PLACE FOR A DATE
According to our readers, Flea Street Cafe offers just the right environment for a date. The cozy restaurant features fresh seasonal meals, and "people can hear each other talk while enjoying delicious food and cocktails," according to owner Jesse Cool, a cookbook author and a widely respected leader of the sustainable, locally sourced food movement.
3607 Alameda de las Pulgas, Menlo Park | (650) 854-1226 | cooleatz.com
FRENCH RESTAURANT, HAPPY HOUR
Left Bank French brasserie apparently has many happy diners, who have voted the downtown Menlo Park brasserie No. 1 in both the French restaurant and the happy hour categories. A favorite place to dine since it opened in 1998, Left Bank hosts happy hour from 3 to 6:30 p.m. and from 9 p.m. to closing time.
635 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park | (650) 473-6543 | leftbank.com
AMERICAN FOOD, LIVE MUSIC
Menlo Tavern, located at the Stanford Park Hotel, has won a place in the hearts of those who love great food and live music. The menu features what the restaurant calls "elevated American food" that follows the seasons. The restaurant is open seven days a week, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. And live music is an added treat every evening from June to mid-October.
100 El Camino Real, Menlo Park | (650) 330-2790 | menlotavern.com