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First to Market

First to Market Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.firsttomarketsj.com
  • Phone: (408) 600-2120
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Wednesday-Saturday 11am-2pm
    Dinner: Wednesday-Saturday 5pm-9:30pm
    Brunch: Sundays 10am-5pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Domingo Wolbert
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: San Salvador
  • Public Transit: Bus lines 323, 304, 66, 68, 82, 168, all stop with is 3 blocks of our restaurant. The convention center lightrail station is 4 blocks away, and the Paseo de San Antonio lightrail station is 3 blocks away.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking at meters is free after 6pm Monday-Saturday and all day Sunday. Otherwise, metered parking is $1 an hour
A word from First to Market
First to Market brings our upscale take on regional American comfort foods to the South Bay. We pride ourselves in using traditional techniques to elevate each of the dishes that define American cuisine. We have a full bar with local wine, craft beer, and house cocktails that highlight fine American spirits. Whether it's dinner or weekend brunch, First to Market aims to bring awareness to the foods that America great, and prepare them in the best ways possible.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Diner Reviews
  • "The food was also unique. I got scallops with "pasta." It was on a bed of squash cut like pasta. My husband got pork belly two ways, one with mac n cheese and the other with baked beans. Both were delicious. I also really enjoyed the deviled egg appetizer. The waitress was great, she was also part owner. I highly recommend this restaurant if you like food prepared perfectly and tastes amazing. I can't wait to come back."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We enjoyed our dinner on July 2nd but encountered a couple of things that we were not pleased with. !. My husband ordered the duck leg and found it to be very dry......said he would never order it again and he is not a picky eater. 2. We were served water - but with no ice. I personally would have preferred some ice in my glass. 3. We felt the menu was somewhat limited. 4. Our guest wanted a light beer and none was on the menu. I had the scallops and the dish was very good........a little too much sauce but otherwise I was very pleased with it. The open doors made for a nice airy feeling (although there was a fly that kept bothering us). We may return and we may not!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Intimate restaurant with a romantic atmosphere and delicious unique food options. Great for people looking for a quieter dining experience with a neighborhood feel, downtown. We had excellent service from one of the owners and loved the personal feel of entire the wait staff. Definitely recommend."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Hi. We went to FtM for the Dine Out San Jose event. Unfortunately, although the service at this restaurant was outstanding, the food offered was such an odd mix, we ended up just ordering small plates. Nothing spectacular. Sadly, the favorite item was the fries with cheese. It's great to have elk on your menu, but there should be other not so heavy items for the lighter eater. We'll try this again when the menu get's changed up a bit."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We came as part of San Jose's restaurant week and ordered off the Prix Fixe menu. Unfortunately they ran out of the scallops before we arrived, but we tried the Pork Belly Mac'n'Cheese, the Elk Chops, and the Ahi Salad. For desert we had apple pie a la mode. Everything was spot on. My better half enjoyed the Mac'n'Cheese the most, but wants to come back specifically for the vegetable mousse on the elk plate. Overall a wonderful experience and the ambiance was just right for a cozy evening dinner."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The food was inconsistent. For example, the tuna appetizer was overcooked, but the scallop entree was delicious. The cocktails were great, especially the whiskey cocktail with the blackberry juice...SO YUMMY! The desserts were really good, and the service was efficient, friendly, and extremely attentive. There is room for improvement, of course, but I'd recommend First to Market. It's a wonderful, welcome addition to downtown San Jose."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "I really want this place to succeed but they are still having teething issues. The food has stepped up especially with the introduction of their summer menu, but service remains lackluster and the kitchen constantly overwhelmed. I don't feel it's the waitstaff's fault, but rather, they appear to be severely understaffed. Requests go unmet, waitresses go MIA, apologies flow like water. They need to find their groove and fast, they've been open 6 months now so it's hard to keep saying its because they are new."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The menu is simple and the good is delicious, but it was over priced for what you get. Service was great"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Our group of six had a wonderful birthday dinner with excellent food, wine and service. The menu was so interesting, we ordered family style so we could each taste as many dishes as possible. The appetizers were especially varied and delicious. The price point was very reasonable. The staff were very accommodating and efficient. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Found this restaurant on OpenTable for last minute brunch reservations. I very much enjoyed the experience! Great brunch options - many that can be made vegetarian and the mimosa was fantastic! The service was terrific! The menu is small but has great options and the waffle....YUM! Highly recommend trying this restaurant out if you're going to be in downtown San Jose! "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "This was a home run. It's been only open a few months, but what a great addition to downtown San Jose. I had a delicious spinich/beet salad with amazing roasted walnut pieces and crumbled gorgonzola. Half size was $5; a full salad was $8. For my main course, a chicken pot pie and homemade biscuit for $10. Very, very tasty. Additionally, though I did not partake, I liked the fact they have carafe-size specialty cocktails ... enough for 3-4 people, and value-priced. Service was provided by the very pleasant and efficient Jennifer. Thank you."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We ate here because of a concert at the California theater just down the block. Very convenient. Appetizers were great, mains too heavy for our tastes, though the flavors were nice. The food is kind of modern southern, so different than some."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Food is OK. Decor and service are pleasant. Moderately overpriced for the overall quality."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "We went on Mother's day. The food and service was good despite it being very busy. I would go back. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The owners and chef at First to Market have devise a flavorful, creative and reasonably priced comfort food menu. The restaurant's atmosphere is clean and uncluttered and the drinks menu is excellent. Great place for weekend for brunch or dinner."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Hadn't heard of this new spot before, checked it out for dinner before the art walk. Bit disappointed that bison pot pie, spicy tots and Mac n cheese were already out for the night (it was 7pm) staff was very attentive, they seem to all pitch in happily to take care of the customer. Modern/rustic decor, clean and well kept. We ordered a bit of everything and enjoyed it all! Pork belly, sprouts, ck pot pie, chowder, salad, tots, and deviled eggs.. Pot pie was awesome! Chowder had the same base flavor, was also very good. We enjoyed! Tots were great!!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Menu needed more variety---some interesting ideas---service was quick enough for getting in & out on a theater night"
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "My sister and I went to dinner while she was staying at a nearby hotel. The food was delicious! I think the wine list could use a little more breadth. Also they brought our entrees while we were still eating our appetizer so it felt a little rushed. Overall, I would go back when I'm in the area."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "The food here is fresh, not overwhelming. Well priced. The "tater tots" are amazing!!! The lemon dessert was delicious and the perfect end. A glass of wine for $8! Wow....had 2 at that price before heading to California Theater for Cinequest."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "the restaurant opened on Tuesday, we went on Saturday. when i made the res, the few reviews raved about the place so perhaps my expectations were too high. the space is beautiful w/ the exposed brick, high ceilings. i think they still need to refine their menu. as a party of 7, we easily tried almost half the menu but unfortunately, nothing really made us want to come back again, whether it lacked salt or was partially cold, or... sorry. i really wanted to like this restaurant and there's definitely potential, but i probably won't be back to find out. i hope your experience will be better! =)"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I liked it. The service was good. The food was delicious. The bar menu and happy hour were enough for my fiance and I. We really enjoyed our dinner there. We'll be back. Joe"
    Dined on 2/28/2014