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The Van's 'On The Hill'

4.5
1291 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
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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.

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Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Steak
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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
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Phone number
(650) 591-6525
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AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Richard Oliver
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
El Camino Real
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Parking details
private lots available
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

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Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Bring your Mom and family for Brunch between 10am-2pm. We are also serving dinner from 4pm-9pm.

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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

What 1291 People Are Saying
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4.6
service
4.4
ambience
4.2
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

our waiter, a young fellow was very courteous, and helped to make our evening special

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Good food, good views, good old school Peninsula spot.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

I was very pleased with the Ambiance and the service. The food was great.

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2.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Very crowded and noisy! Small table against the wall with no room for anything. Food was good, service was ok. Just didn’t feel special, too many people in a small area.

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4.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Service was a little slow this evening, but still a great experience nonetheless.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Had a wonderful dinner. Meal was delicious, service was friendly and efficient, and view beautiful. One incident that flawed our evening is that there were a group of people in the next booth; they were loud and overly boisterous making it extremely difficult to converse. Management did not address the problem.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The food was good, but the overall value is just OK. The service did make it special because the attention was great.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The view is very nice for the peninsula dining. Very noisy restaurant, but food is good, Old place , very nice.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We had another wonderful dinner experience. Started off with Manhattans and proceeded to lobster. Food and service were excellent! Thank you for the enjoyable evening!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Great comfort food!

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

We had been once and chose to return to celebrate our sons first anniversary with he and his wife. Service was outstanding and food was delicious. We are happy to contemplate a drive across the Bay from Fremont to dine here more often!

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Food was delicious, but a little pricy. Two people and a toddler--$92 not including tip

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We enjoyed fish and chips and the absolutely delicious scallops.

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Lovely lunch experience enjoyed with a friend. The food was good and the service was excellent. We will return again and again.

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4.0Dined on March 12, 2018

great views, which is why you go. Food was very good, but expensive. Large portions. Slow service.... we were there for several hours. dining area is cramped, therefore noisy. All in all we have a good evening, albeit costly and long. I would recommend for special occasions only.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Fabulous evening! All we ordered was excellent: shishito peppers and mushroom appetizers to share, beef medallion, pork and veal chops were awesome. Our waiter Charlie was attentive, fun and at hand when we needed him for more wine etc.
Great place also for views over the peninsula and Bay, ask for a window table....

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Everything was good!!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We've been dining at the Vans for over thirteen years and will keep on going. It is our favorite spot for oysters Rockerfeller and coctails. Gene Rice and Alice Bollard

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Friendly hostess, the oyster Rockefeller and the sand dabs are to die for . The New York steak was cooked to perfection and the service was excellent. Great views of the City and the bay.

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Service and hostess were not very friendly but food was really good

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Always a good meal at The Vans. The staff was attentive. They made sure we were enjoying our meal. They didn't disappear like they do in some restaurants. Great time.

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Excellent variety on the menu and tasted great! I’ve been there several times and recommend it.

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3.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Our reservations were for 7:30pm, but did not get seated until almost 8pm.
The noise level was high and everyone was shouting. The service was good.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

We celebrated a birthday at Van's On The Hill, and this was our first dining experience at this establishment. They did not disappoint! The food, service and view were amazing. We will definitely be returning to Van's in the near-future. This is a great local find, hidden up on a hill that I wish we had not waited so long to try.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

I am a previous customer but it was the first time for my family. Everything was excellent as always. We especially loved the stuffed pork chop. Service was great and the view was to die for. Affordable wine list and desserts.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

We always enjoy dining at The Van's and have for many years. Consistently great steaks, friendly service and great views. Not cheap but you get what you pay for.

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3.0Dined on February 24, 2018

I have been here multiple times and always had a good experience. This time however, we got seated, close to 25 minutes later, only when I flagged a server down we were able to place a drink order. The extremely poor service continued throughout the entire meal, the server didn't return to take food order for at least another 20 minutes, one person in the party was given an incorrect meal and what came back was the same food re-plated but this time cold.
Even though the manager was visible on the floor, not one apology for the mistakes, the tardy service or the overall experience was uttered from manager or server. It was extremely disappointing to say the least and as much as I enjoy this restaurant I will think twice before returning.
I work in the business, I get it, if folks call sick you are short staffed, it is hard to keep the service at the top level you normally have it. But if it is that bad, close a section, turn folks away, do anything except what you did which was seat people that you were not prepared to be serve and then not even acknowledge the disaster that unfolds.

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4.0Dined on February 23, 2018

We always enjoy The Vans. Good cocktails at the bar and very good dinner salads. The fried prawn entree was excellent but, the sand dabs were sparse for the higher price they now charge for dinner.

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2018

First time having the scallop patties. Oh my. So delicate and tasty. Great tasting tartar sauce too.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

We went there for Valentine's and the food was wonderful. I would go there again.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

The Van's Restaurant is one of the best restaurant in the Silicon Valley. Best service, delicious food, nice view of the bay. I definitely come here again

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Very attractive & cheerful. Very nice festive direct/indirect lighting. Good parking. Excellent bar.
Excellent food. Good service. Not over-priced.
Highly recommend.
Will be back.
Get the F Mignon & lobster ~ Wow!

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

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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4.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Love going to The Van’s. Nice atmosphere and the staff is friendly. I would like to see different vegetables, maybe some broccoli instead of green beans.

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3.0Dined on February 12, 2018

After decades, we finally made it to The Van's. The food is standard fare, nothing memorable. In fact much of it is bland tasting. Decor is sterile, white table cloths and old school. This isn't bad or good it's just plain. Our server was friendly and attentive. The food was good, but didn't stand out. The restaurant prides itself on its view. It's not spectacular, but decent given the restaurants location on a hill. You do pay a premium for this. There is no ambiance to speak of, and the food does not leave you longing to return. I was hoping for more and left a little underwhelmed.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

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!

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on February 3, 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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