Heading to the South Bay for the first time? Coming back because you can’t get enough? Our expert editors are here to help you know where to stay, what to do and where to eat. Welcome to the 2022 Getties (best of the bests) and the Readers’ Choice awards for the Bay Area.
Featured Photo: Filoli Gardens, courtesy of Kevin Lanceplaine
Readers' Choice: Orchard City Kitchen
Readers' Choice: Lexington House
A contemporary eatery for seasonal California cuisine in downtown Los Gatos, serving beautifully presented small plates packed with big flavor and quality ingredients.
Readers' Choice: Giorgio's Italian Food & Pizzeria
The quintessential family Italian-American restaurant, where locals go for long lunches and groups celebrate anniversaries, graduations and birthdays over red-and-white checked tablecloths.
Readers' Choice: Brown Chicken Brown Cow
Readers' Choice: Sushi Maru
While the menu of high-quality sushi is pretty straightforward, there’s a wide range of Japanese cuisine with plenty of teriyaki and tempura options, as well as a good selection of hot and cold noodle bowls with udon, soba or ramen.
Best Value Hotel
Readers' Choice: Hyatt Regency SFO
Five minutes from San Francisco International Airport and convenient to Silicon Valley as well, the value in this 789-room property adds up nicely.
Best Luxury Hotel
Readers' Choice: Nobu Palo Alto
This new Japanese-inspired hotel, bearing the same name as the iconic restaurant inside, is in the heart of downtown Palo Alto. The emphasis is on serenity and relaxation with a touch of high-tech.
Best Group Getaway Hotel
Readers' Choice: Stanford Park Hotel
Imagine classic architecture, fountains in secluded brick courtyards, an outdoor pool surrounded by cozy wicker furniture beside warming fire pits for evenings outdoors.
Best Place to Visit
Readers' Choice: Filoli Gardens
The 654-acre estate, surrounded by 23,000 acres of protected watershed, is just 30 miles south of San Francisco, but offers a complete escape from urban landscapes.
Best Annual Event
Readers' Choice: Gilroy Garlic Festival
On the last full weekend in July, the Gilroy Garlic Festival is a major community event organized by the “Garlic Capital of the World.” Garlic ice cream and garlic fries are fan favorites.
Readers' Choice: Coyote Peak and Ridge Trail Loop
At the summit you’ll be treated to views of both the Diablo Range and the Santa Cruz Mountains. And the wildflower bloom during spring is among the best in the region.