One night in San Jose
East Coast CH will be in San Jose for one (maybe two) nights in April. What should I not miss? I eat almost everything, but I'm not wild about sushi.
If you are looking for a 4 star major meal then Manresa is the place. Otherwise we have good but not really great restaurants.
If you have access to wheels, you can also consider:
Alexander's Steakhouse in Cupertino
Restaurant James Randall in Los Gatos (I think they still have prix fixe during the week)
10330 N. Wolfe Road, Cupertino, CA 95014
James Randall Restaurant
303 N Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos, CA 95030
If you're coming all the way from the east coast I'm suggesting you grab mexican or vietnamese.
i'm not too sure about the best tasting mexican, usually the hole in the walls do it for me - la taquria, etc.
However on vietnamese I like Tamerine in Palo Alto, or there are a variety of cafe/bistro style joints in s.san jose. Google for Broken Rice.
I agree with Wchane on opting for Vietnamese or Mexican.
I really like Saigon 75 one block from San Jose City Hall. It's more upscale than the mom-and-pop places farther from downtown (assuming you're staying at one of the hotels downtown).
Here are some other options from my site...