San Jose is the oldest civilian settlement in California, founded in 1777 and the site of the first state capital. It is Northern California’s largest city, population of 945,000 (2005 census). It is the third largest city in California and the tenth largest city in the nation.
San Jose has the largest concentration of technology expertise in the world, with 6,600+ technology companies. San Jose takes pride in the cultural and ethnic diversity of its population and the unique and vibrant identity of its many neighborhoods. Residents speak more than 56 different languages.
Covering 177 square miles at the southern end of San Francisco Bay, San Jose is 45 minutes south of San Francisco, and some 40-70 minutes northeast of Santa Cruz and Monterey respectively.
Do not leave San Jose without at least one meal at Original Joe’s established in 1956 by the Rocca Family Original Joe’s Restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dinner menu features Italian style veal, steak, chicken and seafood entrees.
Alexander’s Steakhouse A snazzy steakhouse with all the top-shelf bar accouterments, Alexander’s is a bastion of stylishly-clad biz-pro types with deep pockets and expensive tastes. Distinguished, adventurous chefs using unique cooking methods and both Asian and American influences produce mouthwatering tender and flavorful entrees of top-quality cuts. The cozy, sleek bar area is popular for pre-dinner martinis and relaxing with a fine glass of wine. While any outing to Alexander’s Steakhouse may not be easy on the wallet, it’s totally worth the splurge.
Finally, for a great seafood dinner McCormick & Schmick’s fresh seafood, steaks and a world famous happy hour next to the Fairmont Hotel.