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Billy Berk's

$$ - $$$
American, Bar
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99 South 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95113 (San Fernando)
+1 408-292-4300
11:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun 16:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri 11:30 - 23:00
Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Macomb, Michigan
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

I was in the San Jose area for a business trip. Stopped in to Billy Berks for a quick drink before dinner because we had some time to kill. Bartender was friendly and helpful, drinks were good and so was the appetizer we ordered Bar was totally empty when we arrived (Around 5pm), we weren't sure if it was open... More 

Thank ering318
Kennesaw, Georgia
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616 reviews
370 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

We tried the house made chunky guacamole with fresh chips. Shared a BBQ rib plate. Ribs were large, individually cut with sauce. Side of fresh corn and sweet potato fries. Good food in bar setting.

Thank Thomas V
Houston, Texas
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211 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

When I say corner bar I mean this place sits at the intersection of S. 1st and W. San Fernando and it has floor to ceiling glass walls that provide a great view of the street action. Upon entering you find a huge square bar and tables/booths on the perimeter. My server, Keith, was friendly and attentive. Ambiance is retro... More 

Thank Michael C
Carey, United States
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 May 2016

Unique atmosphere & drink specials, outstanding service (ask for Kyle), and food was terrific. We liked it so much we went back night after night.

Thank Janeen B
Swansea, United Kingdom
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123 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 May 2016

Nice atmosphere + friendly (and extremely patient) staff * good food = great dinner. I ordered spicy shrimp - and it really was very spicy - often when it says "spicy" it's not so I was pleasantly surprised.

Thank bagelobagel
Morgan Hill, California
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248 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2016

You'll find lots and lots of locals here, which is always a good sign when choosing a restaurant. I've never had dinner here, only business-type lunches, and have never been disappointed. Good food, fast and friendly service, and not overly priced. Not cheap, but usually a decent value. Highly recommend.

Thank cabearcat
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168 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2016

Not fine dining, but just good solid what I consider "American" food. Friendly, very quick service, perfectly cooked food and a good selection of beers of which I enjoyed both I tried.

Thank Simon J
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794 reviews
364 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 357 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2016

A good place for a solo traveler (sit at the bar). Food is good (regular bar food and more) and prices are reasonable. Happy Hour Mon-Fri from 3-5pm!

Thank Chr15t1n3
San Jose, California
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168 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2016

We live in the area and eat here often when we are downtown. The food and the service are both very good and the huge windows on two sides of the restaurant give it an open feel and allow you to people watch as you dine.

Thank Mike B
Ukiah, California
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103 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2015

Stopped in prior to a Chris Hardwick comedy show at the California Theater for dinner & drinks! Nice part of town, charming. Hit Happy Hour on a Saturday – how cool is that?!? We ended up ordering from the Bar Food menu, which was large portions and quite tasty! The drinks we ordered were good size drinks and you could... More 

Thank Denise H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$50
American, Bar
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Television
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 99 South 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95113
    (San Fernando)
  • Public Transportation: San Jose Light Rail to 1st St and San Fernando
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: +1 408-292-4300

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