As spring is in full swing and the economy begins to rebound, local restaurateurs are welcoming diners for Peninsula Restaurant Week from Friday, May 13 through Saturday, May 21.
More than 115 restaurants from south San Francisco to Sunnyvale and up the San Mateo County coast will be offering specials and specials. Diners can find a wide range of participating restaurants in 32 cities and towns and view their special menus online at PeninsulaRestaurantWeek.com.
The celebration of the diversity of the local culinary and dining scene is sponsored by the San Francisco Peninsula – the region’s convention and visitor bureau – in partnership with Embarcadero Media, parent company of the Palo Alto Weekly.
“The Peninsula’s culinary scene has quietly established itself as a one-stop-shop for innovative restaurant entrepreneurs offering local dishes prepared by highly respected chefs,” said John Hutar, President and CEO of San Peninsula. Francis. “It has a diversity of restaurants, from fine dining to more informal, that rivals anything in San Francisco or other Bay Area cities.”
But emerging from two years of pandemic hardship, Hutar added, “This industry needs our support now more than ever.
“With so many people still working remotely, now is the perfect time to have a wonderful dining experience,” he said.
Restaurant participation is free.
Vanessa Garcia, owner of 7 Mile House in Brisbane – a former stagecoach that is now a restaurant serving American and Filipino dishes – is one of the restaurants at Peninsula Restaurant Week.
“It’s such a good time for this event, to open up our region and relaunch the restaurant industry, and to support small businesses like ours on the peninsula,” Garcia said.
Palo Alto Restaurant Week attendees, beginning May 12, include Asian Box, Bevri, Bistronomie by Baume, Celia’s Mexican Restaurant, Coupa Cafe (three locations), Cudos, Fish Market Restaurant, Hobee’s, Jing Jing Gourmet, Kanpai Sushi Japanese Restaurant, Kirk’s Steakburgers, LuLu’s at Town & Country Village, Pizzeria Delfina, San Agus Cocina Urbana & Cocktails, State of Mind Slice House, Taverna, The Port of Peri Peri, Tin Pot Creamery, Vitality Bowls, Wild Onion Bistro & Bar, Wildseed, Zadna Bowl and Zareen’s.
Restaurants in Menlo Park include Bistro Vida, Celia’s Mexican Restaurant, Fey, La Stanza Cucina Italiana, Left Bank Menlo Park, LuLu’s on The Alameda, Mama Coco Cocina Mexicana, Menlo Tavern, Ristorante Carpaccio, and The Refuge Menlo Park.
The Peninsula Restaurant Week, now in its second year, also offers restaurant gift cards. Diners can earn up to $850 in gift cards over the nine-day event by posting a photo of their meal from a participating restaurant on Instagram, tagging @peninsulafoodist, @thesixfifty, @thesfpeninsula and the restaurant they visit, and using #penrestaurantweek in the caption.
More detailed information on select restaurants, including Peninsula Foodist interviews with local chefs, is featured on TheSixFifty.com, an online publication about the best of what to see, do and eat on the Peninsula.
One of the star restaurants is La Viga, a seafood restaurant in Redwood City that was featured in the article “Instagrammable Restaurants: The Original Art of Silicon Valley’s Most Photogenic Restaurants.”
Chef Manuel Martinez, chef and owner of the culinary group La Viga, organized the participation of three of his restaurants in the Peninsula Restaurant Week.
“La Viga Culinary Group is thrilled to help showcase the many diverse flavors of the SF Peninsula,” he said. “We look forward to the many new faces we welcome and learn about our star dishes and cocktails while supporting other local restaurants.”
Visit PeninsulaRestaurantWeek.com for a searchable directory of restaurants and their menus and more giveaway information.