New spot 4 food/music in the <3 SJ
This is a more than decent start to what I hope blossoms into a tough decision for me when deciding where to go for dinner. Can't wait to see how it evolves. The beignet special was awesome. The salmon was delectable and the lemon pound cake was to die for. SO MOIST!!! They are still working on the bar menu but we've learned that it is in the process of expanding. Ready to get to and a great place to people watch or grab a bite before or after a movie @ Camera 12.
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Opening Night at the Blackbird
We had dinner here on it's opening night and, as you would think, everything was not quite in place yet. (Very limited wine list and no cocktail service yet. Although we were told that would change in the next week or so.) However, the food we ordered was excellent (shrimp and crawfish beignets) and the service prompt and friendly. The idea of matching food to the live music genre is a good one, and should bring the Blackbird much success. Check it out.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
This opening weekend was an excellent showcase for what Blackbird will have to offer in the future. Great location, great crowd of patrons and an excellent experience!
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
An Awesome Downtown Restaurant
This is a comfortable restaurant, near garage parking. It has a pub atmosphere, while at the same time being suitable for families. Service was attentive without being overbearing. The food was great! I had the French Onion Soup, which was delicious, and also the Steak Frites. The steak was beautifully caramelized and juicy and medium, like I asked. The fries were very good, crispy, with garlic and light seasonings that went very well with the steak. I also got to taste the tomato soup, and that was really good, too. The night we went, they were out of a couple of beers, but the list of beers was nicely varied, as was the wine list. The beer we chose was delicious. We will definitely be going back.
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
what did I just find
Fried chicken, fried with short ribs and red curry and tomato soup with a beer what else can i say? Good food great service by kevin I will be back
7/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
New place--still working on liquor license. Did have wine and beer. Great menu. Will return. Very close to Camera 12.
7/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a neighborhood gem
This is a neighborhood gem in an area that really needs good quality, reasonably priced food. The service was great. We both had the burger, which was very good. My only hesitation about going back for dinner is that the menu is limited and doesn't have many low-cal, low-fat options. For instance, while I figured I could go without the hamburger bun, it came with a side of fries that wasn't listed on the menu. It's easy not to order them -- or have an option of a side salad. But, it takes a lot of will power to not eat them when they are right in front of you. I would definitely go back for drinks at the bar or outside area.
7/9/2013 5:00:00 PM
New and needed
A very wel thought and delivered menu. Something that is unique to the area and delicious! Friday night had live music and even an appetzer to go with the Brazilian theme!
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious Food/Great Ambience
Black Bird has outdoor seating, but it was a little breezy so we chose to sit inside. Our waiter, Kevin, was attentive and knowledgeable about the beer/wine/bar selections and menu. For me, Kevin suggested half size portions of the chopped salad and curry fries, which is actually a short rib curry dish with potato wedges. My husband ordered the tomato soup and clams with chorizo. All of our food was hot and delicious. I especially enjoyed the two onion rings on top of the salad! The spice in the clams and curry dishes was just right. Black Bird's decor is modern and inviting. We sat a tall table with stools, no backs on the chairs. Kevin brought me a table purse holder so that I didn't have to place my purse on the floor, a nice touch.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful addition to Downttown
Great beers, small but nice selection of wines, every dish with a bit of a twist and very well prepared. This is a pub with an attitude and seems much more original than most of the British imitations.We listened to an Irish Rebel band before heading to the Rep. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience!
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
New & Still Learning
Four of us had dinner here last Saturday. Food was excellent from appetizer to dessert! Service was a bit slow and inconsistent. Afew things still need work: Can't buy a bottle of wine; wine on tap was quite good -- but our server was unable to tell us the label vintage year; regular coffee was not available due to a problem with the French press -- so walk down 3 doors to Starbucks & get a container of hot coffee!!
7/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
We had a good dining experience. The mushroom risotto was exceptional. Ask for bread they will bring it. Biscotti that came with the chocolate pudding dessert are fresh made in house and worth it. French press coffee a very nice touch.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
My experience at the Tavern was delightful. I made reservations on-line and was seated within seconds of entering the door. I ordered the Tomato soup and Fried chicken plate. Tomato soup was crazy awesome with the mini grilled cheese sandwich in the bowl. The fried chicken was good but felt it could have used a starch(couscous maybe). I still cleaned the plate and enjoyed the greens. Desert options no so tempting. Atmosphere was vibrant! I would recommend it my friends.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Something Truly Special
Each time I go to the Blackbird Tavern, there is something new and wonderful on the menu. This time, it was a trio of fabulous deviled eggs. Each egg was unique: one had chorizo, one had dill, and the third had pancetta. While they were very different from one another, they coordinated beautifully. I had the cutlet, which was done perfectly, and had a delicious mustard butter on top. Dessert was their dark chocolate mousse, which goes fabulously with coffee.
Service was attentive without being overbearing, and prompt without seeming to rush us at all. We felt we could take our time and really enjoy our dinner, but did not have to wait needlessly for our check. We will definitely go back, and also recommend it to our friends.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great New Addition
Blackbird Tavern is just what's needed to enhance downtown San Jose. The location is excellent for before or after theater/movies. Love the shrimp and grits!
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner before the SJRep
Was very crowded which was good to see in downtown SJ. Being so crowded meant rather noisy but the food was very good, service very good, got served in plenty of time for the SJ Rep performance, we were not rushed to leave once finished and we will be back! Also very easy to make on-line reservation.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dining before going to The Rep
We had cocktails and dinner at The Blackbird Tavern before going to see One Night with Janis Joplin. It was a perfect start for the evening. The menu is not extensive, but the food is excellent. The roasted peppers appetizer was THE BEST.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Fun Place
My wife and I had a wonderful dinner at the Blackbird Tavern on a Saturday night. The food was great, but not overpriced. The service was prompt and friendly and the ambiance was welcoming. Definitely a hipster place, but do not hold that against them. The music may be played from LP's, but the food and wine are fantastic!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Up and coming
The Blackbird Tavern is a great new gastropub in San Jose. It fills in a gap in the San Jose scene. Great staff and very knowledgeable and inspired mixologist.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cool new spot...
We enjoyed an early pre-theater dinner and drinks. Look forward to going back when we have time to enjoy the band.
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food and music
This is a great restaurant to enjoy a great meal and then stay for the live jazz music. Since this was our first time at this restaurant our waiter was very helpful in making recommendations from cocktails, entrees and dessert!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
We need more like this!
So pleasantly surprised to try Blackbird Tavern, and find a spot with 1) dedication to quality food and service 2) NO pretentious food, or attitude; 3) menu priced so we can return often.
The tavern/bistro menu is creative and offers a good variety. My shrimp and grits - Hail to the Chef, who kept is simple and did not overcook the shrimp, as so often is the case. The Smoked Trout salad was outstanding, and I suspect may become a signature dish if it is not already.
There is a nice list of creative, handcrafted cocktails, and draft craft brews. Basically, Blackbird is right up our alley, (and its on the alley in downtown San Jose!) I think it will be one of our 'go-to' restaurants for its great, well-priced menu and execution.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
If you like different combinations of flavours in your food and drink, Blackbird Tavern is for you! Their specialty drinks are very unusual, yet tasty. The smoked trout salad, big enough for two, combines the sweetness of the trout with the tart bitter of frisee. This comes with "6 minute" eggs, perfectly cooked soft boiled egg - white firm enough to cut the egg in half, with a smooth, runny yoke for dipping the trout in. The French onion soup delivered the sweetness of the onions, touched with a bit of apple butter. The beer batter fish was crispy on the outside, and tender, moist fish on the inside, and the curry fries was melt in your mouth rib beef over wedge fries, a combo that worked. Our waiter, David, was excellent. Gastronomic!
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Really fantastic new Downtown gem
Blackbird Tavern is going to be our new theatre or movie night go to spot for pre show dinner and post show drinks. Everything we had from the appetizers to dessert was not only well-conceived but beautifully executed. The reasonable prices and portion sizes made it possible to have a true 3-4 course meal and enjoy a wider variety of flavors, and the have some truly lovely beers that I've never found available on tap anywhere but the brewhouse (Fin du Monde and Rasputin are favorites).
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM