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Restaurant recommendation off of 680 from Walnut Creek to San jose

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pbjbreakfast May 27, 2011 10:43 AM

I have a out of town visitor coming in tonight. I need a restaurant recommendation for a good restaurant off of 680.
- any kind of food
- great drink options
- moderate pricing ($ 0-100) for 2 people
- great atmosphere for out of town guest to get an idea of the bay area
- I will bringing an infant, so casual and fun place (spacious for a baby carrier)
- people watching to get a bay area vibe
- Easy access off of 680 from Walnut Creek to San jose

Thank you

  1. BlaqFashionGeek May 29, 2011 07:35 PM

    There's a whole slew of restaurants on North Main St. in Walnut Creek (Get off at the North Main Exit, & stay to the right)
    Note: This is only the Walnut Creek area

    My personal favorite is Vanessa's Bisrto2
    (Franco-Vietnamese; Tapas menu & Bar);
    http://vanessasbistro2.com/
    it's pretty quiet and calm during the day, but at night it gets more lively and you might need to book a table ahead of time (at least an hour). The Calamari is always a favorite there!
    There's also Modern China Cafe
    http://www.modernchinacafe.com/
    They have outdoor seating (be careful of the magnolia tree! the leaves are still falling off!), bar, Dim Sum menu, heat lamps (yay!), the title speaks for itself, it serves a modern twist on most traditional chinese cuisine.

    Those are the only two I've actually tried, but you can always check out these:
    Kara's Cupcakes (for your sweet tooth) (www.karascupcakes.com/
    )Mel's Diner
    Sasa (sasawc.com/)
    Breads of India (www.breadsofindia.com/
    )Erawan Thai Restaurant (erawanthaiwc.com/)
    Silk Road Restaurant (www.silkroadwalnutcreek.com/
    )Dan's Irish sports Bar (www.dansbar.com/
    )Pyramid Alehouse (www.pyramidbrew.com/
    )Bombay Indian Restaurant
    Tomatina (www.tomatina.com/
    )Pomegranate (www.pomegranaterestaurant.com/
    )1515 Restaurant (www.1515wc.com/
    )Havana (www.havanarestaurant.net/

    )

    And that's just to name a few (you can also check out North California Blvd.)

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      Ian F May 27, 2011 11:47 AM

      How about Piatti? Its just off 680 at 100 Sycamore Valley Road West, Danville. Normally, I wouldn't suggest a chain restaurant, but it is a small chain, and they do a good job. It is also family oriented so an infant won't be out of place, and you still should get some pretty good people watching.

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