Camera 12 Downtown
The Camera 12 Cinema is located at 201 S. Second Street on the Paseo de San Antonio in the heart of downtown San Jose, across the street from San Jose Repertory and only one block from the elegant FAIRMONT HOTEL, with its upscale restaurants and lounge music.
Check out the re-opened CAMERA 3, with a new concept that combines innovative specialized cinema, live comedy, a contemporary urban café, and event venue. We have partnered with three great companies with outstanding reputations – ComedySportz, Cinequest and Café Too – to reinvent the space into a truly unique entertainment destination unlike any other in the South Bay. Click here for more info.
For the best Thai food in San Jose, try the HOUSE OF SIAM, located right next door in the Pavilion at 200 S. Second Street, and featuring a wide range of dishes, perfumed with exotic Thai herbs, from complex curries to savory entrees.
If you're in the mood for Italian, BELLA MIA, at 58 S. First Street, features fresh, homemade pasta, pizza, and great desserts.
Also try these fine restaurants:
SCOTT'S SEAFOOD, at 185 Park Ave, classic seafood menu featuring a sea of marine treats, impeccable sourdough and other entrees.
EULIPIA RESTAURANT & BAR, at 370 S. First Street, adventurous New California Cuisine menu, surrounded by the restaurant's unique interior.
THE AGENDA, at San Salvador and S. First, its first floor restaurant serving up New California cuisine in a classy setting.
EMILE'S, at 545 S. Second (next door to City Lights Theater Company), one of the Bay Area's best restaurants, featuring classic, nouvelle and minceur cuisines in a white tablecloth setting.
IL FORNAIO, serving up Contemporary Italian cuisine on the first floor of the Sainte Claire Hotel at Market and San Carlos Streets.
ORIGINAL JOE'S Italian Restaurant, a San Jose tradition at First and San Carlos Streets featuring generous portions of pastas, salads and soups.
BOTOWN SEAFOOD, a longtime downtown establishment featuring a wide variety of Chinese and Vietnamese dishes at Second and San Salvador Streets.
GORDON BIERSCH, at 33 E. San Fernando Street, serving up its own micro beers and delicious California Cuisine and featuring live rock/pop and Latin/Salsa music.
STRATTA GRILL & CAFE, at 71 E. San Fernando, an upbeat, stylish bistro with lots of hearty grill updates, lusty pastas and assertive salads.
INCA GARDENS, just down the street at 87 E. San Fernando, with authentic Peruvian and South American dishes including ceviches and rotisserie chicken.
PAGODA RESTAURANT, serving up a full range of Chinese cuisine in the Fairmont Hotel.
WHITE LOTUS, featuring an all-vegetarian menu (meatless and eggless) at 80 North Market Street.
McCORMICK AND SCHMICK'S, at 170 S. Market St., big city fish house, grilled, pan-seared, steamed delights and noted desserts.
PICASSO'S TAPAS, at 62 W. Santa Clara St., friendly old-wave Spanish restaurant with tapas, panella and classical guitar.
Nearby nightspots and clubs include:
ANGELS, 400 S. First & San Salvador, Thu-Sat upscale lounge with DJ spun dance music.
CLUB GLO, a bustling hip-hop, house and R&B dance club located at San Salvador and S. First Streets, in the old Studio Theater.
CLUB PALERMO, dance club with Salsa Dance Party Wednesdays and World Beat Fridays, at 394 S. Second street (at San Salvador).
SCORES SPORTS BAR & GRILL, 417 S. First Street, big-screen sporting events and local DJs spinning all weekend long.
THE AGENDA, equipped with live music venues on its top floor and in the basement, featuring a wide range of acts from reggae to jazz, blues to swing -- and open-mike poetry on Sunday nights.
TOONS, at 2nd and E. Santa Clara Streets, with its DJ-spun rock, pop and top 40.
THE TEMPLE BAR & LOUNGE, 52 S. First Street, featuring DJ R&B, Hip Hop and House Fri and Sat nights.
STUDIO 8, 8 S. First Street, Fri-Sat night DJ dancing.
VOODOO LOUNGE, 14 S. Second Street, DJ nights Wed-Sun, club beats, reggae, old skool, hip-hop and R&B.
THE BLANK CLUB at 44 S. Almaden Ave. and Post (near Greyhound station), open daily, featuring Atomic with DJ Basura, The Hit Machine (retro rock), and live music nights.
CLUB MIAMI at 177 W. Santa Clara featuring live Latin/Salsa rhythms Thursday-Saturday and dancing lessons on Thursday.
SPLASH, 65 Post Street (formerly Waves), DJ spun music nights Wed-Sat featuring Modern Rock, Hip-Hop, Latin and House.
For the best in local theater:
SAN JOSE REPERTORY, on S. Second across the street from Camera 12
CITY LIGHTS, on S. Second between William and E. Reed.
SAN JOSE STAGE COMPANY, at Williams and S. First
Also check out OPERA SAN JOSE, CIVIC LIGHT OPERA, BALLET SAN JOSE and a host of great art galleries. For more information, go to the SAN JOSE DOWNTOWN website.