Below is a list of our favorite local restaurants. All of them are reasonably priced, they’re all family-owned and operated, and most importantly they all support local food and wine. Gilroy is a small but growing community that still feels like small-town America. If you decide to visit any of our friends be sure to tell them we sent you and they’ll make sure you feel like family.
BBQ 152 – Barbeque, craft beers on tap
8295 Monterey ST, Gilroy, CA 95020
Old school, counter service BBQ joint serving meats smoked daily on-site. A large menu of craft beers. Limited seating inside but plenty of space outside.
Bella Viva Ristorante & Wine Bar – Wine bar with limited kitchen menu
7423 Monterey ST, Gilroy, CA 95020
Great service and a nice wine selection – beer too if you’re “wine’d out”. Bella has a small kitchen they use to create artisan pizzas. They have quiet, elegant indoor seating as well as a cozy outdoor patio with a fireplace for those cool nights.
Garlic City Café – American and Mediterranean fare with garlic specialties
7461 Monterey ST, Gilroy, CA 95020
A wonderful café/diner located in downtown Gilroy that’s a little hard to find due to its small storefront but is well worth the effort. Excellent service and a wide selection of classic salads, sandwiches, and pastas.
The Milias Restaurant – Old school dining room and lounge with a western flair, full bar
7397 Monterey ST, Gilroy, CA 95020
Originally opened in the early 1920’s as part of the Milias Hotel there’s a lot of history in this building. Owners/Chefs Anne and Adam have kept a lot of that historical feel and added the best dinner menu in Gilroy with full selections of seafood, meats, and pasta.
Old City Hall – Classic Americana, full bar
7400 Monterey ST, Gilroy, CA 95020
Classic surf and turf dishes in a charming forming municipal building. We like lunch in the outdoor courtyard listening to live music.
Ten Japan – Modern Japanese Sushi bar, sake, beer and wine
1340 1st ST, Gilroy, CA 95020
Full sushi bar and ramen restaurant with some of the freshest fish we’ve found south of San Francisco. Try the Spicy Garlic Edamame and the Trio Fish Poki Bowl.
8080 Santa Teresa Blvd, Gilroy, CA 95050
A simple menu of well-made comfort food and an excellent wine menu make this the destination for locals looking for a quiet lunch or dinner.
Ladera Grill – American cuisine, full bar
17305 Monterey Rd, Morgan Hill 95037
An intimate gathering spot for locals. Don’t feel like you have to dress up to go here, it’s on the fancy side for Morgan Hill but around here we consider pressed Levi’s “fancy”.
La Nina Perdida – Authentic Mexican cuisine, full bar with artisanal Tequilas
35 E Main St, Morgan Hill 95037
Located just off the main drag on Main St which may be why it’s called “The Lost Girl”, or maybe it’s named after chef Miriam. Either way it’s worth the search. This may be a Mexican-inspired restaurant but you won’t find Tacos or Burritos on the menu.
Odeum – Artisanal Mediterranean cuisine, best bar in town
17500 Depot St, Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Intimate and homey but with a modern feeling, Odeum prepares exquisite dishes with traditional Mediterranean flavors. This is the only restaurant with a trained sommelier on staff and it shows in their broad wine selection.
Parktown Pizza – Craft Pizzas, Craft Beers on tap
16375 Monterey Rd, Morgan Hill, CA 95037
More sports bar that pizzeria from the ambience but don’t be fooled, Parktown Pizza has some of the best, most creative pies in the area. Check out their “Indian Menu” for some unique pizza flavors. Also, a large selection of beers on tap!
Rosy’s At the Beach – American/Seafood, full bar
17320 Monterey, Morgan Hill, CA 95037
A casual dining experience located no where near the beach – but we like the beach vibe. It can be a little crowded and noisy but it’s a happy noise of local people enjoying their favorite hang-out. We like to site outside and watch the world go by or in the bar with all of our new friends.
Sicilia in Bocca – Traditional Italian, wines by the bottle and glass
25 W Main, Morgan Hill, CA 95037
The definition of old-school “family” Italian. Large portions of authentic Sicilian food and a decent selection of local wines.
Trail Dust BBQ – Barbeque, Craft Beer bar
17240 Monterey Rd, Morgan Hill, CA 95037
A full traditional southern style BBQ menu with a great selection of craft beers. All their proteins are smoked daily. On the plus side everything is fresh, on the negative side they can run out of your favorite towards the end of the evening.