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The Blackbird Tavern
The Blackbird Tavern

The Blackbird Tavern Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.theblackbirdtavern.com/
  • Phone: (408) 278-1050
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch:
    11:30AM - 2:00PM (Tues - Fri)

    Dinner:
    5:00PM - 9:00PM (Tues - Wed)
    5:00PM - 10:00PM (Thurs - Sat)

    Bar:
    11:30AM - 10:00PM (Tues - Wed)
    11:30AM - 11:00PM (Thurs - Fri)
    5:00PM - 11:00PM (Sat)

    Happy Hour:
    4:00PM - 7:00PM (Tues - Fri)

    We offer a bar menu between lunch and dinner service (2:00PM - 5:00PM Tuesday through Friday) and one hour after dinner service. The bar menu offers a few selections from our dinner menu in addition to late night snacks.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: Dawn Smith
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: We are available for private events at The Blackbird Tavern and The Blackbird Annex! The Blackbird Annex is a spacious and contemporary 2,400sqft event space with private patio and beautiful hardwood floors…right next door to the The Blackbird Tavern. The Blackbird Annex is a perfect setting for both private and business events of all kinds from 20 to 200 people.

    The Blackbird Tavern Team can deliver great food, specialty cocktails and high quality service in an equally unique atmosphere. If you are interested in booking an event, please contact us at banquets@theblackbirdtavern.com
  • Private Party Contact: Leah Stohs (408) 278-1050
  • Entertainment: We offer live music music weekly. Check out our upcoming events at:
    http://www.theblackbirdtavern.com/calendar-of-events/upcoming/

Getting there

  • Cross Street: on the Paseo de San Antonio between San Carlos and San Fernando
  • Public Transit: The Blackbird Tavern is located directly across from the San Antonio Light Rail Station. We are also located within one mile of several downtown bus stops and the San Jose Diridon Station.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Available public parking nearby. 2 hour parking validation available for City lots marked with “Pv”.

    You can find a map of nearby City lots at: http://www.theblackbirdtavern.com/parking/
A word from The Blackbird Tavern
The Blackbird Tavern is an American Bistro style restaurant where cuisine and culture emerge and is pushed to the limits. You will experience a fresh and eclectic take on New American comfort classics using only quality, organic, and locally sourced ingredients. Expect to find seasonal menus as well as food and drink specials harmonizing with the diverse acts on Blackbird's stage.

Second to none is Blackbird’s diverse beverage selection. Supporting small local businesses and offering only the finest craft and spirits, Blackbird brews organic, free trade coffee roasted by Barefoot Coffee Roasters, taps custom-blended wines from Santa Cruz Mountain wineries, pours 25-30 curated craft beers, and houses a fine selection of California artisan spirits. What more can you ask from this full service bar? How about a built-in record player!

This emergence of urban culture and cuisine is The Blackbird Tavern: American bistro, live music, and your third space.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Unfortunately the place is not designed for musical events - the acoustics is simply terrible. If you take the designation "tavern" literally then it is a great find."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We had terrific service and the food was delicious. We went during the 4th of July weekend so they had a limited menu but apparently they change their food options regularly. I would definitely visit again."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We have been wanting to try this place for a long time and it was dine about town week so we thought we would give it a shot. When we asked about the special prefix menu for the week our server had no idea what we were talking about, he also did not recognize a drink that we ordered off of the menu as one that they served, the night did not start off well. They seemed short staffed and the server was not trained on the menu. I asked a few ?'s about preparations of dishes and he had to leave to ask the kitchen. After we placed our order things got better, my rockfish was delish! The potato wedges were not great. They tasted like they were frozen and not fresh. That said, I will give it another try in the future based on my yummy fish dish!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Came here for SJ Dine Downtown. My partner ordered the Green Waldorf Salad, Steak Frites and Nectarine Bruschetta from the special, prix fixe menu. I didn't find anything appetizing from the special menu, so I ordered the Short Rib-Grilled Cheese sandwich from regular menu. The salad was unlike other Waldorf salads we have eaten; we think something was missing. My partner asked for the Steak Frites to be cooked medium, but it came out well/well done. The only good item from the special menu was the dessert. We both really enjoyed my sandwich. Good portion of short rib and cheese. Service was slow at first, but got better after our food was served. Outdoor seating was great!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "My fiancé and I came here for dinner and drinks before we entered the Blackbird Annex for a comedy show. Food was great. Loved the cheeses and the risotto. Good service. Only problem was there were tiny little bugs that flew around and were very annoying."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The restaurant was not busy, one of the bartenders came by and took our drink menu before my friend had a chance to place her order. That was rude. We left and did not eat dinner."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We love the Blackbird Tavern. It's a friendly addition to downtown San Jose dining."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Great food with southern flair. Perfect place for pre-REP dining. Hope it stays around."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "We ate here when they first opened and delayed coming back for months. The menu was aspirational but not special. The biggest issue was even though we were only one of three tables occupied (early on a Friday night) the service was really slow and food came nearly an hour later. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Whenever my boyfriend and I have a date night, we go to Blackbird Tavern. The menu is simple food done extremely well. One of my faves is the trio of deviled eggs. I literally think every bite we each took ended with, "Oh my gosh, this is ridiculous!" I would recommend it to any of my friends or family. I can't wait for my next date night. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "I had the rockfish and my wife had a cheeseburger and for dessert we had the blueberry/rhubarb cobbler. My rockfish was good and the French fries were excellent. The cobbler was very good and the french pressed coffee was excellent. Our server was also excellent"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "My 5 friends and I are always looking for a good place to have dinner before the SJ Rep. Blackbird Tavern suits us as a place we can go every so often. The food was decent, not too expensive, but I think the service could improve. Our waitperson was hard to spot at times."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Just had my second dinner at The Blackbird. Enjoyed the food and ambiance and will go back again!"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Unfortunately, even though we arrived at 6 and informed the waiter that we had theater tickets, we never got to eat! We ordered around 6:15 or 6:20 and still had not received our meals at 6:55! Other tables who had ordered after we did were being served. Three different staff members came by to say they would check with the kitchen, then our waiter (who had been missing for at least 10 minutes) showed up and said that our order was second in line! A manager came by before that and said she would check with the kitchen to see what had happened, but never returned. There must have been a mixup, but nobody fessed up to it. They did, however, give us the wine on the house."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "A convenient location and intriguing menu drew us to the Blackbird. Some of the dishes, such as the clams, were outstanding. Others were a little odd, such as the Cajun Potstickers. My husband liked them but I thought they were too mustardy, which doesn't even fit with cajun. Although both were billed as appetizers, the clams came with a side of garlic fries, and would have been a full meal for me. My husband's ribs, though tasty, came with a bizarre bread with wild rice stuffing that did nothing for him. My pork chop was delicious, though not extraordinary. The rhubarb strawberry dessert was good, and the Treat ice creams were fabulous. We'll probably go back, as it's definitely original and different."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The restaurant was packed, but I found a spot at the bar. The noise level was slightly higher than normal because there was live music. Good balance food/quality/quantity plus 2hours validated at the local parking."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Great ambience (the 2 chair window seat was perfect for us) - but it was the service that will bring us back. Five Star!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The batter on the fish & chips was yummy...too bad the fish inside the batter was tasteless and way overcooked, mushy. The beet salad looked gorgeous but also was without taste. The mallbec wine was the best part of the meal. 2 thumbs way down"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "What a great place!! Food was wonderful. The staff very nice and helpful. Our waiter gave a great suggestion."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "it took us 15mins just to decide what we wanted to start with. There were so many unusual dishes that all sounded amazing. I LOVE CHORIZO, who serves chorizo without eggs or potatoes!! Everything we ordered was amazing, the beet salad the shortrib dinner, the chorizo meatballs and deviled eggs.. and even the spice mule in place of the well known Moscow mule -- it was a hit!!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We were looking for an informal dinner spot within a short walking distance of the Montgomery Theater i.e. not an overpriced hotel restaurant like virtually all of the other choices. Tried this on a whim and was not disappointed. Excellent menu choices - not just pub food - and very attentive service."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Went for the 1st time a few weeks back before our movie and everything from the food to the entertainment was a breath of fresh air from all the other bars/restaurants. We loved it so much that my friend did her birthday dinner there & the entire good loved it. The best part about The Blackbird Tavern is the ambiance...good for dates, birthdays, ladies night and so much more."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Went to Blackbird tavern for a coworkers going away luncheon. Was perfect for our group of 7. The food was very tasty, served in a very timely manner and the service was friendly and efficient. They have live music at nights too which I think I will have to check out."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "My husband and I went to Blackbird Tavern for Valentine's Day dinner. The food, cocktails and service were all fabulous. I look forward to coming again."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Nice place for a pre-theater dinner. Short walk to California Theater. Grilled cheese and short rib sandwich was delicious. Wait staff was very attentive and friendly."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "A stroll down the alley takes you to a find. Open less than a year, the place has a variety of offerings at reasonable prices. Service was very attentive, food was done well, and we got to the show with time to spare."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Very interesting menu. Only reason I didn't rate higher is that it took very long to get our check to leave as their credit card processing system was down."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The good things: the restaurant is in the middle of down town and close to several parking options and many options for entertainment are within walking distance. The dining area is very nice with large windows and seating is comfortable. The bad things: not enough menus and the ones they did have were dirty. I waited 20 minutes for my drink only to be told the bar ran out of liquor to make it. The food took over an hour to be brought out and was just ok. I ordered the salmon and it was slightly over cooked and under seasoned. Overall, we were disappointed with the long wait and blah food. If I'm going spend over 40 bucks for dinner and wait over an hour for it it should be delicious."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Had a nice dinner here with two friends before a movie. Good location not far from movie theaters. Prices are moderate which is why we picked it. All of our meals were just fine but nothing knocked our socks off. I would eat here again. Liked the atmosphere. I'd like to come back when they have music playing."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Great place to eat and listen to jazz music. gourmet presentations with excellent wait staff! Go for the jazz!!! and the food!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "We went Sat night after I received notice about a vocalist by the name of Michael Carter was doing Sinatra. I went on his FB page and listened to his music. He had a great voice so I was interested. This was our first time at the Black Bird and what a great experience. The, service, the food and the music was outstanding. Michael came with a quartet of fabulous musicians. Guitar, piano, string bass and trombone. Together they were outstanding. Keep your eyes out for this young man and if you like Sinatra see him. David who was our waiter was outstanding also!! We will be going back to the Black Bird Tavern"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Stopped in for dinner before Sharks game. Food was good, but they need to invest more in creating more comfortable ambiance. Cafeteria-like tables and chairs. Blaring music through vey low quality ceiling speakers (had to ask twice to turn it down). With some work, could be good spot. The salmon and short-rib entrees were the favorites."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "We enjoyed our pre-theater dinner at the Blackbird Tavern the other night - worked out great. At 6 pm we were practically the first in the restaurant, but it quickly filled up to capacity. We enjoyed the mushroom risotto and the shrimp and grits. The wine list is small, but has some decently priced enjoyable wines. We returned to the appetizer menu for a desert of some excellent cheeses and prosciutto. We'll be back."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Dined here numerous times now, atmosphere and aesthetic exudes cool quality, staff is friendly and attentive, and the menu varies seasonally with local and unique offerings. Well worth a peek in downtown SJ!"
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "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)."
    Dined on 11/27/2013
  • "With a 6 pm reservation we should have had plenty of time to make it to the CPA by 8, but when our drink orders weren't taken until 6:30 we were sure to tell the server of our schedule. At 6:50 my drink came, and 5 min later, his came too. and because by then my husband had spoken to the manager, so did our salads. And 5 min later, the entrees. That table got crowded! There were apologies and assurances that our drinks would be comped. Feeling that we now had time to relax we ordered dessert and coffee. At 7:30, still no dessert! But it came at 7:40, with assurances that now dessert would be comped - but dessert was on the bill! The food was ok."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Food is still a work in progress at this local joint with a wonderful vibe. Bread seems to be microwaved; salmon is farmed as far as we can tell; and the chicken was not high quality when I had it on Friday. That said, they try hard and have a wonderful vibe. Stick with the basics on the food (burgers, mussels, deviled eggs) and you'll do well!"
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 11/21/2013
  • "We are subscribers to Broadway San Jose and looked for a quick and simple meal before the 7:30 start time. We were warmly welcomed, and the service was attentive even as the restaurant filled up over the time we were there. I'm not sure if we had a lunch or dinner menu, since the couple next to us had a larger list to choose from, but our choices (burger and fish/chips) were fine, as was the beer the selection. Dessert--warm pear cobbler--hit the spot on a chilly night, and we had no problem redeeming our Broadway coupon for a complimentary treat. We would return and will recommend it to fellow subscribers seeking straightforward pub entrees and a broad bar selection."
    Dined on 11/20/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/10/2013