Steamer's Grillhouse: Fancy Schmancy
This place is one of those typical Californian places that serves a fairly wide variety of food, though much of it is seafood. Everything I had was rich and well prepared and I was more than ready for a nap after eating there.
Favorite Dish: the chowder is very good
Cafe Marcella: French on Los Gatos
Cafe Marcella is actually a very nice restaurant in Los Gatos serving French cuisine. The food is fairly interesting in combinations and their wine list is extensive (heavier on the French side). Service there isn't as great as it could be, and not everyone is exactly at the top of their professional game, but overall it is a nice place to have some good food in a quiet, nice atmosphere.
Fleur De Cocoa: Authentic French Patisserie. Taste luxury.
Limited seating space but heavenly desserts. It's more than a bakery... it's a patisserie. Aside from divine cakes available by the slice or as a whole, they also offer assorted gelatos/sorbets, chocolates, lunch sandwiches, soups, coffee, french food specialties like violet petals, nougats, etc. The owner is a French pastry chef who actually has won a couple of pastry awards who actually does some cooking cruises and was featured on the Food Network also. Anyway he's a genius.
Favorite Dish: Their Hot Chocolate is tres bien! I love how robust it tastes. My favorite dessert is their lemon tart or blueberry lemon tarte. Their Monte Sereno cake looks so rich but is so light. Their Chocolate Royal is so rich that even though you want to devour the whole thing, you can only take a small piece and be immensely satisfied. Their Croque Monsieur/Madam is so good also. My kids love the croissants: chocolate, butter, almond, etc. They also have meringues, etc. Just go there and fall in love with EVERYTHING!
- Food and Dining
- Family Travel
- Luxury Travel
Icing on the Cake: For those with a very sweet tooth
When you walk in to Icing on the Cake, there is no way your sweet tooth can walk out without at least getting a cookie. All the desserts in there are visually appealing, many have been designed specially. It is a high end bakery, so although their prices are good for Los Gatos, they are high for what you get. But the desserts are tasty. You can special order desserts for weddings and parties. They also sell things that you can use to accompany your desserts, like birthday candles, cards, cake plates, etc. Even if you don't want to order anything, you should walk by the bakery to get a glimpse of the beautiful creativity and artistry of the desserts. You can tell they work hard.
Favorite Dish: My friend and I split a couple of cookies, we had a Molasses Crinkle (a ginger-type cookie, I think) and a Snickerdoodle. Both were delicious but fragile. The Snickerdoodle is your typical Snickerdoodle...I would probably go for something a little more exotic next time. But we were both definitely pleased.
Willow Street: Pizza, Pasta, Sandwiches
Your typical Italian-American (American influenced Italian food) eatery. It is a chain, although i did not know it at the time I ate there. They boast their wood-fired pizza and it seemed to be really popular by the other patrons. They have outdoor eating patio in front with a view of a small park/grass area. The indoor is not huge, but quite roomy. Although the menu is pretty much just pizza, pasta, and sandwhiches, it is a pretty diverse menu. And if you order pasta, you can substitute whole wheat fusilli for your other pasta noodles. The only thing that is a little off is that the restroom is an outdoor public restroom. It is just out a door on the side of the restaurant, and it is no further than if the restroom was indoor/just for restaurant patrons.
Favorite Dish: I had a lunch special which included pasta and a house salad. I ordered Spicy Seafood Linguini and I was pleased with my meal. It is definitely spicy (but not too spicy) so if you are not a fan of spice, then I wouldn't recommend it. My friend ordered the Artichoke Hearts, Chicken, Fusilli with a Caesar and she enjoyed her meal as well.
Los Gatos Brewing Company: Superb Beer, and great food
This is a great place for lunch or dinner. If you just want to sit at the bar and drink you can but the food is well worth getting a table for and the place is large.
Ambience is a cunning mix between old and trendy but is just darned pleasant. It's child friendly too and despite being a large building it still feels somewhat cozy.
They brew their own beer which is simply outstanding. You can view the brewing vessels through glass windows.
The restaurant quality is very high with what I would call fusion cooking from around the world to a high standard. The menu choice isn't huge, but is good quality. Portions are medium/sensible but more than enough.
This has to simply be my favourite regular haunt with or without my family in Los Gatos.
Great staff that are attentive and friendly just adds to it. I also like that a lot of the kitchen is exposed so you can see what really goes on (oh, and according to my wife they have a great wine selection).
The can also handle fairly large parties, or just somebody on their own without making either feel awkward.
You just have to try the home brewed beer. You can even purchase a keg or two for parties at excelent prices
You just have to try it - located centrally - and reasonably priced too. Very easy free parking.
Favorite Dish: Start with the Tuna Tartare - Oh my goodness
After that just about everything is good so knock yourself out
Make sure you try the beer. The Oktoberfest is really pleasing and well balanced.
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Business Travel
- Beer Tasting
Sushi On The Run: Sushi On The Run
The proprietor is the lynchpin of this little restaurant. He buys the fish fresh locally himself, prepares all the food, is friendly and interesting. It is a tiny place, little more than a filled alley, but has plenty of character. Everyone there sits at the sushi bar; when a new customer comes you may have to step outside to let them in!
Favorite Dish: Pretty much anything!
La Esquina: Mexican Food and lots of it!
Restaurant is of a self-serve type, and prices are below average. Portions are huge and very tasty.
Favorite Dish: Beef enchilada