Originally a town known for its orchids, Los Altos is now one of the most exclusive communities in the Bay Area. Along with being the home of many upmarket homes, the city also has many highly rated restaurants. Here is our guide to the 10 best places in town to grab a bite.
Estrellita is a casual and colorful restaurant that has been serving regional Mexican delicacies since 1958. Popular dishes include Cochinita Pibil, a classic Mayan dish from the Yucatan made from pork, and La Gringa, made with spicy marinated Oaxacan chicken with melted cheese. A separate menu for kids is available.
Aldo Los Altos is a renowned Italian restaurant opened in 2005 by Donate De Marchi, a chef originally from northern Italy. Along with a delicious menu, the restaurant also has an exquisite wine list to choose from. Portions are properly balanced, and the place is known for its customer-focused service. Dinner is served seven nights a week, while lunch is only served on weekdays. Reservations are highly recommended.
Los Altos Grill has been a local favorite since its opening in 1996. The restaurant features specials such as the signature jalapeño iron skillet cornbread and the Bandera-Style Roasted Chicken. An upscale establishment, the management asks customers to refrain from wearing flip flops, casual athletic wear, and active wear. Reservations can be made online or by phone. Food is served daily from 4pm onwards.
Opa! is a renowned restaurant that serves customers authentic homemade Greek cuisine. All meals are prepared using fresh ingredients and in a traditional Greek manner. The restaurant only accepts reservations for parties of seven or more. Happy hour is on weekdays from 3.30pm to 5.30pm.
Sumika is an upscale Japanese restaurant that is popular with locals. It is often packed with customers, which is why a reservation via phone is highly recommended to avoid a long wait. Sumika caters a Winter Special Menu that includes many delicious items. Lunch is served from 11.30am-2.00pm and dinner is served at different hours depending on the day, the details of which can be found on their website.
Amber India is an upscale yet traditional Indian restaurant that has several locations around the Bay Area. Opened in 1999, the Zagat-rated restaurant has received many accolades, including an award from the San Francisco Chronicle. Customers have the choice of choosing from a menu or enjoying the buffet offerings.
Akane is a Japanese restaurant known to have the freshest sushi in town, along with other delectable dishes. Customers rave about the quality of fish and the decent selection. The service is known to be fast and friendly. Most recommend arriving for dinner before 7pm, as it gets crowded later on.
Chef Chu’s is a Zagat-rated local favorite for Chinese food. Chef Lawrence Chu himself is often the center of operations. The restaurant is known for its innovative and tempting cuisine and has been visited by many Bay Area elites. It is open on weekdays from 11.30am to 9.30pm, and noon to 10pm on weekends.
Ambience is an contemporary American restaurant that offers 12 to 14 courses on their exclusive Chef’s Tasting Menu, an experience fit for a special occasion, with a price to match. Reservations can be made online or by phone, and many customers highly recommend getting a reservation and going for the tasting menu for its variety.