Good Karma | San Jose, California
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Good Karma
Excellent based on 11 ratings
Type: Restaurant

37 S First St
San Jose, California United States 95113 [ print map ]
408 294 2694

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Hours: Mon - Sat 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM; Sun 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Mayor: AirForceHops (2) | Taps: 15 | Bottles: 20


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Beer Available At Good Karma (arranged by most recent)
Cellarmaker Tiny Dankster 98, Cellarmaker Bangarang 88, The Rare Barrel / Cellarmaker Tangerang 94, Sante Adairius Cuspid to Cuspid , Tap It Rim Fire Red , Allagash Fluxus 2014 96, The Bruery 7 Swans a Swimming 95, Lost Abbey Serpents Stout 100, Lost Abbey Gift of the Magi 96, Lost Abbey Avant Garde Ale 93, Cellarmaker The Glow 98, Alpine Beer Company Nelson IPA 100, Sante Adairius 831 IPA 98, Stone Enjoy By IPA 100, Russian River Pliny the Elder 100, Goose Island Sofie 98, Altamont Beer Works Maui Waui 94, Almanac Golden Gate Gose 88, Cellarmaker Rodney Dankerfield 92, Almanac Porchbier 61
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11 reviews for Good Karma
 Ambiance  73%
 Service  80%
 Selection  88%
 Food  67%
 Value  71%
 Overall  82%
 Rating  88%
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86
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 18/20
brokensail  (1055) Orange County, California | February 9, 2015
Small patio area out on the sidewalk and some bar and table seating inside. Pretty small place, though. Kind of dark as well, but it smelled great (lots of Indian spices, it seemed).

Beer list is pretty solid with a lot of stuff from around the Bay Area like Altamont, Almanac, Cellarmaker, Drakes, Russian River, Sante Adairius, etc. And not all just their standard lineup, but some special releases. A handful of items from San Diego as well. Nice. All the beers are about $7, which is pretty typical these days.

Yeah, itís a vegan restaurant. I think thatís kind of cool. But I guess I might be in the minority, particularly in the beer drinkiní world. Gotta be up at the top of San Jose beer spots.
86
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick  (796) Columbus, Ohio | December 27, 2014
(Visited 11/2014): Good Karma is located in downtown San Jose on South First near Post. There are a couple parking garages nearby.

Outside there are a couple tables making a patio of sorts, and the exterior is painted olive green. The interior opens to a walk-up counter where food and drinks can be ordered. Beyond that a bar runs along the left side and there are small tables along the right. Lots of plants and large pieces of artwork. There is an antler chandelier in the back, and a large chalk board near the entrance that lists the beers.

The restaurant has around 15 beers on tap, featuring beers from mostly CA breweries like Almanac, Cellarmaker, Alpine, Russian River, Lost Abbey and Bruery. Some bottles from breweries like Fiftyfifty, Almanac, Deschutes and Crooked Stave.

Service on a weekday evening was good. Food recommendations were good and the staff were knowledgeable about the beers.

Full disclosure I am not a vegetarian therefore not an expert on the cuisine, but I visited with my sister who is, and I enjoyed all the plates we tried.

All in all this is a cool little restaurant to visit downtown with a very respectable beer list.
58
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 4/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 4/10   OVERALL 12/20
mmark  (15) gedera, Israel | November 20, 2014| Updated February 19, 2015
Visited that place several times and will probably be coming back, just because of trending craft beer selection. On our last visit, there was mistake in the bill, 10 $, and of cause not for ours benefit, I didnít feel quite well with their simple "sorry" and in my eyes from good beer place it became sucks. Also, they were served flights, but not anymore for some reason - so need to consider that for the next time.
92
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops  (157) Epping, New Hampshire | August 23, 2014
Small little vegan restaurant with an unbelievable draft list. I didnít eat anything on this trip but I have a feeling that I may return here in the future. The people that are run this place and friendly and really knowledgeable about their beer. The owner just installed a brand new wooden bar and it looks fantastic. Really sociable people and I got to be honest, If lived in San Jose I would be here 3 times a week. Love what these guys are doing at this place. Now I have to start looking at the Sharks schedule so I have an excuse to come back here!
94
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
AdamChandler  (260) Enfield, New Hampshire | January 22, 2014
Why is this place not #1 in San Jose? I dropped in twice in a week. Had some hummus and chips. The tap list was insane, bottle list was even better, tons of out of stock things, brewery only beers. Staff was super cool and like after an hour Iím hanging out with 5 strangers, sipping some dudeís home-brew and getting invited to a lambic tasting. I was here for 4 hours one day and it passed like 30 minutes. Really a chill spot with a staff that knows a ton about beer.
80
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 18/20
t0rin0  (1503) Do Not Resuscitate, California | December 30, 2013
Visited December 29, 2013.

Oh man, why do you have to be vegan? So much potential here (given the beer selection) but itís freakin garbage vegan food. Remember when The Old Depot tried that? And remember when they abandoned it? Itís like communism, it doesnít work. Beyond that, the service was incredibly slow as there were just two girls working and doing all the order taking, beer pouring, bussing, and cooking. So given that there were only two people that also had to the cooking it wasnít terrible but it still took way longer than it should have to get a beer. Now, with the complaints out of the way Iíll say that I was very impressed by the lineup. I went with a Lagunitas Fusion 18 which is a hoppy oatwine (seems that I need to add it here). I also got a little splash of the Drakes Abominably Jolly White IPA. I knew better than to order the Matilda Lambicus (had it once before and didnít care for it) but it was neat to see on the board. In the fridge I spotted some Westvleteren bottles (unlabeled), some Bruery Reserve Society-only bottles, and half a dozen variants of Eclipse. Iíll be stopping back in at some point for sure, just not on a Sunday afternoon.
80
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 4/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 17/20
LQBC  (15) California | November 24, 2013
May have the most interesting selection in downtown San Jose, competes well with OG just across the street, and always has better prices. Service is good, but the vegetarian fare is not for me. But you can stop by just for beer, and hang out on the patio in front in good weather.
76
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
mrhoppy  (225) Santa Clara, California | July 26, 2013
Stopped in here for a Abbey Quad after sausage and beer a OG I liked what I saw and I will have to try the food next time.
86
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs  (184) Livermore, California | June 20, 2013
Awesome vegan restaurant in downtown San Jose. I came here for lunch on a weekday and it was pretty crowded with local business people. The staff was very friendly and helpful despite seeming a bit scattered. Basically you order your food at the counter and then find a seat somewhere and they bring you your food. I had a burrito, and it was very good. The beer list is simply outstanding. I think there were close to 20 beers on tap and they are all stand outs. At least a couple sours and barrel aged beers when I was there. I was impressed by the diversity of the tap list as well. Somebody really knows there stuff here. They offer flights of 5 or 10 of anything on draft. There are some nicely selected bottles for sale as well including a couple berliner weisse. The price is a little steep, but worth it IMO. I will return when Iím back in the area.
92
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
birdmachine  (12) San Jose / San Luis Obispo, California | February 20, 2013
Good Karma has always been a bit underrated in my opinion. Itís a vegan deli style eatery that has unbelievable beers on draft and in bottle. Ryan (the owner) is probably San Joseís black horse in the bar game, but donít be fooled, this is probably the only place youíll see get the rarest of the rare kegs. Beers like Lagunitas Waldo, Russian River Pliny the Younger, and a variety of barrel aged beers. Truly and amazing spot with a passionate owner. Iím not a huge fan of the food however, but that doesnít stop me from coming here. A great San Jose gem.

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