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sfgirl08 Jul 17, 2008 04:46 PM

Hosting a colleague for a business dinner in the Palo Alto/Cupertino area. Want to go somewhere nice, but can't be *too* fancy. Would like someplace classic California as this is a colleague from a different country. Any advice?

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    jsteingarten Jul 18, 2008 09:45 AM

    Tamarine has really good food with a relaxed environment where you can actually hear each other talk. Tamarine is "contemporary Vietnamese," but given the Asian population in California, I actually think it is classic California.

    I second Bistro Elan based on the foie gras, but the tables are spaced close together, so you won't get as much privacy.

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      smlee Jul 17, 2008 10:58 PM

      Cafe Torre in Cupertino is nice, not too fancy. Their spinach salad is wonderful. And if they have gnocchi on the menu, get it.

      http://www.cafetorre.com

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      Cafe Torre
      20343 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino, CA 95014

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        jsgjewels Jul 17, 2008 05:16 PM

        There's really nothing that's "too fancy" in Palo Alto, so you're safe there. Lavanda is a pretty staid choice with an extensive wine list. Zibibbo is another solid choice with a pleasant patio. Evvia is greek so doesn't really fit into your california requirement, but oft recommended here.
        On California avenue (much quieter than University) there's Bistro Elan. I went there for lunch a few years back and it was nice enough, but perhaps others have more recent feedback.

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