Food & Drink in San Carlos

$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

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

$13 for a Large Specialty or 5-Topping Pizza and IT'S-IT Ice Cream at Papa John's (Up to $25.73 Value)

Papa John's Pizza

Multiple Locations

$25.73 $13

Pizzas with thick cloaks of sauce made from California-grown tomatoes, plus local IT'S-IT ice-cream sandwiches

$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

$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

VIP Winery Tour and Tasting for Two or Four at Clos LaChance Wines (Up to 77% Off)

Clos LaChance Wines

San Martin

$60 $15

(137)

During a VIP tour of the winery, a staff member guides groups through the nuances of five premium Clos LaChance wines

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 Japanese Cuisine at Kitcho

Kitcho

San Mateo

$30 $15

(239)

Expertly plated Japanese cuisine including teriyaki bowls, sushi, and seafood sourced from Japan's famous Tsukiji Market

$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

$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

$15 for a 45-Minute Chocolate-Tasting Tour for Two at Alegio Chocolaté / Claudio Corallo ($30 Value)

Alegio Chocolaté / Claudio Corallo

Multiple Locations

$30 $15

(106)

Guides tell visitors the story of Alegio's history and African cacao plantation while sharing 12 samples of all-natural chocolate

$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

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

One Dozen Ice-Cream Sandwiches with Option for One Dozen Cookies at IT'S-IT Ice Cream (Up to 45% Off)

It's-It Ice Cream

Burlingame

$18 $10

(150)

Savor iconic chocolate-dipped ice-cream sandwiches and original oatmeal cookies made from a 1920s-era recipe

Chocolate-Tasting Class with Take-Home Treats for Two at Preston’s Candy & Ice Cream in Burlingame ($100 Value)

Preston's Candy & Ice Cream

Broadway Burlingame

$100 $40

(135)

Guides lead tour of candy kitchen before demonstrating how to make chocolates, followed by a tasting.

Salt Water Taffy and Nostalgic Candy at Half Moon Bay Salt Water Taffy Co. (50% Off)

Half Moon Bay Salt Water Taffy Co.

El Granada

$20 $10

Enjoy traditional salt water taffy made in flavors such as blueberry muffin or espresso, paired with candy such as Pop Rocks and Abba Zabas

Three or Five Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Frozen Yogurt at Brazzle Berry (Half Off)

Brazzle Berry

Strawflower Center

$10 $5

All-natural frozen yogurt topped with fruit, nuts, and candy

Up to 50% Off Ice Cream — Brazzle Berry Valid Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 7 AM - Noon

Brazzle Berry

El Granada

$8 $4

Fresh fruits, nuts, and candies allow patrons to customize cups of all-natural yogurt in 22 rotating flavors

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

$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

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

Italian Lunch or Dinner at Ristorante Bella Vita in Los Altos (51% Off). Three Options Available.

Ristorante Bella Vita

Los Altos

$20 $11

(102)

Gnocchi with homemade pesto sauce and brick-oven-fired pizza served inside of artful space with burbling fountains and hand-painted tables

$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

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

$13 for Five Groupons, Each Good for One Tea Drink at Jazen Tea (Up to $22 Value)

Jazen Tea

Multiple Locations

$4.40 $2.60

(139)

Drinks brewed with Taiwanese tea leaves and crammed full of fresh fruit bits, plus fresh fruit smoothies topped with whipped cream

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

$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

Mexican and Peruvian Cuisine for Two or Four at El Toro Loco (Up to 42% Off)

El Toro Loco

Sharp Park

$30 $19

Fish tacos, shrimp burritos, and vegetarian offerings fill the Mexican menu; Peruvian offerings lean toward savory grilled meat

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

$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

Four or Two Dozen Mini Cupcakes at The Cupcake Shoppe (Up to 52% Off)

The Cupcake Shoppe

Hayward

$60 $29

(129)

Bite-size cupcakes available in the following flavors: vanilla, chocolate, red velvet, snickerdoodle, strawberry, lemon, and marble

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

Improv Comedy for Two at Made Up Theatre (Up to 57% Off)

Made Up Theatre

Grimmer

$28 $12

(70)

Alternating teams perform long- and short-form improv fueled by audience suggestions

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

$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

Fusion Taco Meals and Catering from Wahoo's Fish Tacos (Up to 53% Off). Eight Options Available.

Wahoo's

Multiple Locations

$20 $11

(131)

Plates of beach-inspired fare brimming with Asian and Brazilian touches at taqueria founded by a trio of globetrotting brothers

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

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

Standup at Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club, Thursdays–Sundays (Up to 78% Off)

Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club

Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club

$40 $12

(186)
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Comedians seen on late night talk shows, network sitcoms, and Last Comic Standing star on stage

$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

Wine Tasting for Two, Four, or Six at Heller Estate Organic Vineyards (Up to 53% Off)

Heller Estate Organic Vineyards

Carmel Valley Village

$20 $11

(38)

Sample award-winning wines aged in French oak barrels and made from grapes grown in the vineyards that make the property so picturesque

$11 for a Wine Tasting for Two at Joyce Vineyards ($20 Value)

Joyce Vineyards

Carmel Valley

$20 $11

(18)

Sample 7 wines, including the Black Mountain chardonnay with notes of pear, quince and pineapple, or the bold Pedregal cabernet sauvignon

$5 Buys You a Coupon for 25% Off Your Bill of $50 or More, Valid Monday–Thursday

Padi Restaurant & Catering

San Leandro

$5 $5

For $5, receive a coupon for 25% off your total bill of $50 or more; valid Monday–Thursday

$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

$15 for Pizza with 2-Liter Soda at Papa John's - East Bay (Up to $26.99 Value)

Papa John's - East Bay

Multiple Locations

$26.99 $15

Hand-tossed extra-large pizzas showcase tangy sauce made from California-grown tomatoes and a choice of fresh veggies and meats

$30 for a Sushi Dinner for Two at Barracuda Japanese Restaurant ($50 Value)

Barracuda Japanese Restaurant

Daly City

$50 $30

(487)

Signature sushi rolls topped with a variety of fresh ingredients ranging from the traditional to the eclectic

Dim Sum Dinner for Two or Four at Dim Sum King (Up to 45% Off)

Dim Sum King

Daly City

$20 $12

(619)

Cantonese-style small plates from barbecue-pork buns to deep-fried shrimp dumplings

1 or 2 Hours of Bowling or 1- or 2-Lane Bowling Party with Pizza at Homestead Bowl & The X Bar (Up to 47% Off)

Homestead Bowl and The X Bar

Cupertino

$44.99 $24

32 lanes beckon bowlers to strike while hobnobbing with friends and family amid live music, a grill, and a full sports bar

$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

$20 Buys You a Coupon for 10% Off Catering Services When You Rent The Venue At Full Price at High Street Station Cafe

High Street Station Cafe

Alameda

$20 $20

For $20, receive a coupon for 10% off catering services when you rent the venue at full price

Italian Dinner for Two or Four with Appetizers, Entrees, Wine, and Dessert at Pasta Pelican (Up to 51% Off)

Pasta Pelican

Alameda

$70 $35

(246)

Fettuccine alfredo, pan-seared chicken, and pepperoni pizza served in a waterfront restaurant with views of the Oakland–Alameda Estuary

Japanese Fusion Food and Sushi at Cherry Sushi (Up to 42% Off). Two Options Available.

Cherry Sushi

Santa Clara

$25 $15

(611)

The chefs here go beyond your average sushi rolls, putting together original fish combinations and presenting them with artistic flair

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

Nacho Fries and a Drink or an 18-Inch Five-Pound Burritozilla for Up to Five People at Iguanas (Up to 43% Off)

Iguanas

Multiple Locations

$21 $12

(1644)

5-lb. 18-inch burritozilla featured on Man v. Food, stuffed with meats such as hand-trimmed angus carne asada or grilled marinated chicken

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

Three $16 Groupons Valid Monday–Thursday or Friday–Sunday at Papa Murphy’s Milpitas (44% Off)

Papa Murphy's-Milpitas

Milpitas

$16 $9

Pizzas with fresh dough topped with pre-selected ingredients or customized to customer's liking

$40 for Two $25 Gift Cards to Barney's Gourmet Hamburgers ($50 Value)

Barney's Gourmet Hamburgers

Multiple Locations

$50 $40

(1609)

Eatery praised by Frommer's serves burgers made with all-natural Angus beef and Alaskan salmon and beet salad with goat cheese and fennel

Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner for Two or Four, or Takeout from M's Cafe (Up to 45% Off)

M's Cafe

San Francisco

$20 $12

(212)

Hearty breakfasts of eggs, sausage, and pancakes; lunch and dinners of chicken parmigiana, fish sandwiches, and vegetable penne pasta

$29 for $45 Worth of Sushi and Japanese Cuisine at Live Sushi Mission. Groupon Reservation Required.

Live Sushi Mission

San Francisco

$45 $29

(150)

Salmon-wrapped scallops with garlic-butter dipping sauce are only the starting point as the chefs experiment with traditional sushi flavors

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After bringing menus to each table, servers ask if anyone would like to sign a waiver. Without endorsing one of these forms, diners can't order the devil's chicken or vegetables, two formidable entrees made with fiery ghost chilies.

On request, chefs can tone down the heat of various entrees, which combine the culinary traditions of India and China. Relying on locally sourced ingredients when possible, cooks prepare each dish for family-style serving, which encourages diners to split piles of poultry with visiting friends or every member of the Channel 5 news team. Though braised beef and sautéed chicken are prominent on the menu, the kitchen also creates vegetarian- and vegan-friendly dishes that rely on the same regional sauces for their piquant flavor.

On one side of the main dining room, red vinyl booths add a splash of color to the restaurant's sleek gray walls and modern décor. The restaurant's bar keeps tables full of libations, including craft beers and glasses of food-friendly wine from winemakers on both sides of the equator and the center of the Earth.

1125 San Carlos Ave
San Carlos,
CA
US

Candles nestled in chandeliers cast a flickering glow upon saffron-colored walls, exposed stonework, and iron accents. The light dimly illuminates the white tablecloths on the main dining floor and the overlooking mezzanine level, helping weave the aura of otherworldliness that Mythos's name suggests. Amid this visual backdrop, the aromas of West Coast and Mediterranean spices and sauces dance, hinting at the local seafood and produce that the chefs use in their menu. Taking advantage of the local bounty, the grill masters turn their eyes toward the culinary aesthetic of Greece as they braise lamb shanks, flame bathe house-ground burgers and 6-ounce skirt steaks, and sauté vegan plates.

Against a wall of windows, bartenders and stewards pair dishes with handpicked Northern Californian and Greek wines as well as 11 ouzos. They also mix cocktails from eclectic ingredients, such as vegetables pickled in-house and imported pomegranate juice, so diners don’t have to add Mediterranean authenticity by sifting their drinks through a Greek flag.

1201 San Carlos Ave
San Carlos,
CA
US

Founders Dena Tripp and Debra Shwetz started Nothing Bundt Cakes in Las Vegas with the simple aim of making cakes for their families and friends. But thanks to their handcrafted recipes, pure ingredients, and innovative decorating ideas, their business soon grew from a small home kitchen to a franchise, with locations in 13 states.

The custom-designed cakes—made with fresh eggs, real butter, and cream cheese—arrive in flavors ranging from white chocolate raspberry to lemon and chocolate chocolate chip. Thick, frosted petals atop each cake showcase the signature velvety cream cheese–frosting, which must be eaten swiftly before it glides away on a summer breeze.

864 Laurel Street
San Carlos,
CA
US

Since 1980, the Ramirez family has tapped into the flavors of its native Jalisco, a region in central Mexico, to fill the plates at La Hacienda. They banned lard from their kitchen and stocked it with lean meats to give each dish a heart-healthy edge. Regional specialties, such as meatball soup, share tables with steaks, fajitas, and enchiladas doused in completely vegetarian sauces. The restaurant is intimate, housing fewer than 10 tables and booths and no bleachers. Colorful papel picado banners brighten the space, which features walls are covered in eclectic Mexican artwork.

1377 Laurel St
San Carlos,
CA
US

New Orleans is a city that lingers in the heart long after you leave. Chef Edwin Caba spent 18 years running restaurants in various cities, but it was the cuisine of New Orleans that stayed with him. In 1996, he helped to open CreoLa Bistro, where as executive chef he helms a menu of Cajun and Creole cuisine using seafood that comes in directly from the Louisiana gulf.

344 El Camino Real
San Carlos,
CA
US

Piacere Restaurant's chef, Miriam Russel-Wadleigh, is dedicated to using only local and seasonal ingredients whenever possible. She's so dedicated, in fact, that in 2008 she posed the Farmer's Market Challenge—an open invitation for guests to bring two or more ingredients from local farmers' markets, which she transformed into custom two-course meals. But even when she isn't working her creative muscles, Miriam relies on locally grown produce and fresh meats. She combines these in iron skillets and a wood-burning oven to create dishes whose scope goes well beyond the local, often leaning into Southern Italy: lemon-marinated fish, mint-rubbed lamb steaks, and pizzas topped with wild-boar salami.

This freshness and international outlook extends beyond the food, drifting into the bar's handcrafted cocktails, which are made with all-natural ingredients, as well as selections from more than 2,000 bottles of rare varietals and boutique wines. These concoctions are best sipped on the sidewalk patio along the restaurant's blond-wood and cream-colored facade, where guests can fill up mason jars with fresh air for later.

Piacere's local focus encompasses the community as well as its foodstuffs. The restaurant uses its penchant for food and drink to benefit local charities such as the Ronald McDonald House and the American Liver Foundation. At one point, the restaurant even donated proceeds from three school-themed cocktails to the San Carlos Education Foundation.

727 Laurel St
San Carlos,
CA
US

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