Great Eats

You can click each place to learn more & to view their menu’s!

Alice’s Restaurant

(Diners, Burgers)
17288 Skyline Boulevard, Woodside (650) 851-0303, Open Daily 


Alice’s is a little slice of bliss among the redwoods. Whether you want gourmet burgers and sweet potato fries, one of their scrumptious scrambles, or homemade pies – you can find it. *Alice Taylor bought the restaurant in the 1960’s who renamed the restaurant after herself and the now famous Arlo Guthrie song of the same name!


Duarte’s Tavern  
(American-Traditional, Pubs)

202 Stage Road, Pescadero (650) 879-0464, Open Daily 

duartes soup

A Pescadero landmark since 1894 and a national James Beard Award winner for excellence. Specialties include cream of artichoke soup, cream of green chile soup, seafood dishes, and their famous olallieberry pie (a’ la mode of course!). Using local ingredients like artichokes from their own garden & Giusti Farms, olallieberries from Phipps Ranch and from Watsonville, fresh fish from Princeton & Santa Cruz, beer from Half Moon Bay Brewery, and wines from the Santa Cruz Mountains. *A local insider tip: ask for a “half and half,” it’s half cream of artichoke and half cream of green chile soup! Yum.


The Mountain House
(American-New, Steakhouse)
13808 Skyline Boulevard, Woodside (650) 851-8541

The Mountain House offers an original fusion of California and American cuisine in a ridge top mountain cabin nestled amidst giant redwood trees. Enjoy generous servings of the coast – fresh seafood, steak, pasta, venison and other game specials, followed by delicious homemade desserts. Enjoy your evening in an elegantly rustic, candle-lit dining room or the outdoor beauty of the forest room.


Bucks of Woodside 
(American-Traditional, Breakfast, Brunch)

3062 Woodside Road, Woodside (650) 851-8010, Open Daily


Buck’s in Woodside is the place for a power lunch. Netscape had its early meetings in the back room, Tesla was founded there, PayPal got funded there. Buck’s became the first public Wi-Fi hot spot in the nation in the late 90’s! Plus, crazy vintage historic items hanging from the ceiling, decorating the walls, sills and even the bathrooms will keep you distracted if all the people watching won’t. I always discover new treasures they’ve added each time I go. How many places can you go for breakfast, lunch or dinner and see horses tied up alongside Ferrari’s, Lamborghini’s or Tesla’s? Oh, and the food is amazing too!


Highway 1 Brewing Company 
5720 S Cabrillo Highway, Pescadero (650) 879-9243

Hwy 1 brewing

Highway 1 Brewery prides themselves on creating unique combinations and incorporating flavors into their brews and small plates that most would not think of. Working with the local farmers, their menu of brews and bites change with the seasons to keep things as local and fresh as possible and always exciting. Stop on by for a French-Mexican War, the Pepper in the Rye, Ol’ Snaggletooth or sample all the brews with a taster flight. Enjoy some wonderful food and an amazing view of the Pacific to go along with!


Arcangeli Grocery Company (Norm’s Market)
287 Stage Road, Pescadero (650) 879-0147, Open Daily
Norms Market artichoke bread

Founded by Sante Arcangeli and run by the same family since their humble beginnings as Pescadero Bakery and Grocery in 1929. They have a unique selection of Italian and French-style bread, from their garlic bread to artichoke bread (oh, you must try!) to sourdough, plus a good selection of gourmet food items like; pasta sauces, salsas, California wines, cheeses, deli and local produce.


La Honda Country Market
8865 La Honda Road, La Honda (650) 747-9722, Open Daily 

La honda market

They have a little of everything to deli sandwiches to local produce to the little things you forgot to bring to The Cottage!


Pescadero Country Store
251 Stage Road, Pescadero (650) 879-0410, Open Daily

Weekend summer BBQ’s and live entertainment. The country store is a cafe (breakfast, lunch & dinner), cocktail lounge (local beer & wine on tap), pizzeria (wood fired), and a mini grocery store in one! Only in a small town right? Small towns are efficient. Now, if I can just get them to deliver pizza to The Cottage….
UPDATE!! I have VERY sad news. In the early morning hours on Sept 18th, a fire broke out and totally destroyed the store. 🙁 They have a Go Fund Me page if you’d like to contribute and help rebuild our loss in the community.


Mercado & Taqueria de Amigos
Yes, inside the gas station! 
1999 Pescadero Creek Road, Pescadero (650) 879-0232, Open Daily 

Mercado & Taqueria de Amigos has been written about in the NY Times (as one of the best fish tacos in the country!) and Sunset Magazine. They also serve enchiladas, fajitas, tamales, Chile Rellenos, burritos and more. Distinctive, authentic, fast service, inexpensive and really friendly people – can’t get any better than that! Be sure to take your meal to the beach, the forest or a spot along Stage Road to enjoy outside.

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