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Jul 11, 2006 12:25 PM

Dinner recommendations for Palo Alto/Menlo Park area?


I'll be in Palo Alto in a few weeks and have one night free for dinner. I prefer Italian/Mediterranean cuisines, but am open to others too. Any recommendations? I did read one review about Vero in Palo Alto (open 5 months now), but would like some more feedback.


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  1. We always try to eat at the Flea Street Cafe in Menlo Park when we're in the area.

    1. If it's Mediterranean that you seek, you cannot do better than Evvia -- which serves excellent Greek food. (The Greek salad is outstanding.) An excellent upscale Vietnamese place is Tamarine; a very good Indian fusion place, relatively new to the scene, is Junnoon.

      1. Carpaccio in menlo park is fantastic, good italian.. the calamari is wonderful for an appetizer.

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        1. re: Mel

          I agree...this is, in my opinion, the best and most consistent italian restaurant I've eaten at in the bay area.

          ~ ken

        2. Bistro Elan on California Street is always great. The patio out back is nice.

          1. Thanks, all. I've seen a lot of other positive comments about Evvia and Tamarine elsewhere on Chowhound, so I think I'll decide between those two once I arrive. Appreciate your input!


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            1. re: dineoutdiva

              Won't get a res at those two choices, or pretty much anywhere worth going, if you wait until you arrive. Suggest you make a choice and call now. Also, for another good option, consider La Strada on University in Palo Alto. Additional tables on the sidewalk allowing diners to watch the world go by while eating authentic italian in a comfortable, casual setting.