By Elena Kadvany
Silicon Valley Restaurant Week, Oct. 16-23Uploaded: Oct 15, 2013
Silicon Valley Restaurant Week is similar to other cities' "Dine Out" events you might have heard of. For a week or so, fancy pants restaurants offer fixed lunch/dinner menus at discounted rates. It's a great chance to eat at places you wouldn't normally splurge on.
Various restaurants in the area are participating for the week of Oct. 16 to Oct. 23. Cost ranges from $35 to $45 per person depending on the restaurant.
Though the fixed menu is somewhat frustrating/can be limiting, all restaurants do offer three different choices for each course (appetizer, entrée and dessert). You can view most places' menus online, which I recommend doing before making a reservation so you can make sure there's something on there that you'd like.
Here's a list of local participating restaurants:
Restaurant & Bar, Mountain View
Bushido, Mountain View
Scott's Seafood, Mountain View
Scratch, Mountain View
California Cafe, Palo Alto
Gravity Bistro & Wine Bar, Palo Alto
Il Fornaio, Palo Alto
Quattro, East Palo Alto (in the Four Seasons Hotel)
Reposado, Palo Alto
Siam Orchid Organic Fine Dining, Palo Alto
LB Steak, Menlo Park
Arya, Redwood City
La Viga, Redwood City
There's also a handful of spots in San Jose (Santana Row, downtown), Cupertino and Los Gatos. For a full list, menus and reservations, click here.