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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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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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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (36)
Special Occasion (29)
Good for Birthdays (24)
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Neighborhood Gem (22)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Casual (15)
Good for a Date (15)
Great for Lunch (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Comfort Food (12)
Happy Hour (11)
Business Meals (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Romantic (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Cozy (6)
Live Sports (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Authentic (5)
Fun (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Notable Wine List (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Seasonal (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Well I wish open table would add a maybe under the yes or no recommend part. Someone else may like this.Obviously there are quite a few that do as it was full. My 'window' seat was in front of the emergency exit door and view of the stair landing. A HUGE no no putting table against the door. Server was great. I had the prime rib my hubby the sand dabs. Both were just ok. I opted to pay for a side of cream spinach as the carrots and green beans sounded blah. Two cocktails two glasses of wine. no salad or dessert and the total was $175.00.Ther are just better places to go for a better meal. It was very Xmassy though ..although very kitchy. I also would want to sit in the first dining room not the second which was so boring.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Fantastic Christmas decor. Fantastic views from most tables. Competent staff easy parking

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Nice place, but food does not match up with location.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

It was Thanksgiving so crowded. We all had prime rib and ordered ours medium rare, had to send it back to get it cooked a little more but otherwise food and service was good.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

It was an exquisite Thanksgiving Dinner with a wonderful view! The menu had both traditional dishes and offerings for people who did not want ham or turkey. We chose a pork chop and the filet. Both were cooked perfectly. We had salad, wedge for me and spinach for my friend. They were the perfect size to compliment our meals. We did not have dessert, but I know the banana cream pie looked great when it passed our table. The waiter was friendly and efficient. It made for a great special occasion dinner. The holiday decorations were lovely inside and out.

Tags: Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

First time we have been to Van's for their Thanksgiving Menu. The service was great and the food was fantastic. We will be going there again for Christmas Eve dinner.
View of Bay Area is awesome from the window seats.

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Love The Vans! Great food, wonderful staff, great view!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Live Sports, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We've been several times and always had a good meal with good service. However, this past Saturday was an exception. We had a reservation for 7pm and were seated on time. We sat for 25 minutes and we finally asked a bus boy (after we saw folks who were seated after us get their cocktails), to send someone over as we had not been approached at all by anyone since being seated. They came over and said there was a miscommunication on who our server was...clearly no one. I thought servers had assigned sections? Anyway, the female manager said sorry and that was that. We had to ask our server to comp our first round of cocktails and she said yes, that she was sorry about the mix-up. Our server was not good, forgot to bring one of the drinks, forgot the second round of drinks too. When we got the bill they had comped 2 of the first 4 drinks! By this time we just wanted to leave. Any good manager would have automatically offered to comp our first round of drinks instead of the customer having to request this..and then they didn't even do that right! Will be a while before we go back there, very disappointed. Won't be telling anyone to hurry up and go to the Vans anytime soon.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We've were disappointed. We usually go there for the prime rib. It was awful. Tough, chewy, difficult to cut. I'm kicking myself for not sending it back. It seems like they are using a lower grade of beef. I think we'll go elsewhere next time. The service was great, and the view, wonderful. Dessert was great. The entree was disappointing!

Tags: Scenic View
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2017

We have been coming to the Van's for over 30 years. Always one of our favorite places. It has one of the best views in the Bay Area and a great shrimp salad.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

I’ve been to Van’s several times, first time commenting on it. It has older decor, mixed in with a few small remodels, kind of 60’s looking, but I think that’s probably part of its charm. They have two dining rooms, front room is louder than the lowered ceiling , smaller back room. Great View from both because it’s “On the hill”. Nice wine list which I think is reasonably priced. The Asian grandmotherly waitress we had this visit was a kick, funny banter, loved her. She told us they decorate the place all our for Christmas! I told her I’ll be back to see it, and her too!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Made reservations after googling great places to eat in Belmont(side note, I was born and raised in bay area and had never been here! PS I'm 50)... this little gem popped up and I couldn't have been more pleased. We made reservations for our daughter's 19th birthday. The hostess Lisa, was friendly and so accommodating. Our waiter Tony was just as friendly and attentive. They along with the other staff went above and beyond. I have already told my friends, what a great place to have a have dinner... oh yeah and the food is delicious! Can't wait to go back.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Great for Brunch, Fun, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

It’s like going to and old friends house for dinner, great food reasonable value, however it is in real need of some TLC, long over due for a facelift.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Wow, this place is a time capsule. Some great history but unfortunately, the decor and the menu are also ancient. Food was mediocre and obviously not locally sourced or truly fresh. There is a lot of room for improvement. The staff was over the top friendly and attentive, cloth napkins & table covers were a surprise and the view is pretty cool on a clear day. However, I would not recommend eating here until they modernize the food to fit the standards of 2017 and not 1945.

Tags: Scenic View, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Dinner was great and service even better. We haven’t been to the Van’s recently but we will be back soon.

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Always enjoy the food. It's done with just the right amount of flavor, but not spicy. Plates are served attractively & portions are spot on. You are 1 of the few places that serve chicken livers & for me that is a special treat that I occasionally like to indulge in.
The service is always wonderful, waiters are charming, friendly & professional.

Tags: Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Casual, Bar Seating, Fun, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Live Sports, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Enjoyed the Vans with friends. Service was excellent food good beef tenderloin was tender and tasty. Would go back. . You have to have the Banana pie for dessert it was wonderful. All 4 of us enjoyed the entire meal and will be going back

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Tasting Menu, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

The Van's never disappoints. We go often for lunch and always enjoy the food and of course the view. One of the few places you can get soft shell crab. The last few times we have been there, we have been served by Geo, who is friendly and takes good care of our table. This is one of our favorite restaurants.

Tags: Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Once again we loved Lisa at the front desk greeting us and Geo, our favorite waiter. The sand dabs are always our go to meal.

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

You can't go wrong with the Van's

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

We had great service and really good food. Prime rib was fabulous. Everyone had something different and everyone was very pleased. For my wife's birthday did a very nice job of writing happy birthday with her name. Only thing I would change is they have red lights on inside and it reflects on glass and ruins some of the ambiance of the view. used to be no lights and view rocked!

Waitress was great!

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Casual, Special Occasion, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

It was great for a birthday dinner for my father-in-law

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

Been going there for over 50 years. Met and reconnected with friends not seen for 70 years!!!! Had a great time with Sand Dabs & Prawns entrees. Enjoyed the view & catching up Not rushed. Very good bartender & waiter.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 4, 2017

This really is on a hill and I felt like we were parked sideways so don't forget your E brake! Started the night with roasted garlic and let me tell you, as a first time experience, WOW!!! Our entrees were the chicken fried steak. The perfect comfort food with a delicious gravy. This was my gf chicken fried steak experience and she absolutely loved it. BUT..... what I really came here for was their famous Mesquite Broiled Local Range Chicken. They give you a heads up and tell you that it will take 40 minutes. Well worth the wait! Perfectly seasoned and juicy. Large portion (it's literally half Cali size chicken). It came with garlic mash potatoes. Our waiter, Tony, was excellent. Attentive and honest with recommendations. Finished the meal with a deconstructed banana cream pie with homemade whip cream, banana mouse with fresh bananas, and toffee brittle that acted as your crust. Must check out restaurant.

I would have been interested to see the view during the day.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 4, 2017

We arrived a little early for dinner. They seated us promptly. Brought out the birthday balloons
and we happily ordered. They even prepared my favorite skillet fried chicken which is not on the menu. The city lights and a full moon contributed to a very special celebration!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Live Sports, Paleo Friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 3, 2017

5 stars as it shows up in many "pub" searches, yet has a menu far beyond fish n chips and fried onions. MANY options - gluten free even! Views are fabulous... warm and cozy vibe. Enjoyed our time!

Tags: Spicy, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 2, 2017

The seafood is not fresh, kind of cold. The service is is not friendly. Little bite over price for the quality what I order. Onion soup and coffee were good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

THE PLACE WAS EXCEPTIONALLY ENERGETIC THE NIGHT OF RESERVATION.
WE CAN HARDLY HEAR OUR CONVERSATION.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 19, 2017

Have enjoyed great food for special occasions over the years. Now that I am retired and have less money for special dinners, the coupons encourage me to return to Vans more frequently.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 18, 2017

My only disappointment was I ordered a special, Basa fish, which I later learned was a product of Vietnam. Had I known that, I certainly would not have ordered it. I think it's something customers should be told. I assume when I'm at a good restaurant that the fish is fresh and local.

Tags: Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2017

We chose Sunday as the offer prime rib on the weekend as a special.
One would expect au juice and a baked potato with the meal for $60 but I got a dry plate and bland mashed potato. The steamed vegetables were mostly red and green bell pepper. Everyone else (4)liked their meal but I was left wanting. The bar cocktails are small and pricey with three drinks costing $34 without tip

Sorry

Tags: Disabled Access
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Fantastic service as always, Thanks to the staff for everything!

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Casual, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Jennifer, our server, was outstanding. We were a party of 6 celebrating a couple's anniversary. She was so efficient, friendly and joyful. Our prime rib, sand dabs and pasta entrees were very good. The salads (wedge & house) were also very good.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 15, 2017

The best Prime Rib anywhere! My husband loved the Jambalaya!

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Family-owned restaurant with a lot of local history. Great spot for a "nicer" restaurant where I can bring my three kids (all under age 8) and still get a good meal.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Good location, good service, but expensive. We were disappointed with the fish and chips we ordered. It was soggy and not even good. The escargot was good so was the salmon. We expected more.

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We were disappointed in our waitress who on multiple occasions questioned the qty of food we were ordering. She was concerned that it would be too much and we would leave it. Just wondering why she would think it was her responsible or role to question what we wanted to order. It was a very special occasion and we were hungry! Very ODD!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View
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