Restaurants around Kooza SJ
Probably nothing eight people will want to walk to, but from Taylor Street, you're reasonably close to Japantown and really not very far from downtown. There are lots of choices in J-town . . . most won't take reservations, but Kubota, which is a little more upscale than most, will. I think Sushi Maru will also hold a table, but it's smaller and much more casual. If you can live with a chain, Pasta Pomodoro on the Alameda at Race is just a few minutes away. There are lots of choices downtown, but many lean toward the higher end. We like Los Cubanos on N. Almaden, for down-home Cuban food. One thing to remember: The Cirque is set up at Taylor and 87, which means you're positioned to go almost anywhere . . . 87 N puts you right on 101, 87 S puts you right on 280.
Probably too pricey, but on Friday night I went to Spencer's Steakhouse inside the DoubleTree Hotel. It was MUCH easier to start there and cab over to the show as previous experience indicates that the convoluted parking situation adds an additional half hour (at LEAST) before and after the performance. Since the show is from 8:00 until 11:00, that makes a really long night. I was able to get into Spencer's right at 5:00, have a leisurely dinner (okay steak but pretty expensive, nice wine list. decent sides, shaky service), catch a cab at 7:40, and be there by 7:50. I was also back at the hotel by 11:15.
Great show, BTW!