San Jose Journals

Secrets to the Bay Area

A travel journal to San Jose by gclink

Quote: I live in San Jose and would like to provide secrets to the Bay Area to those who plan to come visit. Restaurants and Sight Seeing activities will be included.

Secrets to the Bay Area

Overview

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My favorite thing about the Bay Area is actually 2 different things. I love to go to San Francisco and shop at the great stores there, plus I love to eat seafood at the great restaurants. In this journal, I am going to cover places all over the bay area to provide suggestions for food and activities. The restaurants listed below are some of my favorite.Quick Tips: If you come in the summer time, bring warmer clothes as you will need jeans and a jacket in San Francisco and around the bay. Also, bring comfortable shoes for sightseeing as most places you want to visit is going to require lots of walking.Best Way To Get Around: Depending on where you are going is depend...Read More

Stanford Court

Hotel | "Renaissance Stanford Court Hotel"

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WOW! is the best way to describe this wonderful hotel. It is located in the middle of San Francisco, walking distance to Union Square (or you can take a trolley car). It is plus. It is about 1 1/2 blocks away from John Stanford''s house. It provides you a great view of what houses use to look like in San Francisco before the 1906 earthquake. The rooms are typical hotel rooms, but they provide nice amenities like turndown service, towel warmer and robes int the bathroom, even a phone too. Our room had upgraded amenities including down comforter. I stayed here with some girlfriends for a night out on the town and we enjoyed ourselves very much. They provide express checkou...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 11, 2001

Stanford Court
905 California St
San Francisco, California 94108
(415) 989-3500

Buca di Beppo

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Restaurant

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Everything is oversized at this self-styled "Italian immigrant" restaurant, from the heaping platters of southern Italian-style specialties to the riot of photos, posters, memorabilia, and just plain junk that crowds the cavernous dining rooms. You want to come hungry. The food is served family style. A small entree will feed 3-4 people easily. The spagetti is wonderful as is the Pizza Margarita. Upstairs while you wait (street level) is a bar to enjoy a before dinner drink. Most of the seating is on a second level (basement). Don't come here for a romantic night, but for fun and adventure. It gets extremely loud so don't have intimate conversations either.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 11, 2001

Buca di Beppo
855 Howard St
San Francisco, California 94103
(415)-543-7673

Cliff House Restaurant

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Restaurant

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Cliff House is the third building to stand in the same location. They offer Sunday Champagne Brunch and meals throughout the week at lunch and dinner. I have only been to the brunch, but it was fabulous. It offered 8 different types of salads including seafood salad, fresh fruit, eggs, bacon, pancakes, fresh crab and shrimp dishes, and much more. Also, waiters walk around bringing Champagne or Sparkling Cider for you to drink throughout the meal. However, the food is not what makes the meal. It is the view. The historic Cliff House sits on its famous perch at the north end of Ocean Beach offering tourists and locals alike a warm and inviting respite from the cold ocean air--not to mention ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 11, 2001

Cliff House Restaurant
1090 Point Lobos Avenue
San Francisco, California 94121
(415) 386-3330

Kuleto's Trattoria

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Restaurant

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Kuleto's provides great Italian food with a California Cuisine flare. It offeres various pasta dishes, steaks, and seafood. The cooks cook the food in an open counter so if you sit close to the kitchen area, you can watch them cook the different meals people ordered. The restaurant offers a full bar and provides excellent service to its customers. The atmosphere provides a nice atmosphere for dinner with your family or a romantic night out with someone special. Your dinner does not include salad, but the warm spinich salad is fabulous. For dessert (if you still want food) you can have Creme Brulee, Tiramisu, or if you are lucky and they have it White Peach Champagne Sherbert. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 11, 2001

Kuleto's Trattoria
1095 Rollins Road
San Jose, California 94010
(650) 342-4922

Scoma's

Restaurant

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Have you ever wanted to eat over the water but not be on a boat? At Scoma's you can enjoy absolutely fabulous food and enjoy the view as well. Scoma's Of Sausalito has the advantage of a prime Sausalito location. Housed on an old Victorian tugboat pier, the views of Tiburon, Angel Island and the mist-shrouded City can't be beat. The menu offers the standard waterfront fare but the execution is fairly consistent. The crowds have been lining up for thirty years. You can't go wrong with a steaming bowl of littleneck clams with a Ceasar salad or one of the daily offerings of simply prepared grilled fish. You'll find that Scoma's Of Sausalito dishes up American food known for their pasta, sandwiche...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 11, 2001

Scoma's
588 Bridgeway
San Jose, California
(415) 332-9551

Elephant Bar

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Restaurant

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People compare this restaurant to Bennigan's or TGI Fridays, and feel it is in this class, but a whole lot better. This Southern California chain is decorated with an over-the-top African safari theme: abundant elephant sculptures, zebra and leopard-print fabrics, waving fans, and waitresses in brief khaki shorts mix oddly with dramatic views of the bay. No wild game on the menu, just typical bar-food classics like burgers, fajitas, ribs, pastas, and oriental chicken salad. The theme decor and reasonable prices attract families, while the large, round bar draws its own clientele from the airport hotels (the Elephant Rampage is a big, pink drink sure to loosen up the crowd). When the Elephant fil...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 25, 2001

Elephant Bar
499 E Hamilton Ave
San Jose, California 95008
(408) 871-8401

Fish Market Restaurants: Santa Clara

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Restaurant | "The Fish Market"

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The Fish Market has five locations across the bay area. It features various types of fish, shellfish, and an oyster bar. I have eaten different shrimp dishes which are good. The Jumbo Tiger Prawns remind me of baby lobsters. Each entree comes with your choice of potato or steamed vegatables and your choice of cottage cheese, cherry tomatoes, coleslaw or steamed vegatables. After dinner (if you still have room), the desserts they offer are fabulous. It includes a dish of chocolate covered strawberries (8 of them), creme brulee, strawberry shortcake, and cheesecake to name a few. Each dessert costs 3.95, which I don't find unreasonable. Especially for the strawberries as one ususally costs ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 12, 2001

Fish Market Restaurants: Santa Clara
3775 El Camino Real
San Jose, California 95051
(408) 246-3474

Gordon Biersch Restaurant Brewery

Restaurant | "Gordon Biersch"

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Gordon Biersch in San Jose is one of several local locations for this brewery. They offer seasonal beers as well as a full bar. It is a great place to meet for an after work drink or where friends can gather to enjoy each other's company over dinner.

They have an indoor and patio seating for the restaurant, while the bar is completely indoors. Their lunch menu offers salads, pizza, sandwiches and pasta, while the dinner menu has steak, more pasta, pizza, chicken, fish, and more.

Did I mention the appetizers? They have chicken and shrimp potstickers, garlic fries, calamari, and soooo much more. Definately a place for friends to gather.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 16, 2001

Gordon Biersch Restaurant Brewery
33 E San Fernando Street
San Jose, California 95113
(408) 294-6785

Dave & Buster's

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Restaurant | "Dave & Buster's"

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Dave and Buster's is an adult arcade. The wait for a table on Friday and Saturday can be several hours especially if you have a large party. Therefore hey provide people with TONS of activities including video games, laser tag, pool, shuffle board, a golf course (interactive of course) and a full bar. The drinks and food are on the expensive side. For example, a mixed drink will cost about $6.50 and it is only 8 oz. The food is very tasty, but be prepared to shell out some bucks if you want a full dinner including appetizer and dessert. They offer some salads (Cobb for example) that are fairly large and are reasonable priced, but the steaks and dinner entrees are on average 16.00. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 18, 2001

Dave & Buster's
940 Great Mall Dr
San Jose, California
(408) 957-9215

Winchester Mystery House

Attraction | "The Winchester Mystery House"

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The Winchester Mystery House is found in San Jose off of Interstate 280 and Winchester Blvd. It is on a small section of land that use to be quite large. The house itself is in very poor condition, but you can imagine what it was like when Sarah Winchester lived here. The gardens surrounding the house are very beautiful. Inside the house you can view bedrooms, bathrooms, and closets that make you wonder if Sarah actually belonged in an asylum after she lost her husband and daughter. The House is open everyday until about 5 pm and on Friday the 13ths and Halloween, they offer flashlight tours in the evening for extreme fun. There is a lot of walking to do and many stairs to climb so...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 11, 2001

Winchester Mystery House
525 South Winchester Blvd.
San Jose, California 95128
(408) 247-2101

Alcatraz Island/The Rock

Attraction | "Alcatraz"

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Have you ever been to prison? I haven't until I visited this interesting location. I recommend ordering your tickets ahead of time as the tours tend to sell out quickly. I also recommend the audio tour as you will have a guide with you who explains the different parts of the prison. It also has interviews with actual inmates. After picking up your tickets at Will Call, you move to get in line for the ferry that will take you to the island. The ferry ride is about 30 minutes. Once you pull into port, you will climb a hill to the prison to pick up your audio tape player for the tour. This will walk you through the tour, which is about 1 hour long. Sometimes at the pier, a ranger i...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 11, 2001

Alcatraz Island/The Rock
San Francisco Bay
Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco 94133
(415) 705-5555

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The majority of the festival is dealing with various foods that have been prepared. People can try Garlic Ice Cream, Garlic Bread, Garlic Shrimp, Rattlesnake, Alligator, and Turkey Legs. The food is all good. There is one section called Gourmet Alley where they sell pepper steak, Shrimp Scampi, and Brushetta. There are also various live performances of local bands in different locations across the grounds. It provides a location for people to go rest and relax from walking or for dancing, if they want. I didn't visit the children's area as I have none, but I saw several walking around with painted frisbees and other craft stuff. There are also several stalls for crafts b...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 28, 2001

Gilroy Garlic Festival
7473 Monterey Street
Gilroy, California 95020
(408) 842-1625