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Jan 27, 2010 08:14 PM

San Jose Dinner/Lunch Recommendations

I will be in San Jose in March on business. I'm hoping that bay area chowhounds will be able to give me some recommendations. I would love to try some good sea food.

I will stay close to downtown San Jose. I will have a car so I don't mind driving 20-30 miles from the hotel for a meal.

I would like to stay under $38 for dinner, under $18 for lunch and under $12 for breakfast but I don't mind spending extra for a good meal.

Thank you in advance!

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    1. Seafood definitely isn't a strong pt down here, but if you insist, I know that the Fish Market chain and Bradley Ogden's Yankee Pier always have something fresh and good.

      I've heard good things about Hawg's, but have never been there myself.

      Hawgs Seafood Bar
      150 S 2nd St, San Jose, CA 95113

      Fish Market Restaurant
      3775 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95051

      Yankee Pier - Santana Row
      378 Santana Row #1100, San Jose, CA 95128

      4 Replies
      1. re: Claudette

        i'm at a loss for good seafood. i do like seafood dishes at some mediterranean and asian spots. perhaps Xanh Restaurant in downtown mountain view, Dio Deka in Los Gatos?

        1. re: vis

          You're right - Xanh does have some interesting shrimp dishes, and Dio Deka has a delicious Mero dish (with a light lemon sauce), but it's over $38.

          1. re: Claudette

            Thank you so much for your recommendations so far...

            I get a feeling that it's hard to find good seafood in San Jose. What would you guys say that a first-timer to San Jose must try?? Are there any restaurants that I should not miss while I'm in town?

            I'm not a big fan of Italian food but will eat almost anything else.

            Thanks again.

            1. re: rjayasuriya

              I don't want to sound negative about San Jose, but most of the really interesting restaurants are over your $ range (Manresa, Parcel 104, Chez TJ). However, there are lots of unique little ethnic places listed in older threads:

              Also, the surrounding towns of Mt. View, Los Gatos, Campbell, and Palo Alto have dozens of great, affordable restos, which you can peruse by searching them on this board.

              Good luck and have fun!