Good Karma Artisan Ales and Cafe

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95
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14 Reviews
Reviews: 14
Visits: 25
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: n/a
Taps: 15
Bottles: 30
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Reviews: 14 | Visits: 25
Photo of adamdarcy
5/5  rDev +12.4%
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!! (648 characters)

Photo of KimenTshom
4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (802 characters)

Photo of willjschmidt
3.95/5  rDev -11.2%
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. (647 characters)

Photo of Rzzzzz
3.53/5  rDev -20.7%
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. (697 characters)

Good Karma Artisan Ales and Cafe in San Jose, CA
95 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.