Range, Aziza, Canteen, or...
I am a Boston hound visiting SF for the first time. We'll be visiting family and friends in Palo Alto (Stanford college students) who are not particularly chowish. They are willing to try anything, but are not likely to do much research and make reservations.
So, it's all up to us, and we need your help.
I am looking for 1 lunch on friday just for the my husband and me (we are thinking Canteen), and 2 dinners and 1 lunch for 4-6 people (maybe Range and Aziza for dinner, not sure what to do about lunch). Range looks great, but I am worried about the noise level. Do you think it will be ok if we go at 6:30ish?
Any opinions of those? How far in advance would I need to reserve? Other suggestions (particularly in Palo Alto or nearby)?
Thanks so much!
Range can be noisy especially near the bar. But if you go at 6:30 and are seated in the back, away from the bar, it will be fine. The food is great. I like the bar there, and the bartender/owner, Carlos (?) makes great drinks and has a "special" drink every night.
Aziza is great too. I'd pick it over Range just because of the originality of the food. Or maybe I just like Cal-Moroccan better than New American. In any event you can't go wrong with either one.
If you are driving from P.A., parking near Range is terrible but there is a paid structure on 21st & Valencia. Parking around Aziza is also difficult but it has valet parking.
For the lunch for 4 to 6 people, if it's a Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, A16 serves lunch. It's an Italian restaurant specializing in the food from Campania (in and around Naples). They have great pizzas cooked in a wood burning oven. Located in the Marina. Casual and mid-priced. Make sure you reserve -- check Open Table or call the restaurant if Open Table says it's full.
You can check Opentable for Range & Aziza.
As for Canteen, come early and expect to wait. You will be seriously floored by how teeny the space is. The picture in the link below is not a cropped shot of the restaurant, it IS the restaurant. All of it.
Enjoy your trip!