In Silicon Valley, where a lunch meeting between an entrepreneur and an angel investor can lead to a paradigm-shifting company, the right restaurant can be key to sealing the deal. Here, our roundup of where you should make a reservation for that pitch meeting — or just to get a glimpse of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Buck’s of Woodside
WHAT’S ON THE MENU: Dueling Louis Armstrong (your choice of a fresh Dungeness crab or seven big shrimp), Nachos con Todo, California Crab Cakes, Avocado Burgers, Filet Mignon, and “Bodacious” hot-fudge pie
WHO EATS HERE: “Everyone has eaten at Buck’s,” Business Insider says. In this case, “everyone” includes Microsoft’s Bill Gates, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, venture-capital dean John Doerr, and Oracle’s Larry Ellison.
FOR RESERVATIONS: Call (650) 851-8010.
WHAT’S ON THE MENU: Quinoa Salad, Tomato Basil Soup, French Fries, Cuban Sandwiches, and BLTs
WHO EATS HERE: Top venture capitalists who work nearby on Sand Hill Road, like Pravin Vazirani of Menlo Ventures
FOR RESERVATIONS: E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT’S ON THE MENU: Chef Chu’s Famous Chicken Salad, Sichuan Style String Beans, Curried Prawns, Mongolian Beef, Pineapple Chicken, Prawns in Lobster Sauce, and Ma Por Tofu
WHO EATS HERE: The late Steve Jobs (a famously finicky eater) was a fan, as is Yahoo! co-founder Jerry Yang, former Intel CEO Craig Barrett, and former secretary of state George P. Shultz, who once held an emergency meeting of Reagan administration officials at the restaurant.
FOR RESERVATIONS: Call (650) 948-2696.
Madera, in the Rosewood Sand Hill hotel
WHAT’S ON THE MENU: Tuna Tartar, Monterey Bay Squid, Fresh Rock Shrimp Tempura, Potato Cheddar Soup, Duck Confit Leg, and Baja Fried Fish Tacos
WHO EATS HERE: Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen, angel investor Ron Conway, and on Thursday nights, an influx of beautiful women
FOR RESERVATIONS: Use Open Table.
WHAT’S ON THE MENU: Guacamole, Ceviche, Chalupas, Nachos, Burrito de Carne Asada, Bistec Ranchero, and a wide array of enchiladas
WHO EATS HERE: Mark Zuckerberg (the restaurant was one of two that provided catering for his wedding) and hordes of hungry students from nearby Stanford University, likely discussing their apps, ideas, and pitches
FOR RESERVATIONS: Get in line — it’s first come, first served.
Quattro, at the Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley at East Palo Alto
WHAT’S ON THE MENU: Organic Carrot Soup, Sardinian Cous Cous, Baby Octopus Luciana, Italian Sausage Pizza, Saffron Tajarin Carbonara, and Rigatoni Al Vino
WHO EATS HERE: It’s a favorite spot for tech and finance writers like the Economist’s Matthew Bishop and TechCrunch writer Bernard Moon, who also cofounded SparkLabs Korea.
FOR RESERVATIONS: Call (650) 470-2889.