars.

3 ppl ordered steaks which were not amazing but decent. My husband ordered the fried chicken board and the chicken was so salty and dry. I ordered the scallops with pea risotto. The scallops were the worst I ever tasted. It was chewy and very fishy - it tasted old. Ugh overall it was so horrible. Not somewhere I'll be visiting again.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a business lunch here Jan. 15. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. The lobster bisque was outstanding. I try the lobster bisque anytime I see it on a menu and am often disappointed. Courthouse 2021 has amazing lobster bisque. Overall a great experience!

JJ
JessieJ
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

The food was OK. The service was OK. But for the price we were paying I would have expected a lot more. Wouldn't go again.

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eatereater
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Food looked great but tasted terrible. I had the whole fish - it looked amazing but was so salty and greasy. Plus, the potatoes were cold - and I don't even mean lukewarm or room temperature - they were actually really cold! On the plus side, the mushroom flatbread was delicious, and it's great to eat somewhere quiet.

CB
vipClimateBestByGvrnmntTest
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Our food was excellent. The menu offered a wide variety of interesting choices. Nice ambience, good acoustics. Will go back!

RD
RichardD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Strange that every restaurant around was totally booked while this place was empty

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vipperson
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Okay place to get drinks. Food is too expensive for the quality/value. I ordered Filet Mignon medium and it came out well-done. Service was average. I wouldn't go back to have a meal.

KM
KarenM
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a rainy night, so there were not a lot of customers. We were extremely well treated and enjoyed out evening. We will be back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was average and a bit pricey. Wine menu had well chosen wines but the mark up was high, in some cases 3 times retail
Cesar salad was below average
Baked chicken was very well prepared

JD
JulieD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Food was excellent. Wait staff was working hard but under staffed.

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vipFoodie
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

this is priced like steak house - everything a la carte and the filet was good, generous portion. overall very pricey though - they were also out of many wines and menu items which was weird for a Saturday night.

BU
vipBritinUSA
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service.

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vipsparrowlark
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The server understood Celiac and the kitchen was very careful. I did not get sick.

We had shrimp appetizer and I had the salmon entree. Very flavorful.

None of menu items married GF but staff is knowledgeable and helped me eat safely. Thank you!

BA
vipBayAreaGirl
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Steaks cooked to perfection with delicious sauces and side dishes.

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vipFoodesq
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Place pretty empty on a street of rather full restaurants. Not sure what the menu is trying to do— just a bunch of random items.

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vipTainapr
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience2

The food is always a great experience even when we order the same every time. Is a nice clean place and aside from private groups it seems that is never busy which is an advantage for us.

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vipYumyum
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Everyone enjoyed their meal. I will definitely come back and recommend.

BL
vipBLBL
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and service tonight!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was wonderful, will dine there again!

TC
TrevaC
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating two personal events and we had a great time. Great staff, good food.

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Trish
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nicole, the manager was especially friendly and attentive. Our waiter Kim was amazing. We definitely will go back. The drinks are highly unusual and very funny.

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The Courthouse 2021 is rated 3.9 stars by 200 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.