Northern Indian, tandoori. $$. Meals unfold like a bolt of rare silk, served with care and efficiency in a rich, luminous interior. Dishes are as complex and varied as the spectrum of human emotions. 2290 El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA. 650.968.7511.
Continental. $$$$. Three prix fixe menus change monthly and give regulars a taste of what's seasonal and appealing to a chef versed in the art of French sauces. Beer, wine. Closed Sun-Mon. 938 Villa St, Mountain View, CA. 650.964.7466.
Mandarin, Szechuan. $$. A little surprise in the Blossom Valley Center promises uptown ambience, spotless surroundings and well-presented classical Chinese cuisine--and delivers on all counts. Speaking of delivery, it can be had in parts of Los Altos, Palo Alto and Mountain View. 1760 Miramonte Ave, Mountain View, CA. 650.968.2298.
Italian. $$$. This pumpkin-hued eatery faces the bustling downtown with a handsome demeanor of mahogany, candlelight and posters of the movie Big Night. Full bar. V, MC. 235 Castro St, Mountain View, CA. 650.961.9749.
Le Petit Bistro
Classic French. $$. There's a lot to like about this pinch of a place with its simple, practiced French cuisine and quiet dining. Casual. Beer, wine. Closed Sun-Mon. 1405 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA. 650.964.3321.
Pho To Chau
Vietnamese noodle house. $. The pho here is an honest noodle soup. First-timers might want to stick with the basic pho chin, topped with slices of beef brisket. 853 Villa St, Mountain View, CA. 650.961.8069.
The Spice Islands Cafe
Singaporean, Malaysian, Indonesian. $$. This restaurant will send your taste buds to the tropics. Talented chefs put out dishes full of spice and passion, like jumbo chili prawns, papaya salad and Malaysian spareribs. The menu is expansive. Prices are reasonable. 210 Hope St, Mountain View, CA. 650.961.0628.
Mexican. $. This clean and fetching diner is the place for authentic fare. Generous portions. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 854 W. Dana St, Mountain View, CA. 650.969.1464.
Vaso Azzurro Ristorante
Italian. $$$. Entrees are attractively presented, and the waiters will make you feel as though you were the most important guests in the place. Dessert lives up to the rest of the meal. Beer, wine. 108 Castro St, Mountain View, CA. 650.940.1717.
Japanese, sushi bar. $$. A pairing of swift service with an exotic range of sushi and udon makes this a favorite among sushi lovers. Casual. Beer, wine. 975 W. Dana St, Mountain View, CA. 650.960.0626.