San Jose Dining

San Jose DiningSan Jose, as the third largest city in California and the unofficial capital of Silicon Valley, has come into its own in recent years in terms of dining. Whether you're looking for a business lunch, a celebration dinner, or just a quick bite, you'll find plenty of unique and delicious choices.

Le Papilion is where to go when you want to pull out all the stops. Customers rave about the seared scallops, the lobster, the pea soup, and the duck at this French restaurant, which features three- and four-course prix fixe meals.

Aqui Cal-Mex has two locations in San Jose, both of which feature their "swirl" margaritas, in which special ingredients such as sangria or bourbon are swirled into your margarita. Homemade guacamole gets many thumbs up here as well.

There's often a line at Pizza Antica on the popular Santana Row, and with good reason. Best known for its specialty pizzas: fennel sausage and portobello mushroom pizza; potatoes and truffle oil pizza; and corn, arugula and bacon pizza are all favorites. But don't miss the Brussel sprout salad in season!

Los Gatos Brewing Company has expanded to San Jose, and features house-crafted microbrew beers and homemade bread with a whole array of dipping oils to choose from. It's a great place to watch the game, with TVs everywhere.

SJ Omogari Korean Restaurant brings you comfort food from the far east, whether you crave bibimbap or bulgogi, and you'll always get free green tea ice cream to top off your meal.

Chacho's Restaurant in downtown San Jose is a great after-work stop for drinks and dinner. The restaurant handles restricted diets with ease, offering soy chorizo and plenty of vegetarian options.

If you're looking for a business or weekend breakfast, Bill's Cafe gives you four locations to choose from, and an enormous menu of unique breakfast options as well. You'll find it hard to choose between the eggs Cordon Bleu, the bread pudding French toast, and the enormous eggs Benedict menu (favorites include the California Benedict and the crab cakes Benedict).

Sam's BarBQue is a casual dining joint in west San Jose with live music midweek. Pulled pork and the beef brisket are the stars of this home-style barbecue restaurant, with the meat cooked long, slow, and smoky.

For just a quick bite, try the burgers or seared ahi at El Patio Cafe in east San Jose or ask chef Diego to create something special for you.