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Jan 31, 2011 03:17 PM

Where to watch the Super Bowl on the Peninsula?

My husband's birthday is this weekend and instead of hosting a party I'd like to take him somewhere (sports bar, whatever) to watch the game. I have no idea where to go as I am not a sports bar person! Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.

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  1. Sneakers in San Carlos has the best TV to patron ratio. Lots of big screen TVs on the walls and smaller TVs mounted in the booths. Not a bad seat in the house. This being Chowhound though I will say that the food is very average, sysco quality stuff and an okay beer selection.

    The Office in San Carlos has better food and fewer TVs.

    1163 San Carlos Ave, San Carlos, CA 94070

    The Office
    1748 El Camino Real, San Carlos, CA 94070

    1. Several of my coworkers plan to watch it at the Firehouse in East Palo Alto. I like the cobb salad there, and they have a good variety of beers on tap.

      1. The Clubhouse Bistro in the Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza (Foster City, next to Hwy 92) is a huge sports bar and the food is good too. I bet the place will be packed.

        1. Gordon Birsch in Palo Alto?

          1. Thanks for the information! This definitely helps. I am thinking my husband cares more about football and beer than food so I'm sure any of them will be great.

            2 Replies
            1. re: Loretta777

              Old Pro in Palo Alto will be a good spot too.

              Old Pro
              541 Ramona St, Palo Alto, CA 94301

              1. re: Shane Greenwood

                The food at old pro is really quite good. It's the only place I know with Opus One by the glass, very good pulled pork, and a wide variety of sliders. The beer selection is sad - they fight quality with quantity - the *beerzooka*. However, it'll be PACKED. There will probably be a cover. However, University Ave is a great place to start. With the highest restaurant density in the area, and most bars with a TV, you can literally walk until you find a seat. For example, Il Forniao has nice TVs, as does Three Seasons, Renzo, CPK, Zibibbo, Scotty's, NOLA, Reposado, Gordon Birsch, Mantra, Slider Bar Cafe, Rose and Crown, Pampas. Most people won't think of these places as super bowl spots, so you can eat yourself silly with a few regulars instead of packed into a Sports Bar with substandard food. (ok, scotty's has horrible food).

                Of all of these, for some reason, I think the OP would go for Zibbibo. Dunno why.

                Knowing which part of the peninsula matters. The Office and The Refuge in San Carlos will be good. Sports Page in MV. Oneill's in San Mateo, overflow to Kingfish or those couple of italian places. I can't see in mind's eye if central park bistro has a TV. BBC in Menlo Park. Firehouse, as mentioned, is little known and a good choice.

                430 Kipling St., Palo Alto, CA 94301

                Three Seasons
                3317 Steiner Street, San Francisco, CA 94123

                236 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301