San Jose’s growing food scene and both upscale and funky offerings, are anchored by their Michelin starred restaurants, pubs offering artisanal craft beers and cocktails and downtown eateries in the SoFA district and San Pedro Square, complemented by the restaurants, shopping, and spas at the upscale Santana row.
Where to stay:
Hotel Valencia (San Jose)
This newly renovated, 215-room, sophisticated, chic and stylish hotel exudes the spirit of Old World Spain embodied with a contemporary twist offers all the latest amenities expected in a world-class lodging experience, like a complimentary breakfast, fine dining options, and a fabulous pool.
Fairmont San Jose (San Jose)
Refined elegance and sophistication flow into each of the 808 well-appointed non-smoking deluxe guest rooms and suites at Fairmont San Jose. Located near Silicon Valley in Northern California, this 20-story luxury San Jose hotel caters to discerning and well-traveled business professionals who expect impeccable quality from their accommodations.
Where to dine:
ADEGA (San Jose)
For an authentic taste of Portugal, visit ADEGA (meaning wine cellar) San Jose’s first and only Michelin-starred restaurant. It provides a modern approach to old classics, using the best seasonal ingredients with a wine room offering a selection of some of the best Portuguese wines.
Grandview Restaurant (San Jose)
Enjoy a great meal of classic American dishes of beef, veal and seafood while taking in the sunset views at the historic Mt. Hamilton Grandview Restaurant located in a breathtaking mountainside location, above the East San Jose foothills overlooking Santa Clara Valley.
The Plumed Horse (Saratoga)
The Michelin starred Plumed Horse offers a sophisticated backdrop for elegant dining offering delicacies such as South Texas Antelope and Hawaiian Big Eye Tuna. Dessert paired with the restaurant’s single-origin coffees and an extensive collection of wines provides inspiration for accompaniment with your meals.
Manresa (Los Gatos)
Three star Michelin rated Manresa Restaurant serves a nightly tasting menu showcasing and offering the finest of each season’s products. The proximity to local farms allows souring the highest quality ingredients of not only the season, but of that day, creating a distinctive dining experience.
Where to drink :
Santana Row (San Jose)
Santana Row features a vibrant mix of over 50 shops, 30 restaurants, CineArts movie theatre, and the boutique Hotel Valencia. You have your pick of dining and places to gather for a drink catch live music and enjoy plentiful parking all within walking distance.
Paper Plane (craft cocktail bar in San Pedro Square, San Jose)
A cocktail bar to rival all cocktail bars, this is a popular spot to hit up for late night hand-crafted masterpieces. Classy without being pretentious, the vibe is bustling but chill with the artisan-style cocktails crafted with care -wine and beer are available too.
Haberdasher (underground speakeasy in San Jose’s SoFA district)
Haberdasher specializes in the finest craft cocktails served in a uniquely sexy and inviting basement atmosphere. Steadfast in the belief that great cocktails can only come from snooty, mustachioed mixologists, Haberdasher invites you to experience their cocktail bar and see for yourself!