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Henry's Hi-Life

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301 W Saint John St, San Jose, CA 95110-2345
+1 408-295-5414
17:00 - 21:00
Closed now
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Sun 11:30 - 14:00
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 16:00 - 23:30
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW 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 bar and after about an hour our diner table was ready. As you place your... More 

Thank Judy M
San Jose, CA
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

How can you not love an old dive with great food? Local color, sports fans, regulars....it's the place you have to bring your next visitor if you live in the area. And if you are visiting, find this place. Right near the Shark Tank (SAP Pavilion). Full bar and fantastic barbeque.

Thank Cyntherita
San Jose
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53 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Will make this short and sweet with a couple of tips for first timers. - This place has been here forever. When we first moved to SJ (1983) I asked a co-worker for a dinner recommendation for self and wife. Co-worker recommended Henry's. So we've been coming here for decades! And it hasn't changed much (well the surrounding 'hood has... More 

Thank bbihler
Glendale, Arizona
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41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great food. Casual atmosphere. Unique set up. You order and then when your table is ready they seat you and start bringing out bread and salads and then main meal. Food is excellent. Steak, ribs and chicken.

Thank Chriss P
Sao Paulo, SP
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101 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I first saw this place in the show Man x Food that took place in San Jose and since then when I have friends visiting or my husband craves ribs that's the place to go. It is a good idea to arrive early because the place is always full, specially when there are events at SAP Center. There are meter... More 

Thank PaulistanaCA
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30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Great food , big portions... there's no way you can walk away not full! Great atmosphere , great eats before a Sharks gap or concert at Sap

Thank 1959maui
San Jose
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

This is a fun place with very good barbecue. The bar is very good. You order your dinner when you arrive, so dinner resumes very quickly after being seated. Our waiter was attentive and personal & fun. Bonus: walking distance to SAP arena. The place is mobbed before a sharks game. On those night come after 7:30. ( games start... More 

Thank Barbara O
San Jose, California
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

I have been going to Henry's High Life for many years. The atmosphere is unique. First, the building was built in the 1880's and moved to it's existing location after the 1906 earthquake. the Bar-b-que red paint covering the outside of the building gives a big hint of the menu inside. The bar is an old antique bar with a... More 

Thank VicU291
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 6 April 2017

This is truly my kind of place. When you get out of your automobile, your nose is instantly greeted by the wafting of white oak smoke. Having never been here before, I did not know what to expect. Many things make this place unique - the historic building, for one. But the whole "take a number" thing was new to... More 

Thank Dave L
San Jose, California
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 29 March 2017

Henry's Hi-Life has been many things in its former life, a hotel and even a brothel but now it's a down home funky place for great drinks and food. Known for its huge slabs of meat, my husband and I always get the beef and potatoes choices. This is not your hipster bar but an old fashioned steak house. Décor... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 20
American, Steakhouse, Bar, Barbecue, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?