Our second time there - fantastic food, presentation, service and wine pairings as before. Can't wait to go back.
I'm so disappointed to give this review. I've lived in the SJ area almost my entire life and my husband and I recently bought our first house in SJ too. We've always had to go up to SF for celebratory dinners but since the opening of Adega we've been so excited to try this Michelin star restaurant in our own city!
Last night we celebrated our 3 year wedding anniversary at Adega. From start to finish I was underwhelmed. The entire evening fell flat for me.
Service was frequent and decent but did not feel genuine. There was no effort in chatting with the guests outside of asking the standard question "how'd you like the dish" after every single dish. It felt so forced and therefore we felt forced with our answers. We also asked for help selecting a bottle of wine and we were recommended a few bottles but was only given names. I asked for some tasting notes and descriptions and was told they were all similar to Pinot Niors...ultimately we googled and decide on one.
Food was okay. I think the best dishes of the evening were the turnip soup (amuse bouche) and the matcha dessert with soy sauce ice cream (matcha and soy sauce are Portuguese??). I wish we didn't order the 7 course tasting menu. I kept looking around and all the other dishes looked more appetizing.
Overall it was still a decent experience but I do not plan on returning in the future. I'm already planning a date with my husband for a re-do in SF.
Amazing. Everything was perfect. The wine pairings complimented the food perfectly! And the food was absolutely delightful!
Fantastic and creative food. Expert service. While it is pricey, it was well worth it. I have been to other Michelin Starred restaurants that fell flat. This was far from the case at Adega. I would (and will) go back again.
This was an excellent dining experience. The restaurant truly lives up to its Michelin star rating! The food is unbelievably delicious. Our drinks were amazing. The service is almost flawless. We found the room a bit too dark, but otherwise loved the quiet ambiance. Since it was my husband’s birthday we were served complimentary champagne and a small additional dessert. The staff was kind, efficient and attentive.
I love how great the service and foods at Adega. Feel like having meals in Portugal. The only down side is the coffee is by far under the average standard of Portuguese coffee. Would love to see the restaurant owner brings the real Portuguese coffee taste to the menu.
Would love to visit again.
Fantastic, real Portuguese food in a really sleek modern setting. The wine list is fantastic, and the pairings are wonderful as well. Really reasonable price for the quality of food and service!
Our evening at Adega was perfect! I would recommend that the owner put a
smile on her face and be a bit more friendly!
Excellent service—they encourage questions and answer them in a warm, educational way
Everything was amazing from the service to the food. However I do have one complaint and that is the seating. I dislike the bench type seating with the small tables place a foot or so apart. We really didn't enjoy the conversations on both sides of us - two gentlemen discussing their products and wives and on the other, a young man trying to impress his date and telling her "and my boss said" over and over again. He was obviously trying to make conversation and she seemed to be on the quiet side. I really don't know why so many restaurants have this type of seating - I suppose space. We did have an outstanding meal.
Great service , although rushed initially and requested wait staff to slow down. Helpful to have better lighting to read the menu. Good value overall.
We did the food and wine pairing 7 course meal. There were extra bites before and after the 7 courses. Everything was delicious. The Portuguese wines were perfectly paired and so delicious. The service was excellent.
One of the best experiences I have had. Food was incredible, Services impeccable, Wines were great. Just a wonderful experience.
Food was just beautiful!
ADEGA lived up to its reputation for outstanding food. Our table had the 3, 5 and 7 course prix fixe meals. The 7 course is special since it is the chefs favorite Portuguese items, all perfectly prepared and is not too much food. The wine pairing was added for an additional $100, but well worth it. This was a very expensive meal ($200 per person, with wine pairings). But in my opinion better than other Michelin star restaurants in the area. We will certainly return, as the service was impeccable, as close to European as it gets.
Excellent wine selection, cuisine is filled with modern takes on homey classics, service is efficient and polite without being stiff.
This is still the best restaurant in San Jose!
Most courses were excellent. Seafood melange (red prawn, abalone, bit of caviar and a percebes barnacle in a sauce of the the abalone's liver) was a standout. John dory in buerre blanc was very good as well. Artichoke soup and an interesting take on saltimbocca were successful as well. The meat course was pretty, a sort of vegetable charlotte filled with potato puree and oxtail, but the oxtail got lost in a mass of mashed potato. A well braised oxtail is so wonderful it was a bit of a disappointment that its character was so diluted.
The wine pairings were very thoughtfully done, and highlighted some delicious Portuguese wines that are underappreciated in the US. One, a 1990 Frei João Red was a rare treat. Amazingly it had tons of plummy, dried black-cherry flavor and enough backbone that I'd love to try it in another 10 years. The wine steward had a wealth of knowledge and pride regarding his cellar.
The one outright failure, in our estimation, was the dessert. We were so full by then (this was the seven-course menu plus amuses) that we were almost relieved that the "voyage to Asia" was not tempting. The "sesame cake" was a gummy mass of glutinous rice (an attempt at mochi?) with soy-sauce ice cream. And yes, soy-sauce ice cream tastes like soy sauce.
But the successes were delicious, the wines were delicious and well-paired, so we enjoyed Adega.
Celebrated a birthday and got engaged here! Adega will always hold a special place in our hearts for its delicious food, attentive staff, and perfect ambiance.
Excellent, super, amazing!!your
Incomparable food and wine
Refreshed linen service and replaced flatware
What a delight. Adega is a hidden gem restaurant hidden basically in the hood. The food was unreal and I would highly suggest the wine pairing if you get the tasting menu. This place is perfect if you're celebrating something special (especially since you'll be paying around $200/person). The ambiance is perfect and actually can get quite lively as the night goes on. Service is extremely attentive the entire time, I could see the servers strolling around constantly watching over to make sure that as soon as we needed assistance, they would be there.
Excellent service, quiet and calm setting. Many special touches made by the chef. Excellent beef, well cooked. Nice variety of seafood. The bisque flavoring was not to my liking, and the fritter-like coconut rice pudding is too heavy but the accompaniments were delightful. Good selection of wines chosen for the 3 piece fixed price meal. Thanks for the champagne provided for our anniversary!
We celebrated our 20 year aniversary and enjoyed the service and meal very much.
Fantastic food delivered with superb service. All of our food landed well with everyone and it gave a new experience to everyone there, including my Portuguese in laws. Will visit again for sure.
Wonderful service, great food and very good wine list. Pricey but that's what you'd expect from a Michelain starred restaurant
The food was just ok. It wasn’t bad, but far from Michelin star quality. The service was wonderful and the price was very fair for what you get.
Phenomenal! I shed a tear when the meal was over.
Tuesday was my third time at Adega. One of my portuguese friends was not impressed. She was critical of the "tasteless" bread.
The lightning is very dim which makes it very difficult to read the menu cream color paper and same color type, EXTEREMELY DIFFICULT TO READ. I would have like to been able to read the description of some of the dishes, but gave up.
The noise level is not conducive to conversation. My friends were not impressed.
My wife and I came here for our 2 year wedding anniversary. It was our second time coming here before it became a Michelin Star status. It did not dissappoint!!! It is a great way to experience Portuguese cuisine and the experience. I highly recommend the 5-course dinner with the wine pairing. If you are a wine lover, it is a great way to learn about and taste different wines that are lesser familiar to Americans. There was not one course that I did not like! Excellent service and our waiters were extremely knowledgeable.
Generally a pleasant experience, food was lukewarm when served. A little surprised by the Michelin designation, functional equivalents in New York and San Francisco significantly superior.
A poorly hung door loudly scraped the ground. Rather than use a different door, they kept opening and closing the scraping door. Scraping noises all while we were eating was jarring. The food itself was a mixed bag. The bread was stale. Other items seemed like they were made many hours before are texturally had deteriorated. Not what I consider a Michelin star worthy experience.
Awesome dinner. Do the wine pairing
The food was delicious. The 5 course tasting menu was definitely worth the price. Good service and the atmosphere was very relaxing. Highly recommended.
Excellent food, did the 7 courses tasting menu and added the lengua. My wife added the wine pairing.
We enjoyed everything and the pairing worked well with each dish. The Chef added several complementary courses which were wonderful as well. We went in on a Tuesday night and it was not too busy. Can’t comment on how it gets over the weekend.
We went to ADEGA on a Saturday night, had the Classic Tasting Menu and the Chefs Tasting Menu, both with the wine pairing. Even thought there is not the same number of course in the two tasting menus it still worked out really great. The atmosphere was really nice, and acoustics great. Even with a full restaurant we where able to talk quite and privately. And of course there's no TV in a restaurant like this, but I have been disappointed about that in so many other places here in the bay area. Food was really good (especially in the 2nd half), and wine pairing phenomenal.
Met if not exceeded all expectations for San Jose's first and ONLY Michelin Star restaurant. If you're not familiar with Portuguese food, look at this as an adventure in dining, and get tips from the wait staff on what's good. Service was impeccable, and the food was excellent and beautifully presented. Pacing was perfect. The special Chef's treats were unexpected but delightful - I'm still relishing the taste of the carrot soup. Be sure to plan ahead for that special occasion - it books up. Will definitely return.
Excellent service but some dishes underwhelmed for the price point.
It was great. Met and exceeded expectations. We were very impressed with the creativity and taste of the portuguese menu choices.
Food was disappointing for a Michelin star restaurant. Felt like it was going for glam but should have stuck to traditional Portuguese foods. The menu wasn't impressive so we skipped the tasting menus and went with a la carte - which came to $155 with two alcoholic drinks. We dined on prime rib and their known octopus dish. The octopus taste and texture was exactly like the one I picked up from Costco - frozen! If you ever had fresh and frozen octopus you would know the difference because it's so distinct. Frozen just soft and gooey-we couldn't finished it.
There's no street parking, unless you want to take a chance wandering into a poverty zoned neighborhood. The restaurant is in the middle of the block so parking is in the back of the restaurant-which they valet and charge $5- not so classy for a restaurant that required a credit card for reservation; plus will charge you $50/person if you cancel within 48 hours!
Staff was very patience, friendly, and professional.
We had the Chef's Tasting menu and flights of Sangria.
Adega excels at soups and fish. We loved those dishes and could have licked the bowl on the Artichoke soup. We did not enjoy the pork dish, seemed bitter to us. And while we loved the Sangria, felt that the final round had watered down by the time we drank it.
Overall, a great place, and will go again.