Billy Berk's
Billy Berk's

Billy Berk's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.maxsworld.com/billyberks/map.php?id=11
  • Phone: 4082924300
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Tuesday: 11:30 AM - 10 PM (bar open until 10pm) Wednesday: 11:30 AM - 10 PM Thursday: 11:30 AM - 10 PM Friday:11:30 AM - 11 PM (bar open until midnight) Saturday: 12 PM - 11 PM (bar open until midnight) Sunday - 4 PM - 9 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Global, International, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Oscar Martinez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Billy Berk's has an intimate private dining room that seats 12 people comfortably.
  • Private Party Contact: Reza Soleimany 4082924300
  • Special Events: NOW OPEN FOR SUNDAY DINNER!... HAPPY HOUR SUNDAYS FROM 4-6... 25% OFF ALL BOTTOLES OF WINE ON SUNDAYS

Getting there

  • Cross Street: San Fernando
  • Public Transit: San Jose Light Rail to 1st St and San Fernando
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available in a large public lot adjacent to the restaurant.
A word from Billy Berk's
Variety is the spice of life. Caramelized Onion,Bacon, Cambozola Cheese Flatbread , Crab and Artichoke Hot Pot, Mojito Skirt Steak, and Cedar Plank Salmon with Maple Glaze just to name a few, Billy Berk's has flavors for all palettes. Set in a historic, downtown San Jose brick and timber building, Billy Berk's features a large island bar with 4 50 inch TV's and an open-air patio, perfect for after work, pre-game festivities, and dates; let us know other good excuses.
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Billy Berk's reviews from OpenTable diners
28 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food3.5
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (16)neighborhood gem (8)vibrant bar scene (8)special occasion (6)great for lunch (5)great for outdoor dining (5)kid-friendly (4)scenic view (3)late-night find (3)fit for foodies (3)hot spot (2)romantic (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Fun :)
    Boski
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    A great atmosphere! I love the decor and layout. Food is yummy and there are a variety of fun drinks. Great for a date night or a night out with the girls! Great service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neto
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I found that Billy Berks is a great place to have a nice dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noisy but nice outdoor area
    gorge
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great is a little strong. The outdoor area is cute but backs to another outdoor restaurant. Result is very loud. There was a big group and we had to move indoors to hear each other. A fun party place though. Food was ok.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just okay...
    PixseGal
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Overall it was an okay experience, but I don't think I will be going back. When our food came out, it was kinda warm and not all that great. The sides served with the dishes were good but small and kinda pricey. The tiramisu was pretty good though.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Needed more service for large party
    Kie914
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I've been to this restaurant many times. I've also hosted several large parties in the back room for birthday parties etc. Normally we get excellent service but this time was different. There were large amounts of time when we didn't see the waitress at all. It was a bit frustrating but we dealt with it to avoid bringing any negativity to the party. In the future, i think two people should be assigned to a party as it ensures that someone is always checking to make sure the customer is ok. I'd rather be checked on often than deal with long lags between the times we see the waitress. It was roughly 12 of us and people needed drinks, appetizers etc at different times. Other than the service, the food and drink were great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service!
    brewsky
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    This place was recommended by a friend. It's convenient to parking. Very reasonably priced, including corkage at $15. The ribs were indeed 'fall off the bone', just as described. They were tender, great flavor and not saturated with BBQ sauce. Perfect! The garlic mashed were excellent as was the fried zucchini appetizer. I tasted the sauce of the Spicy Louisiana Prawns and it was fabulous...excellent balance of flavor and heat. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great service, good food
    4thgenCA
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Billy Berk's is a fun place in downtown San Jose. We arrived early on a Sunday evening, and it was quiet, but when I've been by the restaurant at other times, it's been hopping. It also functions as a sports bar (there are big TVs with games playing). Our server was super attentive and deserves special thanks from us because she held on to our credit card after my husband had forgotten it (duh!). Food was very good--nice Chinese salad for me, fish and chips for one of us, fettucine alfredo for the other person with us.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Andie
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Great food and great service....so much to choose from!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Yes, I'll come back
    foodismylife
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    the food was delicious...the beet salad and the ahi salads are some of the best that I've tried
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great only for happy hour.... Menu
    ERuiz
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I spent my gift card of 100$ on items from the main menu.. I should have stuck to the happy hour menu... The Flat Bread is great... but my meal was no flavor, the fish and chips were soggy inside the bread.. and the burger was ok.. I want my money back... but that will never happen!!!
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  • Come here!
    HungryinSF
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    A group of us were at the convention center. I had made reservations for 4 and we walked in with 10. They made an instant accommodation, and we were so happy they did. Everyone loved their selection, from salad to sandwich or wrap. High quality food, tasty, and great service. Will definitely go back. Fun atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Eh...
    Kevin
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Not impressed. Great flat bread and salad. A staff member other than our server brought the main course and set it down without clearing the table. Annoying when you're in a small table as we were. The steak was tough. Could barely get my fork into it, but the prawns and the sauce were great. The jazz band playing was horrible. Kind of soured things worse. Good drinks and a friendly waitress though.
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  • Jazzy
    Livemusic
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Downtown San Jose Classic Bar with good variety of dishes, pasta, steaks, complete bar, quite and good jazz. perfect place to take a date for the first time.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 15 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.4
    • Food3.4
    • Ambiance3.5
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 381 reviews are from the Billy Berk's reviews archive.
  • Should have gone elsewhere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Went for my graduation dinner celebration. Poor choice. Overpriced and the food is blah. We sent two dishes back. I ordered the Louisiana Shrimp dish---6 shrimp for 23 dollars...??!! no thanks. We ended up going to another restaurant because we were still hungry and the food was crap. No wonder the place was empty on a Saturday night!!
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  • Promise unfulfilled
    Eatonthego
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Great concept flawed by execution. Staff attempts but amateur in approach. Food is adequate but many better in this price range. Nice location, concept and ambiance needs a step up in service and cuisine to get to 4 stars
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No muss, No Fuss
    lulu2
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Easy to make a reservation on a Saturday night. Quick hostest, nice waitress, yummy food.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Ambiance
    AnneVIP
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Nice ambiance, adequate service. Food was a little pricy for what you get, but tasted good. Happy hour menu was nice.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ahi tuna
    celebrationVIP
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    i read great reviews of the ahi tuna stack. it did not disappoint. good size portions as well
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My go to spot.
    Bobby
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    As always, great service and wonderful food. This is my go to restaurant. If I take someone anywhere else, that means I don't care for them. Go here
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good dinner out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We had a good time at Billy Berks, before hitting a show at JJs. The food was good, and the service was excellent - which is a rarity these days on the Peninsula. And the prices were very reasonable given the location. Parking just down the street in a public lot - can't beat that.
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  • In the heart of San Jose
    Nickname1
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    I was looking for a place for dinner with my grown kids close to the airport. After reading some reviews, I chose this based on internet research. Our server, a young woman, was helpful and prompt. The food was good enough but nothing to rave about. The entrees came with a couple of side choices and I went with the green beans. They were the least enjoyable of the meal, seemingly cooked the day before and reheated since the texture was shriveled with no fresh snap. There are many dining options close by and I don't know if I would go here again but only because I would rather keep trying others. The used brick building was warm and ambient and we had a big, comfortable booth at the back of the room which was nice.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love Billy Berks
    Staciebug
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    Always good atmosphere and warm comfort food. Love the big booths for dining. We had a nice meal and great time. Good place to watch sports from the bar too.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food, Decent Bar
    GuyNonplussed
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    When you can't get in anywhere else, I highly recommend Billy Berk's. This was the downtown restaurant where I could make a last minute reservation when my favs were all booked. This was probably my third time there. I like the food ok but would not call it memorable. The service has been somehow disappointing each time. Not that it's bad, but there seem to be minor issues each time. Most recently: waiter (English speaking) doesn't understand the names of the wines. Part of our order never came out until we ask for it. And I've just never felt the love. I do like their large bar, a full square in the center of the main dining room, and the big windows opening on the busy corner of 1st and San Fernando.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't get me wrong!
    RestaurantVisiter
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    This place was really good. The food is amazingly delicious and the staff was friendly, attentive and professional. The only reason why I'm docking points is because I added a side of steamed broccoli and it was never delivered, but it was charged to my tab, and we asked for a refill on our diet coke, and he never came back with it. I'm not one to lower his tip, or ask twice. I don't feel that a server should ever forget items like that. Other than that, the food tasted great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently great!
    brobonVIP
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    Fourth time dining here, with a group of 4 before the theater. The menu is not huge, but the selection is wonderful, and being able to select your side dish makes it even better. Three of us had the salmon, which was fantastic, as was the cobb salad with steak. And they usually have some unique cocktails - the martinis are always a hit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Solid Good.....
    CathTimm
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    I would have given 4 stars if the service was better; Still like the restaurant, will try it again, and do recommend it. Food good; Staff friendly; Service very slow. Waited 20 minutes for order to be taken and 25 for it to be served. We had the calamari appetizer, which was fun because it also had fried Jalapeño peppers, onion strings and lemons in it. Yes, I did say fried lemons. They were unique and delicious. The sauces were good, not extraordinary. My husband had the French Dip sandwich. It was big, had a lot of meat (without stringy fat) and flavorful au juice. I had the Mojoto Skirt Steak, with fresh green beans. The steak quality was good and the beans were cooked perfectly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfectly acceptable pre-game spot
    OwTingPow
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Stopped here for dinner before going to a Sharks game. They had no problem seating 6 people, we had reservations but given the size and layout of the place they would have been able to seat us without reservations easily enough too. Ambiance is pub/tavern style, no need to dress fancy. Large bar turns out decent cocktails quickly. Food is OK but tries too hard. Mojito steak sliders were tasty, but more attention to which piece of meat goes on the slider would be appreciated. Ahi-tuna tower was over-dressed and the house-made tortilla chips were unevenly fried. Shoe-string onion rings were pretty, but flavorless. Overall it was OK but the kitchen just can't quite live up to the promise of the menu. Good for casual dinner and drinks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Great Choice Downtown
    downtowndiner
    Dined on 1/6/2014
    Never disappointed when I take folks to Billy Berk's. There is something for everyone on the menu, and the food is very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My family had a very nice
    KarenVIP
    Dined on 11/27/2013
    My family had a very nice evening at Billy Berk's. It wasn't our first time dining there - we had been there once before. It's welcoming - their servers are attentive, without being intrusive. Service is quick - cocktails are very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, so-so service
    PartyOf6
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    We like the food and menu selection, but we had to wait at least 45 minutes for our entrees and the entrees and sides came out a different times. We've been here before and had better service, so not sure what the issue was this time. Our server was good, just seemed like the kitchen was having difficulty on this particular night, maybe because of the crowd of Sharks fans.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The sausage appetizer and
    Nickname
    Dined on 11/19/2013
    The sausage appetizer and salmon entree were great, the ribeye steak was good.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nothing special. More of a bar
    MNfam
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Would be ok for a few drinks casual place before a game. Not good for a nice dinner. Food was ok. Nothing special.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We were unfortunately sat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    We were unfortunately sat next to a big group of 20 or so people (looked like a large family), so there were some disruptive children running around during our dining experience. Otherwise, the service was great, food was very good, and was an overall good experience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go Early
    Munchie
    Dined on 10/30/2013
    We had excellent and fast service. We didn't need to tell server that we had to get to the theater by a certain time. The food and service were quick and tasty. The calamari appetizer was crisp and hot and the entrees cooked exactly as we liked. My date had steak and I had cedar planked salmon. Portions aren't large and most entrees served with one side only, so if you're a heavy eater, you may have to order an extra side. Prices are reasonable, though.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Hour
    datspeedVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    Visted Billy Berk's for happy hour. Very nice choice of menu items at a reasonalbe price. Nice cocktail and beer selection, too. Happy hour is from 3 to 7 M-F and noon to 5 on Saturday. The cocktails were excellent - liberal pouring of the spirits. The crispy oriental beef was excellent. Also had the calarmari, sweet potatoe fries and zucchini which were also very good. The only thing that we didn't care for was the BBQ pork sliders - it was way too salty - the waitress blamed the onion bun. Portions were ample. Fun place for a happy hour. We also like lunch and dinner there, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Food Selection. Fantastic Bar.
    pwcislo
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    There's not play in the Bay Area I've been that serves a Caipirinha, that special drink from Brazil. It was a very tasty treat. My special meal of the evening was the Prime Rab, which was delicious. The potatoes au gratin we okay as was the wedy salad. It needed more dressing and bacon bits. The wine list was good and enjoyed all we had. When we got attention the service was good. I think this was affected because we had some guests join us late due to traffic.
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  • It's changed, not for the better.
    cgdmbbkb
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    We have have been very dissapointed the last three times we've been here, once in July for a birthday dinner, the first night of the Jazz festival and last week. The service and quality of food has changed dramatically. This used to be a favorite place to meet friends for any occasion over the years. Unfortunately, 3 strikes means you are out.
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  • Good burger. Kind of a local
    DQ11VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    Good burger. Kind of a local feel. Not much of a beer selection.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, nice place
    RestaurantLurker
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    Nothing wrong with this place. Waiters were attentive and food was good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch
    CalibriVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2013
    Met some friends from LA, that were passing through on their way to Sonoma, there for lunch. My friend is gluten, dairy and grain free. The waitress helped my friend select an entree' that fit her needs. We all ended up having salads. I had the chicken tostada salad. It was good, but nothing special. I had been there for the first time a couple of weeks ago for dinner and had the salmon and it was delicious! I'll definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.