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Hay Market Willow Glen

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1185 Lincoln Ave, San Jose, CA 95125-3002 (Willow Street)
408 295 4800
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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Tue - Wed 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thu - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2016 via mobile

While the Hay Market was awesome, the new sports bar incarnation "Over Under" is a better fit for the neighborhood. The cornbread is awesome and love the variety of small plates to snack on while watching a ball game. Great cocktails and beers. Ask for the red lavender beer as it is awesome. Definitely worth a try. Ok but not... More 

Thank Peggy S
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53 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 via mobile

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 

Thank Myron1947
San Jose California USA
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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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 

Thank KLM-Assoc
San Jose, California
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97 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
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 

Thank WineCoyote
Saratoga, CA
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156 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
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 

Thank Mithra
Carson City, Nevada, United States
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5 restaurant reviews
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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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New York City
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247 restaurant reviews
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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 

Thank Brooklynite_Abroad
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31 restaurant reviews
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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.

Thank veronron
San Jose, California
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35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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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 

Thank Cali4niaColleen
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30 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$31 - $50
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1185 Lincoln Ave, San Jose, CA 95125-3002
    (Willow Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: 408 295 4800

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?