Henry's World Famous Hi-Life
301 W Saint John St, San Jose, CA 95110
Parking: Street, Lot, Private
Good For Family: Yes
Good For Groups: Yes
Cuisines: Caterers, Barbecue, Family Style, American, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Steakhouse
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Alcohol: Full Bar
Bike Parking: No
Good for Kids: Yes
Takes Reservations: No
Outdoor Seating: No
Price Range : Average
Pets Allowed: No
10/13/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I have never written a review on any place until now after eating at Henry's. People who call this place an institution should be committed to one. I drive by this place everyday and have heard people talk highly of it so my wife and I decided to give it a try. The ordering is a little quirky you order in the bar and then wait in the bar until they seat you for your salad and bread. I assume this is so you will get loaded and not notice how bad the food is. The salad is a joke, a bowl of iceberg lettuce nothing else. Then comes the garlic bread and BBQ sauce to dip the bread in. The bread was OK but the so called BBQ sauce was horrible and tasted like slightly spiced up tomato soup. Then the entrees, I ordered the chicken and rib combo and my wife ordered the grilled salmon. First the chicken was dry, Sonora Dessert dry and this was a thigh and drumstick. The ribs lacked any flavor and were tough. Ribs should be tender and have a smokey taste, these ribs tasted as if they were baked in an oven and thrown on a grill for a couple of minutes to char them. THIS IS NOT BBQ. The baked potato was the only decent part of the meal, then again how hard is it to screw up a potato. Lastly my wife's salmon, oh my god just writing about it makes me want to throw up. My wife took one bite and gagged, the salmon was disgusting. I don't know if it was spoiled or if Henry's grows their own salmon in a septic tank. Not wanting to create a scene we paid our bill and left and will never return. I will never recommend this place and will discourage anyone from ever going here.
05/16/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I would have to agree with the person who followed my May, 2010 review of Henry's Hi-Life...what a sad disappointment it was to find the quality of food so low!..yes, the Henry's I remember was ""an institution"" and I cannot say when the deterioration came about, but I imagine it was during the '80's...the beginning of inflated prices and diminished quality in just about everything.
I felt compelled to submit an updated review after having dinner this past May...it was a disgusting experience and surely is NOT the same Henry's Hi-Life I knew long ago. Too bad. Henry and Arturo would have spasms if they knew of this abomination.
03/10/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I've been coming back to this joint with my family year in and year out. It has always been packed with regulars for a reason. There are just some places you keep coming back to, because you feel at home.
It's not the most attractive restaurant. In fact, it is a hole in the wall. Certainly not the place to impress a first date! But, let me tell you, I've always enjoyed the tasty and juicy ribs, and I never tire of it!
I've never been disappointed at Henry's and would highly-recommend it! Five stars for life!
12/31/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Henry's has been around for a very long time and I have been going there since the mid 80's. Every time I have gone, I have had great food. The experience is different from other restaurants. Henry?s can be very crowded, especially if there is a Shark's game going on. When you get there, you need to take a number and wait for them to take your order. The menu is on the wall along with the prices of the meals. But whatever you do order, you will not be disappointed. I personally do not care for the ""butter"" that the put on the baked potato so I ask for plain butter. You have to order their mushrooms, as this is a great side dish with your food. Yes it can be a bit pricey, but the food is great!!! I would recommend this place if you love BBQ meats. If you bring friends from outside the area, when you pull up, they may say you have to be kidding. But once they taste the food, they will thank you for bringing them there. Parking can be hard, again especially when there is a Shark?s game going on that evening.
05/08/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I Iove this place! I'm so glad they have a location near my work. My experience has always been great at Henry's. The food is very fresh and the service has always been prompt and friendly. I've tried prime rib and ribs and its always really tasty and flavorful. The meat just melts in your mouth! It was so good! I mostly dine in evening when it is most crowded. The food at this place is fantastic so I dont mind paying a little more. I also really dig the environment, fun and relaxing. I've been to plenty of other places, but this place still rates the best in my book. I'm not sure why others I have asked had average food experiences here, but hopefully I dont have to encounter this when I go back..
10/29/2007Provided by Citysearch -
The food here is always good. As for me, I get the baby-back ribs every time. Sometimes they are merely very good, but sometimes they are mind-blowingly good! My wife gets the steak or prime-rib and loves it every time. But the best part of all is how simple the place is... and I mean simple.... the decor, the potato and salad that comes with the meal, the building, everything. However, its hard to find a place like this if you are looking for something about as un-pretentious as it gets but with good chow. Sometimes its fun to go to Il Fornaio, Left Bank, Spago's, Bella Vista, Evvia, MacArthur Park or some other SV place for top notch food, higher class ambience and decor and so on... and sometimes its fun to go someplace really divey and simple but with good stick-to-your-ribs kind of fare. This is the latter. So come with the right frame of mind when you go here and just look to have some unpretentious fun!
I've been going to this place since 1988, and I aim to keep going there as long as the food and character stay the way they are!
02/04/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Henry's is the best. The food is simple and great. The portions are huge and the prices are reasonable. The ambiance is a trip back in time in a wonderfully historic part of the city. We've been loyal customers for years. It's a great place in the middle of a lazy afternoon and unbeatable before and after a Sharks game. The staff is enthusiastic and goes out of their way to help. We (two women of a certain age) wanted Henry's Grand Prix tee shirts a little early because we were leaving town and Jimmy gladly went in the side room and got us some. Go to their website and look at the great video. It's all true! Thanks guys!