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Zona Rosa

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Latin, Spanish, Central American
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1411 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126-2653 (Shasta)
+1 408-275-1411
10:00 - 14:00
Closed now
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Tue - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Tue - Fri 11:30 - 14:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 21:30
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 14:00
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San Jose, California
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103 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

Nice friendly place with great service, small intimate dining space, and excellent selection of tacos and main dishes on the clever and innovate menu. Salmon tacos and enchiladas de pollo are especially good. Try the house-made sodas, in particular the intriguing one with a nice hint of jalapeño flavor.

Thank Steven M
Sao Paulo, SP
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152 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Very small and quaint - with the kitchen right in your face if you sit inside. The tacos are very tasty and with very different recipes than what you would expect from a Mexican restaurant. Worth a visit if you are feeling adventurous and wanting Mexican food.

Thank Whissely
Chicago, Illinois
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51 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

On my way back from the Egyptian museum, I happened to spot this gorgeous little restaurant. Drinks were interesting and the food outstanding.

Thank hanlievanwyk
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76 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

Really creative and tasty dishes (although I think the portions are a bit small for the price) but it's impossible to hear your dining companions if you manage to get a seat inside. Outside is definitely better but make sure you sit near a heater and bring a coat in cold weather!

Thank ihavetwins
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

This restaurant is small, so I would recommend making a reservation before you go. It is noisy inside, but they have some outside dining for nicer days. The staff were great. There are some unusual items on this menu, like guacamole with bacon and pistachio, and hibiscus margarita. I had camarones tacos, which were tempura fried shrimp and they were... More 

Thank Michelle L
San Jose, California
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35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Small restaurant with few tables - but the food is worth any wait. Really authentic food - we have had both brunch and dinner and were not disappointed. Check for the address as ups drive The Alameda - you may drive right by it !

Thank Augustbaby53
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40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

Zona Rosa advertises it is open until 9pm. Unfortunately events dictated my visit saw me arriving around 8.45pm. Conscious that was a little late I checked we were ok first and we were invited in with no issues. I do feel however, if you agree to serve when your advertised closing time is imminent, you shouldn't hurry the diner. We... More 

Thank stubbsy70
Fremont, California
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55 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

This is an enjoyable foodie restaurant. It is small, seating is about equal inside and out. Truly different and very tasty combinations with a Spanish flair.

Thank jeffinsearchoffun
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

I had some of the best tacos I have ever eaten here. Wonderful drinks too. Massively creative flavours and you can tell everything on the menu has been perfectly crafted both for flavour and texture. It's not cheap cheap but 100% worth it. It has a nice relaxed atmosphere - a bit of outside/sidewalk dining and nice little tables inside.... More 

Thank Sarah L
Santa Rosa, California
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016 via mobile

Had one of the best meals ever here last night. They switch up the guacamole by adding bacon and pistachios and of course chips are house made. Next we tried deep fried Panko crusted avocado - Hello delicious! The ahi tostadas were amazing. Now on to the tacos- shrimp tempura was great so was scallop ceviche. The non alcoholic drinks... More 

Thank lucymillman

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Mexican, Latin, Spanish, Central American
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Open Hours
10:00 - 14:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
10:00 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1411 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126-2653
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: +1 408-275-1411

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?