Owner Craig Guynes spoke with us about his passion for bringing East Coast-style seafood to the West Coast, as well as the best way to react to an animatronic shark.
East Meets West
Craig learned to love seafood while growing up in Maryland. So when he and his wife, Irene, decided to open a restaurant in San Jose, Craig was keen on injecting a bit of East-Coast flair into everything from the menu to the decor. The restaurant's nautically themed dining room—complete with strung fishing nets, weathered lengths of rope, and wood-slat booths—mimics the look of a Maryland crab shack. Craig says that it's the small details which truly capture that spirit. To wit, the chefs use Icelandic cod instead of Pacific cod when making fish and chips, and seasonal shipments of Maryland blue crab are the key ingredient in the crab cakes.
A Tale of Two Crabs
Crab cakes are easily one of Craig's favorite items on the menu—"it's what I grew up on," he says—but what kind of crab makes the best cake? The sheer size of Dungeness crabs caused Craig's jaw to drop the first time he saw one, but he says they will never replace blue crabs in his heart. Every season, he drives to the airport so that he can personally retrieve shipments of blue crab directly from Maryland. Craig chuckles when he mentions that Blue Water Seafood & Crab has amassed a rather loyal following of blue-crab lovers in the area. They also keep tabs on these shipments, and usually arrive at the restaurant not long after the crustaceans do.
Surf, Turf, and More
Seven different kinds of oysters sourced from Washington State to Maryland. A tank full of live lobsters and crabs awaiting customers' selection. Add to that all manner of grilled, blackened, and steamed seafood, and the ocean's bounty is quite well-represented at Blue Water Seafood & Crab. Craig and Irene saw no reason to limit the menu, so they diversified with Angus beef burgers, pasta bowls, and other landlocked meals. Craig is especially proud of the full bar, which tempts diners with a range of draft beers, specialty cocktails, and Japanese sakes.
A Welcome to Remember
At Blue Water Seafood & Crab, every visitor gets greeted the same way: by a life-sized animatronic shark hanging from the ceiling. The motion-sensitive predator springs to life whenever the door opens, gnashing its teeth, wiggling its fins, and moving its tail—all with perfect anatomical accuracy, according to Craig. "It does all the stuff that a moving shark does," he says proudly. His favorite reactions usually come from the children, who sit at their tables with eyes wide and mouths agape, unable to look away from the shark until they finally exclaim, "I can't believe that's there!"
Amp up the cool factor at hip MIZU Sushi Bar and Grill, and enjoy grade-A, supreme sushi that looks as good as it tastes.
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With a stay at Hotel Valencia Santana Row in San Jose, you'll be in the entertainment district and minutes from Santana Row Shopping Center and Winchester Mystery House. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Westfield Valley Fair Shopping Mall and San Jose Municipal Rose Garden.
Make yourself at home in one of the 213 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available to keep you connected. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations, makeup/shaving mirrors, and designer toiletries. Conveniences include safes and desks, as well as direct-dial phones with free local calls and voice mail.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
DonÃât miss out on recreational opportunities including an outdoor pool and a fitness facility. Additional features include a concierge desk, wedding services, and a television in the lobby.
Enjoy a meal at a restaurant, or stay in and take advantage of the hotel's 24-hour room service. At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, limo/town car service, and business services. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. Parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.
Fuji Sushi Restaurant's extensive sushi menu earns top-notch ratings from its local patrons — be sure to roll on over and judge for yourself.
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If you're strapped for time, take out food from this sushi spot.
Catering services are also available.
Both garage and street parking is readily available for Fuji Sushi Restaurant patrons.
Fuji Sushi Restaurant offers parking for all diners, including those who travel by bike.
It will typically cost you about $30 to enjoy a meal at Fuji Sushi Restaurant.
Fuji Sushi Restaurant is serving up some of the most highly-rated sushi in all of San Jose.
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Fresh fare can be found at McCormick and Schmick's Seafood, where diners seek to sample every seafood dish on the menu.
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Catering services are also available.
Or, take your food to-go.
Ample parking is available — the nearby lot is open to diners, as is valet, if preferred. For those who choose to find their own space, street parking is also an option.
A typical meal at McCormick and Schmick's Seafood will set you back less than $30.
Fresh fare can be found at Fish Market Restaurants, where visitors seek to sample every seafood dish on the menu.
The menu at Fish Market Restaurants does not include any low-fat options, so come ready to indulge.
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Reservations are offered, so call ahead to lock down your table.
Fish Market Restaurants offers an informal dining experience for those who are allergic to jackets and ties.
Or, take your grub to-go.
Catering is also available if you'd like serve Fish Market Restaurants' tasty dishes at your next party.
If you're driving, be sure to take advantage of the nearby lot.
You can take it easy on your wallet at Fish Market Restaurants — prices are generally less than $30 per person.
Major credit cards — including Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express — are accepted.
San Jose is among the largest cities in the US by population, and San Jose restaurants certainly reflect the city’s growing size and diversity. Swanky downtown San Jose restaurants set the bar high for the rest of the city’s eateries, which range from top-notch spots for pho to family-friendly places that are perfect for kids. Finding a good meal somewhere in the city is even easy to do first thing in the morning. Bill’s Cafe, for instance, fills early-rising bellies with addictive crab-cake benedicts and other dishes that could easily contend for best breakfast in San Jose.