The Village Pub

4.7
2449 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
This beloved Woodside landmark brings destination dining to Silicon Valley. The Village Pub is rich with a sense of heritage and authenticity. The warm and elegant ambiance is the perfect backdrop for Chef John Madriaga's Contemporary American cuisine with Classic French roots.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Brunch: Sunday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Dinner: Monday-Sunday, 5 p.m.-10 p.m.
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Phone number
(650) 851-9888
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Steven Pelas
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Private party facilities
Located in historic town of Woodside, The Village Pub has preserved the legacy of a beloved landmark location with a rich sense of heritage and authenticity. The Pub has private room to accomodate groups of 12, 24, 48, and even up to 140 for full buyout events.
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Private party contact
Danielle Lembi: (650) 851-6844
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Catering
The Village Pub offers luxury catering in your home or office. Please contact Danielle Lembi at events@thevillagepub.net.
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
The Village Pub can be difficult to find if this is your first time dining with us. We are located directly under Coldwell Banker, just past Whiskey Hill Road. Our parking lot is located directly behind this building. Please feel free to call us directly if you are having trouble finding us.
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Special events & promotions
Seasonal Cooking Classes, for both public and private, Wine Tasting Seminars, Wine Maker Dinners
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

For Christmas Eve, a pre-fixe dinner menu will be offered for $155 per person.

Monday, December 24, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

We will offer guests a four course pre-fixe menu priced at $145 between 5pm and 6:30pm. At our later seating from 7pm onward we will offer a five course meal for $175 per person.

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 2449 People Are Saying
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ML
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Restaurant is a beautiful and charming located in Woodside. My friends and I were there for Sunday brunch. We all ordered lobster eggs Benedict which we all found it very bland and taste forgettable after eating it. We also shared caviar for appetizer but was disappointed that it was served with brioche bread instead of Blini (little pancakes). The brioche bread is good but not with caviar, it was too thick and did not compliment the caviar. Our waiter informed me that blini are only served for dinner. I wished he told us that when we ordered $200 caviar!
Overall, it it’s 3.5 stars but brunch food wasn’t Michelin Star quality.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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SM
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dropped in for lunch on our way to Los Gatos for a weekend wedding! I used to frequent The Village Pub with clients for business for many years! Great ambiance and food but it is a tad pricey for the portions as compared with a lot of terrific other restaurant options! Service was friendly and warm and attentive without being too much. Water was regularly refilled and the low was perfect for us!

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OT
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The attention to detail while dining is unmatched in my experience. Food is unforgettable and the wine list extensive. The best filet mignon in the valley.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Service was seriously lacking. We waited at least 15 minutes after being seated for any service. Our waitress apologized saying there was a big party in the next room, but service did not improve. I expect more from a Michelin star restaurant.

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LS
San Francisco
63 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a very nice business lunch. I had the duck confit, which was excellent. But I thought the portion size was too small and the prices were pretty high. Service was friendly and excellent.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for brunch. Food was great, staff was friendly, and it was inexpensive compared to other high end brunch spots.

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CL
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Everything was great except the server was constantly pushing $60 plus truffles and champagne. Asked too many times and with a snotty tone. I am rich enough but don’t need that kind of attitude.

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l
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Very average high-end meal. I expected at least some of the dishes to be extraordinary but none were. Cocktail service was poor (cosmopolitans were poorly made which was a surprise sf they are hardly an unusual order). Service was excellent.

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O
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always service by Tom was excellent, cuisine delicious. Slight disappointment was as a returning long time customer my request for a window table not honored even though I was there earlier than reservation. Again not the end of the world.

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PG
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The best part of our holiday lunch at the Pub was our server. He took extra time to be sure we ordered the right food. I also love the ambiance here - the holiday decorations were beautiful.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently wonderful experience

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JG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 5

Last Sunday, 12/10/18, four of us went to lunch at the Pub. Our first time was a disaster EXECPT for Michael at the Bar. Walking into the restaurant we were welcomed by the friendly 'hello and welcome' from this bartender. The bar is 'old school' beautiful; lots of wood and lots of booze. The host was welcoming as well.

Once we got to the table it was downhill from there. Although the waiter was nice and apologized after the awful experience, it wasn't enough. Our experience was already ruined. We waited 40 minutes to order; another 45 minutes to be served our main lunch entrees. My friend ordered a medium rare burger and it came out almost well done and cool. They replaced it after he was just about finished trying to not waste the food; the 2nd burger was cooked correctly. It left no doubt that along with the LONG wait for our food, the burger sat in the kitchen getting cold after being over cooked.

The waiter told us that he was sorry and there was a "large group in the back" he had to tend to; to which I said, "That is not our problem!"

The properly cooked burger was late and they did not take it off the bill.

Unfortunate. Sad. Overrated and arrogant place; but a "captured audience" in a little town so they don't have to change.
Unless they want to be ethical, proper, and good restauranteurs, that is.

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SM
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Beautiful setting, outstanding wait staff, varied menu. Celebrated anniversary dinner amid extremely loud week night patrons. Hard to hear conversation. Food was delicious although some items were over seasoned (i.e., too much salt). Even though we have a beautiful collection of wine at home, we opted for a glass each and not bring our own and pay $50 corkage fee. Far more positives than negatives.

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SF
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

As always, service and food were exceptional. Group of 4 young women with birthday girl in red dress pretty well ruined ambiance with loud braggadocio regarding Mediterranean vacation. Very unfortunate. Other diners surrounding this group also were giving them the evil eye. Did mention to server and greeter, but they just commiserated that it was a shame.

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CA
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pub was as always absolutely perfect. I had the lobster bisque which I didn't like but that's fine..

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EK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

This was one of my favorite restaurants. Service has diminished this year. This visit I had under-cooked meat and a stomach ache all night. Last visit they couldn't get the order right and the prior visit had hair in the food. Not sure what has changed but it's not excellent like it used to be.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

$50 corkage is ridiculous and soured what was a fantastic lunch. Given the markups on their wine list, bringing your own bottle makes a ton of sense. However the Village Pub is sending a clear message that doing so is not welcome.

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a
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a wonderful dining experience at one of our favorite restaurants. For appetizers we had seared fois gras, excellent. For the main course, my wife had crusted baked halibut that was cooked perfectly, while I had the roasted scwab on a bed of potato risotto that was full of flavor. The service and the wine parings were fantastic.

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C
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The restaurant is quite dark so ask for a brighter spot to enjoy your food.

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OT
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Village Pub is always excellent. Great service, food and environment. We never miss the chocolate soufflé. The salads and soups are excellent and the diversity of he entree offerings makes for a fun experience every time we go.

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E
San Francisco
129 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good caesare sakad and service. Tomate soup was a bit too salty
We wanted have a nice lunch so the ambiance was perfect

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B
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful experience. Fantastic service; never rushed never too slow and attentive but not intrusive. Don’t miss the soufflé!

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P
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Very disappointed. My amuse bouche was covered in fuzz. Waiter responded it was probably from the table linens - I didn't think those were edible. Lobster bisque had three tiny dime size pieces of lobster and a very small amount of broth. I informed the waiter when ordering that I didn't like oil drizzled on top of my food or on my plate but then received the beet & persimmon salad with both of these. When I reminded him of my oil request, he replied that he would "take note of this" - whatever that means as I was still charged. Waited for refills on water & bread ... eventually had to flag down someone. Finished my meal and waited for quite a while for the waiter to stop by to inquire about dessert. He eventually brought the dessert menu and informed me the souffle would take 20 minutes. I was celebrating my birthday and wish he would have mentioned this earlier. I work hard as a physician and have the means to dine at the finest of restaurants, but the quality, value and service were severely lacking at the Village Pub.

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MP
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Good food, but spotty service. Drinks orders forgotten and an entree salad that went missing for example.

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R
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, attentive service, and comfortable/attractive interior.

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AN
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service as always! I don't mind the drive from San Francisco at all.

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was obliging about explaining the unlisted contents of the offerings so that we could avoid allergies.

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SG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my birthday some eight months ago, and decided to return for my mom’s, and were not disappointed. The service, food and ambience were as good as we remembered—and then some. The Village Pub is, in every regard, a memorable dining experience. Tom P. served us (sorry I don’t know his last name) but, as with our last experience, he was friendly, professional, and most accomodatong. Kudos to one and all.

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CM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Second time here. Slow service. Small portions. Food is nothing spectacular. Overpriced. Terrible caviar presentation. $600 bill for two with drinks. Disappointed. Won’t be back.

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LC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service!!! We had the best server I’ve had st a restaurant.

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LC
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Village Pub is possibly the best food on the Peninsula--which is saying a lot. The wine selections are spectacular and the food innovative and delicious. We will be back!

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SG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The server we had was awful. We got our cocktails after we received our salads and we had to ask for bread. She forgot about us at times and they were not busy.

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S
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If I could afford it I would eat here all the time. The food and service are both fabulous.

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SH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very accomodating in accelerating our reservation time!!

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e
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is very nice to move into a new area -- and still be able to find excellent dining. Coming here from NYC -- this restaurant feels somehow familiar and world class. You will not be dissapointed.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the food, presentation and hospitality! We want to come back with our 2 precious bichons and dine at the patio!

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JM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I celebrated our 28th wedding anniversary and had a great time! The service, food and fine wine were all fantastic! We will continue to celebrate our life achievements at the Village Pub!

Thanks for a wonderful evening!

John & Chris

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M
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Peninsula gem! We enjoyed a very romantic evening at one of our favorite places! Thank you for making our anniversary extra special!

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US
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary dinner was a big success -- they went out of their way to make it a special event. We were very happy.

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