Top Pick Restaurants, Bars and Lodging!

Palo Alto boasts a variety of wonderful cuisine, a happening nightlife, and spectacular lodging!


Back A Yard Caribbean American Grill: Excellent authentic Caribbean Food! The menu is sensational, and they offer daily specials. The spices on the chicken produce the most flavorful and juicy chicken. The folks working there are extremely friendly and welcoming. Best Caribbean food around! 1189 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025 (650) 323-4244

Evvia Estiatorio: Evvia’s has some of the best Greek food in the bay area. The menu has a nice selection, and they offer wonderful specials. This classy restaurant is perfect for special occasions. Their food is consistently good, made fresh with local produce. Slightly pricey, but the quality is worth it. 420 Emerson Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301 (650) 326-0983

Garden Fresh: Great place for quick, fresh delicious meals in Palo Alto. This Chinese vegan restaurant delivers a variety of hearty meals at reasonable prices. Their tasty plant-based dishes contain no animal products and keep vegans and non-vegans coming back for more. 460 Ramona Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301 (650) 462-9298.

Flea Street Café: Flea Street Café boasts the freshest food in town. All of their food is made with local, organic ingredients. Their menu changes seasonally to utilize the freshest of produce. This is an unbelievable restaurant with delicious food. 3607 Alameda De Las Pulgas, Menlo Park, CA 94025 (650) 854-1226

Old Port Lobster Shack: Old Port Lobster shack will have you feeling like you are sitting dockside in Maine. Quaintly decorated with New England style trinkets, life jackets, and fishing nets. There is plenty seating, both indoors and out. Their lobster rolls are to die for and the BBQ ribs are fantastic. 851 Veterans Blvd, Redwood City, CA 94063 (650) 366-2400


Rudy’s Pub: Popular place for college students on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Dance floor opens at 10pm, cheap drinks. Best place for dancing in Palo Alto. 117 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301 (650) 329-0922

Nola: Nola draws in a lively crowd, primarily college students. It ritzy décor makes for a New Orleans feel. It’s indoor/outdoor set-up lets in nice fresh air, providing an enjoyable atmosphere for a fun night. 535 Ramona Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301 (650) 328-2722

The Oasis Beer Garden: The Oasis is a great dive bar that has cheap pitchers. There is outdoor seating with TV’s for football watching. The peanuts on the ground add a fun old-school pub ambiance. 241 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025 (650) 326-8896

Antonio’s Nut House: Another great, casual dive bar. There are pool tables, jukeboxes, and foosball for paling around with friends and enjoying cheap drinks. 321 South California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306 (650) 321-2550


Garden Court Hotel: This hotel is perfect for a business weekend or family getaway. It is luxurious and elegant inside and out. This boutique hotel is centrally located in the heart of Palo Alto. The service is exceptional, and they hotel is clean and well-maintained. 520 Cowper Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301 (650) 322-9000

The Westin Palo Alto: Centrally situated with easy access to Stanford University and downtown Palo Alto. The staff is always willing to offer advice and recommendations about the surrounding area. The rooms are spacious, equipped with both a bathtub and walk-in shower. The lightly decorated interior provides an elegant and relaxing ambiance for the guests. 675 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94301 (650) 321-4422

Cardinal Hotel: The Cardinal Hotel in Palo Alto is a wonderful hotel for a reasonable price. The lobby and the rooms are nice and charming. Within walking distance to Stanford University and several restaurants, this hotel is situated in a great location. 235 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301 (650) 323-5101

Crowne Plaza Palo Alto: This recently renovated hotel sports new carpets and furniture for a fresh new look. The large rooms have modern fixtures, comfortable beds, and personal refrigerators. There is a fantastic, spacious pool area with a pool and Jacuzzi for outdoor recreation. There is free internet use in the business center. 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 9430 (650) 857-0787

Stanford Motor Inn: Incredible service with a friendly and approachable staff that goes out of their way to make sure your stay is nothing short of excellent. There is plenty of parking, even on football weekends. It’s less than 3 miles away from Stanford University. Nice rooms for reasonable rates. Free pastries and juice boxes too! 3305 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306 (650) 493-3153.


Back A Yard Caribbean American Grill

Evvia Estiatorio

Garden Fresh

Flea Street Café

Old Port Lobster Shack


Rudy’s Pub


The Oasis Beer Garden

Antonio’s Nut House


Garden Court Hotel

The Westin Palo Alto

Cardinal Hotel

Crowne Plaza Palo Alto

Stanford Motor Inn