The Top 10 Restaurants In Cupertino, California

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Photo of Culture Trip
9 February 2017

Named after Arroyo San Jose de Cupertino, Cupertino was initially a small rural village known for its agricultural based activities. After World War II, the area surrounding Cupertino slowly started transforming into what we now know as the Silicon Valley. Today, its diversity and accepting culture make it an extremely desirable area. With the newly constructed Main Street Cupertino, many delicious restaurants have made their way into the city.

Lazy Dog

Restaurant, American, Pub Grub, $$$
Lazy Dog
Lazy Dog | Courtesy of Sucheta Shahane
Lazy Dog has been popular with locals since its opening in late 2015. Known for its eclectic menu and generous portions, customers always leave the restaurant with a positive disposition. The restaurant itself is large and has beautiful, tall ceilings. The atmosphere is casual and the service is top notch. Parking can be hard to find during rush hour, but Vallco Shopping Mall’s parking lot is a short walk from Main Street. The restaurant is open from 10 AM to 12 AM.

Cicero’s Pizza

Located on the outskirts of Cupertino, Cicero’s Pizza is a really popular pizza place. Customers from other cities especially drop by just to have Cicero’s pizza. What sets this place apart from others is that the pizza is especially thin. Their Spicy Vegetarian pizza is extremely popular with customers. No matter what day of the week it is, Cicero’s is always bustling with customers. It is open everyday of the week from 11 AM, except on Sundays where it is open from 3 PM to 8 PM.

6138 Bollinger Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014, (408) 777-0690

Cicero’s Pizza © Sucheta Shahane

Cicero’s Pizza | Courtesy of Sucheta Shahane


Restaurant, American, Pub Grub, $$$
BJ’s | © gil/Flickr
Situated right next to Apple Inc’s headquarters, BJ’s is a restaurant and brew house that serves customers popular dishes with a twist. The menu offers everything from pizzas to salads to steaks. In addition, BJ’s serves their own crafted beer. Kids get their own special menu for a great price! Many customers also enjoy the extensive dessert menu; the pizookie is a must try.

Fontana’s Italian Restaurant

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
Fontana’s is a fine Italian restaurant that serves customers a variety of dishes including seafood. The restaurant, which has been in Cupertino for a long time, is known for its charming atmosphere and excellent service. Along with the exciting menu, the wine list is quite extensive and can be found on Fontana’s website. Reservations can be made on the phone. Fontana’s also offers catering services for special events.

Gochi Fusion Tapas

Restaurant, Japanese, Asian, $$$
Gochi Fusion Tapas
Gochi Fusion Tapas | © star5112/Flickr
A hidden gem in Cupertino, Gochi Fusion Tapas, from the outside, seems like an average Asian restaurant. But do not be fooled; it so much more than that. Everyone who dines here goes back home not only with a full stomach, but an admiration for the place. The food is excellent and the menu is extensive. There is something here for everyone. Customers are required to remove their shoes, so remember to arrive wearing a clean pair of socks! Tatami-style tables are available for parties of four or more. Reservations are highly recommended.


Restaurant, American
Unusually good for a chain, Islands is a classic American restaurant that was initially opened in the 1980s in SoCal. The menu has evolved considerably since its opening and Islands now serves salads, soups, and tacos. The burgers are known to be filling. Islands is open from Sunday to Thursday from 11 AM to 9.30 PM; 11 AM to 10.30 PM on Friday and Saturday.

Aqui Cal-Mex

Restaurant, Mexican, Healthy, Vegetarian, $$$
Aqui Cal-Mex
Aqui Cal-Mex | © Ardail Smith/Flickr
Aqui Cal-Mex is a carnival of flavors. Each dish is prepared with natural and fresh ingredients. Customers can also enjoy Sunday Brunch from 11 AM to 2 PM. The atmosphere at Aqui is quite lively and the service is impeccable. It is not surprising to see bustling crowds eating at the restaurant. Parking is available in the lot adjacent.

Arya Global Cuisine

Restaurant, Irish, Italian, Vegetarian, $$$
Arya Global offers customers a unique dining experience. Not just limited to Persian cuisine, the restaurant also features Italian favorites. There are just as many vegetarian options as there are non-vegetarian. But what really sets Arya apart from other places is their sophisticated décor and live music and entertainment. Reservations can be made on the phone and online.

Kula Revolving Sushi Bar

Bar, Sushi, $$$
Kula Revolving Sushi Bar
Kula Revolving Sushi Bar | © Michael Saechang/Flickr
Kula Revolving Sushi Bar can be found on Cupertino’s Main Street. Although it is on the back (and therefore less visible) side, Kula has definitely made a place for itself. All dishes are made with organic ingredients. Kula is open Sunday to Thursday from 11.30 AM to 10.00 PM and Friday to Saturday from 11.30 AM to 10.30 PM.

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