San Jose >Food & Dining > Picasso's
62 W Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA | Directions 9511337.335693 -121.891262
Neighborhoods: Central, Central San Jose
My great Picasso's experience – I discovered that Picasso’s tapas & Restaurant located at 62 W Santa Clara St. in the downtown of San Jose with abundant parking place, is a casual place to go for sharing a warm atmosphere, wonderful service, and delicious plain menu of Spain cuisine. The menu offers a great variety of food according to Spain country menu: Latin Tapas, salads, main entrees, paellas, desserts, and wine list, ports and Sherries. The prices are reasonable for this tasty meal. The range for it is between $ 11.95 - $ 21.95. We started our meal with Latin tapas, which was a sensational small plate from Spain like appetizers that usually accompany cocktails.
All the dishes were a consistent style, in small pieces of pottery, warm, properly cooked, and visually appealing. They offered balance of flavors, which complemented with main ingredients, specially the paella, was great, as a main entrees. In Picasso’s also I enjoyed special parties which reminded me a special moments where people would share good music, enjoying a tasty culture cuisine, in a beautiful atmosphere, wonderful service from the waiters and the owner who make you to feel important. I am happy to recommend #Picasso‘s Restaurant. It is great and wonderful. I am its fan.
terible place to eat – My husband and I ordered Sangria before dinner and after a taste thought it was awful. We gave it a second chance and thought that maybe our palette had to get used to it; but it got worse. It was so sweet that it reminded us of a Hawaiian punch. We had to tell the waitress we couldn't drink it and instead ordered a bottle of tempranillo for $45.00 that was satisfactory . We, then ordered the black rice paella. It was very salty. When we got the bill we were surprised to be billed for the sangria along with the bottle of wine. We asked the manager to take off the sangria bill which is very customery in a restaurant when dissatisfied. We thought we ordered a bottle of wine instead!!! He refused very rudely. He said he had disposed of the carafe and thiswas a very bad economic time...Bingo so is for us! He said that he made the sangria and he was not removing the charge. He added that it was his personal recipe and that everyone else enjoyed his sangria. He took offense of a constructive criticism. Reacted very angry, made us feel very bad.
We swear never to go back to the restaurant. Being a food critic this was the very first time I have ever been charged for an item that not only was not consumed but disliked. You will hear from this experience in my Spanish blog. The manager was rude, did not care about repeat business. I feel sorry for the owner. I would not recommend this restaurant if your going to drop $100.00. My parents were both born in Toledo, Spain...I know how sangria and paella are suppose to taste...thank you..the worst Spanish restaurant I have been to for that ridiculous price...If your're an american..please don't think our food and sangria taste like that...
Greatly oversold – Less than mediocre would be my review. If I were this restaurant owner I'd fire the fruit and vege vendor and perhaps the chef. The tomatoes under the buffalo mozzarella were so far from ripe they should never have left the vine, and I'm not sure where the often spoke of wine vinegar was but it was not on this dish. And there were some tomato seeds with the sauteed peppers but everything was cold and was it really sauteed for more than a second? My dinner guest liked the filet mignon meatballs but both of us agreed it was not just beef....and I couldn't eat them. The trio of flambeed mushrooms...button caps out of a can and again cold. Not a wild mushroom or even fresh mushroom to be found.l The waitress tried to sell us on another mushroom dish and we said no, but did she have the decency to tell us they were out of mushrooms needed for the dish we ordered? No. And finally, the melon with prosciutto and a medley of three fruits including figs in the chef's special sherry vinegar...trail mix with a little red wine vinegar on the plate-and no fig. And the melon was so under ripe we almost cracked our teeth. Not prosciutto either. Oh, let's not forget the service...was there any? Not from our server. Shame on you Picasso's Tapas Restaurant. Stay away public.
Go Friday or Saturday for Elizabeth's service! – We went to Picacco's for the 18th birthday of our son Julian. We very much enjoyed the atmosphere. We really enjoyed the fantastic food, prepared with attention to detail and very tasty. But we most enjoyed the great service by Elizabeth. She was fun, conveyed the energy we were looking for for this night and served us with great passion. Please go and check it out. Hint, she works on Friday and Saturday nights...
Food with real flavor!!!! – We just ate at Picasso's and even though the full service staff did not show up for work, we had good service, the food was wonderful, and the place lively and full. We will return, if they can provide such service and food without help, I can only imagine how wonderful it would be with a full staff. Service is becoming a joke at most places these days, and without the staff it seemed so much better than most, they honestly tried, what a concept. The food and Sangria were the bomb, what a find!!!!! We will be back.
Nice night in Downtown! – Last Saturday my husband and I had the chance to eat really Spanish food at downtown. I found out while in the restaurant that it had a new owner and we had the chance to meet him as he approached our table and was very interested about the quality and taste of our Tapas. He was really kind offering an outrageous finale with a glass of Porto wine. Nice night in Downtown.
WOW! What a change – What a surprise to go back to Picasso's and find what had been lost. I couldn't believe my eyes to see all the changes in the place. New look, fast service and great food. We tried few tapas but my favorite one was the gambas mmmm delicious! The paella was well served plenty of all its ingredients accompanied by a sangria. To wrap up our meal for dessert we had a flan, sweet way to end the night. Two thumbs up.
Much better under new ownership – I had a really bad experience here a few years ago. Much has changed under the new ownership. The food is really fresh and tastes pretty authentic, particularly the cheeses and cured meats. My favorite tapas place in San Jose.
Worst experience ever.. – THIS IS THE WORT RESTAURANT I'VE EVER BEEN TO. COLD FOOD, BAD DRINKS, NATS AND THE WAITER FORGOT HALF MY MEAL AND WHEN I ASKED FOR THE REST OF THE MEAL THAT I WAS PAYING FOR THE WAITER GOT IRRITATED WITH ME
Terrible food and service – Once we arrived, we got our table pretty quick, considering it was a Friday night. At first the service was good, but then it got worse minute by minute. Our sangria barely had any fruits in it, and it took 45 min for them to get a new one, while we saw other tables get perfect sangrias in minutes. The service is very slow, and sometimes not very friendly. The tapas tastes pretty good, but were very expensive for the portions. The paella was extremely overcooked, and the rice literally stuck to the pan. Once we told the waiter, he got an attitude and didn't even say thank you when we left. I don't reccomend this place at all.
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