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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in Peninsula

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants 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!

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4.9
4.9 (110)
$50 and over
Sushi
Mountain View
About the restaurant
Here at Sushi Jin, we honor the continued tradition of the Edomae-style and incorporate new elements and the highest-quality ingredients into our menu today as we combine old traditions with new ideas. Our unique style inherits the taste that has been passed down from multiple generations and embraces the unique flavors to elevate the modern palette. Sushi is truly the connection between the heart and soul of Japanese food.. “eating the memory of each season”.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Very good. We especially enjoyed the salmon and the spiny uni from Hokkaido. Much props to our chef.
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4.8
4.8 (5264)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Palo Alto
About the restaurant
Since its opening in 1974, prime steaks and martinis have never gone out of style at this Palo Alto institution. The atmosphere is very clubby with fireplaces, dark wood, sports memorabilia and plush leather booths tucked into the many nooks throughout the dining room. Famous for their slow-roasted prime rib & hand-cut U.S.D.A Prime Steaks, they also offer fresh seafood, cold water lobster tail & succulent shellfish. The 20 oz. Bone-In Rib eye Steak is the Boss’ Favorite while the Double Cut Filet Mignon runs a close second. Sundance is respected for serving the best food money can buy coupled with value & simplicity – a welcome relief for serious food & steak aficionados. The menu is supported by an award-winning wine list that features over 400 selections focusing on highly allocated Napa Valley Cabernets. Exceptional ratings & numerous restaurant awards rank Sundance the Steakhouse as a true dining destination.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Great service! Did not feel rushed at all. Drinks were great and food was amazing.
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4.8
4.8 (302)
$31 to $50
American
Woodside
About the restaurant
The Mountain House has reopened under new ownership! This beautiful iconic space has risen again under new leadership. Reservations are accommodated in The Forest Room and main dining room with a three course dinner menu priced at $84/person with a 20% service fee. We also offer an a la carte bar menu in our bar and lounge for walk-ins without a service fee. Join us for destination dining in the redwoods - where the old meets the new.


Top review
LauraOvip
Dined 4 days ago
Love the 3 course menu and the beautiful setting amongst the redwoods.
A photo of The Sea by Alexander's Steakhouse restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2096)
$50 and over
Seafood
Palo Alto
About the restaurant
**NEW POLICY**

In consideration of the overall guest experience, we will no longer be admitting children under the age of 7 **with the exception of Mother's Day Brunch, when guests of all ages are welcome.** (does not apply to private events)

You will enjoy the absolute best heated and covered patio in all of Palo Alto. We have instituted all health and safety precautions to ensure all of our guests and employees feel safe and can enjoy themselves. If you have any questions, please contact us and our team will take the pleasure of assisting you.

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The Sea By Alexander's Steakhouse is the bay area's premier seafood dining destination. The restaurant distinguishes itself by focusing on rich sumptuous morsels from the sea, prepared with modern technique and flair. Chef Pratik Mungre blends contemporary cuisine with Japanese sensibility and ingredients to transform The Sea's menu into the extraordinary. Experience The Sea at its best.
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NickRvip
Dined 3 days ago
Excellent place to spend a special occasions. Definitely one of my favorite restaurant in the Bay Area.
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4.6
4.6 (3332)
$31 to $50
Italian
Half Moon Bay
About the restaurant
We are located in the historic Princeton Inn building in Half Moon Bay harbor, just a few minutes' drive from the world-famous Maverick's beach, home to the big wave surf contest. We are proud to celebrate 30 years in business and have won awards as the Best Italian and Overall restaurant by locals. Our specialties include homemade pastas, pizza and gelato made using authentic Italian family recipes. We use only fresh, local produce, seafood and quality meat to create our dishes. Our signature dishes are Insalata Mezza Luna, which is an organic green salad piled high with fresh marinated seafood, and Ravioli Mezza Luna, which is homemade ravioli stuffed with mixed seafood. You can enjoy our full bar with a cozy oversized fireplace for a romantic getaway or book a window seat with views of the harbor. We also have private venues available for weddings, business and special events. Mezza Luna is located 20 miles south of San Francisco and is a short drive from the Peninsula.
Top review
Marguerite
Dined 1 day ago
The service staff couldn’t be nicer. Everyone greeted us warmly snd our waiter was professional, pleasant and so accommodating. When some of our party showed up late, they didn’t rush us, but instead reassured us that they didn’t mind waiting. They are also super easy to book with— even allowing us to book on line for over 6 people which is very much appreciated . And the the food was also yummy!
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4.6
4.6 (1226)
$31 to $50
American
Pacifica
About the restaurant
Floor to ceiling windows that look down on the beach makes Moonraker restaurant a go to spot for food and an excellent view. Situated inside the Lighthouse Hotel in Pacifica, Moonraker serves lunch, dinner and happy hour!

A large selection of fresh seafood dots the Moonraker menu with items like Dungeness crab, Chef's selection of oysters and ahi poke. Other options from "the land" include pot roast, steak, chicken parmesan and a vegetarian tagine. The chef makes a lot of the offerings gluten free, like crispy calamari and coconut prawns. Be sure to save some room for bananas foster bread pudding or campfire s'mores with a table side hibachi.
Top review
RickF
Dined 5 days ago
Great food and ambience. Excellent service. Sunset view is priceless.
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4.6
4.6 (840)
$31 to $50
Continental
Menlo Park
About the restaurant
Located on the corners of Selby Lane and El Camino Real in the town of Atherton, Selby’s celebrates classic American continental cuisine with a menu that showcases the restaurant’s unique relationship with SMIP Ranch. Please visit our website for updates. We will see you soon!

We serve a Three Course Pre-Fixe Menu for $125 per person. In lieu of gratuity, service will be included in our dining room, bar and lounge.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined today
My husband and I went there to celebrate his birthday. The food is good. Very good service. My husband is so happy and we will go there again for sure.
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4.5
4.5 (952)
$31 to $50
Italian
South San Francisco
About the restaurant
IN THE SPIRIT OF LOWERING INFLATION, RISTORANTE BUON GUSTO HAS REDUCED ITS MENU PRICES BY 10-15% RIGHT BEFORE THE UPCOMING HOLIDAYS! TABLES ARE GOING FAST, SO PLEASE MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS FOR THE HOLIDAYS SOON!

Ristorante Buon Gusto is Old School Italian!
We are an authentic Italian restaurant serving the Bay Area for the past 35+ years. We offer an excellent Wine list, a Full Bar, Background Music and a professional but relaxed and Friendly Atmosphere to create an Enjoyable Dining Experience.

Our Experienced staff have a well-earned reputation of offering premier service.

We cater to travelers, families, romantic couples, and our many loyal local patrons.

Our restaurant opens every day for dinner at 4pm. Ask about our special banquet menu. Let us work with you to plan a memorable event featuring great food and wine hosted in one of our private rooms—ideal for business or family gatherings of any kind.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Lovely staff. Food was good and will come back. We celebrated my mom’s birthday and she had a great time.
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4.5
4.5 (189)
$31 to $50
Bistro
Los Altos
About the restaurant
A charming bistro finished with 200-year-old timbers, a period French fireplace, Beaumaniere limestone floors, re-polished antiques, and designer selected Napoleon treasures.
Top review
JoanHvip
Dined 4 days ago
lovely place- old world charm- good wine and greqt burgers
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4.4
4.4 (234)
$31 to $50
Italian
Half Moon Bay
About the restaurant
Fattoria e Mare ("Farm and Sea") is a vibrant Bay Area restaurant utilizing organic, sustainable ingredients sourced from local vendors. The menu will change often featuring local, fresh ingredients at their peak. As the name of the restaurant suggests, the menu places an emphasis on seafood, while also providing a range of other Venetian inspired options. Executive Chef and Owner, Pablo Estrada, immerses himself in every meal he creates. He is passionate about crafting delicious, unique dishes and ensuring all guests have a wonderful dining experience.

We were originally located in Burlingame, but have moved to a new location, nestled in the heart of downtown Half Moon Bay. Our new location allows us flexibility to serve large groups, parties of two, or anything in between. We have options for private dining experiences (e.g. work parties, birthday parties, etc.)
Happy Hour specials are offered Sunday-Thursday, 3:00-5:30. We look forward to welcoming you!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Service was excellent and the food was exactly what i hoped for after viewing pics on instagram! Enjoyed the pasta mixed in the parmesan wheel then obliterated the seafood platter paired with a refreshing italian wine! Will definitely return!
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