I have been in San Jose the last week exploring the city with the tourism board and discovered the city is full of delicious finds!! Every single dish I tasted this past week blew me away in some way. The culinary scene in San Jose is not to be missed – you are doing yourself a disservice by not eating here.

You can actually browse all the delicious food by the hashtag #SanJoseEATS on Instagram and find your next meal inspiration – and don’t forget to tag your own food photos in the city with the hashtag.

San Jose has restaurant week going on from January 15-28th with restaurants throughout the city. I had a chance to dine at some of them to share with you!

*Some of the restaurants I dined at I also ordered food off of their regular menus and I noted that.

LB Steak

Located in the trendy Santana Row area, LB Steak is offering a generous restaurant week sampling from their happy hour menu.

**The 24K dessert is not part of restaurant week but I wanted to try it and I think you should too! Loaded with bacon, a brownie, 24K gold, ice cream, and sauce choices, this is going to curb any sweet tooth.

Seared Pork Belly
White Gulf Prawns
Fried Monterey Calamari
LB Sliders
Grilled Flatbread
24K Sticky Piggy Sundae

Fountain Restaurant – Fairmont San Jose

I loved the restaurant week experience at Fountain Restaurant inside the Fairmont because they are trying something completely different. They are doing an indoor picnic style theme:

Sample Menu

  • Artisan Charcuterie with Grilled Breads
  • California Creamery featuring California Cheesemakers
  • South Tower Honey and Honeycomb
  • Roasted Apple and Butternut Squash, Sweetened with South Tower Honey, Crème Fraiche and Pepitas
  • Orecchiette Pasta Salad with Roasted Peppers, Kalamata Olives, Charred Broccoli and 12 Year Aged Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Rum Toffee Eclair with Black Walnut Sables

My personal favorite was the honey clouds that the chef made from the honey that is made on the roof top. They are fluffy and sticky and dissolve – yet were the perfect addition to the cheese board.

I did try some of the breakfast items during my stay and all the food is amazing!

Charcuterie & Cheese
Cheese Board
Full breakfast spread
French Toast


Left Bank

Also located in Santana Row, Left Bank is where you go for your French fix. Some of you may know this about me but I loathe blue cheese – even the smell is unbearable. However, I did try the fondue at Left Bank and it was the best dish in my opinion – and it did have a mixture of cheeses, including blue cheese. My second favorite dish was the mussels.

Fondue Aux Fromages
Lamb Meatballs
Moules Thailandaise
Truffle Parmesan Pommes Frites

Oveja Negra

Located in Santana Row inside the Hotel Valencia, I went through quite the culinary journey here at Oveja Negra. They are only offering one dish for restaurant week (Poutine) but it is so good! They put their own spin on it and the cheese curds are spectacular.

I did try some of the other dishes on the menu and was so happy about the selections.

Poutine (only dish they have for restaurant week)
Chicken drumsticks

District San Jose

Newly opened and located in San Pedro Square, District will be offering several pairings for their restaurant week. I loved all the food we tried and we did order items outside of the restaurant week menu as well – I found it was a great mix of foods to try.  The two items below on their restaurant week menu is the whiskey flight and the cheese and charcuterie board.

Whiskey Flight
Charcuterie & Cheese Plate Sampler
Margherita Pizza
Deviled eggs
Maple Bacon Flatbread


That is a wrap on my dining finds for restaurant week in San Jose. I wish I could have tried ALL the restaurants but time did not allow.

What dish looks the best to you?

**Disclaimer, I was hosted b the San Jose Tourism Board and the Fairmont San Jose

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