San Jose, in Silicon Valley, is more than the renowned technology hub of California’s Bay Area. It’s also the Valley’s most significant cultural, architectural, and political center. This famous city’s urban landscape is wrapped in the rolling hills of Silicon Valley that support rich farmland and thriving wineries. It’s home to an eclectic mix of California’s trendiest restaurants representing its diverse local culture. From La Foret Restaurant’s 100-year-old tradition of exquisite classic French fare to ADEGA, the only Michelin-starred restaurant in the city, this is a foodie paradise. Whether it’s sushi, tapas, seafood, or steak that diners crave, there is a taste for every palate, and a romantic ambiance for every experience.


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1.Il Fornaio, San Jose, CA

Il Fornaio, San Jose, CA
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Il Fornaio, recipient of the 2013 Wine Spectator award for Excellence in San Jose, offers creative cuisine and outstanding service. It’s the epitome of elegance with its interior design of multiple dining areas, blonde hardwood floors, and dark wood trim. The restaurant’s romantic atmosphere is enhanced by recessed and suspended lighting, a high arched entryway, and large pane windows. This upmarket Italian franchise is an ideal place for a romantic evening. Il Fornaio uses locally sourced ingredients to prepare sumptuous meals. Entrées include selections like Brasato Al Vino Rosso, Linguine Mare Chiaro, Conchiglie Al Pollo, Filetto Di Blue, and Pennoni Alla Vodka.

302 South Market Street, San Jose, CA, Phone: 408-271-3366


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2.Scott’s Seafood San Jose

Scott’s Seafood San Jose
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The original Scott’s Seafood opened in San Francisco in 1976. Since then, several more Scott’s Seafood restaurants have opened to continue the legend – the downtown San Jose restaurant has been making waves for more than 30 years. At the heart of the brand is a dedication to serving the freshest sustainably sourced healthy fish and seafood – you will taste the difference. The cold Seafood Tower (with oysters, jumbo prawns, lobster and crab) is one of the most popular appetizers. Their Boston-style Clam Chowder is legendary and their perfectly-prepared fresh fish and sea food entrees never disappoint. They also serve Fillet Mignon and Surf and Turf to please committed carnivores.

Scott’s Seafood, 200 S. First Street, Suite 10, San Jose, CA 95113, 408 971 1700


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3.The Grill on the Alley, San Jose, CA

The Grill on the Alley, San Jose, CA
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The Grill on the Alley is an award-winning restaurant in downtown San Jose that serves New American cuisine. The Grill on the Alley is a stylish, elegant restaurant with white jacketed waiters, hard wood floors, recessed lighting, and white walls. The romantic atmosphere continues with sconce lighting, large wall paintings, crisp white linen, and dark wood furnishings, making this an ideal place for a date night. Known as a premier steakhouse, this restaurant also serves fresh seafood. Entrées include items like cold-poached Atlantic salmon, Lake Superior whitefish, petite filet mignon, braised short ribs, and a traditional prime rib dinner.

172 South Market Street, Phone: 408-294-2244



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4.71 Saint Peter Restaurant, San Jose, CA

71 Saint Peter Restaurant, San Jose, CA
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For over 25 years, 71 Saint Peter Restaurant in San Jose has been a success in the Bay area providing quality service and fine European and Italian cuisine. The interior of the restaurant features brick flooring, exposed HVACs, and brick walls. With multiple dining areas, rich lacquered wood tables, and an outside dining patio with string lights, this an ideal place for a romantic evening. Meals focus on a farm-to-table concept serving European fare with Californian flair. Menu items include selections like Roasted Pork Loin, Risotto du Jour, and Roasted Mushroom Gnocchi.

71 North San Pedro Street, San Jose, CA, Phone: 408-971-8523


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5.Restaurants Near Me: ADEGA, San Jose, CA

Restaurants Near Me: ADEGA, San Jose, CA
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ADEGA, is the only Michelin-star rated restaurant in San Jose. Guests can expect an upscale dining experience of authentic Portuguese cuisine. ADEGA’s interior décor features soft colors with white walls, blonde wood floors and beams, and large pane windows. The relaxed, rustic-chic ambience with wood tables and farmhouse-style sliding doors make this an ideal venue for a romantic evening out. ADEGA’s executive chef focuses on meat and seafood dishes paired with a wide selection of wines. Dishes include selections like Arroz de Pato, Bife a Portuguesa, Bacalhau a Adega, Arroz de Marisco, and Peixe Com Todos, as well as three-course and seven-course tasting menus.

1614 Alum Rock Avenue, San Jose, CA, Phone: 408-926-9075


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6.Restaurants in San Jose, CA: The Table

Restaurants in San Jose, CA: The Table
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Located in downtown Willow Glen, and boasting both indoor and outdoor dining areas, The Table serves delicious breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. The Table is focused on serving fresh seasonal dishes inspired by local suppliers – they also mix innovative cocktails and offer a progressive wine menu. The cuisine is contemporary American – you can start your meal with a hand-selected cheese and charcuterie platter or opt for a couple of their delicious sharing bowls before moving on to enjoy their contemporary entrees which include Pan Roasted Duck Breasts with Polenta Frites, Grilled Spanish Octopus and a mouth-watering Rib Eye Steak with Cilantro Crema.

The Table, 1110 Willow Street, San Jose, CA 95125, 408 638 7911


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7.Restaurants in San Jose, CA: Dry Creek Grill

Restaurants in San Jose, CA: Dry Creek Grill
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Inside the historical Moose Lodge building in the Willow Glen district of San Jose, Dry Creek Grill has become the trendiest place for patrons in this area. The interior design features Tiffany lamps and recessed lighting, exposed wood beams, and lacquered wood tables. The outside features cushioned seats, blooming plants and trees, and romantic fire pits for cool evenings. This is an ideal setting for a date night. Purchasing organic and local meats, produce, and fish, the executive chef prepares entrées that include selections like Pulled Pork Memphis Style, Seafood Risotto, and Grilled Salmon. The upscale eatery serves small-batch bourbons with its delightful fare.

4570, 1580 Hamilton Avenue, San Jose, CA, Phone: 408-264-2011


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8.Restaurants in San Jose, CA: El Jardin Tequila Bar & Restaurant

Restaurants in San Jose, CA: El Jardin Tequila Bar & Restaurant
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On Santana Row, beneath a sprawling California Oak, El Jardin Tequila Bar and Restaurant serves authentic Mexican bistro-style cuisine. This fun, vibrant restaurant features high tables and stools, exposed brick, and a rustic wood bar. The outside dining area features lush foliage and trees that shade in the daytime and sport string lights at night. It’s an ideal setting for a night out for two. Utilizing the vast farms in the Bay area, ingredients are locally sourced for freshness. The menu includes selections like Carne Asada Tortas, Tostadas de Ceviche, Carnitas and Chicken Burritos, Mexican fries, and Chicken Milanesa Torta.

368 Santana Row, San Jose, CA, Phone: 408-246-1744


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9.Restaurants Near Me: La Foret Restaurant

Restaurants Near Me: La Foret Restaurant
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La Foret Restaurant in San Jose is housed in California’s first ever two-story hotel, built over a century ago. This restaurant is made for romance with its light colored walls, hardwood floors, and multiple dining rooms to allow for large events or intimate dining experiences. The interior also features wood trim, large pane windows, and chandelier and sconce lighting making this an ideal setting for a date night. Locally sourced ingredients bring a freshness to the cuisine at La Foret Restaurant. Delectable menu selections include Ahi Tuna, Lobster Ravioli, and Prawns Meuniere with garlic, butter, vin blanc, and Meyer lemon.

21747 Bertram Road, San Jose, CA, Phone: 408-997-3458


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10.Restaurants Near Me: LB Steak

Restaurants Near Me: LB Steak
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LB Steak, located on Santana Row in San Jose, has long been a staple providing residents and visitors alike with fine meats and seafood. The masculine interior design features a cushioned banquette, wood flooring, floor-to-ceiling windows, and cowhide chairs. One of the dining areas sports exposed brick, recessed lighting, and chandeliers making this an ideal place for a romantic dinner. LB Steak sources its hormone-free, antibiotic-free meats from the Northern Midwest. This includes selections like a 14-ounce double filet mignon, a 24-ounce porterhouse, pan roasted chicken breast, Wagyu beef burger, and Kurobuta bone-in pork tomahawk.

334 Santana Row #1000, San Jose, CA, Phone: 408-244-1180


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11.Restaurants Near Me: Le Papillon

Restaurants Near Me: Le Papillon
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For over 40 years, Le Papillon in San Jose has set the standard for fine dining in Silicon Valley. The atmosphere of this restaurant is upscale casual. It features light colored walls, tan drapes and chairs, and dark crown molding, plus large pane windows, recessed lighting, and crisp white linen. These design elements make this an ideal setting for a romantic date. Le Papillon offers a tasting menu that changes seasonally, utilizing locally sourced ingredients. Main courses include selections like braised duck breast, Chilean sea bass that’s pan roasted, and rack of lamb with tomato pain perdu (French toast) and black garlic romesco.

410 Saratoga Avenue, San Jose, CA, Phone: 408-296-3730


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12.Left Bank Brasserie Santana Row

Left Bank Brasserie Santana Row
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At Left Bank Brasserie Santana Row in San Jose, patrons will discover delectable French cuisine in a fun-filled environment. The elegance of its interior can be seen in design elements that include hardwood floors, large pane windows, and high ceilings. Adding to its romantic flair is a large banquette, cushioned booth seating, and dark crown molding, creating a romantic atmosphere. This restaurant uses the freshest and finest ingredients to create its fare. Entrées include selections like Penne Printanier, and Chicken Paillard – baby frisee, toybox tomatoes, English peas, cucumber herb vinaigrette, red onions, and parmesan crusted breast of chicken.

377 Santana Row #1100, San Jose, CA, Phone: 408-984-3500


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13.Restaurants Near Me: Nemea Greek Taverna

Restaurants Near Me: Nemea Greek Taverna
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Located on a tree-lined street in San Jose, Nemea Greek Taverna offers fine Greek cuisine in a contemporary setting. The interior design features hardwood floors, exposed ceiling, and an open kitchen that allows diners to see their meals being prepared. With stone columns, large pane windows, and suspended lights, Nemea Greek Taverna a perfect place for a romantic evening of dining. Meals are prepared using locally sourced produce and ingredients. This includes selections like Moschari Souvlaki – filet of beef, watercress, Nemea potatoes, and yogurt dressing, Arni Kokinisto – braised lamb shank, mizithra, orzo pilafi, and lamb jus, and Paidakia – cut lamb chops, mesquite, Nemea potatoes, braised greens, lemon vinaigrette

96 South 1st Street, San Jose, CA, Phone: 408-279-4225


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14.Restaurants in San Jose, CA: Orchestria Palm Court Restaurant

Restaurants in San Jose, CA: Orchestria Palm Court Restaurant
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Orchestria Palm Court Restaurant in San Jose is an award-winning restaurant serving Continental European and New American fare. This restaurant has the allure of a European restaurant with brick walls, exposed wood beams and high barrel shaped ceilings. With an ornate wood bar, hardwood floors, and mechanical music machines playing ragtime, jazz, and blues tunes, this an ideal place for a romantic dinner. Utilizing organic produce, beef from grass-fed cows, free-range chickens, and other healthy ingredients, diners will enjoy traditionally prepared European cuisine here. Favorites include Austrian goulash, salmon salad, roasted pork, shrimp scampi, rib eye steak, and butternut-marsala pasta.

27 East William Street, San Jose, CA, Phone: 408-288-5606


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15.Where to Eat Near Me: District

Where to Eat Near Me: District
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You will find District located right on San Pedro Square, in the heart of downtown San Jose. This popular local bar/restaurant is the perfect destination for a relaxed evening with friends. District boasts an extensive wine and whiskey menu and serves a variety of tasty food including charcuterie platters, pizzas and fresh, innovative tapas. Their food philosophy is based on bringing the best locally sourced seasonal flavors to your plate – everything is made in-house and you will notice the difference. Menu favorites include cheese and meat platters to share, Ahi Tuna Poke, and Grilled Hanger Steak for those with a bigger appetite.

District, 65 N. San Pedro Street, San Jose, CA 95110, 669 292 5252


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16.Lunch Near Me: Siena Bistro

Lunch Near Me: Siena Bistro
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In the Willow Glen district of downtown San Jose, Siena Bistro has been a staple of fine Mediterranean cuisine since 2007. The intimate restaurant features an atmosphere of cheerfulness with white walls that brighten the dining room, wood floors, dark wood furnishings, recessed lighting, and crisp white linens. An outdoor dining patio with overhead mesh and string lights makes an ideal place for a romantic evening. The owner/chef, David Wiesner, serves traditional favorites with a twist using sustainable ingredients that are locally sourced. Guests can expect entrées like sole almandine, Dijon crusted salmon, chicken marsala, and pork chop Milanese.

1359 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose, Phone: 408-271-0837


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17.Dinner Near Me: Spencer's for Steaks and Chops

Dinner Near Me: Spencer's for Steaks and Chops
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Located in the Double Tree Hilton San Jose, Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops offers fine dining in a stylish, contemporary setting. The restaurant has an interior design that features a soft color palette, cushioned chairs, and hardwood floors. Bold artwork, recessed lighting, and a large fireplace in the lounge make this an ideal venue for a romantic evening. The modern steakhouse serves USDA Prime steaks and chops. Spencer’s offers a variety of fine wines and handcrafted cocktails. Menu items include options like pan seared scallops, Ora King salmon, and a Louie salad with cherry tomato, herbs, Blue lump crab, red onion, egg, Russian dressing, and olives

2050 Gateway Place, San Jose, CA, Phone: 408-437-2170


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18.Where to Eat Near Me: ELYSE Restaurant

Where to Eat Near Me: ELYSE Restaurant
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Tantalizing taste buds with a unique mix of modern French and Vietnamese cuisines, ELYSE Restaurant is located in downtown San Jose. The interior of the restaurant is slick and modern and they boast an excellent selection of wines and cocktails to enjoy with your meal. The inspired menu offers something to suit all tastes and several of the dishes are suitable for vegetarians and can be adapted for vegans. Just a few of the delicious items include fresh lettuce-wrapped pork or vegetable spring rolls in the Vietnamese style, a brilliant Pho with Fillet Mignon, Vietnamese-style pan-seared Sea Bass and traditional Angus Rib Eye steak, just the way you like it.

Elyse Restaurant, 151 South 2nd Street, San Jose, CA 95113, 408 899 2762


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19.Where to Eat Near Me: Elements Restaurant

Where to Eat Near Me: Elements Restaurant
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Located in South San Jose, Elements Restaurant serves a delicious menu of Euro-Asian fusion dishes which are bound to please your palate. Elements brings the best flavors and aromas of fresh locally sourced ingredients to the table, to offer guests a memorable dining experience. A few of their most popular menu items include the Salmon Wellington, with mushrooms, spinach and beurre blanc, a lemongrass crusted Chilean Sea Bass and their brilliant Australian Rack of Lamb, served with mash and red wine reduction. Everything is beautifully plated to please both the eye and the palate. They also offer a good selection of noodle and pasta dishes.

Elements Restaurant, 6471 – 10 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA 95120, 408 927 8773


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20.Where to Eat Near Me: Vin Santo Ristorante

Where to Eat Near Me: Vin Santo Ristorante
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Vin Santo Ristorante serves San Jose diners authentic Northern Italian fare prepared by Italian Chef Umberto Pala. This restaurant creates a quiet atmosphere with walls that are painted Tuscan yellow, blonde wood floors, and a cushioned banquette along a half wall. Vin Santo also features a marble bar and dark wood furnishings. Heavy drapes cordon off tables for the ultimate in privacy for a romantic date night. Chef Pala prepares food here with fresh local ingredients to preserve its high quality. Entrées include selections such as Spaghetti Tutto Mare, Gnocchi Sorrentina, Scaloppine Di Pollo, and Brasato con Polenta.

1346 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose, CA, Phone: 408-920-2508


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21.Where to Eat Near Me: Vintage Wine Bar

Where to Eat Near Me: Vintage Wine Bar
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Santana Row in San Jose is home to Vintage Wine Bar, an inviting, warm place with no pretention. The laidback restaurant has lots of windows, an urban industrial ceiling, marble countertops, wood furnishings, and shelves upon shelves of bottled wines. Vintage Wine Bar also features an outdoor dining patio with string lights, making this restaurant an ideal setting for a romantic date night. Guests can expect California small plates with selections like Mozzarella di Bufala, Meat Plate, and Chocolate and Port. The easygoing venue pairs their California fare with ample wine selections. Flights of wine offer the best variety.

368 Santana Row, San Jose, CA, Phone: 408-985-9463


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22.Restaurants in San Jose: Zazil

Restaurants in San Jose: Zazil
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Presenting the very best of classic Mexican cuisine, Zazil is conveniently located in the heart of Santana Row. This lively restaurant offers traditional dishes from various regions of Mexico – many of the recipes have been passed from one generation to another and most have a story attached. The starter menu includes favorite dishes like Quesadillas with various fillings, tasty prawn Ceviche, and a colorful Mexican Poke with fresh tuna, avocado and much more. Entrees include classic Pork Carnitas, Grilled Salmon, Tuna or Octopus and a Fillet Mignon with a mole sauce. Remember to leave some room for a delicious Mexican dessert to round off your meal.

Zazil, 377 Santana Row, Suite 1120, San Jose, CA 95128, 408 564 4162


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