Restaurant Picks

This is a list of restaurants, cafes, and eateries that your neighbors recommend. We grouped them alphabetically within each broad "distance" categories, starting with the places that are within our SOFNA borders and working outward.

SOFNA's own

Fireside Caffe

3245 Stevens Creek Blvd
San Jose CA 95117
(408) 244-4424

Great coffee, excellent gelato, and delicous wraps. [John S.]

JJ's Blues

3439 Stevens Creek Blvd
San Jose, CA 95117
(408) 243-6441

Live music. Nice folks behind the bar. More no-cover nights than before. You can order at the Slice next door and have them bring it over. [Mike O.]

Roundtable Pizza

3253 Stevens Creek Blvd.
San Jose, CA 95117
(408) 296-3040

Tony & Alba's Pizza

3137 Stevens Creek Blvd
(408) 246-4605

Good beer selection. Good Italian plates. [Mike O.]

White Shallot Restaurant

3143 Stevens Creek Blvd
San Jose, CA 95117
Tuesday-Friday 11:00 am - 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday 11:00am - 9:00 pm

Yeganeh Bakery

3275 Stevens Creek Blvd # 115
San Jose CA
(408) 666-1229
Monday - Thursday 9:00 am 9:30 pm
Friday and Saturday 9:00 am 10:30 pm
Sunday 9:00 am 8:00 pm

Famous for their sangak bread (flatbread)

Walking Distance

Amber India

377 Santana Row # 1140
San Jose, CA 95128
(408) 248-5400

Excellent food, but not cheap. [Mike O.]

Amber India is very tasty, though a bit pricey for Indian food. [Joan P.]

Cocola Bakery

333 Santana Row # 1045
San Jose, CA 95128
(408) 551-0018
Sunday to Wednesday 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday to Saturday 8:00 am - 12:00 am

I go to Cocola's a lot. I like their cappuccino but not as good as other places. [Joanne A.]

Golden Mushroom Pizzeria

202 Saratoga Ave
Santa Clara, CA 95050
(408) 247-9671

I like Golden Mushroom for the neighborhood atmosphere & beer-bar chatter (in the Saratoga/Pruneridge shopping center). [Mike O.]

New Krung Thai Restaurant

580 N Winchester Blvd
(408) 248-3435

Excellent food, but not cheap (make reservations). [Mike O.]

Pasta Pomodoro

378 Santana Row
San Jose CA 95128
(408) 241-2200

At Santana Row, I like Pasta Pomodoro for its healthy selections and great prices! This week I had a delicious Salmon on cannelini beans selection. We ate outdoors in the beautiful weather. Doesn't get any better! [Joanne A.]

I'd walk to Pasta Pomodoro for their brussell sprouts plate alone. [Mike O.]

Sino Restaurant

377 Santana Row # 1000
San Jose, CA 95128
(408) 247-8880

Sino at Santana Row has wonderful dim sums. One of my favorite restaurants. [Joanne A.]

Bicycling Distance

By The Bucket

4565 Stevens Creek Blvd
Santa Clara CA 95051
(408) 248-6244

A few blocks west on Stevens Creek is "By the Bucket" with a wide range of selections including seafood, pastas, etc, etc. 2-for-1 coupons are in the paper all the time. [Joanne A.]

Falafel Drivein

2301 Stevens Creek Blvd
San Jose CA
(408) 294-7886

We like Falefel Drive In, a few blocks east on San Carlos right before Bascom and just past the freeway intersection. They make wonderful falafel and there are lots of shaded tables to sit and eat outside during nice weather. [JoAnn M.]

Harry's Hoffbrau

390 Saratoga Ave
San Jose CA 95129
(408) 243-0434

Good food at good price and wide beer selection (how many bars in there? big place). [Mike O.]

Isabella's Restaurant

700 S Winchester Blvd
San Jose, CA 95128
(408) 248-7378
Monday-Thursday 11:00am - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday 11:00am - 11:00pm
Sunday 2:00pm - 8:00pm

Isabella's Restaurant

We discovered a great restaurant called "Isabella's" in that little shopping center where "Honey Baked Hams" is located. Isabella's serves the freshest food and very fresh seafood. It is South American Cuisine, specializing in classic Peruvian seafood dishes. The chef is straight from Peru and speaks very little English. They have lunch specials for $6.95 and the dinner menu is very reasonable. Very clean, good service, and nicely decorated. [Rosemary C.]

Viva Taqueria

444 N. Winchester Blvd.
Santa Clara CA 95050
(408) 615-1126
9:00 am to 9:00 pm, 7 days of the week

We sampled the fish taco and a super burrito with carnitas. Excellent. Two could share one of their burritos. The red, green, and chipotle salsas are also excellent. [John S.]

Mimi's Cafe

1200 El Paseo De Saratoga
San Jose CA
(408) 378-0778

My favorite cappuccino is at Mimi's(Westgate area), just like in Italy! [Joanne A.]

Yuki Sushi

1827 Pruneridge Ave
Santa Clara CA 95050
(408) 248-9144

Our very favorite for dine in or take out is Yuki Sushi. If you go often enough, they remember your name! It's family run, the fish is always very fresh - just a great place for Japanese cuisine. There are many options - my children really like all the teriyaki-glazed foods: salmon, chicken, beef. Just great. [Joan P.]

Zeni Ethiopian Restaurant

1320 Saratoga Ave
San Jose CA 95129
(408) 615-8282

Tasty and fun. Lots of vegetarian options. They have one room where you can sit at tradtional tables and they serve the food family style. You use your bread to scoop up the main courses - no utensils. [JoAnn M.]

More Distant

Dick's Bakery

1593 Meridian Ave
San Jose CA 95125
Sunday-Monday 7:30am - 4 pm
Tuesday-Thursday 6 am - 6:30 pm
Friday-Saturday 5:30am - 7 pm

Specialty's Bakery and Cafe

Several locations in Santa Clara County, throughout California, plus a few locations in Washington (Seattle, Bellvue), and even Chicago!

3399 Bowers Ave
Santa Clara CA 95054
Sunday 7am-6pm
Monday-Friday 5:30am-7pm
Saturday 7am-6pm

Last Updated: January 2016
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