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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

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (39)
Neighborhood Gem (31)
Special Occasion (26)
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Good for Birthdays (26)
Good for a Date (17)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Casual (15)
Bar Seating (14)
Comfort Food (13)
Worth the Drive (12)
Great for Lunch (12)
Romantic (11)
Happy Hour (11)
Good for Groups (10)
Cozy (9)
Authentic (8)
Business Meals (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Live Sports (5)
Seasonal (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Fun (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Notable Wine List (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

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 16, 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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·Dined on January 14, 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 12, 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 10, 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 5, 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 5, 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 January 1, 2018

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 January 1, 2018

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 25, 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 25, 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 24, 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 24, 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 20, 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 17, 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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·Dined on December 16, 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 10, 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 9, 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 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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vip
 (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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