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Italian. $$$. A warm and engaging atmosphere sets the scene for the full-bodied flavors and healthy ingredients that stand tall at convivial Aldo's. 14109 Winchester Blvd, Los Gatos, CA. 408.374.1808

A Matter of Taste
Handmade Provencal $$. Decorator bistro catering to those in need of beautiful food. Handmade soups, artistic salads, delectable housemade desserts. Lunch Tue-Sat, dinner Fri. & Sat. 35 E. Main Street, Los Gatos, CA. 408.399.1599.

Cafe Marcella
Contemporary Italian. $$$. Soars effortlessly to heights of style, substance and savvy service. Casual. Beer, wine. Closed Mon. 368 Village Lane, Los Gatos, CA. 408.354.8006.

Cafe Primavera
Italian. $$$. Sophistication and the Italian countryside meet in this stylish restaurant. Stonework and brick create an elegant alfresco dining area, while indoors the stunning surroundings are matched by the smart presentation and expert choice of ingredients as well as the visual allure of the food. Closed Mon. 15970 Los Gatos Blvd, Los Gatos, CA. 408.356.4902. Book a table online.

California Cafe
New American. $$$. An innovative approach to Pacific Rim staples makes for some lovely surprises. The ace service matches the smart setting. Full bar. 50 University Ave, Los Gatos, CA. 408.354.8118. Book a table online.

Rustic bistro. $$$. Large portions of upscale rustic fare sate the diner at this new-style Old World bistro. Choose from a generous menu of appetizers, and trust the servers when it comes to the specials—but don't forget to save room for Fondue for Two. 15466 Los Gatos Blvd. 408.358.0175.

Forbes Mill
Steakhouse American. $$$$. A big burly brasserie equipped with style as well as substance, Forbes Mill Steakhouse (named after Los Gatos' historical place name) is the work of Dean and Darin Devincenzi—the double D's who gave us Double D's Sports Grille. The menu offers plenty of pasta, poultry and seafood opportunities, but steak is the point here. A handy cooking guide ensures yours will be done to a T. Patio. Full bar. 206 N. Santa Cruz Ave. 408.395.6434.

Green Papaya
Vietnamese. $$. California cuisine meets Southeast Asia by way of Paris, with inventive updates of clay pot and five-spice authentica. More Asian bistro than noodle house, Green Papaya looks smart and acts smart. Closed Mon. Beer, wine. 137 N. Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos, CA. 408.395.9115.

I Gatti
New Italian. $$$. I Gatti fits like a glove along peaceful Main Street—a little place, but not cramped like so many small restaurants can be. The chef understands the basics but isn't afraid to create refreshing twists on traditional recipes. Closed Mon. 25 Main St, Los Gatos, CA. 408.399.5180.

Kamakura Sushi and Sake House
Sushi bar classics. $$. In a smart setting, Kamakura showcases a procession of impeccable sushi and sashimi platters. 135 N. Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos, CA. 408.395.6650.

Los Gatos Brewing Company
California brasserie. $$. This newly remodeled brewery restaurant offers a full bar and a sophisticated menu featuring crusted ahi, Australian lamb sirloin, barigoule of artichoke, tartare of salmon—even a comforting beef daube. Sensuous and satisfying. Full bar; microbrew beers. 130 N. Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos, CA. 408.395.9929. Book a table online.

Bistro. $$$. Charming murals transform the landmark bistro into a Montmartresque scene, and the food delivers a complementary Gallic twist. 27 N. Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos, CA. 408.395.7924.

Ristorante Valeriano
Contemporary Italian. $$$$. While the kitchen exudes earthy aromas the dining room's high ceilings, soft terra-cotta walls and gracious brass chandeliers all glow with a sense of Mediterranean mission. Hands-on management makes each patron feel pampered. Full bar. 160 W. Main St, Los Gatos, CA. 408.354.8108

New American. $$$. Styling itself as a grillhouse, Steamer's includes rotisserie meats and fragrant grilled chops in addition to fresh fish. Quality control and service are excellent. Full bar. 31 University Ave, Los Gatos, CA. 408.395.2722.

California bistro. $$$. From classy menu design to attentive service, Tapestry is a knockout. The menu underscores an interest in seasonal produce as well as the many cultural influences on California's cooking pot. Wine, beer. 11 College Ave, Los Gatos, CA. 408.395.2808.

Wine Cellar
New California. $$. Tucked under what was once the auditorium of University Avenue School but is now Borders Books, this cozy dining spot offers an education in Old World charm and New World cuisine, from smoked salmon pizza to grilled ahi tuna to desserts as fresh as spring break. 50 University Ave. 408.354.4808.


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