While I was not a fan of the go-karts (I simply don't fit in them), I do like the miniature golf and arcade here. They have batting cages, too, which a friend of mine is really fond of, but I haven't tried it yet. A nice relaxing fun day of minigolf in the sun with friends, though, is great. Parking is plentiful, though it is a little odd to find the entrance to the place; if you know where you're going, it's actually really convenient from 101 (Woodside/Seaport Blvd exit), but then you have to make a left turn and then another left turn and the signage is a little inadequate as you drive through these hugely industrial industries.
PROS: Great selection of games, convenient location
CONS: Signage for finding the entrance a little lacking...
Went here as part of a corporate outing, and we were fairly disappointed. For one thing, this isn't about *racing*. the track is very narrow, and it's purely a time trial. Ho hum. Means one person is out zipping around, and everyone else is left standing around.
Worse, the karts are closed-bodied, and my 6'4" frame, although I fit, meant my knees were up next to the steering wheel -- with no space for my hands to actually go on the wheel. So I couldn't pull a hard turn if I wanted to, without going hand-over-hand on the small space between my kneecaps.
I really don't recommend this go-kart park. HOWEVER, I do like the "castle" next door (search for "Malibu" in Redwood City and see the other listing), which has a good selection of video games, "ticket winning" games (skeeball, etc) and some fairly decent miniature golf tracks.
PROS: Mini golf, video games
CONS: No head-to-head racing, karts ill designed for tall people
This Chevy's is in a standalone structure on one side of a small strip mall's parking lot; the lot seemed fairly empty when I went (admittedly on a Monday night, perhaps not the busiest of nights for the restaurant), so parking was easy and plentiful. The restaurant seemed to have plenty of tables, although most of the indoor booths were taken, we sat at the bar, and there were lots of those high bar tables and stools available.
We were served quickly and our waiter/bartender came by to check on us frequently -- which was actually a bit surprising, since we sat at the end of the bar beyond the flip-up bar section, so we were a bit secluded, and nobody else was around us. So I was very impressed that we weren't forgotten.
The food was tasty, and well presented; it wasn't outstanding or "authentic", because Chevy's is a chain restaurant, but it was done well. I've been other Chevy's where I've gotten burritos still cold inside, or where the plates looked barren when they arrived. But here my burrito was huge, and all the sides covered the plate completely. An absolutely huge platter, and even my gluttonous stomach couldn't deal with eating all of it... All in all, thumbs up, I may have to go again sometime.
PROS: Good parking, sizable portions, attentive staff
CONS: Food is tasty but not very remarkable.
This is your typical corporate deli; great for getting in and out and back to your desk quickly. I'd go here when I was in a rush, and it wasn't bad. I could do a better deal walking up to Mollie Stone's deli, where for a buck or two more, you got a ginormous sandwich. These guys do have decent daily specials, though, and they offer gyros which, while not fancy, are quite tasty and something you can't really get from Mollie Stone's.
PROS: Quick in, quick out.
CONS: Not outstanding in any respect.
I've been here a few times, and now, whenever I go down to Half Moon Bay for the day, I try my best to get in here and have some sushi. Some of the best, most original sushi I've seen, although it doesn't come cheap. And as the other reviewer mentioned, the staff can get very busy and service can suffer as a result. And definitely expect a wait; 45 minutes isn't unusual.
PROS: Awesome sushi, creative dishes.
CONS: Expensive, busy.
The sushi here is fairly good; some of their 'house special' rolls are really notable (like the Godzilla roll). The staff is friendly, and attentive. They will recognize you if you go several times regularly. Parking can be an issue, but after 6pm the meters on the street stop caring, and it's fairly easy to park then. It's also right across the street from the Caltrain station.
I've definitely been to better sushi places, but for the price, this place is nice. Don't drink the water -- order a soda.
PROS: Friendly service, good sushi
CONS: Parking can be tricky, some dishes not as good
I just bought my Prius from here, and it was a very nice experience. I had to be put on a waiting list (there's a 2-3 month backlog of Prius orders), so that may have been part of it (they can't really upsell something when I knew what I wanted and would have to wait for it anyway). But when I went in to actually take possession of an alternative they presented (not my #1 color choice), I found the sales woman (Ana -- kudos) was not really pushing me to take the alternative.
Then I found out why -- their sales people are NOT commission based. Yes, their employment is based on sales performance, so they still want you to buy a car, but they're not being pressured paycheck to paycheck to sell as many cars as possible. I think that's the big win.
Once I got into finance, I was presented with several "options", naturally, but the gentleman was not at all pushy; he explained what each of the options were, I said I wasn't interested in any of them, (except one where I get a discount if I pre-pay for the regular maintenance services), and we moved on. No hard sell.
I was in and out in about two and a half hours, and that included all the credit checks, clearing of financing, getting the car detailed and fueled up before I left, a quick rundown of operation, and all the forms.
I would definitely feel good about dealing with this place again.
PROS: Helpful, not pushy, staff. No "four-square" tricks
CONS: I didn't manage to get the price down (but my car was on backorder)
This place isn't going to win any culinary awards, but the food is tasty and priced relatively fairly, which is actually a bit of a surprise, given its location so near to the high-falutin' downtown Palo Alto area.
They have a great selection of Mexican sodas, though; I particularly like the pineapple soda, a nice light flavor to go with the heavier dishes like beef enchiladas.
Objectively, this is really only a 3-star restaurant; I tend to go fairly often, though, because it's a great place to get a nice dinner after a relaxing soak in the hot tubs at Watercourse Way, just a block away.
PROS: Decent food for fair prices, close to Watercourse Way
CONS: Otherwise unremarkable
Even if you don't stay here, try the restaurant in the atrium of the hotel; it's got magnificant food, although admittedly for magnificantly high prices -- but I have never been disappointed with whatever I've ordered. Steaks are done to perfection, with succulent marinades, the vegetables are crisp and fresh and full of flavor.
The hotel itself is also quite nice; the rooms are fairly spacious and quiet, kept clean and well-maintained (no peeling wallpaper, no cracks in the bathroom tile, etc).
In addition to the restaurant in the atrium, Knuckles Sports Bar is also here, and they have a great menu of pub food/appetizers, although I think the value-for-the-dollar is stretched quite a bit here (Paying $22 for an amazing dinner is one thing, paying $10 for a plate of good nachos is another)
Among the other amenities, there's a pool outside, and a fairly robust gym area as well.
Memorial Day weekend, there's a gaming convention that rolls in (Kubla Con), which why I end up there quite often. The people can be very noisy and uproarious (we're having a great time) but I've never heard of any incidents where hotel patrons were really bothered by the ruckus. But if you're really picky about your hotels being peaceful and quiet, you may want to avoid this one on Memorial Day weekend!
PROS: Excellent restaurant, well-kept facilities
CONS: High-class comes at high-cost. Watch out for Memorial Day weekend!
This place is amazing; a converted two-story row house, it's packed (ie. careful, there's not a lot of room to walk around) with a huge selection of quality musical instruments. For such a tiny place, they sure have everything you could ever think of -- guitars (electric, acoustic, acoustic electric, even some banjos), drums (acoustic, electric), and I'm fairly certain somewhere in the store is a collection of wind instruments, too. The only instrument I can't remember seeing is an acoustic piano (besides, you wouldn't want to try to maneuver a piano around in there, even if it was a small upright) -- but if you want synthesizers, they've got those! Not to mention a room dedicated to speakers, amps and DJ/recording equipment. The place is simply amazing.
Parking sucks out front (only about five space on a one-way street), but on 2nd, about a block and a half away, is a parking garage, so worst case scenario, you can walk it.
PROS: Stocked to the brim with great stuff
CONS: Parking's limited -- and very little elbow room once inside.