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John Bentley's

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American, Contemporary
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2915 El Camino Real, Redwood City, CA 94061-4003 (Selby Ln.)
+1 650-365-7777
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
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Mon - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 21:30
Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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Palo Alto, California
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60 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

the food is excellent although not particularly unusual. staff is knowledgeable and friendly. my only complaint is that it can get very noisy at night..the bar is busy!!

Thank asbowers
Los Altos, California
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217 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our friends and we re-visited John Bentley after a long gap and found it to be as high quality as ever. The "California Cuisine" style food has fresh ingredients, is well-prepared and presented and tastes delicious. There is a wide variety of wine at reasonable prices. The ambiance is a warm upscale bistro with strong staff to provide good service.... More 

Thank wwalleigh
Lahaina, Hawaii
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65 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017

John Bentley's has very good food with attentive service. The Chinese chicken salad and crab sandwich are particularly tasty. Prices are a bit high, particularly for wine by the glass, but this is a good choice for a business meal or special occasion.

Thank ejhiii
Redwood City, California
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

The key ingredient to John Bentley's recipe for success is fine food with an ample dose of soothing atmosphere and professional service. If my budget and waistline could afford it, I would eat there once a week. The menu is broad and well executed. I started my meal spectacularly with foie gras and a companion glass of sauterne. Next came... More 

Thank Playball925
San Jose, California
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

John Bentley’s is simply the best fine dining restaurant on the San Francisco Peninsula. Owner and Executive Chef, John Bentley presents a very innovative menu that relies on traditional dishes with exciting variations. The appetizer menu is amazing with dishes like pork belly, pressed duck, Dungeness crab, avocado and watermelon. The panko crusted pork chop is the best that I... More 

Thank rbrooks2016
Redwood City, CA
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173 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

A busy place for a Monday, but I think they were short staffed for the volume. Usually the service is excellent, but today it was not only slow, but the wait person wasn't very service oriented. Had to ask for the coffee, had to flag him down to get a refill, had to flag him down for the bill all... More 

Thank 1ajf
Belmont, California
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54 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Drove down a narrow covered lane to a large parking lot in the rear. Walked down another lane to the entrance. Seated promptly at a nice quiet large table for two toward the rear of the restaurant. Everything indeed was on the extensive menu and the attentive waitress explained the specials for the evening. Service was perfect and ordinarily we... More 

Thank robert g
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

This is a gem of the peninsula . The food and the service is 5+ stars. Their seafood is always fresh and exciting . And the turf is always cooked to perfection. The desert so exciting as well, if you're fortunate enough they may have their special cheesecake .

Thank Tim B
San Jose, California
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140 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

We were looking for someplace nice to try mid-peninsula. We found a gem Food: Our table of three all enjoyed the appetizers and our entrees. Ambiance: Very classy place. Perfect for a high-end date or power lunch. The clientele was on the more mature side, as one would expect given the location. Service: Professional and unobtrusive. Helpful and light when... More 

Thank MrGaucho1987
San Francisco, California
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

Went for dinner on a Saturday evening and the food was delicious. Had the Watermelon with Avocado salad which was great. For entree, had the Hanger Steak which was cooked perfectly and came in a great sauce. Service was excellent. Only complaint was the noise level. It was extremely loud so you couldn't even talk with your tablemates. Noise level... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$40
American, Contemporary
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Private Dining, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
09:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2915 El Camino Real, Redwood City, CA 94061-4003
    (Selby Ln.)
  • Public Transportation: AC Transit
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Redwood City
  • Phone Number: +1 650-365-7777

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?