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Cafe Stritch

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Contemporary, Pub
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374 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113-2803
+1 408-280-6161
16:00 - 02:00
Open now
All hours
Sun 16:00 - 00:00
16:00 - 22:00
Wed - Sat 16:00 - 02:00
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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
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100 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had the pleasure of dropping into Café Stritch, known for years for being "the" place to go in San José for live jazz, on November 12th to hear the Michael O'Neill Quintet featuring Kenny Washington. We had heard Kenny Washington perform a couple of years ago with vibraphone master Joe Locke at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola in New York. Saxaphonist... More 

Thank Linda M
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

Cafe Stritch is a cozy family-friendly cafe located in down town San Jose. Its atmosphere is very cozy and romantic. It's a great spot for a date, but also great for a small gathering of friends. I have yet to try the food, but everyone seemed very pleased with it. The grilled cheese and soup looks amazing. The service is... More 

Thank Patrick O
San Jose, California
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262 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

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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331 reviews
190 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 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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47 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 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 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 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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58 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 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 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 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 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 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 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$20
American, Bar, Contemporary, Pub
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Seating, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
16:00 - 00:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 02:00
16:00 - 02:00
16:00 - 02:00
16:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 374 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113-2803
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: +1 408-280-6161
Casual dining. full bar, and world-class jazz club.

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