For the 22nd year in a row, Hobee’s Restaurant continues its run as what our readers say is the best place to get breakfast in Mountain View. Currently celebrating its 40th year in business, the restaurant continues to distinguish itself with its highly celebrated blueberry coffee cake, among other popular offerings. Open from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Hobee’s is popular spot for weekend brunch amongst many Mountain View residents.
2312 Central Expressway, Mountain View 650-968-6050
Chef Chu’s has hosted the likes of Margaret Thatcher, former President George Bush Sr. and even The Biebster, all of whom have photos that are proudly hung on the walls of the celebrated Chinese food emporium. Known for specialty dishes like mao tai quail flambe and eight-treasure duck and signature dishes like baked miso-glazed sea bass and Sichuan village-style clay pot, Chef Chu’s offers fare unusual enough to tickle the taste buds of adventurous diners. But traditionalists can eat heartily as well, chowing down on such Cantonese standards as broccoli beef and tangy lemon chicken.
1067 N. San Antonio Road, Los Altos, 650-948-2696; chefchu.com
Coffee House (independent)
Voice readers continue to pick up their coffee at Red Rock Coffee Company, right at what many consider the epicenter of downtown Mountain View. With a comfortable atmosphere and laid-back vibe, the coffee house remains a popular place to sit down with a laptop and chat with a co-worker or friend among residents. Red Rock is also a hot spot for live music, hosting concerts almost every Friday and Saturday night, along with a weekly open-mic night on Mondays.
201 Castro St., Mountain View 650-967-4473
Chez TJ might look like a historic house on the outside, but don’t let appearances fool you — this restaurant has consistently won the praise of our readers with its exquisite French cuisine and fine dining. In business for more than 30 years, the Michelin star-rated establishment has benefited from executive chef Jarad Gallagher’s expertise as well as from the excellent service of its staff.
938 Villa St., Mountain View 650-964-7466
While its chic blue lighting and refined modern feel certainly sets Xanh (pronounced “sun”) apart from all other Castro Street restaurants, it’s not just the cool atmosphere that makes it our readers’ favorite restaurant for both fusion and Vietnamese cuisine categories. Xanh’s ankle biter prawns, grilled shrimp roll, Eskimo roll and other popular dishes earns the restaurant its spot among the most popular places to dine in Mountain View during lunch or dinner.
110 Castro St., Mountain View 650-964-1888
According to corporate restaurant manager Tejas Barve, Amber India has attracted customers for the past 20 years with its cozy atmosphere, fresh ingredients and use of locally grown produce. The butter chicken is Amber India’s signature dish, but the restaurant’s frontier kebab, sea bass tikka and coconut-flavored kerela lamb curry are also popular.
2290 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View 650-968-7511
Ristorante Don Giovanni’s open kitchen and friendly staff are just two of the reasons why it was voted best Italian restaurant. The restaurant specializes in offering fresh seafood, meats and pasta. The fettucine all’adriatica, a flat pasta in creamy garlic-and-wine sauce, is founder and owner John Akkaya’s favorite dish and a favorite among customers.
235 Castro St., Mountain View 650-961-9741
Cascal was a big hit among readers of The Mountain View Voice yet again this year, winning the categories of best Mediterranean restaurant, best patio and outdoor dining, and best happy hour. At the Spanish restaurant, residents enjoy such popular dishes as the wild mushroom empanadas, crab and shrimp tostaditos and Cuban wraps with pork tenderloin. Cascal’s patio, which general manager Brad Daley calls “a bit of an oasis in a thriving downtown,” offers a comfortable, heated place to relax, and allows pets. During happy hour every weekday from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Cascal serves tapas that cost $4 to $6. “We offer almost any type of drink you may want at about half of our regular prices, including numerous specialty drinks only made here,” Daley said. In addition, the restaurant hosts musical performances every Friday and Saturday night.
400 Castro St., Mountain View 650-940-9500
Fiesta Del Mar continues to be Mountain View locals’ favorite Mexican restaurant, boasting a solid selection of margaritas as well as excellent enchiladas and tacos. As its name, which translates as Party by the Sea, suggests, Fiesta Del Mar prides itself on its seafood offerings, including its popular camerones (shrimp) dishes.
1005 N. Shoreline Road, Mountain View 650-965-9354
Ephesus provides a fusion of both Greek and Turkish cuisine, offering such popular dishes as moussaka, beyti and home-baked pita bread. Manager Galip Vural, son of owners Mehmet and Serife Vural, says the success that Ephesus has enjoyed over the course of its three and half years in business has allowed the family to open Olympus, a cafe and bakery on the same Castro Street block.
185 Castro St., Mountain View 650-625-8155
While it offers thin crust pizza, Blue Line Pizza, according to manager Nicole Ladd, distinguishes itself for its deep-dish pizza. Putting the sauce on top allows for a crispier crust, which patrons of Blue Line Pizza can dip in honey. The most popular pizza, according to Ladd, is barbecue chicken. Priding itself as a non-corporate entity, Blue Line Pizza employs servers who work to be themselves and make customers feel comfortable.
146 Castro St., Mountain View 650-938-7888
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Place for a Business Lunch
According to General Manager Michael Kloth, Scratch cements its status as a repeat winner of Best Place for a Business Lunch because its menu appeals to a wide demographic. Scratch’s chorizo, Cuban sandwich, club salad, and shrimp and grits, among other popular dishes, make customers come back again. Kloth says that Scratch, which also serves dinner, boasts an all-American bar that provides a “good place to be seen” and spirits that one can’t find anywhere else in Mountain View.
401 Castro St., Mountain View 650-237-3132
Opened just over two years ago right next to Cascal, Scott’s Seafood is already a two-time winner for the best seafood category. Part of trio of restaurants run by German, Alex and Raymond Nava, Scott’s Seafood boasts a popular happy hour that runs even on weekends. Favorite dishes include the Australian lobster tail, seafood saute, salmon sliders and fried calamari.
420 Castro St., Mountain View 650-966-8124
Just off Castro Street, Sushi Tomi wins best Japanese restaurant yet again through the votes of Voice readers. Its large number of sashimi offerings has earned raves from Mountain View residents for its relatively low prices and high quality. The Tomi special roll, nigiri and chirashi are also popular, as is the teriyaki chicken for customers who prefer alternatives to sushi.
635 W. Dana St., Mountain View 650-968-3227
Amarin Thai, our readers’ favorite Thai restaurant for fifteen years in a row, features arguably the most popular pad Thai dish any restaurant in Mountain View has to offer. With a vegetarian menu that appeals even to non-vegetarians, Amarin Thai continues to distinguish itself for its spicy flavors and authentic Thai furnishings.
174 Castro St., Mountain View 650-988-9323
Garden Fresh offers Chinese vegan cuisine at its finest according to many Mountain View residents. With fresh and corn-syrup free ingredients and seasonings, Garden Fresh doesn’t offer a single dish that uses animal products on its menu. Certified by the Palo Alto Humane Society, Garden Fresh appeals to vegans and non-vegans alike.
1245 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View 650-254-1688
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