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Where to Eat in San Jose - Street Food Festivals, Delicious Vegetarian, and Fine Japanese Dining

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The city embraces a plethora of world cuisines, so foodies will be delighted by what San Jose has in store, including excellent vegetarian options. Close ties with Japan mean there's plenty of fresh sushi, udon noodles, and teriyaki dishes. In Little Saigon, you'll find authentic Vietnamese banh ma sandwiches and rich pho soups. And it wouldn't be California without a great selection of Mexican food.

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Expect ingredients that pack a punch, like juicy grilled burgers and vegan dishes that'll keep the most ardent carnivores coming back for more. Fresh sandwiches are prized for convenience without skimping on taste.

Downtown San Jose


Downtown is where it's at for an eclectic mix of first-class food. You'll be able to find everything from classic Italian, like wood-fired pizza, to traditional Greek food, and Caribbean cuisine. For award-winning guacamole in a lively atmosphere, head to Mezcal for Mexican dishes made from family recipes handed down through generations, like chiles rellenos, or stuffed chilies with rice and tortillas. At Good Karma Vegan Café, you'll find mouthwatering meals like pulled pork tacos in house-made barbecue sauce with fresh corn tortillas and salad. Or try yellow Thai curry in coconut cream sauce.


  • Mezcal, 25 West San Fernando Street, San Jose, CA 95113; Tel: +1 408 283 9595; Website: Mezcal

  • Good Karma Artisan Ales & Café, 37 South 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95113; Tel: +1 408 294 2694; Website: Good Karma Artisan Ales & Café




Japantown, just north of downtown San Jose, has a time-honored tradition of representing the city's best Japanese cuisine. There are eateries to suit different budgets, from fine dining restaurants to casual joints. A local favorite, Gombei serves a variety of yummy dishes like teriyaki chicken and donburi; large bowls of rice with a saucy mixture of vegetables and your choice of protein. Kubota plates gourmet Japanese food in an elegant, cozy atmosphere. You can try the delicious shoyu salmon medallions with rice and crisp salad. Don't forget to order a glass of cold sake with your meal.


  • Gombei, 193 East Jackson Street, San Jose, CA 95112; Tel: +1 408 279 4311; Website: Gombei

  • Kubota, 593 North 5th Street, San Jose, CA 95112; Tel: +1 408 279 8440; Website: Kubota


Little Saigon


Little Saigon is the place to be for authentic Vietnamese food and coffee. You'll be spoiled for choice at Bun Bo Hue An Nam, a local eatery with a cozy decor and scrumptious food, like rich bowls of pho (pronounced "fuh") soup or bun bo hue, a vermicelli noodle soup. Then head over to Soyful Desserts for a smorgasbord of sweet treats, like a fragrant, foamy milk jasmine green tea. Or you can opt for one of their specialty soy puddings with caramel syrup and coconut milk and your choice of additional toppings, like red bean and sago.


  • Bun Bo Hue An Nam, 740 Story Road #3, San Jose, CA 95122; Tel: +1 408 993 1755; Website: Bun Bo Hue An Nam

  • Soyful Desserts, 999 Story Rd Ste 9048-B San Jose, CA 95122; Tel: +1 408 216 9026; Website: Soyful Desserts


Willow Glen


This lush, tree-lined neighbourhood has a variety of options to choose from, like the weekly street food fest on Friday nights, Moveable Feast. It features dozens of choices, such as Kasa Indian and Seoul on Wheels, serving Korean-Mexican fusion food. It's a special treat for foodies worth saving your appetite for. At The Table combines an excellent ambience and delicious flavors. Popular dishes are the melt-in-your-mouth braised beef cheeks with wild arugula, pickled beets, and buttermilk horseradish, and Brentwood corn alfredo made with pappardelle pasta. Make sure to leave room for pot de crème au chocolat.


  • Moveable Feast, 2310 Canoas Garden Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125; Website: Moveable Feast

  • The Table, 1110 Willow Street, San Jose, CA 95125; Tel: +1 408 638 7911; Website: The Table