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What to Eat in San Jose

San Jose's dining scene has long been overshadowed by San Francisco, home of trendy restaurants and innovative chefs. And while it's true San Jose may not register on every foodie's list, the city does offer a distinct culinary landscape that serves as a reflection of its diverse population (a majority of which is Hispanic and Asian).

If you're hoping to get acquainted with some of the city's local food vendors (or just need a quick, casual bite to eat), head to the San Pedro Square Market in downtown San Jose. The market features more than 20 vendors selling everything from coffee and pizza to home goods; plus indoor and outdoor seating is available. According to reviewers, this is a great place for groups since it offers a variety of options to suit different tastes.

Because San Jose sees a high volume of business travelers, steakhouses (many of them chains) make up a large part of the dining scene. Favorites include The Grill on the Alley, LB Steak and Morton's. For a wider variety of menus, head to Santana Row, where Mexican, Italian, Asian and French flavors are well represented. And if you're celebrating a special occasion (or prepared to splurge), consider making a reservation at Le Papillon, one of the city's top French eateries. On the opposite end of the spectrum, cheap eats can be found near San Jose State University's campus, less than a mile east of downtown.

Find the Best Restaurants in San Jose

  • #1
    Falafel Drive-In
    #1 of 2,555 Places to Eat in San Jose
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1133 reviewsTripAdvisor (1133)
    $ | American, Fast Food, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
    2301 Stevens Creek Blvd, San Jose, CA 95128-1651
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  • #2
    La Foret Restaurant
    #2 of 2,555 Places to Eat in San Jose
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 254 reviewsTripAdvisor (254)
    $$ | French, European
    21747 Bertram Rd, San Jose, CA 95120-4329
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  • #3
    Aqui Cal-Mex
    #3 of 2,555 Places to Eat in San Jose
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 311 reviewsTripAdvisor (311)
    $ - $$ | Mexican
    1145 Lincoln Ave, San Jose, CA 95125-3002
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  • #4
    Bill's Cafe
    #4 of 2,555 Places to Eat in San Jose
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 592 reviewsTripAdvisor (592)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe, International
    1115 Willow St, San Jose, CA 95125-3158
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  • #5
    Henry's Hi-Life
    #5 of 2,555 Places to Eat in San Jose
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 344 reviewsTripAdvisor (344)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Barbecue, Pub
    301 W Saint John St, San Jose, CA 95110-2345
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  • #6
    Smoking Pig BBQ Company
    #6 of 2,555 Places to Eat in San Jose
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 579 reviewsTripAdvisor (579)
    $ - $$ | American, Barbecue
    1114 N 4th St, San Jose, CA 95112-4944
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  • #7
    The Grill on the Alley
    #7 of 2,555 Places to Eat in San Jose
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 306 reviewsTripAdvisor (306)
    $$ | American
    172 S Market St, San Jose, CA 95113-2307
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  • #8
    Yard House
    #8 of 2,555 Places to Eat in San Jose
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 280 reviewsTripAdvisor (280)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Pub, Asian
    300 Santana Row Suite 101, San Jose, CA 95128-2423
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  • #9
    Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse
    #9 of 2,555 Places to Eat in San Jose
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 316 reviewsTripAdvisor (316)
    $$ | Steakhouse, Brazilian
    377 Santana Row Ste 1090 #1090, San Jose, CA 95128-2058
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  • #10
    Maggiano's Little Italy
    #10 of 2,555 Places to Eat in San Jose
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 704 reviewsTripAdvisor (704)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    3055 Olin Ave Ste 1000, San Jose, CA 95128-2067
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  • #11
    Original Joe's Restaurant
    #11 of 2,555 Places to Eat in San Jose
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1289 reviewsTripAdvisor (1289)
    $ - $$ | Italian, American
    301 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113-2884
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  • #12
    Bill's Cafe on the Alameda
    #12 of 2,555 Places to Eat in San Jose
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 139 reviewsTripAdvisor (139)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe, Diner
    2089 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126-1136
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  • #13
    Left Bank Brasserie Santana Row
    #13 of 2,555 Places to Eat in San Jose
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 619 reviewsTripAdvisor (619)
    $ - $$ | French, European, International
    377 Santana Row Ste 1100, San Jose, CA 95128-2058
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  • #14
    Il Fornaio
    #14 of 2,555 Places to Eat in San Jose
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 528 reviewsTripAdvisor (528)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    302 S Market St Westin San Jose, San Jose, CA 95113-2817
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  • #15
    Pizza Antica
    #15 of 2,555 Places to Eat in San Jose
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 311 reviewsTripAdvisor (311)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza
    334 Santana Row Ste 1065, San Jose, CA 95128-2013
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  • #16
    Nemea Greek Taverna
    #16 of 2,555 Places to Eat in San Jose
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 245 reviewsTripAdvisor (245)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, Greek
    96 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113-2406
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  • #17
    LB Steak
    #17 of 2,555 Places to Eat in San Jose
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 330 reviewsTripAdvisor (330)
    $$ | American, Steakhouse
    334 Santana Row Ste 1000, San Jose, CA 95128-2029
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  • #18
    Le Papillon
    #18 of 2,555 Places to Eat in San Jose
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 179 reviewsTripAdvisor (179)
    $$ | French, Contemporary
    410 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129-1332
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  • #19
    Cream
    #19 of 2,555 Places to Eat in San Jose
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 82 reviewsTripAdvisor (82)
    $ | American
    49 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113-2402
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  • #20
    Scott's Seafood - San Jose
    #20 of 2,555 Places to Eat in San Jose
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 380 reviewsTripAdvisor (380)
    $$ | American, Seafood
    185 Park Ave, San Jose, CA 95113-2240
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