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’re a neighborhood restaurant, featuring a from-scratch kitchen & local wine list, highlighting the bay area's best artisan product

Sean Johnston

Hometown: Portstewart, Northern Ireland

Sean worked much of his life in his family’s pub and brings that same 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 trained alongside great chefs & mentors: Jeremiah Tower, Bradley Ogden, Robert Cubberly and Pierre Koffmann.

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 bring these experiences to her hometown of 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 | Designer

  • Ralph King Cabinetry

  • Heath Ceramics

  • Matt Dick | Small Trade Company

  • Marius and Shannon Ciortea | NFO Bee Company

  • Golden Nursery | San Mateo

  • Pausa | San Mateo

  • Vesta | Redwood City

  • Shakewell | Oakland

  • Natalie DeMeo | she waters. it grows. we cook. you eat. repeat.

  • Surfrider Foundation ( Christine Chang 6th grader CMS )

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