Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, House of Genji has been serving fresh Japanese fare with flair from its menu of titillating tappan-style dishes (which include soup, salad, vegetables, and rice) and artfully rolled sushi since 1971. Grab a cocktail at the bar and marvel at the chef’s knife skills, flipping finesse, and bold disregard of your mother’s threats to ground him as he playfully executes table tricks and nimbly tosses each succulent morsel onto your plate with bite-sized precision. The tableside entertainment and modern décor make House of Genji an ideal venue for social gatherings, though customers should be aware that a 15% gratuity will be added for parties of seven or more.
While the ancients interpreted one flame on the horizon as heralding imminent war and two flames as "party at Dave's house," three flames have always signaled suppertime. Today's Groupon gets you $40 worth of generous American cuisine at Three Flames Restaurant for $20. This Groupon can be used for dinner only, and you can combine two for $80 worth of food if you bring along the rest of your barbershop quartet. Take the drive down Meridian Avenue for a classic night out with live entertainment and sumptuous fare from both land and sea.
In a neighborhood known for its diverse residential architecture, it makes sense that one of the most beloved taverns looks more like a house than a bar. And to many, it's always felt like home: the historic building originally served as boarding for Italian immigrants, and in its current state, it has adopted a crowd of sports-loving regulars who come out for Sharks Nights and 49ers games.
As early as 9:30 a.m. on football Sundays, Henry's opens its double front doors so people can gather at the gleaming wood bar, in one of the dining rooms, or if they've violated a schoolmarm's rules, facing a corner. There's breakfast in the morning, but the restaurant is most known for its barbecue. Entrees range from teriyaki chicken to 20-ounce porterhouses and come paired with a baked potato and garlic bread. The food has built such a reputation over the past 50 years that it's attracted special guests such as Jimmy Fallon and Man v. Food's Adam Richman.
Le Papillon specializes in three- or four-course prix fixe dinners—and the price is the only fixed thing about them. The beautifully-plated dishes rotate regularly, highlighting seasonal, sustainably-sourced ingredients at their best. Some past favorites include truffled hamachi tartar with pea shoot emulsion and noisettes of red deer with huckleberries.
If you’ve decided to steal away for the night at the San Jose Marriott, be sure to visit Arcadia for dinner. Lounge on the leather couches with a glass of wine before making your way to a table to order a duck-fat fried chicken for two and molten chocolate cake.
Since 1987, the folks at Izzy?s Steaks & Chops have been grilling up the steaks and chops that they see as an integral part of Americana, along with freshly caught local seafood that?s never frozen. All of their corn-fed Black Angus beef is humanely raised at Creekstone Farms, which is dedicated to beef free of hormones and antibiotics. The chefs transform those premium meats into their signature new york sirloin steaks, aged a minimum of 21 days, as well as cuts of slow-roasted prime rib and filet mignon medallions au poivre with pepper cream sauce. Double-cut pork gets a boost from spiced pear, and a lime-chive sauce adds tang to peppered swordfish. Each meal comes with a choice of two sides, such as creamed spinach, the chefs? signature potatoes au gratin, and french fries cut in the kitchen.
House desserts such as new york cheesecake and key-lime pie conclude meals or quiet whining choruses of sweet teeth. Wine, cocktails, and draft beers encourage diners to linger in the cozy space, and during brunch?served only at the San Francisco location?the bartenders mix up cocktails such as peach bellinis or gaelic coffee with irish whiskey.