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Top Picks for Outdoor Dining

With indoor dining still at bay, here are some prime spots to enjoy dining—or taking—out.

Le Papillon (San Jose)


Let’s face it. None of us at home are ever going to cook up an exquisite meal like Chef Scott Cooper does, so when you’re in the mood for indulgence, book your spot on their patio for a gourmet three-course prix fixe dinner, or order for pick-up or delivery. Choices change weekly; see here for menu. Thurs-Sun, 5:30-7:30pm. Advance ordering required.

Centonove (Los Gatos)


Now also open for outdoor table service, this neighborhood trattoria transports guests to Italy through its warm hospitality, culinary specialties and wines. A menu of wood-fired antipasti and pizzas, house-made pastas, and other specialties is matched by a noteworthy list of Italian wines and beers. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Call 408-384-4007 for reservations or order delivery online through Doordash.

Alexander’s Steakhouse (Cupertino)


This well-loved steakhouse has set up an inviting outdoor space for lunch Tuesday–Sunday and dinner daily. Their online butcher shop also lists top cuts to order and prepare at home. Order here.

Yayoi (Cupertino, Palo Alto & San Mateo)


Order from your choice of three area restaurants for a wholesome and entirely satisfying Teishoku lunch or dinner, or dine outside at Cupertino and Palo Alto locations. These boxed meals reflect what Japanese people eat on an everyday basis, with the standard combination including rice, soup, pickles and a main dish. The latter choices range from sukiyaki to teriyaki salmon. Daily, 12-8pm. (No outdoor dining available at San Mateo location.)

Cascal Restaurant (Mountain View)


For those longing for a zesty paella or other delicious Spanish specialties, Peninsula’s longtime Cascal fits the bill. Enjoy on the patio or for takeout, and pair with wine, cocktails or virgin mojitos. See here for info. Lunch and dinner Tues-Sun.

Evvia (Palo Alto)


You might expect the Greeks to know all about creating the ideal outdoor dining ambience, and Evvia has lived up to this task with its makeshift garden terrace for the times—a “street deck” adorned with plants, ambient lights and a canopy of sail shades. It is an idyllic setting for a divine menu which includes zucchini cakes, lamb riblets, roasted prawns and moussaka. Lunch and dinner daily; see here for more info.

The Sea by Alexander’s (Palo Alto)


For those who have tried the hamachi shots here at The Sea (and been dreaming of them ever since), good news! This seafood destination is now offering patio dining. Favorites like popcorn shrimp and miso cod as well as great steak choices are also on the menu, and available for takeout too. Reserve a table or see here for takeout and delivery. Open daily.

LV Mar (Redwood City)


The spirit is alive and well at this contemporary Latin/Mexican tapas restaurant run by Chef Manuel Martinez. Who doesn’t get a hankering for a delicious taco, fresh ceviche or fulfilling arroz con marisco—especially with a margarita or glass of sangria added! Open daily for dinner; brunch on weekends. See here for patio dining hours or order takeout or delivery.

Shiki Restaurants (San Carlos & San Mateo)


Those in search of fresh, top quality sushi and other Japanese favorites can satisfy their yen at either of Shiki’s two Peninsula locations. Sushi, tempura, teriyaki and more are all up for takeout, with sakes and wines included in the possibilities, while Shiki Bistro in San Carlos is also open for outdoor seating. See menus for San Carlos and San Mateo. Lunch and dinner daily.

Sixto’s Cantina (Burlingame)


Savor inspired Mexican cuisine rooted in Jaliscan tradition at this Burlingame favorite, and pair your meal with artisanal cocktails made with top quality spirits, fresh juices and herbs. Order takeout or delivery here, or enjoy the lively outdoor patio/sidewalk seating. Wed-Thurs, 3-8pm; Fri-Sun, 12-8pm.

Ristorante Rocca (Burlingame)


Located on Broadway, this trattoria offers delicious choices including Dungeness crab cakes and carpaccio as well as signature house-made pasta dishes such as Linguine Fra’ Diavola. Sidewalk dining, takeout and delivery for lunch and dinner daily.

You can also head to downtown streets where parklets (protected areas converted from parking spaces) have been established or blocks have been closed to traffic to allow for expanded outdoor seating areas. Included are: Lincoln Avenue in San Jose; Santa Cruz Avenue in Los Gatos; Big Basin Way in Saratoga; South Murphy Avenue in Sunnyvale; Castro Street in Mountain View; University Avenue in Palo Alto; Broadway in Redwood City; and Laurel Street in San Carlos.