Interested in exploring the freshest new spots downtown? From a Latin American cafe to a boxing-themed tavern, read on to see the newest destinations to open in this San Jose neighborhood.
17 N. Second St.
Gente Cafe is an eatery specializing in Latin American-inspired drinks and snacks. Check out the specialty lattes like La Chata (made with horchata), La Morenita (made with brown sugar and cinnamon) and El Choco-Choco (a dark coconut mocha). To eat, Gente Cafe offers a selection of sweet and savory toasts topped with choices of honey butter, avocado and cilantro, "aprigoat" and more.
Gente Cafe currently holds five stars out of five reviews on Yelp, indicating good reviews.
Yelper Juan M., who reviewed Gente Cafe on Oct. 5, wrote, "This place is a fantastic spot to grab your caffeine and go or sit down and study. They have ample interior seating and an outdoor patio area."
Colin C. noted, "The only thing better than the vibes at this cafe is the coffee. Everyone behind the counter is cheerful and authentically awesome, from the top down — the owner, manager and every barista consistently accommodate and appreciate every patron that walks through the front door."
Gente Cafe is open from 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m. on weekdays and 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. on Saturday. (It's closed on Sunday.)
787 The Alameda, Suite 10
Growler USA is a pub and restaurant and the first California location of the Colorado-based franchise.
Located down the street from the SAP Center, the San Jose outpost has more than 100 craft beers on tap from breweries across the country, including a sizable selection of Californian beers. The kitchen at Growler USA serves up pub grub like nachos, wings, tacos and burgers. Salads and gluten-free options are available, too.
Yelp users are generally positive about Growler USA, which currently holds four stars out of 32 reviews on the site.
Yelper Anthony R., who reviewed Growler USA on Oct. 4, wrote, "They have a ton of seating and TVs. The staff is awesome and friendly."
Emily X. noted, "This place is perfect for when there are events going on at the SAP Center. The hot chip burger turned out to be the best of the three items we got. I really liked the baked parm cheese because it added a lot of flavor."
Growler USA is open from 11 a.m.–11 p.m. on Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m.–10 p.m. on Sunday.
The Last Round Tavern
354 E. Santa Clara St.
The Last Round Tavern is a bar and restaurant offering beer, food and happy hour specials.
Opened by a former boxer, this casual, boxing-themed spot serves up beers and shots, as well as pizzas and sandwiches. Try one of the signature pizzas, like the all-meat Arthur Avenue or the Cubano (made with braised pork, ham, salami and pepperoncini). Or check out one of the subs, like the Italian Special or the hot meatball hero with homemade marinara.
The Last Round Tavern currently holds 4.5 stars out of 30 reviews on Yelp, indicating good reviews.
Yelper Rark R., who reviewed The Last Round Tavern on Sept. 7, wrote, "The bread for their sandwiches is amazing. I had The Works today, it was perfect. Super friendly owner."
Tammera C. noted, "This is the best meatball sandwich I have ever had. The meatball was off the hook and the marinara sauce a perfect balance, but the fresh warmed sourdough wrap roll just put it over the top."
The Last Round Tavern is open from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. and 5–10 p.m. on Tuesday-Saturday. (It's closed on Sunday and Monday.)