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Good Karma Vegan House

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

16 Ratings
Ratings: 16
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
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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3.23/5  rDev -24.9%

brywhite, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of willjschmidt
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%

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.

willjschmidt, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of largadeer
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

largadeer, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of MasterSki
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

MasterSki, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of KimenTshom
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

KimenTshom, Jan 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

cjw333, Dec 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

rowbow, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of Rzzzzz
3.53/5  rDev -17.9%

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.

Rzzzzz, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of NRo
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

NRo, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of afrokaze
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%

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!

afrokaze, Feb 07, 2012
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Good Karma Vegan House in San Jose, CA
94 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.