San Carlos Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in San Carlos

April 15, 2018 Sheron Bogner

San Carlos is a city in San Mateo County, California on the San Francisco Peninsula, about halfway between San Francisco and San Jose. It is a small residential suburb located between Belmont (north) and Redwood City (south). The population is 28,406 per the 2010 census.
Things to do in San Carlos

1. Kabul Afghan Cuisine

135 El Camino Real, San Carlos, CA 94070-2403 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Middle Eastern, Afghani, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options, Halal Lunch, Dinner +1 650-594-2840
Excellent
64%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 193 reviews

Kabul Afghan Cuisine

Reviewed By Mary M - San Jose, California, United States

We recently visited Kabul Afghan Cuisine again. This is one of our very FAVORITE restaurants. The service is spectacular and the food is delicious. The flavors of the food are delicious and the meals are perfectly prepared. The portions are ample and there is an interesting ambience in the restaurant.

2. Godfather's Burger Lounge

1500 El Camino Real, Belmont, CA 94002-3912 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Bar, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 13 - SGD 20 +1 650-637-9257
Excellent
55%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 151 reviews

Godfather's Burger Lounge

Godfather's Burger Lounge offers gourmet American cuisine with an elegant European twist. Come enjoy one of our delicious grass-fed burgers.

Reviewed By ULeadWillFollow - Hillsborough, California

Whenever we want to have a REAL burger, we head to Godfather's. We especially like it that once they open for the day, they don't close between lunch and dinner. Their burgers are cooked just as you asked for it. We enjoy the Director's Cut...MoreReading this left a smile on my face, so thank you, truly, for the kind words -- it's awesome knowing the burgers have always hit the spot! Can't wait to welcome you back in again soon. Cheers, Mike

3. Vesta

2022 Broadway St, Redwood City, CA 94063-1802 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night 650-362-5052
Excellent
68%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 184 reviews

Vesta

This urbane and upscale pizza and Italian small-plates place is something the Peninsula has been waiting for. I'm usually a traditionalist when it comes to pizza toppings, but even their more unusual versions--sausage with honey!--work like a charm and are absolutely delicious. Small plates are very good, too, although I thought the bare-bones meatballs would have benefited from a little tomato sauce. The owners are very hands on and extremely welcoming, and the lively vibe would be right at home in SF or even Wine Country. A great addition to the Peninsula dining scene!

Reviewed By 1GiantsMS - Redwood City, California

Was served by Liam and was very pleased. The Burrata Plate was interesting and the pork meatballs were delicious. Very tasty! The little gem salad was well made and we enjoyed the pizza. Definitely first class. Will certainly return.

4. Iron Gate Restaurant

1360 El Camino Real, Belmont, CA 94002-3908 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, International, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 39 - SGD 39 +1 650-592-7893
Excellent
69%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 114 reviews

Iron Gate Restaurant

Reviewed By carladp - San Jose

I would give this restaurant a "0" if I could. The manager/Owner is very arrogant and cares little for his Customers, only his pocket book. We placed a gift certificate on line the Sunday before Christmas, 8 days before Christmas and even called after it was placed and verified when it would be sent out. On Thursday we received a call from the Iron gate asking for some mailing information which we already confirmed that last Sunday. Comes Christmas Eve, no certificate and left us in a terrible circumstance as we were giving it away the next morning. My husband drove with my daughter 40 miles one way there on Christmas Eve interrupting our Christmas Eve dinner to get one issued. The manager never said sorry even after he was told of our hardship driving the distance interrupting our dinner. He was upset my husband asked for a small token for our gas. I called the establishment when I heard from my husband and 12 year old daughter how they were treated hoping the manager wasn't the owner....but unfortunately he is. After a verbal confrontation on the phone and the manager saying that my husband dint even know the name of the person who called us on Thursday so it was "impossible our story", I played the recording for him. He verified it was them but continued fighting with me. Only after I said I was going to post a yelp review did he scream to me on the phone that he was sorry (but he didn't mean it). I am so disgusted with how un-classy this establishment is.

5. Town Restaurant

716 Laurel St, San Carlos, CA 94070-3154 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 33 - SGD 131 +1 650-595-3003
Excellent
53%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 317 reviews

Town Restaurant

Reviewed By squirrelnibbler - Boston, Massachusetts

This is a nice restaurant for a dinner with friends or a cocktail at night. Nice patio, errs towards steakhouse type menu. Not great for vegetarians. Cocktails are really well made. It is always super busy, reserves days in advance. If it were not so busy, I’m not sure it would garner as much attention as it does, l think once it gathers a following, it snowballs on itself. Still, overall it’s a nice dinner place with deep banquets for a long dinner, or to hang out at the bar scene.

6. Angelicas

863 Main St, Redwood City, CA 94063-1901 Takeout, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Television American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 38 - SGD 41 +1 650-679-8184
Excellent
71%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 205 reviews

Angelicas

A venue with many choices; what do you feel like doing today? Restaurant Dinning indoors or Al Fresco Dinning (Outdoor Dinning) we are located in the historic district of downtown Redwood City, come visit us Tuesday through Sunday for breakfast, lunch, dinner or weekend brunch. Our Executive Chef, Manuel Nunez, offers a unique style of California cuisine with a Latin and European fusion. Start off the morning with Breakfast; sample our Meyer Lemon Pancakes; Italian Eggs Benedict Lunch; Angelicas Kale Salad; or Weekend Brunch: bottomless Mimosas; Country-Style Breakfast; Carne a la Mexicana; Angelicas Stuffed French Toast; Happy Hour; Spirits, Beers, wines; Angus Sliders: Dinner; Grilled Salmon with Lemongrass Sauce; Prime Rib Shepherd's Pie; Filet Mignon Dinner Theatre Room: 20 – 25 live dinner shows with state of the art sound and lighting, some of the best entertainment from the San Francisco Bay area is read

Reviewed By Margaret B

Angelica's has an indoor restaurant that transforms into a live music venue; it has outdoor dining on a charming wrap around patio with heat lamps; and it has a very nice bar. I love a late weekend lunch on the patio with friends and Angelica's "bottomless mimosas." I also love seeing music in a setting that feels like a nightclub. The food is usually very good. I would recommend the portobello sandwich or the sliders. From my experience, the main course salads are not big enough to fill you up if you are hungry. Though the food is not 5 star, it is very good. Last time I was there, the soup of the day was a lettuce soup, and it was exceptional. Highly recommend!

7. Vivace Ristorante

1910 Ralston Ave, Belmont, CA 94002-1736 Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 26 - SGD 26 +1 650-637-0611
Excellent
53%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 110 reviews

Vivace Ristorante

Reviewed By Malay P - Ahmedabad, India

The restaurant is classy and serves great food. We had a majority of vegetarians in our group and they all had great selections. the wine was great and they have a great selection

8. Donato Enoteca

1041 Middlefield Rd, Redwood City, CA 94063-1993 Takeout, Television, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Free Wifi Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 10 - SGD 37 +1 650-701-1000
Excellent
61%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 174 reviews

Donato Enoteca

Set in the heart of downtown Redwood City, Donato Enoteca offers true and honest contemporary Italian cuisine from Executive Chef Donato Scotti that changes weekly determined by the freshest available seasonal produce. Homemade pastas, wood-burning oven pizzas, meat and fish courses are available, executed in an authentic yet modern way. The menu spans every region of Italy and incorporates artisanal products, such as fresh imported burrata, prosciutto, grappa and olive oil. Other in-house specialties include sausages, mostarda and lamb prosciutto. The wine list focuses on smaller-production boutique wineries from Italy, California and France.

Reviewed By Rhett L - Los Altos, California, United States

Downtown Redwood City, CA is going thru a building boom phase. It's great that some timeless restaurants last...Donato is one of them...great indoor/outdoor eating area for small or large groups. Great for a business dinner. Extensive Italian menu and great beers/wines. Worth a visit while in Silicon Valley area.

9. Cuisinett

1105 San Carlos Ave, San Carlos, CA 94070-2417 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol French Lunch, Dinner +1 650-453-3390
Excellent
63%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 82 reviews

Cuisinett

Cuisinett’ Story Back in 2008, Geoffroy Raby had a vision to bring a new style of French Restaurant. Forget about your typical stereotype about French Restaurant, Geoffroy wanted to bring back the neighborhood café that he grew up with. A place where you can enjoy great food (and wine) at reasonable prices and in a casual atmosphere. Fast forward to 2011 and Cuisinett was born. Our team ‘s goal is to make you discover France through its Regional Cuisine and bring you on a delicious journey of French Comfort Food. A bientot Geoffroy and the Cuisinett Team

Reviewed By Donna S - Boise, Idaho

Helping to move our daughter and her family, so after a long day of packing, it was great to sit down to a delicious meal at Cuisinett. I had the Seafood Stew Basquaise with mussels, shrimp and salmon. VERY yummy!

10. Refuge

Laurel Street, San Carlos, CA Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations American, Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner +1 650-598-9813
Excellent
55%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 146 reviews

Refuge

Reviewed By mbcaldwell

Found this place as it was highlighted on an episode of ‘Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.’ The pastrami sandwich was wonderful. Tender and flavorful. The rye bread was thick and perfectly toasted.

Great vibe, diners inside and out front on the ‘patio’.

They have a second location in Menlo Park that we look forward to trying soon.

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