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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 Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sanjose.doubletree.com
  • Email: patrick.sarte@hilton.com
  • Phone: (408) 437-2170
  • 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: Steakhouse, Seafood, American
  • 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 & Promotions: 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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Diner Reviews
  • "I've been to this restaurant quite a few times, and usually found the food to be outstanding. Took business associates there and heard the steak was amongst the best they ever had. Will try once more but if this happens again it's off my list. Far too expensive to be less than a stellar experience. Appetizer: deep fried artichoke tasted wonderful if a little oily, sauce was uninteresting. Crab cakes tasted slightly off Main: Steak (NY Strip) was unusually tough, and sides boring. $15 for desert wine less exciting than I've paid <$7 a bottle. Service: over-attentive. We don't need to be asked every 2mins if everything is OK. At a restaurant in this class we can meet the server's eye when they are nearby."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "My Sunday birthday dinner at Spencer's was perfect in every way: attentive knowledgeable staff; superbly prepared, tasty food; and a quiet refined atmosphere. I had the Forest Mushroom Risotto, a dish redolent with flavor, usually seen only at a large dinner house. The steak and lamb chop entrees were equally tasty and tender. When our family has a special occasion, and sometimes just want a nice dinner out, we choose Spencer's. Hands down."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Spencer's was a welcome dinner spot after a day of travel. Great food, service, ambience! Our table was near the beautiful fireplace which "set the tone" for our evening. The martini was perfect and our wine delicious. The food was excellent, albeit on the expensive side, but overall an excellent experience. We would definitely return!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "We were disappointed in the service as it was almost non-existent, which was surprising as the restaurant was quiet for a Friday evening. I always kick myself for giving a server my order and then asking them not to fire the meal until we have had a chance to enjoy our cocktails and a bit of conversation. Our server assured us she would not fire the meal. 10 minutes later she walked by to fill water glasses and to let us know our meal would be "right out". I was shocked and reminded her of my request, she said she would take care of it. When the food did arrive it had obviously been under heat lamps and was cool and rubbery. I asked to speak to the manager who said they would work on improving training, she comped the salads."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Apps were tasty, service was engaging and food was pretty good. While the service was attentive, it was extremely slow at times (probably during staff meal). Good for business meals - good atmosphere."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Don't go for a birthday if you want a little something special. Even though I mentioned that it was my husbands birthday dinner, that was not even acknowledged. I found myself waiting for fill ups on coffee and water. For the price I was expecting more. Go to Outback and save your money."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Valentines day is when we went. They should have had more servers. Service was slow"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The steaks were outstanding. Appetizers delicious. Expensive but well worth the visit. I would go for special occasions."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Why does it take so long to get a drink? Wait person should ask within 3 minutes of seating That gives us plenty of time to review menus Bread Is delicious Prime rib excellent Side dishes are expensive Room is beautiful"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My night out for dinner was very nice; the steaks were fantastic but quite frankly - the "witches convention" that apparently occurs around mid-February in the hotel each year, with a non-stop freak-show of Halloween-bedecked, obese people, spoiled the otherwise traditional "steakhouse ambiance". So I'll avoid Spencer's in the future at that time of year."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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!"
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "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)."
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "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"
    Dined on 12/9/2013
  • "Had a wonderful lunch with co-workers....excellent food & service."
    Dined on 11/27/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/19/2013
  • "Our steaks were over cooked. Then the party next to us also sent their steak back for the same reason"
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 11/13/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "I had never been to Spencers. But I would recommend it to anyone. It was first class service with great food and drinks"
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/6/2013
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "The service was great, steaks were AMAZING, bar options were great. I'd return whenever I can."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/25/2013