Wealthy venture capitalists come ashore in waves to blow their expense accounts at this seafood-centric sister to Alexander's Steakhouse, where the central Palo Alto location is prime, the wine list is strewn with expensive bottles, and the menu brims with top-dollar delicacies. The white-tablecloth vibe is appropriately corporate and formal, so be sure to don your best. The stratospherically priced selection ranges from Maine lobster to Hokkaido scallops to landlubber-friendly Australian Wagyu. But, for those seeking a closer shore, the Quinault River king salmon, served in a creamy, bacon-accented sauce over maitake mushrooms and haricots verts, is worthy. Don't skip dessert, either: the yuzu mousse with kumquats and avocado cream is quite simply fabulous.
- MICHELIN guide inspectors