Help Erick Redcloud with their trip plan: Going to San Jose, Silicon Valley and the Peninsula

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Connie Pistilli recommended Blush Raw Bar Lounge
Blush Raw Bar Lounge100 N Almaden Ave, San Jose, CA 95126, United States
Located inside San Pedro Market, Blush is exactly what Downtown San Jose has been needing - a chill spot to lounge and enjoy delicious raw bar bites and creative cocktails. Super friendly and cool ... read more
co-owners Russ and Taylor can be spotted here on any given night, making their rounds and giving the bartenders and servers a hand. The aloha spirit is definitely felt here! Must gets from their menu: - Salmon tacos - Hamachi spoons - Raw oysters - Rose Roll - Chocolate molten cake There's a double happy hour here with $1 oysters and other sweet deals. Love their specialty drink - the Blushies! There are endless concoctions, but I loved my signature Blush slushie. Be warned - they may be pretty but they're strong! On warm nights, their outdoor patio is the ideal spot to hang out.
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Connie Pistilli recommended ARCADIA
ARCADIA100 W San Carlos St, San Jose, CA 95113
Thoroughly impressed! Thank you Michael Mina for bringing your fine taste and fare to downtown San Jose. This modern American steakhouse is housed inside the Marriott, with Tanq bar located right ... read more
outside of it. Arcadia has its own lovely lounge and bar area though, and is much more low key, but still very much upscale. The chic restaurant is extremely large, with several private rooms that are perfect for parties and corporate dinners/presentations. The food is exquisitely presented and prepared. I LOVED my pan roasted chicken with truffle mac 'n' cheese. The ahi tuna tartare was also excellent and prepared at the table. They even split the starter onto 2 plates for us. For dessert, we indulged in their molten chocolate cake with salted caramel ice cream. It was divine. Mina definitely delivers more class to SJ!
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Connie Pistilli recommended The Grill on the Alley - San Jose
The Grill on the Alley - San Jose172 S Market St, San Jose, CA 95113
My initial perception of the place was that it was going to be a hoity toity type of place, because it's a steakhouse inside the Fairmont Hotel. But I was wrong! The place had a classy old school vibe ... read more
to it, and the staff were all very friendly and unpretentious. While the prices were steep, and to be expected, the portions definitely made up for it. I had trouble deciding what to get because the menu was quite extensive, ranging from appetizer salads that are huge enough to split and still seem like an entree portion for both people, to pastas and seafood, and of course steak and prime rib. I decided to go with their $39.95 pre-fixe menu which included soup or salad, entree of your choice from a selection of about 5 items (I went with the lamb chops), and a full dessert of your choice from the regular menu. This was definitely the best deal, because had I gotten lamb chops on their own, it would have been $42. I wish I had gone with the Manhattan Clam Chowder instead of the creamy tomato soup of the day, but I didn't realize I could have chosen it. The lamb was a nice serving of 3 chops with a large grilled veggie kabob. They were nicely done, and more than enough food. For dessert, I went with the key lime pie with fresh whipped cream, which was delectable. I also tried a bite of the peach cobbler of the day with ice cream - it was huge and scrumptious! This is definitely a splurge type of place, but the pre-fixe was definitely reasonable. I'll have to come back for their Happy Hour specials - $5 well drinks and $6 appetizers at the bar! Tip: Although it's not on the regular dinner menu, you can order the $16 regular cheeseburger or $25 kobe burger from the bar menu!
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Connie Pistilli recommended El Jardin Tequila Bar & Restaurant
El Jardin Tequila Bar & RestaurantSantana Row, San Jose, CA, United States
Between the three of us, we received two phone calls during our lunch here, and both times we managed to make people on the phone believe we were in Mexico. The live mariachi band was playing behind ... read more
us, and as we were sitting on plush lounge furniture sipping on muddled grapefruit margaritas, it definitely felt like we were in Mexico, not in the middle of Santana Row. Every restaurant at Santana Row has outdoor seating, but El Jardin is the only one that is solely outdoors. It's a fab tequila garden, with an awesome margarita menu and the food is some of the least expensive on the entire Row. Everything is appetizer portions, but if you're just in the mood for a small bite, it's perfect. The street tacos are three for $7-9. The lamb tacos are awesome. The chicken flautas are tasty and tortas are really filling sandwiches. They do charge for every little thing though ($1 for extra salsa?!) so it can be easy to rack up a bill. Especially with those margaritas. Get a pitcher to save a few bucks.
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Connie Pistilli recommended LB Steak
LB Steak334 Santana Row, #1000, San Jose, CA 95128
Amazing brunch spot on Santana Row! There were so many things that caught my eye as I went down the menu, including the vanilla brioche french toast and salmon hash with poached eggs. Then it was ... read more
between the NY Roast French Dip and the New England lobster roll. The $17 lobster roll won, and I'm so happy I got it! It was a huge portion with super fresh lobster chunks and served with the best French fries ever! I had a bite of the prime skirt steak and eggs, and that was really succulent. Can't go wrong ordering steak here! LOVE the elegant and chic decor inside, but on a warm day/night, the outdoor dining area is great. It may be a French inspired steakhouse, but service is friendly and totally unpretentious. There's a beautiful bar and "library" in the back, which is great for private parties! Definitely a choice spot for brunching in SJ - will have to return for dinner soon.
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