Steak on the Peninsula. 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 December 2015. It is so busy, we had to make a reservation over a week in advance.
They focus on local and organically grown produce as well as meats from local farms and ranches.
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 Menu Pictures
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 Food 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.
‘The Original’ warm napa cabbage salad ($9/$13) 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.
Deviled eggs ($6) 4 classic deviled eggs finished with crispy jalapenos were done well. Rivals the best in San Francisco.
JC’s california roll fresh washington state dungeness crab, avocado, cucumber, wasabi sauce, sweet soy glaze, pickled ginger, crushed macadamia nut, ponzu
sauce ($14) is a decent appetizer even though this is a steak house!
Philly cheese steak spring roll spiced steak, provolone & american cheese, horseradish cream sauce & spicy ketchup ($13) is more of a steakhouse meaty starter with a crisp fried crust.
Clam Chowder was very hot white Boston style soup. Lots of potatoes, clams and other goodies in this rich broth.
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.
Teriyaki skirt steak ($29) famous teriyaki marinated skirt steak, garlic mashed potatoes, chile glazed green beans, crispy onion rings is ordered a lot. Huge portion size. Almost Korean in flavor, this is a tender, well marinated cut with lots of mash potatoes. The beans we got were overcooked.
Prime rib dip – thin sliced prime rib, creamy horseradish, housemade au jus ($23) was a large lunch entree. Quality meat with a nice dipping sauce.
Bone-in ribeye steak – 20 oz of black angus steak salt and pepper crusted with a red wine demi glace ($40) is a signature dish and hits the spot. A nice bone for us carnivores. Cooked just right to medium rare.
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 Food 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. Service in 2015 was fair, the place was full and there were not enough servers. Town Restaurant also has a kid’s menu.