Unlike cinematic love scenes, food can be enjoyed in the company of parents without embarrassment. Dodge future moments of uneasiness with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of Latin American fare and drinks at Azúcar Latin Restaurant Mojito Bar & Lounge on East San Fernando between Second and Third streets.
Against a red backdrop lit by candles, Azúcar Latin Restaurant Mojito Bar & Lounge tantalizes taste buds with a vibrant dinner menu of Central and South American, Puerto Rican, Cuban, and Caribbean cuisine. Sip a minty mojito ($9) or a glass of potent sangria ($7) as you admire the bistro's lush palm trees dotted with lemurs on Spring Break. Heartier hungers can chomp into the camarones a la jalapeña ($18.99), prawns sautéed in a creamy onion jalapeño sauce and kept company by spanish white rice, beans, and sweet plantains. Traditionalists, meanwhile, will prefer a Latin American classic, the arroz con pollo ($13.99), chicken and rice slowly cooked in cilantro sauce and bathed in salsa criolla. Azúcar Latin Restaurant Mojito Bar & Lounge also keeps hips a-swivel and booties a-bobblehead with a lineup of live Latin rock, salsa, elevator, and merengue.
San Jose has featured Azúcar Latin Restaurant Mojito Bar & Lounge. OpenTable reviewers give the restaurant a 3.5-star average, 77% of Urbanspooners recommend it, and more than 200 Yelpers give it an average of three stars.
- The cervice [sic] was delicious and the fried calamari was done perfectly. We also had the seasoned steak strips that were very tasty. – OpenTable reviewer who dined on 12/16/2010
- The food was yummy. Boyfriend's skirt steak was well marinated, nice choice on his part. I had the chicken in mole. It was good, "authentic tasting" said my boyfriend. – Gen G., Yelp
Azúcar Latin Bistro
The chefs at Azúcar Latin Bistro don't limit themselves to any one type of cuisine. Instead, they explore the spectrum of Latin American cooking, celebrating the bold flavors of Central and South America. They give equal attention, however, to more traditional dishes, including arroz con pollo, ceviche salvaje, and camarones a la diabla. The restaurant welcomes groups and families to celebrate its fun, tropical roots.
In either location's expansive lounge, bartenders whip up frosty mojitos and margaritas, which pair with a range of small plates. These lounges—and their dance floors—host live bands and DJs, as well as special events ranging from Monday-night salsa lessons to Wednesday-night bilingual karaoke to Thursday-night all-triangle jam sessions.
Downtown San Jose
71 E San Fernando St.
San Jose, California 95113