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Good Karma Artisan Ales and Cafe

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

19 Ratings
Ratings: 19
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 10.23%
Taps: 15
Bottles: 30
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

37 S 1st St
San Jose, California, 95113-2402
United States
phone: (408) 294-2694

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(Place added by: gardenhoseth on 07-08-2011)
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Reviews by willjschmidt:
Photo of willjschmidt
3.95/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

A small vegan cafe located in downtown San Jose. They have ready made vegan food in a case that they heat up when the order is placed. It was pretty good, but I'm not sure I would rush back here for the food. The taps were outstanding. They have 11 taps, when I stopped in they had:

-Ballast Point Sculpin
-Cuvée Van De Keizer
-Duchesse De Bourgogne
-DFH Palo Santo Marron
-Stone Cali-Belgique
-Lost Abbey Jugement Day
-Nectar Hemp Ale
-Lagunitas Gnarleywine
-Firestone Walker Solace
-Tripel Karmeliet

Most was served in the correct glassware. In the craft beer wasteland that is the Silicon Valley, this place has one of the better selections.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ChrisISO_SJ
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of dbannister
4.75/5  rDev +8%

This place consistently has great beer that can't be found in San Jose. The service is great and you can also grab some vegan grub there. Pick a nice day and head over here and get a seat outside to enjoy the "interesting" people walking up and down the street.

Photo of Wrigleyf
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Made my first stop here while traveling based on the ratings and went back for a second trip. Neal and Andy know their beers. Although others might have more taps, this was the best high quality tap selection I've seen. Great conversations and energy. Highly recommend.

Photo of fishthe
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of brywhite
3.23/5  rDev -26.6%

Photo of JesseLara
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

A true hidden gem. Solid beer selection, solid food selection, solid people working the bar. What more can you ask for? Maybe a little more room as it is smaller than expected for the crowds they can draw, but with a tap list like theirs, it's worth it!

Photo of rowbow
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of largadeer
4.75/5  rDev +8%

Photo of Mattodon
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3

Friendly staff who do know some stuff about beer, they'll be glad to chat it up with you about whatever.
I've never had their food, but tons of people go in and out buying it and they all love it.
The beer selection here is very nice, they'll have whatever you're craving and you'll probably want to buy a bottle to take home also.

Photo of NRo
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

I stopped in to pick up two bottles of Almanac FtB, and stayed for dinner.

The place is tiny inside, with some outdoor seating in front. Their beer selection was impressive. Besides what's on tap, they have a well-stocked variety of bottles.

I'm not a vegan, and you don't have to be to enjoy the food here. I had the stuffed bell pepper and the gluten-free mashed potatoes. Each came with their own sauce, and they were delicious.

The food is in a glass display and the server/bartender will heat your selection and bring it to your table.

I had a very pleasant weeknight dinner, but I imagine it gets crowded on weekends.

Photo of wakeuptothesun
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of cjw333
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of MasterSki
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

My favorite place in San Jose. Went here for the vegan spread and was shocked by the awesome draft list and bottle selection. Lots of great stuff from Russian River, The Bruery, Alpine, etc.

Photo of Flyingvtard1
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Great tap selection! Lots of local craft and belgian imports. Bottles too. They get tons of special releases that are hard to find too ie Lagunitas' Waldo, Drakes Aroma Prieta and Russian River's Pliny the Younger.

As for the food, it's the first time I've been turned onto vegan cuisine and i must say it is absolutely delish! The vegan pork buns, Jamaican Jerk and Pa Ram are all really good.

The vibe is kinda vegan artsy hippy/hipster. With indy music playing and art for sale on the wall from local artist.

Honestly the best place in San Jose area to get a fine beer!

Photo of afrokaze
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This place is a serious hidden gem - I must have passed right by it hundreds of times & had no idea how much good beer was on tap! About 12 taps, a pretty eclectic set of beers with some rare stuff thrown in: Belgians, strong ales, Russian River Sours, hoppy stuff, etc. and they're always changing. The people are nice, food is amazing (this is coming from a non-vegan) prices are reasonable, and the vibe is low key. A great place to really relax and enjoy a great food/beer pairing. I usually try to stop in twice a month or so to see what's new & I'm never disappointed. Service gets bonus points from me because most employees seem into beer & fairly knowledgeable, plus they use the right glasses. Can't go wrong here!

Photo of adamdarcy
5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I'm floored...flabberghasted (sp?) ...thoroughly surpised by this place. I found the listing up here, and my ignorant mind thought, vegetarian and PtE on draft...no way. But as fate would have it, my flight back to Michigan got canceled, so I made a beeline here. The food is incredibly good, and goes great with the PtE on draft. (Should I have the Firestone Walker DIPA next or another Pliny??). Proprietors are so down-home, nice and knowledgeable. The atmosphere reminds me of several places I used to frequent in Austin, TX and Okayama Japan - both college towns. Cool music and great atmosphere. Try this place and you will become a regular!!

Photo of KimenTshom
4.53/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Good Karma has become a major beer destination in downtown San Jose. You would be hard-pressed to find a better selection of beer on tap, and they are constantly rotating.

The restaurant started as a small hole-in-the-wall vegan place with mostly Vietnamese mock meat options. Excellent food, but no alcohol. More recently the restaurant changed owners and moved closer to San Jose State University. This also brought about major changes in the food, decor and most importantly BEER! They usually have around ten different ready-made vegan food options, all of which tend to be quite good. The beer ranges from local(ish) California craft brews liked Russian River to hard-to-find imports from Germany and Belgium. They regularly have beer on tap that you will not find anywhere else in the south bay.

Photo of Rzzzzz
3.53/5  rDev -19.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Best tap selection I've come across in San Jose. On my last visit I think I chose from Pliny The Elder, Duchesse de Bourgogne, Dogfish Head Palo Santo, FW Velvet Merlin, Lagunitas, and a handful of other quality craft beers.

Food is decent for vegan, certainly not terrible. Service is friendly but tends to lean towards slow/inattentive in my experience. If you're in a hurry you may need to wave for attention once or twice. Place is tiny, though, so it's not hard to flag someone down.

Located right across from the light rail station, or they'll validate parking.

College crowd mostly, good music playing always. Nice folks, and hey, it's craft beer in San Jose, so give 'em your business.

Good Karma Artisan Ales and Cafe in San Jose, CA
96 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.