As California’s third-largest city, San Jose has its fair share of high quality culinary destinations, but the restaurants on this list go above and beyond your run-of-the-mill pizza place or family venue. They are found in the most luxurious of environs, source the best produce from all over the world, and employ the most talented chefs. If fine dining is what you’re after in the city, then look no further than our list of top quality restaurants.
Nemea combines modernity and tradition to come up with the finest Greek food. A veritable Pandora’s box of dishes is available, from the classic moussaka to the brizola hirini, a double-cut pork chop with bacon, olives, polenta, potato purée, fig chutney, and jus. Specialty cocktails like the Medusa (Boyd & Blair vodka, basil, ouzo, and egg white) continue the theme. Finish off with their baklava, a dessert of Greek layered phyllo pastry topped with toasted walnuts, house made syrup, and fig ice cream.
Address & telephone number: 96 S 1st St, San Jose, CA, +1 408-279-4225
In an idyllic and historic location, chef John Davoudi serves up culinary masterpieces like elk with portabella mushrooms, game reduction, and cognac sauce, and tournedos of beef with golden chanterelles, herbs, ginger, and brandy. La Forêt occupies the site of a former boarding house, now surrounded by forest, which was built in 1848 at the height of the California Gold Rush. Part of California history, La Forêt also stocks a large amount of wines from the Napa Valley, as well as the finest selections from France – the Chateau Lafite Rothschild goes for over $1000.
Address & telephone number: 21747 Bertram Rd, San Jose, CA, +1 408-997-3458
Taurinus is a fine dining experience with a difference. Here the customer eats rodizio style, paying a fixed price for an all-you-can-eat, continuous tableside service. Servers present you with slow-cooked barbecued meats on skewers, with over 12 to choose from, including chicken wings, lamb legs, pork loin with parmesan, and filet mignon wrapped in bacon. Cheese bread, mashed potatoes, fried plantains, and yucca fries are also provided, as are unlimited visits to the gourmet buffet fully stocked with fresh vegetables, salads, cheeses, and seafood.
Address & telephone number: 167 W San Fernando St, San Jose, CA, +1 408-294-0110