San Jose >Food & Dining > Vaquero's
1010 El Paseo De Saratoga, San Jose, CA | Directions 9513037.289471 -121.994022
Save your Money on this place - Total Disappointment in San Jose – We were totally unhappy with the quality of the food at this place. We sat down for dinner in this place at 6PM on a Monday Night with football being played at the bar. There was no one in the dining area, no surprise. Ordered Medium Rare steak and Skewered Chicken. Since there were no other patrons ordering food we assumed the food would be Hot, the vegetables were cold, the steak was Medium well and absolutely dry., the Chicken was over cooked. The food was horribly dry and bland. For $23 it was like rubbery Flank Steak and totally disappointing. We are regular patrons @ Capers down the street on Campbell Ave. and the food there is fabulous everytime, delicous flavor and reasonably price for $20 Entree?s . We live in the immediate area and thought we would give this place another try. I never leave a review on any establishment, but I was so compelled to look this place up in the morning and tell folks not waste there money. It was no surprise why noboby was eating at this establishment, the Entree?s were rank and I'm being nice. I've had better food at Hometown buffet. I can't tell you how disappointed we were that this is a nice looking place and the waitress was nice and professional, but the Chef had no clue at all. Chef Ramsey would have ripped those wanna be Chef's a new one for sure.
The Best Steakhouse, Calamari, Bar & Grill in Saratoga – I had to take time out of my busy day to tell everyone how thrilled I am with this place. I have now eaten dinner here twice in the past month and I had lunch today. I had the Filet Mignon for dinner and it was the best I ever had. I asked the server why their steak was so much better than anything I've ever had before and they explained the difference between USDA and Certified Angus Beef (CAB). CAB costs a lot more and for good reason I've found out. I went to the store to buy this meat and only Nob Hill and Gene's sell it... and it's twice as much as the USDA choice.
My wife had the chicken with rice and also loved it with the Persian twist of Saffron on the rice. Weeks later we had to go back to see if it was just a fluke thing but were blown away at the quality again. This is our new favorite place and I went by for lunch today to see how it was and was so impressed that I'm now writing this review. The lunch specials are ender $10 and the dinner prices are reasonable, too at under $30... even the filet mignon. You also have to check out their bar and try the chocolate, raspberry martini.
Awesome Steak! – I haven't been able to find a good steak for a decent price in the South Bay until I went to Vaquero's last night. Excellent. San Jose isn't exactly known for it's cuisine but this was as good as it gets for me. The service was very accomodating and the full bar (great Bloody Marys) a big plus! Definitely will be coming back. PS....my date had the ahi tuna and loved it..so if you're not into beef you may want to try that!
Save Your Money On This Place – What an awful first-time dining experience. We are an ex-New Yorker and an ex-L.A. girl, so maybe we are used to a lot higher standard and have trouble finding decent food in San Jose. Vaquero's is not it. The highly touted calamari were served on a greasy paper towel, in a basket six inches off the ground. Weird experience. They melted cheese on top of it for some reason. The thing lumped together in a goopy mess, and for the first time ever that I have eaten fried calamari it tasted fishy.
My partner had the carpaccio, which was sliced so thin there were large gaping holes in it. The sauce and condiments were slathered over it, completely upsetting the balance. Way too much sauce. Way too much price for what you got. Who is in charge of presenting this food, anyway???
He was quite happy thought with his duck entree. I sent my filet mignon shish kabob plate back. I should have realized something was going to be wrong when the girl asked me, "How do you want you meat done?" Excuse me, but isn't shish kabob the same everywhere? Cubes on a skewer and it's charred like crazy. But this arrived like a long slim piece of Thai satay. Was it even a filet mignon cut, I wonder, the thing looked flattened out like a skirt steak. The taste was distinctly sour. Either the marinade or the beef were off. I wasn't going to find out. I sent it back and decided to order nothing else.
We are always amused at what people in San Jose call "good dining." We have yet to find a decent Thai place, New York style pizza? Kiss that one good bye too. Los Angeles is even starting to look good to us again, that's how bad we think the food is up here.
Vaquero's is overpriced, miniscule portions, poor tasting food. What do you expect from a South American style place (with thought it was Chilean judging by the flag, but our waitress didn't know from a hole in the wall) run by Persians?
In a word, eeeewwwwww!!
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