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Oct 22, 2011 06:02 PM

San Jose Dining info please

Hi all! I am coming to San Jose mid November on business. It will be my first time in San Jose. I will be staying at the San Jose Marriott and I will not have a car. Also, I am on a perdiem of around $60 for dinner (including tax and tip). What do you recommend for dinner? Thanks for your assistance!

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  1. Downtown SJ isn't much known for food, there is lots of cheap eats though:

    Lee's sandwich - quick food near City Hall
    Amici's - pizza, salad, pasta
    Spaghetti Factory - chain, but I do like it for cheap eats dinner like $15 for lasagna, bread, spumoni
    Sa By Thai - pretty good Thai food
    Bo Town Restaurant - cheap Chinese
    Vung Tau Restaurant - pricey but Chowhound favorite for upscale Vietnamese - near City Hall

    Naglee Park Garage - American food, will try it soon, website has menu:

    You can take Lightrail to Downtown Mountain View - lots of eats there

    Lightrail also can take you to the small Japantown in SJ - lots of eats there: ramen, sushi, Ethiopian, Korean

    Bus 23 can take you to Santana Row - lots of eats, bars, where things are happening. Upscale shopping & across the street is Valley Fair Mall - more shopping & mall food court, Cheesecake Factory, etc.

    Lightrail schedule from SJ:

    Santana Row
    355 Santana Row, San Jose, CA 95128

    Vung Tau Restaurant
    535 E Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95112

    Naglee Park Garage
    505 E San Carlos St, San Jose, CA 95112

    Bo Town
    409 S 2nd St, San Jose, CA 95113

    1. I woul d suggest Original Joes (ravioli) or Grill on the Alley (Fairmont Hotel). Neither are great restaurants but walking distance and good food. Or, as others suggest, taking a cab or public transportation to Santana Row. It has a lively crowd and lots of food options. San Jose does not have amazing food.

      Santana Row
      355 Santana Row, San Jose, CA 95128

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

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      1. re: sueinca

        I am very anti Original Joe’s.

        I am very antiu-Original Joe's.

        We were willing to wait the 45 minutes it took to get to the top of the waiting list.
        Just as it was our turn, we were abruptly preempted.
        When we asked why, the reply was “These are friends and if you don’t like it, go somewhere else.”

        NEVER, would I ever go back and refuse to go with others that might want to eat there.

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

      2. Hi!

        I would suggest the following:
        1. La Pastaia at the De Anza Hotel - It's the oldest hotel in San Jose. It's not a chain and they have creative desserts.
        2. McCormick and Schmicks -Nice happy hour, walking distance from your hotel, out door seating and pretty good wings!
        3. Morton's Steakhouse - Another good happy hour spot. Yummy burger and to die for souffles
        4. Pho69 - You can feast for $60! It's on 2nd street. Good, fresh vietnamese food. Vegetarian Rolls and the Grilled Prawn noodle bowl are my favorites.
        5. Saby - Local thai food. Open late. I love their pumpkin curry.

        I tried to give you a mix of chain and non-chain restaurants.

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

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        1. re: rosiella1

          Previous replies have hit most of the better choices downtown. To those I will add Mezcal, a nice Oaxacan Mexican place just a few blocks from your hotel. It's my current favorite choice for dinner downtown.


          Mezcal Restaurant
          25 W San Fernando, San Jose, CA 95113

        2. I have had some meals before San Jose Sharks games at the Sonoma Chicken Coop. Very casual, but decent fare and not hard on the wallet. Beers on tap are good. I also like the Poor House Bistro for some Nawlin's grub. Try the gumbo and red beans. Site won't let me add a link, here is the address:

          Poor House Bistro - 91 S Autumn St San Jose, CA

          Sonoma Chicken Coop
          31 N Market St, San Jose, CA 95113

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