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The Van's Restaurant On the Hill

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815 Belmont Ave, Belmont, CA 94002-2013 (El Camino Real)
+1 650-591-6525
11:30 - 22:00
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Mon - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri 11:30 - 23:00
Sat - Sun 16:00 - 22:00
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253 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

When my wife I lived in the Bay Area, we used to go here on dates (that was many years ago -80' and 90's). It was with great nostalgia that we were able to return and find the same great environment, service and food. Thanks for not changing - it is like a time capsule and we love it!

Thank jojoishere
San Mateo, California
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the best 1/2 lb burgers on the Peninsula. Jucy, cooked to perfection, and if you do not want a regular bun, they will put it on any other bread they have. Comes with a variety of sides, personally I like the french fries crispy. Match it with a Guinness beer or your favorite beverage and you will not... More 

Thank pegasused2014
Belmont, California
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39 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Long a main stay in Belmont with great Italian food, seafood, steaks. VEry generous portions, excellent service and attentive waitstaff. Everyone enjoyed their meals.

Thank 19diane68
El Granada, California
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went here on a business dinner. The location is a little strange, but quaint. Place has been there for 65+ years. Good selection of salads, fish, pasta, and MEAT. Large portions of protein available for the meat lover. 3/4 pound filet mignon and sirloin, 2 pound prime rib, thick chops, huge ossobuco...come hungry!

Thank CoGus
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a local Resturant that had been serving for 70 years, large portion, great food, friendly staff......

Thank Luigi S
Fort Worth, Texas
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53 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

Round table for seven and beautiful Holiday lights! Food was very good as was the waiter. Lobster tail and prime rib outstanding. Only negative was fried shrimp that two people ordered was well under and not crispy at all. Rookie on the fryer. Will be back!

Thank TJP55857
Chicago, Illinois
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134 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

Stopped in on a cold wet winter night. Definitely worth the short trip up the hill even on a rainy night. Views are great and the grounds and buildings have a unique and homey feeling. As far opposite a chain restaurant imaginable which is great! I opted for the prime rib (smaller cut $39) which was outstanding. Served with a... More 

Thank ilpiccs
Tel Aviv, Israel
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

Awesome. I've been there at the end of November, Christmas atmosphere, decorations, lighting... just awesome!!! Fillet mignon and "Texas style" steak are highly recommended. Very romantic place for the couples by the way.

Thank Evgeniy S
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111 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

The view is great..the parking easy, but the dinner was just OK.... $50.00 a head they charged for a $28 meal and they ended up charging for soft drinks for the kids... unbelievable that they couldn't have the soft drinks for free. Desert was pumpkin pie - not the best. Staff was nice. Hopefully our company will NEVER book here... More 

Thank strawmns
menlo park ca
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54 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

First, the view. CalTrain, the Bay, East & South Bays, incoming SFO flights. Days? Very nice, but at night it's magical for those of us who like twinkly lights. Menu is standard, retro, traditional American fare as we've known it for decades. It's a carnivore's delight - steaks, prime rib, pork chops, as well as chicken, prawns, calamari, many green... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Private Dining, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
16:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
16:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 815 Belmont Ave, Belmont, CA 94002-2013
    (El Camino Real)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Belmont
  • Phone Number: +1 650-591-6525

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?