Saturday at the end of May, in the door at about 11:20. Was there at about 11:00, but they weren’t open yet. Small place that is set up to hold a decent crowd. Nice big wooden bar. 20+ taps, including a number of meads. Which only stands out as odd because it’s a vegan place. But then again, way back in my vegan days I drank beers with honey in them. Nice and well priced food menu, food that I saw coming out looked pretty solid, and the stuff I got was pretty good as well, and portions were good, especially for the price. I’m amused that the slices of pie cost $3.14. Good crowd in here while I was in, and probably because it was before noon when I got there, most of the people were there for food not beer. But the beer list is good, nice variety with a styles and breweries. A good chunk are local, and then there’s some stuff from farther away. Good collection of bottles available as well, with a lot of Lost Abbey, Allagash, Almanac, Eclipse, Firestone Walker, B. Nektar, Cascade, and some others. Worth a stop.
You think you don’t like vegan food? You’re probably wrong. This little place serves wonderful vegan dishes that are flavorful and satisfying. Oh, and there are more than 20 taps. In a small location that doesn’t have a lot of tables and doesn’t really live up to the trendy web page, it’s still a great place for an afternoon lunch with a few rounds.
Visited here for lunch while on vacation in mid-August ’15. Funky little vegan joint in downtown San Jose with friendly wait staff and customers as well. Have about a dozen or so on tap, all high quality California stuff it seems, mostly local. May have had an import or two. I had something from Alpine and enjoyed it immensely. Looks like they had a wide selection of bombers and 750 mls of prety rare stuff as well. Food is all vegan, but was very tasty and quite reasonable. lunch combo of two items for only $8.A must visit if you find your way to San Jose.
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, it’s a vegan restaurant. I think that’s kind of cool. But I guess I might be in the minority, particularly in the beer drinkin’ world. Gotta be up at the top of San Jose beer spots.
(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.
mmark (58) gedera, Israel | November 20, 2014| Updated October 23, 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 didn’t 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.
Small little vegan restaurant with an unbelievable draft list. I didn’t 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!
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 I’m hanging out with 5 strangers, sipping some dude’s 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.
Oh man, why do you have to be vegan? So much potential here (given the beer selection) but it’s freakin garbage vegan food. Remember when The Old Depot tried that? And remember when they abandoned it? It’s like communism, it doesn’t 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 wasn’t terrible but it still took way longer than it should have to get a beer. Now, with the complaints out of the way I’ll 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 didn’t 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. I’ll be stopping back in at some point for sure, just not on a Sunday afternoon.
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.