San Jose on the tongue

The "Bay Area on the Bite of the Tongue" series has written many cities

But I have never written about San Jose, which we are most familiar with but also unfamiliar...

Familiar, because this is the hinterland of Silicon Valley, where many people live, work, and study

Strange, because I can’t remember what to eat around here

And Chinese food is slightly less, not as crowded as other cities in Nanwan

After thinking about it, I decided to start writing!It may not be so comprehensive, everyone thinks about it and add

San Jose Downtown

There are SJSU, theaters, convention centers, museums

Rich performances, exhibitions, lively Christmas in the Park in winter

Existing Adobe, Zoom, and four major office buildings

There is also a Japanese town full of historical vicissitudes

Although parking is a problem, public security is also a bit worrying

But it doesn’t prevent us from coming to search for food, drink, and find the feeling of urban people in the large rural areas of the Bay Area.

Taurinus Brazilian Steak House

The brazilian barbecue buffet is very powerful. It provides Rodizio style barbecue, which is the most popular variety in Brazilian barbecue.The service is attentive and attentive, the location is good, and the food is well received.The atmosphere is suitable for festive dates.Friends who love meat and are very hungry choose this place~

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167 San Fernando St, San Jose, CA 95113
+408 294 0110

Scott's Seafood

High-priced seafood + steak house, good environment, good service, and a rooftop with a view of the scenery.The dishes are very standard American dishes, a bit overpriced, but it is a choice for formal banquets and appointments.

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185 Park Ave, San Jose, CA 95113'
+408 971 1700

Firehouse No. 1 Gastropub

How can you not drink when you enter the city!This bar + restaurant is open from Thursday to Saturday until two in the middle of the night. Napa wine, California craft beer, a variety of fresh cocktails, as well as main dishes and snacks such as signature roasted bone marrow, chicken wings and fries, absolutely It's a good place to come out late at night or take a drink to soothe your sorrows~

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69 N San Pedro St, San Jose, CA 95110
+408 287 6969

B2 Coffee

The cafe located in San Pedro Square Market is a very industrial loft. It was probably a warehouse remodeled. You can see the garage door turned into floor-to-ceiling windows.Latte is mainly milk flavored, coffee flavor is very weak. If you just drink milk directly, I don’t think it’s bad (Is it so heavy?) Add some syrup from the store to taste better~

87 N San Pedro St, San Jose, CA 95110


It seems that Meat Jun has only been eaten in this Korean food store, which means meatloaf in literal translation.First, the marinated beef slices were roasted, then immersed in some sweet egg roux, and fried in a hot oil pan. It was sizzling, and it made a drooling sound.Dip with the secret sauce is a favorite of carnivores and an artifact for food.The restaurant also offers free matcha ice cream after the meal, which helps to get rid of the greasy meaty taste before.

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154 Jackson St, San Jose, CA 95112
(408) 288-8134


The Bay Area Japanese food store chain seems to have eaten Sunnyvale's Bento branch when I first came to the Bay Area. This restaurant in SJ Japantown is also small and cozy. The dishes are mostly simple udon noodles, soba noodles, rice bowls, tofu soup... The lunch combo will be paired with rice, miso soup and salad, which is rich and affordable.

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193 Jackson St, San Jose, CA 95112
+408 279 4311

Japantown in San Jose, although relatively small and broken, is one of the only three Japanese towns remaining in the United States. There are still many Japanese food stores, Japanese supermarkets, Japanese gardens and temples. You can drop by when you have time. visit.

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Morton's the Steakhouse

This is a high-class, the price is $$$$, local tyrants come to see it~ The famous Morton Steak House, a national chain, all steaks use USDA-certified "Prime" beef.You know, only 2% of beef in the United States can win this honor.Recommend the restaurant's signature steak, the tender and succulent Center-Cut Filet Mignon.

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177 Park Ave, San Jose, CA 95113
+408 947 7000

Ludwigs German Table

Authentic German restaurant, built in the old Germania Verein house in downtown. It used to be a gathering place for German immigrants. The interior is relatively small, but the backyard is made into an open-air beer garden. In the warm evening, come and drink some German dark beer and taste the German sausage bratwurst. , weisswurst and salt and pepper ring pretzel~

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261 N 2nd St, San Jose, CA 95112
+650 766 9158

Seven Seas Sushi

A very small Japanese food, it seems that I have eaten it because yelp has a good score.

130 E Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113
+408 899 6271
Voltaire Coffee House

Right next to the convention center parking, you can park for 6 hours free of charge if you spend more than $2 in the store, and there is a street parking meter at the door.The small details in the shop are original.I ordered a Nutella Latte, but maybe it's just a few drops on it when I drew it?There is no obvious nutella sensation. The sweetness is incorporated after the milk froth is stirred, but the aftertaste of the coffee is still bitter and sour.It wasn't until after a while to drink, that the nutella was sinking at the bottom...The junior high school student next to me in school uniform ordered an ice latte in a mason jar, and suddenly I felt that I had ordered the wrong latte.There is also affogato on the menu, come try next time.

360 S Market St #80, San Jose, CA 95113
+408 457 9929

Smoking Pig BBQ

The most popular American southern barbecue in San Jose has more than XNUMX reviews on Yelp.The store decoration, tables, chairs and tableware are not particular about it. How rough it is to make people really dare not bring friends to dinner.There is a signature dish, Wolf Turds: jalapeño jalapeño stuffed with cheese and sausage, wrapped in bacon, and grilled, it's dark and unsightly, but it tastes spicy and delicious!His four specialty barbecue sauces are also must-try.The store close to downtown is a bit wretched, and the newly opened environment near the airport is good.

1144 N 4th St, San Jose, CA 95112
+408 380 4784

530 Newhall Dr, San Jose, CA 95110
+408 289 1510

Ramen Yamadaya

The well-known traditional ramen in Yamada Village has many branches in Southern California and is full of customers.The menu is very simple, four kinds of soup base + two kinds of Topping combination, you can also add char siu, soft-boiled egg, seaweed, corn and other ingredients.Snacks include fried chicken, scallops, and octopus balls. You can choose curry rice or spicy tuna bowl if you don't want to eat noodles.

1516 N. 4th St. San Jose, CA 95112
+408 441 0510

K & C Food Wholesale

A seafood market opened by the Chinese.Sepcial is regularly released, from various types of oysters to crabs, lobsters, and sea urchins, with a variety of fresh choices. Cash Only, remember to bring cash!

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841 N 13th St, San Jose, CA 95112
+408 294 7013

East san jose

Boiling Crab

Boiling Crab is probably the cause of the "hemp" in the United States. The first reaction of Cajun Crawfish is this one, and the Whole Sha-Bang Sauce is an attempt to imitate the classic taste of cottage in their own kitchen. Although there are similar restaurants in almost all places, Boiling Crab “has been imitated and never surpassed”, and still stands in the fierce competition. It is normal to line up to the sky. Click take-out can be slightly faster.

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71 Curtner Ave, San Jose, CA 95125
+408 297 2322

1631 E Capitol Expy, San Jose, CA 95121
+408 532 6147

Halal Guys

The Middle Eastern halal snacks that originated from the streets of W 53rd St & 6th Ave in New York were really just a small stall at first, and later became one of the most popular foods in New York and even the United States. Kai-Fu Lee also recommended it on Weibo.You can choose rice bowls or sandwiches, put in roast chicken/beef, vegetables and rice, and top with their secret White sauce, mix and eat, the grilled meat is tender and fragrant, and the rice has a distinct texture and creamy whiteness. Sauce, can't stop at all!Remember not to put too much chili sauce at once, it is really very spicy.

81 Curtner Ave Ste 20, San Jose, CA 95125
+408 610 9471

Odenyaki Bistro

Although I stepped on thunder when I went to lunch special last time, I found out that maybe it was a mistake in ordering. This Japanese+Taiwanese restaurant still has some unique skills. The big roots, small sausages, braised tofu, etc., come out on the plate, with three kinds of dipping sauces.You can also try special dishes such as table-top coffin board (toast + oyster chowder), bacon-wrapped soft-boiled egg, etc. It is also good to have Japanese-style yakiniku in the evening.

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71 Curtner Ave, Ste 80, San Jose, CA 95125
+408 899 2250

Q Pot Korean BBQ & Hot Pot

Use a tall tablet to place an order directly, and just select the dishes you want.The waiter saves time for ordering, and other services are in place.The decoration environment here is very unique, coupled with the good quality of various meats, so it is extremely hot, and you must be prepared to queue for about two hours for weekend meals~

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1610 E Capitol Expy, San Jose, CA 95121
+669 234 3095

What the Cup

Japanese-style fusion fast food restaurant, ramen, udon, curry rice, fried snacks, and a very mixed "cup": rice + vermicelli, with a variety of meat and vegetables.The key is that it is cheap and enough.I also encountered the super beautiful and greasy watermelon & white peach soda here~

5469 Snell Ave, San Jose, CA 95123
+669 234 7000


I stumbled upon an ultra-small Japanese food shop. The location is very remote, with its own desolate BGM; there may be two people at the front desk and the back kitchen. For one person, it will take a long time to order.Although the food is not amazing, the taste and portion definitely show the sincerity of the owner.

6229 Santa Teresa Blvd, San Jose, CA 95119
+408 225 6454

South san jose

Apart from Wei Ding, this area is mainly a Vietnamese store

It seems to be allpho……

Once I had a cup of coconut milk red bean ice in a pho shop and I was pleasantly surprised.

Maybe next time you go to this area called Little Saigon, you can also gain something.

Of course, pay attention to safety.

Ah, remembering that I have been to an internet celebrity coffee shop here

Square Bar Cafe

I took the route of the Internet celebrity shop, so there are Internet celebrity "props" such as light bulb bottles and lens cups. There are also cool hand-painted on the wall. You can chat with friends and take pictures.The coffee is of Vietnamese taste. It is very heavy, so sensitive people should be cautious. You can try other fancy teas.

1154 Story Rd, San Jose, CA 95122
+669 292 5228

By the way, here is a place similar to a small commodity market,Grand Century Shopping MallIt's a bit like the first floor of Flushing's New World, but it's relatively deserted.I went to this weird mall because there are many shops selling Vietnamese beef jerky... With the help of an English-speaking Vietnamese elder sister, I struggled to choose two kinds of beef jerky from more than a dozen kinds of beef. If you have patience, you can Try it slowly there, and appreciate the difference between the sweetness, spiciness, humidity, and chewiness of each type of beef jerky.

West San Jose & Willow Glen

In fact, every time I can’t tell where the border between West SJ and Cupertino is.

So or just check it out →Cupertino guide

In addition, the zip code of Santana Row also belongs to San Jose

We wrote a separate guide, here it is

Shaoshan Impressions | Hunan Impression

It is one of the most popular Hunan restaurants in the Bay Area, with a comfortable environment and good service. It is definitely a good restaurant for parties and banquets. Therefore, it is always very popular on weekends and festivals.Home-cooked dishes such as steamed and grilled fish are very popular, as are special pork knuckles, steamed taro with chopped peppers, and money eggs.

5152 Moorpark Ave # 30, San Jose, CA 95129
+408 873 9982

Bar Bay Grill

Asian barbecue plus sports bar, there are enough TV, in addition to the original Malaysian-style signature dish Chicken Curry Toast, there are also Japanese skewers, grilled oysters, scallops, etc., remember to order a glass of draft beer, sake or soju.It is said that you can play games with shop assistants. If you win, you can get a free appetizer. If you lose, you can drink a special depth bomb~

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375 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129
+408 564 6933

The Butterfly

Nanwan's leading new-style French restaurant, steak is very famous, you can also try French dishes such as Truffled Hamachi Tartare, Braised Duck Breast.The wine list is more than 500 kinds.You don’t have to go to San Francisco if you want to experience fine dining~

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410 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129
+408 296 3730

Bashu Style | Szechuan Chili

Usually, I can’t think of this restaurant when I talk about Sichuan food, but as soon as I come to the vicinity of Lion City, I immediately want to go in and order something.The large quantity is affordable, the boiled series in big pots, the powerful hairy blood, the hot iron plate, dry pot, as well as various steamed vegetables and casseroles, it is also quite nourishing to drink Chongqing old duck soup in winter.

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471 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129
+408 984 5788

Homey BBQ | Homey BBQ

Grilled skewers with northeastern taste.The lamb is marinated in advance with spiced, onion and ginger.Roasted eggplant has a slight sweet and sour taste and a meaty texture; the roasted chicken skin is sweet and spicy, which is both tough and a little crispy.The most distinctive ones are the baked bean curd rolls with chives and coriander, and the grilled bacon and enoki mushroom rolls. It's super satisfying with one bite~

489 Saratoga Ave San Jose, CA 95129
+408 551 0058

Dan Izakaya Restaurant

Almighty Japanese-style izakaya, the menu basically includes everything you want to eat.From barbecue to sushi sashimi to various Japanese snacks, eel rice, sea urchin fish roe rice, mentaiko chazuke name it.The main “hormone-yaki” style barbecue is grilling animal offal: large intestines, tripe, beef those who like to eat offal can try this one~ The dining area in the store is equipped with normal tables and chairs. However, there are small private rooms with tatami mats, and small gatherings of less than 20 people can be held. Just call to make an appointment.

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1306 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129
+408 249 6020

There are several Japanese-style ramen restaurants around Mitsuwa Supermarket. I have eaten them all, but I am ashamed to forget which one is the best and which is the most unpalatable.Maybe it is because the level is online, so there is no particularly bad or amazing impression.

Ramen Halu

For lunch, there are ramen + locomoco rice bowl, and a super mini two-dish salad, one of which is a salad made of okara.​​​​

375 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129
+408 246 3933

Ramen Tenma

487 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129
+408 557 8799


The famous Hokkaido ramen is basically lined up every time you pass by.You can order regular soy sauce or miso ramen, or a small bowl of ramen + a bowl of tuna rice.I always say that I like Santouka best, probably because I have a stronger taste and like creamy soup. Cash Only.

675 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129
+408 446 1101

Kahoo Ramen

4330 Moorpark Ave, San Jose, CA 95129
+408 255 8244

The Breakfast Club at Midtown

When this shop first opened, it was so happy. In addition to Denny's or the old grandfather's diner, we finally have an internet celebrity style brunch!Although the variety is more conventional, it is nothing more than Egg Benedict, fried chicken + waffles, french toast, all kinds of scramble and pancake and other American breakfasts, but fortunately, the taste is good and the portion is sufficient. It takes a long line on weekends to eat.It is on the first floor of an apt building, and you can park in the parking lot of the building.

1432 W San Carlos St #80, San Jose, CA 95126
+408 564 7150

Blue Water Seafood & Crab

"Ma Xiao" tastes good, but may be called a hidden gem by diners due to its somewhat hidden location and in the remote Willow Glen. Beer and cocktails are also good, for example girls can try the most popular Shark Tank. The most important thing is that except for dinner time, it is almost happy hour. It is open until 12 in the morning.

(Picture fromYelp

860 Willow St, San Jose, CA 95125
+408 289 8879

Xiangxi Fan King | Hometown Noodle

Hunan rice noodle shop, but everyone's evaluation is a bit polarized.Many diners think the soup is too bland, but some say it is just right. In short, you should try it yourself before you know it.Another problem is that the location is very biased. It is one of the rare Chinese restaurants in Cambrian Park. It might be a bit disappointing to go to eat specially, but the nearby residents still like this restaurant very much.

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3617 Union Ave, San Jose, CA 95124
+408 369 8868

Recess Italian Ice Desserts

I was surprised to see that this internet celebrity ice cream shop is in such a biased place as SJ on ins.The colorful Italian ice cream and panna cotta, the ice cream cone made of Taiyaki, and the specially designed photo wall, attract countless fans!

(Picture fromYelp

2390 Almaden Rd #30, San Jose, CA 95125
+408 841 9134

North San Jose

Koja Kitchen

Koja=Korean + Japanese.As the name suggests, it is the fusion of Japan + Korea. Starting from the hot foodtruck a few years ago, it has now spread all over the Bay Area, and there are already 10 branches on the official website.The signature is the KOJA rice burger series. Everyone knows the Bowl, which is usually similar to a rice bowl; Taco uses burritos to package Japanese and Korean dishes.Let’s have a quick snack at noon~

1085 E Brokaw Rd #10, San Jose, CA 95131
+408 436 5010

4342 Moorpark Ave Ste. B, San Jose, CA 95129
+408 418 5211

Gen Korean BBQ House

The expanding Korean barbecue Gen from Nanga has nearly 30 different kinds of marinated meats. It is a paradise for meat eaters. Red Wine Pork Belly is especially recommended.Spicy rice cakes and macaron ice cream are also its specialty.In addition to high-quality food, Gen’s unique Orchid lighting decoration is also amazing.Meet a few friends, drink beer with barbecue, think about whether they are very appetite~

(Picture fromYelp

1628 Hostetter Rd, Ste F, San Jose, CA 95131
+408 477 2773

Pho Kim Long Restaurant

Yelp reviews 2000+, a Vietnamese noodle shop that maintains a four-star standard.

2082 N Capitol Ave, San Jose, CA 95132
+408 946 2181

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