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TerriL Feb 10, 2008 07:25 PM

We (4 adults, 2 toddlers) will be meetings relatives (2 adults) from out of town on Presidents' Day. They will be driving up from Carmel, and we will be driving down from Marin, so we need a restaurant that serves pretty much all day, and can seat a party of 8. Budget isn't really an issue, and any type of food is fine. We will probably be meeting near the convention center, in which case Il Fornaio is our fall-back plan, Any suggestions are appreciated.

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    ceekskat Feb 10, 2008 09:58 PM

    Would you consider Santana Row? Perhaps Left Bank or Pizza Antica. The latter doesn't take reservations but you can phone ahead & put your name down.

    http://pizzaantica.com/

    1. hill food Feb 11, 2008 02:30 AM

      know this: SJ is where all fast food chains go to die - der Wienerschnitzel anyone? If you remember it it can be found.

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        Judith Feb 11, 2008 04:22 AM

        If you'd rather try something more local than Il Fornaio, Saigon 75, about six blocks from the convention center or Los Cubanos, on N. Almaden. Saigon 75 serves lunch until 3, Los Cubanos until 2:30 and they both start dinner at 5 so if you're aiming in the 3-5 slot, they won't work, but if they do, you'll find they're both less formal, less expensive and more relaxed than Il Fornaio.

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          alis Feb 11, 2008 08:07 AM

          Here are some places that are open all day in the downtown area.

          Il Fornaio
          Grill on the Alley in the Fairmont - 11:30am-10:00pm, steakhouse
          Amici's East Coast Pizza - open from 11 until late
          E&O Trading Company 11am-10pm
          Loft Bar and Bistro: 11:00am - 11:00pm

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            ML8000 Feb 11, 2008 09:07 AM

            Original Joe's in downtown is open most of the day, from lunch to 1 a.m. Old school red sauce place, mid-century decor. Food is good/above average, probably a slight notch below Il Fornaio and not as nice of a place. I'd go here before a chain. There's also Gordon Biersch downtown.

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              coralv Feb 11, 2008 11:50 AM

              I love Vung Tao. Kid friendly , delicious food, pleasant decor, parking lot, takes groups...

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                TerriL Feb 11, 2008 05:36 PM

                Thanks for all the recommendations, and Santana Row suggestion. Since we don't know exactly when we're meeting, we will probably need something really flexible, especially with 2 little kids.

                Of course I remember der Wienerschnitzel! I grew up in Salinas!

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