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Sep 3, 2002 11:19 PM

Recommendations please, Saratoga/Los Gatos

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Visiting Saratoga/Los Gatos in the near future and would like restaurant recommendations. I've heard about Sent Sovi and Cafe Marcella and they sound interesting, any info and/or alternate recommendations would be appreciated.

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    Judith Hurley

    We always loved Sent Sovi, and went often until the owner's dog bit me (honest). I just can't bring myself to go back, but the food is wonderful and the service is excellent. David Kinch, the co-owner and chef has just opened a new place, Manresa, in Los Gatos. I hear it's good but super pricey. We also like Marcella, although it's really in a different category, California nouveau Italian. But be prepared for it to be noisy. Also, I recommended it once on this board, and someone went and reported they felt they were rushed through dinner. The best meal I've had in Los Gatos lately was at the Los Gatos Grill, formerly Steamer's, across from Old Town. I had a wonderful cioppino there sometime last spring.

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      Melanie Wong

      Here's a link to a recent post on Manresa.


      1. In Los Gatos there are several places I'd recommend: Tapestry, Cafe Marcella, Los Gatos Brewing Company, Steamers Grillhouse, and A Matter of Taste. Everyone is talking about Manresa, and based on David Kinch's amazing cuisine when he was at Sent Sovi, it's probably a safe but expensive bet. For a unique experience, the Cats restaurant on Hwy 17 is a lot of fun.

        In Saratoga there is the Basin, La Fondue, Viaggio, and some people recommend the Plumed Horse.

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          Kathleen Mikulis

          I highly recommend La Fondue in Saratoga. It may be my favorite restaurant ANYWHERE. Yummy cheese/mushroom cheese/garlic fondues. Scrumptious chocolate fondues. Fun to dip and romantic, pretty atmosphere.

          1. I know I'm way late but I have to weigh in. On the positive, I like Paragon and Poor House (New Orelans style food). Poor House gets the seasoning right but why do BBQ shrimp with small shrimp? I also like Seven but haven't been there in a while.

            I see a few posts for Naglee Park's The Garage. I've only been twice but I've found the food ok but not anywhere near great. The best things it has going for it is that I can walk to it, they have beer and wine and they do strive to constantly improve. I wish I could say the same for the rest of Silicon Valley which continues to be, in the six plus years I've lived here, the land of diminished expectations.