Santa Clara Street is downtown San Jose’s main street and the byway offers several good food stops. Here are five restaurants that exemplify downtown San Jose’s culinary diversity. 

La Pastaia
Set inside the beautiful Hotel De Anza, La Pastaia serves Italian food that is both hearty and refined in an elegant, big city hotel restaurant ambiance.

Los Gatos Brewing Co.
The Los Gatos Brewing Co.’s newish San Jose location offers the same winning combination as the original: upscale American food and great beer. 

Mexico Bakery No. 2
The pastries are pretty good but what you want to get here is one of their two-handed tortas, the ultimate Mexi-sandwich.

The Mmoon
The double m’s come from owners Mike and Marco Mendez’s initials. The brothers were born in Argentina and now live in Los Altos. The humming sound of the two letters is also the sound you make when you eat something good. And the Mmoon’s Argentine-inspired empanadas are good.

Vung Tau
Don’t let Vung Tau’s posh interior fool you. This is real-deal Vietnamese. The encyclopedic menu covers a wide range of Vietnamese food.