This Persian restaurant, run by Middle Eastern expats, serves some of the most succulent kababs in town. With an extensive menu comprising of a variety of kababs, stews and rice, it is as good as Persian cuisine can get. The ambience is casual, and the traditional interiors with Persian art and paintings add a nice touch to the experience.
Chelokababi, 1236 S Wolfe Rd, Sunnyvale, CA, USA, +1 408 737 1222
Inchin’s Bamboo Garden
Inchin’s Bamboo Garden has classic favorites and some very intriguing dishes on the menu. For those who are new to this cuisine, Indo-Chinese is the Indian adaptation of Chinese cooking techniques and seasonings. The ambiance is uppity casual with classy interiors and dim lighting. It gets very crowded on weekends with long waits, so plan to visit early to get a good table.
Inchin’s Bamboo Garden, 151 W Washington Ave, Sunnyvale, CA, USA, +1 408 481 9350
Sawa Sushi offers an Omakase-style fine-dining experience. Now, this means that there is no menu here. The restaurant is open only for dinner and by reservation only, so call in at least a few hours ahead and book a seat.
Sawa Sushi, 1042 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA, USA, +1 408 241 7292
Saravanaa Bhavan is a very popular chain serving South Indian cuisine and features an ambiance that is very casual and sometimes a little noisy. The food is a change from usual Indian food staples, with an emphasis on serving authentic South Indian vegetarian food.
Saravanaa Bhavan, 305 S Mary Ave, Sunnyvale, CA, USA, +1 408 616 7755
Located in downtown Sunnyvale, Tarragon serves contemporary American cuisine. With its classy ambiance, complete with low key and subtle interiors, it’s the perfect place for a date night. The menu has a few vegetarian versions of popular dishes like paella and lasagna. The bar is well stocked with some great specialty drinks.
Tarragon, 140 S Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale, CA, USA, +1 408 737 8003
This Mexican cantina, serves home-style Mexican specialties like chicken with mole. The casual and relaxed ambiance, with many television screens, makes it a great place to kick back and catch a game. Roberto’s is known for their margaritas, and tequila lovers must not miss the guided tequila-tasting sessions.
Roberto’s Cantina, 168 S Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale, CA, USA, +1 408 739 2021
Dish Dash is a top-notch Middle Eastern restaurant located in the posh Sunnyvale downtown area. The ambience is trendy and romantic with inviting Mediterranean décor. There is also patio seating facing Murphy Street, which is perfect for spring and summer evenings. The crowd and the wait time in the restaurant is a testimony to its popularity.
Dish Dash, 190 S Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale, CA, USA, +1 408 774 1889
Pezzella’s Villa Napoli
Pezzella’s is a quaint family owned restaurant that has served traditional home-style Italian food since the 1950s. Rustic old-world ambience, a friendly atmosphere, patio seating and delicious delicacies make Pezzella’s a favorite among Italian cuisine lovers. They are a vegetarian-friendly restaurant, and the chef is always happy to customize dishes.
Pezzella’s Villa Napoli, 1025 W El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA, USA, +1 408 738 2400
This upscale restaurant, with its sleek ambience, serves traditional Indian favorites such as biryani, saag, Malabar fish curry and tandoori chicken. Most recommended are the saffron-infused gulab jamuns, goat curry and samosas.
Turmeric, 141 S Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale, CA, USA, +1 408 617 9100
At Rok Bistro the entrées are served with hot volcanic stones, and you can sizzle the meats and smell the aroma of your meal cooking right before you. Rok features sidewalk dining, a covered patio, full bar and a 52-inch plasma TV. On the menu are some exotic meats like wild boar, elk and venison. Try the filet mignon, pesto fondue and the dessert fondues.
Rok Bistro, 124 S Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale, CA, USA, +1 408 733 7651