This sustainability-focused restaurant serves classic food like burgers, fries, scrambles and pie from a rustic-looking cabin among the redwoods. Alice's offers woodfired pizza Wednesday through Sunday with gluten-free options available.
17288 Skyline Blvd., Woodside | (650) 851-0303 | alicesrestaurant.com
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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.
What's new: "We continue to expand and improve our outdoor dining space and started the Bon MarchŽ artisan market to add some entertainment and activity in the middle of the week to the 'French Quarter.' We will continue to bring new vendors with artisanal foods, seasonal produce and local live music for a fun family event that we look forward to growing."
641 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park | (650) 462-1686 | bistro-vida.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
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.
What's new: "Our outside dining space, Carpaccio On the Alley. (It) has beautiful awnings, European artwork, overhead lighting, heaters, music and is surrounded by planter boxes filled with gorgeous plants, trees and herbs."
1120 Crane St., Menlo Park | (650) 322-1211 | carpaccios.com
Naomi Sushi offers delicious dining and takeout and has been recognized for its outstanding cuisine, excellent service and friendly staff. The restaurant serves modern interpretations of classic Japanese dishes and insists on using fresh ingredients.
1328 El Camino Real #4211, Menlo Park | (650) 321-6902 | naomisushimenlopark.com
Cafe Del Sol
This cafe offers a cheerful atmosphere and serves south-of-the-border dishes like fish tacos, tostada salads, fajitas and tamales, as well as vegetarian items and soups. The restaurant is currently accepting takeout orders only, according to its website.
; 650-; 1010 Doyle St, Menlo Park | (650) 326-2501 | Cafe Del Sol
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