District - San Jose

4.5
117 reviews
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Tapas / Small Plates
Located in downtown San Jose, in the heart of San Pedro Square and just a few blocks from SAP Center, District brings together a menu of small, shareable plates, pizza and house-made charcuterie with one of the city's most extensive and diverse wine and whiskey programs. The result is a one-of-a-kind tasting experience that you can share with friends and family in a vibrant and communal setting.

We also serve Bottomless Brunch on Sundays starting at 11 AM.
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VD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was great and food was awesome. Enjoyed the tapas

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TE
San Francisco
79 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to District. We had 8 adults. Our server, Andre, was awesome! We enjoyed several shared plates...deviled eggs (yummy, spicy), they could use one more salad...we had the caesar and the beet both were good (some of us are allergic to garlic so we can't have the caesar), mushroom - margarita - short rib pizzas were all good, sliders were delicious, the lamb meatballs were probably everyone's least favorite, desserts were yummy...pot de creme, crisp and bread pudding. The cocktails were good too! Everyone said they enjoyed it.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

Bartenders are horrible, they have no personality at all and do not interact with the guests . You practically have to flag them down to ask for a drink.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food and drinks!

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RR
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Overall it was pretty good I felt like the drinks were better than the food. I think they tried to get too fancy with the food and didn’t quite pull it off. However the drinks made up for it. Perfect location for going to the SAP center. I will come back. We tried the margarita pizza chicken wings and french fries.

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L
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the District location in SoMa so was so happy to see that there's one in San Jose. Thanks for a great night! Our server was super attentive and nice!

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m
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had pre-hockey reservations. The food exceeded my expectations and the service was excellent. Once they knew we were a little rushed, they bent over backward to get us out on time.

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PE
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great casual place to go, especially before an event at SAP. Small plates are all very tasty and good to share with the table. The service is friendly, attentive and fast. Nice wine and beer list.

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MP
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great drink choices. Great place to hang out and grab a few drinks with friends.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about the place, every dish was awesome. Service simply outstanding!

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A
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I loved District. Tried for the first time last Saturday and really had a fabulous experience! Our server, Andres, was so knowledgeable and fun to talk with as he described dishes for us and also helped us pick out some really great whiskeys. Fun and friendly vibe. Delicious, imaginative food that left us more than satisfied by the time we left.

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Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a business dinner or date. Menu is small plates so very interactive. They also have an amazing drink selection including bourbon. Would definitely recommend the Peachy Keen cocktail!

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JW
Phoenix
26 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! Our server was willing to get creative with the menu to help me find choices that worked for my food allergies. Much appreciated!

Great wine, beer and whiskey selection. We will be back!

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L
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, and the service was great. Our waiter gave good recommendations on some items and we were all pleased

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RS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and atmosphere were great!

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LW
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

This was my first time at this restaurant. The food quality was poor. The ceviche was terrible. I do not plan to return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!!

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LE
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The staff was great! Food is served as small plates which is great for a light meal. A good variety of choices and don't miss their bread pudding.

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SS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service drinks and ambience. Cheese board and sliders were phenomenal pizza superb. Other food was okay

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tasty food in good portions. Nice wine-by-the-glass selection too.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday brunch yesterday for my mom's birthday was wonderful. I was able to make a reservation easily. The ambiance was laid back with moderate noise. The food was delicious and varied for a group of goodies and picky eaters. We enjoyed the collard greens, eggs, grits and ceviche. My husband loved the pancakes with banana maple syrup. The bottomless mimosas were strong, which was helpful this holiday weekend. Thank you!

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LF
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for a first or second date. Meet up with friends or family. Chill, great bites and drinks... excellent service and hospitality! Definitely a favorite spot for me.

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RY
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was ok but we had a very slow waiter. So slow that I had to ask for him 3 times.

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PM
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

My only issue is that there are limited low tables. When you are short and your legs dangle, it’s a little uncomfortable to sit for the meal.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Good place to get some drinks and shareable plates. There were a few dishes that were over salted, but I’d come back again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy food
Great atmosphere

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, amazing food!

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t
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I would give this place no stars because when we arrived less than 15 minutes past our reservation time the hostess had given our reservation away and refused to seat us at a table. We left. End of story.

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JV
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

Terrible service. Never got my food. Not attentive. During happy our server came over twice. Wasted our time

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KT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

I had a reservation from open table. When I got there, I waited to get seated for 15 min. The staff saw me but don’t come over to seat me. I had to come to the bar to ask for seating. Disappointing since they only had a few people in the restaurant.

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GB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

We were greeted quickly by our waiter and the menu explained thoroughly. Drink order was given and delivered fairly quickly, and our order taken. Food was delivered fairly soon thereafter. Food was delicious and the highlight of our experience. Service after food delivery was nonexistent. We had to stop another waitress and ask for more water. No contact by our waiter until long after we finished our meal. When he came back he asked if we wanted dessert or anything else. We didn’t and asked for the check. Overall, nice place, great food, bad service.

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DM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The service was great. Very friendly.
The lamb meatballs and the Brussels sprouts were very salty, but the mushroom pizza was good.

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JC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Very salty food and less than stellar drinks, but cool vibe and extra stars for the 90s hip hop!

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l
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Fun atmosphere, food was ok, not outstanding. Some dishes were just bland.

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SM
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. I would only say that they should try to find a way to keep the buffet food hotter. It was warm and delicious but I really wanted to warm my food up more. I am the type that likes my food to come out piping hot but I do understand that it was a buffet and there were burners.

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

Food & drinks were great! Neat place

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MV
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

So, i was looking for something new. Been ages since I had been to downtown San Jose, so thought, why not? All the reviews looked good for this place. One factor I didn't consider is the age of the reviewer. And of course my group's age in relation. When I made a reservation, I didn't think it was for lounge type seating, I just assumed it was a dining table- it wasn't. When 20 year olds think food is good, perhaps the older crowd might not agree so much. This is a place for the 20-35 crowd. Not for older folks. Though how the younger generation affords these prices is quite beyond me. They must all be Googlers or something similar. Food was really not very good. Over done. All the things everyone raved about, I am sorry, perhaps their palettes need a few years. The beet salad - good. The bone marrow, BBQ sauce on it, really? The small burgers (sliders) tasty but mighty greasy. The pork belly was a hit with the males in our group, not so much with the women. The arancini was raved about in other reviews. I don't know, fried cheese balls with spinach you couldn't possibly taste over the fried factor,not so sure. The ceviche was completely gray in color, a turn off to say the least. I do realize that fish can turn a bit gray in lemon, but this had been bathing in lemon too long. Good wine and booze selection. But this is really a place for the under 35 crowd... We definitely didn't fit in, but it was still a fun night out. Didn't know how hopping San Pedro Street was... Lots of after dinner places for young crowd...

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CC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

A couple of the signature cocktails were unavailable. There was limited vegan options on the menu.

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was quite good. Service needs some improvement.

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