Fun Family Restaurants to Try Around Mountain View 2012/2013 Editor’s Choices

Going out to dinner with your family requires a little bit of thought. Everyone does not always agree on the best place to go. Kids may want hamburgers and pizza while adults may want salmon and a nice salad. Dietitians will tell you that it is better to avoid fatty foods and go with fresh vegetables and chicken over red meat and French fries. You also want the right kind of atmosphere. Sometimes, you can tolerate a noisy place with good food, while, other times, it is nice to have a quiet restaurant where you can talk and relax. Mountain View area restaurants for family, friends or a romantic dinner for two, are plentiful. Following is a short list of some of the best.

Gravity Bistro & Wine Bar

French and Italian influences inspire the chef to come up with some light and delicious meals at the Gravity Bistro & Wine Bar in Palo Alto. Start with a cheese plate and a glass of French wine. Expertly prepared fish, beef short ribs and pasta dishes are among the selection of dinner entrees. Sample some of the boutique wines and international beers at the wine bar. Website


Arcadia is an award-winning modern American steakhouse located in the San Jose Marriott. Voted the 2011 Best Steakhouse in Northern California by Best of the Bay TV viewers, Arcadia serves perfectly aged steaks, fabulous fresh fish entrees and an assortment of delicious side dishes. This is a great place to go when you want to have a special dining experience that you will never forget. Website

Piatti Ristorante & Bar

Santa Clara has a charming Italian restaurant that serves up pizza made in stone hearth pizza ovens and delicious traditional Italian cuisine. Piatti is a very family oriented restaurant where waiters interact with diners and families are seated at big, community styled tables. Open kitchens let you take a peak at how the chef works and there is also an outdoor patio dining area. A full bar serves all of your favorite adult beverages. You will enjoy the food and get a chance to socialize with old friends and new ones when you visit for lunch or dinner. Website

California Café
Two convenient locations, one in Los Gatos and one in Palo Alto, make it easy for you to find your way to the fine California cuisine that is served at the California Café. There is a Kids menu with chicken skewers, burgers, and other things that children like to eat. Produce used to prepare the meals is locally sourced and adults can sample a variety of excellent California wines. California Café is a favorite of the locals.  Website

Ginger Cafe in Sunnyvale

Billed as Chinese Cuisine with a Southeast Asian Influence, the Ginger Cafe is a family run restaurant that serves everything from Peking Duck and all of the traditional Chinese favorites to California inspired Chardonnay Chicken. This is a nice place to take the family when you want great tasting food at a fair price. Website

Fahrenheit Restaurant

Not a place to take the kids, the Fahrenheit Restaurant & Lounge in Nearby San Jose, is a restaurant, bar, dance floor and lounge. They have great food and a full bar. You can even share a plate if you like. Bring your friends and have an exciting night of dining, dancing and maybe a couple of cocktails. Website

Restaurant Week to do List

October is Silicon Valley Restaurant Week. From October 17-24, restaurateurs will have the opportunity to thank loyal customers and entice new ones to try their restaurant. Participating restaurants in the Valley will be offering three-course dinners – appetizer, entree and dessert – at special low prices.

Eat healthy and make sure not to order too many sweet desserts. Experience all of the great restaurants in Mountain View with your friends and family. It’s a snap to have fun in Silicon Valley.

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