If rocking out to Huey Lewis’ “Hip to be Square” makes your belly flutter with glee, if you like lip-syncing to “Funky Cold Medina,” if your low-key self just wants to relax to smooth and mellow jazz, if you want to harken back to your hipster days, or if you want to experience other cultures and their musical arrays, these restaurants below might just be perfect spot for you to take a trot.

Espetus Churrascaria
710 S. B St.
San Mateo, CA 94401
(650) 342-8700

If an authentic, South-Brazilian cuisine mixed with customary live music to accentuate a true Churrascaria experience is what you’ve had a hankering for, then look no further. Espetus beautifully replicates the old days of the Churrasco (shoo – ras – ko) culinary tradition. This Brazilian-style of barbequing was created in Rio Grande Do Sul, a region of southern Brazil, by cowboys about 400 years ago. An authentic Gaucho of Brazil’s Pampas region, Paulo Klein, and his wife Maris, founded the first Espetus in 2003, and opened the San Mateo location in 2008. Listen to live music on Wednesdays and Thursdays and sing along – the Churrascaria way.

Tarboosh Lebanese Cuisine
837 Jefferson Ave.
Redwood City, CA 94063
(650) 474-2667

An exotic and electrifying scene lies ahead once you enter Tarboosh. Beautiful belly dancers and popular Lebanese entertainers perform live every Friday and Saturday night. Top-shelf drinks, Hookah (made with over 10 different tasty flavors) and a menu bursting with a list of traditional foods from the Mediterranean, which will send your senses soaring. Along with dance and music, you can also enjoy a retreat to the heated patio for a night filled with ambience.

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The Swingin’ Door
106 E. 25th Ave.
San Mateo, CA 94403
(650) 522-9800

On of San Mateo’s best wathis restaurant’s largest appeal is the ever-popular dueling piano renditions. The players are chock-full of talent as they battle it out on the upper level every Friday and Saturday evening beginning at 9 p.m. Throw them a song and they play along. Karaoke nights are also a hit at this restaurant. Some of the best dart throwers in the U.S. also frequent this location for the bar’s weekly dart tournament.

Angelica’s Bistro
863 Main St.
Redwood City, CA 94063
(650) 365-3226
Whatever your musical tastes, this is the place. Some of the best professional entertainers in all genres play here, including blues, jazz, rock, opera and classical. You can even find dancing entertainment from Argentine Tango to Belly Dance to Flamenco. With so many eclectic choices, Angelica’s never disappoints. In the warmer months, step out to the beer garden patio for live music, European ambience and, of course, deliciously cold beer. To find out who is jamming at Angelica’s this summer, click here.

The Broadway Grill
1400 Broadway
 Burlingame, CA 94010
(650) 343-9333
Where else can you savor the flavor of a delicious steak while watching honest to goodness live entertainment almost every night? This restaurant is host to the best in live entertainment, featuring such guests as Santana’s lead singer, Tony Lindsay; Tim Hockenberry; and Tower of Power’s Tony Dewayne. In the center of Burlingame, the BWGrill is a fun and lively place to listen to live music and eat signature meals prepared through delectable apple-wood smoked grilling. Call for reservations, or book your table directly online. For upcoming live music events at BWGrill, click here.

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Kelly Gullo is a freelance writer in San Francisco, CA. Kellys topics are about music and nightlife. Kelly has also written a variety of articles on health and dieting and topics related to the environment. Kelly has a degree in journalism and public relations from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.