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Diners' Choice: Romantic restaurants in San Jose / Silicon Valley

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the most romantic 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 The Plumed Horse restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2513)
$50 and over
Californian
Saratoga
About the restaurant
The Plumed Horse Restaurant has been a beacon of South Bay fine dining since 1952. Led by Executive Chef Peter Armellino, it is a destination for those travelling to visit, yet retains its landmark status as a place to relax, unwind, enjoy, and indulge for locals. Michelin has agreed, awarding Chef Peter a star for 15 consecutive years.

Chef's tasting menu, composed of multiple courses featuring items from local farms and fishermen, is the highlight. A la carte is offered in select seatings on certain evenings.

Wear whatever makes you comfortable, but you are here for a special night out, dressing up is fun! While not required, suits, sportcoats and classy attire will generally get you the best seats in the house.

We are an "adult restaurant." If you are bringing in younger patrons, we want to make it a great experience for every guest. We ask for no tablet or cell-phone entertainment that might disturb others. This is your night to make memories with each other as a family.

Top review
ChuckJvip
Dined on Jul 10, 2024
Fantastic evening for my wife and I. Every detail executed perfectly; each dish served thoughtfully with spectacular taste. As good or better than several 2 Star restaurants we have visited.
A photo of La Foret restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1525)
$50 and over
French
San Jose
About the restaurant
La Foret offers fine French dining in an old country setting. We are proudly now offering outdoor dining!!!The historically significant building rests next to a quietly meandering stream in the verdant foothills of New Almaden. Picture windows surrounding the entire dining area allow you to fully enjoy the quietly beautiful surroundings during your meal. Specializing in fine French cuisine, La Foret has earned its place among the area's finest restaurants and in fact has been listed among the 50 best French restaurants in the United States.

La Foret ha an extensive wine list, which includes French and Napa Valley selections. It offers a tasting menu and brunch on Sundays.

This restaurant has private rooms for catering banquet-style private events. It also hosts weddings with capacity for up to 130 guests.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 3 days ago
Excellent dining experience and the food and service was outstanding! Prices are up everywhere, so I expected to see the higher prices, but if just 10% less would have made the difference.
A photo of Polenteria restaurant
4.8
4.8 (121)
$31 to $50
Italian
Los Gatos
About the restaurant
Nestled in downtown Los Gatos, Polenteria serves up Italian cuisine, that is Celiac safe.
We are a small 22 seat restaurant, that is very intimate. With a European feel, many of our guests proclaim that they have been whisked away to Italy or France. We love that!

Many accolades from the SF Chronicle, and the Mercury News as well as Eater SF hail Chef Yvonne and her team at Polenteria for being on the cutting edge of the Gluten Free Movement, and more importantly providing a safe space for those with Celiac to dine without hesitation.

We are a small restaurant and therefore we do have a strict no show- cancellation policy. we need 24 hours or more. Please be considerate of this.

We thank you and look forward to being of service.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Knew by the name it was likely to be a good spot for my wife with celiacs. Did not know that it was completely gluten free. Amazing food and great service. Had to take some bread to go. Would reccomend to anyone but especially celiacs.
A photo of Alter Ego Cocktail Club restaurant
4.8
4.8 (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.
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4.7
4.7 (455)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
San Jose
About the restaurant
Our player pianos make us unique! But our food makes us special. We feature rich European-influenced American dishes using things like:
- Eggs from vegetarian-fed free-range chickens, high in healthy Omega 3 fatty acids
- White whole wheat flour, a variety naturally high in fiber yet light enough for pastry
- Vegetables from local farms that are certified organic growers
- Butter, milk, and ice cream from grass-fed cattle, another Omega 3 source.

Our food is not low-fat or low-calorie, but its ingredients are healthful. The meal will leave you feeling reinvigorated, not weighed down!

Top review
SalvadorR
Dined on Jul 14, 2024
So happy to find a restaurant that cares about sourcing of food comes from. (I only eat grass fed beef)
A photo of Tasting House restaurant
4.7
4.7 (473)
$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
Jacobvip
Dined 6 days ago
One of the best restaurants in the Bay Area! Always love coming here and never disappointed in the champagne and wine selections.
A photo of Galpao Gaucho Brazilian Steakhouse - Cupertino restaurant
4.6
4.6 (608)
$50 and over
Brazilian Steakhouse
Cupertino
About the restaurant
Galpão Gaucho Brazilian Steakhouse, an authentic Brazilian dining experience.

Serving and preserving the Gaucho’s culture and the authentic dining tradition of the Brazilian cowboy of grilled meats and fresh salads.
With 17 different cuts of meats, ranging from beef, pork, chicken, lamb, and fish, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Hearts of palm, artichoke, sweet beets, asparagus, caprese salad, imported cheeses, and cured meats are only some of the almost 40 items that our gourmet salad bar offers.
Side dishes like garlic mashed potatoes, caramelized bananas, traditional rice and black beans, are a perfect complement to the true Southern Brazilian menu.

Whether you are visiting us for happy hour, a business dinner, a family gathering or a special occasion, we invite you to join us for a unique culinary experience at Galpão Gaucho Brazilian Steakhouse.

Top review
StevenCvip
Dined 5 days ago
Great food and service thats ehy i continue to excent food and service
A photo of La Fondue - Saratoga restaurant
4.4
4.4 (4685)
$31 to $50
French
Saratoga
About the restaurant
La Fondue is located in the center of Saratoga Village on Big Basin Way at the corner of 4th Street. The restaurant’s interior reflects a new interpretation of European design that avoids cliché interpretations. La Fondue offers a unique experience serving over 50 types of fondues served tableside. We offer a “chill out” dining experience, a little bit glamorous, a little bit classic. Try our Wild Game, Kobe Flat-Iron, or Private Reserve Filet Mignon cooked in one of our four cooking methods. Then top off your evening with a decadent chocolate fondue dessert.
Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or simply craving a romantic dinner, La Fondue promises an unforgettable blend of mood and food.



Top review
GregS
Dined 3 days ago
Wonderful experience tonight at La Fondue!! Our server was amazing, and the food was terrific. They were even able to make the experience gluten-free and delicious.
A photo of iCHiNA restaurant
4.4
4.4 (653)
$50 and over
Chinese (Canton)
Santa Clara
About the restaurant
Experience Elevated Cantonese Cuisine.
The iChina experience begins the moment you walk through the door when you make a reservation in our Main Dining Room located on the Second Floor. At JiuBa (Bar) located on the First Floor you can book an "experience" for Afternoon High Tea or walk-in anytime for dim sum and cocktails.

iChina serves elevated Cantonese cuisine in the heart of Silicon Valley, using high quality and locally sourced ingredients. We showcase the art of dim sum, creating visually stunning delicacies by using ingredients and flavors representative of Cantonese culture.

The culinary team behind iChina includes internationally recognized and esteemed chefs with experience at Michelin-starred restaurants globally. Our chef-driven menu is designed to pay homage to Cantonese cuisine by preserving and enhancing the food’s inherent tastes with artful use of cooking techniques, spices, and flavor profiles.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
The food is very delicious plus good service. The charge is very reasonable.
A photo of Grand View restaurant
4.3
4.3 (1917)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
San Jose
About the restaurant
The Mt. Hamilton Grand View is a classic restaurant in a breathtaking location, with plenty of outdoor dining, overlooking the exquisite Santa Clara Valley. The memory of a great meal and our sunset views will stay with you long after your table’s been cleared.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 12, 2024
I have a nice Experience wonderful views excellent service and food was great best place to celebrate my Birthday with my friends thank you
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