Indoor dining is becoming more prevalent in the South Bay as restaurateurs adapt to the latest rules set by health officials. And while some may be eager to get inside a cozy, 25 percent-full restaurant, many still feel a twinge of trepidation about sitting indoors with other people after months of being told not to do just that.

Luckily, the restaurants in the region have options no matter what camp its customers fall into. That includes those offering indoor or outdoor dining for date nights or casual fare, curbside pickup or delivery for those who have gotten used to staying in their pajamas.

Newly Open

Floodcraft Brewing Co.

777 The Alameda, San Jose; 408. 207.1126

Located inside the new Whole Foods at CityLine Sunnyvale, Floodcraft Brewing Co. opened last week with 19 rotating taps of craft beer, wines and cider on draft. Open 11am to 10pm Sunday to Thursday and from 11am to 11pm Friday and Saturday.

Date Night

Enoteca La Storia

320 W St John St, San Jose; 408.618.5455

416 North Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos; 408.625.7272

Both Enoteca locations are open daily from noon to 8pm, offering indoor and outdoor dining as well as takeout and delivery. In San Jose, though Nov. 15, diners can get the chef’s special, which is pesto spaghetti with garlic prawns, paired with a cocktail for $35, plus tip.


885 Middlefield Rd, Redwood City; 650.367.4939

Arya, known for its Persian cuisine, also offers Italian dishes and Mediterraneean fare fit for a date night. Open at 11:30am Monday to Friday and at 11am Saturday and Sunday. Closing time is 9:30pm on weeknights and 11:30pm on weekends.

Lexington House

40 N Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos; 408.354.1600

For whiskey fans, the Lexington House, and American-style bistro, is a South Bay must-go. Open3:30 to 9:30pm Monday to Thursday and 3:30 to 10pm Friday and Saturday. The restaurant is closed on Sundays.


17500 Depot St STE 180, Morgan Hill; 408.782.5151

Odeum combines classic Mediterranean fare with modern California cuisine, serving seafood, meat and pasta and showcasing a rotating exhibit of local artists. Open for lunch Monday to Saturday and dinner Monday to Sunday. Sunday brunch is from 10:30am to 2pm.

Donato Enoteca

1041 Middlefield Rd, Redwood City; 650.701.1000

Donato Enoteca upped its game during the pandemic, offering at-home meal kits with fresh-cut pasta and handmade sauce. The restaurant is now open in full swing from 11:30am to 2pm and 4 to 9pm Tuesday to Sunday. Closed on Mondays.

Cin-Cin Wine Bar

368 Village Ln, Los Gatos; 408.354.8006

Cin-Cin Wine Bar serves small plates inspired by spanish, French and Italian cuisine in a laid-back atmosphere. Open for outside dining nightly Monday through Thursday from 4 pm through 10 pm and on Friday and Saturday from 4 to 11pm. Closed Sundays.

The Sea by Alexander’s Steakhouse

4269 El Camino Real, Palo Alto; 650.213.1111

Chef Yu Min Lin has been tasked with making The Sea “the Bay Area’s premier seafood dining destination.” Open for takeout and delivery daily from noon to 8pm, for lunch on the weekends, and for dinner between 4:30 and 9pm daily.


242 State St, Los Altos; 650.935.2372

57 Los Gatos-Saratoga Rd, Los Gatos; 408.540.7004

Asa is open for patio dining or takeout for its menu, but also other kitchen staples. Diners can make dinner reservations online Tuesday to Saturday. The Los Gatos-Saratoga Road location is also open on Sundays for dinner.

Casual Dining

Oak & Rye

303 N Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos; 408.395.4441

Oak & Rye offer curbside pickup and patio dining starting at noon daily. Closing time is at 8pm Sunday to Wednesday and 9pm Thursday to Saturday. Its cocktails and specialty pizzas can be made to eat on-site or to bake at home.

Angelou’s Mexican Grill

21 N Second St, San Jose; 408.971.2287

Angelou’s specializes in breakfast and lunch, serving Mexican, American and “other international flavors” from a weekly menu. Open 11am to 10pm Monday to Saturday.

Flames Eatery & Bar

88 S 4th St STE 150, San Jose; 408.971.1960

Flames, near San Jose City Hall, advertises its casual atmosphere. The restaurant has some patio seating, but also offers takeout and delivery through DoorDash, GrubHub and UberEats. Open 7am to midnight Wednesday to Saturday and 7am to 11pm Sunday to Tuesday.

The Pastaria & Market

27 N Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos; 408.399.3477

The longtime eatery moved into a larger restaurant in downtown Los Gatos months ahead of the pandemic, and owner Donna Novi has revamped the menu with new comfort food dishes. Open from 4:30 to 9pm Tuesday to Sunday for patio seating, takeout and delivery.

88 Keys Cafe


1295 E Dunne Ave, Morgan Hill; 669.888.3488

88 Keys Cafe serves fried American classics: onion rings, crispy calamari and dill pickles as well as burgers, salads and sandwiches in a casual atmosphere. Open 4 to 9pm Monday to Thursday, until 10pm Friday and Saturday and until 8pm Sundays.

St. John’s Bar & Grill

510 Lawrence Expy STE 110, Sunnyvale; 408.738.8515

St. John’s has been in Silicon Valley for 40 years, but now has an expanded patio and offers takeout. Open from 11am to 5:30pm Monday and Tuesday, and from 11am to 7pm Wednesday to Saturday from 11am to 7pm.

Cucina Venti

1390 Pear Ave STE D, Mountain View; 650.254.1120

Cucina Venti is open at 11am daily. Closing time is 9 pm on weeknights and 10pm on the weekend. The restaurant serves up classic Italian and Mediterranean dishes, including paella, fettuccini with duck confit and an assortment of flatbreads.

Old Town Shanghai

251 S Mary Ave STE 1, Sunnyvale; 408.743.5728

Old Town Shanghai offers a mix of creative dim sum and Chinese classics for lunch and dinner every day except Tuesdays. Diners can eat outside, order in advance for curbside pickup or get delivery through Postmates, GrubHub and UberEats.

Campo di Bocce

565 University Ave, Los Gatos; 408.395.7650

Campo di Bocci offers open seating in its parking lot. Reservations are recommended for those who want to sit on the patio or hop on a round of bocce. The restaurant is open noon to 8pm Wednesday to Sunday for dine-in, takeout or delivery.

Tiki Pete

23 N Market St, San Jose; 408.713.2900

Tiki Pete’s promises “island hospitality,” and a menu of Cajun and Hawiian dishes, plus drinks served in a pineapple. The restaurant is offering a two-person prix fixe menu for $90 through Nov. 15 as part of Dine Downtown 2.0, organized by the San Jose Downtown Association.

Takeout & Delivery

Voltaire Coffee House

360 S Market St, San Jose; 408.457.9929

Coffeehouses in the South Bay have struggled during the pandemic, but Voltaire has put together a deal to bring folks to them: A $15 food and drink pairing that includes a “coffee item,” a breakfast sandwich and a sweet treat of banana bread, pumpkin walnut bread or coffee cake.

Tacos Los Tres Hermanos

1295 E Dunne Ave, Morgan Hill; 408.355.8151

This family-owned Mexican taqueria joint is open from 10am to 11pm daily for takeout, offering burritos, tacos, tortas and quesadillas.

The Last Round Tavern

354 E Santa Clara St, San Jose; 408.286.9710

The Last Round, launched by a longtime boxer-turned-entrepreneur in San Jose offers the best of bar food: Pizza, spaghetti, sandwiches and beer from 5 to 10pm Monday through Saturday.

Tony Caters

5202 N 1st St, San Jose; 408.263.4366

Tony Santos typically focuses on catering, but with events canceled for the foreseeable future, he’s refocused Tony Caters on Tony’s To-Go. It’s like a meal kit, but customers can also order groceries delivered to their door. The menu changes weekly.

Sumika Grill

3548 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara; 408.246.5511

236 Central Plaza, Los Altos; 650.917.1822

Sumika Grill offers Japanese staples like Tonkostsu ramen, udon and fried Katsu don for homebodies looking for takeout and delivery. Open for lunch and dinner daily.

Big T’s Seafood Market Bar

1694 Tully Rd, San Jose; 408.238.2888

Seafood lovers in San Jose craving a fresh plate of clams, mussels, fish or shrimp can order takeout or delivery from Doordash, Ubereats or Grubhub daily from noon to 10pm daily.

The Funny Farm Restaurant

7028 Santa Teresa Blvd, San Jose; 408.244.4424

The Funny Farm restaurant situated on the outskirts of San Jose features a flavorful collection of burgers and sandwiches, available Monday through Sunday from 11:30 am until 8:00 pm. Locals can order through the restaurant’s website for pickup or delivery.