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Hay Market Willow Glen

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1185 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125 (Willow Street)
408 295 4800
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Wed 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thu - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Farm to Table in the city

Folks, looking for a little farm to table action well this is probably as close as it comes in good ol' San Jose. Small joint with a pleasant atmosphere serving well whats really fresh and available at the time. Menu variation is explosive due to the high level of knowledge and creativity in the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 22, 2014
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San Jose, California
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English first
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51 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

I'd been to this restaurant awhile ago and enjoyed my visit so I decided to go back for dinner. We made a seatme reservation ( Yelp run reservation system) and were promptly seated even though it was busy. We were immediately told that the fried chicken was 86'd. Of course we were all watching the delicious looking chicken being devoured... More 

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San Jose California USA
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 via mobile

Had a bad first experience a year ago, but thought we would try this restaurant again. Let me flatly say, I don't like this restaurant and I won't return. Don't like community seating. The only two reservable tables are uncomfortable. Went for lunch today, hardly anyone here although the rest of Willow Glen was booming. We had the Cubano ham... More 

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Folks, looking for a little farm to table action well this is probably as close as it comes in good ol' San Jose. Small joint with a pleasant atmosphere serving well whats really fresh and available at the time. Menu variation is explosive due to the high level of knowledge and creativity in the kitchen. Spirits are top shelf and... More 

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Saratoga, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

I called this Jekyll and Hyde because at lunch the restaurant is Kansui - a Ramen restaurant - which I have not been to and in the evening it is Hay Market a dinner restaurant espousing local foods. That is the one I am talking about. The restaurant is totally unpretentious almost factory "bar-room" y family style seating you might... More 

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Carson City, Nevada, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

I was expecting more paleo choices but found only a few. I ordered the pork butt and found it bland. I had expected much more flavor especially as expensive as it was. The food and service was good but not exceptional.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

This is a much lauded, recent, locavore restaurant. The menu is limited to four or five appetizers, few salads and soups, four or five entrees and a couple desserts. Apparently, the menu changes quite frequently, although this restaurant's website, as sparse as it is, does not upload updated menus. Places with frequently changing menus with limited choices usually make me... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

What a terrific find. A simple idea with a striking results. Three movie screens running with foreign movies with no sound. Food was delicious and original. Service was attentive and knowledgeable. Community tables make it feel very European. will definitely return again and again.

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Hay Market is a great addition to Willow Glen. The food is fresh, flavorful, and inventive. The daily menu is printed out, and also listed on a giant chalkboard on the wall. I've enjoyed lunches and dinners at Hay Market, and although I may be disappointed that a favorite dish has moved off the menu, there's always a new pleasure... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2012

My boyfriend and I were looking for something somewhat unique and a little hipper than what it seems is generally available in San Jose. We are in the process of moving up now, and have been checking out spots we may want to frequent. The Hay market sounded like the perfect choice. We started with beer, wine and a cheese... More 

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Gilroy, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2012

Had a wonderful fresh green salad w/ citrus dressing, sauteed carrots (very good flavor), cheese platter (very good) and penne pasta (too much tomatoe, nice flavor). Seating at long tables serving wine. In Center of Willow Glen. Staff could be a bit more personable. Look for the bales of hay out front. No sign.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1185 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125
    (Willow Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: 408 295 4800

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
  • Cuisine: International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
Open Hours
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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