3945 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Phone: (650) 493-3141
Fax: (650) 493-6313
Bars & Cafes
4141 Bar is a dive bar located at the same address as the name on the El Camino Real. The place has limited seating but what it lacks in space, it more than makes up in the potent cocktails that are served here. The ambiance at 4141 Bar is always lively and the bar is buzzing with young patrons looking to grab a drink after work. Some of the must-try cocktails here are maple bacon bourbon milk shake, Gin with grapefruit juice and the microbrews that they have on tap. Their bartenders have simply mastered the art of making cocktails plus they are super friendly and always enthusiastic.
Pronounced "See-bo," the restaurant offers a relaxing ambiance and they place great emphasis on tradition and family values. Cibo is a go-to restaurant which serves typical American fare such as salads, burgers, steaks and sandwiches. It is a solid dinner spot where quality is consistent. The interior of the restaurant is warm and inviting, furnished with comfortable couches and adorned with plants that give this place a fresh look. The service is quick and friendly, making eating here a pleasant experience. After the meal do not leave without trying their mango-raspberry ice cream.
Be it a breakfast with kids, lunch with friends or dinner in solitude; the food served at Corner Bakery Cafe will not disappoint you. This location of the popular cafe is frequented by many for their delicious coffee and scrumptious sandwiches, wraps, pastas and more. Because of its location at the famous El Camino Real, the place is perfect for a quick lunch detour during a shopping escapade or for an evening coffee with colleagues after work. The cafe is very clean, well maintained and neat with waiters and servers who are prompt. If you are confused about narrowing down on a place to grab a meal; Corner Bakery Cafe is your rescue button.
The Fish Market is one of the largest fish restaurants in the area and worth every square inch. The fish comes from the owners' own fishing fleet, the oysters from the owners' oyster farm. The reasonably priced menu reflects the day's catch, but whether grilled over mesquite, broiled, or pan-fried with a little butter and garlic, the food is basic and flavorful, served up with sides of French fries, coleslaw and sour dough bread by a cheerful and efficient staff. Locals come here for great meals and to pick up some fresh seafood in the adjoining fish market to cook at home.
Enjoy casual dining by the poolside at 4290 Bistro & Bar inside the Crowne Plaza Cabana hotel. The menu is a spectacular array starting from a healthy breakfast to a delicious dinner. It features Buttermilk Pancakes with Maple Syrup, Bagel with Cream Cheese, Flatiron Steak Frites and Grilled Artichokes. The food is fresh and savory, appealing to the palate. Thoroughly local in terms of ingredients and taste, 4290 presents comfort food at its best. The ambience is casual and easy going, while the staff is knowledgeable. Enjoy cocktails by the poolside- a good way to beat the heat!
Philz Coffee offers several blends of coffee, with a blend to match anyone's taste. Many blends are dark and bold and are sure to wake you up in the morning. For those looking for something more exciting than plain drip coffee, the mint mojito iced coffee is a unique drink that is particularly popular during the summer months. Tip- place your order with the barista, then pay at the register.
Peet's is a much-beloved Bay Area coffee chain. Come here to pick up whole coffee beans, brewed coffee, espresso drinks, exquisite teas and great pastries for breakfast or a midday pick-me-up. It's also a great place to pick up gifts such as mugs, French presses, candies and boxed teas.
Rick's Ice Cream's tagline is "rather rich," and it's a fitting description - their ice cream is made in small, five-gallon batches using local dairy, high-quality flavorings and Guittard chocolate. Popular flavors (a total of 48 are available) range from time-tested favorites such as coffee and Rocky Road to the slightly unusual Computer Chip, a chocolate ice cream with chocolate chips and orange zest, Blue Moon, their secret flavor with a taste reminiscent of fruity cereal, or Valencia orange sorbet. They also offer more exotic flavors such as halvah (sesame seed paste) or kulfi (Indian saffron with rose water and pistachio). It's great for kids and adults with more adventurous palates alike!
While you shop for running gear at the ZombieRunner, do check-out their Cafe Zombie. Don't go by its name, as there is nothing scary about this cafe, rather it is a welcoming and friendly space. Here, you can enjoy your regulars like mocha or espresso and even order ice tea. And, while you sip coffee, you will hear animated conversations of patrons discussing the latest running gadgets or the up-coming marathon race.
Recreating a French bistro right here in Palo Alto is no mean feat! However, Pastis Restaurant has nailed it perfectly and this is quite evident from its popularity. The owners believe in preserving their French roots and allowing the locals to experience rich food and lovely bistro experience. Its warm and welcoming ambiance, puts you to ease in an instant, and one knows that he is going to have a great time here. While seating at the patio, you can gorge on delicacies like quiche lorraine, croque provença, pastis burger and so forth. If its too cold, you can sit inside the cozy dining area and enjoy your meal. If its French cuisine, the mention of wines is inevitable, and Pastis is no exception to it. Here, you can savor Dom Pérignon, Moet & Chandon Imperial, Domaine de Chamtepierre and other fine blends. For reservations and other details, call ahead.
Located across South California Avenue, the Café Brioche offers a bistro-cum-dining space to its patrons. This lovely establishment has a cozy feel to it and its warm vibe complete with relaxed ambiance lends it a special charm. The menu draws inspiration from French and Californian cuisines, thereby offering an interesting fusion of both. Patrons can enjoy a lavish breakfast or opt for elaborate brunch and gorge on dishes like Huevos Rancheros, Honey Wheat Pancakes, Moules Marinier, New York Steak and so forth. If you want to go for the specials of the day, simply check-out its chalkboard that announces the dailies. Along with that, you can also choose from white wine, red wine or champagne that perfectly complements the tasty fare and the pleasant mood. For full menu perusal, check website.
Littered with peanut shells and local folks, Antonio's Nut House is your classic dive bar. Free peanuts, cheap beer (even cheaper if you pay with cash) and bar food are the main ingredients here and a recipe for a good time. In the back of the bar you will find pool tables and foosball for those who'd rather participate than watch whatever game happens to be on the television. Although Antonio's Nut House can be criticized for being a little dive-y, most Palo Alto residents and tourists would feel at home here; drop in for a quick bite or a pint with some friends.