Restaurants in Menlo Park

$25 for $40 Worth of Italian Food and Drinks, Valid Sunday Through Thursday at Caffe Riace

Caffe Riace

Palo Alto

$40 $25

(350)

Guests can enjoy Italian meals in the dining room or at shaded tables on a patio dotted with sculptures

$45 for One Gift Card for Family-Style Italian Dining at Buca di Beppo ($50 Value)

Buca di Beppo

Multiple Locations

$50 $45

(1885)

Family-style servings of baked ziti, veal parmigiana, and other Italian-American staples served in festive restaurant setting

$13 for $20 Worth of Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai for Dine-In or Take-Out at Chin's Restaurant

Chin's Restaurant

Redwood City

$20 $13

Chefs bring together Asian traditions for a menu of Thai noodle soups, Vietnamese coconut curry seafood, and vermicelli with Chinese sausage

Salads, Beer, Wine, and Sides at Bay Leaf Cafe and Catering (Up to 45% Off). Three Options Available.

Bay Leaf Cafe and Catering

Redwood Shores

$16 $9

(23)

Beer, wine, coffee, and variety drinks paired with salads and sides such as sweet-potato fries, fresh fruit, or soups; outdoor patio

Dinner Show for One or Two from The Murder Mystery Company (52% Off)

The Murder Mystery Company

Old Spaghetti Factory

$60 $29

Professional improv actors invite diners to participate in an interactive whodunit as they enjoy a three-course meal

$69 for a Prix Fixe Middle Eastern and Persian Meal for Two at Arya Global Cuisine (Up to $115 Value)

Arya Global Cuisine

Redwood City

$115 $69

(167)

Sample kebabs, mixed rices, steaks, seafood, and more with wine or cocktails

Weekday Lunch or Weekend Brunch for Two, Four, or Six at Noelani's (Up to 42% Off)

Noelani’s

San Carlos

$30 $18

(110)

Hawaiian eatery captures tastes & sounds of the islands with live music & signature dishes such as kaka'ako nachos or guava-marinated steak

Japanese Food at Mikado (Up to 44% Off). Two Options Available.

Mikado

North Los Altos

$24 $14

(94)

Hibachi-grilled shrimp and filet mignon, stir-fried yakisoba noodles, and more than 85 types of sushi

$12 for $20 Worth of Mexican Cuisine and Drinks at Red Pepper Grill

Red Pepper Grill

South Los Altos

$20 $12

Mexican and Californian cuisines come together for creative entrees such as crab enchiladas, pork chops, burritos, and margaritas

Lunch or Dinner at Vivace Restaurant (Up to 28% Off)

Vivace Restaurant

Belmont

$40 $29

(221)

Classic Italian and Mediterranean cuisine such as grilled chicken panini for lunch and wood-fired baked manicotti for dinner

Italian Cuisine for Lunch, Sunday Brunch, or Dinner at Caprino's Restaurant (40% Off)

Caprino's Restaurant

Belmont

$20 $12

(171)

Italian dishes filled with prime meats, fresh seafood, local free-range chicken, and house-made pasta; globally influenced brunch

$45 for $75 Worth of Steakhouse and Seafood Cuisine for Dinner at The Van's Restaurant 'On The Hill'

The Van's Restaurant 'On The Hill'

Belmont

$75 $45

Signature steakhouse and seafood cuisine includes mesquite-broiled steaks, prime rib of beef, scallops, and daily fish selections

Organic Indian Cuisine and Drinks at The Menu (50% Off). Two Options Available.

The Menu

Indian Cuisine

$40 $20

Extensive menu of healthily prepared Indian dishes made with fresh, organic ingredients spans the country's regions

$13 for $20 Worth of Quick-Serve Teriyaki at Happi House

Happi House

Multiple Locations

$20 $13

(183)

Chicken, pork, and beef in a signature teriyaki sauce, served alongside tempura plates, noodle bowls, and the popular Asian chicken salad

Sushi and Japanese Food for Lunch or Dinner at Sushi 88 & Ramen (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Sushi 88 & Ramen

Mountain View

$25 $12.50

(83)

Japanese entrees, bento boxes, ramen, and an extensive selection of maki rolls and sashimi

Groceries at Arteagas Food Center (25% Off). Fourteen Options Available.

Arteagas Food Center

Multiple Locations

$20 $15

Latin-American food center stocked with fresh produce, meats, and other essential groceries

Sushi and Drinks at Infused Sushi & Bar (Up to 48% Off)

Infused Sushi & Bar

Sunnyvale

$25 $13

Servers pair glasses of wine, sake, or Japanese beer with sushi, bento boxes, and Asian appetizers such as eggrolls, crab rangoon, and gyoza

$11 for $20 Worth of Lunch or an Indian Dinner for Two at Arka

Arka

Multiple Locations

$20 $11

(38)

Eatery infuses traditional Indian flavors into innovative dishes and regional specialties

Italian Meal and House Wine for Two or Four at Gumba's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria (Up to 49% Off)

Gumba's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

Downtown Sunnyvale

$62.85 $32

Cannelloni a la romana with ground veal and spinach, prawns and wild mushooms sautéed in sherry-cream sauce, and classic rigatoni

$15 for $25 Worth of Sushi, Japanese Cuisine, and Sake at Sushi Blvd

Sushi Blvd

Sunnyvale

$25 $15

(201)

Guests clink glasses of sake over dinners of tuna, salmon, and shrimp sushi rolls, salted edamame, yakitori chicken, and pot stickers

Steakhouse Food and Fondue for Lunch or Dinner at Rok Steakhouse (Half Off)

Rok Steakhouse

Historic Downtown Sunnyvale

$20 $10

(419)

Premium steaks and other exotic meats served seared and sizzling atop hot stones amid rustic, crimson tones and a full bar

$12 for $20 Worth of Mexican Cuisine at El Caminito

El Caminito

Sunnyvale

$20 $12

(155)

Mexican meals prepared with low-cholesterol vegetable oil and chased with salt-rimmed margaritas in a family-run eatery

$5 Buys You a Coupon for 20% Off An Order Of $50 at Sushi Kuu

Sushi Kuu

Baywood Park

$5 $5

For $5, receive a coupon for 20% off an order of $50

Three-Course Fondue Dinner for Two, Four, Six, or Eight at The Melting Pot (Up to 38% Off)

The Melting Pot

San Mateo

$136 $89

(779)

Diners dip veggies and bread into creamy cheese fondue and munch on fresh salads before cooking entrees fondue-style at the table

$15 for $30 Worth of Peruvian Cuisine at Mancora Cebicheria

Mancora Cebicheria

San Mateo

$30 $15

(123)

Chefs marinate spicy ceviches and grill tender Peruvian-style steaks

Chinese Food at Uncle Chen Restaurant (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Uncle Chen Restaurant

Sugarloaf

$30 $15

(120)

Shredded pork with spicy garlic sauce; housemade vegetarian rice noodles; prawns in lobster sauce

Cajun Food and Seafood at Cajun House (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Cajun House 2

Downtown

$30 $15

Asian-influenced Cajun cuisine and seafood such as crawfish, lobster, buckets of clams, and spiced Cajun wings

Mediterranean Cuisine and Drinks at Urban Flame (Up to 47% Off)

Urban Flame

Beresford Park

$55 $29

(69)

Baba ghannouj and tabbouleh salad precede Greek gyros, chicken kebabs, and falafel wraps

$11 for $20 Worth of Healthy Buffet Food at Fresh Choice

Fresh Choice

Multiple Locations

$20 $11

Health-focused restaurant redefines the buffet experience with locally grown produce and made-from-scratch entrées

Bay Area Dinner Show Magic and Variety Performance for One or Two (Up to 43% Off)

Bay Area Dinner Show

Multiple Locations

$100 $60

Magician Dan Chan leads a cast of comedians and illusionists during a dinner and variety show

$18 for $30 Worth of Drinks at Homestead Bowl and The X Bar

Homestead Bowl and The X Bar

Cupertino

$30 $18

Full-service sports bar with 25 draft and bottled beers, HDTVs, and lively karaoke inside a 32-lane bowling alley

$69 for a Prix Fixe Middle Eastern and Persian Meal for Two at Arya Global Cuisine (Up to $115 Value)

Arya Global Cuisine

Cupertino

$115 $69

(556)

Sample kebabs, mixed rices, steaks, seafood, and more with wine or cocktails

Pizza, Sandwiches, and Calzones at Mission Pizza & Pub (Up to 43% Off). Two Options Available.

Mission Pizza & Pub

Fremont

$30 $17

Creative pizzas, oven-baked sandwiches, and 32 microbrews and imported beers served amid live country and bluegrass music

$11 for $20 Worth of Thai Food at Chef Chai Thai Cuisine

Chef Chai Thai Cuisine

Fremont

$20 $11

Chicken satay appetizers pave the way for Thai entrees such as panang curry, drunken noodles, and deep-fried salmon topped with chili paste

One Dozen Bagels with Cream Cheese or $8 for $15 Worth of Bagels at PJ's Bagels

PJ's Bagels

Fremont

$15 $8

(68)

Grab a simple plain or whole-wheat bagel with cream cheese, or turn it into a sandwich with turkey, lox, or pastrami and pair it with coffee

Burger Meal for Two with Sides and Drinks at Cameron’s Restaurant, Pub & Inn (Up to 39% Off)

Cameron's Restaurant, Pub & Inn

Half Moon Bay

$30.90 $19

Half-pound burgers topped with grilled mushrooms, bacon, and swiss cheese served in a 100-year-old inn

American Cuisine for Lunch, Happy Hour, or Dinner at Broadway Grill (Up to 48% Off)

Broadway Grill

Burlingame

$30 $19

Restaurant serves classic American dishes, such as aged steaks, hearty burgers, and glazed meatloaf

Mexican Food for Two or Four at La Paloma (50% Off)

La Paloma

Santa Clara

$30 $15

(354)

Shrimp with jalapeño-lime butter and lots of cilantro, tomatillo chicken enchiladas, and Sonoran-style soft tacos

$15 for $25 Worth of Pizza or One 20-Inch Belly Buster Pizza at Pizza Party

Pizza Party

Santa Clara

$25 $15

Pizzas in bacon-chicken and greek veggie varieties emerge from the oven on traditional, gluten-free, or 20-inch Belly Buster crusts

$5 for $10 Groupon — Radhe Chaat

Radhe Chaat

Santa Clara

$10 $5

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Authentic Korean Dinner for Two or Four at Korea House (Up to 50% Off)

Korea House

Santa Clara

$59.79 $30

Authentic Korean dinners include soup, barbecue beef short ribs, fish, and glass noodles

$12 for $20 Worth of Pizza and American Food at Last Chance Restaurant

Last Chance Restaurant

Santa Clara

$20 $12

Varied menu includes pizza, burgers, and sandwiches such as the Malibu chicken at a laid-back restaurant with pool tables and arcade games

Turkish Buffet for Two or Four or More at Garlic Catering and Restaurant (Up to 50% Off)

Garlic Mediterranean Restaurant

Santa Clara

$24 $12

(69)

Turkish favorites include lamb and beef gyros, falafel, and red lentil soup served at the buffet or available for take-out

$15 for $25 Worth of Pan-Asian Vegan Food at Loving Hut

Loving Hut

Milpitas

$25 $15

(507)

All-vegan dine-in restaurant uses only natural non-GMO ingredients for signature dishes such as Spicy Cha-Cha, Kung Pao & Tom Ka Thai soup

$8 for One Sizzler Entree at Mirch Masala (Up to $14.95 Value)

Mirch Masala

Milpitas

$14.95 $8

(68)

Simple preparation characterize Indian dishes such as paneer tikka kebabs, vegetarian bhangan bharta with roasted eggplant, and lamb curry

Indian Dinner Cuisine at Aasna, Melange of India (Up to 42% Off). Two Options Available.

Aasna, Melange of India

Milpitas

$36 $22

(146)

Shyam Khanal's eatery serves Indian cuisine divided into meat- and vegetable-based dishes

Mexican Food for Two or Four at Royal Taco (Half Off)

Royal Taco

Milpitas

$20 $10

(68)

Authentic taquitos with avocado; spicy chiles rellenos; breakfast, lunch, and dinner burritos

Pizza for Two or Four at Triple Seven Pizzeria (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

Triple Seven Pizzeria

Saratoga

$24 $15

(221)

Gourmet pizzas with sourdough crusts made daily and combinations of fresh toppings

Traditional Japanese Cuisine at Hachi Ju Hachi (Up to 35% Off). Two Options Available.

Hachi Ju Hachi

Madronia Historic

$60 $39

(210)

Innovative eatery that earned Michelin nods for Best Value and Charming Restaurant serves up dishes such as pork-belly stew and sushi

Large Pizza Meals at Mountain Mike's Pizza (Up to 39% Off). Four Options Available.

Mountain Mike's Pizza

Multiple Locations

$30.98 $19

Massive pizzas topped with ingredients such as Louisiana hot sausage, sun-dried tomatoes, and fresh green onions

$30 for $40 Worth of Cajun Seafood and Drinks at Crabaholic

Crabaholic

Multiple Locations

$40 $30

(309)

Creole-style crawfish boils, oysters, crab legs, and an international drink list of beers, wines, and sakes

Lunch Buffet for Two or $11 for $20 Worth of Indian Food for Dinner at Tandoori Paradise

Tandoori Paradise

Hayward

$22 $10.99

Steaming plates of channa masala with garbanzo beans and lamb boti kebabs pair with baskets of assorted naans and rotis

Indian Food at The Ultimate Lounge (50% Off). Two Options Available.

The Ultimate Lounge

Hayward

$30 $15

A futuristic bar and lounge serves as the setting for Indian eats like tandoori chicken, samosas, pakora, and lamb biryani

Mexican Cuisine at Tacos Uruapan (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Tacos Uruapan

Industrial Parkway

$10 $5

(257)

A family-run taqueria serves feasts of pork al pastor, marinated steak and chicken, veggie burritos, and fresh shrimp and fish plates

Three-Course French-Fusion Dinner with Champagne for Two or Four at Bijou Restaurant & Bar (Up to 68% Off)

Bijou Restaurant & Bar

Downtown Hayward

$118 $39

(825)

Chicken with mango salsa, pork tenderloin with chimichurri, or sole with a mirabela sauce take center stage in this fusion culinary fete

$18 for $30 Worth of Upscale Pub Food at The Luxury Box

The Luxury Box

Campbell

$30 $18

Refined twists on classics such as deviled eggs, oysters, wings, gulf prawns, and brisket burgers

Seafood Dinner or Lunch for Two at Hawgs Seafood Bar (Up to 40% Off)

Hawgs Seafood Bar

Campbell

$50 $30

(277)

Celebrate memories of family dinners with a menu of fresh salmon, clam linguine, chowder, and paella

$20 for $30 Worth of Southern Cuisine at Island Fire BBQ at the Spot

Island Fire BBQ at the Spot

Campbell

$30 $20

Eatery dishes out barbecue pulled pork sandwiches, buttermilk fried chicken, wings in a jalapeño and honey glaze, and jambalaya

$39 for a King's and Queen's Tea Service for Two with Sweets and Sandwiches at Never Too Latte ($70 Value)

Never Too Latte

San Bruno

$70 $39

Sample an assortment of house-made, bite-size pastries and sandwiches, served with tea flavored with fruits, flowers, or Godiva chocolate

$12 for $20 Worth of Chinese Lunch Cuisine at JK Kitchen

JK Kitchen

San Bruno

$20 $12

(11)

Chow mein, flavorful soups, clay-pot specialties simmering with fresh seafood, and other Chinese classics

Take-Out Tamale Meal for 4, 8, or 10, with Rice, Beans, and Arroz Con Leche Lucy’s Tamale Factory (Up to 42% Off)

Lucys Tamale Factory

Alum Rock

$33 $19

Bring home award-winning tamales, along with sides and dessert

$12 for $20 Worth of Breakfast Food and Drinks at Scrambl'z

scramblz

San Jose

$20 $12

Omelets, benedicts, crepes, and waffles are prepared from scratch and served amid eclectic decor including a VW van that doubles as seating

$59 for a Prix Fixe Dinner for Two at Scott's Seafood ($100 Value). Groupon Reservation Required.

Scott's Seafood

Downtown San Jose

$100 $59

(277)

Sample from a seafood-centric menu of upscale American cuisine and sip California wines inside a sixth-floor restaurant overlooking the city

$12 for $20 Worth of Sports-Bar Food — La Barra Sports Bar

La Barra Sports Bar

San Jose

$20 $12

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Snow-Crab Dinner or Salad or Sandwich Lunch for Two or Four at Blue Water Seafood & Crab (Up to 50% Off)

Blue Water Seafood & Crab

San Jose

$60 $39

(149)

Fresh, in-season snow crab with a choice of sauce; lunch with options such as shrimp Louie, seafood po' boys, and lobster bisque

One Medium or Large Pizza with Three Toppings and Cheese Breadsticks at Checkers Pizza & Ribs (Up to 47% Off)

Checkers Pizza & Ribs

Paynes

$19.54 $11

(49)

Pizzas loaded with whole-milk mozzarella and topped with artichoke hearts, gyro meat, sun-dried tomatoes, or more

One Groupon Good for $25 Worth of Pizza, Valid Monday–Thursday or Friday–Sunday at New York Pizza (Up to 50% Off)

New York Pizza

Alum Rock

$25 $12.50

More than a dozen gourmet pizzas plus calzones, salads, and sandwiches

$12 for $20 Worth of Mexican Food at Gloria's Taqueria

Gloria's Taqueria

San Jose

$20 $12

Burritos, enchiladas, and other Mexican classics served in a casual dining room bedecked with rock-and-roll memorabilia

$19 for a Five-Visit Punch Card for Desserts and Drinks at Hello Desserts ($35 Value)

Hello Desserts

Gordy

$35 $19

Desserts ranging from custard and pudding to crème brûlée and ice-cream sundaes pair with smoothies, coffee, and other beverages

Grill-It-Yourself Steak Dinner for Two or Breakfast or Lunch at Grill 'Em Steakhouse and Bar (Up to 40% Off)

Grill 'Em Steakhouse and Bar

Campbell

$34 $25

(419)

Cook your own tender new york strip steaks to perfection on a 6'x2.5' communal grill; breakfast options include omelets and steak and eggs

$35 for a Meal for Two with Appetizer, Entrees, and Two Glasses of House Wine (Up to $53 Value)

Sonoma Chicken Coop

San Jose-Capitol Expwy

$53 $35

(213)

Chicken slowly heats, rotating inside a rotisserie while chefs hand toss salads, build sandwiches, and melt cheese atop oven-fired pizza

$13 for $20 Worth of Homestyle Food at Holder's Country Inn

Holder's Country Inn

Cupertino

$20 $13

(228)

Golden-brown waffles, fruit-topped pancakes, and omelets are served all day, alongside a lunch and dinner menu of homestyle favorites

Lunch or Dinner for Two or Four at Agave Restaurant & Bar (Up to 56% Off)

Agave Restaurant & Bar

South San Jose

$25 $12

Authentic Michoacan cuisine including pork chile verde and sizzling molcajetes, plus a full bar with plentiful tequila options

Up to 40% Off of Barbecue — Garlic Bread San Jose

Garlic Bread BBQ Smokehouse

Behind Santa Clara Street

$30 $18

(69)

Barbecue and smokehouse

$49 for Oyster Tasting with Drinks for Two at Lark Creek Blue (Up to $79 Value)

Lark Creek Blue

Winchester

$79 $49

(219)

Sip bubbly while enjoying a variety of fresh, raw oysters with a choice of two dipping sauces

Asian-Fusion Dinner for Two or Four at Mosaic (Up to 51% Off)

Mosaic

Four Points by Sheraton

$50 $25

Chef Richard Yu blends local produce and fresh seafood into Asian-inflected dishes such as fried prawns in honey mayo and campogee beef

One Seafood Platter, 12 Different Oysters, and Two Drinks at Big T's Seafood Market Bar (40% Off)

Big T's Seafood Market Bar

San Jose

$74.99 $45

Huge variety of fresh seafood including lobster, crab, and oysters served in a bright restaurant with draft beers and big-screen TVs

$89 for Two $50 Gift Cards to Ristorante Buon Gusto

Ristorante Buon Gusto

South San Francisco

$100 $89

(283)

Italian restaurant specializing in fresh seafood and wines from both Italy and California

$15 for $30 Worth of Italian Cuisine at Cecilia's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

Cecilia's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

Downtown

$30 $15

Menu composed of innovative pizzas, such as the Marco Pollo pizza topped with garlic chicken, and Italian classics, including clam linguine

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Tablecloths, fine china, and finger sandwiches speak of refinement during high tea or tea parties at Lisa’s Tea Treasures Menlo Park. During afternoon tea services, guests sip a selection of 23 loose-leaf teas—such as strawberry darjeeling, lemon mint, and Winter Solstice—and nibble on scones and sandwiches inspired by the food of Europe’s culinary capitals. The menu lists bites from Greece, Italy, and France, including Chicken Parisian croissants, salmon mousse, and cucumber-mint cream cheese. A fresh scone with devonshire cream completes any tea party, and evoke thoughts of England other than your recurring dream of building a cricket pitch in your backyard. In addition to the fine fare, the tearoom itself oozes class with delicate trinkets on display, floral wallpaper, and small chandeliers gently lighting the space.

1175 Merrill St
Menlo Park,
CA
US

Singaporean cuisine claims a diverse culinary genealogy. With influences from China, Malay, and India, it's no wonder Shiok! Singapore Kitchen's menu boasts dishes ranging from beef samosas and chicken satay to Singapore pepper crab and vermicelli noodles tossed with curry. This history and tradition is embodied by the restaurant’s name: exclamations of the Singaporean term “shiok!” can often be heard ringing around the table at the conclusion of an enjoyable meal.

1137 Chestnut St
Menlo Park,
CA
US

Back a Yard Caribbean-American Grill: A User’s Guide

From-Scratch Caribbean Cuisine | Southern Barbecue | Addictive Jerk Chicken | Corn Festivals

Sample Dishes

  • Jerk chicken: served with fried plantains, rice, and beans
  • Barbecue: pork spare ribs served with fries, a warm roll, and coleslaw
  • Seafood: fried snapper breaded with a special blend of herbs and spices
  • Dessert: sweet-potato pudding

Who's in the Kitchen? Chef-owner Robert Simpson’s techniques and recipes are the foundations for both Back a Yard locations: the one in downtown San Jose, and the original in Menlo Park. He began cooking at age 6 alongside his grandmother in Jamaica, and he went on to receive his formal training at the Culinary Institute of America.



Inside Tips

  • Parking at the Menlo Park location can be tricky because it's all on the street. But the San Jose location is a bit easier, since Back a Yard validates parking at a huge garage nearby.
  • Don't let the hole-in-the-wall exterior of the original Menlo Park location fool you: inside, it's all colors, reggae tunes, and smiles.

Vocab Lesson
Plantain: very popular in Caribbean dishes, these starchy fruits are a slightly larger cousin of the banana and must be cooked before serving.
Corn festivals: sweet, fritter-like treats made of cornmeal. They're deep-fried and often served with something more savory, especially fish.



Culture Lesson: "Back a Yard" isn't a typo. It's a term that means, quite simply, "back home." It refers to the spirit and welcoming nature of life in Jamaica.

1189 Willow Rd
Menlo Park,
CA
US

At Menlo Hub, both food and art find a place on the menu. The modern restaurant's walls are blanketed in original contemporary paintings, and on some nights, the dining space reverberates with music from live bands and solo musicians. But even on nights with performances, the main attraction is always found in the kitchen. Here, chefs design casual American dishes sprinkled with elements of Mediterranean cooking.

The menus focus on simple steaks and seafood, complemented by organic produce sourced from nearby sustainable farms. The artfully plated dishes include California sea bass, New York steaks with gorgonzola demi-glace, and eggplant-wrapped lamb shanks. While most visitors sample the cuisine in the airy main dining space, private groups eat in a secluded room warmed by a corner fireplace.

At the lively bar, flat-screen TVs broadcast sporting events as bartenders mix fruit-infused martinis and pour a range of California wines, which are made from grapes that are just thankful that they never became California raisins.

1029 El Camino Real
Menlo Park,
CA
US

With more than 700 locations, Jamba Juice proves to the masses that nutrition can be speedy and delicious. Since the beginning, the company’s product philosophy has revolved around choosing whole fruits and other natural ingredients over artificial flavorings, sweeteners, and preservatives. The menu is completely free of high-fructose corn syrup and trans fats, and it offers additional accommodations for vegan and gluten-free diets. Blended drinks dominate the menu, with options including fruit refreshers—made with naturally hydrating, electrolytic coconut water—and pre-boosted smoothies that can fill nutritional gaps with infusions of protein, immunity boosters, or antioxidants that neutralize accidentally swallowed pool water. The drink list also includes organic house-blend coffee and Mighty Leaf teas flavored with hibiscus flowers or peppermint. For those with heartier appetites, steel-cut oats steep in soymilk before being enhanced with toppings such as apples, cinnamon, and brown-sugar crumble. The lunch hour presents a trio of california flatbreads, each packing only about 320–420 calories, which can be pleasantly capped off with cups of Whirl’ns frozen yogurt.

78 Stanford Shopping Ctr
Palo Alto,
CA
US

At Drybar, a pair of scissors or hair-coloring foil is nowhere to be found. That?s because the business?s founder, Alli Webb, opened the shop strictly for blowouts after her in-home business skyrocketed. Featured extensively in the media, each of the more than 25 white-hued, airy shops revolves around a center bar where customers sit for around 45 minutes as stylists blow-dry, straighten, and curl their hair. From a menu booklet, clients select a cocktail-themed hairstyle, such as The Mai Tai, which imparts beachy waves, and The Manhattan, which streamlines locks with a sleek finish that mimics the straight lines of downtown New York and can be outfitted with a tiny doorman who hails cabs for you. The staff at Drybar also crafts updos, travels on location for an additional fee, offers high-end products and tools available for purchase, and tallies bar tabs so that customers can pay for multiple blowouts at once.

180 El Camino Real
Palo Alto,
CA
US

Menlo Park Scene