When stepping through Yakko’s doors, you can’t be blamed for getting the feeling of being suddenly transported to the center of Tokyo. Yakko serves sushi of numerous varieties, as well as combination boxes in which diners can choose two or three different dishes, including teriyaki chicken, pork cutlets and even pot stickers.
Yakko Sushi, 975 W. Dana St., Mountain View, CA, 650-960-0626
Amarin Thai Cuisine
The servers at Amarin move around at lightning speed at this recognized and revered establishment, serving up the finest in Thai style nourishment. Delectable dishes such as the famous pad thai and yellow and green curries are common sights on many of the dining tables. The wide selection of drinks and beverages provides something for virtually everyone.
Amarin, 174 Castro St., Mountain View, CA, 650-988-9323
The finest in Greek and Turkish cuisine is the name of the game at this little neighborhood gem, Ephesus. For starters, lentil or tripe soup will get the appetite going, or a cool, refreshing Greek salad or Tzatziki cucumber yogurt for when the day is warm. For the main plate, beef and lamb gyros or chicken shish kebabs are a mainstay among diners.
Ephesus, 185 Castro St., Mountain View, CA, 650-625-8155
Don Giovanni’s specializes in serving authentic Italian cuisine. The interior is cozy, yet classy. First, select a glass of wine from the extensive list, or ask for a server’s recommendation. Bruschetta or polenta are both excellent starters. The classic spaghetti bolognese is always a solid choice, as is the risotto.
Don Giovanni, 235 Castro St., Mountain View, CA, 650-961-9749
A casual Indian buffet hangout spot by day, and a classy, intimate, prix fixe establishment by night, Sakoon caters to casual eaters and fine diners alike. Dishes from all regions of India are carefully prepared by expert local chefs, with the famous chicken tikka masala, lamb vindaloo, and potato samosas as only a few of the options.
Sakoon, 357 Castro St., Mountain View, CA, 650-965-2000
Mediterranean Grill House
Looking for a place that serves up refreshing appetizers such as hummus and tabbouleh? Or even delectable chicken shawarma? Or how about a tasty, juicy kebab wrap? All those things, and so much more, can be found at Mediterranean Grill House, along with highly attentive service and a refrigerator full of exotic and delicious drinks.
Doubling up as both an import grocery store and a café, Rose Market is the place to go in Mountain View for the finest imported foods and delicacies. Place an order for freshly cooked rice and chicken or beef kebabs at the front, or pick up some authentic soups and meat stews, and while waiting for the order, feel free to explore the vast selection that the store has to offer.
Rose Market, 1060 Castro St., Mountain View, CA, 650-960-1900
Clarke’s serves up some of the juiciest, thickest and most delicious burgers that can be found anywhere in Mountain View, and possibly even the Bay Area. In business for nearly 70 years, this classic neighborhood institution also serves excellent ribs, grilled chicken.
Clarke’s 615 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA 94040, 650-967-0851
Step inside the ornate restaurant Morocco’s and take a culinary voyage to North Africa without ever leaving home. Here, the tastiest in Moroccan specialties are served in fine style, from orange and carrot salad, to lamb couscous and beef tajine. For dessert, phyllo dough stuffed with chocolate or honey, or the orange cinnamon blossom with a glass of mint tea is the perfect way to top off the exquisite dining experience.
Morocco’s, 873 Castro St., Mountain View, CA, 650-968-1502
The first thing a patron might notice when walking through the sleek entrance of Agave is the huge selection of tequila on offer. This enormous selection makes for a wide possibility of drinks. Besides the booze, authentic platters such as mole, enchiladas and fish tacos are served with a smile.
Agave, 194 Castro St., Mountain View, CA, 650-969-6767