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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in San Jose / Silicon Valley

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots in San Jose / Silicon Valley? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Alter Ego Cocktail Club restaurant
4.9
4.9 (37)
$50 and over
Lounge
San Jose
About the restaurant
A dimly lit mysterious cocktail lounge tucked behind the curtain of the vinyl bar, Still O.G., boasting a diverse array of delicious and methodically prepared small plates in addition to wildly imaginative and carefully crafted cocktails.

Small plate offerings include dishes such as steak tartare with puffed rice served in a perilla leaf, Spanish octopus al pastor that is confit then fried and served alongside caramelized pineapple puree and pineapple salsa, and the namesake Alter Ego egg.

The diverse cocktail menu features 16 signature cocktails such as the Kyushu Coffee, a blend of Shochu, black coffee and kuromitsu topped with a black sesame foam or the Buster and Babs; a Rum and Brandy based milk punch inspired by the flavors of carrot cake served in a decanter with glassware for 2.

A seated experience with tableside service in an intimate space, reservations and walk-ins both accepted, although reservations are highly recommended.

ID required (21+ & up only)

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 10, 2024
Great cocktails and ambiance. Definitely a spot in sj that is unique and much needed change in the bar scenery in downtown. Service was excellent and accommodating. Favorite cocktails so far are canyon lullaby, buster and babs, and Kyushu coffee is a great ender of the night.
A photo of Gyu-Kaku - Cupertino, CA restaurant
4.7
4.7 (886)
$30 and under
Japanese
Cupertino
About the restaurant
Founded in Tokyo in 1996, Gyu-Kaku has become the world’s #1 Japanese BBQ brand! Thanks to our devoted fans we have reached over 700 locations worldwide. Each day, hundreds of thousands of people gather around the table-top smokeless grill, a centerpiece of our dining concept, enjoying selections of premium meats, just off the grill, and other freshly prepared foods from our kitchens, inspiring laughter, conversation, and a magical dining experience.

Our authentic yakiniku (grilled barbeque) dining experience crowns you the chef. Share a variety of delicious appetizers and premium cooked meats over a flaming grill, paired with Japanese sake, frosty cold beers, or other alcoholic and non-alcoholic options of your choice. We're the perfect spot to enjoy time with friends and family, organize an office party, or to spend quality time with your significant other!

Before you go, don't forget to taste our best-seller Harami Skirt Steak or Prime Kalbi Short Rib among other must-try dishes!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 1, 2024
I recently had an outstanding experience at Gyu-Kaku, where our evening was elevated by the exceptional service provided by Julianne. She was incredibly attentive and extremely hospitable, ensuring that every aspect of our visit was perfect. Julianne's energy and dedication to making our night special truly stood out, and it's clear that Gyu-Kaku is fortunate to have her on their team. Her warm and friendly demeanor made our dining experience unforgettable.
A photo of Tasting House restaurant
4.7
4.7 (472)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Los Gatos
About the restaurant
We believe wine is better with food & food is better with wine. A perfect pairing is an experience everyone should enjoy....often. Our unique approach to food and wine means we are "wine first". We first curate the wine list which includes 50+ wines by the glass and then we design a food menu that specifically complements the wine. The kitchen is led by Executive Chef Julian Silvera who spent his early culinary career in restaurants in his native NYC. He then took his talents to Florida's Knife and Spoon, where he helped garner a coveted Michelin star. Chef Julian is passionate about sourcing hyperlocal ingredients and has a strong focus on sustainability. Our service team includes ten sommeliers and is proud to offer guests more than 500 wines by the bottle. We are a casually elegant wine bistro open Tues-Sat 5PM to 10PM with live music nightly. The Champagne Bar is open daily noon-10PM. Children are welcome on the patio. The Wine Bistro and Champagne Bar seats adults only.
Top review
ScottW
Dined 4 days ago
Exceptional tasting menu that is as good as many Michelin starred in the Bay Area. Dishes are crafted with an amazing attention to detail by the chef and his team, and feature many local ingredients. Wine selection/pairing is diverse and cohesive with every dish. Atmosphere and service are wonderful as well. Highly recommend and will be looking forward to returning soon.
A photo of Distrito Federal restaurant
4.7
4.7 (83)
$31 to $50
Mexican
Campbell
About the restaurant
DISTRITO FEDERAL IS A UNIQUELY CRAFTED DINING EXPERIENCE THAT DELIVERS THE ESSENCE OF MEXICO CITY TO YOUR TABLE. OUR PASSIONATE CHEFS USE THE HIGHEST QUALITY INGREDIENTS TO ENSURE EACH DISH IS A TRUE REFLECTION OF TRADITIONAL MEXICAN STREET EATS, PRESENTED IN A FINE-DINING STYLE.
OUR COCKTAIL MENU IS EQUALLY IMPRESSIVE AND CRAFTED TO PERFECTION; FEATURING FRESH PRODUCE AND PRESSED JUICES MADE IN-HOUSE WITH THE FINEST OF SPIRITS AND LIQUEURS. THIS ALLOWS US TO CREATE DELICIOUS PAIRINGS WITH OUR PREMIUM DISHES.
WE'RE PASSIONATE ABOUT PUSHING BOUNDARIES AND CREATING AN EXPERIENCE THAT’S TRULY SPECIAL AND UNFORGETTABLE FOR ALL OUR GUESTS. WE STRIVE TO MAKE EVERY GUEST FEEL AT HOME IN OUR SWANKY ENVIRONMENT, PROVIDING EXEMPLARY SERVICE AND TOP-NOTCH FOOD EVERY TIME.
JOIN US AND BECOME A PART OF THE DISTRITO FEDERAL FAMILY. COME FOR THE DELICIOUS EATS AND CHIC AMBIANCE, AND STAY FOR THE UNPARALLELED EXPERIENCE.

Top review
anthonypvip
Dined 3 days ago
This was my first time at this restaurant, and won’t be my last. This was absolutely delicious. The staff was also so friendly and quick. The unique beverages were also just perfect. I wish I had known about this place sooner. Can’t wait to go back!
A photo of Ozumo Santana Row restaurant
4.6
4.6 (449)
$31 to $50
Japanese
San Jose
About the restaurant
Welcome to Ozumo, a Japanese restaurant located on Santana Row in San Jose. Ozumo was one of the first restaurants to combine sushi and robata cooking under one roof. Ozumo offers exquisite robata grilled items and masterfully crafted makimono. Ozumo takes you on a culinary adventure that celebrates the rich traditions of Japanese cuisine. Ozumo introduced chilled, high-quality sake to its’ guests, by curating one of the finest collections from Japan’s most esteemed brewers.

Ozumo remains committed to its culinary roots while also elevating its menu with the assistance of a new Chef Partner, Chef Yukinori Yamamoto. Chef Yamamoto, who embarked on his culinary journey at the age of 18, has accumulated 33 years of experience in crafting Japanese cuisine and is now making a formidable impact at Ozumo.

www.ozumo.com
@ozumorestaurants

Top review
JoyMvip
Dined 6 days ago
Josh was a great waiter. He checked up on us multiple times. Our food came out to good temperature. We enjoyed all the delicious food. Pork Belly skewers and sauce was amazing. Our son wanted more! Can’t wait to go back.
A photo of La Pizzeria - Cupertino restaurant
4.6
4.6 (130)
$30 and under
Italian
Cupertino
About the restaurant
La Pizzeria is a cozy and pleasant spot where you can feel the story and the dedication of its owners along with the strong ties that they have kept with their hometown. Rome inspires its menu. You can find the traditional recipes of the area such as Spaghetti Aglio e Olio and the typical Roman-style pizza. A wide choice of traditional Italian dishes plus a full bar with Italian special cocktails and drinks, and a real Italian espresso, making La Pizzeria the best place to experience the authentic taste of Italian cuisine. A wide variety of VEGAN and VEGETARIAN dishes as well. Now open also in Cupertino after the great success of the Campbell location.
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Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Great experience yet again. Excellent service & great food!
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A photo of The Farmers Union restaurant
4.4
4.4 (1723)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
San Jose
About the restaurant
The Farmers Union is a gastropub located in the heart of downtown San Jose. We boast a 60 tap draft system that features many craft beers, wine on tap, as well as root beer and cider. Our food menu has a large assortment of items with many of them prepared in our wood burning oven, charcoal grill and rotisserie.
Top review
Fbdelc
Dined on Jun 30, 2024
Great service and good food as usual. They were attentive to our late Sunday brunch group, and even when we lingered at our table longer than typical, the staff remained attentive. Will be back in the near future!
A photo of Willard Hicks - Campbell restaurant
4.4
4.4 (1752)
$31 to $50
American
Campbell
About the restaurant
At Willard Hicks - Campbell we offer our guests an elevated experience in a warm, comfortable, inviting atmosphere. Our vision is to provide a balanced experience where quality and comfort are truly affordable. We strive to create a relationship with each of our patrons and truly appreciate our neighborhood community.

We are excited to offer Certified Angus Beef steaks, deliciously prepared on our almond wood burning grill and feature dishes prepared with only the finest, freshest ingredients.

At the bar you will find handcrafted cocktails created with premium craft spirits and an exciting selection of beers and wine.

We welcome you to Willard Hicks; it is our hope that you feel right at home.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Nice experience with my husband. Food was delightful. Our server was super nice.
A photo of Meso Modern Mediterranean restaurant
4.4
4.4 (1045)
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
San Jose
About the restaurant
Meso, meaning “middle,” is a modern Mediterranean restaurant and bar that celebrates the art of living well. An oasis located in the heart of Santana Row, Meso offers daily dinner service, with lunch and weekend brunch offered from 11:30 to 2:30 pm.

The menu, overseen by Chef/Partner Roland Passot, brings together the iconic flavors of the Mediterranean basin, offering guests a delicious journey through the region’s collective culinary culture. Showcasing the region’s most iconic elements, Meso’s design is centered around natural light and running water. Ample space in the bar, dining room, patio and private dining spaces, make Meso ideal for groups of all sizes. A visit to Meso is more than just a delicious meal, it’s a chance to come together and connect.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Nice location in Santana Row near a fountain. Excellent service and menu.
A photo of Doppio Zero - Campbell restaurant
4.3
4.3 (64)
$30 and under
Italian
Campbell
About the restaurant
Opened May of 2024, Doppio Zero brings award-winning Neapolitan pizzas, homemade pastas, and traditional Southern Italian flavors to downtown Campbell. Doppio Zero is a well-renowned restaurant group that has been featured on the Michelin Guide, recognized by 50TopPizza as one of the best pizzeria's in the world and certified Vera Pizza Napoletana by VPN Americas. Enjoy the very best Italian food in Campbell at Doppio Zero!
Top review
TamiBvip
Dined 4 days ago
We had the squid ink pasta and the mushroom pizza. Both were outstanding! We also had the burrata, which was ver good, and Aperol spritz. The drink was high quality and very refreshing.
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