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ISO: A Celebratory Lunch Spot in Downtown San Jose

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I'm a bit of a foodie and well, I'm in a pickle. I need to host a celebratory lunch for 10 colleagues in a few weeks and well, I don't know San Jose restaurants. Ideally, I'd like a spot near 280 or in the general vicinity of downtown SJ. Anything near Hamilton Ave. or Meridian Ave. would be great! A non-chain restaurance with good fresh food, maybe even some tables outside is what I'm looking for!

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

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  1. Try the place in the DeAnza Hotel, La Pastaia.

    The other places in DT SJ are Gordon Biersch (chain), Grill on the Alley (chain) and Original Joe's.

    1. La Pastaia is a solid choice. If you're feeling spendy, you might want to check out Arcadia (at the Marriott's Hotel), it's a Michael Mina restaurant. These 2 are in downtown San Jose proper.

      You mentioned Hamilton/Meridian exits, that's really Willow Glen and Campbell. I've been meaning to try out Naschmarkt Restaurant in Campbell. I heard it's a great modern Austrian, not something you see a lot around here.

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