For 10 days in June, diners in downtown San Jose can experience the best the city’s finest restaurants have to offer with specially priced, three-course, prix fixe dinners at Dine Downtown Restaurant Week. Meet some of the chefs behind these favorite restaurants.
Meet Doña Libo Gomez and Adolfo Gomez, the mother and son duo at Mezcal Restaurant. Mezcal boasts one of the most distinctive dining rooms in San Jose. The brick exterior, metal work, and indigenous Mexican motifs sets the restaurant apart from its neighbors. Mezcal proudly serves authentic Oaxacan regional cuisine utilizing family recipes passed on from previous generations.
The Farmers Union
Meet Alex Jimenez at The Farmers Union. This is an American tavern where everything is put into the mix: delicious food; old fashioned cocktails alongside some original creations; over 52 craft beers on tap; and wines that don’t cost a fortune but taste like they do, many of which are from a custom-designed wines-on-tap program. The Farmers Union is comfortable and unpretentious; a place that is perfect for lunching with co-workers and the boss, impressing a date, or hanging out for the night with a group of close friends.
Nomikai Social Food + Drinkery
Meet Emil Marquez at Nomikai. The social food of Nomikai blends unique ingredients on specialty dough, fusing exotic flavors with familiar presentations. Whether it is called pizza or flatbread, the result is a combination of casual and highly addictive eats. Nomikai is also a full bar– what they like to call a drinkery–offering premium Japanese sake, craft spirits, beer, and wine. Nomikai isn’t a place for a getaway; it’s a place to get together.
SP2 Communal Bar + Restaurant
Meet Ben Robin at SP2 Communal Bar + Restaurant. SP2 presents delicious, locally sourced, American bistro cuisine from premier executive chef Ben Robin and house-made, hand-crafted cocktails from passionate bartenders. Adjacent to San Pedro Square Market and a slap shot away from the SAP Center, diners can lounge out on the open patio for a sunny day brunch or spend the night hanging out.
Loft Bar & Bistro
Meet Jesus de la Cruz at Loft Bar & Bistro. This two-story San Jose restaurant has it all. With upstairs and downstairs dining rooms, two exquisite granite-top bars, and a beautiful rooftop garden patio, the Loft is fast becoming the hipster spot to begin or end a night out in San Jose. The menu consists of unique and familiar dishes, such as panko crusted chicken breast, scampi prawns, and braised lamb shanks.