Hay Market serves New American cuisine using fresh, seasonal ingredients. The funky interior of the restaurant is set up with communal seating in the dining area. The ambiance provides a fun and relaxed environment for guests to enjoy their meals.
The menu at Hay Market offers creative appetizers and dishes. Start your meal with a bucket of mussels or Hawaiian rolls. Try entrees like the Okonomiyaki burger, 72-hour broth ramen, heritage Korabuta bone-in pork chop, flank steak with demi glace sauce or mezzaluna pasta. Finish with a unique dessert and drink like olive oil gelato and Ancho Reyes chili liqueur. Hay Market is a modern, innovative eatery from the dining area down to its menu options.
The best part about this restaurant was the service, which was personable and friendly. Our server was very attentive, and had good suggestions on what dishes were good. She suggested some delicious cheeses, which were appreciated by all.
Our party of 6 each ended up ordering pasta dishes. The pasta sauce was great, but some of the pasta was hard. We thought the dishes were just okay.
The caeser salad was good, with a tangy lemony dressing. You also have to pay to have bread at the table...eh.
Dessert was good...brown butter ice cream with snicker doodles. The liquor soaked pears were an odd match in what was otherwise a good dessert.
Besides one other party in the restaurant, we were the only ones there. There really wasn't much ambiance to the place, sadly enough.
I was excited when Hay Market popped up into Willow Glen, but now so disappointed. This place is expensive and the food lacks in flavor and originality. It needs to start trying to be more like the gems in SF and Oakland. The chef needs to start researching what is good and interesting in the culinary world. Maybe then I would return - - that is if it's still around which is unlikely.
Simply put, a really poor effort. I had a pickled fried fish that was small and odd, but my husband had an awful pasta that was recommended by our server. Undercooked in a salty broth, the pasta was inedible. Very disappointing.
Unique menu that changes frequently. One of the best spots on Lincoln Avenue in Willow Glen (San Jose).
The staff was especially friendly and warm. We were made to feel right at home and comfortable. Thank you for a happy experience. Our friends drove to Willow Glen from near San Francisco to join us for dinner. They were not disappointed. Food was memorable, wine selection very good, and two of us found a new favorite beer -- the locally brewed ale.
Really enjoyed the entire experience at Hay Market. Went there on a Wednesday, and the small restaurant was not packed so it was quiet which made for nice conversation. The waitstaff was attentive, but definitely relaxed and we never felt like they were trying to rush us through dinner.
The food is fantastic. Their food is locally sourced, so they only have limited options for entrees. However, there is plenty of variety that I don't think many would feel forced into choosing something they weren't excited to try. The preparation and presentation of the food was excellent.
I will definitely be returning to Hay Market.
We have been to the Hay Market many times and always had a great meal. The cheese, bread and charcuterie are outstanding. THe meat dishes are top notch. THe pasta dishes are good but on occasion were too salty. We love the relaxed fun atmosphere and service has been great. Make a reservation as there is not a lot of space.
First time at Hay. Four of us went on a Thursday night. It was quiet which was nice. Wait staff was attentive but not pushy. Drinks were. Great. The food was delicious. This isn't an inexpensive Resturant though.
And the decor is hip rustic but for the cost of the food it would be nice to have a the environment not so barn/ hole in the wall bar like
Overall , the food was good, but I didn't think worth the price. My wife liked the chicken dish, my steak dish was just ok. We both felt the menu selections were too limited. Four entree choices and a few pasta choices.
Our party of seven dined at Haymarket on a busy Friday evening and, although the kitchen seemed a little overwhelmed, it was more than worth the wait. From the steamed mussles, to the creamed Jerusalem artichokes accompanying the (grilled? pan-fried?) sturgeon that was cooked to perfection, to the expertly prepared filet mignon, to the house-made salami and other sausages, our party to a person thoroughly enjoyed everything that was served. we also enjoyed the casual communal dining atmosphere, although it made it difficult for persons at the opposite ends of the table to easily converse.