As you approach Vino Locale, you are transported into a delightful world that blends the charm of a fairy tale land and the Victorian age. Nestled in an old Victorian building, surrounded by bushes, shrubberies and flowering plants, this wine bar is a charming place to enjoy a candlelight dinner. Its garden dining even surpasses the dining room, replete with archways of crawling creepers, round tables covered with white cloths and pink flowers blossoming all around. This bar boasts of a selection of highly-local wines sourced from the wineries of Santa Cruz Mountains and the counties of Santa Clara, Contra Costa and Alameda. The wine list includes Feels Like Summer, Spring Fling, Love in the Secret Garden and Smooth and Sexy Reds. On some nights, musicians treat guests to the melodies of flamenco, jazz, bluegrass, folk and classical guitar music. Once a month, this restaurant also hosts a reception to showcase a selected local artists' work. If you dream of hosting your party under the stars, surrounded by nature, do hire this bar for your next function.
This excellent and cozy British-style pub called Rose and Crown Pub offers award-winning fish and chips, along with an impressive selection of draft beers from Britain and elsewhere. The staff is friendly and the atmosphere is totally casual. You can cram into the bar at night with the mixed crowd of British expatriates and Anglophiles and play darts or relax on the patio outside. Rotating kitchen specials have included hard cider pork chops, perfect with a pint of Guinness. Please check their website for updates on their regular events.
The Old Pro is a bustling Downtown pub where many locals choose to watch their favorite sports teams while hanging out with friends. The atmosphere is casual, friendly and unpretentious with neon signs and classic sports memorabilia on the walls. One of the biggest draws to the Old Pro is the efficient service and polite staff. The delicious menu is filled with classic pub fare done right like beef sliders, hot wings and the pizza of the month. This pub is also a perfect place to host a party or an event as there is a full catering menu available and lots of space.
This authentic British pub and restaurant caters to soccer fanatics in the daytime and the singles bar crowd at night. Sample traditional British dishes such as Bangers and Mash or Fish and Chips. There are many screens for sporting events, and the selection of drafts and single-malt scotches is impressive. Eat and watch the games outside on the patio or inside the air-conditioned restaurant. Admission is free at night but varies for the live-telecast soccer events from the U.K., which are always presented during the early morning hours.
Vbar, situated within Hotel Valencia Santana Row, is replete with glamor, luxury and creative cocktails. Polished wooden columns, sparkling red interiors, curtains with metallic beads, leather stools and a charming balcony seating provide the perfect ambience for a date night or a high-profile business meeting. Seated in the balcony, guests can enjoy magnificent views of the Santana Row streetscape. Savor bar snacks such as Chicken Koobideh, Truffle-White Bean Hummus and Chipotle BBQ Pork Sliders, complemented by a selection of expensive wine and cocktails. Head here during the Happy Hours for the best discounts.
The Rodeo Club is one of the most sought after nightclubs in San Jose. This place is popular for its country music and with performances by people like Jamie O'Neal and Blue County, quite deservingly so. Dance floors and well-stocked bars are a huge crowd pullers. On those nights where no live performances take place, their DJs make sure to keep you in a party mood.
This is the perfect place for a French cuisine experience. Their food is exceptional, service spotless and ambiance oozes of romance. A glance at their menu may let you dream which includes caviar, foie gras, summer truffles and cheese plates. A special wine selection has been prepared to accent the food. At Baumé, the philosophy is to prepare dishes with the best ingredients available.
With more than 80 different varieties of Dim Sum to choose from, the only problem you will have here is deciding what to order. With an extensive Cantonese menu, you can order a traditional clay pot dish or even live seafood to really be adventurous, or you can try one of their various vegetarian rice or noodle dishes that are sure to satisfy. Tai Pan is a great break from the norm of traditional American dining and there is always something new to try. This restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily along with banquet serving for private parties or special occasions.
After taking up San Francisco by storm, Pizzeria Delfina has opened up its branch in Palo Alto. Replacing the Empire Tap Room, this pizzeria welcomes everyone to enjoy tasty Italian feast. Though most aspects of the decor like the patio seating laced with umbrellas are retained, minor changes have been made for comfortable seating. Coming to the interesting feature, that is its menu comprising pizzas like Clam Pie, Formaggi, Salsiccia or salads and vegetarian sides. And, while Delfina's other outlets serve only food menu, this one is an exception to it and boasts off liquor license. One can enjoy Italian and California wines like Langhe Nebbiolo, Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc and so forth. And, of course, if its Italian cuisine, then gelato desserts are a must; seal off your lavish meal with varieties like Hazelnut or Tahitian Vanilla Bean. So go ahead and enjoy your Italian culinary journey, right here in Palo Alto.
Tacolicious is far cry away from a typical taquería and prides itself in being an unique dining establishment. This Mexican restaurant right from its catchy name believes in doing things differently; tacos that is slotted as street food is given the status of an elaborately prepared dish. Here, you can gorge on delights like Mushroom Empanadas, Kale Salad, House-made Chorizo and potatoes or Chupitos varieties. And, do not get worried about spicy food being served to your little ones, as Tacolicious has special menu for kids. And, a Mexican meal is certainly incomplete without drinks, hence it serves tequilas, in-house cocktails, wines as well as beers. For private dining and full menu perusal, check website.
Far cry away from pretentious restaurants, this simple dining establishment focuses on good service and delicious food. Serving the colorful and spicy yet flavorful Mexican cuisine, Reposado has its fair share of loyalists. While perusing through the menu, it is evident that its kitchen follows traditional recipes with contemporary influence, thereby catering to urban tastes and retaining authenticity as well. Apart from that, this place also serves excellent wine, beers and tequilas that are sourced from all around the globe. For reservations and other details, call ahead.
Littered with peanut shells and local folks, Antonio's Nut House is your classic dive bar. Free peanuts, cheap beer (even cheaper if you pay with cash) and bar food are the main ingredients here and a recipe for a good time. In the back of the bar you will find pool tables and foosball for those who'd rather participate than watch whatever game happens to be on the television. Although Antonio's Nut House can be criticized for being a little dive-y, most Palo Alto residents and tourists would feel at home here; drop in for a quick bite or a pint with some friends.