San Jose >Food & Dining > Paragon Restaurant & Bar San Jose
211 South First Street, San Jose, CA | Directions 9511337.332155 -121.888049
Neighborhoods: Central, Central San Jose
my boyfriend and i fell in love at this restaurant – if you're a true foody and not someone who eats at all you can eat buffets, you will appreciate this restaurant. i absolutely love this restaurant! Steak is wonderful, chicken is wonderful, but the kicker is the mahi sitting on a bed of potatos and bacon with the truffle oil. i crave it in in the middle of the day. great martinis! try the peach jalapeno martini and the ruby red martini. to die for! but you had anything until you have tried the bread pudding. i swear on everything i own with the bread pudding! i love the environment! so comfortable and classy. makes you wanna stay for hours. its very hip. i recommend it to everyone i know. ignore the reviews under mine, they dont know what they're talking about.
great night out on the town restaurant – If you want a place to go with the gals or the boy where you can eat a good meal, and feel like you are out on the town - this is the place to go. Hip with out making us moms feel outdated I usually order my go to faves tuna tartare and hangar steak with truffle creme fraiche. The service has been spotty at times, forgetting to fill water glasses and not the quickest to get to your table but the consistent food and atmosphere more than make up for it. Plus, the cocktail list is to die for....
Would never eat there again! – The restaurant itself and the service was good, however, the food was terrible. The servings were small, the steak was tough and of very low quality, and the fish was dry and overcooked. I will never eat at the Paragon Restaurant again!
overrated – Was very disappointing if this is rated the best in San Jose, CA we are all in trouble. I know we are all hard up for a nice place but lets review what this place doesn?t have:
Great service. Great atmosphere, great location, food that is just to die for.
I believe a great amount of effort has been in to promoting this place and if you are coming from out of town please be weary there are nicer places in San Jose without the internet HYPE. I must hand it to the who every they paid to get up in the rankings it got me to try the place but I cant say that I would return.
I think the best part is when I tried to post my comments getting a 500 error.
Cold Food - Bad Service – We started with great drinks at the bar, and quick friendly service. It went downhill when the bartender wanted to argue over closing the tab out before we were seated for dinner. We were seated, and received menus - it took 20 minutes for the waiter to come to the table. When she did, she was rushed, and acted as if were were a compication/problem. We ordered the calamari because it sounded delicous. We were getting up to leave when it arrived 25 minutes later. The ingredients had such great potential! Fennell, calamari, onions and haricot vert with a delicous spicy remoulade. The worst part - it was cold! The waiter/waitress (second person) told us that there was no heat lamp in the pick up window and nothing she could do about it.
We promptly left! I think the bar has great potential, but the experience was such a non-experience I doubt I would ever return. Certainly not with a guest!
Amazing Food and Service – I will keep this short and simple. The food is outstanding and the service is great!
It is posh enough to impress the toughest food critic and down to earth enough to take your grandmother. The PotRoast is to die for as is the Sea Bass when it is in season. I can't say enough good things about this eatery.
Excellent Romantic atmosphere & Dining experience! – My wife and I visited the Paragon Restaurant & Bar for a romantic Saturday evening and we were very pleased with our experience.
We were greeted by a pleasant hostess, live band, and a welcoming stylish bar and sitting area. The bar had just the right amount of people (not overcrowded), the patrons were friendly, and we were easily able to find a place to sit and take in the atmosphere. We enjoyed some wine and the bar?s signature Pomegranate & Ginger Martini while we waited for our table. I liked that the hostess offered to take our coats and put them in the complimentary coat-check.
As we were escorted to our table I noticed that the restaurant dining area was smaller than I expected and few tables were isolated for a romantic meal. Fortunately, we were seated at a quiet table for two near the window. At first there appeared to be cold air coming off the window or from an air system and we thought it was going to be a problem. However, it turned out to be fine and we enjoyed our secluded table location throughout the meal.
I was concerned that the meal would turn out to be disappointing after some of the reviews that I read but I would again be pleasantly surprised. My wife had the Roasted Chicken and I had the Grilled Ribeye Steak. We both thoroughly enjoyed our meals and sent our compliments to the chef. In fact, we agreed that the Grilled Ribeye Steak with Horseradish Mashed Potatoes was the best either of us have ever had. We finished the meal off with the much-ballyhooed Butter Pecan Bread Pudding and were not disappointed.
The service was friendly and moderately knowledgeable. We had to wait briefly for our second service of drinks but nothing so extraordinary that it would ruin our dining experience.
I would highly recommend this bar and restaurant to anyone looking for a romantic evening. Since the live band added so much to the atmosphere, I would suggest going on a Friday or Saturday evening.
Nice hotel bar – Nice place to grab a bite before going out! Good drinks and appetizers very reasonably priced. Nice outdoor seating with firepit and live music. Relaxing atmosphere, doesn't feel like your in a city.
great comfort food! – Quite chic without being too expensive. Decor is gorgeous! Food is creative, not cloyingly cute (Loved the Mac & Cheese) House drinks are delicious (Try the Ginger and Pomegranate Martini) We had the bread pudding for desert & will be back for another! Service was calm & efficient. Busy Bar!
Reminds me of a hip LA style eatery.
Dont come if don't have to – OK. so we went there for dinner on a saturday, IT's HORRIBLE. the Rib was so hard you cant even cut, the drink was so weirdly mix and cost a ton.
The place is even worse because this one confused waitress spilt beer all over my friend pant and gave him an oozy. you call for a Hefeweizen and you get a Budweiser instead. You order one drink and you get three because they can't keep track of what they already gave you.
Finally, there isn't any special fish, chicken or special Chocolate Decreme whatever like they put on their menu after two hours of waiting for them to serve all the guests of this one spupid wedding.
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