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May 19, 2010 10:35 AM

10PM on Monday in San Jose / Sunnyvale area. Place fit for a first date, dinner, drinks? That does not suck?

Thank you!!

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  1. In Sunnyvale, Id recommend Tarragon. Romantic and good food/price ratio.

    In San Jose, I might recommend the much maligned Santana Row. Plenty of distractions if there are any lulls in conversation and if dinner goes well, good excuse to walk around together.... At SR, Citrus at the Valencia or Straits would be good "date" options IMO

    Santana Row
    355 Santana Row, San Jose, CA 95128

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    1. re: openhelix

      I'd have to 2nd Santana Row. Straits is favorite of mine for food and drinks.

      Downtown Sunnyvale is mellow and a Monday might just be dead. At least Santana Row has bars and restaurants open late.

      Santana Row
      355 Santana Row, San Jose, CA 95128

      1. re: nhbalex

        Thank you all! Is Straits open pretty late?

        1. re: existing

          As far as I can tell, Straits is open until last call (whenever that officially is around here). It actually becomes a really loud bar/lounge/dance club at around 10PM-ish. There is also a Parisian-esque bakery next to Straits that may be a quieter option for dessert. The pastries look better than they taste and the coffee is potable, but it's a good place for people watching and a much better venue for conversation than Straits may be. Did I mention that Straits is LOUD?

    2. Doesn't appear to be much that's open on Mondays past 10:00. There are some places available for 10:00 pm seating on opentable although their websites say they close at 10.

      Your best is probably going to be the VBar at the Hotel Valencia in Santana Row (not sure how long the restaurant Citrus is open). Hyatt Santa Clara has the Evolution Cafe & Bar open 'til midnight daily. Lastly, it appears there is the new "underwater concept" Tanq Bar open at the San Jose Marriott.; however, hours aren't listed on its website (ugh, why NOT?).

      Santana Row
      355 Santana Row, San Jose, CA 95128

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      1. re: ceekskat

        Sumiya Yakitori (grill) in Santa Clara on Homestead is open until 11:30 pm Mon-Sat. The food is really good, it's a nice looking place, and it's usually crowded, loud, and friendly.

        The grilled items are their speciality, not the traditional Japanese dushes. You can share lot of small plates

        2634 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara, CA 95051

      2. You could go to Original Joe's in downtown SJ. It's mid-century-Sinatra-type pasta-chops-martinis. It has its own charm. If this is dinner after something else it's fine. If it's the only thing, probably not. Open until 1 a.m.

        Original Joe's Restaurant
        301 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113