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Dining In The Silicon Valley At The 10 Best Restaurants In San Jose, California

Sun, sea and good food. This is San Jose, the largest city in the Silicon Valley © David Sawyer / Flickr
Sun, sea and good food. This is San Jose, the largest city in the Silicon Valley © David Sawyer / Flickr
Sun, sea and good food. This is San Jose, the largest city in the Silicon Valley, home to a wide variety of dining venues, from local restaurants which serve the best of Californian food to fusion cuisine. Here’s our pick of the 10 best restaurants in San Jose.

The Table

‘Many of life’s best memories have been created around a table’. So runs the motto of this urban neighbourhood restaurant, which pays tribute to the table’s unique ability to bring together delicious food, tasty drinks and good people. Guests should experience eating at The Table as if eating in a friend’s home — you’re part of the family. The interior design reflects this philosophy: the cozy and welcoming atmosphere is made possible by a rustic location and wooden details. Seasonal ingredients and farm-to-table food is the base of their hearty and contemporary American cuisine.

Romantic dinner by candlelight © Oleksandr Kavun / Shutterstock

Cafe Stritch

Bistro, Cafe, Pub, Restaurant, American, $$$
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Cafe Stritch is one of the coolest venues in town for a fun night out. A jazz bistro with lovely live music, this restaurant offers modern comfort food and casual American favorites, such as chicken and waffles, must-try mac and cheese and its signature dish, the Eulipion sandwich. Located in the arty SOFA district, Cafe Stritch has an exposed-brick design and pub style; it’s the go-to place for those who want to enjoy some good music and dine in a relaxed atmosphere.
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5:00 pm - 2:00 am
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5:00 pm - 2:00 am
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5:00 pm - 2:00 am
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5:00 pm - 2:00 am

Original Gravity Public House

Bar, Bistro, Pub Grub, $$$
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Original Gravity Public House, San Jose
Original Gravity Public House, San Jose | Courtesy Vyne Bistro
First craft beer bar located in the heart of San Jose’s city center, Original Gravity Public House is a must stop for all beer lovers. It features a rotating menu of domestic and imported craft beer, offering a selection of beer varieties for even the most discerning taste. Accompanying the beer is an impressive food menu of gourmet sausages from award-winning local butchers from around the Bay Area, with flavors ranging from the traditional (bratwurst, boudin) to experimental (sweet potato), as well as grilled cheese sandwiches and duck fat fries. The bar also organizes frequent events featuring Californian and international niche market beer tasting. Original gravity public house – Courtesy Original Gravity Public House
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12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Sat - Sun:
12:00 pm - 1:00 am

El Jardin

Bar, Restaurant, Mexican, $$$
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Nestled under a huge California oak, El Jardin boasts a romantic outdoor patio and a reputation as one of the best Mexican restaurants in town. 100% blue agave tequila, live Mariachi music and Mexican food specialties create a cheerful and enjoyable atmosphere for a gathering with friends. Lounging on the low-slung chairs and Spanish-style benches around the huge oak, reclining on fluffy red pillows while sampling the tapas-style menu, or sitting at the rustic wooden bar tables sipping tequila infusions made with fresh juices, customers will feel like dining in a classic Mexican hacienda.
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11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Mon:
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tue:
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wed:
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thu:
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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11:00 am - 12:00 am

Scott’s Seafood

Lying close to the Pacific Ocean, San Jose is rich in fish restaurants. Scott’s Seafood serves American regional cuisine, featuring a wide variety of seafood dishes, pasta,soups and salads. It uses only the best fish from the ocean and the freshest, high quality ingredients. Located on the 6th floor, the breathtaking view of the city and the surrounding hills of the Silicon Valley, as well as the fine interior design, makes this the perfect place for all occasions: from casual dining to business meetings, to special events.

Scott’s Seafood, 185 Park Avenue, San Jose, CA, USA, +1 408 971 1700

Seafood platter set © pornvit_v / Shutterstock

71 Saint Peter

American taste blended in with European tradition: this is 71 Saint Peter, a European grill featuring the flavours of French and Italian cuisine, but made using the best of California’s products. From bruschetta to risotto, everything is made with the highest quality ingredients. The wine list includes some of the best Mediterranean products, such as Italian chianti and pinot grigio and sparkling French Jean Philip. Must-tries are the wild mushroom ravioli and the bacon wrapped grilled top sirloin. For dessert, try the crème brule or tiramisu.

71 Saint Peter, 71 N San Pedro Street, San Jose, CA, USA, +1 408 971 8523

Classic Risotto with Wild mushrooms risotto with parsley © Nelli Syrotynska / Shutterstock

Henry’s Hi Life

Henry’s Hi Life is located in the Guadalupe River Gardens. A neighborhood popular with Italian immigrants, the location of this old-character American steakhouse and barbecue place is deliberately rustic and unpretentious. High quality meat, fresh ingredients and a relaxed and cheerful atmosphere make this place an excellent venue. The barbecued chicken is juicy and moist and the boneless teriyaki chicken breast is just as wonderful, but its the the spare ribs that earn Henry’s its reputation. Try yours accompanied with salad, baked potato and garlic bread.

Henry’s Hi Life, 301 W Saint John Street, San Jose, CA, USA, +1 408 295 5414

Orchestria Palm Court

Entering the door of this rustic restored 1910 brick building, it seems time has stopped at the beginning of the 20th Century. Music of that era, such as ragtime, jazz and blues provide the soundtrack at Orchestria Palm Court, played by original instruments from the early 1900s, like the Wurlitzer violin piano. The menu specializes in European cuisine, featuring only organic ingredients from the best local farms.

Orchestria Palm Court, 27 E William Street, San Jose, CA, USA, +1 408 288 5606

Arcadia

Chic and elegantly furnished, Arcadia is one of the most sophisticated dining spots in the South Bay. Chef Michael Mina is world famous for mixing unexpected flavors and accents, and this modern American steakhouse in downtown San Jose is known for its prime cuts of beef, fresh fish and poultry. The dinner menu includes longstanding Mina classics such as Maine lobster pot pie with truffle cream, as well as other favorites like the glazed Alaskan black cod and the wood-roasted mushrooms. Master sommelier Rajat Parr has hand-selected a list focused primarily on boutique wines from America, in order to allow customers to enjoy the rich national wine tradition.

Arcadia, 100 West San Carlos Street, San Jose, CA, USA, +1 408 278 4555

Silicon Valley and Green Hills at Dusk. Monument Peak © Yuval Helfman / Shutterstock