ADEGA - San Jose

4.6
696 reviews
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$50 and over
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Portuguese
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 and Portuguese wine list. We open at 5:00pm on Tuesday through Saturday.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Portuguese, Contemporary European, International
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am
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Phone number
(408) 926-9075
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
David Costa
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Private party facilities
Private dining in our Private Dinning Room.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
S 33rd St
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
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PC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, very unique cocktails, unassuming environment with top notch service. Lighting could be a bit brighter, the colors of the beautiful dishes couldn't be fully appreciated.

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c
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have the wine pairing. The first couple of pours were about 2 oz. The last 2 pours which were the red wine were only 1 oz. Considering the wine pairing was an extra $79 per person ($160 total) we would have been better off ordering a bottle of wine or by the glass.

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SR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible dining experience; first-rate service, and exceptionally prepared food. We can't wait to go back.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was presented beautifully. However it was shocking to find out that the corkage fee was $50. That was a bit too much, I thought. This restaurant is definitely for only special occasions only.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely deserves the Michelin star.

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BS
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing dinner with Adega just a couple of nights ago. The atmosphere, service, food, and wine were all excellent. We did the 5 course tasting menu with wine pairing and while everything was delicious the octopus really stood out. I order grilled octopus almost every chance I get, whether dining abroad or locally, and this was the best I have ever had hands down.

On top of everything else, I proposed during the dessert course. I made arrangements with the staff before-hand for there to be a message on the plate, and they also took pictures and video that they emailed to me right after our dinner. The chefs even even came out and toasted to our engagement which was a really neat touch I was not expecting.

Even before all the extra stuff they did for our engagement this was definitely a great dining experience and I hope to visit again soon. Thank you Adega!

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D
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love having this little gem in our town so we can celebrate our anniversary in style went with the 5 course tasting menu and each course was perfectly paired with a delicious wine. The grilled octopus and potato soup were our favorite this time.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Just not up to par for a Michelin star restaurant.

Dry tasteless food. Wine pairing was not great.

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B
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. The staff knew their jobs well. Oh, and the food was superb. The octopus is still my favorite.

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W
New England
13 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Ordered the chef's tasting menu for both of us and two cocktails. Cocktails were excellent if not strong, although very pricey. However we simply felt almost all courses were lacking a certain something. The first course of vegetables looked beautiful but the vegetables were basically only dressed in parsley sauce with the occasional sprinkle of something else, but really even salt and pepper would have enhanced its flavors. This went on for basically all the courses--the food was never horribly bland or poor but it never made us stop and go wow when we ate it, even if the presentation was beautiful. The lamb, for example, was perfectly tender but just didn't really have much seasoning on it, the sauce it came with had a little depth but could have had more, and the gnocchi-like accompaniments were basically balls of unseasoned dough and a bit chewy. For the price, basically, we expected more.

We did really enjoy the chef's complimentary lemon meringue tart and the mignardises at the end, particularly the passion fruit pate de fruit. The pastry chef is doing great things!

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AD
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience exceeded all of our expectations. Not only was the food exquisite, the service matched it as well. From greeters to servers, everyone was friendly, informative and seemed to enjoy what they were doing. All the complimentary chef samplings were the "icing on the cake." Loved the ambiance. Will definitely recommend it and will surely return. This is a Portuguese culinary gem!

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EC
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the relaxed feel of this place. The food is delicious, and always top quality. You can never go wrong with the Classico menu - the octopus and duck rice are to die for! You know that they have really thought about the aesthetics of the place from the lighting to the plates that they use for each dish. I've been here twice before, once on a date and once with friends - both were perfect!

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RA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, the service impeccable, the ambience was lovely. Would definitely recommend for a special occasion or if you just want a delicious and special meal!

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LT
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is creative and excellent. Dishes were beautiful to look at and very tasty. Best service. Our server was able to tell us about each dish we were interested in and what wine to pair it with. The bread was delicious. I highly recommended this incredible dining experience.

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KC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was very good. Cocktails were delicious, and some of the dishes on the tasting menu were outstanding. However, a lot of the dishes were merely good--definitley not bad, but not fantastic. The wine pairings were also underwhelming. The wines themselves were good, but none of them matched the food in an outstanding way.

Overall a very good, pleasant dinner, with a few superb highlights -- but for the price tag, I'd expect everything, including the wine pairings, to be superb, and in that it fell a bit short.

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B
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food is good, great ambience.

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RH
Tahoe
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative menu and preparation. Attention to every detail. Staff very knowledgeable with wine. Exceptional -- Nuff said!

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PO
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

For a Michelin-starred restaurant, the food was so so and the service was awkward if not downright weird. I'm used to Michelin-starred places that anticipate the needs of the guests. In this case, we had to ask for our server several times, they didn't seem to welcome that we had a toddler with us, and they did strange things throughout the night such as: not asking to hang our coats, swiping my friend's elbow off the table to clean up, offering all the other diners in the room coffee and tea service but not ours (we asked), throwing napkins on the table instead of gently placing them, and most disconcerting, they kept staring at our table in a fashion that was not friendly or service oriented, almost hostile. I know these are first world problems, but we paid a pretty for a Tuesday night dinner, we sort of expected Michelin-quality service.

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I
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an exceptional experience at Adega! We arrived on a Sat nt for a 8:30 dinner reservation. The ambiance was perfect; not too crowded and not too dead. The staff said they purposely only turn a table twice in one night. I think this allowed our wait staff to give us superb attention. We ordered the 7-course tasting menu, paired with the wines. We were not disappointed! We were 2 couples, each couple having someone with a dairy allergy and the chef was able to accommodate this within the tasting menu. The food was amazing, along with the pairings. My husband cannot stop raving about the olives that came out with the 3 breads. The shrimp and abalone dish was prepared perfectly. And the corn chowder soup was mouth-watering (too bad it had cream and my husband couldn't taste it . . . which he said was fine because he raved about the potato based (non-dairy) soup with chorizo. Every course was excellently prepared with a variety of flavors that seemed to flow perfectly together (the tuna, the quail, the lamb). Dessert was delicious--a selection of sugary, sweet jelly like pieces. The timing of each course was perfect, and we had a relaxing 3 hour meal. We ended the night at the bar, with a delicious variety of different cocktails (I like vodka; my husband prefers whiskey) and chatted un-hurriedly with the staff. Definitely an experience I will remember.

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FC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food experience. Owners are fantastic as well as the server Andrea.

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KW
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We booked Adega in advance as we were travelling from overseas. The staff were very professional and attentive to all tables ensuring perfect presentation. The one thing that let it down was I ate a fish bone on my first mouthful of Codfish cake. I told the waitress and she apologised, but nothing was done about it and nothing more said. That plate was not replaced or taken off the bill. No further apology. That is wong!!!! Due to that, we would not go back. Lack of ownership. I could have choked on a fish bone. They brought out complimentary mini samples from the Chef and every table got this, so that wasn't recompense. We got a small slice of birthday cake for my partner that was going to happen anyway and the quality did not match the other food at all. Something grandma made. We then missed our bus by seconds back to our hotel and waited an hour for the next. Some druggy collapsed on the floor of the bus and held us up half an hour whilst Paramedics and Firemen boarded. Got to bed 2am. Public transport was great to this restaurant from El Camino Real, Santa Clara. We think this was clever fancy food at a price, but it was very good food.

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AL
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I really looked forward to eating here, but was disappointed. I still give it 4 stars as the food was good, but nothing was great. Chef sent out lots of complementary items which was a nice touch. I am Portuguese and other than the Caldo Verde, didn’t feel this food to be Portuguese at all.

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NH
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service is outstanding. Need a better wine pairing selection and a little bit work to bring the noise level down.

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LL
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A real superb experience. Each dish was perfect. This is a restaurant to visit with no rush.

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J
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

The entree octopus over the oven is not good. The octopus is too soft.

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RC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to Adega for a bday celebration. We both chose the 7 course meal with wine pairing. The experience was excellent. All the wines complimented the dishes so nicely. Adega has a quiet atmosphere and the service there is excellent. Such a nice and attentive staff. The food and presentation were top notch. Their wine selection is so interesting because most of them are from Portugal. Over all our experience was very positive. We will definitely be back to taste the rest of the dishes in the menu.

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KA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional wine pairing with the meal. The taste of the food was fantastic. This is not cheap but well worth it for a special occasion. Samples of food were brought out throughout the meal, compliments from the Chef. A wonderful Portuguese high end restaurant in Silicon Valley!

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e
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I Really enjoyed my visit. Haven’t had this level of excellent service in a while in the States. The food was excellent, we had the five course option and it was an experience. Everything was carefully prepared; the presentation of the dishes were creative and the taste was out-of-this-world. The wines were superb. Although this restaurant ain’t your tour-Le-jour type of restaurant, it was expensive, but worth it. I definitely will return in a few months.

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TT
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I used to love this restaurant and recommend to
All my friends and clients but not now , because they too redddy now on menus , they make sure u spend more than $100 per person on dinner . You has to to with fix menus which minimum 3 courts menus. We marry couple and we can’t finish with fix court menus. Waste food and not good for next day Togo .

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VS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WOW in every bite. We loved every dish, even the ones we didn't order. The bread was incredible. The staff did a great job helping us select the wine. We LOVE this restaurant.

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SS
Central Coast
16 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a very special restaurant for a very special dining experience. The service is outstanding and the food and wine pairings are simply excellent. Every time I've eaten here has been a special and memorable experience. The hosts are very accommodating and knowledgeable. When the restaurant is full, the noise level is moderate but I've eaten here several times when it was not full and conversations could very easily be heard. What an enjoyable restaurant!

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M
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, delicious, perfect service. Wine pairings and special cocktails. Owners are welcoming and informative

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WK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful , memorable evening , the epic annual event catered by 5 top chefs each creating 2 specialties and paired with local portugese vintages
wonderful times 5
Thank You!

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CP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

5 hours for a special 10 course meal was too long. Food was great. Portions too small. Wine parings were good and generous. Left hungry, and tipsy. We were sat in a 4 person table with a stranger. Kind of weird when you paid $450 ea.

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B
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

The food wasn't that great, however, the service was good.

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b
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Adega lives up to its Michelin star rating. The cocktails, food and service were all excellent. Wait staff is professional, polite, attentive and move very quickly. The place is a beehive of activity. Noise level is a bit high. The 5 course tasting menu was very nice with the cod, octopus, and duck all well prepared and presented. Chef sent out some complimentary gazpacho which was light and fresh. The only drawback is the parking. There are about 4-5 spaces in a shared lot behind the restaurant. So, unless you are an early diner at 5pm, you'll have to find off-street parking in the residential area.

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P
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We tried the 3, 5 and 7 courses and the food was outstanding. Service was just perfect.

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MS
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time here and definitely will be back. The food was amazing generous portions and plenty of little complimentary surprises from the Chef. Amazing service. Great experience highly recommend

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AB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Orinally was going to do the 5-course meal but ended up doing the 3-course meal. That was plenty of food. Good portions, great taste!

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TL
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We ordered three courses and for the starter I chose the ham collection and duck breast for the entree and crème brûlée for the dessert. The duck breast is kind of heavy and I liked the ham a lot. My friend chose three different, while she is not used to the sea food rice. And for the coconut rice budding she also doesn’t like a lot. The price is good compared to other Michellin one star while we may not get used to the Portuguese style. And for the service is okay but is just okay.

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