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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
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:30
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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86 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Zona Rosa is a small, quaint spot with friendly service and tasty food. It's different than the "typical" Mexican food of rice, beans, meat and cheese in that it's more upscale and flavorful. I had delicious meatballs in a cheese sauce. The cocktails use fresh ingredients and are high quality. There is no bar to sit at but there are... More 

Thank pearlwhite
San Mateo, California
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98 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

We stopped in for Brunch and we were really glad we did. The food is creative and exceptional. The atmosphere is comfortable and inviting. It is a small place and you you could walk right by and not notice it. We started with the hibiscus margarita and the guacamole topped with roasted pistachios and bacon. The chips were authentic and... More 

Thank Roger E
Santa Rosa, CA
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96 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2017

We stopped in here on a Saturday in January for lunch. The place is very tiny, but we were lucky to get a table for two in the front window. Service was very slow, but then we realized there was only one server, so we took our expectations down a notch. When we finally did order, the food came out... More 

Thank TulaKitty
Leuven, Belgium
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105 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2017

Very small place, far from the chains kind of location, this place serve very good food with friendly staff. The restaurant looks like you would be in the central America. Service was fast. Portions are not small so be sure not to over order. Given the crowd and size, reserving a spot may be a good choice. We were lucky... More 

Thank Michael D
San Jose, California
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156 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
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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161 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
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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69 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 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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85 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
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
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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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36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 30 - USD 30
Mexican, Latin, Spanish, Central American
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
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?