Palo Alto 70th birthday dinner with teenagers?
We are having a family reunion with 3 generations which include 3 teens and a very well behaved 6 year old.
Could you please suggest a restaurant in Palo Alto where we could celebrate a bit and have a good time that would be festive and enjoyable for our three beautiful generations? Some place quiet enough for a conversation is priceless.
We will likely eat in the 6:00 PM range. to accommodate the younger ones needs.
Thank you so very much for helping us with this happy occasion.
A post above mentioned La Scala. Maybe it was La Strada? I also recommend this cute Italian place. A friend of mine had a birthday dinner there with 18 or so people they did a lovely job (chicken & salmon were the choices). The room is semi private but at 6:00 p.m, restaurant is probably not full & should be quiet (as is the case with most restaurants).
In Redwood City, not far from Palo Alto is one of my favorite restaurants, John Bentley's. Slightly formal but in a California way (again, 6:00 pm, not an issue). We've been taking our girls there for a couple of years (now 9 & 11) & have also
gone with my parents. They also have a semi private area. Varied menu, great rib eye, sweetbreads, & fish.
Then there are the following two steak places with Flemings being brand new.
For fun Cuban - there is La Bodeguita del Medio, which is fun, nice atmosphere, and the kids will like the beef with rice options. They are not too spicey. Hip enough for teenagers, and it sounds like you are hip grandparents, so it is fun. Definitely not terribly formal and I would say the food is better than Left Bank and Oak City (although I have only been the the latter once). It can be a bit noisy I suppose, but I haven't ever had a problem having a conversation there. At 6 it isn't so busy.
We Chowhound Grandparents are coming from Boston and so do not know Palo Alto at all. We are grateful for your suggestions. We will be 6 adults and 3 teenagers and one mature 6 year old. Everyone eats widely and spicy is fine but Asian cuisine and seafood would be lowest on our list. Suggestions about places that are fun and not terrifically formal, as we will have the 6-17 yr old set with us, but quiet enough to celebrate Grandpa's birthday, are terrifically helpful. The grandchildren and children are all of the laid back West Coast variety.
Thank you again!!! and Again!!!
Hi again! my sister lives near Boston. I am glad you told me that seafood and Asian are low on your list because that is what I would have recommended at California Cafe. I also think you will have better Italian cuisine in Boston than in Palo Alto; although I do love Italian food, I believe SLO food is what we excel at and what you would ideally look for in a Palo Alto experience. Soooo, although I stand by my recommendation for Zibbibo and Tamarine, I think our family has been most comfortable at Left Bank, and Oak City Bar and Grill.
What is the size of your party and your price range. General tastes? Is the party adventurous, do they like spicy food, prefer classic preparations? Is the quality of food or the atmosphere the most important? How about service?
For instance, California Cafe, I find to be mediocre many times with food. I have had some good meals, but more "eh" meals. It is a place that has a great location for Stanford group meals, and the atmosphere is nice for large groups. Last few times I went there, service we not great, but it has been awhile. Nonetheless it fits the bill for some groups.
So if you could give a bit more information it would help with a suggestion.
You will find a lot of reports on restaurants in Palo Alto if you do a search.
Where is Flemings? I am curious. We are often at the mall, but generally don't eat there because of the dearth of offerings.
Flemings is next to Peninsula Creamery; facing El Camino.
We go to California Cafe because of the menu. We go with 3 generations, too, and everyone can find something they would like. We also have a couple of vegetarians in our family & they're ok with the menu. Also, they are courteous to the seniors which is very important to us.
Have you been to Tamarine? How about La Scala? Zibibbo? The new place at Stanford Shopping Center is called Flemings-I haven't been there yet. Our family likes Amber India, the Fish Market (not quiet, good prices, good fish). In Menlo Park, there's Left Bank, Trellis, Oak Bar & Grill. For our family special events, we have always enjoyed California Cafe at the Stanford Barn.