All About Downtown

Downtown

Thanks to savvy redevelopment and compact design, downtown San Jose has become the place where everyone comes to live and play, from the protégés hunting for urban nightlife adventures to empty nesters spending their children’s inheritance on fine dining, opera and gallery art. As one of the safest big cities, San Jose invites parents to bring their children to play at two of the most renowned family friendly museums in Northern California – the Children’s Discovery Museum and the Tech Museum of Innovation. Across the street children of all ages splash around in the famous fountains of Cesar Chavez Park, where during the summer crowds gather to sway to Music in the Park or munch on popcorn at outdoor movies. On Fridays May through December you can spot professionals spending their lunch break in San Pedro Square to catch the Farmer’s Market, returning for Happy Hour at the brew pubs and bars. Die-hards stay longer to catch gallery night on First Fridays or to take in a comedy club.

As one of the most walkable and bike friendliest cities in California, lit with over 300 days of sunshine and great weather, San Jose is a haven for walking warriors, bicyclists and jogging junkies – especially along Guadalupe River Park’s many wildlife-filled trails or downtown’s tree-lined streets. The urban center is home to many unique festivals and events, such as the a stop on the Amgen Tour of California, Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon, Cinequest Film Festival, Vietnamese Spring Festival, Japanese Obon Festival, San Jose Mariachi and Mexican Heritage Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival and Zero One, where art meets technology. If you hate the idea of taking out a bank loan to pay for parking like in certain cities to the north, San Jose is dotted with free or low-cost parking downtown, and is easily accessible via lightrail.

Need more information on events and things to do in Downtown San Jose? Visit the San Jose Downtown Association's website below:

http://www.sjdowntown.com

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Restaurants

The Naglee Park Garage
Naglee Park Garage

Located in downtown San Jose's historic Naglee Park Neighborhood , our 30 seat Bistro with a large outdoor patio serves hearty seasonal dishes in a casual, order-at-the-counter style with first come, first serve seating.Throughout the year we feature both live music and movies on our courtyard. If you would like to be on our email list to receive announcements about special events such as our annual Oktoberfest, seasonal Sunday BBQs, or holiday neighborhood dinners please send us an email to info@nagleeparkgarage.com.

Bella Mia Restaurant & Bar
Bella Mia Restaurant & Bar

Set inside an historic building in downtown San Jose, Bella Mia has two spacious main dining areas and a patio for outdoor seating on the first floor, supplemented by elegant banquet facilities on the second floor. The restaurant is noted for its casual, friendly atmosphere. Bella Mia has been a go-to place for dining and events since 1985, and it's not just the atmosphere that draws people in: the freshly prepared food, using local and seasonal ingredients, is the main draw, abetted by the impressive wine list and suptuous cocktails.

Bluefin Japanese Restaurant
Bluefin Japanese Restaurant

Bluefin Japanese Restaurant is a new contemporary restaurant bringing authentic Japanese cuisine to the downtown San Jose Restaurant Scene. Located at 754 the Alameda, Bluefin provides guests with the utmost quality with fresh fish carefully selected and flown in daily from Japan. Bluefin also offers a full service bar and cocktail lounge, and friendly and knowledgeable staff to help patrons navigate through the menu.

Ghion
Ghion

Welcome to a traditional Ethiopian dinning and cultural experience. Relax and enjoy Ghion’s spacious and tastefully decorated environment and highly acclaimed authentic Ethiopian dining experience. We are particularly proud to present you with home-style Ethiopian food hosted in a warm, hospitable and friendly atmosphere

ARCADIA
ARCADIA

ARCADIA, a modern American steakhouse is more than just the creation of internationally acclaimed Chef Michael Mina. It’s an experience. ARCADIA serves classic cuts of beef, fish, steaks and traditional sides with a contemporary twist. The stylish surroundings and superior service are a top choice for local dining, wedding receptions or private dinner meetings.

Hanuman Thai Cuisine and Bar
Hanuman Thai Cuisine and Bar

Come try our famous Crying Tiger, a 12oz steak with House-made sauce with a kick of Thai chili. The ice cold Sigha beer and Lychee Sake Bombs are a perfect match with the Spicy Thai Food at Hanuman!

Loft Bar and Bistro Roof Top Patio
Loft Bar and Bistro

Creative American Cuisine in a Stylish Downtown Setting

Located in the heart of downtown, this chic, two-story San Jose restaurant has it all. With upstairs and downstairs dining rooms, two exquisite granite-top bars and a beautiful rooftop garden patio, the Loft is fast becoming the hipster spot to begin or end a night out in San Jose. The menu consists of unique and familiar dishes such as Panko Crusted Chicken Breast, Scampi Prawns and Braised Lamb Shanks. Ingredients range from mint-rosemary port wine sauce and papaya-jicama salsa to whole-grain mustard demi glace and tarragon aioli.

Good Karma Vegan Restaurant
Good Karma

 

We are Good Karma - Vegan Restaurant in San Jose, California.

Open 11am - 9pm mon-sat | 12pm - 7pm sundays

Our menu is a revolving selection of over a dozen unique, flavourful, tofu, tvp & other faux (fake) meat textured goodies that we offer in combination with rice, sandwich style on a toasted french roll, wrapped in a tortilla or tossed with salad fixins... all super fresh, super tasty, and all at unreasonably low prices.

Bills Beer Steamed Hot Dogs
Bill's Beer Steamed Hot Dogs & catering

Currently selling dogs in front of The Temple Night Club at 52 S. First St. in DT San Jose, ONLY on Fri. & Sat. night from 11 PM to 2 AM. I'm not doing lunches until Spring...I'm gonna rest my dogs.

Hey BOSS... are your employees tired of vending machine lunches? Catered lunches start at ONLY $5. Private events? ~ call Bill at 408-202-5410 (during biz hours) or email billshotdogs@gmail.com

The Grill on the Alley Restaurant
The Grill on the Alley

Reminiscent of the dinner clubs of the 1940s, the warm and inviting ambience takes diners back to Rat Pack days. Hardwood floors, white table clothes, leather booths and white-jacketed waiters create a truly unique dining experience. The knowledgeable, friendly staff will guide you through the 500-plus wine offerings and extensive menu featuring Kobe Beef, USDA Prime Steaks, Fresh Seafood and American classics like Braised Short Ribs and Chicken Pot Pie.

Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant - Downtown San Jose
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant is a place for "Every Guest, Every time". A place of Great Food, and, Fresh Beer!

Designated to accommodate up to 350 people seated, and, 500 people for drinks and appetizers. A great outdoor Patio that accommodates 150 people seated, and, 250 for drinks and appetizers.

Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant also has a Private, and, Semi-Private areas from groups of 25 people up to 150.

You will find a Fresh Selection of Gordon Biersch Lagers, and, a variety of great food American Style with an Asian Cuisine.

P.F. Chang's
P.F. Chang's

Fresh, contemporary and consistently outstanding are the trademarks of P.F. Chang’s. This stylish, high-energy bistro combines traditional Chinese cuisine and American hospitality to create a truly unique dining experience. P.F. Chang’s menu features a variety of signature dishes you won’t find anywhere else like Chang’s Spicy Chicken, Oolong Marinated Sea Bass, VIP Duck and Wok-Charred Beef. They also offer the classics like Sesame Chicken, Beef with Broccoli and an amazing Hot and Sour Soup.

McCormick and Schmick's
McCormick and Schmick's Seafood Restaurant

Featuring the freshest seafood and the best happy hour in San Jose.
170 S. Market Street, in the Fairmont Hotel.

The Brit
The Brit

Welcome to The Brit (Britannia Arms) in Downtown San Jose, your premier British Pub and Restaurant. The Brit is a great place to catch all of your favorite sporting events, get a bite to eat before or after an event at HP Pavilion, or just hang out with your friends.

We have a broad selection of beers (19 beers on tap along with 2 hard ciders). We also have an extensive and reasonably priced liquor collection which is simply too large to name!

Paolo
Paolo's Restaurant

Since 1958 Paolo’s has consistently remained the favorite of Silicon Valley locals and visitors alike. Second-generation owner, Carolyn (Aiello) Allen, maintains her family’s commitment to their Italian heritage through the unique art and traditions of regional Italian inspired cuisine and by acquiring the finest local and imported ingredients. Maitre d’/Sommelier, Jalil Samavarchian, maintains a spectacular wine list and directs a knowledgeable and professional staff in this dramatic setting overlooking beautiful Guadalupe River Park.

MUCHOS! RESTAURANT
MUCHOS! RESTAURANT

Muchos Taqueria recently upgraded their menu selections. We have daily specials, which are often advertised on sidewalk sign pop-ups. A bright and cheery atmosphere greets the customer with tiles of varying colors. The chef can usually be seen cooking up something at the grill which is right there by the door. Hola! Como estas? The chef will give a smile to say hi! Then decide what to eat..... Muchos is the authentic restaurant in the Bay Area. The rotisseried chicken is excellent & so is everything else. Muchos has a collection of over 250 hot sauces on the wall... and none stop music.

Fahrenheit Restaurant & Lounge
Fahrenheit Restaurant & Lounge

Fahrenheit Restaurant & Lounge is the South Bay’s premiere venue for dining, entertainment, and special events. Fahrenheit raises the bar to such heights that it must be experienced to be appreciated. With innovative design concepts by award winning designer Jones Baker Interior & Architecture firm, Fahrenheit boasts a décor not seen in the South Bay to date. Conveniently located in the heart of downtown San Jose, Fahrenheit is within walking distance from many local hotels, the San Jose Convention Center, and the variety of performing arts venues that populate the downtown area.

Menara Moroccan Restaurant San Jose
Menara Moroccan Restaurant

Serving San Jose for over 33 years Menara is a true Moroccan experience with an ambiance like never seen before. Surrounded by Plush cushions and velvet pillows prepare yourselves for an amazing Casablanca Feast you will never forget.
Open 7 Days a week, Belly Dancing Nightly, Full Bar, and now serving Hookah.

Kukar's House Of Pizza San Jose
Kukar's House Of Pizza

From to Pizza to Salad and Steak Sandwiches and Drinks this place has anything you want for an affordable price and a great atmosphere. House of Pizza is the perfect place to order a slice and a drink in the downtown area, whether you’re frequenting the convention center or live near Almaden Boulevard.

The pizza comes in squares, not circles, and soaked in delisciousness. House of Pizza is San Jose’s perfect combination of Taste, Value, Service and Atmosphere.

OPEN 7 DAYS,OPEN 11 AM-MIDNIGHT,FRI & SAT TIL 1 AM

La Lune Sucrée
La Lune Sucrée

Authentic French and German pastries, cakes and tarts in a Bistro/café setting, offering gourmet sandwiches, crepes, quiche, soup & salad along with a full espresso bar, loose leaf tea from Satori Tea and a hand-picked selection of imported European wines and beers. Inside seating limited, plus outdoor garden seating.

Tengu Sushi
Tengu Sushi

Quick - Casual Japanese Cuisine near San Jose State University, the San Jose Convention Center and HP Pavilion. Come in and enjoy your favorite teriyaki, sushi or noodle dish. We also serve a variety of Japanese Sake, and Beer, to enjoy with your meal.

Pho 69
Pho 69

Pho 69 offers a modern Vietnamese dining experience. The restaurant brings a combination of chef driven menu and warm California spirit by using fresh local produces and ingredients. Our chef applies authentic Vietnamese flavors and techniques that allow the ingredients to be expressed without boundaries.

Mezcal
Mezcal

Located in Downtown San Jose, Mezcal boasts one of the most distinctive dining rooms in San Jose.  The brick exterior, metal work and indigenous Mexican motifs, sets the restaurant apart from its neighbors.

Il Fornaio
Il Fornaio

Step inside Il Fornaio and take a culinary journey through Italy. Early mornings bring rustic, crisp crusted bread hot from the oven accompanied by the scent of fresh brewed espresso. During lunch and dinner hours, pastas and flavorful sauces simmer while meats and vegetables roast over hot coals. Bottles of wine from small, regional wineries are uncorked to complement the dishes, which have been crafted in the custom of Italy's chefs, bakers and homemakers.

Philz Coffee

Philz Coffee is not your average coffee shop, they specialize in customized blends of the highest quality coffee from around the world. As you walk in you will see a baffling menu of different blends. While there is a description board of the blend descriptions, we recommend you go straight up to the counter and let the barista know it’s your first time, the barista will find out what you like and hopefully give you the best coffee you ever had! At Philz, they don’t make your ordinary latte, cappuccino, au lait, espresso, etc.

Caffe Frascati
Caffe Frascati

Inspired by the owner's many years of living and working in Italy, Caffe Frascati aims to bring you the best cappuccino outside of Rome and the same tasty panini you can enjoy in the villages that dot the Umbrian countryside. Specialty beers featured at regular happy hours and a host of weekly live music make Frascati's a hip and happening hangout for locals and visitors alike.

Crema Coffee Roasting Company
Crema Coffee Roasting Company

 

Crema Coffee Roasting Co. is a family-owned coffeehouse with an intensely loyal following and a keen devotion to giving back to the community. Coffee, teas, baked cgoods, you name it, open for Breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as catering.
Freshly Baked Eatery
Freshly Baked Eatery

A favorite hidden gem of the locals, Freshly Baked offers up fantastic sandwiches on, you guessed it... amazing, freshly baked bread.

La Victoria Taqueria
La Victoria Taqueria

From breakfast burrito to your typical carne asada super or regular tacos, La Vic’s food is unique in every way. What started off as a small family business became a South Bay Icon. La Victoria, better known as “LaVic’s” started off as a small, hole in the wall taqueria one block away from San Jose State University in 1998. Over the years, it has evolved in to a very popular go to place in the South Bay.

San Pedro Bistro and Wine
San Pedro Bistro and Wine

More than artfully arranging ingredients on a plate, more than preparing mouth watering dishes, San Pedro Bistro and Wine turns out fine cuisine in support of their premise that food is community - an idea that creates respect, commitment and reponsibility from farmer to chef to the diner. Critics and diners alike are pleased with the variety of sophisticated dishes offered here that still manage to keep community top of mind.

Vino Vino
Vino Vino

Vino Vino is the cure for the common wine bar. The tap system pumps out 13 wines by the glass, all at the same price while the relaxed venue also features over 30 bottled wines from local Santa Cruz Mountain and Santa Clara Valley Wineries. Along with half a dozen local beers, cheese plates, desserts and other small plates, this is a perfect place to cap off a day in San Jose.

Original Gravity Public House
Original Gravity Public House

San Jose’s first Craft Beer Bar located in the heart of Downtown. Scouring the globe and bringing to the area an eclectic and quality beer selection,The Public House is an intimate space built to feature our craft beers on 25 rotating taps along with an impressive bottle list. Please come in and enjoy our beers and food offerings. The dog-friendly patio awaits your four legged friends too!

Teske's Germania
Teske's Germania

With ambiance and personal attentionTeske's gives you an evening of pleasurable German dining. Enjoy one of the many German beers on tap in the beer garden, partake of the many authentic German dishes in the main room or polka the night away with live music. This family run jewel of hospitality and gut busting serving size is one of a kind!

Da Noodle
Da Noodle

Quick and tasty Vietnamese food across from City Hall. Lunch, dinner and to go, Da Noodle packs a lot of variety and flvor into their affordable and portable menu.

Nemea Greek Taverna
Nemea Greek Taverna
Fine Greek Cuisine specializing in fresh Mediterranean fish, lamb dishes and your classic Greek appetizers. Extensive wine list, full bar and open for Lunch and Dinner, Nemea is excellent food in a classy and ambient setting with stellar service.
Orchestria Palm Court
Orchestria Palm Court

Rediscover tasty yet healthful food, tuneful music, and good conversation. Specializing in Pasture-to-Plate Wholesomeness with a concentration on European Cusine, OPC has the taste and the ambiance for a memorable evening!

The Farmer's Union
The Farmer's Union

Located in historic San Pedro Square in downtown San Jose, The Farmers Union is destined to be everyone's favorite gastro-pub vibe meets sports bar, boasting 60 taps & Silicon Valley's largest HD television for sports viewing pleasure!

Blackbird Tavern
Blackbird Tavern

Nestled in the historic 1917 Twohy Building at South First Street and the Paseo de San Antonio walkway is Blackbird Tavern, an American Bistro style restaurant in Downtown San José where cuisine and culture emerge and is pushed to the limits.

With Chris Esparza and Brendan Rawson, owners of beloved Naglee Park Garage and former owners of Ajax Lounge and Fuel 44, at the reins and Executive Chef Curtis Valdez leading the Blackbird kitchen, you will see a fresh and eclectic take on New American comfort classics using only quality, organic, and locally sourced ingredients.

sp2
SP2 Communal Bar + Restaurant

SP2 Communal Bar + Restaurant presents delicious, locally sourced, American bistro cuisine from premier chef Ola Fendert and house made hand-crafted cocktails from passionate bartenders. Adjacent to the newly developed San Pedro Square Market and a slap shot away from the HP Pavilion; lounge out on our open patio for a sunny day brunch or spend the night with us and the other cool kids in our newly designed venue in downtown San Jose.

Amir Restaurant
Amir Restaurant

Specializing in Mediterranean Cuisine like Kababs, Falafels and Shawerma plus much more and a delicious taste is the Amir promise. With chefs that have been preparing traditional cuisine for more than 20 years as well as new cooks who add their creativity to modernize the dishes this is a casual, friendly, family run restaurant offering up fine meals!

Ike's Place
Ike's Place

Ike’s Place first opened its door on Halloween of 2007. The man behind the sandwich, Ike Shehadeh, always puts his customers happiness first. That is what sets Ike’s Place aside from the rest. When you come to Ike’s Place it is our goal to make you feel like the unique individual that you are. If that isn’t enough to set us aside, did I mention that the bread is baked fresh to order? And our soon to be patented “Ike’s Dirty Secret Sauce” is spread on every sandwich and baked right in the bread, and another layer is spread on afterwards to give it that extra flavor.

Cream
Cream

Freshly baked HOMEMADE cookies, award-winning ice cream and amazing ice cream sandwiches open late for those sweet cravings.

Cafe Stritch
Cafe Stritch

One of Downtown San Jose's newest and most vibrant hot spots for awesome food, coffee, craft beer, music, and art!

Nick the Greek
Nick the Greek

Traditional, authentic, Greek comfort dishes! A real souvlaki and Gyro house in the heart of Downtown.

Curry Pundits
Curry Pundits

A fresh take on Indian street food, inspired by Californian global food revolution, we present to you Curry Pundits, where our pundits will prepare your meal using freshest ingredients, exotic Indian spices, marinades, grilled meats & veggies with your choice of freshly cooked curries, lip smacking chutneys and condiments.

We offer office lunch boxes, to go, deliveries and catering for all occasions and numbers.Talk to us or check out our website for more details.

Also, we have an array of Vegan and Gluten Free options. For the meat lovers - we serve "Halal" meat

Recreation

Downtown Yoga Shala
Downtown Yoga Shala

“Shala” … Sanskrit word for a sacred space, a place of learning and knowledge. Downtown Yoga Shala is an inspiring space that honors you, and supports you in your yoga journey! Yoga is an inward journey. It is personal, and it is for everyone, without exception. Each of us who choose to practice yoga are on a unique path within our unique bodies. Downtown Yoga Shala honors them all. We encourage each other as we pursue our yoga paths together.