Staying in San Jose and looking for a great place to eat? If you know where to look, San Jose is something of a foodie’s paradise. Here are five restaurants that you really should visit during your stay.
Mosaic Restaurant and Lounge, 211 S. First Street
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Located within the Four Points by Sheraton San Jose Hotel — also known as Hotel Montgomery — Mosaic Restaurant and Lounge serves Asian and American fusion cuisine created under the watchful eye of Chef Richard Yu. Try the Cambogee Beef or the Mongolian Vegetables with Tofu, but make sure that you leave room for one of Mosaic’s awesome desserts. The restaurant also boasts an impressive drinks menu with signature cocktails and more than 100 whiskies.
Habana Cuba Restaurant, 238 Race Street
Head to Habana Cuba in downtown San Jose’s Rose Garden, not far from the Arena Hotel, to indulge in Latin comfort food created by head chef Joao Barbosa. Try the Cuban-style Paella a La Valenciana, the Crimini Mushrooms, or the Chilean Sea Bass. The staff here are happy to help you with a wine recommendation, although if you are more of a cocktail drinker, you will not go far wrong with a Bellini De Habana or a Cuba Libre cocktail.
Silver Creek Restaurant, 200 Edenvale Avenue
The 170-seat Silver Creek Restaurant, located within the historic Dolce Hayes Mansion in southern San Jose, offers buffet and a la carte dining, although the real winner here is the award-winning Sunday brunch. Tuck into made-to-order omelets, gourmet entrees, berries and whipped cream, international cheeses, delicious desserts, and, of course, champagne. Calling ahead to book a table is usually a good idea, given this restaurant’s popularity.
Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria, 225 W Santa Clara Street
Located a short walk from Hotel De Anza and within a stone’s throw of the bustling San Pedro Square, Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria is the ideal choice when only a slice of NYC-style pizza will do. Start with Flame Roasted Lemon Chicken Wings before tucking into a Manhattan Red Clam or Greek Isle Pizza. Finish with a piece of mouth-watering J. M. Rosen New York Cheesecake. Amici’s has several locations throughout the Bay Area, although if you can’t drag yourself away from the luxuries of your hotel room, they are happy to deliver your choice direct to your hotel.
A Bite of Wyoming, 2227 Alum Rock Avenue
Sometimes only American comfort food hits the spot, and that is exactly what you can expect from A Bite of Wyoming. Try Mom’s Crazy Potatoes or the signature Homemade Biscuits and Gravy for breakfast. For lunch, tuck into a Bill Cody Buffalo Burger. This rustic diner boasts big portions, low prices, and a friendly staff, although if you do not call in advance to book, you can also expect a fairly long wait.
Want to discover more about the San Jose dining scene? Head off on a Mission District food tour to discover, among other destinations, an acclaimed cheese cafe and an artisan grocery. It is your chance to enjoy some of the finest local food and benefit from the knowledge of a local culinary expert.
Do you have your own favorite restaurant in San Jose? Share your tips with fellow foodies in the comments below.
Linda Forshaw likes to write about local haunts and far-flung places. She lives in Liverpool, England, and spends her free time exploring new places, going to live gigs, and planning her next adventure. She is currently writing for the #HipmunkCityLove project.