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The Eater San Jose Heatmap: Where to Eat Right Now

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The Table, San Jose.
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Here now, Eater's first ever Heatmap of San Jose, California, which contains nine newish restaurants that have been garnering serious buzz. (All of these have been open for a year or less.) This time around, Eater has consulted with food writer and San Jose local Jeffrey Cianci on his picks for the hottest his city has to offer right now.

So what's hot in San Jose? New American (The Table, Cafe Stritch), Hawaiian (Grub Shack), and Greek (Nemea Greek Taverna), but perhaps the hottest thing right now is the bar scene. Head to Original Gravity Public House for craft beer and sausages, 55 South to get your cocktail fix, Driggsy's to watch the game, and Vyne Bistro for wine and cheese. Below, the Eater Heatmap to San Jose.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Table

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1110 Willow St
San Jose, CA 95125
(408) 638-7911
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A cozy restaurant focused on local sourcing, The Table’s menu is a mix of modern American small plates and entrees meant to be enjoyed with friends. The restaurant also features a cocktail program that features classics such as the Pisco Sour and Sazerac in addition to modern concoctions. [Photo]

2. Grub Shack

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93 E Santa Clara St
San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 977-1566
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A casual Hawaiian grill that lives up its name, Grub Shack serves hearty portions of island favorites such as loco moco and spam musubi. The most popular dishes feature the restaurant’s signature slow-roasted kalua pork. [Photo]

3. Nemea Greek Taverna

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96 S 1st St
San Jose, Ca 95113
(408) 279-4225
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This new Greek restaurant comes from the same ownership of San Jose’s Flames Coffee shops and restaurants. The dining room has been decorated with Mediterranean motifs such as large pillars and ancient looking wine vases, and the menu contains traditional Greek cuisine such as braised lamb with orzo, pita with freshly made deli spreads and rich moussaka. [Photo]

4. Original Gravity Public House

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66 S 1st St
San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 915-2337
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This public house features a rotating menu of domestic and imported craft beer, offering a selection of beer varietals for even the most discerning taste. Accompanying the beer is a menu of gourmet sausages with flavors ranging from the traditional (bratwurst, boudin) to experimental (sweet potato). [Photo]

5. Cafe Stritch

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374 S 1st St
San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 280-6161
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A rebranding of San Jose’s longtime fine dining restaurant, Eulipia, Café Stritch has whisked off the white tablecloths and instead delivers a menu of casual American favorites such as chicken and waffles. Paired with live music and free wifi, Stritch fills the restaurant void in the artistic SOFA district. [Photo]

6. 55 South

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55 S 1st St
San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 288-6000
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Replacing Perfect Finish Wine Bar, 55 South aims to serve those looking to enjoy modern creations as well as prohibition era classics. Popular cocktails include the their Rye-based Old Fashioned as well as Moscow Mules served in traditional icy copper mugs. [Photo]

7. Driggsy's

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1150 Murphy Ave
San Jose, CA 95131
(408) 437-1986
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Combining the feel and comfort of a down-to-earth sports bar with a menu beyond the typical wings and bar eats, Driggsy’s has become a popular gathering spot in North San Jose for sports fans. An elevated sports bar, Driggsy's $12 50/50 burger made from a mix of ground pork and beef sandwiched between a pretzel bun is a fan favorite. [Photo]

8. Vyne Bistro

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110 Paseo de San Antonio
San Jose, Ca 95112
An unpretentious wine bar with a great selection of new and old world varieties with a charming staff, Vyne Bistro is perfect for gathering with friends after work or ending an evening with a loved one. The bistro also offers tasty paninis and a gorgeous cheese plate to accompany your drinks. [Photo]

9. LK Tea&Grill

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2780 Aborn Rd.
San Jose, CA 95121
(408) 531-9630
Serving much more than milk teas, LK Tea & Grill has an extensive menu of omelets, creative burgers and sandwiches, as well as snacks such as spicy popcorn chicken. The bistro also serves freshly made baked goods such as muffins and fruit tarts. [Photo

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1. The Table

1110 Willow St, San Jose, CA 95125
A cozy restaurant focused on local sourcing, The Table’s menu is a mix of modern American small plates and entrees meant to be enjoyed with friends. The restaurant also features a cocktail program that features classics such as the Pisco Sour and Sazerac in addition to modern concoctions. [Photo]
1110 Willow St
San Jose, CA 95125

2. Grub Shack

93 E Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113
A casual Hawaiian grill that lives up its name, Grub Shack serves hearty portions of island favorites such as loco moco and spam musubi. The most popular dishes feature the restaurant’s signature slow-roasted kalua pork. [Photo]
93 E Santa Clara St
San Jose, CA 95113

3. Nemea Greek Taverna

96 S 1st St, San Jose, Ca 95113
This new Greek restaurant comes from the same ownership of San Jose’s Flames Coffee shops and restaurants. The dining room has been decorated with Mediterranean motifs such as large pillars and ancient looking wine vases, and the menu contains traditional Greek cuisine such as braised lamb with orzo, pita with freshly made deli spreads and rich moussaka. [Photo]
96 S 1st St
San Jose, Ca 95113

4. Original Gravity Public House

66 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113
This public house features a rotating menu of domestic and imported craft beer, offering a selection of beer varietals for even the most discerning taste. Accompanying the beer is a menu of gourmet sausages with flavors ranging from the traditional (bratwurst, boudin) to experimental (sweet potato). [Photo]
66 S 1st St
San Jose, CA 95113

5. Cafe Stritch

374 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113
A rebranding of San Jose’s longtime fine dining restaurant, Eulipia, Café Stritch has whisked off the white tablecloths and instead delivers a menu of casual American favorites such as chicken and waffles. Paired with live music and free wifi, Stritch fills the restaurant void in the artistic SOFA district. [Photo]
374 S 1st St
San Jose, CA 95113

6. 55 South

55 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113
Replacing Perfect Finish Wine Bar, 55 South aims to serve those looking to enjoy modern creations as well as prohibition era classics. Popular cocktails include the their Rye-based Old Fashioned as well as Moscow Mules served in traditional icy copper mugs. [Photo]
55 S 1st St
San Jose, CA 95113

7. Driggsy's

1150 Murphy Ave, San Jose, CA 95131
Combining the feel and comfort of a down-to-earth sports bar with a menu beyond the typical wings and bar eats, Driggsy’s has become a popular gathering spot in North San Jose for sports fans. An elevated sports bar, Driggsy's $12 50/50 burger made from a mix of ground pork and beef sandwiched between a pretzel bun is a fan favorite. [Photo]
1150 Murphy Ave
San Jose, CA 95131

8. Vyne Bistro

110 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose, Ca 95112
An unpretentious wine bar with a great selection of new and old world varieties with a charming staff, Vyne Bistro is perfect for gathering with friends after work or ending an evening with a loved one. The bistro also offers tasty paninis and a gorgeous cheese plate to accompany your drinks. [Photo]
110 Paseo de San Antonio
San Jose, Ca 95112

9. LK Tea&Grill

2780 Aborn Rd., San Jose, CA 95121
Serving much more than milk teas, LK Tea & Grill has an extensive menu of omelets, creative burgers and sandwiches, as well as snacks such as spicy popcorn chicken. The bistro also serves freshly made baked goods such as muffins and fruit tarts. [Photo
2780 Aborn Rd.
San Jose, CA 95121

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