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Jun 23, 2010 06:24 PM

Need suggestions for restaurants.. Redwood City area..

Hi we are moving from la Jolla up there in a a month.. We go out to dinner once mid week for a somewhat nice Italian ,or Mexican or Thai dinner..then on the weekends a nice restaurant.. $150-$175.00 for two.. where will we go???? We wont want to go into SF every weekend.. Hoping we will not need to!! thanks..

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  1. This thread might help you out with dozens of places mentioned nearby.

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      Pay special attention to Martin's West gastro pub. Best food in RWC downtown.

    2. In Redwood City, I recommend Donato Enoteca. Very good pastas though not necessarily of the caliber of City restaurants. For Thai, have read positive reviews about Karakade on Woodside rd. & Sirayvah in San Carlos.

      Donato Enoteca
      1041 Middlefield Rd, Redwood City, CA 94063

      593 Woodside Rd, Redwood City, CA 94061

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      1. re: ceekskat

        I went to Sirayvah once, based on the (old) positive reviews, and regretted it. Definitely not Thai food, including spaghetti pasta in my pad see ew. I think I posted a review after I went. I'm still looking for good Thai on the peninsula, though I haven't tried Karakade yet. The Thai place off Burlingame ave was ok, but didn't satisfy. And before you fall for it, Divino, an Italian restaurant in Belmont, is not good enough either.

        For butterbutt's benefit, I grew up and lived in SF until I moved down to San Mateo a couple years ago because I could not bear the commute from SF to my job in Palo Alto. I have found that the best restaurant strategy is to recognize the peninsula's own strengths, without trying to force my favorite types of restaurants from SF which can be much weaker down here. I used to eat a lot of Thai and Italian in SF, and that's really fallen by the wayside since I moved. I haven't found anything on the peninsula that compares, and would rather wait until I'm in the city next to satisfy those interests. Stella Alpina in Burlingame is pretty good, but the city offerings are much better. Note that Flour + Water is great Italian in SF, and right off 101 with solid parking availability, as opposed to the wonderful but difficult to park and farther from the freeway Delfina. Thai lives at Lers Ros in SF, though I understand that San Jose has some good offerings.

        Instead, I find myself at Sushi Sam's almost every week, as they offer a higher quality: value ratio than anything I was able to find in the city (though note there is very little in the way of decor. It's all about the fish). I find myself eating ramen more often, one area in which SF seriously fails as compared to the peninsula (San Mateo: see Himawari, Dojo, and possibly Santa, plus the glory that is Halu in San Jose). I find myself eating dim sum more often as well, see Koi Palace. Mingalaba in Burlingame offers pretty good Burmese. Also, more Vietnamese, both of the pho and bun variety and the upscale (Tamarine is great). SF offers superior Burmese and Vietnamese, but I think the peninsula can compete to a sufficient degree that I am satisfied.

        You are not going to find Mexican food on the peninsula that compares with San Diego. Seek other strengths, like regional Mexican cuisine which doesn't seem to get much play in SD. For SD-type of Mexican, I think Oakland is your best bet.

        That all said, I've spent little time eating in Redwood City and look forward to your posts reviewing the area. The thread ceekskat has linked is a good one, perhaps you can add to it (or start your own).

        Koi Palace Restaurant
        365 Gellert Blvd, Daly City, CA 94015

        Delfina Restaurant
        3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

        202 2nd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401

        968 Ralston Ave, Belmont, CA 94002

        Sushi Sam's
        218 E 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401

        312 8th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118

        1213 Burlingame Ave, Burlingame, CA 94010

        593 Woodside Rd, Redwood City, CA 94061

        1. re: artemis

          Great perspective. Much depends on your expectations and flexibility. The eating down the peninsula has its high points, and well covered by that monster thread.

      2. It's been a while but we but we used to stop by Erawan in Redwood City (better than Bangkok Bay round the corner) and Siamese Kitchen in San Carlos.

        For Italian, Donato Enoteca looks good (at least from outside :)) and maybe Carpaccio (older demographics) in Menlo Park?

        Not familiar with Mexican in Redwood City other than Taco El Grullense. There is also an ok Peruvian restaurant Estampas Peruanas (i like the fried stuffs and chicha morada).

        1120 Crane St, Menlo Park, CA 94025

        Donato Enoteca
        1041 Middlefield Rd, Redwood City, CA 94063

        Siamese Kitchen
        637 Laurel St, San Carlos, CA 94070

        1. For expensive "weekend" dinners, some more places to try:

          Flea Street Cafe on Alameda de las Pulgas (geddit?) in Menlo Park

          Marche in Menlo Park (the Prix Fixe in particular is generally excellent value)

          The Village Pub in Woodside

          John Bentley's in Redwood City

          Junoon in Palo Alto

          None of these will take more than 15 minutes to drive to from RWC.

          Really, just ignore the hardcore food snobs in the old thread - you'll find plenty to love around the mid-peninsula. That goes double if you are willing to try some new ethnic cuisines.

          PS: Audubon's or Myrtle?

          Flea Street Cafe
          3607 Alameda de las Pulgas, Menlo Park, CA 94025

          John Bentley's
          2915 El Camino Real, Redwood City, CA 94061

          Village Pub
          2967 Woodside Rd., Woodside, CA 94062

          1. Also explore San Carlos (next town to the north) about 5-10 minutes from downtown RWC. Laurel St has become quite a restaurant row.
            Town - American steak and potatoes place
            Mythos - modern Greek
            Refuge - gastro pub (best chow in town)
            Piacere - modern med
            The Cask - wine bar
            Speederia - pizza by the slice NY style
            Sneakers - sports bar (average chow)
            Harmony - organic, local frozen yogurt and Strauss ice cream

            727 Laurel Street, San Carlos, CA 94070