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The holidays are almost here.  It’s time you sprinkle in a few date nights.  We’ve got you covered with great local restaurant recommendations and hidden gems along the Peninsula. We’ll start with a few Palo Alto restaurant recommendations and then branch out from there.  A few restaurants don’t take reservations, so if you have to wait – just grab a cocktail and catch up on life together. 

Palo Alto Restaurant Recommendations

We begin by offering a few Palo Alto restaurant recommendations.  Palo Alto is fast becoming a hot spot for diners in and around Silicon Valley.  There is terrific variety in Palo Alto and we love the lights that wrap the trees year round.     

Evvia Estiatorio

This Greek restaurant serves fresh authentic Greek food and drinks.  They have indoor and outdoor seating.  There is a rustic fireplace indoors with hand-made pottery and copper cookware.  If you like Greek food, you will LOVE this place. (reservations)


Unique to the Peninsula, Nolas is a New Orleans-themed restaurant offering Creole fare in a 3-floor space reminiscent of the French Quarter – featuring seven unique dining areas. New Orleans’ popular classics like hurricanes, fresh oysters, gumbo, seafood jambalaya and étouffée are highlights of the menu.  With the weather fantastic this time of the year, eat outside.  (no reservations required)


Ok, you caught us – we LOVE Mexican food! This cute trendy spot serves high-end Mexican food with a large nod toward their margarita selection. Trust us – their tequila selection is next level. We both go for the skinny margarita, but lately, Julie can be found sipping on Clase Azul on the rocks with a squeeze of lime. (reservations)

Sweet Maple

This is a terrific brunch spot, but they also serve dinner.  Did someone say bacon?  Their Millionaire’s bacon will have you coming back time and time again.  This bacon has been featured on the Discovery Network’s show, United States of Bacon.  It’s thick, free-range bacon, baked with brown sugar, cayenne, red and black pepper. As a result, many joke this type of bacon is the new avocado toast.  (no reservations required)


Terun features wood-fired Neapolitan-style pizza as well as a number of other really good Italian dishes.  With indoor and outdoor seating, their wine list is heavy on Italian varietals.  If you prefer a California vintage, their cork fee is just $30.  (reservations)

Additional Silicon Valley Restaurant Recommendations

Of course, Palo Alto isn’t the only town on the Peninsula with great restaurants. Here are some of our favorite restaurant recommendations in Menlo Park, Redwood City, Burlingame and Woodside.  In addition, if you have a few local favorites or hidden gems, please drop them in the comments section too. 

Menlo Park Restaurants

La Stanza Restaurant in Menlo Park
La Stanza’s in Menlo Park

La Stanza Cucina Italiana 

Amazing place and one of our favorite Silicon Valley restaurants! Small and only open for dinner.  Homemade pastas and sauces made from scratch. They have a small party room for rent too. We highly recommend you give them a try.  (reservations)

For more Silicon Valley restaurant recommendations, check out the Menlo Park community page on our website.

Redwood City Restaurants


Milagro’s is a fun Mexican restaurant in downtown Redwood City. They have a large outdoor space that’s a great space for the kiddos and their friends on a weekend afternoon. Of course, while you sip margaritas. (no reservations required)

Quinto Sol

Are you sensing a pattern here?  We like their margaritas at Quinto Sol too.  Their guac is really good and the entrees feature enough spice to keep you honest.  The Sopa Azteca is perfect as a meal or an appetizer. (reservations)

Burlingame Restaurants

Coconut Bay

This is Jaime’s favorite Thai restaurant in Burlingame. This menu offers all of the traditional Thai dishes plus some! (no reservations required)

Farm & Vine American Bistro

This restaurant has a terrific ambiance and it has a big outdoor section if you want to bring your dog. It has an upscale vibe feel, but you can bring your family too! The tuna poke is incredibly flavorful and delicious, but you can’t go wrong with any dish you order. (reservations)

Mediterranean Kitchen 

Amazingly fresh casual Mediterranean! The menu features Greek, Turkish and Middle-Eastern dishes.  Jaime loves going here and sitting outside so she can bring her dog and her new puppy, Louis. (no reservations required)

Mints and Honey 

One of our favorite places for brunch and/or coffee in Burlingame! We covered it well in a blog about all the great places to eat in Burlingame recently: click here. (no reservations required)

Double your pleasure by also hitting their San Carlos location too. Even better – it’s available to rent for a party (think: adult birthday, baby shower, book club).  The gorgeous white space is a blank canvas for you to host your kind of party too. For more: click here(no reservations required)

Woodside Restaurant

Village Pub restaurant in Woodside Ca.
Village Pub, Woodside

Village Pub

This is one of our favorite restaurants to celebrate special occasions, like a buyer and their new house or seller’s and their closing!  If you see us at the Village Pub together – it’s normally great news for everyone at the table!  They feature gourmet seasonal fare and fine wines. (reservations)

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