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About The Van's 'On The Hill'

Delight your friends and out-of-town visitors by introducing them to The Van's Restaurant in Belmont. The famous restaurant is frequented by the San Francisco Giants, 49ers and celebrities nationwide including The Van's own celebrities: an extensive family of regular patrons, history buffs and culinary connoisseurs. Restaurants on the Peninsula come and go. The reason The Van's has remained popular for so many years is that the quality of food and service continue to be consistent; the atmosphere and welcome is always warm and friendly; and going to The Van's is like going home to meet friends and family.

Come and enjoy our Attitude Adjustment $5 Bar Bites. These items are available at the bar only from 3pm-6pm Monday-Friday AND AGAIN at 8:30pm-10:30pm every night.
You can also enjoy our Daily Special Offerings at the bar. Available twice a day from 3pm-6pm and 8:30pm-10:30pm Monday-Friday only.
All offerings are subject to change and availability.

815 Belmont Ave.
Belmont, CA 94002
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm;
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday: 3:00pm - midnight, Saturday & Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
El Camino Real

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 591-6525

Website:
http://www.thevansrestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
private lots available

Executive Chef:
Richard Oliver

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Details
Sun 4:00PM - 4:00PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM

Mon - Thu 3:00PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 4:30PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM

Fri 3:00PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 4:30PM 10:00PM - 11:00PM

Sat 4:00PM - 4:00PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM

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Private Dining

They offer five rooms. Largest seating capacity is 125 people. There is a panoramic view from San Francisco to San Jose and across to the East Bay Hills.

The Van's 'On The Hill' Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (38)
Neighborhood Gem (30)
Special Occasion (26)
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Good for Birthdays (23)
Good for a Date (18)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Bar Seating (15)
Comfort Food (14)
Happy Hour (14)
Worth the Drive (13)
Casual (12)
Romantic (12)
Cozy (10)
Great for Lunch (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Business Meals (8)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Authentic (6)
Fun (6)
Live Sports (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
People Watching (5)
Seasonal (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

We had a lovely evening after having been frazzled at work all day. We both had a fabulous Manhattan and the fabulous prime rib dinner. The setting is peaceful and didn’t feel rushed.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

We love the Vans! The food is always terrific, and the service is beyond compare. Everyone who works there goes overboard to cater to your every whim, and are just so friendly! Oh, and the view is fantastic!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Sports, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

Great views, good food, nice service. It is a great place to stop in on a Friday night for the happy hour.

Tags: Live Sports, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

Very disappointing. Service was slow and 2 of us actually got sick from the food. Probably won't return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great food, ambiance and service! A complete neighborhood gem! Gorgeous views as well! A must go to!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Live Sports, Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Been here more than 3 times. Food has been good which is a plus since my 14 year old daughter is a picky eater. We weren’t as dressed up as other patrons (mostly Caucasian) so it may affected how our waiter treated us. He took our drink orders and when they arrive we attempted to get our appetizer order but told to wait. He told us to order desserts stating they were closing which was around 10pm- there were 3 other tables occupied. When the check came, he gave us the wrong one and stated that check costs more.
Funny that my husband had the same feeling as I did -perception that we were second class and David (Latin guy) was irritated by us (we’re Asian).
Don’t know if we will return. If we do, hopefully, David isn’t working that night.

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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Good food with an outstanding view. Full bar and the service is more than acceptable.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Great experience. Our group enjoyed everything about our dinner.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

My girlfriends and I LOVE The Vans! We get excellent service from David and Lisa and are never disappointed!!

Tags: People Watching, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Fun, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Wonderful evening with friends. Our waiter, Tony, was very friendly and added to the enjoyment of our evening.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, People Watching
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The most amazing prime rib my husband has ever had. My salmon was incredible . It’s our new favorite spot .

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The deviled eggs are so delicious they warrant the drive all they way from South San Jose. Beautiful views and great ambiance.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 24, 2018

It was our Anniversary, delicious meal, as always! And they brought us a very nice lemon dessert on a Happy Anniversary plate! Nice touch! We love the Vans, we’ll be back for sure!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Don’t order the Monte Cristo.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 16, 2018

The Vans always does a great job excellent meal. You have to try the surf and turf special. Great job

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Always a wonderful experience at The Vans. Great service, delicious food, and love the setting on the hill.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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food5
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 (Northern MI)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Food was terrible, ordered sage pork chops , but you could not taste pork as it was buried in sage.

Nothing to rave about this place except our waitress!

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Always a good place to take out of Townes.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2018

It was quiet when we got there but an hour later, downstairs was full. The filet medallions were good. The pork chop was slightly over cooked but still good. The wedge salad is large enough to share. We will eat there again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 9, 2018

My daughters and I had a wonderful time and delicious dinner. everything was Excellent.

Tags: Romantic, Tasting Menu, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Can’t believe I hadn’t been up there... just a treat for traditional San Francisco Bay Area history and the dining happened to be excellent. Go.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Recommend, my third time. My three friends enjoy the food and good service.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Always a good place for special occasions. Great views, comfortable setting

Tags: Scenic View, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

I like the Van’s they are friendly and baje you feel welcomed!

Tags: Casual, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We enjoyed a lovely afternoon lunch with excellent food, great service, and wonderful views (despite the fire haze). The Van’s is a favorite for any occasion, and an especially good spot to take out of town visitors.

Tags: Romantic, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Killed the Prime Rib!!! Excellent!! Calamari is so good!!! But service is fantastic! Has a local family feel that is warm and inviting

Tags: Scenic View, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve dinner was excellent. Delicious food, presentation, wait staff, etc. We love coming here.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Our server Mary was a delight. We always recommend The Vans to our friends. We always enjoy our visits.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Casual, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Wonderful dinner as always. This was a pre-Christmas dinner.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Scenic View
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Another mediocre overpriced Bay Area restaurant. Nice ambience. If you are in the area and need a decent place to eat with white table clothes and a view it is okay.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Noisey party spoiled the ambience

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

2 ladies who lunch met again at Van's (our place) for a wonderful meal. Ordered from Loring's new smaller plates/appetizer menu. Enjoyed bacon wrapped prawns and 2 special salads.
Enjoyed our cocktails! Jennifer is the very best wait person & Lisa at the front is super!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Very very festive at the holidays, with little white lights inside and out. Great view. Food was delicious and plenty of it! Service was a little slow but does not matter if you are not in a rush. The place has a wonderful view of the bay and has a lot of history. The seating is cozy and can be a little noisey but it is a great place to take out of town guests.

Tags: People Watching, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Cozy, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Always enjoy the food & the employees at Van's. Lisa at the front desk is wonderful. The Sand Dabs, as usual, were great! We will be back.

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 18, 2017

The Thai chicken salad is great. It was nice conversation until a group of 8 got seated next to us. Then it became noisy.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Had a very nice evening and the food, as always was excellent!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Eaten here several times. Food is very good and menu selection as well as specials are diverse. Atmosphere is lively, rustic and has a historical feel. Staff is very friendly, location provides an excellent view of the bay especially on a clear night. Coming at Christmas is nice as well as they really decorate the place. Cocktails are very good and offer top shelf at a reasonable price. Good wine selection as well. They offer a frequent diners membership and have events and challenges to win free meals. Service was a little slow for the first time and we were there after 8:00 pm which is surprising for that time. It can get a little loud depending on what area you sit in, there are 4 distinct dining areas outside of the bar. Will definitely be back soon

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The waiter isn’t attendantive, all the time I think I will request the other waiter his excellent

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Incredibly rare these days to find a family restaurant that harkens back to Bay Area times past - reminds me of a place Herb Caen would frequent. Great Experience

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 5, 2017

We were a party of 5....the seating was very tight - the only issue we had....everything else was great

Tags: Casual
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