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Jan 20, 2011 03:06 PM

Client Lunches in Palo Alto Area

I am trying to find nice, expense account-type restaurants to recommend to a friend who has to entertain clients over lunch. He is specifically looking for places in Palo Alto and is going to get bored of Evvia and The Four Seasons. It seems to me that those 2 will be the most formal places in the area, but are there any other restaurants that will make a nice impression (of course, no PF Chang's or hole in the wall even if the food is good).

My only other suggestion so far is the Empire Tap Room.

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  1. Tamarine is another good bet, as are St. Michael's Alley and Tai Pan.

    This may help:

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

    1. Junoon, Pampas & Joya. Found the food extremely greasy on my last visit to Tamarine. Of course I prefer the food at Evvia. May be Zibibbo?

      Venturing into Menlo Park will give you added options of Marche & Madera at the Rosewood.

      1. how about some places along California like Jin Sho
        (Evvia is the most reliable nice food, Pampas and Joya are good happy hour places, Tamarine is ok)
        Baume Fri only Lunch
        Kaygetsu Lunch
        for me, Madera and Village Pub don't live up to their star, but for ambiance Rosewood is perfect

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

        Kaygetsu Restaurant
        325 Sharon Park Dr Ste A2, Menlo Park, CA 94025

        Jin Sho
        454 California Ave, Palo Alto, CA

        Village Pub
        2967 Woodside Rd., Woodside, CA 94062

        2825 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025

        1. Bistro Elan on California Ave.

          Bistro Elan
          448 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306

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          1. re: kl105

            I vote for this above all my recs...just couldn't think of the name & didn't think it was open for lunch.

            1. re: kl105

              Bistro Elan is indeed a great choice. I'd also recommend Mayfield Bakery & Cafe and Vero while staying in Palo Alto.


              Bistro Elan
              448 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306

              530 Bryant Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301

              Mayfield Bakery & Cafe
              855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94301