Restaurants

Seafood in Half Moon Bay

Barbara's Fish Trap

The crowds are always overflowing out the door at this old-fashioned seafood shack by Pillar Point Harbor. Broiled rock cod, San Francisco–style cioppino (tomato-based seafood stew), sautéed garlic shrimp and Dungen…
American in Pescadero

Duarte's Tavern

You’ll rub shoulders with fancy-pants foodies, spandex-swathed cyclists and dusty cowboys at this casual, surprisingly unpretentious fourth-generation family restaurant. Duarte’s is this town's culinary magnet, thou…
Fusion in San Jose

Hukilau

Incongruously located in San Jose's tiny Japantown, this fun Hawaii-themed bar puts together incredibly filling island-style plate meals (sesame chicken is da best) and pupus (snacks or appetizers) such as Spam musu…
Food Hall in San Jose

San Pedro Square Market

Always busy, this indoor/outdoor marketplace downtown showcases a few shining local food stars such as Bray Butcher Block and Bistro, Pizza Bocca Lupo, Konjoe Burger Bar and Treatbot ice cream. All seating is first-…
Fusion in Palo Alto

Sushirrito

Though the no-holds-barred flavor combinations would make a traditional Japanese sushi chef faint, these burrito-style wraps with rice and Mexican-Asian-Californian ingredient combinations make students' taste buds …
Californian in Palo Alto

Bird Dog

Downtown's most ambitious restaurant marries Bay Area ingredients with all-modern cooking techniques, and even a simple sandwich is anything but when it's made with pine-smoked eel and mustard-leaf kimchi. Bring all…
Caribbean in San Jose

Back A Yard

Jamaican-jerk chicken, pork, salmon and tofu are the house specialties of this Caribbean-barbecue kitchen, which also fries catfish, snapper and shrimp, all hot and spicy. Look for beef oxtail and curried goat on th…
Californian in Palo Alto

True Food Kitchen

Not just another shopping-mall eatery, this healthy chain is a refreshing antidote to fast food. Quinoa and grass-fed beef burgers, ancient-grains bowls, Tuscan kale salads and artichoke pizza are all washed down wi…
Market in Pescadero

Arcangeli Grocery Company

Create a picnic with made-to-order deli sandwiches, homemade artichoke salsa and a chilled bottle of California wine. Don’t go breezing out the door without nabbing a crusty loaf of the famous artichoke garlic herb …
Diner in Palo Alto

Palo Alto Creamery

A downtown institution, this sparkling chrome and red-boothed beauty from 1923 is famous for its frothy milk shakes, hefty hamburgers and pies made from scratch.