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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in San Jose / Silicon Valley

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants 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 Inn at Tres Pinos restaurant
4.8
4.8 (833)
$31 to $50
Continental
Hollister
About the restaurant
Built in 1880, The Inn was at one time a brothel, until it was raided by federal officers. The Inn was a favorite site of cowboys and teamsters, who appreciated the fine foods and jovial atmosphere.
Over 100 years later, the Inn at Tres Pinos is now a San Benito County Historical Landmark, carefully restored by owner, Mike Howard. The ambiance is intimate, rustic, and elegant. It’s country with a touch of class, and decorated in a style that is a reflection of Mike’s personal interest. Mike's grandfather taught him the the art of fly-fishing, and every year the family still fishes together at the Big Wood River in Sun Valley, Idaho. Mike married Mary along the Big Wood River in 2010, and the Inn has become a true family affair. Mike’s philosophy is “Keep it fresh and keep it simple.” His staff is personally hand picked and will make every effort to meet your expectations. The Inn at Tres Pinos is the only four-star restaurant in San Benito Country.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Amazing service and food . Would recommend the bullet shooters and the rack of lamb perfectly cooked
A photo of Chama Nativa Brazilian Steakhouse restaurant
4.8
4.8 (59)
$30 and under
Brazilian Steakhouse
Gilroy
About the restaurant
At Chama Nativa we serve a Traditional Southern Brazilian Rodízio. Our Prix-Fixe Menu, includes two courses. It provides the opportunity to enjoy a variety of Prime Meats including beef, chicken, pork and lamb, which we season and carefully fire-roast to expose the natural flavors contained in the meats.

A meal begins with a trip to our gourmet salad bar, featuring an extensive selection of the freshest vegetables as well as a mix of some of the most flavorful composed salads and hot dishes. The main course, the highlight of the meal, will start when you flip your coaster-sized “chip” from the red side to the green side, signaling the meat cutters you are ready to be served.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 19, 2024
Service was spotty. Meat tenderness and temperatures were inconsistent. Not bad we just thought it would be better.
A photo of Gyu-Kaku - Cupertino, CA restaurant
4.7
4.7 (882)
$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 May 20, 2024
Jason was a great server and made our experience there very nice
A photo of La Foret restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1487)
$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
Lee72
Dined 5 days ago
As usual dinner at La Foret was great. Always a joy to enjoy an unusual dinner expertly prepared, whether it is Bison, Elk, or Venison. And to have the choice of a seafood dinner as an option.
A photo of Galpao Gaucho Brazilian Steakhouse - Cupertino restaurant
4.7
4.7 (596)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 18, 2024
As always Galpao Gaucho is on my top places to eat. Not only is the food amazing, the service is outstanding! Everyone is so attentive, and I never ever feel rushed.
A photo of Mastro’s Steakhouse - Santa Clara restaurant
4.5
4.5 (692)
$50 and over
Steak
Santa Clara
About the restaurant
Mastro's collection of sophisticated, classic Steakhouses and Ocean Club seafood locations are recognized for their combination of world-class service, highly acclaimed cuisine, and live entertainment in an elegant yet energetic atmosphere. A truly unparalleled dining experience.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 20, 2024
Always a pleasure to dine inside your establishment. Ms Zaragoza was amazing . Thank you and will go again…. Oh, for the two sashimi item I ordered, maybe a hint of less soy sauce will be better. Saltness remove the taste of the fish I’ve ordered. Thank you
A photo of Tomatina - Santa Clara restaurant
4.4
4.4 (125)
$30 and under
Italian
Santa Clara
About the restaurant
WE CATER ANY EVENT no celebration is too large or too small!

You’re always welcome at Santa Clara’s Tomatina, our family-friendly Italian restaurant conveniently located minutes from Levi’s Stadium, California's Great America and the Santa Clara Convention Center. Perfect for students of Santa Clara University or Mission College who miss homemade meals or those who want a pre-movie dinner before heading to AMC Mercado 20, we are ready to serve. Each month, Tomatina offers seasonal specials in addition to the normal menu. These offerings have included a chicken apple salad, roasted cauliflower pizza and even a proscuitto and fig piadine. Staples of the menu that guests can always count on are dishes such as the ravioli di formaggi, mini-hand tossed pizzas and a chicken spaghettini with spinach, parmesan and tomato broth.

Top review
CupertinoDiner
Dined on May 12, 2024
They have moved to "order by mobile phone" model rather than menus and their wifi wasn't up to the task. This made ordering a chore. The food was good overall.
A photo of Buca di Beppo - Campbell restaurant
4.3
4.3 (690)
$30 and under
Italian
Campbell
About the restaurant
If you are looking for an Italian Restaurant in Campbell, CA then come to Buca. Our Italian Restaurant serves Authentic Family Style Italian Food. At Highway 17 and South Bascom Avenue, is Campbell, CA's favorite Italian restaurant, Buca di Beppo. When you want authentic Italian pastas, entrees, and pizzas, there's really no other choice! We make sure all of our guests feel like family the moment they walk in the door. Our staff provides stellar service and our trained chefs produce mouthwatering family style portions that are sure to delight. If you have special events coming up on your calendar, book a semi-private dining room or let us provide the cater-ing. We have created several catering packages full of everyone's favorites or you can customize your package to your exact needs. No matter the event or celebration, your Campbell Buca has got you covered! Make a reservation or come in today!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Mar 17, 2024
We had a large party of 20. Our waiter, Jose, took care of us wonderfully. The portions were huge and we had a ton of leftovers but we took it all home. It was a great place to eat and chat with a large party of adults and children.
A photo of Mo's - Campbell restaurant
4.3
4.3 (161)
$30 and under
Breakfast
Campbell
About the restaurant
Please join us for breakfast, Burgers, Shakes, Beers and Libations All Day from 8AM-8PM.
Top review
MarkM
Dined on May 12, 2024
Great for outdoors Sunday brunches. The tater-totchos are fantastic, and each of the entrees are a lot of fun. Eggs Benedict with fried chicken, cream cheese french toast with apricot jelly and dried apricots. Everything is fantastic. Sides of bacon, ham, and fruit were all good. Reservation is on time, and if you use OpenTable, it's super easy and stress free. You won't leave here hungry.
A photo of Opa! - Morgan Hill restaurant
3.9
3.9 (127)
$30 and under
Greek
San Jose
About the restaurant
At Opa! Morgan Hill we offer our guests a warm, inviting authentic Greek dining experience. We provide quality food and excellent service at an affordable price.
Our menu includes traditional Greek dishes, such as, moussaka, gyros, souvlaki and baklava.
From the bar, enjoy a glass of wine or one of our signature cocktails including The Grand Opa! Sangria, The Opa!tini or The Argonaut.
We look forward to serving you at Opa!

Top review
Thao
Dined on Nov 29, 2023
The service was amazing! The best I ever had. I highly recommend Opa Morgan Hill.
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