Savor the area’s best modern Indian cuisine at All Spice, opened last winter by Daniel-alum Sachin Chopra and his wife in an unassuming one-story San Mateo home. The chef marries traditional and contemporary flavors in standout dishes like lavender scallops ($14), short-rib vindaloo ($21), and goat cheese ice cream ($8).
Head to Redwood City’s Michelin-recommended Donato Enoteca, where Lake Como–born Donato Scotti serves up seasonal fare incorporating local produce and seafood like Monterey Bay calamari ($9) and paper-thin octopus carpaccio ($8). Take advantage of the 30 wines available by the glass and quarto to sample a variety from small producers in Italy, France, and California.
Pull up a wooden lounge chair near the fire pit on the seaside patio of Sam’s Chowder House, which has been repeatedly named one of the best outdoor dining spots in the Bay Area by San Francisco magazine and other publications. The East Coast–style restaurant serves an extensive menu of sustainably caught-and-farmed seafood; skip the obviously popular lobster roll ($21) for smoky oyster stew ($12.95) and Dungeness crab (market price).