Located in Newark, Aloft Silicon Valley is in the suburbs and convenient to Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge and Ardenwood Historic Farm. This 4-star hotel is within the vicinity of Olhone College and Newpark Mall.
Make yourself at home in one of the 172 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and flat-screen televisions. Your pillowtop bed comes with cotton sheets and down comforters. 37-inch high-definition televisions with pay movies provide entertainment, with wired and wireless Internet access available for a surcharge. Private bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers feature designer toiletries and hair dryers.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Be sure to enjoy recreational amenities, including an outdoor pool, a spa tub, and a fitness facility. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and wedding services.
Enjoy a satisfying meal at a restaurant serving guests of Aloft Silicon Valley. At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. Breakfast is available for a fee.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, a computer station, and business services. Planning an event in Newark? This hotel has 3000 square feet (279 square meters) of space consisting of banquet facilities and a meeting/conference room. Free self parking is available onsite.
Whether you need some snacks for the big game or a quick dinner option, the frozen foods from here are sure to suit your needs.
All the supplies you need to make a craveworthy dessert are here.
Feeling hungry? Canned food from Lion Food Center makes for a quick and tasty breakfast, lunch, or dinner option.
If milk is your go-to beverage, you'll love the dairy products available here (great for strengthening your bones and teeth).
Do you have a new pasta recipe that you've been dying to try? Pick up some noodles and treat yourself to a tasty dish.
Stay refreshed no matter where you are! Water is available at Lion Food Center.
When you are running low on kitchen staples, such as oil and vinegar, pick some up at Lion Food Center.
Enjoy a small, bite-sized snack from Lion Food Center and cure your hunger pains.
Pick up a loaf of freshly-baked bread from Lion Food Center and create that tasty sandwich you've been craving all day.
If you need a quick and affordable lunch or dinner option, browse the selection of tasty TV dinners here.
Cereal in the morning, cereal in the evening, or cereal at suppertime. With the selection here, you'll want to eat cereal anytime.
Feeling bold and creative? Dress up your next meal with some unique and tasty seasonings and spices from here.
If you love to taste different tea and coffee blends, check out the selection of items available at Lion Food Center.
Add some produce to your next dinner plate for a delicious meal jam-packed with vitamins and nutrients.
Take a dive and swim away with some succulent fish. It's a great source of protein for your next meal!
People can't get enough of the drinks here that take refreshment to the max.
Whether you prefer your meat smoked, grilled or fried, you can find your preferred choice here.
There is ample parking located within the area, making your parking spot hunting quick and stress-free.
Come for a tasty meal at Bj's Restaurant and Brewery that the whole family will love.
Health nuts will love Bj's Restaurant and Brewery for its gluten-free and low-fat menu options.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this restaurant has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
This restaurant is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
Those with sensitive ears may want to stay away from this restaurant, though, as it can get quite loud.
The restaurant accepts reservations, so you can get around the busy crowd.
Wear what you like when you dine at Bj's Restaurant and Brewery — the restaurant has a chill vibe just right for casual dining.
This restaurant will bring your food right to your doorstep if you prefer to make it a night in, or swing by the restaurant yourself to carry out your meal.
If you need to feed a big crowd, Bj's Restaurant and Brewery also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
Don't waste time searching for parking, we've done all the work for you. Spaces available here.
Bj's Restaurant and Brewery is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
Your bill at Bj's Restaurant and Brewery will typically run less than $30 per person, so bring the whole gang!
If you can't make it in the morning, try Bj's Restaurant and Brewery for lunch or dinner.
The next time you're craving a burger and fries, Bj's Restaurant and Brewery is the place for you.
Bj's Restaurant and Brewery has something for everyone with great American fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
With a quick trip to Bj's Restaurant and Brewery's brewery, you'll quickly find new brews to add to your favorites.
Inspired by various Asian cultures, Newark's Cousin Cafe offers fresh and tasty Asian-fusion options.
Low-fat and gluten-free options are featured on the menu.
If you're in need of a booster seat, this restaurant's got you covered. This is a great spot for the whole family.
Take your meal to the next level on the patio at Cousin Cafe.
Wifi here is on the house.
Lines can get long with no reservations, so be sure to plan for an early arrival.
Casual dining at its best, Cousin Cafe customers are free to enjoy themselves in jeans and a T-shirt.
For the tastes of Cousin Cafe from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services.
Just through the door at this restaurant, you can claim your food. No delivery required.
Don't waste time or money searching for a parking space — pull into the lot next door at no extra charge.
If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the restaurant.
A cash-only venue, visitors should consider their bank accounts beforehand.
Head on over to Cousin Cafe first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening — Cousin Cafe is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
If you can't decide on just one cuisine when it comes to dinner, Cousin Cafe is home to a hybrid of Asian dishes sure to make everyone happy.
Next time you're searching for a mellow meal out, Cousin Cafe is here to serve a beautiful blend of Asian-inspired fare.
Mexican-food cravings are easily satisfied at La Pinata Guzman — this popular spot puts a fresh, five-star spin on run-of-the-mill beans and cheese.
The menu at La Pinata Guzman is loaded with gluten-free and low-fat options.
With this restaurant's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to this restaurant — they'll love the menu and scene here as much as mom and dad.
Take advantage of the restaurant's reservation system, and book a table for your party.
You won't find a T-shirt in sight here — La Pinata Guzman is formal dining at its best.
If time is of the essence, this restaurant's take-out option may be a better fit.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from La Pinata Guzman as well.
Park in the open lot next to La Pinata Guzman and score easy and free parking.
At La Pinata Guzman, diners can make use of the safe bike rack.
La Pinata Guzman is a mid-priced establishment, with the average meal costing under $30.
Breakfast bites, light lunches, and delicious dinners are all offered at La Pinata Guzman.
Sample some of the highest rated Mexican dishes around when you stop in for a meal at La Pinata Guzman.
Everyone in Newark knows the secret to a great place for Mexican takeout is La Pinata Guzman.
A delicious Mexican dish is waiting for you at La Pinata Guzman, so stop by today and enjoy a yummy meal.
Taqueria Los Gallos is a casual Tex-Mex restaurant that serves up tasty eats.
Specializing in gluten-free and low-fat fare, Taqueria Los Gallos has something that every stomach will enjoy.
Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on this restaurant's menu.
This restaurant is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along.
Lines can get long with no reservations, so be sure to plan for an early arrival.
Don't spend time or money shopping for a new dinner outfit
Taqueria Los Gallos' laid-back vibe accepts jeans, T-shirts, and everything in between.
Want to enjoy this restaurant without the wait? Get it to go.
Free parking is offered every day of the week at the lot near Taqueria Los Gallos.
Taqueria Los Gallos' diners can store their bikes safely at the rack around the corner.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at Taqueria Los Gallos.
So for Tex-Mex that will make your mouth water and stomach jump for joy, come see what Taqueria Los Gallos has to offer.
When you're feeling hungry, treat yourself to some tasty Tex Mex from Taqueria Los Gallos.
So come to Taqueria Los Gallos, where you can expect nothing less than the highest rated Mexican fare.
If you prefer casual dining, head on over to Taqueria Los Gallos and enjoy some Mexican fare in a comfortable setting.
Why not make tonight's dinner a Mexican fiesta with a trip to Taqueria Los Gallos!
Most Top Chef finalists launch their restaurant careers right after their time on television ends. Not Casey Thompson—she spent seven years after season three traveling, all the while thinking hard about what she wanted in a venue. She met farmers, built relationships, and finally opened Aveline (plus its cocktail bar sibling, The European) in June. As the result of so much careful planning, the restaurant truly embodies Casey’s vision, both in the space and on the plate.
One key part of that vision? Pigs. Casey loves to use almost every part of them, including the head. In honor of Aveline’s recent launch, we asked her about her fondness for pork, her cooking philosophy, and some of her go-to spots in San Francisco.
GROUPON: One ingredient that crops up on the menus at Aveline and The European is pork. Specifically, pork from the pig’s head—pork jowl, pig cheek, pig ear. What do you like about this ingredient?
CASEY THOMPSON: In general, I love any animal that tastes good from head to toe! As a chef, it’s really beneficial for me to use different parts of an animal that might otherwise be underutilized. It keeps costs down and provides guests with the opportunity to try things they may not otherwise try.
There is a lot more marbling in these parts than you might think, and there are a variety of different textures in specific parts like the ear.
G: Do you think that pig face is trending right now?
CT: I don't know. I try not to pay too much attention to what’s “trendy.” I just want to make food that tastes good, and if it means using parts of an animal that are unfamiliar to most people and [then] educating people about them, I’m happy to do so.
G: If someone hasn't tried any part of the pig’s head, where should they start?
CT: I think a good place to start is with pig cheek—it’s rich and it braises perfectly! Confiting a pig cheek [at home] is easy. The most difficult part is probably finding the product, but your local butcher can help with that.
G: Are there other pig dishes in San Francisco that you like?
CT: The pork at Kokkari is unreal, and Namu Gaji does a pretty impressive job too!
G: Aside from cooking with pig parts, you’re also an advocate for sustainability and the environment. Where does that passion come from?
CT: I have a job that impacts the environment, and as such, I have a duty to make sure that my staff and I do all we can not to add to the overwhelming issues we’re already facing.
I am also a firm believer in good husbandry. All animals deserve to live a good life, especially if they are giving us theirs for nourishment. It’s our responsibility as humans to recognize that.
G: Some of your dishes have original ingredients with a cool, earthy vibe. I’m talking about the "ham snow" and "chicory soil" on Aveline’s menu. Can you tell us more about these?
CT: Environmental elements in a dish add interesting flavors. The chicory soil contains nori, breadcrumbs, candied cashews, and chicory—all pretty earthy, you’re right. Now, the ham snow is highly technical stuff: we freeze ham, grate it over cold amberjack, and call it snow!
G: You’re also creating the menu over at The European, your bar-and-lounge project with Adam Wilson. It seems like the snacks have more of an updated comfort-food feel. Is The European the other side of Aveline's coin?
It absolutely is! There is a secret kid side to me with that menu and, really, it’s us having fun. I do think we have the best burger—it is so good. I want people to use both spaces! Come and eat at The European!
G: To close out, can you share some of your favorite San Francisco spots to grab a bite?
For coffee: Réveille Coffee Co.
For breakfast (and guilty, greasy pleasures): San Jalisco
For lunch and dinner: Kokkari, Kin Khao
For after-hours drinks and eats: Rye, Tradition, Le Colonial
For outdoor dining: The Ferry Building, Slanted Door, Cavallo Point, Coqueta
This interview has been condensed and edited. Photos courtesy of Casey Thompson. The European photo by Andi Fisher.
When you live in a city with so much scenery, eating inside can feel a bit stifling. Here are five beautiful restaurant patios in San Francisco that allow you to order in the great outdoors.
Mission Rock Resort (817 Terry Francois Blvd.)
The restaurant group that owns South Park staples MoMo’s, Pedro’s Cantina, and Pete’s Tavern overhauled Mission Rock Resort in late 2012. Now, it’s a bayside escape with plenty of deck seating, calming ocean views, and easy parking. Try bites from the raw bar or fried seafood for lunch, brunch, or happy hour.
Foreign Cinema (2534 Mission St.)
The most popular tables at this Mission stalwart are in the romantic covered patio. In the evening, artsy or retro flicks are projected on the patio wall while sound can be played through drive-in–style speakers at each table. The movies, however, are a secondary draw compared to the Californian-Mediterranean food.
Waterbar (399 The Embarcadero S)
Waterbar is a perennial Top 100 restaurant, so you can bet on some memorable seafood with views of the bay, the Bay Bridge, and the Bay Lights—not to mention $1.25 oysters every day before 5:30 pm.
Bar Agricole (355 11th St.)
Opened by a collective of the city’s best bartenders and sommeliers, Bar Agricole is led by master drink maker Thad Vogler. Unsurprisingly, its cocktails are just as good as its seasonal food. The space’s award-winning design features plenty of redwood, concrete, and glass, plus a spacious patio that’s covered and heated during the winter months.
Biergarten (424 Octavia St.)
Biergarten takes its name literally—its only seating is outdoors, where all of its Bavarian-style street food is served from shipping containers converted into a kitchen and bar. Brews can be ordered by the half- or full-liter, but considering the long lines, it’s best to get the larger of the two before you squeeze into one of the communal picnic tables.
Photos courtesy of Mission Rock Resort, Foreign Cinema, Waterbar, and Bar Agricole; Biergarten photo courtesy of BarFlySF.
Sushi is not hard to come by in San Francisco, but so much variety means that finding the perfect sushi spot can be a challenge. Here are our picks for the five freshest, most innovative sushi restaurants in the Bay Area.
1. Cha-Ya (762 Valencia St.)
Vegetarian sushi anyone? While that may sound like an oxymoron, Cha-Ya is redefining what sushi means, veggie- and vegan-style. It’s cash-only here, and the wait can be long, but the food is inventive and the service is great. Even meat eaters should enjoy the Cha-Ya Roll: tempura-battered asparagus, avocado, yam, and carrot with Cha-Ya’s special sauce.
2. Minako Organic Japanese Restaurant (2154 Mission St.)
Never tried fried “veggie eel” before? This place has you covered, and it accommodates most dietary restrictions. There’s a vegan menu, a gluten-free menu, animal-product-free tempura, and sushi made with brown rice.
3. Roka Akor (801 Montgomery St.)
The presentation at Roka Akor is out of this world: sushi served on a landscape of salt rocks, ice, bamboo boxes, and light (that’s right, your sushi plate will glow). The tasting menu is a must-try and incorporates a wide range of different fish.
4. Tsunami Sushi Panhandle (1306 Fulton St.)
Tusnami’s classic california rolls are half off during happy hour, but the restaurant is most famous for its combination rolls. Try the Mama San with tempura shrimp and spicy tuna or the Magic Mushroom roll with salmon, snow crab, and enoki mushrooms. Also, consider adding some zing to your meal with sake or wine.
5. Akiko’s Restaurant (431 Bush St.)
Located in Union Square, Akiko’s serves up superfresh sushi—the menu changes daily based on the availability of ingredients. The kitchen focuses on serving sustainable, organic, seasonal, and local fish at high-end prices. The omakase menu will run up to $100 per person, but for sushi die-hards, it’s worth it. If you’re not feeling fish, there are non-sushi items on the menu, too, including teriyaki meats and udon soups.