Town Restaurant Review, San Carlos

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716 Laurel Street

San Carlos, CA 94070


Town Website

Book Reservation

Town San Carlos Exterior Decor

Town Restaurant is a steakhouse serving American comfort food in downtown San Carlos. It opened in 2006 and has gotten positive press, so we figured we would see how it stacks up. Over the years, this restaurant has been consistently busy. Town is definitely a hit with the locals, many of which can just walk over for a meal. Our last visit was in March 2014. It is so busy, we had to make a reservation a week in advance.

They focus on local and organically grown produce as well as meats from local farms and ranches.

Town San Carlos Interior Decor

Decor, Vibe – Town Restaurant has a modern, dimly lit, good looking interior, sidewalk seating, big oval bar area in the front, counter seating by the kitchen. Couple families, lots of local couples in their 40’s, 50’s out on the town. This is considered a scene for this city.

Town Restaurant Menu Pictures

Website Town Restaurant Menu

Classic American restaurant menu with steaks, prime rib, seafood, and a wide variety of starters.  Kid’s menu too.

Signature dishes: New Orleans BBQ Shrimp, Ahi Tuna Tataki, Philly Cheese Steak Spring Rolls, Bone in Ribeye, Teriyaki Skirt Steak.

Town San Carlos Restaurant Picks:
Mojito Cubano ($9) with quality rum, lime juice, fresh muddled mint, cane sugar, splash of sparkling soda tasted fine and had lots of hidden potency.

Town San Carlos warm Napa Cabbage Salad

‘The Original’ warm napa cabbage salad ($8) shredded Napa cabbage, crispy bacon, mushrooms, bleu cheese, warm red wine vinaigrette is a popular salad. Nice and warm, filled with savory bits in each bite.

Town San Carlos deviled eggs

Deviled eggs ($6) 4 classic deviled eggs finished with crispy jalapenos were done well. Rivals the best in San Francisco.

Town San Carlos Clam Chowder

Clam Chowder was very hot white Boston style soup. Lots of potatoes, clams and other goodies in this rich broth.

Town San Carlos Prime Rib

Prime Rib ($39) 16oz cut rubbed with garlic & spices, slowly spit fire roasted, served with a very creamy horseradish sauce and average au jus. It came with 2 sides, Asparagus and large baked potato (+$2). It was tender and very good even with very little au jus. House of Prime Rib in SF is still a great reference.

Town San Carlos Teriyaki Skirt Steak

Teriyaki skirt steak ($28) famous teriyaki marinated skirt steak, garlic mashed potatoes,
chile glazed green beans, crispy onion rings is ordered a lot. Almost Korean in flavor, this is a tender, well marinated cut with lots of mash potatoes.  The beans we got were overcooked.

Kids BBQ Baby Back Ribs ($8.95) with mashed potatoes had good tasting BBQ sauce. Decent sized ribs made it a great value.

Kids Sundae ($1.50) was a cool make your own one. Kids will want to drag you back for only this reason.

Town Restaurant OK:

Bone-in ribeye steak ($36) 18 oz of black Angus steak, salt and pepper crusted and seared at 1400 degrees with a red wine demi glace. It came with baked potato and a huge portion of sauteed brussel sprouts. It was huge but quality was average and it was not too tender or flavorful. Nice bone-in cut.

Kids Mac and Cheese ($4.95) was good enough to satisfy kids.


Town San Carlos serves up high end food in the suburbs of San Carlos with San Francisco prices and it is popular. Want a better steak, drive up to Harris’ in San Francisco instead. The value proposition here is fair, with such high prices. If I lived nearby and wanted to enjoy their atmosphere, I would order cheaper items like the Chicken Enchiladas or Skirt Steak. Town Restaurant also has a kid’s menu.

Town: Chops, Steak & Seafood on Urbanspoon

San Carlos restaurants reviewed on this block: Locanda Positano, Piacere, Spasso, Speederia Pizza, Town. Nearby: Mack’s Smoked Barbecue

Town Overall Rating: (Good 2)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Very Good)
Service Rating: (Very Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Excellent)
Value Rating: (Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Full Bar
Hours:Mon - Sat 1130am-2:30pm, 5-10pm, Sun 5-9pm
Prices:$10.75 - $49
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Posted on March 17th, 2014
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One Response to “Town Restaurant Review, San Carlos”

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