New American. $$$. Saratoga's progressive restaurant and watering hole combo serves comfort creations given luster by this proactive kitchen The Basin has some refreshingly high standards. Produce is organic, seafoods are fresh and the menu accentuates American ideas, enhanced by Asian spin and Mediterranean comfort. Closed Mon. 14572 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA. 408.867.1906.
La Mere Michelle
French-European. $$$. After three decades, La Mere is a tradition. Old World standards such as pâté, escargots, Wiener schnitzel and veal scaloppini find a distinguished setting in the crystal-dotted dining room. Don't forget the cheesecake. Closed Mon. 14467 Big Basin Way. 408.867.5272.
The Plumed Horse
Continental. $$$. The Plumed Horse has earned the right to call itself a landmark; a stately aura hangs over the luxurious digs where the walls dance orange and bright from the flambé pans, and waiters always work in tuxedoes. Menu standards include Homemade duck ravioli, North Atlantic Salmon fillet and the double cut Berkshire pork chop, all bright with forthright flavors. The restaurant's Crazy Horse Saloon is a destination unto itself. 14555 Big Basin Way. 408.867.4711.
Contemporary European. $$$$. Expert French cuisine and homey surroundings have followed Gervais to its new Saratoga location. New chef/owner Shekoh Ainsworth has updated the menu to incorporate contemporary combinations such as quail and foie gras with black-truffle ice cream. 14560 Big Basin Way. 408.867.7017.
New American. $$$$. A pretty dining room hosts an inspired French/Asian-fusion menu, complete with seductive desserts. 14583 Big Basin Way. 408.867.3110.
Mediterranean $$$$. This chic restaurant offers inventive Italian cuisine. Linguini and Clams and Rack of Lamb with herbs and spices are prepared with exacting technique. Roman setting and warm-weather patio invite the senses. 14550 Big Basin Way. 408.741.5300.