Rossotti's Alpine Inn
With its beer garden, wood-fired pizza, ribs and garlic fries and a history that stretches back to 1852, it's no wonder why Rossotti's Alpine Inn is a go-to destination. Rossotti's is the second oldest continually operating tavern in the state. The historic property most recently changed hands and names in 2019 when three Portola Valley families decided to refurbish and restore the old beloved Alpine Inn tavern. Rossotti's is open for indoor and outdoor dining and takeout.
3915 Alpine Road, Portola Valley | (650) 854-4004 | alpineinnpv.com
Since opening in 1970, Chef Chu's specialty dishes, including its homemade potstickers and Beijing duck cooked in a cast-iron Chinese oven, have attracted a who's-who list of diners from near and far, including Serena Williams, Steve Young, Justin Bieber and JFK Jr. Chef Chu's offers takeout and delivery.
1067 N. San Antonio Road, Los Altos | (650) 948-2696 | chefchu.com
It would be difficult to match the ambiance of Parkside Grille. The longtime cafe, which sits amid towering redwood trees in the hills of Portola Valley, serves up California comfort food made with fresh and local ingredients: signature Greek marinated grass-fed lamb chops, seasonal Belgian endive salad and homemade pizza cooked in an almond-wood oven. The restaurant offers takeout and indoor and outdoor dining.
884 Portola Road, Portola Valley | (650) 529-9007 | parksidegrille.com
DINING WITH KIDS
SAJJ Mediterranean serves fast and healthy food that is locally sourced and hormone-free. The restaurant's cafeteria-style ordering makes it easy for picky eaters to choose their own ingredients and customize their meals. There's even a kids menu that includes a chicken rice bowl, cheese quesadillas, and mac and cheese. SAJJ Mediterranean is open for delivery, outdoor seating, and indoor dining.
883 Hamilton Ave., Menlo Park | (650) 322-7255 | sajjstreeteats.com
Inspired by the Parisian bistro culture, Bistro Vida serves up French-influenced dishes with a slight Mediterranean twist. Owner Ali El Safy, a native of Cairo, Egypt, who lived in Paris before moving to the Bay Area, said his mission is to bring the enjoyment of life, comfort and community found in Paris to Menlo Park. Bistro Vida is open for delivery, outdoor seating, and indoor dining.
641 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park | (650) 462-1686 | bistro-vida.com
Ever since Ristorante Carpaccio opened in downtown Menlo Park in 1988, it has consistently won Readers' Choice for best Italian restaurant. Carpaccio features weekly lunch and dinner special menus, while also offering a full range of appetizers, soups, salads, pastas and meat and fish dinners. The restaurant offers outdoor bistro dining, indoor dining and curbside to-go service.
1120 Crane St., Menlo Park | (650) 322-1211 | carpaccios.com
Family-owned Koma Sushi Restaurant is where Japanese food cravings will be answered with customer favorites like flounder, sashimi, grilled squid, ahi sashimi and a nigiri combination plate. The restaurant is open for dining in and takeout orders.
211 El Camino Real, Menlo Park | (650) 321 5662 | komasushi.net
Amigos Grill may be off the beaten path, but its handmade tortilla chips, fresh ceviche and giant burritos have made it a destination dining spot for locals craving authentic Mexican food and giant margaritas. The outdoor patio seating is popular for its friendly atmosphere, according to Yelp reviews. Amigos Grill is open for indoor and outdoor dining.
3130 Alpine Road #290, Portola Valley | (877) 585-1085
Using seasonal and local ingredients, the glitzy Farmhouse Kitchen serves contemporary dishes inspired by northern and southern Thailand cuisine, including specialties like pineapple fried rice, lobster pad Thai, 24-hour beef noodle soup and slow-braised short rib served with panang curry. Owner Kasem "Pop" Saengsawang said his menu is "all about the spice." Farmhouse Kitchen offers delivery, outdoor seating, and indoor dining.
1165 Merrill St., Menlo Park | (650) 665-7935 | farmhousethai.com
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