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Los Altos Bar and Grill

Bria Silbert Jun 16, 2013 02:57 PM

I don't see anything written about this place on Chowhound. I gather that it's like Gulfstream and Houston's. Is it "nice" enough for a birthday dinner? Any standouts on the menu? Not worth the $$$? Thanks for any advice.

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  1. bbulkow RE: Bria Silbert Jun 16, 2013 04:09 PM

    Never been, but I see the East Hampton Grill (same owning group) has a $22 cheeseburger. Wow. In Los Altos it's only $16.

    If I was presented with that menu, I'd be getting the special off the rotisserie. I don't see anything else worth ordering - my second choice is a double order of deviled eggs.

    Whether its nice enough for a birthday is _highly_ subjective. I would certainly blanch if taken their for a birthday, but my family and friends know I'd rather tuck into some blood and pizzle soup than bland corporate soylent food.

    You might consider a short traipse up the 280 to Madera at the Rosewood or Station 1 or Village Pub as alternatives.

    In that little Los Altos area, take me to Sumika. Akane has often gotten Sushi raves but I haven't been.

    Of course, if you're talking about right now - tonight - right in the middle of Stanford graduation - you're better off going south toward Dio Deka, away from Stanford.

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    1. re: bbulkow
      goldangl95 RE: bbulkow Jun 17, 2013 10:08 AM

      Akane makes good sushi. Great sushi considering the other options.

      Second Station 1 or Village Pub.

      I'm not into the Madera at the Roswesood - have found the food mediocre (but haven't been for a full dinner). The atmosphere/view however is very well done.

    2. Melanie Wong RE: Bria Silbert Jun 16, 2013 06:36 PM

      Nothing in the last year, but Los Altos Grill has often been recommended though can't say whether it fits your idea of birthday dinner. More info here,

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      1. re: Melanie Wong
        Bria Silbert RE: Melanie Wong Jun 16, 2013 09:52 PM

        Thanks to both of you, the senseis of the SF boards :) I love reading your posts and value your insights. I guess no news is better than scathing reviews. I was thinking it might be like a poor(er) man's version of Scratch. If we end up going, I'll report back.

      2. letsindulge RE: Bria Silbert Jun 16, 2013 10:45 PM

        It's the same restaurant group as Hillstone in SF, and very similar menu. I've only had a few of their salads, and house-cured salmon. The LA restaurant centers around the wrap-around bar. It's a lively scene.

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          goldangl95 RE: Bria Silbert Jun 17, 2013 10:07 AM

          It doesn't read special occasion to me. It reads more like some combo of happy hour to family special night out. The lighting is somewhat bright and the atmosphere is somewhat loud and casual.

          Wine list is decent. Food is fine.

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            slew RE: Bria Silbert Jun 17, 2013 11:38 AM

            I liked it better when the restaurant group used the 'Bandera' concept for this location...

            It's lost a lot of charm, since those days...

            Corn bread recipe changed... And they got rid of the 'Cluck 'n' Moo' special...

            And prices are crazy...

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              StefanieH RE: Bria Silbert Jun 24, 2013 04:53 PM

              The food is better than average and servings are large. I like the little house salad and grilled artichoke with a drink.

              Pours are outrageously generous.

              The best feature: *no* corkage fee.

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