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Original post made by Tim on Nov 15, 2010

We frequently eat out at places such as Macaroni Grill, Panera's, Black Angus, etc. where we can get a reasonably good meal (we are not gourmet meal people) at a reasonable price ($20-$30 for the two of us, no drinks). We live in Pleasanton and would like to support our downtown restaurants but they seem to be too expensive for us. We last ate at Stacey's a few months ago and paid over $50 for two meals with no drinks.

Are there some reasonably priced restaurants in the downtown area?
Thanks.

Comments (14)

Posted by Foodie, a resident of Mohr Elementary School
on Nov 15, 2010 at 3:40 pm

I like the food at Cafe Main downtown (on the corner, next to Pastas). Reasonable prices and good quality!!


Posted by mj, a resident of Birdland
on Nov 15, 2010 at 4:55 pm

Although not that cheap, we always get a good meal at Eddie Papas. It is not a chain restaurant, which is not always easy to find in the 'burbs'. Good, intersting food, and excellent service.


Posted by Paul, a resident of Downtown
on Nov 15, 2010 at 5:19 pm

I prefer Macaroni Grill. Food is great and service is as well.


Posted by Risa, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 15, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Most of the downtown restaurants are reviewed on Yelp. Search for them by name. It's fun reading.


Posted by Risa, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 15, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Most of the downtown restaurants are reviewed on Yelp. Search for them by name. It's fun reading.


Posted by Not So Sure, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 15, 2010 at 8:25 pm

We really enjoy Redsmoke. It's next to Sweet Tomatoes along Hopyard. It's reeeeaaallly good!


Posted by Anne, a resident of Del Prado
on Nov 16, 2010 at 9:03 am

If you are looking to eat downtown, go to Strizzis and be seated before 6 for their early bird menu. Definitely can't beat it!!! We love Eddie Papas too!


Posted by Kat, a resident of Downtown
on Nov 16, 2010 at 10:33 am

This person asked for recommendations downtown and got mostly restaurants outside of downtown. Follow directions.

Decent priced food downtown: Vic's (closes at 2pm), Amelia's Deli, Cafe Main, Dean's (closes at 2pm), Saigon, Emilio's El Portal, Main Street Brewery.

Yelp is for yuppies. I never trust someone else's bad experience to be my own. Always try something once. The downtown association has a list of restaurants online at pleasantondowntown.net under the business directory.


Posted by Neighbor, a resident of Livermore
on Nov 16, 2010 at 10:41 am

My co-workers and I have had 2 great meals recently at Jiou Yuan Mandarin Bistro on Angela. Weekday lunch was under $8 per person and included tea. The food was wonderful and generous. I do not know what their dinner prices are.

I disagree that yelp is for yuppies, in fact most everyone I know "yelps" and they are a diverse group of people. I do agree that despite a review, anything is worth a try.


Posted by Curious, a resident of Del Prado
on Nov 17, 2010 at 9:29 am

I saw that Baci downtown has a 3 course dinner special for two under $40. That seems like a good deal for nice atmosphere and good food.


Posted by Sandy, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 17, 2010 at 9:33 am

Cafe Main is one of our favorite places. The turkey and brie calzone is to die for. We just tried breakfast there last weekend, and the waffle with fresh fruit for $7 was delicious.

Second the suggestion of Amelia's, Strizzi's.

Also consider the buffet at Indian Garden...

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Posted by Maria, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 17, 2010 at 5:49 pm

I dont' eat out that often, but the personal pizza I had at Cafe Main was very good. If you just want a big slice, New York Pizza is good as well.


Posted by downtown diner, a resident of Downtown
on Nov 18, 2010 at 9:41 pm

Try Amarone! New owners and chef. Really fresh, yummy foods and great service.


Posted by Sophia, a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Dec 29, 2010 at 8:07 pm

Although it's not downtown, we like the sports bar in Dublin, next to Justin Michael's hair salon, in the shopping center with Country Waffle, across from Armstrong's garden center. Not fancy (at all!), and the food isn't real imaginative, but I've never had food that wasn't delicious. If you don't go when there is a major sporting event, it's pretty quiet, and you can even play a quiet game of pool after you eat.


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