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4 days in Santa Clara

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4 days in Santa Clara

My husband and I are visiting Santa Clara in April for a CATESOL.(Teachers' conferrnce). Can you recommend some nice places to visit and good restaurants. We like Japanese and Seafood reataurants. Some places popular among locals.

Thanks.

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1. Re: 4 days in Santa Clara

Assuming you have a car, for seafood:

Scotts in downtown San Jose

http://www.scottsseafoodsj.com/

Japanese

Rokko - Sunnyvale

http://rokkosunnyvale.com/

Also try to get to Japantown in San Jose....

For good Japanese food (not expensive) another night go to

Gombei

http://www.japantownsanjose.org/rest7.html

yelp.com/biz/gombei-japanese-restaurant-san-…

Also, when in Santa Clara, be sure to get to Santana Row

http://www.santanarow.com/

A couple of restaurants you might be interested is:

Blowfish Sushi to Die For

Straits Restaurant

Thea (its Greek...but its good...so added it in.)

Yankee Pier

If you like Asian food, Santa Clara and San Jose has fantastic Asian restaurants....

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2. Re: 4 days in Santa Clara

Thanks!!

Yes, we will have a car.

Asian can be good. More Thai or Korean not Chinese food.

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3. Re: 4 days in Santa Clara

For Korean, Palace Barbecue is fantastic. Its a hot pot place - but very nice dining experience. When we have guests visit us from Asia, they often ask if we can take them there for dinner. Yes, its that good.

www.yelp.com/biz/palace-bbq-buffet-sunnyvale

For Thai, there are a number of Thai restaurants in the Santa Clara area. I find most of them to be of consistent quality - but none of them a "wow" factor over another. One of the number of Thai restaurants is Thaibodia.

http://www.thaibodia.com/menu.html

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4. Re: 4 days in Santa Clara

Thanks.

Any activities not to miss? Nice city walks, places? Maybe wineries?

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5. Re: 4 days in Santa Clara

The area around the Santa Clara convention center is fairly boring - office park, a few hotels, some little strip mall lunch spots. There's a bit more near the 101 freeway. If you go further, south/west, El Camino is the main road and it will have a wide variety of local food options. A couple of my favorites are Su's Mongolian BBQ (a bit of a dive, but best I've had) in Santa Clara, and Kabul Afghan (nice service and excellent food) in Sunnyvale. Lots of Indian and Korean options along there as well.

If I'm looking for a quick meal near the convention center, I usually go to the little strip mall about a half mile north and either do Togos sandwiches or the little Chinese place there.

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6. Re: 4 days in Santa Clara

Thanks.

It looks like we'll get back a few pounds havier.

It's also going to be my husband's birthday.

Any romantic places a 51 year old cool guy would enjoy? He loves good old rock. Maybe a restaurant with some atmosphere?

Thanks a lot again.

Edited: 08 February 2010, 06:44
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7. Re: 4 days in Santa Clara

Some more romantic places you could look into depending on price and interests:

La Fondue in Saratoga

Plumed Horse in Saratoga

La Foret in San Jose

Manresa in Los Gatos

There's also places over the hill in Santa Cruz, Soquel or Aptos by the coast. Shadowbrook has a romantic setting there.

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8. Re: 4 days in Santa Clara

For Good Old Rock, be sure to set your radio on KFOX while visiting San Jose. Great old Rock station.

http://www.kfox.com/main.html

For Wineries nearby to Santa Clara, J. Lohr has a location nearby

http://www.jlohr.com/tasting_main.html

For a great view of the valley, Mountain Winery is nice....in the summer good concerts are held here.

http://www.mountainwinery.com/

There are more wineries in Santa Cruz and also in Nearby Livermore.

http://www.scmwa.com/wineries.htm

http://www.lvwine.org/

A few places for wine tasting are:

J Lohr - Local tasting room close to Santa Clara

http://www.jlohr.com/tasting_main.html

Mountain Winery - further away, but great view of Santa Clara valley

http://www.mountainwinery.com/

There are more wineries in Santa Cruz Mountains and in nearby Livermore Winery (both within an hour drive)

http://www.scmwa.com/wineries.htm

http://www.lvwine.org/

For radio - if you like old rock and don't have XM, then KFOX is a good old rock station:

http://www.kfox.com/main.html

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9. Re: 4 days in Santa Clara

Great! Thanks.

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10. Re: 4 days in Santa Clara

If you have a hankering for Indian food, Amber India (www.amber-india.com/SantanaRow/home.htm) in Santana Row offers superb upscale cuisine. For more traditional Indian meals, there are numerous restaurants to try in nearby Sunnyvale.

For a nice walk, check out downtown San Jose (http://www.sjdowntown.com), Japantown (http://www.japantownsanjose.org), and Willow Glen (http://www.willowglen.com). The main streets downtown (First and Second Streets) are worth a quick walk, but the Guadalupe River Park and Gardens (http://www.grpg.org) is a nicer stroll. Also look into the Japanese Friendship Garden (yelp.com/biz/japanese-friendship-garden-san-…), which is in San Jose at Kelley Park. The garden is quite impressive and it's free--open until sunset. History Park (historysanjose.org/visiting_hsj/history_park) is adjacent to that, and it is worth checking out if that is your sort of thing.

Probably more romantic for you rather than your husband is the Rose Garden (http://www.heritageroses.us) in the aptly named Rose Garden neighborhood of San Jose, which is near Santa Clara. I find the rose gardens in Oakland and Berkeley to be better, but those are a long drive from Santa Clara!

If you like karaoke, try 7 Bamboo (http://www.7bamboo.com) in Japantown. A very popular spot on Friday and Saturday nights!

Edited: 09 February 2010, 23:05