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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Shopping Centre
“Beautiful high-end mall with restaurants and shops. Flowers and landscaping are amazing- worth the visit for that alone!”
  • 190 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“The global headquarters of Google, this campus encompasses offices, green space & recreation areas.”
  • 102 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Open Wednesday thru Sunday 10 - 5 There’s no denying that Mountain View thrives because of the computer and technology industry, so what better place to visit a museum dedicated entirely to computer history? Even if you’re not a technologically-minded person, there’s still a lot of really neat stuff to enjoy here! The museum has a number of exhibits that feature how humans have used technology for centuries to help shape their lives, and it gives a glimpse into what our future might hold. Best of all? It’s completely free to visit!”
  • 115 locals recommend
Museum
“It's used to be simply the "Stanford Museum". Next door there is the Anderson Gallery with modern art works. It's free! Parking is difficult but free after 4pm. The best time to go is on Thursday evenings, then they close at 8pm. You can have lunch at Cool Cafe.”
  • 78 locals recommend
Amphitheater
“If you’re more in the mood for live entertainment, check Google to see if there are any shows happening over at the Shoreline Amphitheatre. Since it’s part of the LiveNation network, this outdoor venue on the bay regularly has big-name artists in all different genres of music, as well as festivals and comedians. There’s nothing more fun than a last-minute impromptu concert, and who knows? You might just catch your favorite band! ”
  • 55 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
$$$
“Open Monday thru Thursday 11:30 - 9:30, Friday & Saturday 11:30 - 11:30, Sunday 11:30 - 9:30 Happy Hour Monday thru Friday 3:30 - 6 Cascal is a Pan-Latin restaurant that combines old world spanish influence with the flavors and ingredients of Latin America. Items on their tapas menu come from various locations in Latin America, so you’ll find flavors from places like Brazil, Cuba, Guatemala, etc., and the ingredients are unlike anything you’ll find elsewhere in town. ”
  • 59 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Go to the famous Mountain View downtown and enjoy plenty of restaurant, bars and more. If you don't drive, you can walk to the Lightrail station (Whisman Station) and take a short ride (2 stops) to downtown Mountain View. ”
  • 57 locals recommend
Greek Restaurant
$$$
“Open Monday thru Thursday 11:30 - 2 & 5:30 - 10, Friday 11:30 - 2 & 5:30 - 11, Saturday 5 - 1, Sunday 5 - 9 Evvia Estiatorio brings the Greek Isles to Menlo Park, with a warm and charming atmosphere and a killer menu. The menu features Greek and Mediterranean classics, but uses local ingredients and flavors to add to the mix. The menu is somewhat small, but covers a wide array of preferences, and because they keep things simple, they’re able to really focus on the quality. This place is a little on the pricier side, and you’ll want to be sure to make a reservation in advance! ”
  • 60 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“All the engineers go there to study/work for hours. There is also an upstairs section. This is off Castro Street. ”
  • 53 locals recommend
Route
“Hike to the Stanford radio telescope. Its a nice hike with great views, but no shade so don't go on a super hot day and bring a hat and sun lotion.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Café
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“Open Sunday & Monday 6 AM - 4 PM, Tuesday thru Friday 6 AM - 9 PM Cafe Borrone is a European-style cafe that serves organic and locally sourced food alongside coffee and tea. Their breakfast is outstanding, with both savory and sweet options, and their lunch and dinner fare includes things like pasta, salads, sandwiches, and more. This is a great place to grab a bite to eat to start off your day! ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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“This is a small Safeway, but well-stocked with all the essentials. If you'd like a larger Safeway, there is another one in Menlo Park that's about the same distance away. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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“Safeway Supermarket is about a mile or so away for necessities, snacks. There is also a 711 Convenience store that is 2 blocks from the Unit on Whisman Drive.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Sushi Restaurant
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“Open Monday thru Friday 11 - 2 & 5:30 - 9:30, Saturday 11:30 - 2 & 5 - 9:30, Sunday 11:30 - 2 & 5 - 9 Sushi Tomi serves up some of the best sushi in Mountain View! There might be a bit of a wait to get into this restaurant, but there’s a reason for that--the sushi is just so, so good! The service is great and the restaurant itself has a great atmosphere. They have a number of rolls that you won’t find anywhere else, and if you’re not sure what you’d like, the chef is always ready with a recommendation! ”
  • 40 locals recommend
Cinema
“Always rotating themed presentations of classic films. Check out the real Wurlitzer pipe organ they play during intermission!”
  • 37 locals recommend
Cajun / Creole Restaurant
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“If you're feelin' for some southern comfort food, Nola is that place to be. ”
  • 35 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Tapas Restaurant
“Open Monday thru Thursday 11:30 - 9:30, Friday & Saturday 11:30 - 11:30, Sunday 11:30 - 9:30 Happy Hour Monday thru Friday 3:30 - 6 Cascal is a Pan-Latin restaurant that combines old world spanish influence with the flavors and ingredients of Latin America. Items on their tapas menu come from various locations in Latin America, so you’ll find flavors from places like Brazil, Cuba, Guatemala, etc., and the ingredients are unlike anything you’ll find elsewhere in town. ”
  • 59 locals recommend
Greek Restaurant
“Open Monday thru Thursday 11:30 - 2 & 5:30 - 10, Friday 11:30 - 2 & 5:30 - 11, Saturday 5 - 1, Sunday 5 - 9 Evvia Estiatorio brings the Greek Isles to Menlo Park, with a warm and charming atmosphere and a killer menu. The menu features Greek and Mediterranean classics, but uses local ingredients and flavors to add to the mix. The menu is somewhat small, but covers a wide array of preferences, and because they keep things simple, they’re able to really focus on the quality. This place is a little on the pricier side, and you’ll want to be sure to make a reservation in advance! ”
  • 60 locals recommend
Café
“Open Sunday & Monday 6 AM - 4 PM, Tuesday thru Friday 6 AM - 9 PM Cafe Borrone is a European-style cafe that serves organic and locally sourced food alongside coffee and tea. Their breakfast is outstanding, with both savory and sweet options, and their lunch and dinner fare includes things like pasta, salads, sandwiches, and more. This is a great place to grab a bite to eat to start off your day! ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Sushi Restaurant
“Open Monday thru Friday 11 - 2 & 5:30 - 9:30, Saturday 11:30 - 2 & 5 - 9:30, Sunday 11:30 - 2 & 5 - 9 Sushi Tomi serves up some of the best sushi in Mountain View! There might be a bit of a wait to get into this restaurant, but there’s a reason for that--the sushi is just so, so good! The service is great and the restaurant itself has a great atmosphere. They have a number of rolls that you won’t find anywhere else, and if you’re not sure what you’d like, the chef is always ready with a recommendation! ”
  • 40 locals recommend
Cajun / Creole Restaurant
“If you're feelin' for some southern comfort food, Nola is that place to be. ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Café
“Cute spot to grab coffee, tea or even wine with some food options. Work there or meet there spot!”
  • 40 locals recommend
Beer Garden
“Great place to get some beer and some snacks or to watch a game. Friendly service.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Israeli Restaurant
“The best hummus around! Casual, budget-friendly and delicious mediteranean food.”
  • 37 locals recommend

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