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...
Links to San Jose dining
Zeni Ethiopian Restaurant
1320 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129
233 West Santa Clara St., San Jose, CA 95113
19 N Market, San Jose, CA 95113
Saigon 75 Bistro
304 E Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA
71 Saint Peter
71 N San Pedro St, San Jose, CA 95110
100 W San Carlos St., San Jose, CA 95113
Morton's the Steakhouse
177 Park Avenue, Suite 100, San Jose, CA 95113
A P Stump's - closing July 10 2009
163 W Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113
Grill On the Alley
172 South Market St., San Jose, CA 95113
41 E Gish Rd, San Jose, CA 95112
545 South 2nd St., San Jose, CA 95112
262 Jackson St, San Jose, CA
John's XLNT Foods
1238 Lincoln Ave, San Jose, CA 95125
Chiaramonte's Deli & Sausages
609 N 13th St, San Jose, CA 95112
Sonoma Chicken Coop
31 N Market St, San Jose, CA 95113
409 S 2nd St, San Jose, CA 95113
Teske's Germania Restaurant and Beer Garden
255 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113
333 West San Carlos Street, San Jose, CA 95110
Blakes Steak House
17 N San Pedro St, San Jose, CA 95110
Mount Hamilton Grandview Restaurant
94 Mount Hamilton Rd, Mount Hamilton, CA
Picasso's Bar & Grill
17 N San Pedro St, San Jose, CA
McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant
170 South Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113
Tied House Cafe & Brewery
65 N San Pedro St, San Jose, CA
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
33 E San Fernando St, San Jose, CA 95113
Scott's Seafood Bar & Grill
185 Park Ave., San Jose, CA 95113
Hawgs Seafood Bar
150 S 2nd St, San Jose, CA 95113
Original Joe's Restaurant
301 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113
754 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126
Paolo's is fantastic for authentic Italian, especially if you will be downtown anyway (Original Joe's ISN'T Italian, its just plain bad and I wouldn't recommend La Pastaia).
Restaurant "7" for eclectic American
John's Excellent on Linclon Ave in Willow Glen or Il Fornaio for breakfast
Chiriamonte's is still on 13th Street with delicious Italian sausage for lunch only (but has little else if you want some variety)
Kobuta(sp?) in Japantown for Japanese. Great small plate menu and huge selection aside from the superior sushi
Much improved lately - Scott's on Park for seafood
Very good steaks etc. - Grill on the Alley at the Fairmont
Try the Newhattan Chowder at Hawg's Seafood at the Rep
71 St. Peter prix fixe is reliable
I would not recommend McCormicks.
For very casual - Sonoma Chicken Coop (although the one is Campbell is bigger and better with a full bar).
All walkable from the Marriott
It will take a car to get to Zeni in West San Jose, but it's totally worth it to have the best Ethiopian food ever. Seriously, a friend named her her favorite restaurant in the world. I'd put it in my top 10.
Ethiopian in San Jose - Zeni: Come Come for the Gored Gored, Stay Stay for the Firfir
Back in the late 70's there was an old-time Italian deli north of Santa Clara that had the most outrageous homemade sausage.
My older brother worked at United Pump and went there for lunch all the time.
Don't reall the name, but I think it was a family name.
Anyone know if it's still there?
There were some other neighborhood places--taquerias, etc that used to do pit-cooked pork etc., for the weekend. Anyone?
re: Melanie Wong
I can't do an "update" exactly, but I've eaten at Teske's many times before and have never had bad service. And it has been over a year since the one bad review.
Even some of the best restaurants have the occasional waiter-on-crack or understaffed situation. I certainly wouldn't write it off on a single bad review, especially since I've had so many nice dinners there.
For downtown, if you like Moroccan, go to the Menara:
Ask at the concierge desk for your hotel. There are sometimes discounts for out of town visitors. It's pricy, but good, and has belly dancing. Go there for a dinner.
For lunch, I'd recommend Gordon Biersch, the brew pub. The courtyard is very nice, the beer is good and the deserts are very innovative. The main meals try to push the envelope of brew pub food with varying degrees of success. I'd just go with the sausages and leave it at that.
Yes, it's a chain, but this is the original location:
For original San Jose German food, go to Teske's Germania:
The tap room looks like a Bavarian hunting lodge. They've often got wild game on the menu as well, so if you like venison or antelope, it's a good bet.
AP Stumps and La Pastia at the De Anza Hotel are great! I've been to both repeatedly. The atmosphere at Stump's is more upscale than La Pastaia, but both are nice.
The Hedley Room at the De Anza Hotel is also a nice place for an after dinner cocktail. They usually have some sort of jazz on the weekend evenings, and a piano player on other days.
Just FYI, if you are an early/late eater, McCormick's has a $1.95 happy hour bar menu that features a pretty decent 1/2 pound burger and fries (the rest of the bar menu is pretty yuck). There is a two drink minimum but they don't usually enforce it. I think happy hour is 4:30-6 and 9:30-11pm on weekdays.
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.
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.