ISO Late Lunch/Early Dinner in San Jose
We (4 adults, 2 toddlers) will be meetings relatives (2 adults) from out of town on Presidents' Day. They will be driving up from Carmel, and we will be driving down from Marin, so we need a restaurant that serves pretty much all day, and can seat a party of 8. Budget isn't really an issue, and any type of food is fine. We will probably be meeting near the convention center, in which case Il Fornaio is our fall-back plan, Any suggestions are appreciated.
know this: SJ is where all fast food chains go to die - der Wienerschnitzel anyone? If you remember it it can be found.
If you'd rather try something more local than Il Fornaio, Saigon 75, about six blocks from the convention center or Los Cubanos, on N. Almaden. Saigon 75 serves lunch until 3, Los Cubanos until 2:30 and they both start dinner at 5 so if you're aiming in the 3-5 slot, they won't work, but if they do, you'll find they're both less formal, less expensive and more relaxed than Il Fornaio.
Here are some places that are open all day in the downtown area.
Grill on the Alley in the Fairmont - 11:30am-10:00pm, steakhouse
Amici's East Coast Pizza - open from 11 until late
E&O Trading Company 11am-10pm
Loft Bar and Bistro: 11:00am - 11:00pm
Original Joe's in downtown is open most of the day, from lunch to 1 a.m. Old school red sauce place, mid-century decor. Food is good/above average, probably a slight notch below Il Fornaio and not as nice of a place. I'd go here before a chain. There's also Gordon Biersch downtown.