District - San Jose

4.6
204 Reviews
$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates

About

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 Brunch on Weekends starting at 11 AM.

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4.7
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4.7
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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Just went out for a nice evening of drinks some food . But the bartenders where hard to get there attention, and when we needed something for our food couldn’t flag down a waitress or waiter.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent food that is unique but lets you know there’s a chef who is always thinking back there. Good vibes music with no offensive words. Consistent friendly genuine service and food quality. One of my favorite downtown San Jose go-tos.

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nicolel
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the outdoor dining was warm and pleasant and the waiter was the perfect amount of attentive and very friendly.

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Bird
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Menu is limited. Happy hour had a very limited selection. Nice ambiance. I would have liked more attention but our first waitress was nice. They were rolling out heaters noisily instead of being set up prior to people arriving--it was distracting.

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vipPaulina
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get the fried chicken sliders! I could eat two portions, they were so good! Great drink selection and happy waitstaff. I like this place and will be back!

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anisha
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

good ambience! drinks are not cheap but they're good! the people who work here are really nice :)

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vipAnaA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent food! Besides not bringing one of the dishes we ordered everything was good.

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Nina
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food and service

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mecoliver76
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The quality of the food and drink is quite good. It seems like staff brings alcohol very quickly but food did not match it. Maybe they need to get some more kitchen staff. Otherwise it was top quality.

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FrankC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Very good food and overall good dining experience. Outdoor on the patio with the street shut down due to Covid. Shrimp and wings appetizers were really good, I had a hanger steak that was outstanding. The only bummer was that I was wearing a black face mask and took it off to eat. When they bused the tables at the end of the meal, they took my mask (the napkins were black, so they likely thought it was a napkin). I had strange looks at me when I had to walk back to my car, like, "where's your mask?"

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Zippy
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Great place! First time eating at the District. Good food. Great staff. Will come again

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vipMBrody
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I visited the District restaurant a couple of times before the pandemic and now a couple of times during. It’s a great restaurant! To accommodate the current pandemic rules, they expanded the outdoor seating. In addition to its original sidewalk seating, there’s also seating now in the entire street in front of the restaurant now closed to traffic. Other restaurants have done the same and the entire block has a festive atmosphere.

The food and service is exceptional. Our server, Kayla, attended us on our last two visits. She has an engaging personality, is very knowledgeable of the restaurant’s offerings, and very attentive.

She suggested we start with the ORGANIC GREENS avocado, shaved radish & cucumber, spiced sunflower seeds, and champagne-citrus vinaigrette. It’s a really delicious salad, and the watermelon radish sliced very thinly is a wonderful addition.

Her other suggestion was the fried chicken sliders with pickled Fresno chili cole slaw and spiced honey rémoulade. Fantastic!! There are two sliders (larger than the typical slider buns) with fat real chicken meat extra juicy on the inside and crispy coated outside tasting like real fried chicken. I think they’re done sous vide but I didn’t confirm it. The slaw, chili’s, and rémoulade complement the chicken with just the right hint of spice from the chilis. Wow!
On the first trip my wife and I each had a full order but we shared one order the second time as they are quite filling; although I would have eaten a second one if it was on my plate! I tried the oysters on the second visit ( since I’d get only one only one slider) which came with a mignonette sauce. Also delish.

I washed it all down with a Turley Zinfandel.

I highly recommend this restaurant. Btw, all the servers which we encountered here were really good.

Reservations are recommended. Open table is available.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fresh and delicious. We loved the tempura avocado so much we had to order more. Highly recommend District to anyone looking for a date night or a night out with friends.

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WineisFine
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Fun place to hang out and they have a nice happy hour. Wish the plexiglass extended to the sidewalk side for the outdoor seating.

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KevinaB
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I absolutely LOVE this place, but the prices are very high. Would go more often if I knew it wasn't going to be an automatic $100 even during happy hour. GREAT drinks!

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JesseG
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would definitely go back. Lawrence was a great waiter. Attentive but not hovering or bothersome. Drinks and food were amazing. Perfect ambience, not too loud. My only gripe, and that’s just because my eyes are bab, lol. A little dark to ready the menu.

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Damaru
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited the District for a nice evening out in downtown San Jose for the first time. What a great experience! I tried the Whiskey Flight - Against the Grain - great way to try 3 different bourbons that are really different from each other. My wife tried the Wine Flight - Sweet & Jam Session - such a great way to try 3 similar but different wines. We also enjoyed a couple of small plates and shared a pizza. Great place for hanging out with friends - relaxed but cultured vibe. I would highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the small share plates and music at this restaurant

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great atmosphere and the food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Not the best experience unfortunately. Disappointing

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time. Food and drinks were delicious. Service was amazing!

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VernickyH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whiskey cheese and sausage are phenomenal the servers are very nice and the ambiance is a dream

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lawrence was an amazing server. The music was definitely the winner for me. Ambiance was perfect for our romantic date. I could not have asked for any better. Everything was perfect, for me at the very least. I’m also not high maintenance.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Food was excellent. Awesome bourbon menu.

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jarodb
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to district in sf, Oakland, and San Jose and I will say the food is consistently delicious and good quality! The wine flights are solid, food is always tasty, and although it can get a bit noisy the service is rock solid. Definitely recommend this spot!

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Kenny
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, good environment, would most definitely go back

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vipSteven
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food5service1ambience5

Great food. Service was not. We waited a really long time after being seated and the hostess noticed we still didn’t have water or anything so she came over and took our order - both for drinks then later for food when we still hadn’t been waited on. When the waitress assigned to us finally came over she didn’t greet us, apologize, or smile she just said “need anything else” and seemed super annoyed to be waiting on us. The food was really tasty though, we really enjoyed all of our bites! If we had a different service experience would have given this 5 stars - ambiance and food were great.

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ItzelD
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had an amazing dinner at this place very fun and of course the Food was Amazing
I highly recommend it the atmosphere is great and the place is very clean.

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jeanbean
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Went here prior to the Silicon Valley Auto Show. Not crowded; service was indifferent. Food was decent, though overpriced even though we realized they were small plates. Overall, a “meh” experience.

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JeffP
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Enjoyed the food, tried a bunch of things. All were pretty good. Specialty drinks were great. Service was good, but we weren't in a hurry. Spent too much money, but had a very enjoyable evening.

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SimplyVeg
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good cocktails, great ambience

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When we arrived no one was at the front at the hostess station to seat us so we decided to sit at the bar for the night. Bartenders were great! Food was great!

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YummyReview
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Creative dishes with great deal of selections of spirits. Love the decor., ambience, and location. Will love to come back sometime soon.

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Tri1day
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tapas and fun atmosphere. Bar is well stocked and drinks are well designed.

KT
KatieT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Live this place. It’s my go to place for drinks and quick bite.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Never been to this place before, really enjoyed it for a dinner with friends before a concert at the SAP Center. Food was all delicious, drinks were great, I will definitely be back. The vibe of the place was sort of quiet, which I liked. In spite of the restaurant being pretty busy on a rainy Saturday night, it almost had more of an intimate feel which we all noted and enjoyed.

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vipscb10
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Group of 10 made a reservation and everything went well. Great service food was tasty lots to choose from.

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FoodisMyFavorite
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for groups, especially if everyone is comfortable sharing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Warm burrata wasn't warm so they comped it even though we offered to pay for it given we ate it.

Rest of the food was great as always.

Service was ok as usual, they need to pay attention to their customers better

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the glazed bone marrow, beef sliders and fried avocado - all were excellent. Loved that chili salt on the avocados. Delicious craft cocktails as well.

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District - San Jose is rated 4.6 stars by 204 OpenTable diners.