Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Downtown San Jose Restaurant List Updates! (Q3 2012 Edition)

It has been a while since I updated the Downtown San Jose Restaurants database, but I now think everything is up to date (if not please let me know). We are now up to 227 eateries, which is Downtown's new record!

First off, some bad news. Morocco's--which used to be my favorite restaurant Downtown--is now only open in Mountain View. They are looking for a new location in the San Jose area but don't have any sort of timeline. Blendz is also closed.

Now the good news. 5 brand new eateries with 4.5 star yelp reviews!

  • Original Gravity House - OMG, epic new addition Downtown. 20 craft beers on tab that are constantly changing, home-made gourmet sausages, duck-fat fries, gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches... oh did I mention the 20 craft beers on tap?
  • Back A Yard - Carribean restaurant where Gumbo Jumbo used to be, over 100 Yelp reviews already.
  • Dosa & Curry - New Indian/Pakistani restaurant where Los Gallos De Villa used to be, right by SJSU.
  • Zenon's Place - Reinvention of Nazca Peruvian on San Fernando
  • Devine Grind - New Coffee Shop and breakfast place on Devine and 2nd Streets

Oh but there is more. Little Cheese Shop is now open in the San Pedro Square Market, offering the best cheeses you can find in the South Bay along with gourmet spreads, crackers, and exotic beverages. Whipps is now Cafe Bonne Terre, they still have frozen fruit desserts but have added crepes to the menu. Shellena's Cafe in SoFA is now Just Hot Dogs.

As for the latest status update on my mission to eat at every single restaurant in Downtown San Jose... I'm at 209 out of 227, or 92%. It is now becoming very difficult to try new places with so many amazing restaurants I want to go back to again and again.

Below is the changelog from the Downtown San Jose Restaurants Database:
  • 2/26/2012 Added Sa-By Thai in SoFA
  • 2/26/2012 Replaced Miro's with the Hyatt Place Bakery Cafe
  • 4/7/2012 Added Cre-Paris and Blush to the list (new San Pedro Square Market restaurants)
  • 9/9/2012 Added Morocco's to the Closed DTSJ Restaurants list (rent was too high).
  • 9/9/2012 Added Blendz to the Closed DTSJ Restaurants list
  • 9/9/2012 Added Back a Yard Restaurant
  • 9/9/2012 Added Yelp information to Original Gravity Public House
  • 9/9/2012 Added Devine Grind on Devine and 2nd Streets
  • 9/9/2012 Added Little Cheese Shoppe in the San Pedro Square Market
  • 9/9/2012 Replaced Nazca with Zenon's Place
  • 9/9/2012 Replaced Whipps with Cafe Bonne Terre
  • 9/9/2012 Replaced Los Gallos De Villa with Doza & Curry
  • 9/9/2012 Replaced Shellena's Cafe with Just Hot Dogs
If you haven't bookmarked it yet, here's the link to the spreadsheet! There is also a permanent link over to the right entitled Downtown San Jose Restaurants.


  1. Hey Josh, Is Gravity a good place to bring out-of-towners?

    1. Absolutely, especially if they drink beer. Be sure to sample a few and talk to the owners while you're there. Their brew knowledge is on par with singlebarrel's cocktail expertise.

  2. Yelp, Urbanspoon, Open Table...

  3. What's going on with the space across Paseo de San Antonio from Johnny Rockets? They've papered over the windows with blackbirds, it looks like something is going on in there.

    And what about the old E & O space? It looked like work was going on there, but has since stopped.

    1. Not sure what will eventually go in either of these spaces. It could be that the owners are just prepping the spaces to make it easier for someone to move in.