The monopoly tycoons of the 19th century traditionally did their wheeling and dealing at exclusive restaurants, cleverly concealing the fact that they still lived in their moms' basements. Enjoy opulent dining sans pathos with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Asian cuisine at Pagoda Restaurant in the Fairmont Hotel, located in the heart of downtown. You must order foodstuffs in order to redeem your Groupon toward drinks.
Pagoda Restaurant reflects the classic elegance of the Fairmont Hotel in which it permanently lodges. Its menu offers up starters such as crispy fried prawns with sweet and sour sauce ($12) and Peking-style pot stickers served with hot garlic chili sauce ($7). The Classic Hong Kong–style black pepper beef comes paired with bell peppers, green onions, and black pepper sauce ($16) for a palate-punching savory experience, while the crispy honey walnut prawns are dabbed with sweet, creamy sauce and topped with crunchy, honeyed nuts ($16) on the other end of the flavor spectrum. A full bar and specialty tropical drinks are also on hand in the Bamboo Lounge to quench parched palates and to clutch dramatically during weekly tropical detective LARP meetings.
Dramatic and elegant, Pagoda is populated with Chinese antiques and low lighting in a richly hued, elegant environment ideal for entertaining loved ones, big clients, and troupes of spangled trapeze artists. A live pianist tickles the ivories at the piano bar on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Reservations, like wearing chain mail while wrestling a bear, are highly recommended but not required.
Pagoda is closed Sundays and Mondays.
- Honey-walnut prawns, a typical banquet dish, are a study in contrasts: crisply fried prawns with a dab of sweet, creamy sauce are topped with crunchy honeyed nuts. – Gayot
- …this elegant Chinese restaurant offers an intimate dining environment, including opulent décor and a huge central flower arrangement. – 10Best
- Flavorful food, always good. Service is best in town. The staff always remembers us and makes us feel special. – OpenTable diner
Downtown San Jose
170 S Market St.
San Jose, California 95113Get Directions