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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Peninsula

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes 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 The Refuge - San Carlos restaurant
4.8
4.8 (47)
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
San Carlos
About the restaurant
As seen on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, The Refuge has been thriving in San Carlos since 2008. Let The Refuge be your haven from the ordinary. Make this upscale restaurant and pub your choice for first rate fare and brew today. If you're craving tenaciously-tender, juicy pastrami, authentic cheesesteaks, house-ground burgers, dazzling salads or savory soups, , Refuge is the place to be.

Husband and wife team Matt Levin and Melanie Roth run the show here alongside a gifted, attentive and conscientious team in the front and back of the house. Come for a classic Americana-style menu with a most extensive offering of beer. Choose from 18 different Belgian styles on tap and many more in the bottle.

Casual connoisseurs unite! This place is the real deal. Whether it’s a quick lunch, a raging evening, a private event, take-out or delivery, the REFUGE experience is unlike any other place at any one time.

Top review
BartHarleyJarvisvip
Dined on May 3, 2024
Wonderful service, delicious sandwiches, and Pliny for President 2024 on tap. What’s not to love?
A photo of Steins Beer Garden restaurant
4.6
4.6 (240)
$30 and under
American
Mountain View
About the restaurant
Steins Beer Garden is a modern American take on the classic German biergarten!
With spacious indoors and dog-friendly patio seating, we proudly feature 31 taps of craft beer, exhilarating craft cocktails, and an excellent variety of American Gourmet Comfort Food from Executive Chef Eduardo Andrade.

Through our Made-From-Scratch house dishes and deep appreciation for the highest quality of ingredients, we always strive to bring forth an exceptional communal dining experience.

See you at the beer garden!

Top review
RichieM
Dined on Apr 26, 2024
Relived our first date - another great experience :)
A photo of San Agus Cocina Urbana & Cocktails restaurant
4.6
4.6 (86)
$30 and under
Mexican
Palo Alto
About the restaurant
A neighborhood hangout where friends and strangers meet to share crafted urban street bites, beers, and cocktails.
Top review
AntonioGvip
Dined on Apr 27, 2024
The Food and drinks were great, as were the waiters. it was a little cramped.
A photo of Tacolicious - Palo Alto restaurant
4.5
4.5 (194)
$30 and under
Mexican
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
carlb
Dined on May 12, 2024
Service is good, food is good, chairs are hard, difficult to air on for an hour
A photo of Sapporo Rock-N-Roll Sushi Restaurant restaurant
4.5
4.5 (44)
$30 and under
Japanese
San Mateo
About the restaurant
Welcome to Sapporo Rock-N-Roll Sushi
* Open Monday, Wednesday to Sunday 5pm-9:30pm
* For party reservation over 6 people, please email or call in with your name, number of party, date and time, phone number to reserve a table. Restaurant Host will respond within 1 business date to confirm your reservation.
* Temporarily closed on Tuesday

Dinner | Happy Hour | Reservation | Take out |

When you drink Sapporo beer, you remember Sapporo Rock-N-Roll Sushi Restaurant.
* Contemporary Environment
* Enjoyable Atmosphere
* Cheerful Drinks
* Savory Food
* Fresh Daily

Secret Box - please reserve it in advance(limited servings 6 orders daily); it's reflecting seasonal and daily availability of pristine ingredients. Price may vary.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on May 11, 2024
BNO last friday and we had a great time. Food were fresh and delicious. 5⭐️ service from Elma! Thank you for the sake shots.
A photo of Joya Restaurant & Lounge restaurant
4.4
4.4 (1647)
$30 and under
Latin / Spanish
Palo Alto
About the restaurant
Joya Restaurant and Lounge features the cuisine of Spain and Latin America in a lively, sophisticated atmosphere. Joya has received multiple Michelin Guide recommendations and media recognition, including having been the downtown Palo Alto scene for an episode of "Silicon Valley" on HBO Television.
Top review
DeanxC
Dined on May 12, 2024
We had a family celebration and felt we were treated like royalty.
A photo of Alhambra Irish House restaurant
4.4
4.4 (540)
$30 and under
Californian
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
VernaK
Dined 4 days ago
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.
A photo of LV Mar restaurant
4.4
4.4 (1040)
$30 and under
Mexican
Redwood City
About the restaurant
Elevated Latin tapas, platters & cocktails served in a modern, comfortably upscale dining room.
Top review
Foodie
Dined 5 days ago
Two observations: I indicated it was my friend's birtday in "ocasion type" in Open Table AND wrote in the comment section that I'd like a small desseert with candle brought out as surprise. I did not want to mention it to the waiter in front of my friend. Nothing happened. Waiter brought out the check as if there was no information. Disappointing. We had a 6:30pm reservation, Sunday night - and almost none of the tables were occupied. No ambiance at all! Crows were certaily there but not at LV Mar. Not sure why!
A photo of Broma restaurant
4.3
4.3 (200)
$50 and over
Spanish
Mountain View
About the restaurant
A modern palette blended with regional tastes embodies an atmosphere that welcomes novel thought and casual gatherings. Inspired by Spanish cuisine, yet influenced by many places, our restaurant is a culinary journey—one that’s as bold and diverse as the flavors found on our menu.
Inspired by his travels through Spain and Portugal, Michelin-starred chef Jarad Gallagher Latin influenced cuisine at Broma.
We work closely with our purveyors to source only the finest ingredients, both local and abroad.
In addition, we offer hand-crafted cocktails from The Emerald Hour, craft beer, American and international wines, and a variety of delightful non-alcoholic options.

Top review
ElsaCvip
Dined on May 11, 2024
I love their food as it comes with unique flavors and the atmosphere was excellent!
A photo of Dave & Buster's - Daly City restaurant
4.3
4.3 (50)
$30 and under
American
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.
Top review
UptownKS
Dined on Mar 2, 2024
Great for the entertainment and happy hour. We had fun
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