Santa Clara City Guide – Our Favorite Restaurants

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It goes without saying that Silicon Valley restaurants offer world-class cuisine featuring a diversity of foods from around the globe.

Santa Clara has many fabulous places to eat and we’ve chosen a few of our favorites close to our Santa Clara apartments in this Santa Clara City Guide!

Of these three restaurants, two of them are so fantastic that they have even earned a mention or a rating in the prestigious Michelin Guide!


1. Orenchi Ramen
3540 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara
Santa Clara City Guide | Favorite Restaurants

Source: Yelp

Orenchi Ramen, in the Lawrence Station Shopping Center 4 blocks south of Catalina and Flora Vista Apartments, is a favorite with serious Japanese ramen lovers. In fact, its reputation is so impressive that during busy periods, patrons sometimes wait 30 minutes or more to be seated!

Michelin promises their Ramen bowls, made with noodles, egg, roasted pork, and seaweed are well worth the wait. Appetizers include Garlic Butter Scallops, Fried Chicken and Fried Calamari Legs, Spicy Edamame, Deep Fried Tofu, and other items.

With so many hearty ramen bowls, exotic appetizers, and salads on the menu, it’s no wonder fans come from all over the Bay area to eat at Orenchi Ramen!

Dinner guests are advised to arrive before 5 pm to minimize wait time.

2. Le Papillon
410 Saratoga Avenue, San Jose

Source: Yelp

Le Papillon, renowned for their innovative French cuisine and vast selection of over 500 wines, is just 4 blocks south of Buckingham Place Apartments at the intersection of Saratoga Avenue and Kiely Blvd. For more than 40 years, their sterling reputation and haute cuisine have satisfied a sophisticated international clientele.

Their seasonal tasting and prix fixe menus delight diners with the freshest, sustainably sourced ingredients. Main course choices include delicacies such as Noisettes of Red Deer with Huckleberries or Potato Crusted Sturgeon with Pinot Noir-Miso Reduction and Black Chanterelles.

In keeping with their refined ambiance, formal dress is encouraged and guests are asked not to use cell phones. This is the place to go for a romantic date or simply to indulge yourself!

Le Papillon keeps pace with the times, frequently reinventing their dishes to satisfy Silicon Valley executives and other discriminating diners. With their cutting edge menu, elegant decor and expertly trained staff, this place sets the bar by which other restaurants measure themselves.

3. Alexander’s Steakhouse
19379 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino, CA 95014

Source: Yelp

When you want to treat a special guest (or yourself!) to an exceptional dinner, Alexander’s Steakhouse, located a short drive from Stevens Creek Villas, will exceed your expectations.  Everything from their ample selection of premium aged steaks to their tasteful interior design offers an extraordinary dining experience.

Alongside Japanese Wagyu and dry-aged domestic Porterhouse steaks, they also serve chicken, seafood and vegetarian options. Side dishes include Truffled French Fries, Creamed Spinach and Wild Mushrooms.

Alexander’s Steakhouse if the kind of place people talk about for days and can’t wait to return!

We hope you enjoyed our starter course of places to find a great meal. Whatever your taste, we know you will agree, Bay area chefs make some of the best food anywhere.

Bon Appetit!

Apartments Near Our Favorite Restaurants in Santa Clara

These restaurants are a must for Santa Clara tourists, but if you're interested in living in the area and enjoying these fantastic dining options and more on a regular basis, then we've got you covered!

At De Anza Properties we can help you live the kind of life you only dream of living! From your daily essentials, fun and entertainment activities, and much more–our nearby communities put you right within easy access to it all.

Our south bay apartment communities are located near all of these restaurants in Santa Clara, CA. Check out our local communities and then contact De Anza Properties to schedule a tour of the right one for you. Sign you're lease, move in, and as a local you'll be able to eat at Orenchi Ramen, La Papillon, or Alexander's Steakhouse every single day (if you wanted to)!

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