Restaurants

JAPANESE

Koma Sushi Restaurant is the area's No. 1 place to go for Japanese food, Almanac readers have ruled. Some of its customers' favorites are flounder sashimi, grilled squid, ahi sashimi and a nigiri combination plate, according to the restaurant's website.
211 El Camino Real, Menlo Park | (650) 321 5662 | 3130 Alpine Road, #240, Portola Valley | (650) 367-6547 | komasushi.net

ITALIAN

Since 1988, Ristorante Carpaccio has been a favorite dining spot in downtown Menlo Park. And it has consistently won Almanac readers' votes in the Italian restaurant category. Carpaccio features weekly lunch and dinner special menus, while also offering a full range of appetizers, soups and salads, pastas, and meat and fish dinners on its regular menu.
1120 Crane St., Menlo Park | (650) 322-1211 | carpaccios.com

MEXICAN

Cafe Del Sol in downtown Menlo Park offers extensive lunch and dinner menus with traditional fare such as enchiladas, tacos and burritos, as well as a range of chicken, fish, other meat and vegetarian dishes. Salads and soups are also on offer. In the mood for Mexican food? Almanac readers say Cafe Del Sol is where you'll find the best.
1010 Doyle St., Menlo Park | (650) 326-2501 | cafedelsolmenlo.com

ASIAN

Almanac readers continue to cast their ballots for Chef Chu's as the place to go for great Chinese food. Many of the signature dishes feature fish and shellfish, but there's also lamb, chicken and a vegetarian cold plate on the signature menu. There's also classic Beijing duck cooked in a cast-iron oven, and an extensive regular menu that ensures everyone will find their favorite traditional entrees.
1067 N. San Antonio Road, Los Altos | (650) 948-2696 | chefchu.com

NEW RESTAURANT

What's the best new restaurant around? Our readers say it's The Village Bakery & Cafe in Woodside. The restaurant's menus are teeming with tempting breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch items, and the bar features cocktails, wines by the glass and bottle, and a long list of spirits.
3052 Woodside Road, Woodside | (650) 851-5555 | tvbwoodside.com

ROMANTIC RESTAURANT

The ambience at The Village Pub in Woodside can be fairly described as elegant and warm — no chilly vibes here. The decor, candlelight, and attentive service are features that have made the Pub our readers' No. 1 choice for romantic restaurant for several years running. And if diners insist that exquisite food is as important as an elegant atmosphere, they've chosen the right place.
2967 Woodside Road, Woodside | (650) 851-9888 | thevillagepub.net