A view of the course and coast in Half Moon Bay at the newly renovated Mullins Bar & Grill 

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  • Snake River Farms kurobuta pork osso bucco with farro, spring vegetable salad, and orange and cilantro gremolata sauce is a highlight at LB Steak in Menlo Park.
Whether you just finished a round of golf or are enjoying the view as part of a weekend coast getaway, Mullins Bar & Grill on the 18th hole of the Half Moon Bay Golf Links (the restaurant is not affiliated with the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay next door) just unveiled its new look after an extensive renovation that cost more than $1 million. Inside the restaurant, you’ll find a casual atmosphere complete with a fireplace — this is Half Moon Bay, after all — a new lounge, new furniture, several large flat-screen televisions and a redesigned bar. Diners can also choose to enjoy the outdoor setting that has a newly expanded terrace overlooking the ocean, along with two new bocce ball courts. Richard Wood’s Half Moon Bay pub cuisine remains mostly the same after the renovation. In the morning, enjoy Dungeness crabcake Benedict or cinnamon brioche French toast, complemented by the house specialty, a bloody mary. Lunch and dinner bring the Mullins house clam chowder and three mini Angus burgers as openers, followed by selected sandwiches like the BLTA with avocado, or entrees in the low $20s, including king salmon baked on a cedar plank.

2 Miramontes Point Road, Half Moon Bay; (650) 712-2215, www.HalfMoonBayGolf.com/Mullins.aspx.

Palo Alto The venerable Chinese restaurant Hunan Garden is going through some changes both within its ownership family and the name of the restaurant itself. Switching to a more modern take on Chinese street food with Californian elements, the restaurant is now called Mandarin Roots. New, innovative creations include pork belly quesadillas and corn-and-seaweed tempura poppers, while classics get spruced up, like swapping broccoli for broccolini in the beef and broccoli dish. Starters don’t reach more than $10, and most large plates are between $12 and $20. You’ll also find a sleek new interior, a new lounge section and a new outdoor patio just in time for its late-spring opening. Hunan Garden’s longtime owner, Simon Yuan, is still involved with Mandarin Roots, but his son, Jarvis Yuan, is now leading the new restaurant vision. Yuan most recently was an executive chef with Sino at Santana Row. Now he’s on his own for the first time with a menu rooted in China but spanning the globe, presenting concepts such as Mongolian hot pot, firecracker hummus and snapper chips, and teapot soup with sizzling rice.

3345 El Camino Real, Palo Alto; (650) 565-8868, no website

Menlo Park

LB Steak has a new chef de cuisine running the modern American steakhouse’s kitchen. She’s Kelsey Casavan, a native of Vancouver, British Columbia, who was most recently at Left Bank in Larkspur and was even a professional ballerina prior to that. We’ll see how Casavan’s menu ideas evolve. Current menu favorites at the restaurant include scallops with jalapeno grits and smoked tomato jus, as well as aged in-house Angus steak.

898 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park; (650) 321-8980, LBSteak.com fresheats@sfexaminer.com

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