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nutellajar Aug 4, 2010 10:03 AM

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

  1. nicedragonboy Aug 4, 2010 10:23 AM

    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
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      mdg Aug 4, 2010 06:28 PM

      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. bbulkow Aug 4, 2010 06:38 PM

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

      1. m
        ML8000 Aug 4, 2010 06:47 PM

        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

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          Claudette Aug 4, 2010 07:41 PM

          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. m
            mlutsky Aug 4, 2010 10:20 PM

            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
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              jsaimd Aug 5, 2010 06:55 AM

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

            2. openhelix Aug 5, 2010 03:54 PM

              Alexander's Steakhouse would be my top bet. My first trip to Manresa was great but my last 2 have been forgettable. Chez TJ is still figuring out their new menu but can be amazing! My only trip to Le Papillon was VERY poor but I'll leave it at that.

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              Manresa Restaurant
              320 Village Lane, Los Gatos, CA 95030

              Chez TJ
              938 Villa Street, Mountain View, CA 94041

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

              Le Papillon
              410 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129

              1. a
                alina555 Aug 5, 2010 09:39 PM

                Have never been, but you can probably add Baume in Palo Alto to the list.

                It's not fine dining, but the atmosphere alone makes The Mountain House in Woodside a nice special occasion spot.

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                Baumé
                201 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306

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                1. re: alina555
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                  Fiftyishfoodie Aug 8, 2010 07:08 PM

                  I have been thoroughly pleased with Dio Deka in Los Gatos in two visits.

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

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                  budnball Aug 10, 2010 04:37 PM

                  I would also recommend Parcel 104 in Santa Clara. Yes, it is a hotel restaurant but the friday chefs tasting is always good and the room is lush. Best desserts in the south bay, IMHO

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                  Parcel 104
                  2700 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95054

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