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Dec 6, 2007 02:12 PM

One night in Palo Alto

Looking for a place to settle in for a nice solo dinner with a bottle of wine after a long day. The closer to Stanford the better.

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  1. The bar at Iberia in Menlo Park. If you have a car, it's 5 minutes from Stanford (also right at the Cal Train stop, one stop North of PA). You can eat tapas at your own pace in a very cozy bar/lounge area. Lot's of good wines. Easy place to strike up a conversation with other people if you're going solo, or sink into a comfy corner with your serrano ham.

    Iberia Restaurant
    1026 Alma St, Menlo Park, CA 94025

    1. I think Zibbibo (Kipling st)will be great, as well as Lavanda. Also Coppola's Rosso & Bianco has decent food and great wine with a very small mark up. If you are interested in a great local wine and small plates of food, go to Vino Locale (Kipling st). All located on or around the corner from University Ave, the main street, maybe 1/2 mile from Stanford. Palo Alto has the most best restaurants south of SF!

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      1. re: polish_girl

        this might be a little late, but while vino locale has great local wines, i can't recommend the food. it's a wonderful place to unwind, drink some wine and chat though.

        zibibbo (bar area), lavanda and iberia are fantastic for what you're looking for.

      2. I went to Iberia after this post and generally enjoyed it.

        I'm headed back to the area and have the same request and just wanted to see if these places are still relevant.

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        1. re: SLRossi

          Thought I would mention that Mayfield Bakery & Cafe opens tonight for dinner and starts serving lunch tomorrow. It is from the same folks that own Spruce in SF and Village Pub in Woodside. I had lunch there (haven't done my report yet) and it was delicious. Highly recommend. Rustic/elegant atmosphere, great food (spit roasted chicken, steak sandwich, burger, salads, desserts). It is in Town and Country Village on El Camino, very close to Stanford.

          Mayfield Bakery & Cafe
          855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94301

          1. re: SLRossi

            Just remember service can be spotty, but the last three times we've been to the bar, the service has been fine.

            Unfortunately the menu has changed. The Serrano ham on tomato rubbed country bread is still on the Tapas menu, but only as a 10 piece Tapas for 14-15 dollars. This was a change from the 3-4 piece 4-5 dollar Tapas. This restaurant will not budge on anything and decisions like these are entirely odd.

            With the menu change, there is also gambas al ajillo for Tapas (used to only be on the dinner menu). It is still a minimum of two orders I believe for a higher price, but it will be served at the bar. Look towards the end of the menu- I think these newer changes have their own page.