San Jose Dining Recommendations
Will be staying at San Jose Marriott for 4 nites...prefer walking distance since we don’t know the roads but do have car for something we can’t miss....Prices can be top to bottom, taste ranges from American, Continental, French, Italian, Chinese, Mediterranean, steak......no sushi, Mexican, Asian or Ethiopian...
French (Swiss): Emile's, may be too far to walk, closing soon.
Italian-American: Original Joe's
For the View: (Rancho) Grandview Restaurant, Continental/American. Get on Santa Clara (~blocks north from the Marriot) and head east, Santa Clara morphs into Alum Rock at Hwy101, turn right on Mt Hamilton Ave, continue into the foot hills. On a clear night, one can see the Santa Clara Valley.
71 St. Peter on San Pedro
La Pastaia in the DeAnza Hotel on Santa Clara
Arcadia in your hotel - basically a steaks/chops themed
Michael Mina restaurant
Stump's on Santa Clara - another steaks/chops place
Moving down the food chain - McCormick's by the Fairmont
Hotel on Market - chain/seafood/typically fresh and decently
prepared but ho-hum.
Tied House on San Pedro - a microbrew place with mostly
okay bar/pub food.
I didn't mean by my earlier post to rule out Emile's, but I
don't have a feel for how its brand new ownership would affect
You are also right on the light rail line, and the Convention
Center station (1/2 block from your hotel) should be reopened.
This gives you pretty easy access to Mountain View (about 40 minutes) and also to Campbell (about 15 minutes). If you're there between Wednesday And Saturday, I'd be tempted to ride the light rail to Campbell and try either Restaurant O on Winchester (maybe 7 to 8 blocks from the Downtown Campbell station) or Twist Bistro on Campbell Ave (about 3 or 4 blocks from the station). Fare is $1.75 for a 2 hour ticket purchased in advance from a machine on the platform.
One last thought:
Chez TJ in Mountain View (very close to the light rail
I've not included Manresa in Los Gatos because it might be
hard for you to get to, but if you're up for a bit of a driving adventure, you might consider it.
This thread was pointed to in a more recent thread so I have to update here.
Skip A.P. Stumps, Arcadia, and Tied House. The first brought us out severely heat damaged wines, cancelled our reservations on us without calling us on one occasion, and substituted a fish I had ordered because they ran out and didn't ask me if I cared for the substitution. The second went way down hill in the past years, and the third brought out a hamburger when we ordered a cheeseburger. When we talked with the waitstaff on rectifying the matter, it took them forever and their solution was to bring out a slice of cheese.