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

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes 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 Vesper restaurant
4.9
4.9 (76)
$30 and under
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Campbell
About the restaurant
The Vesper is an American craft cocktail bar focused on artisan cocktails and delicious food. Owners Jim & Angelique Stump also own The Table in Willow Glen and Forthright on W. Campbell Ave. Located in Downtown Campbell, just around the corner from the historic Campbell Water Tower.
Multi level dining room, with seating on the patio and inside. Private events for up to 150 people, and small get togethers cool for walk-ins.

Top review
BrianWvip
Dined on May 27, 2024
We had a great time with family and friends celebrating our daughter’s 22nd birthday. The cocktails are always the best. High quality ingredients and perfectly balanced.
A photo of Hercules Draft House & Cantina restaurant
4.8
4.8 (43)
$30 and under
Mexican
Los Gatos
About the restaurant
STEP INTO THE WORLD OF GOOD TIMES AND GREAT EATS AT HERCULES DRAFT HOUSE & CANTINA, LOCATED IN THE HEART OF LOS GATOS, CALIFORNIA. OUR LIVELY BAR AND RESTAURANT IS THE PERFECT DESTINATION FOR FRIENDS AND SPORTS ENTHUSIASTS ALIKE, OFFERING A FUN ATMOSPHERE, DELICIOUS FOOD, AND THE BEST PLACE TO CATCH ALL THE BIGGEST GAMES ON TV. WHETHER YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A NIGHT OUT WITH FRIENDS, A PLACE TO ENJOY A GREAT MEAL, OR A SPOT TO CHEER ON YOUR FAVORITE TEAM, HERCULES DRAFT HOUSE & CANTINA IS THE PLACE TO BE. SO COME ON IN, GRAB A COLD DRINK, SINK INTO A COMFORTABLE SEAT, AND GET READY FOR A TRULY UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE.
Top review
Disappointedvip
Dined on Jun 30, 2024
We had a party of 7 and everything went great. The food was delicious, all of us really liked what we ordered and we had great service.
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.
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
BCrawFab
Dined on Jun 29, 2024
The food was amazing and cost was a good value. Service was friendly, efficient and attentive
A photo of Firehouse No. 1 Gastropub restaurant
4.7
4.7 (568)
$30 and under
American
San Jose
About the restaurant
Gastropub noun\ˈga-strō-ˌpəb\ : a pub, bar, or tavern that offers exceptional food in a casual and comfortable environment.

From succulent pork belly sliders to house made paté on our charcuterie plate and an incredible house-made burger - this is not typical bar food. Paired with hand-made cocktails, exclusive craft beers, and superb wines - Firehouse No. 1 Gastropub offers an experience unlike any other bar. Located in downtown San Jose in San Pedro Square

For parties over 10 please email Dale@firehouse1.com

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
Whole team is so kind and accommodating. Very efficient service and atmosphere. Love going there for a nice dinner , even drinks
A photo of Distrito Federal restaurant
4.7
4.7 (85)
$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
bchechelvip
Dined 2 days ago
The food and the drinks were tasty and creative. The dessert was blah. The service was pretty good overall but somewhat slow. Will probably return.
A photo of Maggiano's - San Jose restaurant
4.6
4.6 (5988)
$30 and under
Italian
San Jose
About the restaurant
Welcome to Maggiano's Little Italy in San Jose, located at Santana Row, San Jose’s newly opened European-style shopping, dining & entertainment destination. Our dining room is ideal for family-style dining with our Italian–American cuisine, reminiscent of a Sunday night visit to your grandmother’s house -- or as they say in Italy, nonna’s casa! These delicious dishes paired with great service, generous portions and a warm atmosphere keep our guests and their families coming back for more.

Join us soon! We look forward to hosting your next business or family gathering.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 5, 2024
My husband and I had a great experience there. The food was really good, all the servers was so kind and even when there’s a lot of tables occupied, the place feels so quiet.
A photo of The Lexington House restaurant
4.6
4.6 (269)
$50 and over
Californian
Los Gatos
About the restaurant
Offering modern American food with global influences. Chef de Cuisine Ethan Carreon and his team create an ever changing menu in tune with the many seasons of the Bay Area. Plates are designed to be shared and experienced by everyone at the table. The Chicken from Fogline Farm is a always a stand-out as well as our vegetarian & seafood dishes. Co-owner Stephen Shelton is the leader of the passionate & authentic service staff on the floor and heads up the well curated cocktail, beer and wine program. Our Patio Dining is a great option for dining or dropping in for a cocktail and a bite around the fire-pit, all offering great views of the hustle & bustle of Downtown Los Gatos. It is well heated & covered for the Winter months (dressing warmly is still recommended). The dining room and bar is a hip, yet sophisticated vibe for date night, a special celebration or just getting together with friends or business colleagues. Whatever the occasion, the vibe is always right at The Lex!


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined today
The food was good but the service was even better! Will definitely go back. Loved loved loved their green salad
A photo of Willow Street Pizza & Taproom - San Jose restaurant
4.6
4.6 (262)
$30 and under
American
San Jose
About the restaurant
If no times are available-we have tables set aside for walk-ins.
Call the restaurant for parties larger than 6.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Great little spot in Willow Glen. We had a wonderful server. The food was good! We were celebrating a friend's birthday. She had never been and commented that she would love to come again.
A photo of Wild Rose Eatery and Bar restaurant
4.6
4.6 (165)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Campbell
About the restaurant
Wild Rose is the perfect place for your next event, a night out with friends or date night. With a variety of flexible seating arrangements in both our lounge and our dining room, it's a perfect venue for large parties, intimate settings, and everything in between.

We are a new modern restaurant that offers a variety of small plates and signature craft cocktails that transitions into an upbeat and high energy lounge later in the evening.

All items are freshly prepared from scratch using locally sourced products when available and the extensive signature cocktail menu. The bar program offers a variety of handcrafted cocktails and small production spirits, along with local craft beer.

Top review
JessChen
Dined 1 day ago
Great ambiance and the food was good. Our server was attentive
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