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Dinner Sat in Palo Alto- help!

ochound Apr 11, 2007 08:17 PM

Hi- Orange County hound in town this weekend; my dad inviting 3 of us to dinner. We usually go to Il Fornaio, which is fine- but looking for suggestions. Maybe less expensive than Spago (is that still fabulous?). Thanks-

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  1. wchane RE: ochound Apr 11, 2007 09:24 PM

    vero - if you want to stick with italian
    tamerine - my personal favorite, formal vietnamese
    marche - not sure if this is less the spago, probably just about the same.
    kaygetsu - japanese

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      Navin R Johnson RE: ochound Apr 11, 2007 09:52 PM

      Zibbibo- good food, a notch less formal and expensive than Spago and Marche.

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        misspiggy RE: ochound Apr 12, 2007 08:19 AM

        You might wanna check out Lavande or even Strada. Have had some good meals at Lavande - they have a pretty good wine list too. Strada is more of an Italian place - had just an ok meal there but have friends who love that place. There is also the new restaurant on University called Madison & 5th. I only had drinks there and a couple of appts. but it was decent. Tamarine is also very popular - haven't tried it myself but its have been to their other restaurant.

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          brokergal RE: ochound Apr 12, 2007 09:51 AM

          Second recommendation for Lavanda
          Evvia is also quite good

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            KathiR RE: ochound Apr 12, 2007 10:48 AM

            I would recommend St. Michael's Alley, on Emerson near Whole Foods. Small, intimate, good wine list (especially local Santa Cruz Mt wines), good food, good service and cheaper than Marche, Spago, Evvia, etc. I've had disappointing food at Strada. I like Tamarine too, but always find myself returing to St. Mikes. Website is www.stmikes.com.

            1. ron94303 RE: ochound Apr 12, 2007 09:36 PM

              How about Indian? Both Mantra and Junnoon are on the Chronicle Top 100 this year. I prefer Mantra slightly more because it is roomier and more comfortable.

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