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Henry's Hi-Life

301 W Saint John St, San Jose, CA 95110-2345
+1 408-295-5414
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good34%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“baked potato” (27 reviews)
“salad” (38 reviews)
Open Now
17:00 - 21:00All hours
American, Steakhouse, Bar, Barbecue, Pub
$$ - $$$
301 W Saint John St, San Jose, CA 95110-2345
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Reviewed 6 days ago

My first visit to Henry's Hi-Life and definitely not my last! What I really liked about this restaurant is that it's different and unique - the interior, the people who come to eat, the servers, the food. I haven't found anything like it in San...More

Thank petzjaromir
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Henry's Hi-Life is an iconic restaurant in San Jose, California. Very casual atmosphere, friendly ambiance, no frills, no thrills decor...and really good food. The service is friendly and efficient. It may remind you of an old bar and restaurant from the Wild, Wild West with...More

Thank Estela T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Located in the reviving area in San Jose known as Little Italy, the building is a small two-story hotel from the 1870s. Henry's is a locals hangout that specializes in open flame cooking steaks, chicken and ribs. Seafood is also available. The service is cozy...More

Thank bbon2ur
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I drove there especially and out of my way just to try their excellent ribs as I've seen on Man vs Food and was not disappointed.

Thank 524royc
Reviewed 21 June 2017

A co-worker and I decided to give Henry's Hi-Life a try while in San Jose on business. We found it with no problems but had a little bit harder time finding parking. When we entered the restaurant, it wasn't clear what we were supposed to...More

Thank raccoontrails
Reviewed 13 June 2017 via mobile

Went here with work colleagues. Had a lovely meal with some great choices of beers. Only down side is had to put clothes in a separate room that night as the smoke was very pungent.

Thank Jonny F
Reviewed 5 June 2017

MEAT....excellent meat and awesome potatoes. This old place has been around for decades because the food is great and it's a fun place to go. Be prepared to chat with the crowd and be friendly because they are usually so busy you have to wait...More

Thank jenstevewest
Reviewed 25 May 2017

I don't know what's more fun here - the excellent food - or the characters who work or eat here! All kinds of downtowners here. Been here a number of times over the years. It's really a landmark in downtown San Jose!

Thank amastelle
Reviewed 24 May 2017

I have eaten there several times. The ribeye or Prime Rib are my favorites. The method of ordering after given a number might be confusing at first, but the perseverance is well worth it. I first ate there over 50 years ago. It was a...More

Thank Roger M
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

Arrived mob flowing out the door but got our names on list and​ managed to score a glass of wine at the bar. If you don't like strangers conversation this will be a very long wait. As time progresses we get a seat at the...More

Thank Judy M
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Brenda L
19 May 2017|
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Response from 2became1 | Reviewed this property |
yes. There are meters that end at about 6:00 PM and parking across the street as well. The earlier you can go the better. The wait can be long around the normal dinber times but it is well worth the wait. Try some of the... More
1 June 2016|
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Response from sjsubabe | Reviewed this property |
There is plenty of street parking if there ISN'T a game/event at the nearby SAP Arena, home of the San Jose Sharks hockey team. You might want to call ahead and check.
Don D
14 October 2015|
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Response from Portage48 | Reviewed this property |
Bread, butter & salad came with our dinner. I had ribs the portions were ample. I can't answer about the Caeser Salad. If you really like desert you won't find it there just a heads up. I'm sure you will enjoy your dinner I... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 23:30
16:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 301 W Saint John St, San Jose, CA 95110-2345
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: +1 408-295-5414
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