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New drinks, menu and decor at Marriott San Mateo make for sleek sips and bites.

The eye-catching drink is delivered in a closed box and aromatic vapors waft free only after the lid is opened.


The intersection of tech and interesting dining comes together in an unexpected place: CRAFT/ CODE kitchen & cocktails. It’s found in the newly renovated Marriott San Mateo, a crossroads for Silicon Valley travelers and employees of nearby Rakuten, and Larry Ellison’s Oracle Corp. Dated 20-year-old interiors with heavy curtains and dark furniture have been replaced with floor-to-ceiling glass windows and a minimalistic new lobby, restaurant and bar that have already become popular for informal workday and post-work get-togethers. Along with executive chef Scott Gorman’s tuna tartare with mango, cucumber and taro chips; sustainable salmon with lemongrass, miso and bok choy; and Guinness- braised short ribs with horseradish mashed potatoes, you can have a glass of Miner Family Winery red blend ($50) or the intriguing Smoking Carriage ($18), made of Dictador rum, angostura bitters and oolong syrup touched with fresh smoke. No matches required. 1770 S. Amphlett Blvd., San Mateo, 650.653.6000


Originally published in the December issue of Silicon Valley

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