At Ambience, cured and dehydrated goose bay oyster and monkfish livers are presented with liquid nitrogen.
Chef Morgan Song presides over this tasting menu-only restaurant ($165 per person). Song, formerly of acclaimed Kiss in San Francisco, spotlights luxurious ingredients such as uni, foie gras, lobster and truffles in upward of 12 courses.
132 State St., Los Altos
A balance of prime cuts of beef and exquisite seafood shine in the seven-course $295 omakase dinner—as does executive chef Roger Lee’s creativity.
19379 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino
Chef and co-owner Robbie Wilson is rolling out a tasting menu in July at his sophisticated and stylish establishment. Enjoy six mouthwatering dishes for $99—like ocean trout with poppy apricot, togarashi and koji creme; and smoked wagyu brisket with fish sauce, palm, sugar, peanuts and Chinese mustard.
420 Ramona St., Palo Alto
Not only is this circa 1894 Victorian a charmer of a forgotten time, but it also boasts a Michelin star to boot. Executive chef Jarad Gallagher offers a $195 tasting menu of great nuance that takes advantage of ingredients grown in the garden out back.
938 Villa St., Mountain View
There’s something to be said about the age-old allure of classic French continental cuisine. Enjoy a $145 six-course or $225 seven-course tasting menu in a secluded historic building.
21747 Bertram Road, San Jose
In the only recipient of three Michelin stars in the Valley, prepare to be transported by chef-owner David Kinch’s $275 tasting menu, which takes the humblest and most luxe ingredients to a whole a new stratosphere.
320 Village Lane, Los Gatos
Originally published in the July issue of Silicon Valley