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Henry's Hi-Life

301 W Saint John St, San Jose, CA 95110-2345
+1 408-295-5414
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good35%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“baby back ribs” (27 reviews)
“baked potato” (27 reviews)
“salad” (53 reviews)
Open Now
4:00 PM - 11:30 PMAll hours
American, Bar, Barbecue, Pub
$$ - $$$
301 W Saint John St, San Jose, CA 95110-2345
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Reviewed 2 days ago

My friend and I wanted to return as we had enjoyed our meal here in 2012. The food didn't disappoint! This is an experience unlike most places and should be visited by Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. The smoky aroma entices you when you enter. You...More

Thank la2nj
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Unique, delicious, great atmosphere. Really great food, beer. Unpretentious and comfortable. Distinctive! I had the baby backs

Thank TravelAddict15222
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Apologies if the attached picture doesn’t do justice to how great the ribs are at Henry’s Hi-life! I finally went to Henry’s on my latest trip to San Jose - I’d had so many recommendations over the years - and now regret not going sooner....More

Thank ADfromSElondon
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to dinner, no reservations accepted. Food was great, very friendly an good service. Drinks at the bar were really good actually the best we had all night for New Years Eve. We saw other locals from our city and they drove the hour...More

Thank laurie784
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a local gem, an institution. But it is an adventure for a first time visitor. The restaurant is in an old slightly run down Victorian. the front door open up to a bar, a bit on the dive side. you take a number...More

Thank robert m
Reviewed 7 December 2017

I have loved this place and especially the staff. They used to have some of the best steaks and prime rib around but now it is worse than terrible. The meat is tough and has virtually no flavor. Don't know if somebody is buying lesser...More

Thank Kenneth R
Reviewed 4 December 2017 via mobile

They get 3 points just to offset the other reviews which tend to be overly enthusiastic. The place us quite fine, but not as exceptional as some present it - it's just hype. You can get a good steak here and a beer - as...More

Thank gruimed
Reviewed 9 November 2017

THE place to go for ribs before a hockey game (or really any event at the SAP Center)! It may be crowded and noisy, but the ribs are great ... and what better way to get in the mood for your big event!?!?!

Thank Kenneth W
Reviewed 9 November 2017

I was trying to go here before Sharks games for a beer but it has gotten way to packed. I'll stick with heading over for lunch it's less crowded then and so obviously better service.

Thank Tony R
Reviewed 9 November 2017

This place has the best ribs and meat around San Jose California. The building that it is located in is also really a neat old building. Highly recommend trying it out.

Thank josephr370
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Kim J
6 December 2017|
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Response from bbon2ur | Reviewed this property |
Not got small groups. I believe the minimum for reservations is 6 but it might be 8.
Brenda L
18 May 2017|
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Response from 2became1 | Reviewed this property |
yes. There are meters that end at about 6:00 PM and parking across the street as well. The earlier you can go the better. The wait can be long around the normal dinber times but it is well worth the wait. Try some of the... More
31 May 2016|
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Response from sjsubabe | Reviewed this property |
There is plenty of street parking if there ISN'T a game/event at the nearby SAP Arena, home of the San Jose Sharks hockey team. You might want to call ahead and check.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
American, Bar, Barbecue, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 11:30 PM
4:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 301 W Saint John St, San Jose, CA 95110-2345
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: +1 408-295-5414
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