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Best San Jose Outdoor Dining


Enjoy dining al fresco?  Let yourself be romanced by the sidewalk sounds of a big city or pampered by the peacefulness of a patio garden. Flock to the terrace, deck or boulevard table and share a bite, under the sun, an oversized patio umbrella or the stars. Be it a brunch in the breeze, sunset supper or long lunch, all of it tastes best outside. Visit a few of these top airy hot spots for the best outdoor dining in San Jose.


 

The Basin Mediterranean
14/20
14572 Big Basin Way
Saratoga, CA 95070

Innovative cuisine, regional and international wines, plus specialty cocktails in a charming setting. More...

Campo di Bocce Italian
13/20
565 University Ave.
Los Gatos, CA 95032
Menu
Patrons can eat, enjoy the sunny outdoor seating and play bocce ball. More...

Chez TJ French
No Rating
938 Villa St.
Mountain View, CA 94041
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Housed in an 1894 Victorian, Chez TJ offers multi-course menus of contemporary French cuisine. More...

Forbes Mill Steakhouse Steakhouse
14/20
206 N. Santa Cruz Ave.
Los Gatos, CA 95030
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Juicy steaks along with seafood, cocktails and a notable wine list make Forbes Mill a Los Gatos dining destination. More...

Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant Brewpub
12/20
33 E. San Fernando St.
San Jose, CA 95113
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Singles scene with hearty, spicy pub fare and lagers. More...

Left Bank French
14/20
Dining Room at Left Bank, San Jose, CA Santana Row
377 Santana Row, Ste. 1100
San Jose, CA 95128
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Renowned chef Roland Passot's lively brasserie is ideal for traditional country French cuisine with a modern, creative twist. More...

Nick's American
14/20
Dining Room at Nick 11 College Ave.
Los Gatos, CA 95030
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A locals’ hangout that’s worth the trip for out-of-towners. More...

Palacio Restaurant Latin American
13/20
115 N. Santa Cruz Ave.
Los Gatos, CA 95030
Menu
Latin cuisine and a lively bar scene in downtown Los Gatos. More...

Parcel 104 Contemporary
15/20
Dining Room at Parcel 104, Santa Clara, CA Santa Clara Marriott
2700 Mission College Blvd.
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Menu
Parcel 104 offers seafood dishes and juicy steaks, complemented by a notable wine list. More...

Sino Restaurant & Lounge Chinese
14/20
Dining Room at Sino Restaurant & Lounge, San Jose, CA Santana Row
377 Santana Row, Ste. 1000
San Jose, CA 95128
Menu
Chef Chris Yeo, the man behind Straits, scores another winner with this upscale Chinese restaurant. More...

Straits Singaporean
14/20
Dining Room at Straits, San Jose, CA Santana Row
333 Santana Row
San Jose, CA 95128
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An artful blend of Thai, Indian, Chinese and Vietnamese cuisines and one of the best mojitos in the South Bay. More...

Verge Eclectic
13/20
Toll House Hotel
140 S. Santa Cruz Ave.
Los Gatos, CA 95030

A spacious bar and energetic menu beckon at this stylish destination with indoor and al fresco seating. More...

VILLAGE California Bistro & Wine Bar Wine Bar
13/20
Santana Row
378 Santana Row, Ste. 1035
San Jose, CA 95128
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Varied, seasonal menus accented by a diverse and extensive wine list. More...

Willow Street Wood-Fired Pizza Pizza
Quick Bite
1072 Willow St.
San Jose, CA 95125
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A Silicon Valley favorite serving wood-fired pizzas, fresh salads, and a variety of fish, meat and poultry from the grill. More...

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