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Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in Peninsula

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Updated April 05, 2024

Looking for the best overall restaurants in Peninsula? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Velvet 48 Wine Bar restaurant
4.9
4.9 (59)
$31 to $50
Wine Bar
Burlingame
About the restaurant

Velvet 48 is a premium wine bar in downtown Burlingame started by 20-year wine industry veteran, Jason Cooper. We offer over 40 wines by the glass, 1100 wines by the bottle, a cultivated beer selection, and a variety of delicious savory and sweet small plates.

We have wines across every price point so there is something for everyone, from the casual wine drinker to the wine aficionado, who will be impressed by a wine collection that houses some of the finest wines in the world. We aim to cultivate an experience for our guests that starts with a complimentary splash of our house label, Velvet 48 Sparkling wine, followed by outstanding service from our Wine Specialists to guide you through our expansive list. We offer a discount of 25% off bottles purchased TO GO.

Due to the nature of our alcoholic license, we are unable to allow anyone under 21 on the premises, including infants.

Thank your for your understanding.

Top review
AnnD
Dined on Apr 7, 2024
We love Velvet 48. The complementary rose always starts the night off right! Lots of wines and price points to choose from. We love the flights!
A photo of Divino Belmont restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1174)
$30 and under
Italian
Belmont
About the restaurant
Divino Ristorante serves delicious, authentic regional Italian cuisine, in a casually elegant and comfortable setting. Since first opening its doors on Ralston Avenue in Belmont, it has enjoyed rave reviews for its beautifully prepared and presented Italian fare and excellent service. Conveniently located on Ralston Avenue near El Camino Real, you can enjoy the freshest pasta, salads, seafood, veal, chicken and lamb dishes attractively presented with the experience of dining in Italy. Allow our professional staff to assist you in choosing the perfect wine from any region of Italy to perfectly complement your meal. For your next dinner with friends or family, or for a romantic dinner for two, you can count on Divino.
Top review
RoseP
Dined 4 days ago
Another wonderful birthday celebration. Thank you Divinos
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A photo of 888 Ristorante Italiano restaurant
4.9
4.9 (565)
$30 and under
Italian
San Carlos
About the restaurant
If you’ve ever enjoyed the 888 dining experience, you know it’s not like your average Bay Area Italian restaurant. Conveniently located in the heart of downtown San Carlos, 888 Ristorante Italiano brings authentic flavors of Italy to Laurel Street. 888 was created from a passion for Italian cuisine that’s deep-rooted in the Maddalena family. Owner Vince Maddalena and Chef Raul learned their craft through growing up in the restaurant industry. Specifically, Maddalena’s, owned by Vince’s dad for over 30 years in Palo Alto. When Vince’s dad closed shop, Vince knew he wanted to continue sharing his passion for food with the public. And so 888 was born! When it comes to cooking, we never take shortcuts. Almost all of our menu is made in-house and we keep things fresh by changing our dishes as seasons come and go. Enjoy our intimate dining experience with a significant other, family and friends or just let us know if you have a large group and we would be happy to accommodate. Your host, Vincenzo Maddalena, would like to welcome you to his restaurant for a unique dining experience of authentic Italian cuisine. Buon Appetito!
Top review
nancybvip
Dined 5 days ago
Great Italian food, not too much garlic, yet full of flavor. Always a great dinner, never been disappointed
A photo of Ethel's Fancy restaurant
4.9
4.9 (391)
$50 and over
Californian
Palo Alto
About the restaurant
A hip and fun restaurant with chef's counter dining, serving thoughtful American cuisine, with an emphasis on local seasonal products.

Ethel's Fancy is open at 5 PM Tuesday - Saturday.

We have a small dining room with a limited amount of reservable tables. We do keep our Bar seats and a table in the restaurant open for people to walk-ins. Walk-ins are on a first come basis.

Please do not make multiple reservations with the intention of combining reservations to increase party size.

All guests must be present before your party will be seated.

To help provide a seamless experience for all our guests, we have allocated 2-hours for your group of 2 to 4 people.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Fantastic, incentive food, same with cocktails, warm and prompt service and lovely interiors! Will definitely be back.
A photo of Vespucci Ristorante Italiano restaurant
4.9
4.9 (831)
$31 to $50
Italian
San Mateo
About the restaurant
Please consider:
*Kitchen closes at 8:30pm, we place last order at 8:15pm and we don’t accept any reservation after 8:00pm
*Being a small restaurant, it is crucial for us to know in advance if the number of guests in your party changes, or you want to change the time, or you are planning to not come at all. Please avoid to just not show up, but kindly call to inform us, it will be much appreciated. If we don’t hear from you, we will re-assign the table after 15 minutes. If you need to increase the number of guests on a reservation made through Open Table, please call the restaurant.
*We don’t take groups larger than 10 people on Fridays and Saturdays.
*About birthday celebrations : we don’t have a free dessert policy, if you order one from our dessert chart, we will bring it to the table with the candle. You can also bring your own cake, our cutting fee is $3 per person.
*Corkage fee is $25 per bottle.
*We don't longer offer outdoor seating, only indoor dining and take out.


Top review
FayezaM
Dined on Apr 11, 2024
Great food and service. Manuela explained her family’s recipes and the food ingredients, and the food was as delicious as promised.
A photo of The Refuge - San Carlos restaurant
4.9
4.9 (45)
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
San Carlos
About the restaurant
As seen on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, The Refuge has been thriving in San Carlos since 2008. Let The Refuge be your haven from the ordinary. Make this upscale restaurant and pub your choice for first rate fare and brew today. If you're craving tenaciously-tender, juicy pastrami, authentic cheesesteaks, house-ground burgers, dazzling salads or savory soups, , Refuge is the place to be.

Husband and wife team Matt Levin and Melanie Roth run the show here alongside a gifted, attentive and conscientious team in the front and back of the house. Come for a classic Americana-style menu with a most extensive offering of beer. Choose from 18 different Belgian styles on tap and many more in the bottle.

Casual connoisseurs unite! This place is the real deal. Whether it’s a quick lunch, a raging evening, a private event, take-out or delivery, the REFUGE experience is unlike any other place at any one time.

Top review
Mostar70
Dined on Mar 31, 2024
All the food was pretty amazing for a pub!! This place has the biggest drink menu I have ever seen. I will definitely be back!
A photo of Cafe Pro Bono restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1360)
$30 and under
Italian
Palo Alto
About the restaurant
(Please visit www.cafeprobono for more info or to order pickup or takeout orders)

Cafe Pro Bono is Palo Alto’s crowning jewel for exceptional Italian food. For over 30 years we’ve been serving a wide variety of authentic, reasonably priced Italian and European dishes with a freshness you can see and taste!

As the recipient of Palo Alto Weekly’s ‘Best Italian Restaurant’ in 2021, 2022 and 2023, we’re extremely proud and thankful for our wonderful CPB family of diners who were especially loyal during the height of the pandemic.

Through the creativity of CPB owner Akif Aydin and our head chef Ignacio Cortez, our menu includes delicious, attractively presented appetizers, fresh pastas, fresh fish, steaks, chicken, salads, sandwiches and homemade desserts. We also have a full bar, so enjoy your favorite cocktails, ‘0 Proof’ cocktails - or one of our domestic or international wines from our extensive wine list.

Hope to see you soon!

Buon Appetito!!!

Top review
SanMateoFoodHuntervip
Dined 7 days ago
The food is delicious and it's a quaint place to have a small get together!
A photo of Seiya restaurant
4.8
4.8 (654)
$31 to $50
Japanese
San Carlos
About the restaurant
Modern twist on traditional Japanese cuisine. Using centuries old techniques to elevate the fresh fish and ingredients sourced from Japan and locally.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Apr 10, 2024
Best sushi on the peninsula! Love the Mac Daddy roll - exceptionally good. The Bhuta kimchi is addictive!
A photo of Sushi Jin restaurant
4.8
4.8 (91)
$50 and over
Sushi
Mountain View
About the restaurant
Here at Sushi Jin, we honor the continued tradition of the Edomae-style and incorporate new elements and the highest-quality ingredients into our menu today as we combine old traditions with new ideas. Our unique style inherits the taste that has been passed down from multiple generations and embraces the unique flavors to elevate the modern palette. Sushi is truly the connection between the heart and soul of Japanese food.. “eating the memory of each season”.
Top review
PatriceM
Dined on Apr 10, 2024
Sushi Jin can be hard to notice because it is a small place with practically no outside signage but once you find it the food is amazing. Make sure to make reservations. So many people came in and were turned away due to no reservation. Sushi Jin is expensive. My wife and I had the omakase with the uni flight add on and no alcohol. The total bill was over $500. The food was amazingly tasty. You definitely want to put the cell phone down and savor each morsel. The expense means we can only visit rarely but we will be back.
A photo of Evvia restaurant
4.8
4.8 (4441)
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Palo Alto
About the restaurant
Sister restaurant of Kokkari, Evvia has been serving authentic rustic Greek cuisine since 1995. Our fresh fish, savory roasted meats and grilled and roasted vegetables are perked up with a squeeze of lemon, a splash olive oil, and Mediterranean herbs. There is perfection in simplicity.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 1 day ago
Evvia is one of our favorite restaurants in the Bay Area for celebrations big and small. The staff make the diners feel like family and the Greek food is authentic and superb!
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