Dine Downtown

Exploring new restaurants and trying new food? Yes, please.

By Bree von Faith, Director of MarCom and Events

It’s day five of Dine Downtown and last night was my third restaurant experience. From the french-inspired mushroom sauced rib-eye at Elyse to the carefully crafted food and wine pairings at 71 Saint Peter, my experience during Dine Downtown has shown the culinary diversity (and deliciousness) that Downtown San Jose has to offer.

Tips for the Best Dine Downtown Experience (yet!)

  1. Try new restaurants you haven’t had the chance to visit.
  2. Go with a friend or a date and share all the options on the prix fixe menu so you can taste even more foodie goodness (yes, I tried everything on the prix fixe menus).
  3. Order off the regular drink or food menu, too! Ask your server for recommendations or pairings.



Elyse Restaurant, the newest restaurant participating, is the right mix of French and Vietnamese-inspired dishes. Following Dine Downtown, Elyse is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 7pm-11pm.

My favorite dish/flavors: the mushroom sauce that dressed the rib-eye steak and the mushroom tartlettes (on their regular menu). I am still thinking about the sauce and how well it paired with the steak and pastry.  

Most surprising dish/flavors: the brussel sprouts included truffle oil and other flavor profiles that created a dish full of delicious surprises.



71 Saint Peter, one of four restaurants who have participated from the beginning of Dine Downtown, is a Mediterranean grill located in the middle of San Pedro Square.

My favorite dish/flavors: the orange creme brulee and the accompanying vermouth spritzer (with the optional wine pairing). Typically, I am not a fan of creme brulee as the texture can be off-putting. This creme brulee was fresh, crisped just right and full of flavor.

Most surprising dish/flavors: the combination of the short rib, smoked cheddar polenta and the Alexander Valley cabernet sauvignon was traditional yet surprising. The polenta added a unique twist that tied the dish together.

And, taking my own advice, I also ordered off the regular menu at Farmers’ Union. My meal, avocado toast and a side salad, was equally as delicious!

What will your Dine Downtown adventure be?