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List of restaurants around downtown Mountain View

M. Hauser, updated 4-Apr-2013
(Send corrections, updates, suggestions to maxnot [at] thistdl.com — first remove “not” and “this.”)

News:

3/13 Steins Beer Garden and Restaurant opened (895 Villa) to big crowds

3/13 Vaso Azzurro chef opened own restaurant: La Fontaine, 186 Castro

3/13 Temptations (288 Castro) remodeling; ownership transfer notice to “Park Balluchi”

2/13 Olympus Caffe & Bakery replaced Neto, 135 Castro

2/13 March Sunset Magazine has downtown-MV restaurant feature pages 32-34

 

LINKS to misc. food-related Newsletter articles (others appear at specific restaurant entries below):

New downtown grocery (November 2011)
MV’s pizzerias; price comparisons (October 2010)
Local restaurant news (September 2010)
Mondays, Kitchen Table, Zpizza (July 2010)
Zucca brief profile (June 2010)
Thaiphoon, Pho Garden, Bushido (April 2010)

 

Downtown-Area Restaurants:

Currently 106 restaurant spaces: 101 operating, 3 remodeling (Sp. Islands, Sushi Tei, Temptations), 2 closed

Note: These aren’t restaurant “reviews,” but I marked brief personal impressions at line ends. Most of these establishments I’ve tried several times in varying circumstances. Those not tried enough for an opinion are flagged “?”; those memorable for good food experiences of their type, or good specialties or value, *; frequented favorites,**. Your tastes may vary, obviously!

GF at line end marks restaurants with substantial gluten-free offerings.
 

191 Restaurant and Bar 191 Castro, 650 961 1491 (Fmr Kapp’s; pizzas, grill, weekend breakfasts)

Agave 194 Castro, 650 969 6767 (Upscale regional Mexican grill)* Info link

Amarin 174 Castro, 650 988 9323 (Thai — most popular local Thai place)** GF

Amber Cafe 600 W El Camino Real, 650 968 1751 (Indian)*

Amici’s 790 Castro, 650 961 6666 (High-end Bay Area pizza chain, toasty, good)** GF

Asian Box 142 Castro (Vietnamese-inspired quick box meals, opened 1/13)* GF

Bangkok Spoon 702 Villa,650 968 2038 (Thai, oldest locally, since 1980) GF

Bean Scene Cafe 500 Castro, 650 903 4871 (At Performing Arts Center; coffee, light meals) ?

[Le] Boulanger 650 Castro, 650 961 1787 (Full bakery, good sandwiches, catering)*

Bushido 156 Castro, 650 386 6821 (Japanese small plates; opened 3/10)* Review link

Café Baklava 341 Castro, 650 969 3835 (Turkish grill, upscale)*

Caffe Romanza 301 Castro, 650 961 9715 (Inside Books Inc. Coffee, light meals)

[El] Calderon 699 Calderon @ Church, 650 940 9533 (Since 1969: Salvadorean, delicious, hospitable)** Review link GF

Casa Lupe 459 Castro, 650 965 2944 (Mexican) ?

Cascal 400 Castro, 650 940 9500 (Pan-Latin “tapas”; popular bar)* GF

Chef Liu 236 Castro, 650 938 2968 (Taiwanese; good fresh-noodle soups and specialties)*

Chef Xiu 855 W El Camino Real, 650 988 8820 (Chinese/Dongbei; popular, catering)*

Chef Zhao Bistro 400 Moffett Ste H, 650 262-9728 (Chinese/Sichuan, opened July 2012)**

Chez TJ 938 Villa, 650 964 7466 (High-end new international cuisine since 1982; Michelin star)*

Clarke’s 615 W El Camino Real, 650 967 0851 (Hamburgers, grilled sausages, weekend breakfast)*

Crepevine 300 Castro, 650 969 6878 (Bay Area crêperie chain, opened October)*

Curry.jp — that’s the restaurant’s name — 180 Castro rear (Japanese curries) ?

Dana Street Roasting Co. 744 W Dana, 650 390 9638 (Coffee importer/roaster; sandwiches, soups)** GF

[Ristorante] Don Giovanni 235 Castro, 650 961 9749 (Italian; happy-hour bar menu)*

El Calderon: SEE Calderon

Ephesus Mediterranean Cuisine 185 Castro, 650 625 8155 (Greek/Turkish family recipes)**

Fast Pizza Delivery 327 Moffett Blvd, 650 961 3278 (Very decent quality, prices, & TRULY fast!)**

[La] Fiesta 240 Villa, 650 968 1364 (Mexican, elegant, unusual specialties)**

Fiesta Del Mar Too 735 Villa, 650 967 3525 (Mexican seafood, unusual specialties)*

Food Street 292 Castro, 650 961 8613 (Long CLOSED pending sewer fix)

Frankie Johnnie & Luigi 939 W El Camino Real, 650 967 5384 (Italian, pizzas, since 1956)

Fu Lam Mum 155 Castro, 650 967 1689 (Cantonese; dim sum, open late)*

Gelato Classico 241 Castro, 650 969 2900 (Ice creams etc.)

Gelayo Gusto 856 W El Camino Real, 650 938 1333 (Pizza, burgers, ice creams) ?

Ginseng Korean BBQ 475 Castro, 650 967 3913 (Korean; cook-on-table dinners)*

Gyros House 212 Castro, 650 940 9316 (Mediterranean, semi-takeout; try Iskendar plate)*

Hangen Szechuan 134 Castro, 650 964 8881 (Formerly Hangen Seafood)

Happi House 286 W El Camino Real, 650 969 7041 (Chain teriyaki)

Hong Kong Bakery 210 Castro, 650 969 3153 (Sweet and savory pastries, fancy cakes)*

Hong Kong Bistro 147 Castro, 650 968 8938 (Pan-Asian; disappointing in three visits)

Hunan Chili 102 Castro, 650 969 8968 (Sichuanese chef; real Chinese food, multiple menus)**

Jack in the Box 200 W El Camino Real @ Calderon, 650 964 4266 (Hamburger chain)

KFC 696 W El Camino Real, 650 968 8554 (Fried-chicken chain)

Kirin 485 Castro, 650 965 1059 (Since 1979: Cantonese, moderately priced, open late)*

K-Pop Korean 124 Castro (New 1/13: Korean; extensive comfort-foody menu)*

La Fontaine, 186 Castro (New 3/13: Italian/French, popular chef from Vaso Azzurro)**

La Fiesta: SEE Fiesta

Le Boulanger: SEE Boulanger

Los Caxcanes: SEE Monte Carlo

Los Charros: SEE Taqueria Los Charros

Los Portales 430 Moffett, 650 968-0453 (Mexican) ?

Mamaya 146 Castro (Chain Japanese: bento, teriyaki, etc.) ?

[Noodle House] Maruichi aka Maru Ichi 368 Castro, 650 564 9931 (Ramen, other noodles)**

Mediterranean Grill House 650 Castro, 650 625 9990 (Superb plates&wraps, shawarma)*

Molly MaGee’s 241 Castro, 650 961 0108 (Pub)

Monte Carlo (restaurant is Los Caxcanes) 228 Castro, 650 988 1500 (Mexican) ?

Morocco’s 873 Castro, 650 968 1502 (Moroccan: family recipes; live entertainment)** Profile link, Update link

[Kappo] Nami Nami 240 Castro, 650 964 6990 (Elegant lavish Kappo-style Japanese cuisine)**

New China Delight 360 Castro — Closed 2010, space available.

New Mongolian BBQ 304 Castro, 650 968 0381 (Mongolian-style grill) ?

Niji Sushi Japanese Cuisine 743 W Dana, 650 903 9668 (Japanese)*

Olympus Caffe & Bakery 135 Castro, 650 336 7613 (Turkish; savory & sweet pastries)*

Papa John’s Pizza 571 W. El Camino Real, 650 969 7272 (Pizza chain, decent value IMO)*

Passage to India Bakery 1100 W El Camino Real, 650 964 5532 (Indian bakery, sweets shop) ?

Pasta? 160 Castro, 650 938 4147 (Italian, local chain, pleasant ambience) GF

Peet’s Coffee 1032 Castro, 650 605 0003 (Chain; coffee, pastries, snacks) ?

Pho Garden 246 Castro, 650 968 4183 (Pho, slow-cooked broth) More Info GF

Pho Hoa 220 Castro, 650 969 5805 (Pho / Bun chain, open late) GF

Pho To Chau 853 Villa, 650 961 8069 (Pho / Bun, unusual specials) GF

Posh Bagel 444 Castro, 650 968 5308 (Bagels, sandwiches, salads, coffee)

Queen House 273 Castro, 650 960 0580 (Taiwanese; noodle and dumpling specialties)*

Red Rock Coffee 201 Castro, 650 967 4473 (Coffees, snacks, open mike Mondays)* GF

Ristorante Don Giovanni: SEE Don Giovanni

Rose Market 1060 Castro, 650 960 1900 (Persian/Indian/Pakistani/Medit’n grocery, take-out grill)*

[Ramen House] Ryowa 859 Villa, 650 965 8829 (Ramen, other noodles)**

Sakoon 357 Castro, 650 965 2000 (Creative upscale Indian)* Profile link

Savvy Cellar Wine Bar & Shop 750 W Evelyn, 650 969 3958 (Wine, small plates) ?

Scott’s Seafood MV 420 Castro, 650 966 8124 (formerly “Cantankerous Fish”)* GF

Scratch 401 Castro, 650 237 3131 (Upscale new American, great happy-hour food deal)** Profile link

Shabuway 180 Castro, 650 961 8880 (Japanese, cook-at-table)*

Shalala 698 W Dana St, 650 965 8001 (Ramen, stylish, small, opened Dec. 2010)*

Shana Thai 311 Moffett Blvd, 650 940 9990 (since 2009, classy Thai, popular)** GF

Shezan 216 Castro, 650 969 1112 (Pakistani-Indian; fmrly Godavari, earlier Sue’s) ?

Shiva’s 800 California @ Castro, 650 960 3802 (Indian, former Vivaca Grill site)*

Sono Sushi 357 Castro, 650 961 9086 (Sushi) ?

Spica 650 Castro, 650 254 1110 (Coffees, sandwiches, jewelry — yes, jewelry)

Spice Islands 210 Hope, 650 961 0628 (Singaporean, CLOSED “temporarily” since 2009)

St. Stephen’s Green 223 Castro, 650 964 9151 (Pub, bar menu, weekend brunch)

Starbucks 750 Castro, 650 564 9255 (Coffee chain; snacks) ?

Steakout 383 Castro, 650 209 0383 (Grass-fed burgers, sausages; beer garden)**

Steins Beer Garden and Restaurant 895 Villa (New 3/13; classy diverse kitchen)**

Subway 451 W El Camino Real, 650 967 5733 (Sandwich chain, inexpensive) ?

Subway 701 W Evelyn, 650 969 3858 (Sandwich chain, inexpensive) ?

Sufi Coffee Shop 815 W El Camino Real, 650 962 9923 (Coffee, light meals) ?

Sushi Tei 1036 Castro, 650 961 7272 (Classy sashimi, good value; currently CLOSED)**

Sushi Tomi 635 W Dana, 650 968 3227 (Classy Japanese; renowned sushi chef, wide menu)**

Sweet Corner 650 Castro (Ice cream, desserts) ?

Taco Bell 950 W El Camino Real, 650 964 3758 ?

Tapioca Express 740 Villa, 650 965 3093 (Chain: bubble tea, light meals) ?

Taqueria La Bamba 152 Castro, 650 965 4753 (Salvadorean, Mexican; breakfasts)

Taqueria Los Charros 854 W Dana, 650 969 1464 (Mexican; US and Mexican breakfasts)

Tea Era 271 Castro, 650 969 2899 (Tea, other drinks) ?

Temptations 288 Castro, 650 625 1234 (Indian / Fusion) CLOSED 3/13, see News above

Tied House 954 Villa, 650 965 2739 (Brewpub; extensive burger/sandwich menu now)*

Totoro 841 Villa, 650 691 0796 (Korean; grill, hotpots, fresh kimchee, good value)*

Tsunami Sushi 209 Castro, 650 965 0114 (Sushi)?

Vaso Azzurro 108 Castro, 650 940 1717 (Great-value classy Italian, a low-key gem)**

Verde Tea Cafe 852 Villa, 650 210 9986 (Drinks, snacks, Taiwanese thick toast) ?

Workshop Burger Bar & Grill 126 Castro, 650 386 6109 (Burgers, sandwiches, beer)*

Xanh 110 Castro, 650 964 1888 (Elegant “modern Vietnamese,” lounge, lunch buffet)** GF

Yakko 975 W Dana, 650 960 0626 (Japanese; sushi creations w/fanciful names)* GF

Yoogl Yogurt Cafe 260 Castro (Ice cream, frozen Yogurt. Opened 11/10) ?

(Copyright 2010-2013 by Max W. Hauser)

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