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My boss and I are out there meeting with vendors. Need suggestions for good (but not super expensive or super high end) non-chain restaurants to consider. All cuisines open, preferring something seasonal and super fresh (or really good seafood, too), but would not overlook something ethnic (Indian, Mexican, etc). A good wine list would be nice, too.

Probably staying in Sunnyvale. So anywhere in or between Redwood City, San Jose and Los Gatos would be fine. We will have a car for sure.

Thanks!

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  1. If you want to stay in Sunnyvale, I really like Turmeric (Indian) and Dish Dash (Mediterranean). There are also a lot of restaurants in nearby Mountain View, my favorites are Amber India and La Fiesta. Birch St. in Palo Alto (formerly Bistro Elan) has great French/California food.

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    Amber India Restaurant
    2290 El Camino Real Suite 9, Mountain View, CA 94040

    Turmeric Restaurant
    141 S Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94086

    La Fiesta Restaurant
    240 Villa St, Mountain View, CA 94041

    Birch St
    2363 Birch St, Palo Alto, CA 94306

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    1. re: arlenemae

      Arlene suggests a lot of good choices. To which I would add Scratch in downtown Mountain View and Mayfield Bakery and Cafe in Palo Alto for American, Vero and Cafe Renzo in downtown Palo Alto for Italian, and Sakoon in downtown Palo Alto or Madhuban in Sunnyvale for Indian.

      Michael

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      Dishdash Restaurant
      190 S Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94086

      Amber India Restaurant
      2290 El Camino Real Suite 9, Mountain View, CA 94040

      Turmeric Restaurant
      141 S Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94086

      Vero
      530 Bryant Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301

      La Fiesta Restaurant
      240 Villa St, Mountain View, CA 94041

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

      Sakoon
      357 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA 94041

      Madhuban
      544 Lawrence Expy, Sunnyvale, CA 94085

      Cafe Renzo
      473 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301

      Scratch
      401 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA 94041

      Birch St
      2363 Birch St, Palo Alto, CA 94306

    2. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/752347

      1. Kappo Nami Nami or Tomi Sushi in Mountain View or En in Santa Clara for japanese/sushi/seafood.
        Vive Sol on El Camino in Mountain View for non-taqueria Mexican. They have a nice patio area.
        Pizza Napoletana in Mountain View for wood-oven fired Neopolitan Pizza
        Paxti's Pizza in Palo Alto for Chicago Style Pan Pizza
        Calafia in Palo Alto for fresh California cuisine
        Taqueria Los Charros in Mountain View for Burritos.
        Cascal in Mountain View for Spanish style Tapas
        The City Pub or Martin's Gastropub in Redwood City for American Food and Beer.
        Station 1 in Woodside for a nicer Prix Fixe dinner (4 course meal for $54ish/head if I can recall correctly).

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        Cascal
        400 Castro St., Mountain View, CA 94041

        Kappo Nami Nami
        240 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 94041

        Vive Sol Restaurant
        2020 W El Camino Real Mountain, View, CA

        Tomi Sushi
        4336 Moorpark Ave, San Jose, CA 95129

        Calafia
        855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA

        Taqueria Los Charros
        854 W Dana St, Mountain View, CA 94041

        City Pub
        2620 Broadway St, Redwood City, CA 94063

        Station 1
        2991 Woodside Rd, Woodside, CA 94062

        1. I would recommend Hoya in Palo Alto for excellent Spanish tapas!

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          1. re: poofpydilly

            I assume this was Joya -- http://joyarestaurant.com/. It was pretty good! Ended up also trying the paella (a pretty good example of it - though the chicken that was a part of the dish was pretty overcooked). The tapas were quite tasty as well.

            Thanks to all for the suggestions. It was hard to choose. It was most decided by the time of day and what ended up being closer and on the way back to the airport.

            1. re: Pool Boy

              Ops sorry, that was a typo! I am glad you liked it though. My favorite is the gazpacho soup they have, one of the best I have ever had, and the fried yuca!