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recommendations for special occasion dining on the peninsula / South Bay

Hi Chowhounds:

Can you recommend a list of restaurants for special occasion dining ( i.e. anniversaries, romantic dining, 30th/40th birthdays ) for the lower peninsula and South Bay?

So far I was thinking

Manresa - Los Gatos
Chez TJ - Mountain View
Tamarine - Palo Alto
Evvia Estiatorio - Palo Alto

thanks in advance.

Dennis

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Manresa Restaurant
320 Village Lane, Los Gatos, CA 95030

Tamarine Restaurant
546 University Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301

Chez TJ
938 Villa Street, Mountain View, CA 94041

Evvia Estiatorio
420 Emerson Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301

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  1. Alexander's Steakhouse - Cupertino

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    Alexander's Steakhouse
    10330 N. Wolfe Road, Cupertino, CA 95014

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    1. re: nicedragonboy

      Manresa and Chez TJ are both great choices. If it's not too far north for you, Village Pub in Woodside would also do admirably.

      Michael

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      Manresa Restaurant
      320 Village Lane, Los Gatos, CA 95030

      Chez TJ
      938 Villa Street, Mountain View, CA 94041

      Village Pub
      2967 Woodside Rd., Woodside, CA 94062

    2. Evvia isn't special enough compared to those others. For that category, Dio Dekka.

      1. Manresa and Chez TJ are both good choices. Manresa has more interesting/inspired food but TJ might be right up there with the new chef. (someone else can chime in) TJ is more intimate/cozier, Manresa is still very nice...very California.

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        Manresa Restaurant
        320 Village Lane, Los Gatos, CA 95030

        Chez TJ
        938 Villa Street, Mountain View, CA 94041

        1. I'd recommend Plumed Horse (the best in food and decor), Chez TJ (penultimate in food), and Le Papillon (penultimate in decor and food presentation). Dio Deka and Manresa would be my next choices; Tamarine and Evvia have good food, but aren't special enough compared to the others.

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          Manresa Restaurant
          320 Village Lane, Los Gatos, CA 95030

          Tamarine Restaurant
          546 University Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301

          Chez TJ
          938 Villa Street, Mountain View, CA 94041

          Dio Deka
          210 E. Main Street, Los Gatos, CA 95030

          The Plumed Horse
          14555 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070

          Le Papillon
          410 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129

          1. Donato Enoteca in Redwood City is fabulous.

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            Donato Enoteca
            1041 Middlefield Rd, Redwood City, CA 94063

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            1. re: mlutsky

              It's good, but it isn't really fine dining. It is fairly casual. We did enjoy our meal there last Saturday though.