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romantic dinner on the San Mateo/Santa Cruz coast?

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I'm gathering up my wife at our house in Berkeley and taking her to Costanoa on the San Mateo coast for our 5th wedding anniversary. I'd like to take her somehere good and intimate for dinner. I figure we can go south as far as Santa Cruz and north as far as Half Moon Bay. When I was an undergrad at UCSC way back in the early 1970s the food ran to crepes or brown rice served in a hot Earth Shoe. From looking at posts here it seems that things have gotten better, but not a whole lot better. Fresh and local is good. Doesn't have to be too fancy, but not a roadhouse or a taqueria either (much as I love them). Thanks for the help.

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  1. If you choose to drive, I agree Shadowbrook is a good option. Do be specific about where your table is located as they have some inside rooms with NO view.

    If you don't want to drive and you have a lodge room with a fireplace, a gourmet picnic with champagne in front of the fire could be lovely.