The Wine Room
520 Ramona St.
Palo Alto, CA 94301
The Wine Room décor is warm and cozy, with a fireplace and comfy seating, an ideal setting for sitting back to have that first conversation and get to know each other. Located in the heart of downtown Palo Alto in a lovely Spanish adobe with red-tile roof, the Wine Room makes for a convenient meeting spot or presents an attractive entry if a couple arrives together. The extensive wine list offers a wide range of wines by the glass – including boutique wines from around the globe — selected to suit every palate and budget. The Wine Room also offers light, savory fare to share that perfectly complements the wines, plus a few sweet options.
Vintage Wine Bar
368 Santana Row, Suite 1040
San Jose, CA 95128
Set in the middle of Santana Row, San Jose’s open-air marketplace, Vintage Wine Bar is an attractive, upscale spot to sample wines from all coasts and regions. Along with a long list of quality wines by the flights, glass or bottle, select food from a range of small plate items centered mainly on artisanal cheeses, salame, olives, nuts and pate choices. Alternative meeting can be Saturday or Sunday for the Mimosas & Muffins, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., offering a selection of specialty drinks, muffins and pastries, chocolates, ports, beer and sodas.
431 Kipling St.
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Vino Locale is a small, cozy wine bar and restaurant occupying a charming, historic Victorian house in downtown Palo Alto. Jocelyn, Debra and Emily, the three co-owners, invite you to enjoy the wine, food and ambiance of Vino Locale. There is a lovely back patio too, adding to the relaxing mood of the place, making it a natural for good vibes and conversation as you listen to local musicians play. The wine list is impressive and the bistro-style menu pairs well with the wines offered. This is wonderful date destination and is sure to set a blind date experience off to a great start.
Nemea Greek Taverna
96 S. 1st St.
San Jose, CA 95113
Happy hours are good choices for first or blind dates, but not just any happy hour will do. The focused time period and affordable drink and bar menu selections are best bets for allowing relaxed, get-to-know-you conversation without a heavy or pricy meal to deal with. Nemea Greek Taverna is a pretty, date-appropriate place and provides a good excuse to show up a little more dressed up than the usual casual date attire. Perhaps meet after work at this downtown San Jose restaurant set in a beautiful environment featuring a well-blended mix of old-world charm with the modern kick of an open kitchen and elegant furniture. Happy hour is in the bar area, with traditional Greek items generally priced at $5 each.
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