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Birthday dinner for two in South Bay?

Margo Mar 28, 2007 01:07 PM

I would like to take my boyfriend out for his birthday on a weeknight. Would like to spend $50 or less for two if possible.

We have already tried 71 St. Peter, Manera and La Foret.

His current favorite is Mediterranean, Greek and Persian food so anything along those lines would be good. I'm willing to drive as far north as Palo Alto. I don't want it too upscale but would like to dress up a bit, no jeans since we wear that everyday. Something cute and romantic, not too loud.

Any recs would be appreciated.

  1. hhc Mar 28, 2007 01:27 PM

    I haven't tried it yet, but others have mentioned it before:
    La Pastaia, SJ for Italian food:

    website here:

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      Humbucker Mar 28, 2007 01:44 PM

      Maybe check out Zitune in Los Altos.


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        KathyM Mar 29, 2007 05:50 PM

        Based on your criteria, I'd suggest Chelokababi in Sunnyvale. When making the reservation, try to get a table in one the nooks for privacy and romance.


        I think it might be difficult to get away with dinner for 2 for $50 or less at Zitune.

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          Margo Mar 29, 2007 05:54 PM

          Thanks so much for the recs thus far. I thought about it and figured I could go for $100 for both. It's the least I could do I guess. ;-)
          Ok, now that that in mind, wich restaurants would work?

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          1. re: Margo
            mdg Mar 31, 2007 11:38 PM

            Zitune would be great. Cal/Moroccan, upscale but not too much, and not too loud. Evvia has fine food too, but it's one of the loudest places in the area.

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            misspiggy Mar 30, 2007 05:23 PM

            Well for Greek here in the South Bay - Evvia in Palo Alto is very popular. It is on the pricey side but since it is a birthday its fine. It may be a little loud because it is a very popular place but maybe make your dinner a little later in the evening. I also recently went to try Thea(Greek & Turkish) in Santana Row and had a good time there. The food was decent (kinda small portion) but it was tasty. The dining room was nicely decorated. Good luck!

            1. sricha Mar 30, 2007 08:22 PM

              Another option for Mediterranean is Cafe Artemis in Campbell. Great food and priced well. My favorites are the small plates, 5 or 6 of them make a perfect meal for two. Lots of reviews on Yelp and a few comments posted here. Small and can be romantic, it also can be quite loud at times. I've been there 6 or 7 times and have never had a bad meal.


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              1. re: sricha
                Margo Apr 2, 2007 02:56 PM

                We actually go to Cafe Artemis already. Been there about 4-5 times. Love their food and like you, have never had a bad experience. I was looking for something a bit nicer than Cafe Artemis.
                I'm looking into Zitune and Evvia though I have had some coworkers tell me that Evvia isn't worth it.
                Any other recs?

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                KathyM Apr 2, 2007 03:59 PM

                If you're willing to drive to Redwood City, try Mandaloun. I tried it about a month ago. My friends and I split 8 small/medium plates (no main courses) and they were mostly very good. Other than the drive, this place will definitely fit your criteria.


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