johnston's saltbox

1696 laurel street
san carlos, ca 94070



Due to our modest size, we can only accommodate parties of six (6) or fewer

We are a family owned restaurant, featuring a from-scratch kitchen & boutique wine list, highlighting the bay area's best local artisan products

Sean Johnston

Hometown: Portstewart, Northern Ireland

Sean worked much of his life in his family’s coast side pub and brings a warm European sensibility to Johnston’s Saltbox. He loves the sense of community created by sharing a meal together. He's impressed daily by the quality and variety of product grown right here in the Bay Area. Johnston’s Saltbox is the culmination of those two parts: local people, local product.

Jennifer McAteer Johnston

Chef | Proprietor
Hometown: San Carlos, CA

Jennifer has spent 18 years cooking with great chefs & mentors: Jeremiah Tower, Bradley Ogden, Robert Cubberly and Pierre Koffmann.

After years of partnering with local farmers, ranchers, and fishermen- witnessing them put so much love and care into their craft, Jennifer sees a Chef’s role as simple- to source great local product and cook it with care. She’s excited to finally bring these experiences home to San Carlos.

The rooftop kitchen garden is a very tangible way to demonstrate our commitment to quality local ingredients. It's coincidentally also a great place for the three young Johnston daughters to toil in the soil.

At Johnston’s Saltbox, we care deeply about quality and detail, and choose to support like-minded people.

  • Architect | Glass Associates Inc
  • Midglen Studio Associates
  • Jeanne Ettrick | Tastemaker
  • Heath Ceramics
  • Ralph King Cabinetry
  • Matt Dick | Small Trade Company
  • Marius and Shannon Ciortea | NFO Bee Company
  • Golden Nursery | San Mateo
  • Pixar Animation Studios
  • Vesta | Redwood City
  • Shakewell | Oakland
  • Natalie DeMeo | she waters. it grows. we cook. you eat. repeat.

johnston's saltbox   I   1696 laurel street   I   san carlos, ca   I   94070   I   650.592.7258