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Campbell CA - suitable restaurants for dining with a toddler (yes, I know....)

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Hi, I'll be accompanying my husband on a business trip to the San Jose area this summer. We'll be located in Campbell for about 10 days, and we'll have our 2 year old with us. Can you recommend some reasonably-priced places for dinner, that a) will serve food early (like 5.30 or 6pm) and b) will tolerate a generally well-behaved but sometimes vocal toddler. We're not really interested in a place with a 'kids menu' as he generally samples from our plates. By the end of a day entertaining him in a new place (and a new country, for us!) I'll REALLY need a nice meal and perhaps a small glass of the famous Californian wine. Local specialties a plus, too!

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  1. A couple of suggestions might be Cafe Artemis on Bascom Ave in the Pruneyard and Aqui, which is located in "old" downtown Campbell. Cafe Artemis has good mediteranian food and Aqui specializes in Cal-Mex. Both are kid friendly and you can find plenty of info with pictures on Yelp.

    Cafe Artemis
    1875 S Bascom Ave, Campbell, CA 95008

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    1. re: sricha

      We went to both of these, cafe Artemis twice!

    2. Since you mentioned a "new country" where are you coming from?

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      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        Australia. Thanks for all the replies folks, I'll give some of these places a try. Will let you all know how we go!

      2. This is suburbia (I live in San Jose, just across the Campbell border) - all but a few upscale places are kid-friendly. My favorite local restaurant is International Kabob House - it's informal but nice, and the food is surprisingly sophisticated pan-Mediterranean - actually, other than the Middle Eastern kebabs the menu is heavily Greek.

        Pizza Antica, in San Jose's Santana Row, has good Naples-style pizza and other fresh, casual Italian fare.

        Just down the street from Santana Row is Isabella, a Peruvian restaurant with good homey specialties.

        Downtown Campbell is cute and has a couple of restaurants that seem worth trying - Cyprus Cafe got a nice review here, and there's a French-American place that seems like it would be fine if your expectations aren't too high.

        Pizza Antica
        334 Santana Row # 1065, San Jose, CA

        Isabella's Restaurant
        700 S Winchester Blvd, San Jose, CA 95128

        International Kabob House
        2707 Union Ave, San Jose, CA 95124

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        1. re: Cicely

          pizza Antica was also a hit, we also had success with other Santana Row places, including the French and mexican restauraunts

          Santana Row
          355 Santana Row, San Jose, CA 95128

        2. With my kids, we go to Aqui's, the Chicken Coop (get the dessert fondue!), Stacks for breakfast (love the pancakes with wheat germ). All of these are in Downtown Campbell. The cat, ISBN, who hangs out in the Recycle Bookstore there, is always good for a visit.

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          1. re: Tumkers

            Aqui, Stacks, and the Recycle Bookstore are my kid's favorites, too. (Aqui is my husband's regular hangout for good, fast food and sangria swirls.) She also likes Psycho Donuts and Elephant Bar (which is not adult-friendly, IMHO).

            Aqui Cal-Mex Grill
            201 E Campbell Ave, Campbell, CA 95008

            Psycho Donuts
            2006 Winchester Blvd, Campbell, CA 95008

            Stacks Restaurant
            139 E Campbell Ave, Campbell, CA 95008

            Elephant Bar Restaurant
            499 E Hamilton Ave, Campbell, CA 95008

            1. re: Claudette

              Third on Stacks. Get there early on a weekend; all the people with kids do, anyway.

          2. Mama Mia's on Hamilton Ave. is a family-friendly Italian restaurant if you're looking for good pasta dishes or pizza. And check out the farmer's market in downtown Campbell on Sunday 9 AM - 1 PM - it's one of the best in the Bay Area. Fresh and prepared foods, music, crafts, and great people watching.

            Mama Mia Cafe
            19 W 25th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94403