ADEGA - San Jose

4.6
617 reviews
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$50 and over
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Portuguese
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  • Good for Anniversaries
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Portuguese, Contemporary European, International
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Tuesday - Saturday, 5:00PM - 9:30PM
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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
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Parking details
$8 valet service
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Gift Card
Additional
Beer, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
What 617 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.7
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4.5
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4.1
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

We had the price fixe with wine pairing so we could select exactly what we wanted. Loved the refreshing gazpacho and ravioli amuse bouches. The octopus salad with greens was sooo good. My daughter had the delicious seafood rice - excellent! And I had the rib eye that was sizzling hot and oh so tender and juicy! The wines from Portugal were perfectly paired. Desert was the coconut rice pudding and peach flan with madeira and port respectively. Thank you to Adega for another wonderful dining experience.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Excellent first experience at Adega, San Jose’s first Michelin rated restaurant, to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The seven course chef’s tasting menu was wonderfully varied and service team is fantastic and attentive. If you like sangria, don’t miss the sangria sampler to try all four fabulous versions. Special thanks to Chefs David and Jessica for taking the time to meet us briefly and we look forward to another visit, potentially in the private dining room with a group of friends.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Great service, excellent food, and a unique experience. We will be recommending this restaurant to everyone!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Adega is an outstanding restaurant! Excellent food, and great service! Restaurant is small and intimate. Truly a memorable experience! We ordered the three course meal, generous portions, beautifully presented. Outstanding wine list. Servers are gracious and informative with each course they serve. We were also treated to complementary "mini portions" in addition to the appetizer, entrée, and dessert we already ordered. It went like this: Two free pre-appetizers (just a bite or two), appetizer, free post-appetizer, entrée, free pre-dessert, dessert, and free post-dessert! And, since it was our anniversary, we also received an additional complementary mini dessert to share! While all the freebies were tiny, it added up to a lot of food! Needless to say, we went home with great leftovers to enjoy the next day! We had a 5:30 pm reservation, and it took about 2 hours to get through all the courses. This restaurant is popular, so it's easier to get in on a weeknight, reservations are a must. The low lighting is great for ambiance, and ample for eating but a little challenging for reading the menu! If you have problems reading in low lighting, bring a little flashlight! I reviewed the menu online beforehand, which turned out to be very helpful! The parking lot behind the restaurant is quite small, and there is no street parking. Arriving early makes it easier to park without needing valet service when it gets more crowded. We will definitely return to Adega. I highly recommend it for anniversaries and special occasions.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Best restaurant in San Jose by far

Family operated with a love for food and customer service

Only bad thing is that they have. $50 corkage so if you bypass their all Portuguese extensive wine collection you are out of luck. On the other hand when does one get to taste the best from the Dao valley

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

It was amazing. Great food and great service!

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

ADEGA certainly lived up to it’s reputation. The menu was exciting. The food was fantastic and the wine was excellent. The chef sends complimentary surprises that are fun and delicious throughout the meal. I look forward to visiting again

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

The food was outstanding! I have never had such large portions at a Michelin Starr! The service was excellent! Everyone was kind and attentive!
I would recommend if you are someone who loves food and is willing to spend the price.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

In the heart of San José’s Portuguese neighborhood and at the gateway to the Eastside, this restaurant is a diamond amongst the rough, but that makes it all the better. The owners and chefs have a tremendous story and that would be reason alone to patronize, but the food and wine are always delicious so it’s a win win!

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

The food is awesome, and the winne selection is fantastic. Service is friendly and professional, and not excessively formal.
It is the best restaurant in the South Bay.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Great , we went to there twice already. Very delicious food and friendly service. Enjoying everything in there

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4.0Dined on July 27, 2018

The food was good but was missing the exceptional wow factor that makes a restaurant of that standard and cost memorable. LOVE that they now have a really great bar. The staff are great.

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4.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Food was very good and the service was mostly good. Having dined at many Michelin starred restaurants we were expecting better. The main reason for the less than 5 score has to do with timing. We were given the menu and cocktail menu when we sat down. We each ordered a cocktail and selected the 7 course meal - I chose the wine pairing and my wife (birthday girl) said she would start with a sparkling to have when the first course came out. We waited 15 minutes to get our cocktails which arrived after 3 amuse bouches and just before when our first course arrived. This definitely detracted from the evening. Don't offer cocktails or serve them in a proper cadence with the rest of the meal. I expect better awareness of the dining experience from a Michelin restaurant.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Great date night spot.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

A friend and I went to Adega to celebrate our birthdays. It was a perfect spot! The food was plentiful, service was impeccable and they even brought us a treat and glass of champagne at the end of our meal for our birthday. Our favorite items weren’t even on the menu- they were some of the extra brought in between courses. My friend loved the turnip soup that came at the beginning of the meal and my favorite was the pre-dessert lemon tart. The entire meal was incredible! I don’t think we would do the wine pairing next time - only because neither of us are dessert wine (port/medeira) fans so we felt like we wasted that glass of wine. Would have preferred a sparkling with dessert! But we also never asked if that was an option - so I’d ask next time!! Great meal! Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

This was an absolutely perfect sampling of Portuguese dishes at there very best. The imagination and unique presentations made the experience joy to all the senses. this is an must do for anyone wanting a truly special European dining taste treat.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

What a find! We couldn’t have been happier with our experience at Adela- the food was tasty and interesting yet very approachable. The servers were some of the friendliest and funniest I have met in a long time. I never felt rush and felt well cared for. We were lucky a friend told us about this gem - we’ll be back

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4.0Dined on July 18, 2018

evertything was fine except the acoustics were bad and it was very noisy when the small place was full. . the pairing of wines were good wines ,not expensive wines, and the wine parings were rather small and one could not ask for more ... all was good except the arroz de pato which I thought was greasy salty and unintresting. the desserts were just okay but not exceptional. what was really good was the tangerine sorbet served as a palate cleanser so only a spoonful. I think that woud have made a nicer dessert option. it was good but could have been better as a michelin star holder!

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Amazing food. Would come again for another special occasion.

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

The food is to fu fu for me

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

My wife and I had a good evening tasting the different servings. We enjoyed the attention from all the Servers who were very helpful. One group dining next to us was a little loud but no big problem. The food was very good and we would recommend this restaurant to friends.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Great portion good quality

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

There are 3 ,5, and 7 course to choice, we picked 3 course which is $75 pp plus $49 for wine. The starts we picked Octopus salad and Seafood bisque, there are all good. Entrées, we picked Λrroz de Marisco and Λrroz de Pato, both are too salty. We picked Λrroz Doce Λdega and Λmêndoa Λmarga for desserts, both are good. The bill was charged $23 more, after I questioned, the waiter said that was other table's bill then give us the correct one.

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Wonderful experience food was excellent and presentation fabulous

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Had been meaning to check out this place for a long time, as a local resident. Bit of a jem in a neighborhood that is so-so. Very cozy dining environment, 12 or so tables. Was busy from time we got there until closing. Staff is very friendly. Food combined authenticity with enough experimentation to make it interesting. Several bonus snacks, appetizers made the large price tag for meal a bit easier to swallow. Didn't have budget for wine pairing menu, but sure that would be fantastic. An enjoyable overall experience. Good for foodies with money and for special occasions.

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Wine and service were excellent. The food was very thoughtfully prepared and interesting and I appreciated the strong umami flavors, but a couple of the seafood dishes could have been integrated a little better. Wine pairing were right on the money.

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Simply splendid meal, service, and venue. A bit pricey, but to be expected for such imaginative food so well executed.

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1.0Dined on June 27, 2018

My husband and I have eaten at many Michelin star rated places and we were both confused as to how Adega received one. Meat was over cooked, seafood was chewy and very fishy. I would never recommend Adega to anyone

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Our meal at Adega was exquisite. Definitely worth the drive to east San Jose. we had the five course tasting menu: starting with Caldo Verde, a green soup, followed by a beautiful salad with shaved dried tomatoes, so pretty and very delicious. Next was the Pastel de Bacalhau ( I could eat it everyday)Then came the roasted octopus (the best I've ever had) , then duck breast with chourico. We did the wine pairing and every one was excellent. They only serve Portuguese wines, and their wine list is extensive.
The service was attentive without making us feel rushed.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Adega is our new favorite! It's a wonderful restaurant -- they truly know what they are doing. We will celebrate my brother's birthday at Adega and treat our family to this very special restaurant.

Excellent food, service and ambiance!

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4.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Food is delicious, very copious, service is delightful. Overall a good experience but also expensive compared to other restaurants of similar caliber as they now force you to have a menu of 3, 5 or 7 dishes. No option to choose a la carte if you eat less...

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Excellent food, superb service and great wines from Portugal

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

It's hard to write what hasn't already been said, that being the case I'll say this. This is my first experience at Michelin star restaurant and I couldn't have been more pleased. I was worried that my wife and I, on our anniversary, would leave here hungry, based solely on the portion sizes. This was an unwarranted worry because the quantity of courses, which we only had the 5 course Classico menu, sufficiently filled us to the brim.

The food, which is traditional Portuguese, or takes on traditional Portuguese dishes, was amazing and a true salivary delight. Being proud of my Portuguese heritage, yet relatively unfamiliar culinarily, I was excited to try every dish. The staff were professional and courteous, as you'd might expect from a high caliber dining facility as this.

My wife and I were amazed at how each and every dish was delicious, from the bread and olives to the soups, cod, octopus and duck. The Portuguese wine, which again i was unfamiliar except ports, were excellent. All in all I couldn't have been more pleased and look forward to coming here again!

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2.0Dined on June 22, 2018

The food is okay, supervise how it received the star. The chief tries very hard. dessert is not impressive at all, too sweet.

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

My wife and I went to Adega for our four-year anniversary. We were absolutely blown away by the food and service! The staff was so attentive, the food was the best we have ever tasted, and the experience just made our night. We will be telling everyone about this establishment.
We cannot wait to come back when we are in the Bay Area again!

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4.0Dined on June 21, 2018

When I made the reservation, via Open Table, I indicated we were celebrating two birthdays. We were very disappointed the restaurant did not do anything. Neither the hostess nor the server even acknowledged our birthdays, not even verbally.

We had been to this restaurant twice before. This time we went on a Wednesday night. I was stunned, when I opened the menu, to see there were only three prix fixe menu options: a three-course, five-course, and seven-course dinner. The lowest was about $80. There were individual options on the menu both of the previous times we dined at Adega. My wife and I are seniors. We do not need a three-course meal, the minimum you can purchase; therefore, we are eliminating this restaurant from our list of options when we dine out. There are many other restaurants I would prefer for the amount of money this dinner cost.

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

Adega always pleases! The food is terrific, the wines are interesting and the desserts are spectacular. They remodeled recently and put in a bar, which was a good addition. Recommended.

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3.0Dined on June 21, 2018

The duck was a big disappointment. It was very smokey and dry. It also had an odd oily taste so not good.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

One of the BEST meals I've had in a long time.
The service was great, and very friendly.
I have and will recommend the restaurant to anyone who is looking for a exceptional dining experience.

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

While we found the restaurant to be charming and the food to be excellent, we found the service to be a bit slower than we expected. We do not expect rushed service in a restaurant of this quality, but it did drag out longer than it should have.
However, the only reason why I would NOT recommend Adega is that, while the food was exceptional, the prices were outrageous. Our meal, the 3 course prix-fixe dinner with one glass of wine each, came to over $250 with tip. I would have been perfectly happy to pay $175 but I can find no justification for the prices actually charged. Perhaps if the dining room were a magnificent or unique space or the meal was served on a terrace with a magnificent view the entire experience would warrant the added markup, but the dining room, although friendly, was extremely modest.
In summary the dining experience at Adega would have been a bargain at 2/3 the price.

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