With a large menu ranging from pasta dishes to savory crepes, Crepevine has proved popular among Voice readers. Co-owner Majed Fakhouri points to the Tuscany crepe, made with chicken breast, sauteed vegetables and pesto, as a longtime favorite. This summer, a myriad of smoothies, along with a few vegetable-based drinks, will be added to the menu as a refreshing option.
300 Castro St., Mountain View; 650-969-6878. crepevine.com
Following a motto of "treat every day like it is grand opening day," Chef Chu's has won over readers with its homemade potstickers and annual Chinese New Year festivities. Serena Williams, Steve Young, Justin Bieber and JFK Jr. are among the customers to have dined at Chef Chu's since its opening in 1970. The Beijing duck, cooked in a cast-iron Chinese oven, is one of the most popular dishes.
1067 N. San Antonio Road, Los Altos; 650-948-2696. chefchu.com
Coffee House (Independent)
Red Rock Coffee Company
Winning best independent coffee house once again, Red Rock Coffee Company continues to bring in customers. A vibrant open mic event is hosted every Monday night for anyone willing to play music, read poetry, or perform a comedy routine. "Customers like our community vibe, and the fact that everything we do — coffee, art, music — is centered around relationships and people," says manager Tyler Toy.
201 Castro St., Mountain View; 650-967-4473. redrockcoffee.org
Fine Dining Restaurant, Italian Restaurant, Place for a Business Lunch
La Fontaine is so popular with Voice readers, it's taken top place in three categories this year. According to staffers, the beef Wellington and seafood pappardelle are popular dishes among its customers. Live music every Saturday night adds to the overall ambiance of this restaurant, which serves a refined menu of Italian and French cuisine.
186 Castro St., Mountain View; 650-968-2300. lafontainerestaurant.com
Fusion Restaurant, Vietnamese Restaurant
Xanh Restaurant has won two awards this year, and for good reason. Consisting of a patio, a bar and lounge, as well as three different dining rooms, this modern Vietnamese restaurant serves a considerable selection of food. The pineapple beef short ribs, banana leaf sea bass and papaya salad are among the signature options.
110 Castro St., Mountain View; 650-964-1888. xanhrestaurant.com
Lively cartoon sketches drawn by accomplished Indian cartoonist Sudhir Talang greet customers when they enter Amber India. "It has a relaxed and fun atmosphere with a contemporary setting," according to the website. This longtime local favorite, known for its elevated Indian cuisine in general and its butter chicken specifically, also offers banquet services for weddings, corporate events, fundraisers and other celebrations.
600 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View; 650-968-1751. amber-india.com
When asked what makes Cafe Baklava stand out, one staff member said, "Why not?" Serving customers since 2005, this Mediterranean restaurant offers a wide array of fresh, homemade dishes, including kuzu kebabs and lamb moussaka.
341 Castro St., Mountain View; 650-969-3835. cafebaklavamountainview.us
Vive Sol has charmed hungry customers with its authentic Mexican cuisine. The mole poblano — consisting of sun-dried peppers, cocoa beans, herbs, nuts, spices and chicken breast — is the must-order dish, according to Tripadvisor. The family behind Vive Sol also runs La Fiesta Restaurant in Mountain View, Palo Alto Sol and Quinto Sol in Redwood City.
2020 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View; 650-938-2020
Middle Eastern Restaurant
Its name inspired by an ancient Greek city off the coast of Ionia, Ephesus brings Middle Eastern food to Mountain View with marinated meats, fresh vegetables, fish and more. This restaurant is family-owned, with father Mehmet Vural concocting recipes in the kitchen, mother Serife Vural baking homemade bread and brothers Fatih and Galip serving customers. "Come, sit back, and relax while our family prepares you an authentic Mediterranean meal," says Galip on their website.
185 Castro St., Mountain View; 650-625-8155. ephesusrestaurant.net
QBB — Quality Bourbons & Barbecue
Wafting throughout the streets of downtown Mountain View, the smell of barbecue attracts many customers to QBB — Quality Bourbons & Barbecue, according to co-founder Jon Andino. True to its name, the restaurant holds regular events pairing five-course dinners with five bourbons — the next one features Old Forester and is set for the end of July.
216 Castro St., Mountain View; 650-969-1112. eatqbb.com
It is no surprise that Bierhaus won best patio/outdoor dining. With Stout — the restaurant's designated beer cart dog — roaming around outside, there is a lot to love about this local downtown eatery. Notable dishes include the sausage and pretzel plate, as well as the garlic-Parmesan sweet potato fries.
383 Castro St., Mountain View; 650-395-8209. bierha.us
Open seven days a week, Pacific Catch has hooked residents who named it Mountain View's best place for seafood. This restaurant offers a full bar, patio dining, take-out, catering platters, event space and happy hour Monday through Friday. Hawaiian poke, sushi rolls and tacos are among the many meals that bring customers back for more.
545 San Antonio Road, Suite 34, Mountain View; 650-941-1810. pacificcatch.com
Sushi Tomi's devotion to classic Japanese sushi makes it a standout for Voice readers. Now open for weekend lunch, this top vote-getter provides a seemingly limitless menu of meals; however, if too many options overwhelm you, order "Omasake" for a sampling of the chef's choice of the day's best offerings.
635 W. Dana St., Mountain View; 650-968-3227. sushitomi.com
Winning best Thai restaurant every year since 1999, Amarin Thai has continued the tradition by being voted No. 1 among readers. Allured by the plethora of curry dishes varying from green curry to golden curry with cauliflower, customers have indulged at this Thai restaurant for nearly 30 years since its opening in 1990.
174-176 Castro St., Mountain View; 650-988-9323. amarinthaicuisine.com
With no high-fructose corn syrup, MSG, or trans-fat ingredients, Garden Fresh dishes almost seem too good to be true — and customers agree. Though words such as "chicken" and "pork" make an appearance on the menu, every dish at this family-owned restaurant with Chinese roots is completely vegan, made without meat, eggs or dairy.
1245 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View; 650-254-1688. gardenfresh.us