The South Bay's Restaurant Scene at Various Locations
San Francisco, the North Bay and the East Bay receive constant praise for their abundant food and drink options. What about the South Bay?
Everyone around the Bay knows the ambitious Manresa, but it's still a secret how the South Bay actually isn’t missing out on the eating and drinking fun. In Los Gatos, Manresa chef-owner David Kinch’s ode to his hometown New Orleans at The Bywater lets the good times roll with exceptional gumbo and beignets unlike anything else in Northern California. Nearby you'll find San Sebastian–worthy tapas at PintxoPote. BirdDog in Palo Alto reflects the city’s entrepreneurial creativity on its plates (the wood-grilled avocado is worth a drive on its own) from a chef sporting a Nobu and French Laundry pedigree.
Perhaps most noteworthy are the major SF-level cocktails in an old Saratoga saloon at Jack Rose Libation House and the fascinating rice bowls and seafood ramen at Kumino in a Mountain View strip mall (from alums of Manresa and Momofuku).
532 N. Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos; 408-560-9639
424 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos; 408-797-8688
420 Ramona St., Palo Alto; 650-656-8180
18840 Saratoga Los Gatos Rd., Saratoga; 408-395-3500
580 N. Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View; 650-964-3300