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John Bentley's - Redwood City - Permanently Closed

4.5
4.5
1596 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Located on the Atherton/Redwood City border, John Bentley's offers New American cuisine, a fun wine list, and warm gracious service with a full bar and banquet facilities.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm

  • Phone number

    (650) 365-7777

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    John Bentley

  • Private party facilities

    John Bentley's offers private dining downstairs for up to 24 people, and a private dining room upstairs, with private bar, for up to 50 people, equipped for AV presentations.

  • Private party contact

    Rachael Bentley: (650) 365-7777 ext. 52

  • Neighborhood

    Redwood City

  • Cross street

    Selby Lane

  • Parking details

    Private lot directly behind the restaurant.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,596 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. a

    agee

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2018

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Just another fine din8ng experience here. Classic and classy place to dine. Gonna missa this place
  2. JA

    JAZZ

    Las Vegas

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Oh we are going to miss this place and John! Loved his food for the last 30 years.
  3. RF

    RosanneF

    San Francisco

    202 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    202 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best food ever!! So sad he is closing. Foie Gras was always spectacular. Hangar steak to die for. Any and all fish was amazing. Desserts were perfect.
  4. B

    Bonifide

    Central Coast

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Since the restaurant will be closing illl keep this short - the food was really good and Redwood City will definitely losing a gem in John Bentley’s. I celebrated a birthday here with my girlfriend and it was a pleasure being acknowledged by the chef himself. The man seems like a nice genuine guy. I rarely order pork as an entree but this was then best pork chop I have ever eaten in my life. The sticky toffee dessert was also one of the best desserts I’ve had. It’s was a pleasure dining here and to say I expeirenced mr Bentley’s amazingly food.
  5. B

    Bert

    San Francisco

    41 reviews

    3.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2018

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Unfortunately, because of their eminent closing, we found the food to be only so-so. So sad to hear of their closing and will remember "the good old days".
  6. RJ

    ReynJ

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Back for a Saturday night celebration. Overall our visit was pound on the table good! We enjoyed the artichoke soup (not a cream soup!), marinated quail, Japanese-panko-encrusted halibut, the rib-eye in a Cabernet sauce reduction, the signature sticky-toffee pudding cake (toffee flavored cake with a a scoop of coffee gelato & caramel/chocolate sauce), and Meyer lemon cheesecake. All of these menu items (the halibut was a special) were unbelievably delicious, juicy, and melt in your mouth perfect.
  7. l

    luvgoodfood

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A really special place, unfortunately the chef/owner is retiring and the place is closing at the end of March 2018. Been there twice in the past two weeks, just to experience it before it goes. A special spot for fine dining and its loss will be felt. Not too much around like it. Food is excellent.
  8. SH

    SusanH

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    As always the food was wonderful, was so happy to eat there one more time before they close!
  9. FS

    FrankS

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our evtended family's special occasion restaurant: Warm and comfortable atmosphere
  10. JC

    JohnC

    San Francisco

    106 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    106 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific. Heard it is closing soon which is too bad.
  11. l

    luv2eat

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very pleasant meal and ambience. Wish they weren’t closing :-(
  12. D

    Discrimanating

    San Francisco

    80 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2018

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    With less than 3 weeks before closing, John Bentley's is definitely in the "exit" stage. While service was excellent, food quality was fair to poor (Has the chef left already????) Too bad to see such a neighborhood "go to" place finish with a 'splat"!
  13. L

    Londongirl17

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We always enjoy the food at John Bentley's and are so sad to know this outstanding restaurant will close. We have celebrated anniversaries, birthdays, reunions, also business meetings here, and have never had anything other than a great experience at this restaurant. The food is tasty fresh original and outstanding. We enjoy seeing the same favorites on the menu while at the same time delicious daily specials are offered. Always such a hard choice, so much to choose from.
  14. EM

    EMT1952

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    John Bentley and his staff are outstanding---food and atmosphere is top notch. This restaurant and its owner/chef will be sorely missed. It's a gem...
  15. TF

    TrueFoodie

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Another delicious meal. Only one little negative....the noise level was extremely high, which was very unusual for a Thursday night. One of my favorite all time restaurants. So sorry that it will be closing. Will miss it.
  16. SB

    ShirleyB

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It's sad to see an old friend leave. It looks like John Bentley's restaurant will be closing in less than a month. Thank you Mr. B and your staff for always delivering a first rate experience. We wish you well in retirement and hope the employees find a job worthy of their competency. Thank you.
  17. S

    Simulcaster

    Sacramento

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my all time favorite restaurants, Superb in everyway. So sorry to learn they are closing soon. Sad.
  18. S

    Stringbean

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Like entering a beautiful home and being greeted graciously and warmly. Delicious food that comes hot. Excellent presentation. LOVE J B!!!
  19. LW

    LoveWhistler

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This has been our special occasion restaurant for years and it never disappoints. We are so sorry to see it go!!!
  20. SL

    ShariL

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dinner as always. So sad to see this place closing. :(
  21. M

    Mondy

    San Francisco

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This has been one of my favorite restaurants for many years but I am sad to say it will be closing soon. John the owner is retiring and a developer will be tearing it down.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2018

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    My wife and I very much enjoyed the food and service.
  23. ER

    EricaR

    San Francisco

    128 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    128 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    this wonderful restaurant is closing the end of March. There is no other restaurant like it on the Peninsula. Excellent food, excellent service and and a feeling that it is a special occasion to be at the restaurant. Eat there while you can!!
  24. a

    agee

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2018

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    This is our restaurant when it comes to best romantic, best food, best overall, best service restaurant in the Peninsula.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2018

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    The food was excellent but the waiter got a little carried away with other guest. Took a bit more then 2 hours to bring us our entree. When it finally came, the pork chops was over cooked. They remedied it as fast as they could. All in all, would of given them a second chance if they were not closing. Great Luck John on your new endeavor!
  26. L

    Lkay

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First off, I am so incredibly sad that this was my first and probably last time at John Bentley's as they plan to close. The service was amazing and engaging, the food was delicious and the drinks were great. Normally when I ask if a place can make blue cheese stuffed olives for my martini I get a no - not here - they have blue cheese and bacon stuffed olives!
  27. r

    rose

    San Francisco

    39 reviews

    3.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2018

    overall3food4service2ambience1
    Too noisy at lunch, slow service,overpriced! Coffee at $5 is ridiculous!!!
  28. DN

    DanN

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to eat. Sorry to hear it is closing down in a couple of months.
  29. DG

    DGMA

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Sure gonna miss this place! Been coming here for years and they are closing the doors at the end of March.
  30. T

    Theresa

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2018

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    Food and service were great, but it was way too loud. I left with a headache. There was only two of us and we were seated in the back room with three tables that seats 8-10 people and we had to yell to hear each other. This restaurant is closing soon, but I wouldn't return.
  31. MJ

    MJRobins

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It doesn't get much better than this. Service is wonderful. Menu is excellent. Food is exquisite. A very special place.
  32. JK

    JillK

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another delicious dinner here with great service. I will miss this place!
  33. BO

    BOBD

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    GREAT EVENING. SUPERB FOOD, EXCELLENT SERVICE, NICE AMBIANCE. JOHN BENTEY'S IS REALLY REALLY GOOD. SORRY TO HEAR THEY WILL CLOSE MARCH 31ST. WE WILL MISS IT. WILL GO BACK 2/3 TIMES B/4 THEIR CLOSING.
  34. b

    bill

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service always outstanding. Sorry they are c[osing soon
  35. RF

    RosanneF

    San Francisco

    202 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    202 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our go-to restaurant on the Peninsula for special occasions and date nights. The food is beyond excellent and service top notch. Breaks our heart he has sold the building and is closing the end of March.
  36. EH

    EdH4

    Hawaii

    409 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    409 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2018

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The artichoke soup and Chinese chicken salad were delicious, and the wait service was excellent. The selection of Chardonnay by the glass was a bit limited, but my wife found something that "was alright." John Bentley's is one of our favorite restaurants for a quiet lunch, and it is a shame that it will permanently close sometime during March. I'll miss lunch at Bentley's!
  37. S

    Sfxmas

    San Francisco

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food - wonderful service - good cocktails!
  38. B

    Bevster

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our second time celebrating my birthday at this wonderful restaurant. The scallops were just as memorial as our first visit. My husband and I had the same entrée: the scallops and our table mates had the huge pork chop and the sweet breads. I am very sad this delicious menu will be no more after March 2018. I hope the owner will miss the business and open another restaurant in another location; otherwise, my taste buds will have to dine on memory alone...
  39. FL

    FoodLuvers

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Bentley's with some family we had in from out of town! Everything about the evening was so extraordinary. Our waiter (Dean) was so engaging, efficient, and knowledgeable! He did not rush us but was there if we needed anything . He was terrific! The food was also terrific from the salads to the main courses, we all so enjoyed our dinners. The space was just noisy enough to carry on our conversations without hearing or bothering any of our fellow patrons. We have had many dinners and lunch at Bentley's and have never been disappointed.
  40. B

    Belmar

    Austin

    41 reviews

    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious and consistent. It’s such a loss that they will be closing end of March.

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John Bentley's - Redwood City - Permanently Closed is rated 4.5 stars by 1596 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Selby Lane

  • Neighborhood

    Redwood City

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Private lot directly behind the restaurant.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    John Bentley

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (650) 365-7777

  • Private party facilities

    John Bentley's offers private dining downstairs for up to 24 people, and a private dining room upstairs, with private bar, for up to 50 people, equipped for AV presentations.

  • Private party contact

    Rachael Bentley: (650) 365-7777 ext. 52

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