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More Places to Eat and Drink in the Sun

Uploaded: Jun 9, 2017

Last year, we did a popular blog,
Places to Eat and Drink in the Sun

I just discovered another to add to the list! Not sure why no one has ever mentioned this absolutely terrific spot in Los Gatos to eat, drink and write. Actually, all writers are in good company at Jack Rose,

which sits half way between Monterey and San Francisco, and known to be a spot where John Steinbeck, who lived a mere half mile from the location, might stop and catch a drink before returning home to compose on his Hermes Baby typewriter.

In the early days, it was the home of the popular Mexican restaurant La Hacienda, and also a gathering place for amateur rodeo competitions.

With a back yard, front deck, play yard, a couple bars, live music on the weekends, a location off the beaten track, plenty of patio furniture with cushy seats, and even alluring art in the bathroom, this is a great summer hangout for young and old.

Here's to your next best-seller!

Jack Rose Libation House
18840 Saratoga Los Gatos Rd.
Los Gatos, CA 95030

Here’s our list from
last year.
Please add to it and confirm times on the website.

The Pool Bar & Grill at Rosewood Sand Hill
2825 Sand Hill Rd., Menlo Park
M – F: 11 AM – 6 – 7PM (depending on when the sun sets)
No dress code

Quadrus Café
2400 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park
M - F: 10:30 AM - 2 PM

Cool Cafe @Cantor
328 Lomita Dr, Ste 200, Stanford
W – Sun: 11 AM – 5 PM, Thurs: 11 AM – 8 PM

Alice’s Restaurant
17288 Skyline Boulevard, Woodside
8 AM – 9 PM
Front patio sun all day / back bar sun during happy hour

The Patio
12 Emerson Street, Palo Alto
11 AM – 2 AM

Alpine Inn / Rossotti’s
3915 Alpine Road, Portola Valley
M – F: 11:30 AM – 9 PM
Sat: 11: 30 AM – 9 PM, Sun: 11:30 AM – 6 PM

Trellis Rooftop
1077 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
M – F: 11 AM–2:30 PM & 5–10 PM
Sat: 5–10 PM, Sun: 5–9 PM

Fish Market
1855 S Norfolk St, San Mateo
11 AM – 10 PM
Patio dining in the summer

Johnson's Salt Box
1696 Laurel St., San Carlos
Tues–F: 11:30 AM - 2 PM & 5:30 - 9 PM
Sat–Sun: 10 AM -2 PM

A journey is a person it itself: no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.

- John Steinbeck

What is it worth to you?


Posted by Moochi, a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood,
on Jun 14, 2017 at 6:29 am

One benefit of outdoor dining is the possibility that the restaurant will allow dogs in the outside area. I'm not sure about all the places above, but I know you can have b-fast with your pooch on the deck @ Alice's.
When we were in Carmel it seemed mandatory that you brought a dog to lunch. It seemed like EVERYONE had them...the city may have provided them upon entry. haha

Posted by MP 4 Life, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park,
on Jun 15, 2017 at 6:53 am
This place is awesome for a relaxed brunch with your pup, lunch with friends, happy hour drinks and aps, or dinner with your sweetheart. The food is good to great, and the drinks, wine and beer lists, well curated. Gravel patio with fire pits, umbrellas, and trees. Italian market lights add extra special ambiance. Cushy outdoor furniture makes you feel right at home. Check out this hidden gem in RWC just off of Main Street!

Posted by Laura Stec, a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge,
on Jun 15, 2017 at 11:57 am

Sounds great MP 4 Life - didn't know about it.

Posted by Charlene Margot, a resident of Menlo Park,
on Jun 15, 2017 at 6:23 pm

Any list of good outdoor dining should include Cafe Borrone in Menlo Park! Great outdoor seating, day or night, right nextdoor to Menlo Park's favorite independent bookstore, Kepler's Books.

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