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Permanently Closed - Billy Berk's

3.9
479 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Good for Groups
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Neighborhood Gem

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Billy Berk's in San Jose, California is a brick and timber gathering place with an open-air patio and a huge bar with four TVs, making it the ideal place to unwind and watch the game, hang out with friends or bring a date. The food at Billy Berk's represents a variety of different cuisines, so there's something to suit any palate.

Start off your Billy Berk's experience with a rustic flat bread, vegetarian egg rolls with Thai sauce, or share a Mediterranean plate or some Louisiana Cajun prawns. Then dig into a mojito skirt steak, braised lamb shank or perhaps the fettuccine alfredo or mahi mahi. Billy Berk's also offers a variety of salads and sides to complement your meal.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Global, International
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Hours of operation
Monday - Tuesday: 11:30 AM - 10 PM (bar open until 10pm)

Wednesday: 11:30 AM - 10 PM

Thursday: 11:30 AM - 10 PM

Friday:11:30 AM - 11 PM (bar open until midnight)

Saturday: 4PM - 11 PM (bar open until midnight)

Sunday - CLOSED
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Phone number
(408) 292-4300
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Enrique Pazos
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Private party facilities
Billy Berk's has an intimate private dining room that seats 12 people comfortably.
We also host private events on our patio (up to 120 people), and host private events and company parties in our restaurant (up to 350 people).
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Private party contact
Maryam Ramezani: (408) 292-4300
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
San Fernando
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Parking details
For validation up to 2 hours, park in the Pavilion Public Parking Garages (Closest one has their entrance on 2nd street across from Safeway.) Please keep in mind private parking garages such as Safeway Parking garage, the 50 West Parking Garage, and the garage located behind Billy Berk's on 1st street, as well as outdoor lots, will not accept our validations. We apologize for the inconvenience.
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Public transit
San Jose Light Rail to 1st St and San Fernando
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Entertainment
Ask our bartenders to turn the TV to your sports game of preference. Currently, no live music.
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Special events & promotions

Free Entree Item on your Birthday: Must call in advanced to make a reservation. Only valid with ID, and on actual birthday. Redeemable only with parties over 4 people. Valid on entrees $20 or less.

Happy Hour: M-F 3PM- 7PM Saturday 4PM-6PM. Closed Sundays.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9based on all time ratings
3.9
food
3.9
service
3.7
ambience
3.5
value
Noise · Moderate
79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on October 22, 2016

Good food, quick service. Would go again

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4.0Dined on October 22, 2016

Our meal was better than we expected! We were really looking forward to having their guacamole, and they were out. Disappointing, but understandable, with the strike in Mexico just ending and supplies being low. We had appetizers, entrees, drinks, and dessert. We weren't blown away, but we enjoyed our meal. The ambiance is really nice, and everyone is friendly. We'll be back for drinks and appetizers definitely, and maybe dinner.

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5.0Dined on October 1, 2016

We had a large group (14) for dinner during the Rock n Roll half marathon weekend. We were able to get a reservation and to get seated right away. They were very kind to split our checks for us, which made it much easier. None of us had been there before, and we were pleasantly surprised by how pretty it was and the food was AMAZING. I had the fettecini alfredo with chicken and it was delicious. Others in the group enjoyed seafood, salads, burgers, and sandwiches - all with rave reviews. We will definitely be back when we are out that way again.

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4.0Dined on September 9, 2016

I Reserved a table for 6, my party ended up being for 12. Staff were very nice and accommodating. Service was fast, food and drinks tasted good. The place was pretty empty, so we basically had it to ourselves, but it was nice.

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5.0Dined on September 6, 2016

This was our second time there and we ordered the same thing. I had the spicy Louisiana Prawns and he had Lamb Shank. Just as tasty this time. It does take a bit of time to get the food once ordered (that's why I didn't give a perfect score), but well worth the wait. Nice presentation, good portion size and properly cooked vegetables. We'll be back!

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2.0Dined on September 2, 2016

Imagine a fifties diner with a bar at dusk, almost empty and the hostess sits you at a table next to the only other eating. The couple does not understand how to speak in conversational tones. They were yelling at each other as if the music was playing at stadium levels. Of course we moved away to a quieter area. The salad was miniature, the rib eye steak was a strip steak. When I called the issue to the managements attention, they told me, they have only rib eye steak. No arguing with these people. Paid my bill and left.
What an ugly dinning experience!

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5.0Dined on August 25, 2016

As always good food and great service.

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5.0Dined on August 24, 2016

This was our second time at Billy Berks. The waitress even remembered us from the first time! The drinks are good. I recommend the Raspberry Long Island Iced Tea. The Ceasar Salad is also really good. Overall a good experience with good food! Definitely would recommend for anyone to try.

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4.0Dined on August 20, 2016

Definitely a great meal! And our waitress was super sweet and knowledgeable. Honestly I have no complaints. Will definitely go there again.

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5.0Dined on August 19, 2016

I was on a date. He ordered lamb shanks and I ordered spicy shrimp. We were both very happy with our choices - good sized tasty portions and the prices are reasonable. Definitely plan to go back next time we fly in to San Jose Airport.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2016

Great place! First time there. Celebrated my daughter's 26th birthday with she and four of her friends. Food was outstanding. The lamb shanks were incredible. Everyone loved their meal, and the service was excellent! Thanks, Olivia! A nice sundae for the birthday girl was a great touch!

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4.0Dined on July 30, 2016

Good food. The service was a bit terse. The validation that the restaurant gave did not work. The best part of the meal were the drinks.

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1.0Dined on July 14, 2016

very disappointed in the quality of food and the poor level of service. We felt we were a lost forgotten. Over priced as well

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2016

Service was fast and waitress was extremely attentive. Drinks and food were solid.

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4.0Dined on June 13, 2016

The food was ok, half price apps till 7pm was great. Good pour on the drinks, wait staff was great, we were there to watch the NBA finals - party of 10. Good place.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2016

Our waiter James was on top of everything. He was willing to give us time when we needed it & was there quickly when needed. The drinks were great. Loved the blood orange martini & the raspberry Long Island ice tea. The food was also great from the guacamole to the skirt steak.

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2016

The food wasn't great and pricey for what we got. The menu looked good but didn't measure up!

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3.0Dined on June 2, 2016

Service was great! Food was mediocre and disappointing.

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3.0Dined on May 26, 2016

Took my dad for a belated birthday dinner and paint night. The food was very disappointing, however the paint night was fun.

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1.0Dined on May 7, 2016

We stumbled across Billy Berks's and decided to try it out, it looked like a great place with a fun atmosphere and appealing menu. Immediately greeted and seated by staff, our waitress was quick to greet us and got drinks started along with our appetizer. Then things turned, one of my party ordered one of their specialty cocktails and had to send it back it was awful, the waitress advised the bartender and his reaction with his body language was disappointing. Our entrees took nearly 30 mins to arrive to our table, if they were slammed I would understand however the location wasn't busy enough to warrant that period of wait. When the food finally came out, it was pretty unsatisfying and mediocre at best. With my experience, I won't be making a return trip.

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4.0Dined on May 3, 2016

Convenient parking. Lots of after-dinner entertainment within walking distance. Food is satisfying. Service is always quick and friendly!

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2016

The Caesar Salad was over dressed and not a true Caesar dressing, the fried zucchini was like molten lava hot in temperature while managing to be wet and soggy and the pulled pork was soggy and lukewarm (there was no crispness from the slaw which led me to believe there was no slaw in it, but the waitress said there was).

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4.0Dined on February 20, 2016

I dined at Billy Berks's with colleagues while attending a conference. It was an easy walk from the convention center and was quite early on a Saturday night; one of the colleagues is hard of hearing, and she didn't have any trouble with background noise. The food was a cut above what I expect at a pub-type establishment.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2016

Took my fiance to Billy Berks for a nice dinner, and it was. Rose on the table, prompt and consistent service contributed to a relaxed evening. The food was great, killed the conversation. It was all MMMM and Yum! until desert. Desert reignited the conversation. I had the ice cream in the chocolate shell (bigger than you might think!) and my fiance had the cheese cake. Both were excellent!

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3.0Dined on February 2, 2016

We chose Billy Berks for dinner before a Broadway show because it was in walking distance with a diverse menu. The Ahi poke tower was ok. The hamburger was decent.
The beer battered chicken was Horrible! It looked like a flattened frozen excuse for chicken with powdered potatoes and milky water as a gravy substitute. I didn't eat it, just asked our waitress to pack it to go. The only positive about our night was the wait staff and wine. Our waitress was great.

Sadly, we will not be going back for dinner.

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2.0Dined on January 2, 2016

This place used to have really awesome food, but the overall quality is just not what is used to be. The menu has been scaled back, but so has the quality. It used to be a favorite. The skirt steak was awesome, but this time is was so fatty and really had little flavor. This is just unfortunate.

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2.0Dined on December 31, 2015

Food was exceptionally bad. Burnt sweet potato fries, KFC corn on cob, mahi way overcooked. Could have done better with frozen food and not worth the expense

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2.0Dined on December 31, 2015

The food is okay. Small portions, and overpriced. Service was slow and not good.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2015

We had a great meal celebrating New Year's Eve with friends. Our waitstaff was very attentive, made recommends, and even put the kids meals in with the appetizers so they had their meals first. The food was delicious. I love that we were at a round table so everyone could talk to everyone. I will definitely be going back.

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2.0Dined on December 24, 2015

I'm afraid a once great experience has gone downhill. Rushed service despite empty tables, sub par food with undercooked vegetables. We shouldn't have bothered.

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4.0Dined on November 20, 2015

Bar staff was friendly and prompt to take my order. I had a Mohito and the sweet potato fries which were really good. The atmosphere was exactly what I was looking for as the restaurant has a bright, fun feel. Seems like a place where people go to socialize. While it was my first time there, I would definitely go back...especially for the bar and drinks.

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3.0Dined on November 20, 2015

Billy Berks was close, well rated, and had a table. I ordered their Asian salad, lots of cabbage, peanuts, mandarin slices, and a large grilled & sliced chicken breast. Ordinary, but the dressing was delicious. My DH had the fish and chips, he thought it was ok. I expect this place is much better as a night spot, but it was decent for lunch. Service was terrific from all the staff.

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4.0Dined on November 4, 2015

Great food and service! Beer battered chicken breast is a must try!

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4.0Dined on October 21, 2015

Attentive, yet non-pestering waitstaff. Efficient, courteous and warm, prompt service. Wide selection of appealing foods.

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3.0Dined on October 17, 2015

Slow food service, restaurant only had 2 other people in it when our party of 5 came in. Food wasn't anything memorable, actually I can't even remember what I ordered. We had the calamari appetizer, which seemed to have more deep fried lemons then anything else. I'd skip this place next time in the area......Waiter didn't check with us prior to happy hour drinks ending, after we had already ordered off of the drink list.

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4.0Dined on October 1, 2015

This place was great. What a find! The owner even came by to clear dishes and make sure we were happy. The server was friendly, always there without being a pain and genuinely cared about us.

I will be back!

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5.0Dined on September 30, 2015

Perfect for a meal and then walking to see a musical. Service was great.

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5.0Dined on September 17, 2015

It was are first experience at Billy Berk's. Locations is easy very close to Center for Performing Arts, Tech Museum, downtown. The service was excellent and the servers were friendly and helpful. Loved the feel of the restaurant. I will be sure to go back there in the future and recommend Billy Berk's to friends and family.

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2.0Dined on September 1, 2015

It was a slow night and so we had ample attention from our wait staff. The food was just "ok" and nothing special or interesting on the menu. It's labeled as a place for comfort food, but really the menu is just very random and nothing was what I would call "comfort" food. It's an odd mix of things like Chicken Marsala (wasn't so great and comes with no side, no pasta, nothing - just chicken and mushrooms with sauce), Chips and Guac, Fettuccine Alfredo, Louisiana Prawns and Steak, Beer Battered Chicken (which the waiter said not to order because it was just very plain), Mushroom Risotto and lots of other random items. It just seems like they have a lot of things and no specific focus, so none of the food is great, it's all just edible.

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3.0Dined on August 29, 2015

Great food, our waiter was having an off night and the band was so loud you could barely converse at our own table. We'll go back and try the awesome looking patio.

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