Welcome to Redwood City, the hidden culinary gem nestled in the heart of California's Bay Area.
Allow me to guide you through my gastronomic journey in this city, opening doors to some of its greatest gustatory delights.
While this list showcases some remarkable restaurants, it's important to note there are many other exceptional dining establishments in Redwood City that are not featured here. Our aim is not just to guide you to popular eateries but to encourage you to venture out and experience the city's diverse culinary landscape for yourself.
Falafel and Things
You know that feeling when you stumble upon a hidden gem in your city?
That's what happened when I discovered Falafel and Things.
Tucked away in a busy neighborhood, this unassuming eatery has become my lunchtime haven.
Whenever I get a chance, I share a meal with a colleague simply because the portions are so generous and the food is too good not to share.
Every mouthful is a burst of rich, authentic flavor.
In fact, my entire family has developed a fondness for Amir's cooking.
It's not just me; even they can't resist the allure of Falafel and Things.
If you're into sushi and happen to be in the Bay Area, there's a standout sushi-ya that you absolutely must try.
It's called Sushi Shin, a petite locale that offers an omakase menu with fish sourced directly from Japan.
It was a random weekday when I decided to pop in for early seating.
The place is notoriously tricky to book, but I managed to snag a reservation, and it was so worth it.
The dining experience at Sushi Shin is unlike any other.
The only dinner option is the 21-course omakase menu, replete with an array of scrumptious morsels that will leave you craving for more.
The ambiance was intimate and inviting.
It's not just the ambiance that's remarkable, the food is stellar too.
The highlights of my meal were the two types of Hokkaido uni, marinated monkfish liver and the black throat perch.
Each piece of fish was delectable, and the dishes were nothing short of culinary masterpieces.
This place is not just a restaurant, it's a unique dining experience.
La Cocina de la Abuela
There are plenty of places to grab a bite in Redwood City, but one that steals my heart every time is La Cocina de la Abuela.
Their shrimp aguachile is fantastic, and the grilled chicken super burrito never fails to hit the spot.
I'm counting the days until my next visit when I can finally try their nachos.
The food here is always fresh and comes in generous portions.
I'm always met with superb service, and I actually enjoy sitting outside even though it's near the train tracks.
Trust me, the food is so good you won't even notice the train.
La Cocina de la Abuela is more than just another taco shop downtown.
Their special tacos are a scrumptious delight but don't overlook the pastor tacos either.
Seating isn't a problem, with both indoor and outdoor options available and plenty of street parking nearby.
But what truly sets this place apart for me is the freshness of their ingredients and the bold, bright flavors they bring out in their dishes.
It's no wonder it's my favorite Mexican spot in the city.
It's a usual Tuesday, and I find myself driving by Cariblue on my way back from the mechanic's.
On a whim, I decided to stop for lunch.
Best decision I've made all week!
Cariblue is an unassuming, down-to-earth eatery that serves up classic island standards.
The aroma wafts from the kitchen, hinting at the culinary delights to come.
You must try their jerk chicken, a classic island staple.
The meat falls off the bone, is cooked to perfection, and is drenched in their signature sauce.
It's a harmonious balance of flavors, not overly spicy, but with a lingering heat that slowly builds on the palate.
It's so good that I find myself posting a review before I've even finished my meal.
Another must-try is their oxtail.
It's so tender, it's almost like jelly, melting in your mouth with every bite.
I had the pleasure of dining at Ranzan recently, and it truly brought back memories of my time in Japan.
This quaint little restaurant, located in Redwood City, is a must-visit for anyone who has a soft spot for Japanese cuisine.
The place is not large, but it is so well managed that you hardly notice the size.
Celebrating special occasions at Ranzan has become something of a tradition for me.
My last visit was to celebrate my partner's birthday, and boy, was I impressed!
The food was not only delicious but was also presented artistically, making it a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds.
During my visit, we chose the “Kibune” menu, which offers a 14-course meal.
Each dish was a surprise, prepared with great finesse and beautifully presented.
From simmered sea bream roe in gelatin to lotus root dumplings in a clay pot, every dish was a culinary delight.
The grilled wagyu sirloin steak was a particular highlight, perfectly cooked and rich in flavor.
You can make your reservation here, and I assure you, this hidden gem will surely leave you pleasantly surprised.
If there's one thing that makes my day, it's a perfectly done kebab or a flavorful shawarma from Zadna Grill.
It's hard to resist their falafel, considered by many to be the best in the area.
But what got my taste buds dancing was a new addition to their menu - the whole branzino.
I opted for fries instead of rice, and I can assure you, it's a combination I'll be having again.
It's not just the food that makes Zadna Grill special but also the exceptional service.
From the moment you step in, you are welcomed with warm hospitality that makes you feel like you're dining in someone's home.
They also offer recommendations on what to order, which is quite handy, especially if you're a first-timer.
Now, if you're wondering about the perfect way to round off your meal, I'll let you in on a little secret.
Their baklava is an absolute must-try - the best I've ever had, hands down!
And if you're up for a little adventure, the Lebanese beer is a refreshing option to pair with your meal.
In the heart of my neighborhood lies a gem of a restaurant called Las Chiquitas.
I remember my first visit over there vividly.
I was intrigued by their menu, which included everything from tacos and burritos to torts, quesadillas, and enchiladas.
The food was more than just satisfying.
It had a homely feeling to it, just like the authentic Mexican cuisine I grew up with.
I still remember this young girl running the register with an ever-pleasing smile.
The place is definitely affordable, and everyone around is friendly.
I've returned to Las Chiquitas numerous times, and their consistency in taste and service never ceases to impress me.
I've had the pleasure of dining at Martin’s Kitchen on numerous occasions.
The food is nothing short of terrific.
One day, I randomly googled local restaurants and found this gem.
Their grilled chicken sandwich was a delightful surprise.
The chicken was juicy, the cheese flawlessly melted, and the bread was fresh and nicely toasted.
I could tell everything had been prepared to perfection.
Higuma Japanese Restaurant
Once I stepped into Higuma Japanese Restaurant, I knew I was in for a treat.
The ambiance is cozy and informal, with a sushi bar that promised to offer a variety of classic Japanese dishes and rolls.
They've recently added outdoor seating, complete with heat lamps, extending a warm welcome even on chillier evenings.
I was impressed by the variety of options on their menu, with a mix of both classic and special rolls.
Deciding to indulge, I ordered the A-5 Wagyu beef special and wasn't disappointed.
The beef was delectable, cooked to perfection, and incredibly flavorful.
Aside from the food, what makes Higuma a go-to spot for me is the service.
Their efficient service meant that my food arrived fairly quickly, perfectly prepared, and beautifully presented.
The portion sizes are just right - not too big, but plenty to satisfy.
One of my favorite things about Higuma, without a doubt, is their sushi rolls.
The Lion King roll and Dragon roll are must-tries - fresh, flavorful, and expertly assembled.
I remember the first time I stepped into Vesta, the lively indoor-outdoor venue.
I was immediately drawn to its buzzing atmosphere and the smell of wood-fired pizza wafting in the air.
As a pizza lover, I found their creative pizza options to be a delightful change from the usual.
They have a great wine and beer selection too, which perfectly complements their small plates.
On my first visit, I wasn't sure what to order, so I opted for their burrata basil pizza and a side of their famed roasted cauliflower.
Both were mouth-wateringly delicious.
And if you're a fan of spicy food, their spicy vegan pizza is an absolute must-try.
La Fonda Restaurant and Bar
Whenever a craving for authentic Mexican cuisine hits, there is only one place I head to - La Fonda Restaurant and Bar.
The food at La Fonda is exceptional, boasting an array of dishes that are hard to find at other establishments in the bay area.
As a lover of unique flavors, I have a soft spot for their rare tequilas and mezcals, which the knowledgeable bartender introduces with intriguing historical anecdotes.
La Fonda isn't just about excellent food and drinks, the space is adorned with cool artwork that adds to its warm, inviting atmosphere.
Despite its upscale dining experience, the vibe is casual and familiar, like dining at your favorite neighborhood taqueria.
I can't recommend the menu enough.
Talk of Broadway
There truly is something comforting about starting my day with a visit to Talk of Broadway.
It's not just a restaurant to me, it's a hum of everyday life, where the vibrant energy of the city converges over a hearty meal.
The sidewalk seating is perfect for days when the weather is kind, and inside, the diner-like atmosphere is reminiscent of a simpler time.
The first thing that hits you is the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and delicious American breakfast staples.
I am a sucker for their all-day breakfast.
The fast and friendly service only adds to the charm of this place.
Their menu is a delightful mix of sweet and savory, but for me, it's always been about the corned beef hash.
I have become a regular patron of the Canyon Inn.
This charming American eatery has been serving up hearty burgers, pizzas, and other delightful fares for as long as I can remember.
It's a place that radiates warmth and conviviality with its unique ambiance filled with TV screens and sports memorabilia, creating a fantastic environment for family meals and catch-ups with friends.
When it comes to food, my personal favorite is their distinctive Blue Swiss Burger.
The hint is to order a side of fries to nibble on while the burger cools down.
After a few minutes, the blue cheese and Swiss cheese create a wonderful fusion that's a treat for the palate.
It's a gastronomic experience like no other, complete with their special BBQ sandwich that never fails to impress.
La Viga Seafood & Cocina Mexicana
One of the things I love about living in Redwood City is the abundance of great places to eat.
One of my absolute favorites is La Viga Seafood & Cocina Mexicana.
The cozy, casual ambiance of the place always makes me feel at home.
On my recent visit, I decided to try something different from my usual order.
I started with the ceviche, which I have to say, was perfectly balanced and fresh, unlike some other places I've tried.
However, what truly stood out for me this time around was the camarones a la diabla.
The shrimp had the right amount of spice kick to it, which was well complemented by the rice underneath, showcasing their knack for balancing flavors.
But no visit to La Viga would be complete without having their delectable desserts.
On this occasion, I chose to indulge in the Capirotada, also known as bread pudding.
It was absolutely divine, and I highly recommend it if you have a sweet tooth like me.
I recently dined at Selby's, a glamorous high-end spot that has rightfully earned its Michelin star.
Delighting in their unique concept was a refreshing change.
The fixed-price meal, where I had the luxury of picking an appetizer, a main course, and a dessert, was a treat indeed.
The chocolate cake was the hero of the evening, truly outstanding in every sense.
The overall taste of the food was satisfactory, and its presentation was aesthetically pleasing.
There's this hidden gem in downtown Redwood City, Vino Santo, that I simply cannot get enough of.
It has quickly become one of the top spots on my list for authentic Italian cuisine.
The relaxed environment and refined ambiance set the perfect tone for a memorable lunch or dinner.
What usually gets me hooked are their appetizers, especially the scallops, scampi, and clams - they are a knockout!
The pasta dishes are like a journey back to Italy, cooked to perfection with an array of rich sauces to choose from.
The veggies served are always bright and fresh, and don't even get me started on their free bread - it's so delicious and filling that I often find myself too full for dessert.
One of the best parts about Vino Santo is the extensive wine and mixed drink options.
It's a real treat to select the perfect pairing for your meal.
The restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating, so you can choose your preferred dining environment.
West Park Farm and Sea
Few restaurants in Redwood City have struck a chord with me as much as West Park Farm and Sea.
One afternoon, as I found myself in downtown Redwood City, hunger pangs led me to this gem.
The menu boasted a variety of salads, entrees, and sides.
Protein options galore, I settled for the salmon while my friend opted for the spitfire chicken.
The chicken was tender, full of depth in flavor, and truly memorable.
I found my thoughts drifting back to it even days later.
I've made a mental note to try it out next time.
An unexpected discovery was the curry cauliflower.
Rather light on the curry flavor, it was the accompanying sauce that took center stage - so full of flavor and yet not overpowering.
It's astounding how something so simple can leave such an impression.
If you're in the area and are looking for a great lunch spot, do check out their menu online.
In our city, when the craving for hand-carved meats strikes, one name pops into my mind - Harry's Hofbrau.
It's more than just a restaurant, it's a landmark in its own right, having been a part of our community since 1954.
It's a cafeteria-style spot, but it never disappoints.
I usually go for the corned beef or the tri-tip, made perfectly every time.
They give generous portions, and the flavors are just out of this world.
Not to mention, the place itself is spacious and comfortable, never having issues with parking or finding a vacant table.
I remember one time I deviated from my usual order and opted for their whole roasted turkey.
It was unquestionably the best I've ever had, accompanied by yummy mashed potatoes and gravy and the most tender and creamy stuffing.
Their salads are also commendable, always fresh, and the dressings always hit the right spot.
But the real cherry on top is their desserts.
They have this chocolate cream pie that I absolutely love.
It's the perfect way to end a meaty feast.
Nick The Greek
I'm not one to gush over food, but the gyros at Nick The Greek in Redwood City really are something else.
The first time I stepped into Nick's, I was immediately hit with the delicious aroma of roasting meat and spices.
The menu, filled with Greek classics, left me spoilt for choice.
But the gyro, now that's a real game changer.
A deliciously packed pita bread with tender meat, veggies, and a drool-worthy sauce, it's simply the best Gyro I've ever tasted.
One bite of Nick's gyro, and you're instantly transported to Greece.
Timber & Salt
I've had the pleasure of dining at Timber & Salt on several occasions, and let me tell you, it never disappoints.
It's a cozy little corner in Redwood City that serves a variety of comfort foods and craft cocktails.
On a nice, sunny day, their heated outdoor patio is where you want to be.
One of the things that keep me coming back is their diverse food offering and the way they cook it to perfection.
The salmon, with its crispy skin and juicy meat, is a favorite of mine.
It comes with some homemade fries that are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside - just the way I like them.
When I'm feeling particularly indulgent, I go for the dry-aged New York steak – the flavor is rich, deep, and complemented by a delicious blue cheese butter.
Despite the small size of the menu, I never run out of options.
They even offer a Sunday brunch, perfect for a weekend treat.
Before I dive into the main course, I usually order their deviled eggs as an appetizer.
These are simply phenomenal, creamy, and seasoned to perfection.
If you’re a fan of spice, the pickled habaneros add an exciting kick.
Mistral Restaurant and Bar
If you're looking for a place to dine that serves Mediterranean-inspired New American meals, I highly recommend the Mistral Restaurant and Bar.
Tucked away in a cozy corner of Redwood, the restaurant boasts a waterside setting that's particularly famous for its delightful patio.
From the moment you step foot inside Mistral, you're welcomed with a warm ambiance.
The atmosphere is invigorating, with just the right mix of fine music and a comfortable noise level.
I've had the pleasure of trying an assortment of plates at Mistral.
The grilled octopus, scallops, and gulf shrimp are some of the best I've had.
The Phyllis-wrapped salmon is a delightful entree, and if you have a sweet tooth like me, you'll need to try Bailey's bread pudding – it's divine.
One of my favorite places in the city has to be Quinto Sol.
I remember the first time I walked in, taken aback by the high ceilings and lavish decor.
The tequila bar was just the cherry on top!
You can check it out here- Quinto Sol.
This stylish spot serves some of the finest Mexican Pueblan cuisine I've tasted.
It hits a little heavy on the wallet, but trust me, the food and service are more than worth it.
I still remember the mushrooms-with-chili and the rich cream-based sauce it's served in.
Oh, and the fish tacos!
They're really good, and they come in large chunks of fish.
My partner has a thing for their spicy margaritas.
I, on the other hand, prefer the mescal, which they serve in a traditional gourd cup.
It's truly delicious!
During the weekdays, we often drop by after work for happy hours and dinner.
I love to pair the camarones al cilantro with the anejo tequila flight.
Milagros Latin Kitchen
My week always ends on a high note with a Sunday afternoon brunch at Milagros Latin Kitchen.
The vibrant and lively atmosphere makes this place one of my favorite spots in the city.
It's especially great when I can get a table on their heated patio; there's nothing like a bit of fresh air with my meal.
Every visit to Milagros has been a delightful experience, and that's not just because of the Jalisco-region Mexican fare they serve.
I am a big fan of their rice bowls, and the quesabirria trio is absolutely to die for!
Accompanied by their excellent chips and salsa with three different varieties to choose from, it's a meal that never fails to hit the spot.
Now, I'm not usually one to make a fuss over cocktails, but Milagros' blue agave tequila offerings are quite special.
Kemuri Japanese Barú
If you ever find yourself in downtown Redwood City looking for a place to unwind, may I suggest Kemuri Japanese Barú.
This is not just a restaurant to me, it's a culinary sanctuary where the hustle and bustle of Silicon Valley life melts away with each uniquely crafted dish.
Their food is a delightful fusion of tradition and creativity.
The edamame they serve might be the best I've ever had, and the vegetable tempura, crisp without being soggy, is a revelation.
Even the corn tempura, which might sound unusual, is simply out of this world.
And if you're in the mood for something a bit more substantial, their rice-based veggie box with tofu is both flavorful and satisfying.
However, it's not just about the food at Kemuri, it's also about the drinks.
Whether you're a sake connoisseur or prefer cocktails, they've got you covered.
I still remember my first sake-jito there.
It was a delightful concoction that was refreshing and potent in equal measure.
What I really like about my city is the diversity of our culinary scene.
We have different cuisines and dining spaces to suit any occasion.
One of my absolute favorite places to eat is Angelicas, a lively American eatery that always knows how to keep its patrons entertained.
What sets Angelicas apart is not just the food but also the ambiance.
The place has a full bar, a cozy patio, and multiple stages for entertainment.
It's perfect for a casual brunch or a laid-back dinner after a long day.
I’ve seen other diners dressed up for brunch, which adds a touch of elegance and creates really good vibes all around.
The food is generally great.
One time, I had their chicken with The egg avocado sandwich, and the chilaquiles are my eternal favorites.
At Angelicas, you must try the pork chop - the best-cooked chop I've ever had.
It was very juicy, well-seasoned, and had just a hint of pink, which, in my opinion, is exactly how it should be cooked.
And if you're into salads, their Caesar salad is enormous and has a huge cheese ratio which totally works for me!
The service at Angelicas is also commendable.
I've had the pleasure of dining at some of the most delectable spots in Redwood City, each offering a unique culinary experience.
Each restaurant in Redwood City brings something unique to the table, making our city a haven for food connoisseurs.
With new places opening frequently, I'm excited to continue my gastronomic journey in Redwood City.