4290 Bistro and Bar: A User’s Guide
Hand-Shaken Cocktails | Locally-Sourced Ingredients | Daily Breakfast Buffet | Globally-Influenced Menu | Located Within Hotel
Starter: Asian salad with chicken from Petaluma farms, mandarin oranges, rice noodles, and sesame seeds
Small bites: chicken wings three ways—bbq, sweet and sour, and red hot
Entree: mustard-crusted salmon filet with couscous and baby spinach
To Drink: tequila stinger made with orange juice and grenadine
About the Location: 4290 Bistro and Bar is nestled within the Crowne Plaza Palo Alto hotel, which also features an outdoor patio for al fresco dining.
Who’s Cooking: Executive Chef Herb Ng, who uses local, in-season ingredients to design his menus, which fuse Asian flavors with global influences.
At the Bar: local and international wines,
hand-shaken cocktails, and more than 30 spirits, including a 16-year Lagavulin Scotch.
When to Go: Sunday during champagne brunch, when chefs cook crab, fresh omelets, and other morning favorites while waiters serve up bottomless bubbly. Breakfast lovers who miss brunch shouldn’t fret, though—the restaurant serves a breakfast buffet service every day starting at 6:30 a.m.
While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Browse the walnut, mid-century tables and chairs at Gingko Home Furnishings (2496 West El Camino Real).
After: Play your heart’s song or your brain’s single repeating note at Gryphon Stringed Instrument (211 Lambert Avenue).
If You Can’t Make It, Try This: the omelets at Pastis (447 South California Avenue).
With its epic wine list and charming interior, Il Fornaio is a great spot for a date or a night out with friends.
Keep your diet in check at Il Fornaio, a local restaurant with gluten-free and low-fat menu items.
Rich reds and crisp whites are staples on Il Fornaio's extensive wine list.
Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at this bar.
Birthday, engagement or baby shower, celebrate any exciting moment with all your loved ones at Il Fornaio.
Be sure to check out Il Fornaio's outdoor seating when the climate is right.
People tend to swarm the bar on Fridays and Saturdays, so be sure to reserve space for your party ahead of time.
Show up in sneakers or a suit at Il Fornaio, where dining in comfort is of utmost importance.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this bar.
Through their catering service, Il Fornaio can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
Looking for a deal on parking? Free parking is easily accessible in the parking lot next door.
Store your bike safely at one of the main bike racks near Il Fornaio.
If you don't want a night that will cost you an arm and a leg but you do want a delicious meal, come to Il Fornaio.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the bar, but the dinner menu is the real standout.
So head on over to Il Fornaio, where you can taste the artistry and craftsmanship in every sip of wine.
Il Fornaio is the place to go if you're looking for quality and highly-rated Italian food.
Feeling some delicious pasta or savory prosciutto tonight? Stop in at Il Fornaio.
For a place you know you can trust, Il Fornaio provides just the gluten-free meals to satisfy your hunger.
Throw back a few beers at English-style pub The Rose and Crown English Food and Ale House, and enjoy an "across the pond" experience.
Why watch TV at home when you can catch the game at The Rose and Crown English Food and Ale House?
Don't stay cooped up on a beautiful summer day! At The Rose and Crown English Food and Ale House, you can dine outdoors on their lovely patio.
The noise level can often drown out conversation, so make sure your party is prepared to speak up.
Keep it casual at The Rose and Crown English Food and Ale House — the bar is laid-back and patrons dress accordingly.
At The Rose and Crown English Food and Ale House, diners can easily find street parking or parking in a nearby lot.
Cyclists are in luck. The Rose and Crown English Food and Ale House provides bike parking.
Prices at The Rose and Crown English Food and Ale House typically stay below the $30 mark, so you can afford to bring along a friend or a date.
Breakfast bites, light lunches, and delicious dinners are all offered at The Rose and Crown English Food and Ale House.
The Rose and Crown English Food and Ale House has everything you could want from a British pub in Palo Alto.
Enjoy a selection of white and red vintage wines at Bon Vivant in University South.
The cooks at Bon Vivant know how to get creative with gluten-free ingredients.
A fine selection of wines to complement any dish is also on hand.
Youngsters don't need to sit out a trip to this bar — it's super family-friendly and perfect for little diners and their folks.
Warm weather brings out Bon Vivant's highly coveted patio seating.
Whether you have a large or small group, Bon Vivant can accommodate both.
Take advantage of the lenient pup policy, and bring your four-legged friend to the bar.
Take advantage of the bar's reservation system, and book a table for your party.
Forget the stuffy formal wear! Bon Vivant's business casual dress code sets the tone for ease and enjoyment.
Or, take your grub to go.
Bon Vivant's diners can park in a nearby lot or on the street.
At Bon Vivant, bikers can lock their bikes safely outside.
Checks are bigger than average at the bar, so prepare your wallet.
For the best wine in town, be sure to stop by Bon Vivant.
After-work drinks are served at Patio at Rudy's, a laid-back spot for the casual drinker.
Never miss a play with TVs broadcasting the biggest games in the bar area.
Parents, bring your kids along to this bar, where you'll find a family-friendly menu and ambience.
Come order a flavorful feast at Patio at Rudy's, and sit outside if it's nice!
Patio at Rudy's can provide comfortable seating options for parties of any size.
Dining at Patio at Rudy's comes with dancing and a DJ, so make sure to wear your party shoes.
Those with sensitive ears may want to stay away from this bar, though, as it can get quite loud.
If you plan to hit the bar on a Friday or Saturday, it's best to fend off the crowds by calling ahead for a reservation.
Want to enjoy this bar without the wait? Get it to go.
The bar has catering services as well.
Whether you are looking for street or lot parking, Patio at Rudy's is close to both.
Bike parking is quick and easy at Patio at Rudy's.
An average meal at Patio at Rudy's will set you back about $30.
In Focus: Pampas Palo Alto
The theme: Brazilian-style churrascaria
The atmosphere: casual-chic, with exposed brick walls, a mahogany bar, and low couches
The meats: unlimited
The non-meats: a bar stocked with noodles, rice, and veggies
Classic protein: house-made chorizo
Option for the bold: marinated chicken hearts, available upon request
Unique cocktail: cosmo do diabo with house-infused pepper vodka, pineapple, and passion fruit
Sweet finish: chocolate torte with caramel ice cream and bacon-pecan toffee
Kid friendly?: Yes—youngsters 10 and under can dine off a special menu
Fun fact: consulting pastry chef Marisa Churchill competed on Bravo’s Top Chef