Love the charm, vintage, and views, but when comparing this hotel to it's counterpart Intercontinental San Francisco, Mark Hopkins unfortunately falls flat!
Service here mediocre, definitely below expectations for an Intercontinental hotel. The elevators are problematic - a side effect of being of a historic hotel. Beds are old. The restaurant is in desperate need of a face lift.They don't even offer movies on their little TVs!
Top of the Mark would be a highlight if we could get in! It is a seated lounge, not a bar, so if you're trying to catch the sunset up there, be sure to get there before the crowd does, or you'll be waiting in the crammed elevator area where the hostess is, hoping to get through the line before the sun disappears!
Location is good, but not great, considering you have to climb a giant hill to get back.
All in all, it's a decent place to stay if you can get a good rate. Otherwise, I'd choose something a bit more central and modern.
Came here for dinner on a Friday and there was no line!! I am almost scared to write this review because I want to keep this place all to myself, because I hate lines and this place is way better than all the places in Mountain View and the ever so overrated Orenchi.
Myzen ramen is traditional. They don't try too hard to stand out, which means that they offer exactly what you're looking for - great broth and perfectly chewy noodles. I ordered the curry tonkatsu because I've never had it before, and learned that it's not really my thing. However, I can still tell that the tonkatsu broth is solid. It's perfectly milky and not too salty. The chashu pork totally melts in your mouth, too. I'll definitely return to order the regular tonkatsu ramen.
When you want to go drunk shopping, your best bet is to get a drink from Roots & Rye. I can pretty confidently say that they have the strongest drinks available on the Row. The Punch Cut is my favorito due to my semi newfound appreciation for smokey tequila. It really does punch you in the face.
I also had a grilled cheese here, as I do everywhere, and it was good, gooey and melty, but small. Not sure foie gras butter added any value except to slowly kill you, but I guess it's a fun concept. However, the tomato bisque sucked balls - it tasted like the Trader Joe's boxed tomato bisque, which really really sucks balls and is $2 for like 16oz.
Overall a great spot for craft cocktails and pretty good for brunch. If they ever do bottomless mimosas (they don't), this place would blow up.
Stopped here to try the pupusas while taco-hopping with the bf on Cinco de Mayo (this review is long overdue). The pupusas here are made to order and are pretty good! They come with a pickled cabbage slaw that compliments the pupusas perfectly. I have not tried other items on their menu, but this place seems like a truly authentic hole in the wall. Definitely a must-try if you're craving some pups'!
This is where you go when you want to drop some bills on traditional, super high quality sushi. The sushi chefs are traditionally trained, and I love how they have a chalkboard of specials. If you're looking for a variety of glorified california rolls, go to Cha Cha Sushi, because this is not the place for you! This is a better place for nigiri eating Jiro worshippers. When in doubt, get the chirashi bowl. Best chirashi ever!
Btw this place is not cheap. You always get what you pay for!
Perfect picnicking grounds with peacocks and roosters to hang out with! Came here for the VIP tour given by Smiler and it was a wonderful experience. First thing we did was saber a champagne bottle which super awesome. Maybe I'll try it at home one day but while wearing a welding mask!
This winery has great history and is a beautiful backdrop and event venue. It's a must see if you're doing a small tour of Montebello wine country. Picchetti used to actually provide grapes for Ridge which is just up the street and is another must visit if you like wine history, Bottleshock, or a great view.
The wine at Picchetti is not the greatest that I've tasted, but I must say the Mission Angelica is the most unique wine I've ever had and will certainly blow your socks off!
In 25 years of life, I have been to many Indian buffets and have never had a poor experience until Punjab Cafe.
My friend and I came in for the dinner buffet ready to feast, but soon realized that the "buffet" is a measly offering of four dishes, only one of which had chicken. The rest were curried peas and potatoes, and the flavor wasn't even good!
We tried to salvage the situation by ordering two more entrees that in my opinion should have been in the buffet to start with - Chicken Tikka Masala and Palak Paneer. The Chicken TK tasted like tomato bisque mixed with Indian spices and hard chunks of chicken. The Palak Paneer was just as disappointing in taste and reminded me of creamed spinach. It was as if someone went to pre-made aisle of Safeway and just added some spices.
In the end, after tax and tip, we ended up spending $50 on this extremely disappointing meal, which is probably the most I've ever spent at an Indian joint on two people.
I understand now why Punjab Cafe has to PAY Yelp to be at the top of the list, and to likely take bad reviews off.
I'm just glad I didn't get mugged in the ghetto that Punjab Cafe resides in.
Yay! My favorite things about Le Boulanger PLUS pizza!
Came in for the lunch menu and everything is perfectly portioned and priced (~$10.00 per meal). The wood-fired oven pizza is just perfect. We had the margherita pizza which was just perfect with its crispy crust and grade A ingredients. With the margherita pizza being one of my faves in life, I must mention that most (renowned) wood-fired pizzerias really struggle with making the crust not soggy, so it is kind of a big deal that the crust was perfect here!
And if you're not in the mood for pizza during lunch, the portobello mushroom sandwich with its rosemary focaccia bun was amazing, and it comes with the most legit carrot slaw ever.
The awesome local wines and beers list is a great added bonus, too!
Like all Asians in San Jose, I was immediately drawn to yet another Chipotle-style build-your-own assembly line semi-foodie entrapment. Damn you Chipotle wannabe's! They get me every time!
There's really only one way to do this right: come at 2:30pm so you don't have to wait in a ridiculously long line, choose white sushi rice, don't pass on the spicy tuna (yes it looks freaking disgusting and mushy and rotten, but it is actually quite good), and most importantly, don't let them pump a shit ton of sesame and chili oil into your bowl! Seriously, these people are out of control. They will leave you with an inch deep puddle of oil at the bottom of your bowl. Get it the oil on the side and mix it in yourself.
Also, be forewarned that there is no indoor seating. You will have to sit outside with a lovely view of a ghetto parking lot that smells like a dumpster, while you eat your oil sodden pokeball.
I guess it is worth a try, but the Costco poke trumps this shiz. Now that's a place that excels at everything.
My glass home away from home! And also Obama's. We're neighbors.
Perfect location. Walking distance from FiDi, Union Square, Yerba Buena Gardens, Temple SF (lol), but far enough from the craziness of Union Square. Minimal riff raff.
5 star customer experience. Everyone here is extremely professional and will do anything to make your stay perfect.
Grappa bar in the lobby is amazing and unique. Ask the bartender to make you a flight!
Luce is a Michelin star restaurant, and you can get some of the food delivered for room service. My boyfriend has probably had about five of the Luce burgers in bed. Luxurious!