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Henry's Hi-Life

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301 W Saint John Street, San Jose, CA 95110
408 295 5414
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast

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  • 8
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good food.

When they call your number it's still a while before you sit at your table. The bar is great so if there's just 2 of you you might let them know you don't mind sharing a 4 top with 2 others. If you're in the bar by the time you get a table you're friendly with a number of people.... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
Cheryl M
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Orinda, California
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Bar scene
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119 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Burlingame, California
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Great beer selection and the ribs are to die for. Worth the wait and has easy location to find next to the SAP area near downtown San Jose.

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Menlo Park, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

I had not been to Henry's for five years until this weekend and I remember the food being delicious. It was very crowded which makes me think my experiance is not typical. The beer was flat, the salad consisted of a tiny bowl of limp iceberg lettuce, the rib's where tough, the chicken rather tasteless, the BBQ sauce had a... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Some things never change and shouldn't; Henry's Hi-Life is one those. Henry's been around for a long time and the building and interior may show its age, but that adds to the wonderful character of this landmark. You're immediately hit with the aroma (and smoke) of the open grill when you enter. It's a pleasant and comfortable feeling, like an... More 

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Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Unique dining experience at Henry's...ancient ramshackle building, often crowded and noisy atmosphere, unconventional ordering and menu...but a serious meat eater's paradise. Come prepared for Flintstone's-like ribs and plate-filling steaks, fresh salads and tasty baked potatoes and a basket full of bread. Staff is friendly and unpretentious. Full bar in front, food in the back. Simple. Satisfying. Henry's Famous Hi-Life is... More 

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Orinda, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

When they call your number it's still a while before you sit at your table. The bar is great so if there's just 2 of you you might let them know you don't mind sharing a 4 top with 2 others. If you're in the bar by the time you get a table you're friendly with a number of people.... More 

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Barstow
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29 reviews 29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Took my son and his roommate here for dinner. Very crowded due to Maroon 5 concert in area. Unique in that you ordered when you walked in, then we were told it would be 45 minute wait to get the table. So we hung out in the bar, very good atmosphere if a little loud. We were seated in about... More 

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San Jose, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

I hadn't been here in a long time and decided to go with a friend during our lunch hour. The ribs were fall-off-the-bone tender and the sauce was perfectly tangy. Lots of variety on the menu, and if it hadn't been lunch time I know we would have like to hang out at the bar for a while. This place... More 

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Cedarburg, Wisconsin
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

After 14 years in San Jose and many trips to one of my fave places, Henry's Hi-Life, I moved back to my roots in Wisconsin. After another 16 years, a west coast family occasion brought me back to downtown San Jose. Remembering Henry's had been in close proximity, my husband and I ventured out to see if it was still... More 

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Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

The best bbq spot in town. And this is not negotiable. Also WWE Hall of Famer Ron Simmons was there. Rib eye and full baby back are mandatory.And you will not smell like a roasted pork! Just be patient, at least 45mins for the line. 40 bucks to get stuffed. Great!

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Dunsmuir, California
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68 reviews 68 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

After walking out of Original Joe's we headed over to Henry's. What a difference! Even though it was 9:30 they still had Prime Rib and it was great. We were the last table seated for the evening as they close at 9:30. 2 of us had the Prime Rib and you can't go wrong. both of our slabs were cooked... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 301 W Saint John Street, San Jose, CA 95110
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: 408 295 5414

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
4:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Saturday
4:00 pm - 11:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?