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A16, Flour + Water, Delfina or Ideale...best family-friendly Italian?

I don't recall a communal table on the patio -- perhaps it was like that for a large party. Maybe they have changed out the chairs since I was in last but I recall the patio chairs feeling a lot like patio chairs (I.e. no more than 45 min and you start to feel uncomfortable). They were different from the cushy upholstered chairs and booths inside the restaurant. If someone has been there in the last 6 months, maybe they can comment on this.

Nor Cal tips

Food in SF -- not MM. Definitely Baker and Banker. Very SF, very good.

Nor Cal tips

My vote would be for Paraduxx. Not only is the wine phenomenal, it is the most idyllic spot to relax and do wine tasting right. Never any crowds. Personal attention. Sitting among the oaks. Did I mention the wine? You won't be disappointed.

Best food around Menlo Park/Palo Alto/Atherton

I guess what I meant by consistent is I always leave happy I went. I would venture to say very good but I wanted to stress that it's not particularly inspired, not pushing the envelope but I agree with your take, Sad about Bogedita Del Medio. I haven't been there in a while.

Best food around Menlo Park/Palo Alto/Atherton

Agree with Flea Street Cafe. It doesn't look like much from the street but the space is great inside. The food always a treat. Village Pub in Woodside is a good. They are not innovating over there but the atmosphere is wonderful and food pretty consistent. For more casual fair, we really like Calafia in Palo Alto. There's also a really good cuban place on California street in Palo Alto although the name escapes me.

Classy San Francisco drinks for nephew's 21st birthday

I know this is not the "it" restaurant in SF but BIX bar is very "classy" and it's not a place you can stumble into -- perhaps out of though...

A16, Flour + Water, Delfina or Ideale...best family-friendly Italian?

trekking down to flour + water, not to mention the parking, from where you're staying is not worth the hassle. The food is good, but not that good. A16 is the closest and the food is quite consistent. Delfna is great but again, the trek and parking. I've been to all with small kids. Delfina is probably the friendliest but one can manage in A16. They will try to put you out on the patio -- that's where they put all the patrons who might let out a shrieking cry but if you specify when you make the reservation that you don't want to be on the patio, you should be okay. If the person who takes your reservation can't guarantee you won't be on the patio, ask to speak with the manager.