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Where to Eat Near Levi's Stadium

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While there are amazing spots to be found all over the South Bay, variety, distance from the stadium, and avoidance of event traffic are key factors when it comes to tracking down meals for many visitors.

Whether you're heading over for a football game, soccer exhibition, concert or other event, you'll need some sustenance. Here are 14 places that fit the bill.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Curry Up Now

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3250 Zanker Rd #30
San Jose, CA 95134
(408) 770-3541
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Sure, it’s a local chain and you can find locations on the Peninsula and in San Francisco, but its close proximity to Levi’s Stadium makes it a no-brainer for those looking for consistent and accessible Indian food in the area, with options for vegans and meat-eaters alike. An added bonus is this location also houses Mortar & Pestle, a full bar serving cocktails, beer, and wine.

2. Butter And Zeus Waffle Sandwiches

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2213 Tasman Dr
Santa Clara, CA 95054
(408) 727-1800
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While Lillie Mae’s near the San Jose airport is the go-to for soul food for many in the area, (especially for the restaurant’s chicken and waffles), sometimes you’re in a rush and want more options with your waffles. Located down the block from Levi’s Stadium, Butter & Zeus is a temple to waffle sandwiches. You read that correctly, waffle sandwiches. Offering savory waffle combinations, such as a Loco Moco and the cheeseburger waffle, as well as sweet “churro” waffles and s’mores waffles, you are sure to get your waffle itch scratched here.
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3. Phở Kim Long

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2082 N Capitol Ave
San Jose, CA 95132
(408) 946-2181
The name is punny and possibly offensive, the terse service borders on rude, they only accept cash, and the old men standing by the windows chain smoking could be a turn-off. Yet, despite all that, this pho restaurant is busy come dinner time. The bowls of hot pho coming from the kitchen are some of the best in San Jose. Adventurous dinners will be disappointed at the lack of ox penis on the menu as can be found at Bun Bo Hue An Nam, but for a majority of people, Pho Kim Long’s rare beef pho will be more than enough.
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4. Orenchi Ramen

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3540 Homestead Rd
Santa Clara, CA 95051
(408) 246-2955
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If you have to be in Santa Clara for a football game, you might as well go put some of the best ramen you will ever taste in California in your mouth. A crowd forms before the restaurant even opens for lunch and dinner, so make a beeline into the waiting area and put your name on the clipboard. But don’t worry if you’re not in the top 15, because table turnover is only about 45 minutes. You’ll regret it if you don’t add-on a double order of pork. If the dinner line is too much for you, step next door to Iroriya, Orenchi’s sister robata grill restaurant.
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5. Fogo de Chão

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377 Santana Row Ste 1090
San Jose, CA 95128
(408) 244-7001
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All-you-can-eat meat and football seem like a match made in heaven. While visitors from Colorado are familiar with the Brazilian churrasco steakhouse, North Carolinians have been denied access to Fogo’s meat induced sweats. The meat, presented and cut for you tableside, will keep coming as long as you keep your button green side up, so remember to turn it over and save room for dessert. (more info on how it works here). Its location in Santana Row also puts you in the middle of several other options for food and drink should a sirloin and filet mignon overdose not appeal.
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6. Teske's Germania

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255 N 1st St
San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 292-0291
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Looking for steins of beer and German food? Teske’s is your spot. The San Jose beer garden has been serving locals for over 20 years with German beers and brandies and sausages and schnitzels. And while the more refined Nashmarkt in Campbell might be the newer kid on the block serving related Austrian fare, Teske’s Germania always feels like coming home whether you’re a local or tourist.
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7. Original Joe's

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301 S 1st St
San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 292-7030
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If you find yourself at Original Joe’s, you likely are not looking for the delicate Italian food experience you would get at Ristorante Fratello. In fact, Original Joe’s is the OG and should be respected as such. Started by the same family that opened the San Francisco Original Joe’s, the San Jose location has been serving “red sauce” Italian in its current location for 60 years; you don’t stick around for that long by being delicate. Order the half ravioli and spaghetti with a meatball, a steak, and a bottle of wine, then roll yourself back to your hotel with a smile on your face.
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8. Habana Cuba

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238 Race St
San Jose, CA 95126
(408) 998-2822
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Tensions between the U.S. and Cuba are easing, but until the embargo is lifted, load up on tostones, papas rellenas, and some oxtail at this Cuban spot frequented by those living and working in San Jose and Santa Clara. If you need a pick-me-up, finish your meal with a double Cubano coffee. Sadly, they don’t sell Cuban cigars.

9. Black Sheep Brasserie

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1202 Lincoln Ave
San Jose, CA 95125
(408) 816-7251
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The talented crew behind Los Gatos’ The Lexington House opened this new brasserie in the Willow Glen neighborhood of San Jose a few months ago. Food standouts include the “burnt” French onion soup, mussels, and lamb. While the bar staff’s strength is mixing up amazing cocktails, the wine and beer selection is nothing to scoff at for a brasserie.
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10. Original Gravity Public House

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66 S 1st St
San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 915-2337
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On the sausage front, San Francisco has Rosamunde, and San Jose has Original Gravity Public House. Situated in the middle of downtown San Jose, this spot is easy to get to via public transit and specializes in beer, cider, and mead. The selection changes daily, resting heavily on Northern California beers, so return visits before game day are encouraged for beer nerds. On the food side, over a dozen different sausages are on the menu, including Andouille, bratwurst, and garlic-artichoke, as well as a trio of grilled cheese sandwich options and poutine.
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11. Govea's Restaurant

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1996 Tully Road
San Jose, CA 95122
(408) 270-0973
When it comes to Mexican food, downtown San Jose’s La Victoria Taqueria and their famous orange sauce is oft times a convenient option for many visitors to the area. However, turn off the beaten path and into a strip mall in Easter San Jose, and you'll find Govea’s restaurant. This is one of those under-the-radar spots that locals love to visit (when they remember it exists), particularly for its wet-style burritos.
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12. Gen Korean BBQ House

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(408) 477-2773
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A Southern California chain that has finally migrated north, Gen Korean shines with its meat selection as far as all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ joints go. While weekend wait times can run into the hours, coming at off-peak hours for lunch and dinner typically gets you seated quickly. Additionally, the two-hour time limit for dining helps prevent people from lingering and eating the restaurant’s entire supply of meat. Don’t forget to wear something that you won't mind smelling like smoke and grilled meat for hours afterward.
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13. Alexander's Steakhouse

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10330 N Wolfe Rd
Cupertino, CA 95014
(408) 446-2222
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If you are keen to have the beef version of an omakase Sawa Sushi experience, head over to Alexander’s Steakhouse for their decadent $150 tasting menu. Interested in spending less, or even a lot more? Flip over to the a la carte menu where you can order caviar, lobster, scallops, and Hyogo A5 Kobe steak. Yes, that’s actual Kobe beef— unlike most places, Alexander’s has the gold certification plaque on display to prove it.
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14. Sawa Sushi

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1042 E El Camino Real
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
(408) 241-7292
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For out-of-staters looking for a sushi experience in the South Bay, Sawa Sushi requires reservations and offers an omakase only menu. The sashimi heavy menu, chosen and created for you by the chef based on the fish he has received, can run over $150 per person. In other words, this is serious sushi business; if you want Americanized rolls and other options, you would be better off at Seto Japanese or Yuki Sushi.
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1. Curry Up Now

3250 Zanker Rd #30, San Jose, CA 95134
Sure, it’s a local chain and you can find locations on the Peninsula and in San Francisco, but its close proximity to Levi’s Stadium makes it a no-brainer for those looking for consistent and accessible Indian food in the area, with options for vegans and meat-eaters alike. An added bonus is this location also houses Mortar & Pestle, a full bar serving cocktails, beer, and wine.
3250 Zanker Rd #30
San Jose, CA 95134

2. Butter And Zeus Waffle Sandwiches

2213 Tasman Dr, Santa Clara, CA 95054
Dapper Diner
While Lillie Mae’s near the San Jose airport is the go-to for soul food for many in the area, (especially for the restaurant’s chicken and waffles), sometimes you’re in a rush and want more options with your waffles. Located down the block from Levi’s Stadium, Butter & Zeus is a temple to waffle sandwiches. You read that correctly, waffle sandwiches. Offering savory waffle combinations, such as a Loco Moco and the cheeseburger waffle, as well as sweet “churro” waffles and s’mores waffles, you are sure to get your waffle itch scratched here.
2213 Tasman Dr
Santa Clara, CA 95054

3. Phở Kim Long

2082 N Capitol Ave, San Jose, CA 95132
Dapper Diner
The name is punny and possibly offensive, the terse service borders on rude, they only accept cash, and the old men standing by the windows chain smoking could be a turn-off. Yet, despite all that, this pho restaurant is busy come dinner time. The bowls of hot pho coming from the kitchen are some of the best in San Jose. Adventurous dinners will be disappointed at the lack of ox penis on the menu as can be found at Bun Bo Hue An Nam, but for a majority of people, Pho Kim Long’s rare beef pho will be more than enough.
2082 N Capitol Ave
San Jose, CA 95132

4. Orenchi Ramen

3540 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara, CA 95051
Dapper Diner
If you have to be in Santa Clara for a football game, you might as well go put some of the best ramen you will ever taste in California in your mouth. A crowd forms before the restaurant even opens for lunch and dinner, so make a beeline into the waiting area and put your name on the clipboard. But don’t worry if you’re not in the top 15, because table turnover is only about 45 minutes. You’ll regret it if you don’t add-on a double order of pork. If the dinner line is too much for you, step next door to Iroriya, Orenchi’s sister robata grill restaurant.
3540 Homestead Rd
Santa Clara, CA 95051

5. Fogo de Chão

377 Santana Row Ste 1090, San Jose, CA 95128
Dapper Diner
All-you-can-eat meat and football seem like a match made in heaven. While visitors from Colorado are familiar with the Brazilian churrasco steakhouse, North Carolinians have been denied access to Fogo’s meat induced sweats. The meat, presented and cut for you tableside, will keep coming as long as you keep your button green side up, so remember to turn it over and save room for dessert. (more info on how it works here). Its location in Santana Row also puts you in the middle of several other options for food and drink should a sirloin and filet mignon overdose not appeal.
377 Santana Row Ste 1090
San Jose, CA 95128

6. Teske's Germania

255 N 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113
Dapper Diner
Looking for steins of beer and German food? Teske’s is your spot. The San Jose beer garden has been serving locals for over 20 years with German beers and brandies and sausages and schnitzels. And while the more refined Nashmarkt in Campbell might be the newer kid on the block serving related Austrian fare, Teske’s Germania always feels like coming home whether you’re a local or tourist.
255 N 1st St
San Jose, CA 95113

7. Original Joe's

301 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113
Dapper Diner
If you find yourself at Original Joe’s, you likely are not looking for the delicate Italian food experience you would get at Ristorante Fratello. In fact, Original Joe’s is the OG and should be respected as such. Started by the same family that opened the San Francisco Original Joe’s, the San Jose location has been serving “red sauce” Italian in its current location for 60 years; you don’t stick around for that long by being delicate. Order the half ravioli and spaghetti with a meatball, a steak, and a bottle of wine, then roll yourself back to your hotel with a smile on your face.
301 S 1st St
San Jose, CA 95113

8. Habana Cuba

238 Race St, San Jose, CA 95126
Tensions between the U.S. and Cuba are easing, but until the embargo is lifted, load up on tostones, papas rellenas, and some oxtail at this Cuban spot frequented by those living and working in San Jose and Santa Clara. If you need a pick-me-up, finish your meal with a double Cubano coffee. Sadly, they don’t sell Cuban cigars.
238 Race St
San Jose, CA 95126

9. Black Sheep Brasserie

1202 Lincoln Ave, San Jose, CA 95125
Dapper Diner
The talented crew behind Los Gatos’ The Lexington House opened this new brasserie in the Willow Glen neighborhood of San Jose a few months ago. Food standouts include the “burnt” French onion soup, mussels, and lamb. While the bar staff’s strength is mixing up amazing cocktails, the wine and beer selection is nothing to scoff at for a brasserie.
1202 Lincoln Ave
San Jose, CA 95125

10. Original Gravity Public House

66 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113
Dapper Diner
On the sausage front, San Francisco has Rosamunde, and San Jose has Original Gravity Public House. Situated in the middle of downtown San Jose, this spot is easy to get to via public transit and specializes in beer, cider, and mead. The selection changes daily, resting heavily on Northern California beers, so return visits before game day are encouraged for beer nerds. On the food side, over a dozen different sausages are on the menu, including Andouille, bratwurst, and garlic-artichoke, as well as a trio of grilled cheese sandwich options and poutine.
66 S 1st St
San Jose, CA 95113

11. Govea's Restaurant

1996 Tully Road, San Jose, CA 95122
Dapper Diner
When it comes to Mexican food, downtown San Jose’s La Victoria Taqueria and their famous orange sauce is oft times a convenient option for many visitors to the area. However, turn off the beaten path and into a strip mall in Easter San Jose, and you'll find Govea’s restaurant. This is one of those under-the-radar spots that locals love to visit (when they remember it exists), particularly for its wet-style burritos.
1996 Tully Road
San Jose, CA 95122

12. Gen Korean BBQ House

1628 Hostetter Rd San Jose, CA 95131
Dapper Diner
A Southern California chain that has finally migrated north, Gen Korean shines with its meat selection as far as all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ joints go. While weekend wait times can run into the hours, coming at off-peak hours for lunch and dinner typically gets you seated quickly. Additionally, the two-hour time limit for dining helps prevent people from lingering and eating the restaurant’s entire supply of meat. Don’t forget to wear something that you won't mind smelling like smoke and grilled meat for hours afterward.

13. Alexander's Steakhouse

10330 N Wolfe Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014
Alexander's Steakhouse Cupertino
If you are keen to have the beef version of an omakase Sawa Sushi experience, head over to Alexander’s Steakhouse for their decadent $150 tasting menu. Interested in spending less, or even a lot more? Flip over to the a la carte menu where you can order caviar, lobster, scallops, and Hyogo A5 Kobe steak. Yes, that’s actual Kobe beef— unlike most places, Alexander’s has the gold certification plaque on display to prove it.
10330 N Wolfe Rd
Cupertino, CA 95014

14. Sawa Sushi

1042 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Dapper Diner
For out-of-staters looking for a sushi experience in the South Bay, Sawa Sushi requires reservations and offers an omakase only menu. The sashimi heavy menu, chosen and created for you by the chef based on the fish he has received, can run over $150 per person. In other words, this is serious sushi business; if you want Americanized rolls and other options, you would be better off at Seto Japanese or Yuki Sushi.
1042 E El Camino Real
Sunnyvale, CA 94087

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