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37 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113-2402
+1 408-294-2694
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun 12:00 - 19:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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New Hope, Pennsylvania
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43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Good Karma Vegan Cafe is located in a lovely pedestrian friendly section of San Jose, CA. The sidewalk tables offer a lovely way to have lunch or dinner and do some people watching. Inside there are tables or seats at the small bar. The staff is friendly and eager to explain the menu items as well as the dozen or... More 

Thank kingsley67
Dallas, Texas
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97 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The name has 4 defining words. Good, that works. Karma, even better like a sacred mountain i presume. Vegen, yes and maybe even organic. Cafe, internet, music, beer, nice people, and the prize was a brewmaster/owner beer baby beer. The brewmaster had a purple leg with tattoos. No women servers, just customers. Funky, and good food, in fact everything was... More 

1 Thank wwanderX
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56 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here for a drink with 2 friends, very friendly place, amazing beers, the one I had was. Wet with espresso, it blew me away. The guy behind the bar was rocking along with the music, the crowd was a great mix of students and other locals with us completing the picture. I had a blast.

Thank Ferd S
West Linn, OR
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

. . . friendly, hospitable face and voice from the counter . . . a culinary respite for vegans (and beer drinkers). The star fruit ("pulled pork") tacos and curry were delicious, the IPA refreshing. I have already figured out a way to eat there coming and going on my next business trip. The only question is whether to revisit... More 

Thank ToniaWestLinnOR
San Jose, California
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2017

I can't say enough good things about this place. NOTE THE NEW NAME: "Good Karma Artisan Ales and Cafe" More emphasis on the beer, less on the "vegan". This place is getting a great reputation for quality beers in San Jose. Let me start with the staff. Super friendly. Happy to encourage you toward the best food on the menu... More 

Thank Sean K
Sacramento, California
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69 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

We went because the food looked good online, the price was right, but mainly to revisit the hippie – vibe of the 60s that we so fondly remembered. Well, these "millennial hippies "are nothing like my generation used to be. That's not necessarily a bad thing, I just found it disappointing because I was hoping for a more interesting group... More 

Thank Sylvia232323
San Jose, California
Level Contributor
58 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 18 October 2016

A nice little place to grab a beer and a bite to eat. They have different beer on tap that changes every so often while providing a vegan menu.

Thank willowezra
San Francisco, California
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71 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2016

The line was quite long but it was worth it. I had a Belgian beer and Yellow Thai Curry w/ rice ($7.50). I loved curry! It was good portion and reasonable. Beer went well with spicy curry. Service was great. I became a fan of them.

Thank Sunshine_Akiko
San Jose, California
Level Contributor
15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2016

I'm a meat eater. I'd rather have vegan food that does not have faux meat in it. I understand why vegans might want that. Meal was satisfying, but I simply struggled with the texture of the "vegetarian protein" in the Chile Verde. Channa Masala was good.

Thank BruceIan20
Watertown, Connecticut
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88 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

This is an informal but somewhat exotic eatery that features great craft beer among other unusual menu items and beverages. The vibe, as the vegan reference might suggest, is contemporary hippy with candles and minimalistic, crafty decor. There's a small bar where about 9 patrons can sit and there are a small number of tables inside and out on the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 10
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats
Open Hours
12:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 37 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113-2402
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: +1 408-294-2694

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