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Romantic restaurant in San Jose?

Hi, I am posting for a friend who is having her 30th wedding anniversary. They are staying at the Fairmont and would like something pretty close to their hotel. I've done a tiny bit of research and came up with Paolos or Le Papillon...any comments on these or their location? Any other ideas? American, French, or Italian preferred. Thanks!

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  1. Paolos would be good. It's high end and walking distance (several blocks) from the Fairmont.
    Papillon is not downtown, not close to their hotel.
    I love the new Italian place, Paesano. It's in a remodeled Victorian and would be about a 15-minute walk from the hotel.

    1. The grill on the alley would be another good place. Dimly lit, traditional steakhouse atmosphere

      1. 71 Saint Peter is a bit more intimate of a place with good food and a nice wine list. Maybe a 6 block walk or 3 min drive. There are much better choices if willing to drive 10-15 min. Le Papillion is old school French in the best way and one of the hidden gems of the south bay. Old -school in that it is a coat and tie, butter and cream type place with excellent technique and delicious food. Somewhat formal but that is what you want on a grand anniversary. 20 minutes will get you to Manresa, perhaps the best in the Bay Area. A spurge but well worth it!

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        71 Saint Peter
        71 N San Pedro St, San Jose, CA 95110

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        1. re: budnball

          If they are willing to drive, there is also La Foret in Almaden Valley. French and romantic.

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          La Foret Restaurant
          21747 Bertram Rd, San Jose, CA 95120

          1. re: 512window

            Another stand by that is forgotten but great for this kind of meal! Thanx for reminding us.

          2. re: budnball

            We had a terrible meal there about two months ago. Cheesy music in the background, tasteless and overpriced food. Really really has gone downhill in my opinion. I used to like this place....

            1. re: emi50

              which one was terrible?

              1. re: bbulkow

                So sorry....71 Saint Peter is the one that was so disappointing, outright lousy food. Such a shame because the space and location are excellent.

                1. re: emi50

                  71 Saint Peter is not as celebratory as Le Papillon, which is a 4- mile drive, but has beautiful food. Le Foret and Plumed Horse are farther yet, but worth the drive.

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                  71 Saint Peter
                  71 N San Pedro St, San Jose, CA 95110

                  The Plumed Horse
                  14555 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070

                  Le Papillon
                  410 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129

                  1. re: Claudette

                    Thank you everyone for your comments! Greatly Appreciated!

                  2. re: emi50

                    Too bad. 71 was once a great fall back place with a wonderful seasonal tasting menu. That option has been gone for a year or so and it has been about that long since I last ate there. Another one bites the dust?