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“Highly Recommend!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe San Jose

Cafe San Jose
1583 Meridian Ave, Giant Plaza Shopping Center, San Jose, CA 95125-5316
408-265-3020
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Ranked #82 of 1,696 Restaurants in San Jose
Dining options: Breakfast
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Dining options: Breakfast
California
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Highly Recommend!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

Even though in a shopping center strip mall, a great place for breakfast or lunch. Love the retro-like atmosphere. VERY good service, everyone friendly. Delicious food, lots to choose from, reasonable pricing. Every time I visit San Jose, I want to eat here.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Thousand Oaks
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38 reviews 38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Perfect nostalgic diner”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

We had breakfast at the Cafe San Jose. This is a small diner that is in a strip mall tucked away in a corner. I felt like I stepped back in time with lovely pictures of San jose from years past on the walls. This is the kind of place that the servers know almost every patron by name. Basic, good food at a great price, but the kitchen table feeling simply can't be replicated. fantastic.

Visited October 2013
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San Jose
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Breakfast with flavor”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

All the small restaurants should quake in their boots if Cafe San Jose moves to Lincoln Ave. The breakfast was flavorful, freshly cooked and solid service.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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San Jose, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Just right every time!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

My wife and I have been going here for years now. We love everyone who works at the Cafe and the food is very good!

Visited September 2013
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San Jose, California
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79 reviews 79 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Overpriced for what it is”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

I had read several great reviews of this place so my sister and I finally decided to give it a go. I was disappointed. I had French toast that was rather boring and my sister had a waffle that looked incredibly plain. The "fresh fruit" was certainly not the sort I'd picked up just the day before at the Farmer's Market nearby.

Mostly the service was poor (I felt as if we might have been an imposition or something. Maybe one has to call ahead? Maybe it was just an off day?) and the noise was so loud we had to nearly yell to hear one another. I'm sorry, but I won't be returning. For that price I could get a much better deal at some other local places.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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