Hadronic Calibration Workshop

Local Drinking & Dining

Bars, Pubs, Breweries

Below are some suggestions for local bars, or generally places to drink. These typically also serve food. Click on the larger map for specifics. More details will be added soon.

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Bar List

List below if alphabetical order with brief remarks on the general outlook while it's much better that you read the reviews linked to each place for details.
  • British Bankers Club: More extensive bar operation but looks like emphasis on cocktails. Not much direct experience heard from locals.
  • Dutch Goose: The is the local "Pub" closest to SLAC, although it is more of a burger place which serves some beer. There are groups from SLAC coming here for lunch regularly.
  • Gordon Biersch: Restaurant and bar of the Gordon Biersch Brewery. Comments from people about their beer are generally positive.
  • Oasis Beer Garden: A burger/pizza place serving selection of beer.
  • Pioneer Saloon: A rather unusual old Western styled saloon on Woodside Road which is suprisingly with little direct knowledge from the locals. Live country music on some days and occassional spotting of celebrities.
  • Rose & Crown English Foods: This is closest to a real pub. A rather popular place in downtown Palo Alto.
  • The Village Pub: More of an restaurant on Woodside Road but got an extensive wine/cocktail bar and some selection of beer.

Below are some suggestions for nearby restaurants. Click on the larger map for specifics. Click on individual restaurant marks then seeing the Reviews may be particularly helpful. More details will be added soon.

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Basic Info on Local Dining

  • Dinner hours around here are closer to what you find in the northern half of Europe, starting fairly early, and most restaurants have closing times between 9:30-10:00pm.
  • If you missed the dinner hour, there is a useful page on nearby restaurants, which are open late hours, but there are not many of them that stay open that late either. If you are very late (past midnight), Stanford Late Night Dining has a few places with simple hot food until 2am. There is a small Sharon Height shopping center (SLAC is just below the map opposite to Saga Ln.) just diagonally across Sand Hill Road towards the Guest House corner, which is a <10min walk (or better 2min driving at night). An 24-hours Safeways supermarket has a deli, bakery with heated/heatable food.
  • If you are stuck at the Guest House without transportation, you can also try food delivered to you with Waiters on Wheels (but selection availability is best in the regular dinner hours).
  • Note that US restaurants (and shops) list item price before tax and a 9% sales tax will charged on top of the listing price. In addition, tips to services are not included in the price and you are expected to "voluntarily" add roughly 15% of the total cost before tax as a tip, which can be cash left on the table or written in to credit card bill.

Restaurant List

Disclaimer: Picking a list of restaurant is a very subjective operation with strong individual bias and can only be taken as a rough pointer to be followed by your own investigation in detail. The list also intentionally biased towards restaurants with more Bay Area local flavor which may be a bit different from the familiar cuisines for visitors from Europe in particular. There are 180+ restaurants in Palo Alto alone so that even a collection of locals will not know all of them. The list is therefore also from a rather limited sampling.
  • Bangkok Bay Thai Restaurant: Downtown Redwood City a bit north from Stanford. A regular spot for seminar dinners and other outings well known to SLAC people.
  • California Cafe Bar and Grill: Stanford "Barn", often used by SLAC groups and for committee dinners.
  • Chef Chu's: Chinese restaurant which had many celebrity visits. The reviews are also generally favorable, but many locals were unimpressed from their visits.
  • Darbar Indian Cuisine: A popular Indian restaurant downtown Palo Alto which has been regularly visited by locals and seminar dinners.
  • Estrellita: Mexican restaurant with good reviews for food and ambient. Suitable for large groups.
  • Evvia Estiatorio: Consistenly well rated Greek cuisine.
  • Fish Market: A popular place with speciality on fish with generally good quality with consistent satisfatory results. They used to not taking reservations and just queue for seats in the past, but reservation works for at least a less busy day
  • Flea Street Cafe: A restaurant very close to SLAC but often forgotten by people. Known for using organic ingredient and repsecected for quality.
  • Fuki sushi: A relatively formal sushi restaunt that has been used for many of our postdoc candidate dinners that worked well regularly. If lost in the selections, the combo box "Sushi experience" can be a good starting point.
  • Garden Fresh Vegan Restaurant: Chinese vegan cuisine using tofu based product of various textures to imitate meat dishes. This should be an interesting extension to broaden vegeterian options and even interesting for non-vegeterian diners.
  • Hunan Gardens: Chinese restaurant which is probably aimed at a somewhat Americanized taste which nonetheless seemed work for many groups from SLAC and became one of the default places for SLAC groups and committees. In case not sure about the selecitons, they have set menue work for large groups.
  • Kanpai: A new Japanese restaurant in down town Palo Alto with not much direct experience from locals but has great reviews to make it worth a look. A rather small place which may be not easy for large groups.
  • Mac Arthur Park: Famous for their ribs.
  • Nola's restaurant and Bar: Cajun food of New Orlean style. The bar is also very popular with Stanford crowds.
  • Reposado: Upscale Mexican restaurant, but no direct experience from locals.
  • Sancho's Taqueria: A popular small restaurant serving Baja styled traditional Mexican food.
  • St. Michael's Alley: Not just because the Clintons were there, but some locals are quite fond of the cooking at this place.
  • The Sundance steak house: Their steaks are well regarded.
There are many more diner's reviews on yelp.com if you'd like more opinions and specifics. It may be better to pay more attention to the comments from the "Elite" who reviewed many restaurants with more Gaussian profile for their star ratings with perhaps better calibration.

A few places out of local area

  • Koi Palace: This is rather far from SLAC in Daly City (23 miles or 37km). It's listed because while asking a Chinese what's their favorite Chinese restaurant the result can be all over the map, this place seemed to be most consistently rated as one of the best Dim Sim places and also dinner in general among Chinese, while not necessarily work for non-Chinese. Weekend need long wait for seats.
  • Palace Bar B Que Buffet: A large popular Korean BBQ place in San Jose.
  • Thomas Fogarty Winery: Up on Skiline which takes 30min drive from SLAC on very windy road. However, it has a great view of the Bay.
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