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Corporate dining in San Jose that's not on Santana Row?

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Dear Friends,
I live and work in SF but need to arrange a work lunch for 20-25 near downtown San Jose....but I don't know the area at all. Can you help me find a restaurant? The event is a kind of "team reward" lunch so it should feel like a big deal, not a delicious hole-in-the-wall. I haven't met most of the people, so it just needs to be generally appealing. I'll pick something on Santana Row otherwise, as that's the only San Ho place I know...

Your grateful friend,
Malinki

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Santana Row
355 Santana Row, San Jose, CA 95128

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  1. MCCORMICK AND SCHMICKS
    E&O Trading Company
    Bella Mia
    Original Joes
    all very good choices in Downtown San Jose

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

    Bella Mia Restaurant
    58 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113

    1. La Pastaia -- in the elegant De Anza Hotel.

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      La Pastaia
      233 West Santa Clara St., San Jose, CA 95113

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      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        I second La Pastaia!

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        La Pastaia
        233 West Santa Clara St., San Jose, CA 95113

      2. E&O Trading Co is out of business

        Original Joe's - not special enough

        McCormick & Schmick's is a good suggestion as is La Pastaia

        The Grill on the Alley at the Fairmont is very good.

        My vote would be for Arcadia at the San Jose Marriot next to the Convention Center - it's a Michael Mina restaurant and the food & service is excellent.

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        La Pastaia
        233 West Santa Clara St., San Jose, CA 95113

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

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        1. re: hazel1

          Agreed! (Original Joe's is definitely not special, in my opinion.) I vote for Arcadia for this situation.

        2. How close is close? Parcel 104 is 7 miles away in Santa Clara. That would fit the bill for a special work lunch.

          http://www.parcel104.com/

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          Parcel 104
          2700 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95054

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          1. re: jman1

            Yes, I was going to suggest that. It's pretty nice, although the hotel setting isn't exactly young and hip, the food is pretty tasty and the outside patio is very pleasant.