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Be careful when eating out in Silicon Valley. One dinner and a few drinks can cost you an entire month’s paycheck. If you want to enjoy a night out without going broke, check our shortlist of casual, cheaper restaurants in Los Gatos.

I Gatti

Small, colorfully decorated, and with great food, I Gatti captures the atmosphere of an Italian village. It begins with a selection of specialized pastas but it doesn’t stop there. This family-run restaurant is known for their French and Mediterranean cuisine as well as their list of Italian and California wines. A casually elegant restaurant, I Gatti is the perfect place to dine with family, friends, or even that special someone. // Address: 25 E Main St. (Los Gatos), igattirestaurant.com/

Cin Cin

Are you an adventurous foodie looking for new experiences? Cin Cin is your place. The dishes come from Spanish, American, and Asian cuisines, and what sets them apart is their dedication to innovation. Cin Cin specializes in innovative cocktails and a wine list that pulls people from their comfort zones while still offering familiar flavors. If you aren’t comfortable taking the first step, don’t fear. The staff is trained by their sommelier to find each customer’s perfect wine and food combination. // Address: 368 Village Ln. (Los Gatos), cincinwinebar.com/

The Lexington House

The Lexington House is full of surprises. Their menus change frequently as they are dictated by the season, and only use local and organic ingredients. One of their biggest hits is Burger Mondays, which consist of an off-the-menu speciality burger made up entirely by the chef. Last week it was a house burger with crispy shoestring onions, lettuce, tomato, blue cheese, and a black pepper aioli. Next week? You’ll have to see for yourself. Pair it with one of their signature spirits and you’ve got a winning combination. // Address: 40 N Santa Cruz Ave. (Los Gatos), thelexlg.com/

Palacio

Ever dine with a ghost? Well, here’s your chance! Located in the historic Coggeshall Mansion and former funeral home, this Mexican-American style restaurant has embraced its haunted past. Ghost sightings have been reported over the past 10 years, the main one coming up as a little girl. Unlikely as these rumors are to be true, they aren’t going away. With Halloween approaching, take your kids to Palacio for a scare and churros, which are just as good as candy. // Address: 5 N Santa Cruz Ave. (Los Gatos), palaciorestaurant.com/

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