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Cafe Stritch

American, Bar, Contemporary, Pub
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374 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113-2803
(408) 280-6161
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed - Sat 4:00 pm - 2:00 am
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San Jose, California
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240 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a popular watering hole in downtown San Jose. It has live music and other performances and it's a favorite for nightlife. However, the food's always been mediocre when we've visited and tonight's no exception. I had the chicken and waffles. The chicken was breaded and fried and tasteless. The waffles were OK if slightly underdone. The slaw had... More 

Thank Steven L
Green Valley, California
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251 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016 via mobile

Interesting place. Live jazz that is pretty cool. Decor and surroundings are more like a brew pub than club or cafe. Different thing about this place is that you order your food at the counter, pay for it before you see it, receive a pager, and wait for them to buzz you so you can retrieve your own food, bus... More 

Thank WineEng
San Jose, California
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34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

It is always packed on the weekends. Bar staff isn't particularly nice and the wait sucks. But, food is great, kitchen staff is friendly and fast.

Thank dasenkaharykova
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2016

This spot is a winner. I will always go here if I'm in San Jose again. It is a low-key spot with brick walls, dim lighting and small tables. You feel like one of the "cool kids" when you step into this place. The staff was super friendly and even explained to me how things "worked" (ordering, self-seating, etc.) The... More 

Thank Qtkira
San Jose, California
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45 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016

It's a nice little place to go grab a cocktail and dinner. Certain nights it can be a little loud when they have a live band or other performance.

Thank willowezra
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25 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2016 via mobile

I love this place. They have a really neat atmosphere with live jazz bands on every weekend night and even some week-nights. I've had the macaroni (with mushrooms added in) twice and was so pleased and satisfied with it, and recently had the burger which was excellent. They have fast service, and like I said, the atmosphere is so intriguing... More 

Thank Brennan W
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2016

Cafe Stritch is a great place to get drinks and food and listen to some music. You oder your food at the corner and get a buzzer so you know when your food is ready. Great for big groups who don't want to hassle with splitting a check. The food is not high end, but tasty. The music is great!

Thank Tania M
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2016

Every weekend a true Jazz experience with the possibility of good food or just a drink. The performs are always hight level and satisfying and the atmosphere is relaxing. My favourite place in SJ!

Thank Alestava
San Jose, California
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147 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2016

In general Stritch gets excellent musical talent to the enjoyment of their patrons...the evening we were there the jazz group was REALLY good. The food had the potential for being interesting but the night we were there the execution was disappointing. I also am not a fan of the cafeteria format... The grilled cheese and tomato soup was OK at... More 

Thank HikingLee
San Jose, California
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375 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

In San Jose this place stands out as a hipster jazz bar/restaurant, but in most metropolitan cities i twould be just another restaurant that features live bands in the evenings. Everything is relative I suppose. For those that have never been out of provincial San Jose, Strtch may be a cool joint, for those who have it won't be quite... More 

Thank Rob C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$25 - $40
American, Bar, Contemporary, Pub
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 374 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113-2803
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: (408) 280-6161

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