About ADEGA - San Jose
ADEGA, meaning wine cellar, is an authentic Portuguese restaurant by a team of Michelin-starred chefs Jessica and David. ADEGA is the first and only Michelin-starred restaurant in the city of San Jose. ADEGA serves simple but elegant food that is perfectly complemented by the restaurant’s smart casual environment. We serve fresh fish and seafood alongside a selection of salted cod and meat dishes.
San Jose, CA 95116
Portuguese, Contemporary European, International
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday: 5:00PM - 9:30PM
Wednesday: 5:00PM - 9:30PM
Thursday: 5:00PM - 9:30PM
Friday: 5:00PM - 9:30PM
Saturday: 5:00PM - 9:30PM
S 33rd St
$50 and over
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
$5 valet service
Private Party Facilities:
Private dining in our wine room.
Beer, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
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ADEGA - San Jose Ratings and Reviews
Adega is a Michelin rated restaurant that features Portuguese cuisine. The food is good but we expected a “wow” factor considering the Michelin rating. We started with the Octopus salad which was a disappointment in that the octopus, which was “mushy (overcooked?)” and chopped into small pieces “poki” like. Also had the cod fish cakes which were a little salty but tasty.
For the main course, we had the seafood rice and this was pretty good but did not “wow” the taste buds. We also had the rib eye steak which also was quite good.
For dessert, we had the baked apple with St. Jorge cheese ice cream. The apple was good but the cheese ice cream was different. We didn’t really know what to expect with this. We also had the Ovos Conventuais which was very good.
Adega's was quite an experience. I just finished my left over duck last night.
The restaurant itself is modest and modern in design. The service was impeccable. I dropped my napkin and when a waiter saw it she picked it up and whisked it out of the room. Several people served us the various courses. I think the kitchen had 3 chefs.
We started with a Rose Sangria with blueberries, orange, lemon, wine, port, cinnamon and mint.
Then compliments of the chef, a tiny teacup of carrot/cardamom soup, a green apple/blood sausage ravioli, and a spoonful of sardine mousse along with mixed breads and two kinds of butter.
For starters my husband had pigs ear and a fresh lobster/oyster soup and I had cuttlefish/polenta/vegetables with their house sauce.
For our entrees my husband had seafood stew, his favorite dish to order when we go out. It had lobster, octopus, huge scallops, and crab. He said it was very flavorful unlike his normal experience. I had the duck which was boned and perfectly done, accompanied by a rice mixed with duck bits and duck sauce.
Then there was a pre-dessert compliments of the chef of lemon mousse.
For the actual dessert we ordered the Portuguese convent sweets, three items of cake, sherbet, and pudding arranged beautifully.
Finally, though we were stuffed, a post-dessert of delicious homemade candies: Coconut pudding, passion fruit , ginger jelly, and cherry/chocolate bonbon for each of us.
We ate it ALL and left happy!
I think possibly our best restaurant or at least tied with the one we ate at in Rome.
An overall very enjoyable fine dining experience. Not a pretentious atmosphere and wait staff were attentive, but not intrusive. Delicious and interesting Portuguese influenced food. Extensive Portuguese wine cellar. I infrequently visit fine dining establishments, and as with the few others I have experienced, the price of dining in this restaurant is very high. I guess that is what one has to accept to dine in a Michelin starred establishment.
First time dining here but enjoy fine dining very much. Really a great experience. The food was excellently prepared with unique combinations and taste sensations. We went with the wine pairing with the chef's tasting menu (since I know very little about Portuguese wines). Carlos the wine guy was and excellent source of information. The wines were very well paired with the tasting menu. Service was very prompt and consistent. The only possible downside is that the ambiance was a touch too loud for me given the spirited conversation at other tables but not a major issue. We will be back.
We had a birthday dinner there. We had 4 kinds of chef”s complimentary treats. So generous and nice touch. At the end, they provided glasses of sparkling wines and dessert with candle. It was a very warm and celebrating birthday dinner. We will be back for our anniversary dinner in summer. Love this place!
Food was very good but portions were small given the price. Nice touches in-between courses provided as gratis chefs samplers, e.g., small sampler of excellent mushroom soup, samples of very tasty desserts, Menu selection is somewhat limited and not very friendly for vegetarians.
Had the fried cuttlefish and the octopus for apertizers, and both were disappointing. Cuttlefish was chewy and the batter has no crispiness one would expect from deep fried dish. The octopus salad was chopped up in tiny pieces and lack flavor.
The seafood soup was good; very rich in seafood flavored and the chunky pieces of lobster was nice. I would recomment adding a squeeze of lemon to cut down the richness of the broth. It also helps balance the flavor.
For entree, I had the pan-seared filet codfish and loved it. The fish was cooked perfectly, paired with a blend of small crispy pieces of potatoes, fennels(?) and fried garlic was delicious. Highly recommend.
The sangias were good. I especially loved the red one.
My one bad experience is the bathroom. It was old and not clean. A bit shocking for high-end restaurant.
Although in a somewhat sketch neighborhood, and valet parking needed, get past that and you are in for a real treat. The food, service and wine are absolutely delicious. Portuguese. Lots of seafood but meat if you want too. Plus lots of amuse bouches in between in addition to the menu. Sandra provided exceptional service and reco's for wine to go with our ala carte selections. Four of us were thrilled with cod and arroz con marisco for entrees, and amazing desserts. Delicious and fun!
We were disappointed in the food especially for the $$$. Octopus salad great but other appetizer just ok. It was supposed to be a "fluffy" cod but was dry and fried. Duck was pretty good but not great. Didn't like stew very much at all. Very spendy. Probably wo't go back there as we thought the value really not there.
This was our first time at Adega and we were celebrating a 90th birthday. The food was delicious authentic Portuguese. The service was amazing and they made you feel like you were the only table in the restaurant. Our server Diana was awesome. I would definitely go back for dinner!
We went for a birthday celebration and had a fabulous 7 course tasting menu. The food was inventive, flavorful and beautiful....this is a really creative, thoughtful chef. In addition the sommelier was spectacular, having paired each course with interesting Portugese wines that really added to the overall experience . I would highly recommend this restaurant for that special evening, just be aware that its located off the beaten track in an area of strip malls.
This was my 2nd time here and it did not dissapoint. This time we went for my friend's birthday and he enjoyed every moment of it. Although we didn't do the tasting menu, we chose the steak, and it was made to perfection! The food was delicious and customer service was great! I would definitely come back!
We went there for our anniversary and my wife chose the restaurant. We had the octopus salad and codfish cakes as starters. Octopus salad is probably the best I have had. Since we don’t eat pork, we had the sea food rice and cod fish. They were both excellent and amazing. Cod was perfect and very moist. Rice was full of flavor and chunky seafood. We also ordered the sangria sampler which was great. The service was courteous, friendly and overall exceptional. They also brought tasting menus of salads in the beginning, dessert tasting and champagne in the end, all complimentary.
We have been wanting to try ADEGA since they received their Michelin Star. It did not disappoint. We had a 7:30 reservation and they seated us immediately. The service was outstanding and the food delicious and reasonably priced. We ate a la carte but they did have nice prix fix 5 and 7 course menus. Parking is $5 valet only. Highly recommend!
We thought Adega was ok, but didn't really agree with the 1-star Michelin rating. We thought prices for main courses were too high, though to be fair the restaurant does give quite a few "treats," a taste of soup and an hors d'oeuvre before dinner and tiny sweets afterwards, thus maybe explaining the pricing. We probably had the worst seat in the house, right by the kitchen, so the experience probably would have been better if we'd been in the main dining room. Perhaps our expectations were too high because of the Michelin rating.
I sent my mother and aunt here as an extremely belated Mother's Day gift, and they thoroughly enjoyed the experience! The service was excellent, and they were pleasantly surprised with the complementary food in commemoration of the occasion. One caveat, which doesn't reflect the restaurant, is that we could only find valet parking near the restaurant. Overall, I'm looking forward to the opportunity to visit the restaurant myself!
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