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Johnston's Saltbox

1696 Laurel St, corner of Elm and St. Francis Way, San Carlos, CA 94070-5217
+1 650-592-7258
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good29%
  • Average7%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (18 reviews)
“ribeye” (5 reviews)
“tartine” (3 reviews)
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American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
££ - £££
1696 Laurel St, corner of Elm and St. Francis Way, San Carlos, CA 94070-5217
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Reviewed yesterday

This place is just so cute, we really want to love it. But, we've been there 4 times (2 brunches, lunch and dinner), and every time there are many dishes you would never expect to be spicy and not labeled as spicy; but they were...More

Thank Laura W
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

We eat at Saltbox a couple of times a month, because The food is great. The menu is limited, however it is always changing. I love the soups, tastes homemade. They have an organic garden on the roof.

Thank Julie C
Reviewed 9 August 2017

When we arrived at 630 we were told there was a 45 min wait We went out back and got appetizers and wine! The space is lovely both indoors and outdoors. We were seated within an hour- busy Friday night! The food tastes extremely fresh...More

Thank spygirl55
Reviewed 11 July 2017

This is a very trendy restaurant in that they grow their own herbs on their rooftop. They have a limited menu, all of it delicious and very different. On this particular day (Saturday), you could only order their brunch. If you wanted a hamburger you...More

Thank Fran G
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

This small casual resturant specializes in locally grown (including veggies from their own roof top garden) ingredients. The food is fresh and creativity prepared. The service is friendly and attentive. While this is another restaurant that does not accept reservations, it is worth the effort...More

Thank Jonathan P
Reviewed 23 May 2017

I stumbled onto Johnston's Saltbox last week, and was thrilled at the experience. I started with a nice pint of Guiness, and for an appetizer, had the fried asparagus. A very nice starter, and incredibly tasty. The measure of a vegetable starter is its freshness,...More

Thank SeaAtty
Reviewed 4 May 2017

Johnston's Saltbox was recommended by one of our staff that lives two blocks from the restaurant. Other staff including myself were visiting from Chicago. As a frequent visitor, I thought "oh no, not another want a be (San Francisco) restaurant." I had eaten at a...More

Thank jvalerio
Reviewed 13 March 2017

I have a fondness for the Saltbox. I didn't expect to; when the restaurant opened, it appeared to be focused on burgers - and I thought - just what we need in SC, ANOTHER burger joint... Well, the menu changes seasonally. A burger (and a...More

Thank Chicca B
Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

That title seems a bit trite, and perhaps I've been hunkering for a good USDA beef burger having been in Asia for 10+ years, but this is a RIBEYE burger! Omg so good. And in case you haven't tried California avocados, you must ask for...More

Thank Alan T
Reviewed 14 February 2017

We had a delicious lunch. The salads all had fresh ingredients. If you want to get a table plan on arriving before noon.

Thank lbrb97
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Chris G
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Response from Jonathan P | Reviewed this property |
Yes, I have seen dogs allowed on the patio.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 - 14:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
10:00 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1696 Laurel St, corner of Elm and St. Francis Way, San Carlos, CA 94070-5217
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Carlos
  • Phone Number: +1 650-592-7258
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