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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in Peninsula

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots in Peninsula? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Gyu-Kaku - San Mateo, CA restaurant
4.8 (735)
$31 to $50
San Mateo
About the restaurant
Founded in Tokyo in 1996, Gyu-Kaku has become the world’s #1 Japanese BBQ brand! Thanks to our devoted fans we have reached over 700 locations worldwide. Each day, hundreds of thousands of people gather around the table-top smokeless grill, a centerpiece of our dining concept, enjoying selections of premium meats, just off the grill, and other freshly prepared foods from our kitchens, inspiring laughter, conversation, and a magical dining experience.

Our authentic yakiniku (grilled barbeque) dining experience crowns you the chef. Share a variety of delicious appetizers and premium cooked meats over a flaming grill, paired with Japanese sake, frosty cold beers, or other alcoholic and non-alcoholic options of your choice. We're the perfect spot to enjoy time with friends and family, organize an office party, or to spend quality time with your significant other!

Before you go, don't forget to taste our best-seller Harami Skirt Steak or Prime Kalbi Short Rib among other must-try dishes!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 9, 2024
Great food, great service, great atmosphere, fun to cook our own food and eat at our own pace.
A photo of I Privé - Sushi Sake Spirits restaurant
4.8 (189)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Executive Chef and Owner Stanley Chan has been in the restaurant business since 1982. He believes in starting with the freshest ingredients possible, then creating flavorful and unique dishes by combining Japanese, French and Californian styles.

After years of perfecting his techniques, Stanley's omakase menu contains the most unique fusion Japanese flavors you will find in the Bay Area.

Please visit http://iprivesake.com/menu for our unique Japanese menu
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Excellent service, our server made great personal recommendations! Food was delicious, and such a fun atmosphere sitting outside with good music!
A photo of Meyhouse Palo Alto restaurant
4.8 (554)
$31 to $50
Palo Alto
About the restaurant
"Welcome to our home. Meyhouse is a casual place where family and friends get together over a drink, mezes, unique seafood, and grilled delicacies.
Our philosophy is unique in many ways. We have an ingredient first approach, which means we handle ingredients as minimally as possible through the cooking process. We source the highest quality ingredients we can find and let them shine. Our recipes are as authentic as possible, no sous vide or modernist cuisine can be found here."
Top review
Dined 4 days ago
Lovely place with great fun ambience. Delicately spiced authentic food and lovely choices of Raki! Fathers day was a hit at this place :)
A photo of Vino Locale - Palo Alto restaurant
4.8 (91)
$31 to $50
Wine Bar
Palo Alto
About the restaurant

Welcome to Vino Locale serving downtown Palo Alto since 2005!
The only Wine Garden & Kitchen in downtown Palo Alto with Nightly Live Music in the back garden!

Check music schedule on our website www.vinolocale.org
Join us for Dinner, Wine and live music in the Vino Garden!
Dog Friendly Patio

Happy Hour (Tue-Sat) 3:00-5:30
Great wines from California and around the world
Wine flights with cheese pairings
Craft beers on tap & beer flights
Nuts and olive flights
Cheese & Charcuterie boards
Extensive Tapas Menu
Dinner Menu

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 5, 2024
Loved visiting Vino Locale with friends last night. A fun atmosphere to enjoy tapas and wine together
A photo of Tacolicious - Palo Alto restaurant
4.6 (195)
$30 and under
Palo Alto
About the restaurant
Tacolicious is a casual, modern Mexican restaurant with locations in San Francisco, Palo Alto and Manhattan Beach (LA). We source our ingredients responsibly, take our tacos as seriously as our cocktails, and offer a fun sit-down, full-service experience.

Large party of 12 +? Email us at palo_alto_management@tacolicious.com and we'll fit you in. We have outdoor dining, a great private room and do off-site catering. Go to tacolicious.com for more information; catering requests can be sent to events@tacolicious.com.
Top review
Dined on May 12, 2024
Service is good, food is good, chairs are hard, difficult to air on for an hour
A photo of Telefèric Barcelona - Palo Alto restaurant
4.6 (2506)
$50 and over
Palo Alto
About the restaurant
Telefèric Barcelona doors were first opened thirty years ago in Barcelona, Spain. Now, our passionate teams in Walnut Creek, Palo Alto, Los Gatos and Los Angeles have grown to include some of the world’s most creative and innovative chefs and mixologists, and are eager to share the Spanish culture and gastronomy with you. Come visit us for a degustation of the Best Spanish Tapas in the Bay, Innovative paellas, and refreshing hand-crafted cocktails. Dare to enjoy a fun and unique dining experience surrounded by Modern European decor and lively ambiance.
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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 1 day ago
That’s our favorite Spanish restaurant that we have visited many times. The last time, though we weren’t as impressed. Lobster Paella lacked some flavor. Gambas Al Ajillo had shrimps overcooked. Meatballs were firmer than before. Couldn’t help but notice those. Still a great spot
A photo of Che Fico Parco Menlo restaurant
4.6 (233)
$31 to $50
Menlo Park
About the restaurant
From Back Home Hospitality comes Che Fico Parco Menlo, an evolution of Che Fico specifically created for the Peninsula located at Springline in Menlo Park.

Che Fico Parco Menlo takes inspiration from its critically acclaimed sister restaurant in San Francisco while adding new creations to its menu of Italian fare with California influences. Dishes of hand-rolled pasta, naturally fermented sourdough pizza, antipasti, meat, and fish celebrate the team’s’ passion for Italian cuisine and their dedication to using the best seasonal products from farmers and purveyors in the Bay area.

With a vibrant design by Jon De La Cruz, Che Fico Parco Menlo will be the premier destination for both business and social events with private dining options for up to 70 guests. In addition to the dining room, there is an all-season outdoor patio covered by a custom-built pergola with fans for summer nights and heaters for Menlo park 'winters'.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Fantastic. Everything. Love this place. Food, staff, ambiance. All.
A photo of Reposado Restaurant restaurant
4.5 (2811)
$31 to $50
Palo Alto
About the restaurant
Reposado offers a unique experience with exceptional Mexican cuisine which will challenge the imagination and seduce the palate.

Born from a rich tradition of regional Mexican specialties and contemporary culinary influences, it promises to be not only memorable but also enjoyable.

Please come enjoy a richly satisfying and fun Mexican dining experience.

Eat. Drink. Relax
Top review
Dined 3 days ago
Food and service were fabulous. Be sure to get the guacamole and chips - the guacamole is amazing. Only thing is I was a lite surprised at the price of the margaritas, $21.50 each. That’s usually a nice glass of wine but in all honesty - they were great!
A photo of Dave & Buster's - Daly City restaurant
4.1 (53)
$30 and under
Daly City
About the restaurant
Each Dave & Buster’s has more state-of-the-art games than ever, more mouth-watering menu items and the most innovative drinks anywhere. From wings to steaks, we’ve got whatever suits your appetite and our premium bar assures we’re stocked to satisfy! Plus, you can watch your game on one of our massive HDTVs with epic stadium sound.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 6, 2024
well everything is ok but they gave us the wrong order but its ok we understand coz it was pack.
A photo of Alhambra Irish House restaurant
4 (542)
$30 and under
Redwood City
About the restaurant
Alhambra Irish House is both a pub and a restaurant; sitting in the beautiful Alhambra Theater with its brick walls and wooden columns you can really feel the history of the building.
We strive to give all our guests a genuine taste of Irish Hospitality , our menu has many Irish Classics such as Beef and Guinness Pie and Shepherds Pie, we are also well known for our Fish and Chips along with local Californian offerings.

We have a full bar with a mix of Irish Beers and Craft selections, we also have a fine Irish Whisky selection and a great Cocktail List,
We look forward to meeting you
Top review
Dined on May 21, 2024
Food was okay, not really what I had hoped for, the steak pie was "okay", nothing outstanding, my coworker enjoyed the chicken in her chicken sandwich. The smoked salmon on soda bread was good, the bread was thick and heavy, so the smoked salmon didn't overpower. Ordered the suggested hibiscus mojito, which was well balanced. The server seemed confused about the questions we had on the menu and forgot to bring the appetizer before the entrees, which made it hard when you're trying to eating the warm food.
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