Spencer's
Spencer's
  • Address:
    DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose 2050 Gateway Place
    2050 Gateway Place
    San Jose, CA 95110
    Neighborhood:
    San Jose
  • Cuisine:
    Steakhouse
    Price: $31 to $50

Spencer's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sanjose.doubletree.com/
  • Phone: 4084372170x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday-Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm

    Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Roger Maune
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events: We can accommodate special events of all sizes including rehearsal dinners, birthdays, holiday parties and more!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Technology
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: While patronizing in Spencer's we are happy to validate for up to 3 hours.
A word from Spencer's
Featuring USDA prime steaks aged for 21 days, hand cut and seared to perfection. Spencer’s for Steaks & Chops at the DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose, sophisticated and approachable, offers a memorable San Jose dining experience with handcrafted dishes, scratch made cocktails, and a distinctive destination wine list.

Knowledgeable servers may also recommend our famous chops, fresh local seafood, and innovative side dishes made with local organic produce. Desserts are made fresh daily and include Rich Tall Chocolate Layer Cake and our forever classic New York Style Cheesecake.

Friendly conversation, timeless martinis and fine wines are featured at The Spencer’s Bar. The San Jose bar menu offers a wide variety of our featured items.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
Spencer's reviews from OpenTable diners
46 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.2
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
77% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (20)good for groups (17)great for lunch (16)romantic (13)notable wine list (11)fit for foodies (10)neighborhood gem (3)vibrant bar scene (2)late-night find (2)great for brunch (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Great time and great value!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    My group splurged on dinner here for a daughter turning 15. The food was fantastic, even for the vegetarians. The service likewise was pleasant and attentive. For a fine dining experience it was an excellent value--I've been to places more expensive per person that we're not nearly as delicious, pleasant or fun. Highly recommend this for special events.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AVOID! Bad service/food/experience
    Cody
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Made a reservation through OpenTable and arrived on time. We weren't seated for 25 minutes. No explanation or apology ... Just "we're really busy." Once seated, our waitress (an Asain woman) treated us like we were at a drive thru window at McDonalds....rude, matter of fact, and didn't explain the menu. We were informed they were out of bread. No apology or attempts to rectify. Our waitress bluntly said "we're out of bread." The food was sub-par and seemed more like a Vegas buffet steak than that which you would expect from an upscale steakhouse. The only time the waitress cracked a smile or even showed a hint of friendliness was when she brought the bill. It was over $150 (for 2 peopl. Without alcohol). Go to Morton's or Forbes Mill.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Waiters and Hostesses Do not Read
    SGinSanFrancisco
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I wrote a special request on Open Table when I made the reservation for VDay. When I arrived, two hostesses looked me in the eye and confirmed they saw my request and would relay it to the waiter. Low and behold, when the dessert plate comes out, my request was not fulfilled. Too bad, I thought folks were competent enough.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food..meh!
    hspill
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We went here for Valentine's dinner. The service was slow but the person waiting on us was nice and cheerful. We ordered from the Prix-Fixe menu and out of the 4-course meal, 3 of them were really not good at all. The appetizer size was small but good. We had the mixed greens with a side of pork-belly which was dry as wood with absolutely no flavor. Next the steak arrived and while mine was too salty, my husband's steak was very fatty and not done properly. The only reason we didn't want to complain too much was because we wanted to have a relaxed date and the ambiance was nice. I wish something could have been done about the $250+ dinner, as I felt even the dessert missed the mark. I don't think I will recommend this place to anyone!
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  • Valentines day is when we
    Ra1der777
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Valentines day is when we went. They should have had more servers. Service was slow
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    romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over priced, but nice!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We went here for our Valentine's dinner. I was not told there would be a set menu. Was surprised and disappointed. Although the food was very good...the service was slow and no one came to check on us thoughout the whole meal. We felt $15.50 for a small martini was outragious, and our bill with tip came to over $300. Although I did mention I would recommend this restaurant, I would with the warning that BIG BUCKS will be spent.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Valentine's Day Option
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Spencer's has been highly recommended and our Valentine's Day event with hubby was very special. The atmosphere of breaking up the room with drapery more intimate. The menu was prix fixe but allowed flexibility. The only downfall to me was the inconsistency in serving sizes of the salads. The entrees were beautifully presented and prepared as ordered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Valentine's Day
    Table42VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This was only our second time at Spencer's. Our waitress was knowledgeable and friendly, but somewhat inattentive. Since the restaurant is located in the hotel off of the lobby, the noise level can get high, which it was with a large conference kicking off. They should have had the front doors closed. It was a set menu. Most of the dishes were good, but I was very disappointed with the red velvet cake - it was dry and lacked flavor. It too quite a while for our waitress to return to our table so that we could order coffee with the dessert, so we just sat there for a while.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Steaks but...
    TresdudesVIP
    Dined on 2/3/2014
    The steaks were great (as they should be for the price) but the sides were like an after thought and just average. The calamari appetizer was good...once you found the calamari amongst all the vegetables (maybe it should be called a calamari salad).
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  • Great Food !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    We had some of everything, our selves and another couple, the steak and seafood was unbelievable. Wine selection was great, we had the Northstar Merlot, two bottles. Seemed to lack a bit on the service staff, too many people showed up after us and they seemed a bit rushed, but the food was superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wkends not as good as wkdays
    sfogirl
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Spencer's is our special occasion restaurant. We love it. Have always gone on weekdays and had great food and experience. For the first time, we went on a Saturday evening, Service was great, but the food was not. Quality was good, but not for the high price Spencer's charges, Our previous reviews were much higher!
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  • Bad day for kitchen...had
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    Bad day for kitchen...had salmon Caesar...asked for anchovies added. One small anchovy on top, salad overdressed, and salmon dry to point of inedible; left while filet minus 1 bite on plate. Been here many times...first bad experience. Will be back.
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  • Playing out of class
    MikeMcF
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Caveat:We dined here on New Year's Eve, so there was a prix-fixe menu. But, since this was our 30th Anniversary, we learned a long time ago to expect that, so we don't have any issues with the limited selection. However, it seems that Spencer's is trying to be in the same class as Morton's just by jacking up the prices. The next time we want a real high-quality steakhouse in San Jose, we'll not return to Spencer's. The service was an embarrassment. At $80 a plate, the waitress was serving our entrees within 5 minutes of the salads so that we were literally juggling plates and glasses to make room on the small table. The quality of the steaks was a step above Outback...nowhere near what you would expect to be served at a top-rated place.
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  • Perfect steaks
    SFKPVIP
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Christmas Eve, our second visit, overall good experience. The service is getting slower, had to get up and order a drink and get a knife for a member of our party. The truffle man n cheese remains our fav, the prix fixe menu was not. Normally, vegetables are table sharing size, not the case;that night; we now know to avoid evenings with prix fixe menu. Steaks perfectly cooked, food was excellent. Vegetarian guests were perfectly happy with other options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Party!
    Hate2WaitVIP
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    We reserved the private room in the back of the restaurant for our party of 11 and enjoyed delicious food, timed very well for such a large group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a bit of a disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    I've been to Spencer's before to celebrate my parents' 60th Anniversary and this time is was for my husband's birthday with 10 people. Our server although very nice did a very poor job of communication plus one of our family member's steak was still unsatisfactory after being sent back twice. For what I paid for the meals, I would have expected far better. I will not go back.
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  • Unimpressed
    Mike
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    We have been to Spencer's several times over the past several years and it has always been great. This last time will be our last. The oysters were NOT good, very fishing smelling and poor quality. I ordered the $65 porter house, it was cooked well, but was a poor quality. Drinks were nice and was the sides and desert. Overall we we very disappointed and sad that this resturant has gone down hill. MIke
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  • Food under performed
    diningfoolVIP
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    Two of us dined. One stayed true to the beef theme with the filet. Good. Not great for prime dry aged beef. I did the beef cheeks. Stay away from this. Off flavor and tough. Not a good dish and I have had beef cheeks dozens of times.
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  • For business or that special meal
    Mishim
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    Ideal location (in Doubletree) very close to San Jose Airport for a business lunch / dinner or just a special meal out. Usually fairly quiet ambiance, although the afternoon we visited, there was a large, rather vocal group behind drawn curtains near us, Nice ambiance, tablecloths, attentive staff, and good food, especially steaks, make this a place for that special meal, whether business or pleasure. Regular selection of prime cut steaks is ala carte with potato or vegetable sides at ~ $9 each. Be prepared for a leisurely meal.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't go on a Monday!
    PeterVIP
    Dined on 12/9/2013
    I have been to Spencer's other locations in Seattle and Spokane and have found them to be quite good; however the San Jose location really needs to improve their service. First and foremost we were there on a Monday night and that was a big mistake. We ordered drinks: 2 beers and 2 Negronis, which is not as common as a gin and tonic, but not that unheard in a bar, our waiter had to come back 2 times to make sure we wanted a Negroni and if we knew the recipe While the food was good, the service was quite bad. Our waiter was not good, he has difficulity taking drink orders, the sides were cold and they screwed up desserts. Look, this can be a good restaurant, but the wait and bar staff needs great improvement. DONT GO ON MONDAY
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  • Spencer's
    dwwong
    Dined on 11/27/2013
    Had a wonderful lunch with co-workers....excellent food & service.
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    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • Pricey for the food
    Wendle
    Dined on 11/19/2013
    My husband and I came for our anniversary dinner. This new building is nice and has a good ambience, an extensive wine list and good service. But being a famous high end steakhouse, my expectation for the food is high. The wet aged rib eye was way too fatty, and the peppercorn steak was bland. Even with the top covered in peppercorns, there was no flavor. The best thing was the Oberon red wine blend that the somalier recommended. For the price, I'd rather go to Alexander's.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our steaks were over cooked.
    Kayv
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Our steaks were over cooked. Then the party next to us also sent their steak back for the same reason
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  • So so
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    I was expecting more. The food was good. I would have like to have been able to get a smaller rib eye steak, but they only had the 14 oz cut or the 22 oz bone in cut. I read the yelps and heard from others that Spencer's was thee place for steak. I have to disagree. I have had better food at Cattleman's! If you want good steak go to Ruth Chris. The loaded hash browns are amazing!
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  • Great place
    Neto
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    I had never been to Spencers. But I would recommend it to anyone. It was first class service with great food and drinks
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Excellent steaks at about
    Hugh
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    Excellent steaks at about $6-$8 less than Morton's but on a par with their quality. Like all steak houses, they serve a la carte, but the portions of vegetables they serve a la carte are huge. The dining room is broken into several different areas with a partition between which moderates the noise. The service is very professional, with several servers having been there for years. As to the location, it is offputting. Spencer's is located in the DoubleTree Hotel, but once inside you will see that they have spent money on furnishings which are the equal to the food and the prices. With a bottle of wine and two steak entrees, expect to pay $150.00, exclusive of tip.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow, getting better and better
    jayohh
    Dined on 11/6/2013
    Hosted 7 people two nights ago and was pleasantly surprised that the food is getting better and better here. The apps were amazing and basically a meal in themselves. Quantity was huge and easy to share. Steaks were perfect and desserts the perfect finish. No reason to go any farther North. It was busy and the food a little slow but we will go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Boomgoesthedynamite19
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    The service was great, steaks were AMAZING, bar options were great. I'd return whenever I can.
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    notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Client Location
    Crakich
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    Client dinner. Food and service very nice. Steak cooked to perfection. Very nice for business. It is inside a hotel so that could ne a slight detraction for some.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Intenational Business Dinner
    Magflu
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    Spencer's was a very warm, relaxing, comfortable environment for either personal or business purposes. The food was delicious, presented well and delivered in appropriate time-frames. In particular, the spinach salad I had was excellent. The crispy calamari my guest I had looked wonderful, was enjoed by him and was quite generous. The rack of lamb was also quite exquisite. The only critique would be that the service presence (waiter absence) in-between the end of entrees and dessert was too long. In any event, very much enjoyed and will go back.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Steak
    SFKPVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    Took a party of 5 on a Saturday night, place was ⅓ full, food was perfect. Two of us shared the 18 oz Prime Rib and three sides for price of two, more than enough. Tuna was perfect as was the filet oscar, highly recommend. We all shared cheesecake and creme brûlée and it was enough. Service was good though clearly a tad slow due to a small staff. When you had their attention, they were spot on. Highly recommend for a business dinner or special occassion.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Excellent food and beer
    Waterman
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    The Oktoberfest menu was great. All five courses the and the sides crispy okra and grilled asparagus were superb. Nice to have a steakhouse that can cook scallops and duck well.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice with good food
    conferencegoer
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    Had the 18 oz prime rib and it was absolutely delicious. Comes with garlic mash which I thought were very good. Ordered grilled asparagus as a side and it was yummy but nothing special. Also ordered the carrots and they were fantastic. Agave and butter sauce was out of this world. Also ordered a side of creamed spinach but didn't like it. Too much nutmeg.....yuck. Dinner is served with sour dough bread and butter which are always delicious. Had a white cranberry cosmo and wine with dinner. Nice selection on wine and cocktail was made very well. Next time I will order the 12 oz prime rib as there was way too much meat for me. The place filled up around 8pm, nice bar area for waiting. I would go again even though it is located in the hotel.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bit pricy but good food
    Susie
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    The food was delicious, but pricy. The wine by the glass was extremely expensive. The cheapest chardonnay was $11! An average glass of wine was $13 - $14. Would not order a second glass.
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  • I had the ribeye, which was
    fattyVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2013
    I had the ribeye, which was cooked perfectly black & blue, as always. This is my go-to place when I want a simple, high-quality piece of steak.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    MyselfVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2013
    Excellent quality beef, seared perfectly, served at the exact proper temperature! We couldn't have asked for anything else. To top it off, Kira, our server, was wonderful. Very knowledgable about the menu, preparation, and wine list. She was very friendly without being obtrusive. Totally satisfied.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not current menu on line
    drifter
    Dined on 9/8/2013
    the menu on line is different from one in restaurant and i when i mention it it was like the waiter didnt care. as far as food goes my filet was dry and chewing. wife said her lamb chops were ok but nothing was outstanding as it use to be. this was one great steak house a few years ago but not anymore. pricey also. wont be coming back.
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  • Great Food!
    adasite
    Dined on 9/4/2013
    The food was amazing, my only complaint was it was very loud, we could barley carry a conversation on during our dinner.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as Always
    HeisenbergVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2013
    Very reliable for Good Food and Good Service Have been here many time --- Will Return
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    Tootall
    Dined on 9/1/2013
    This is a wonderful place to take someone special !
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    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
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