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Gardino Fresco

$$ - $$$
Italian, Bar, Pub
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51 N Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos, CA 95030-5916
+1 408-354-8788
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 01:00
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Penmaenmawr, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Gardinos was recomended to us very highly. The Chicken Carbonara was excellent. The prices were very reasonable. This review would be a a 4 star, but for the fact we did feel rushed and pressuried into finishing our meals and settling up. My empty plate was taken away despite my other half having a quarter of her meal left. No... More 

Thank M31987
Sunnyvale, California
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2016

Good food in a kind of sports bar environment. Reasonable prices and large servings. It was a busy Friday night and yet the service was good.

Thank Rick G
Los Gatos, California
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87 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 June 2016

If you want low-key, basic food prepared pretty well, you would like this place. Service is pretty good, not great.

Thank G95030
Los Gatos, California
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178 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 May 2016

Watched the chef make the alfredo sauce for my Fettuccini dell'Oceano. It was truly amazing how much effort and time he took to make the sauce from scratch. I watched as he added flour, wine, olive oil, etc. while the sauce was boiling in a pan. When he served it over the noodles and sea food, I was eagerly awaiting... More 

Thank donwolf20
Sunnyvale, California
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 March 2016

I have enjoyed the chicken masala with steam veggies and pasta various times. The bar is really cool with a color changing ice-luge to keep your beer chilled. Friendly staff and the owner Pete are very welcoming.

Thank raineterno
Los Gatos, California
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72 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2016

Centrally located in LG this is one of the best bars for a 30+ crowd and they serve food later than almost anyone in LG. Pete the owner is kind and outgoing and give this place a welcoming neighborhood bar feel. Beautiful bartenders and good service always help Gardino's be a go to spot for drink and food in LG.

Thank Chad H
San Jose, Ca
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128 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2016

food and service are so-so, but the bar is fun. They have an icy topped bar to keep your drinks cold. I like the sliders okay. Friend and I went for lunch once and waited 40 minutes for food as the cook had just wandered away. No one warned us about the problem. My friend liked her pasta when it... More 

Thank tlb91
Melbourne, Australia
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120 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2015 via mobile

We dined at Gardino recently and thoroughly enjoyed the Italian food and busy nature of the cafe! The only let down was our waiter wasn't the most friendly which is quite unusual in Los Gatos as in general service has been great at Cafes & restaurants!

Thank Phil H
Healdsburg, CA
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378 reviews
295 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 November 2015

I was off my clock, had missed lunch and it was 3pm. I wandered in for a beer and ended up with a terrific linguine puttanesca. Couldn't have asked for me. Bar service was cordial and with only a few patrons, the room was relaxingly quiet. Typical Los Gatos high-end pricing.

Thank CaliforniaFellow
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 2015

Quick breakdown for you....Food was wonderful, drinks good but expensive, very loud. They do have a great happy hour but the bar was packed so we had to get a table.

Thank D Z

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 51 N Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos, CA 95030-5916
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Gatos
  • Phone Number: +1 408-354-8788

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?