Monday - Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Monday - Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday - Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
John Bentley's in Redwood City, California, features Seasonal American Cuisine served in a sophisticated, comfortable setting. Though there are new features, like a full bar and two ample spaces for private dining, and the setting is more urban and sumptuous, the focus at John's Redwood City location remains the same: The care and quality of ingredients used in John's cooking, combined with warmth and detailed attention of his staff, combine to make his Redwood City restaurant a favorite among guests and critics.
While attending California Culinary Academy, John began his apprenticeship at the Lipizzaner, a tiny French-Viennese restaurant on Union Street. The chef-owner, Joseph Roettig, according to John the "best cook I'll ever know," taught him classical French technique and shared his love for the restaurant business and his devotion to cooking that comes from the heart.
When the owners of the Lipizzaner split up, John moved on to the Clift Four Seasons Hotel. His first stint as an executive chef was at Michael's Restaurant in Sunnyvale. He then become the opening chef at the Los Altos Bar and Grill.
In 1995, while working to put together a large project with investors, John happened by the small, old firehouse in Woodside. Seeing the "For Rent" sign in the window, John remembered that he hadn't fallen in love with cooking by managing the staff of a large, high-volume venue; he'd done it while manning the stoves himself at the tiny Lipizzaner. Recreating that restaurant's intimacy between kitchen and customer became John's dream.
The commitment of the culinary and floor staff of John's Woodside location gave him the opportunity to open a second location in June of 2004. In his Redwood City restaurant, John serves seasonal American cuisine in a sophisticated and elegant yet comfortable setting perfect for both special occasions and everyday dining.
“Award of Excellence,” 2008
"...chef-owner John Bentley's “intimate” converted Woodside firehouse remains an “institution” for its “satisfying” New American food and “unbelievable” “nurturing” service; but the man is now mostly manning his new, larger Redwood City outpost, which features a more casual menu and a full bar; all of this means he no longer runs “one of the best places on the Peninsula” – he runs two of them. "
- 2005 Zagat Guide