Picasso's Tapas - San Jose

4.1
52 Reviews
$30 and under
Spanish

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Picasso’s Tapas in San Jose welcomes hungry diners to enjoy incredible and authentic Spanish cuisine. Menu options that are sure to impress your taste buds. Each dish transports you to the heart of Spain with its unique blend of flavors and spices. For an otherworldly dining experience, visit Picasso’s Tapas today!
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4.3
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4.3
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3.9
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3.9
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Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipDavide
Central Coast
26 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice experience, the food was good and the service aswell.
Muy bueno todo

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Hans
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Authentic taps foods. Do not get the chocolate cake. It is not spanish so maybe that is why it was the only disappointing item on the menu. The flan is a much better desert

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DimaO
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was ok. Appetizers were better than the main dish. I would say it better than your commercialized places (Cheese Cake Factory, BJs, etc) but it definitely not Moms and Pops places and/or a unique spot to dine, that is for sure. Ambience was good if you like a city like feel. Customer service was good and the place was clean. I would not recommend this place to a friend because price to value just doesn’t make much sense. There are far many more places with similar feel and level of customer service but much better quality of food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent. Food was outstanding, especially the chorizo. Service was fast and friendly. They sat us right away even though we got there way ahead of our reservation time. Definitely made my wife and I very happy, and made the night complete. Picasso’s set the bar high for all other restaurants that we’ve tried.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience4

Horrible service, amazing food. 4th dish didn’t come for 40 mins after the first three dishes arrived. 4th dish came and it was lukewarm, as in it had been sitting for 10-15 mins.

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Melanie
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Fun vibe. The waiter was helpful and knew how to help our group of 8 pick a combo for everyone.

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Tatjana
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely delicious tapas. I felt like I was in Spain.

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vipHancolm
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Picasso’s Paella Negra is the best most authentic Squid Ink Paella I have ever had. Last night’s dinner was especially vibrant with all our favorite dishes/tapas coming to us on a regular basis allowing us time to savor each dish. We were even treated with an impromptu dance by the owner and his wife. One of our “go to” favorite places.

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MHMolly
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very friendly staff, inviting, and good food. I would certainly recommend this restaurant and plan to return for sure.

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vipMPolo
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great experience and the food was delicious! Would definitely return.

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viphungergames
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Went to Picasso's for the first time for an early dinner on a Saturday evening. Our overall experience was satisfying mainly because of the consistently high quality and authenticity of the food. We ordered a large number of cold and hot tapas, including two of the daily specials. Everything tasted just right and the portions were quite reasonable, particularly considering the price.

The main downside for us was the noise. This is a small dining room with hard surfaces all around. The cacophony of general dinner conversation and of the cackling, jolly women slurping glasses of sangria at the neighboring table was augmented by a wall-mounted speaker blasting bull-fighting music. Fortunately, the waitress turned this down eventually, after customer complaints, but it made for a distracting and uncomfortable dining experience.

The wait staff were friendly but seemed a bit over-stretched when the restaurant filled up.

Going to Picasso's on a week night might be the best option. It is worth a visit for sure if you're in the mood for authentic, flavorful Spanish food.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Tortilla de patata was cooked with boiled potatoes instead of fried. Albóndigas (meat balls) were bland and dry. The pinchos morunos were not the typical skewers that you’d expect and the added pickled onions are not part of the traditional Spanish tapa recipe. Awesome staff, but poor food.

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AnnD
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our tapas tasted great and the service was efficient. We came early so the place was quiet. Then later after other tables filled and a corner had a singer and accompanist performing the noise level got a bit too much. Thankfully we were finished with our meal by then.

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Adim
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Personal service.
Every taps plate was delicious and nicely presented.
Good for groups sharing a wide variety of tapas.

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vipLisa
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We got the shrimp and grits. It was amazing. This was my first time and I will definitely be going back. Service was great and the food that I saw being brought to nearby tables looked amazing. There is so much there I want to try.

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MichaelD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Quaint, clean, excellent customer service, great place for a date.

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Scoopie
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ordered tapas and they were delicious! Looking forward to trying the paella next time. Service was also great! Would definitely recommend this place.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Tuesday through Thursday are good times to visit. We went in on Saturday and the place was packed and super loud. Looking forward to going back in a slower time! It gets great reviews and looks like it would be very nice!

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JodiC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My new favorite tapas place. We tried 8 dishes. Everything was excellent. Tasty sangria. Definitely worth the ~$50 per person for food and drinks. I want to go back next weekend until I try everything on the menu.

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JosephA
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ed and his staff are wonderful people. Great food and even better sangria

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vipHappyDiner
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The owner is great!! Fun atmosphere, yummy food and convenient location! Prelude to a Spain vacation. Would definitely come back.

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MLIH
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

GREAT food, really a find and perfect for before a Sharks game

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vipPauletteM
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Initial service was slow but the food arrived quickly.

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ShaneB
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Excellent food and we eat a lot of Spanish meals and cook quite a bit of Spanish food at home. Service was good on this busy night but a touch on the slow side. Noise level was very high as there are hard surfaces reflecting and the next table was festive. Ambiance is good but not fancy. We needed to tilt the candle to read the menu. Fun place, romantic with an adventurous date.

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Jimbo
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The restaurant was cute and welcoming. There was only one other party when we arrived. We thought there would be something wrong with the food, but we were pleasantly surprised. We look forward to dining there again. We had five different tapas and enjoyed all of them. We plan on getting the piatta next time.

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vipMickVV
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A downtown gem. Absolutely love this place. Enjoy all the tapas and the sangria. Always friendly service.

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vipEveCast
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience1

I just came back from Spain and unfortunately I was not impressed with the food here. Portions were small and overpriced. The restaurant location is good. I was also disappointment to see I was taxed on tip (they automatically charged the tip because we were a party of 6).

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Carlos
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Overly priced for the quality and quantity. $140 dinner for 4. Next time I'll hit Original Joe's for better food. The croquetas were the best appetizer dish.

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ConsueloY
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Picasso's a couple of weekends ago and had a very nice time. Again, the Paella Valenciana was favorful and the Tapas de gambas with alioli and coquettas were wonderful! House wine was good! We'll go back to this place again!

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RonA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Small, under staffed, over priced for tapas & no Spanish flavors! Disappointing!

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DMMaddog
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

If you know Tapas and you know Spain, then you want Picasso's. The owner and the working family are fantastic. Really great people. The kind of folks you want to support. That value for Tapas is never really great, but you'll be fun and full for two for under $100. On a busy night it is loud and fun. If the place was empty, it needs some work.

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LittleCupcake
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience3

Food was so salty we could finish eating them.

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LindaH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience3

On the expensive side, but food is really tasty. We would go there again.

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vipGregT
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience2

I was not impressed by this restaurant. They did not update Open Table when I arrived so was identified as a no show. The food was okay, but nothing spectacular. Their wine list was limited. There are much better tapas in the Bay Area.

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vipAlexiaF
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent food and service. The lighting was a bit harsh, but other than that, great spot for authentic Spanish cuisine.

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ElaineC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Server was rude. Food took 45 minutes to come. Never told us Paella takes that long. Treated us as if we should have known.

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BrownsEnglishToffee
Sacramento
12 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Open Table permitted me to make a reservation on a day that Piccasso's was closed. The owner personally called me to apologize and let me know they were closed. Still being in the area, we made our next reservation for the first open date, the owner greeted us and again apologized even though the mix up was out of his control. We sincerely thank you for your concern and personal attention.

Now for the food, this is one of our favorite restaurants when we're in San Jose. The tapas are excellent, the paella was wonderful.

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Jean
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Noisy and overpriced. We waited half an hour for a table despite a reservation. Waiter lost part of our order — the MAIN part!!! That was ok— we were happy to forego it.

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Matridian
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Owner is a wonderful,friendly, creative person, always present in his restaurant. Food is delicious. Restaurant is small and colorful.

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enjoywine
Indiana
28 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great array of tapas! Very quick preparation and service. Great place to enjoy a long conversation and great food!

FAQs

Picasso's Tapas - San Jose offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (408) 298-4400.

Picasso's Tapas - San Jose is rated 4.1 stars by 52 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.