Santa Clara County may be on its way to legalizing indoor dining again soon, as cases and infection rates dip. That will be welcome news to restaurateurs that have spent the past year trying to eek by with limited seating outdoors. Until then, eateries are still serving up food fit for a date night, or a casual lunch, including vegetarian and vegan options. This week’s dining guides offers up just a sampling of those eateries.

Newly Opened

Suggi Oota

949 Ruff Drive, San Jose; 669.224.0833

Though it’s not yet open for outdoor dining, this family-owned and run Indian restaurant features a weekly rotating menu of vegetarian dishes for pickup or delivery.

Date Night


518 Bryant St, Palo Alto; 650.752.6281

Ettan combines Californian and Indian flavors with plates like red chili octopus, tava fried copra beef and traditional butter chicken.

La Catalana

3720 North First St STE A, San Jose; 408.324.1321

La Catalana has been transporting diners to Catalonia with its traditional tapas and wine for the past decade.


546 University Ave, Palo Alto; 650.325.8500

Tamarine’s Vietnamese cuisine is also influenced by dishes from China, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and France.


501 E Campbell Ave., Campbell; 408.429.8098

Desi couples Indian favorites and street food staples, like gol gappe and paneer tikka, with unique cocktails.

Tessora’s Barra di Vino

234 Campbell Ave, Campbell; 408.626.7711

Happy hour and wine club sign-ups complement this wine bar’s menu and food.


246 Saratoga Ave, Santa Clara; 408.824.9052

Housemade soba, udon and chef specials are served at Leichi daily.

Mio Vicino

1290 Benton St, Santa Clara; 408.241.9414

Mio Vicino, in Santa Clara’s Franklin Mall, offers all of the Italian staples in a cozy setting.

Casual Dining

Godfather’s Burger Lounge 

1500 El Camino Real, Belmont; 650.637.9257

With more than 12 kinds of burgers to choose from, diners can also customize their orders and opt for a vegetarian, chicken or turkey patty.

Trail Dust BBQ

17240 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill; 408.776.9072

Cooked low and slow for hours, Trail Dust BBQ uses oak wood to smoke all of its seasoned meats.

The Running Shops and Hops

17500 Depot St STE 100, Morgan Hill; 669.258.5950

This craft beer brewery offers 86 beers on tap.

Rose & Crown Pub

547 Emerson Street, Palo Alto; 650.327.7673

Modeled after a classic English pub, Rose & Crown offers a large selection of Belgian beers and craft beer options.

Margaritas Taqueria

395 N Fair Oaks Avenue, Sunnyvale; 408.673.4795

Margaritas Taqueria Food Truck serves tacos, burritos and mariscos at its longtime downtown Sunnyvale location.


1710 West Campbell Ave, Campbell, San Jose; 408.374.5777

Outdoor dining, pickup and delivery options are available at this traditional American eatery.

Fibbar Magees Irish Pub

156 Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale; 408.749.8373

Fibbar’s is open for patio dining, takeout and delivery daily, offering craft beers and pub fare.

Vegetarian Friendly

Oren’s Hummus Shop

19419 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino; 408.982.5237 

1 N Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos

126 Castro St, Mountain View; 650.938.6736

261 University Ave, Palo Alto; 650.752.6492

Oren’s Hummus Shop, a traditional Israeli restaurant that has plenty of dishes for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.

Kebabery by Meso

3060 Olsen Dr STE 50, San Jose; 408.800.0048

San Jose’s Kebabery advertises itself as both vegan and vegetarian friendly, offering kebabs, breads, appetizers and entrees.


1105 W El Camino Real, Sunnyvale; 408.732.2244

3075 El Camino Real, Santa Clara; 408.243.2778

4555 Hopyard Rd, Pleasanton; 925.750.7709

Aappakadai was founded by experienced chefs aiming to bring South Indian Chettinad food to Northern California.

Chaat Bhavan

5355 Mowry Ave, Fremont; 510.795.1100

976 E EI Camino Real, Sunnyvale; 408.795.1100

4112 Grafton St, Dublin; 925.829.1700

Chaat Bhavan, a family-owned and run restaurant, offers vegetarian Indian cuisine at three locations around the Bay Area.