IN SAN JOSE: Scott’s Seafood offers a great view of the downtown and the foothills from its sixth-floor rooftop patio, where you can enjoy a sophisticated menu of ocean fare. A long fire pit keeps diners toasty should any chill kick in. • San Pedro Square Market [is a happening place with its fun mix of over 20 vendors offering everything from sushi to tapas. Order your meal and drink of choice and take them outside where you can sit at one of many tables as well as catch sports action on a large screen TV. • San Jose’s only true gastropub, Firehouse No. 1 is a casual eatery with outdoor patio seats to take in the lively scene. • Savor American bistro cuisine on the cozy patio at SP2 or enjoy a cocktail at the communal bar at this popular hot spot. • Taste your way through Santana Row’s wide variety of local and international cuisine, many offering outdoor seating options. Here, thin-crust, wood-fired pizzas draw a bustling scene at Pizza Antica a casual Italian restaurant with patio seating; Village Bistro & Wine Bar is an airy indoor/outdoor eatery serving seasonal Californian dishes plus boutique wines; the Parisian-style brasserie, Left Bank features a seasonally-changing menu and an outdoor dining area; and LB Steak is a modern American steakhouse with a French twist and comfortable patio to tuck into a hearty meal.
IN LOS GATOS: Whether you dine in Nick’s Next Door’s cozy yet elegant dining room or on the picturesque patio at the foot of a towering redwood, you’ll receive a warm welcome, often from owner Nick Difu himself. • The front patio at Italian wine bar Enoteca La Storia allows for al fresco sipping of fine vintages, plus small plates, savory or sweet. • And at Wine Cellar’s patio you can enjoy mountain views with upscale American cuisine and outstanding wines.
SANTA CLARA/SUNNYVALE: Experience Bradley Ogden’s award-winning, upscale, creative Californian cuisine in a sophisticated outdoor patio dining area at Parcel 104 (Santa Clara Marriott). • Linger on at the front sidewalk patio while savoring hearty Middle Eastern dishes redolent of spices at Dishdash in downtown Sunnyvale.
MOUNTAIN VIEW: Savor exotic cocktails and enticing Pan-Latin cuisine and tapas on the spacious patio at the vibrant Cascal. • The covered patio at Pacific Catch is a great setting to enjoy an island cocktail and fresh seafood dishes inspired by Pacific Rim flavors.
PALO ALTO: Stroll over to Vino Locale for seasonal, organic fare and regional wines in a quaint Victorian home, and enjoy the ambiance in the heated patio featuring live music most evenings. • A descendant of a bohemian beatnik café, St. Michael’s Alley is a refined spot for modern Californian fare with a stylish outside dining area. • A New Orleans-themed spot offering Creole fare, Nola features spacious patio dining and a romantic railed balcony reminiscent of the French Quarter. • Brunch is taken to a new level at Mayfield Bakery & Café, a rustic eatery featuring brioche French toast, frittata and buttermilk hotcakes. Sip a Bloody Mary and dine under a majestic oak tree for a relaxing start to your day.
MENLO PARK/REDWOOD CITY/SAN CARLOS: Part of the luxurious Rosewood Sand Hill Resort in Menlo Park, Madera is a Michelin-starred restaurant and one of the Peninsula’s ultimate destination dining spots, with tables on the outdoor terrace providing stunning views of the Santa Cruz Mountains. • The spacious tree- and umbrella-shaded courtyard at Stanfork Park Hotel’s Menlo Grill offers an ideal spot for lounging and noshing innovative American comfort food. • A buzzy nook with artisan comfort food and craft cocktails, Timber & Salt [Redwood City: 881 Middlefield Rd.; 650/362-3777] features sidewalk dining in downtown Redwood City. • Also in Redwood City, Latin-inspired tapas, ceviches and craft cocktails are served in a modern, comfortably upscale dining room at LV Mar, with a patio to enjoy an ever-expanding Mezcal and Tequila selection. • West Coast wines complement American takes on steaks, chops and seafood at Town in San Carlos, with plenty of people-watching to be had at their sidewalk seating area. • And at Piacere in San Carlos, locavore-leaning Californian-Italian fare is served in a sleek space with an open bar/lounge and outdoor dining areas.