Best of Palo Alto 2012 down favorite in this category, with a large and loyal following. With a sleek elegance on the eastern end of University Avenue downtown, this establishment offers the cutting edge in Vietnamese cuisine, with influences from China, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and France. Tamarine exhibits contemporary Vietnamese art and offers private dining as well as a Lunar New Year event. 546 University Ave., Palo Alto, 650-325-8500; tamarinerestaurant.com
Italian Restaurant Whether you’re looking for an upscale dining spot, a place to meet for drinks or to chat in the coffee bar, Il Fornaio offers it all. White-linen dining is paired with pastas, pizzas, specialty meat dishes and salads. There are classic desserts, such as zabaglione and tiramisu, and specialties such as coffee with grappa. Fresh pasta — including gluten-free — is made on site. The restaurant offers monthly special regional cuisines, from Sardinia to Sicily and Piedmonte to Calabria. Il Fornaio was awarded the 2011 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Reservations recommended. 520 Cowper St., Palo Alto, 650-853-3888; ilfornaio.com
Indian Restaurant When a curry craving strikes, Darbar is the deliciously dependable Indian restaurant to beat. From paneer to tikka to vindaloo dishes, Darbar has cuisine for spice-seekers and mild-
flavor lovers alike. Darbar also provides smooth mango lassis and cozy chai lattes to top off an Indian feast that’s sure to leave you asking for seconds. 129 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto, 650-3216688; darbarcuisine.com
Latin American Restaurant Readers also favored La Bodeguita del Medio as a romantic restaurant, for its bar/lounge and excellent ambiance. See the complete listing under Ambiance.
Meal Under $20 Cheap and healthy Sprout Cafe wins in this category for its variety of inexpensive and tasty salads, sandwiches and appetizers. Sprout also flourished for its fresh salads. See the complete listing under Salad.
Mediterranean Restaurant Hall of Fame: Second Year Evvia Estiatorio brings both traditional Mediterranean food and delicious interpretations of Greek favorites to Palo Alto. The restaurant uses fresh, seasonal ingredients and aims to provide top-notch customer service. Its simple dishes boast signature flavors and textures, bringing fresh ingredients to the forefront of
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Readers honored Caffe Riace for its excellent Outdoor Dining (pictured: Giuseppe Carrubba of Caffe Riace).
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