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Sonoma Chicken Coop

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(34 Reviews)

31 N Market St, San Jose, CA 95113

(408) 287-4098

Today: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tomorrow: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Fax: (408) 298-6740

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Central San Jose, Downtown San Jose
Chicken Restaurants, American Restaurants, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Restaurants
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Cuisines: Chicken, American, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch

Price Range : Average


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Provided by Citysearch - 
Good but not great

I have been here twice for lunch. It gets busy during the luch hour because of their location. The service is ok, and the salads are good. The first time I ordered the chicken, I thought it was very good. However, the last time I ordered the same chicken dish, it was a bit greasy & did not taste the same. I may go there again a 3rd time just to make sure.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Yeah, not so much

I really wanted to love this place. I had been promising myself to try it out for the last two years. Now, I wish that I had not gone.

I have been 3 times as I think it is unfair to judge a place on one visit or one dish. The salads are fresh and really good, but the chicken is just plain greasy and there is some sort of 'spice' or 'herb' that leaves an 'off' taste in our mouths.

If you work near a SCC, it is a great place to grab a light salad lunch. But, I would not go out of my way to get there nor do I suggest the chicken.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Poor quality

I agree with the last reviewer. The quality of the food just was not up to par. The portions were large, while the flavor was forgettable. While the place is not expensive, I'd recommend spending your money elsewhere.



Provided by Citysearch - 

This place is absolutely horrible. I would not recommend it to my worst enemy.
Prices are outrageous for what you're getting; they basically charge you sit-down restaurant prices for fast-food quality.
I had heard mixed reviews so my wife & I decided to try it out... that was a mistake.
WAY over-rated and over-priced. Stay away.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Check it out.

Can't beat this place for value. Sonoma Chicken Coop lives up to its claim to fame: quality, inexpensive food. The menu has a wide variety of salads, sandwiches, steaks, seafood, pastas, you name it. I've been here a handful of times for that very reason, there is always something for all. They have both indoor and outdoor seating. For the nights there are heated lamps and The live band is definitely a nice touch. If you're a pizza lover I highly recommend the bbq chicken pizza.



Provided by Citysearch - 
glorified cateferia food

for what you pay, i would rather go and get a burrito then eat here again. even when my boyfriends company christmas party was held here and it was all paid for, i groaned at the thought of eating here once more. dont get me wrong, i really did try and wanted to like it so bad! i tried the salad, the chicken, and the calamari. and the calamari made me sick! if you're a true foody, love great food, then dont go here. we live in the bay area and we are so lucky to have so many amazing GREAT restaurants, so go to one of those instead. this place is dog food.



Provided by Citysearch - 

I've been a long time fan of Sonoma Chicken Coop, both the San Jose and Campbell locations and now the newly completed Almaden location. I've watched this small family run operation grow from the ""quiet"" (at night) downtown eatery to astonishingly impressive force that it is today. What impresses me the most about this operation is that they have managed to maintain the absolute utmost quality with their unprecedented growth. Yeah of course, I've had the occasional mistake at this restaurant, my chicken at one point has been mildly cold, upon my return to the counter, with ANY mistake, there has always been a very and when I mean very I mean VERY helpful counterperson to help me with any thing that I've ever needed. I have to say I was a bit miffed when ""THE COOP"" raised their prices at night, however after my visit tonight I was happily surprised to find out from the manager that the COOP HAD LOWERED THEIR PRICES back to their original point!!! The manager I spoke with was just as happy about the decision to lower as I was; she had said the increase had slowed the night time business down so the owners decided it best to take them back down....
I have to say BRAVO SONOMA CHICKEN COOP, you still rock!!!!



sonoma chicken choop

not as large an eating area as your other restraunts but the food and price is always right.



Provided by Citysearch - 
E Coli Anyone?

This restaurant chain is so bad! There is a reason why the food is so cheap. If you don't have taste buds and enjoy getting sick then this is the place for you. Unfortunately I have had to eat here and the Campbell location and they are both horrible. Only eat here if you need to lose weight fast and aren't lucky enough to catch a stomach flu.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great Food... FOR YOUR DOG!

Based on the recommendations we decided to try this place. We were hugely disappointed. The food was very greasy, but don't get me wrong I enjoy to splurge every once in a while, but if I do it should at the very least taste good. I ordered the ribs and my husband had the steak. The ribs were NOT good at all flavorless and skimpy on the meat, but don't get me wrong, I did have a pile of bones to ""enjoy"", but not much meat and it was pretty tough. The steak my husband ordered was rubber. The bill was almost $35 for bad food BUT there's more you ""get"" to take your own food to the table. One positive was my dog had a field day with the ribs, so I guess you could say EXCELLENT dog food. There are so many other places you can go for reasonably priced food. SKIP THIS ONE!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Excellent and Inexpensive Food

This place is my new favorite restaurant. They have great food. Their Walnut Chicken Salad is my favorite. If you like a place that will fit everyone's taste, this is the place to go. Don't be put off by the long lines. They are very fast and you'll be sitting with your food before you know it. There's one in downtown Campbell as well, it's a little larger with more indoor seating but you can't beat the patio seating at the San Pedro Square location.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Very Greasy Food

Priced ok, but not tasty and very greasy - pass on this one. Service was quick, and staff friendly but that does not make up for the quality of food.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Good and fast downtown

I've tried this place for lunch and dinner. Both times very pleased. There's a wide variety of everything but I advise start with the chicken as in the namesake. But I aso watched my daughter eat a nice cioppino and it was well worth the price (between 14 and 15 dollars) It's downtown but at night I never had a parking problem and day time there's a parking structure nearby.
The service is ok, no problem. There's adequate seating too. Seems like a place you could depend on for a quick, filling meal.



Provided by Citysearch - 
The BEST, you cannot go wrong at Sonoma Chicken Coop!

We highly recommend Sonoma! The food is incredible, and service is amazing...rarely do I feel so catered to. Hats off to the chefs! Everyone is so attentive, polite, and fast. We go a couple times a week and have tried the chicken with lemon vinegarette-PHENOMENAL, we crave it, pasta specials, salads,salmon, desserts... everything so far has been absolutely delicious. We have tried something new each time, and each time we have left even more impressed. The menu offers a huge variety of wonderful meals-not just chicken- that come beautifully decorated and perfectly portioned, and specials changing daily. Our new favorite! And it's inexpensive.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Best Desserts

I love the dessert and this place has the best! Bread pudding, Fondue, and so many more to choose form. Plus the prices are all aroun $6. The food is great, great atmosphere at night.



Provided by Citysearch - 
I wasn't impressed.

The chicken was greasy. A sign of inexpensive ingredients to begin with. A somewhat burnt tasting demi glaze of cherries covered a slightly over cooked pork chop. The sauces are well intended, however miss their mark. The front counter is a mad house. No organization what so ever. We asked for our order to go, and it was presented on plates. As we waited, I used the restroom only to find a member of the kitchen staff use then leave without the customary hand wash. I WAS NOT IMPRESSED and I wont be going back anytime soon.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great lunch spot for downtown SJ!

The menu is great - lots of variety to suit your cravings. Everything I've had has been delicious. Some of my favorites are their rotisserie chicken (with the vinagrette sauce), all of their salads are delicious (especially their roast chicken walnut salad, citrus grove salad & the tropical chicken salad), pork chop, skirt steak. There's plenty of seating and the staff are very friendly and helpful and the restaurant is clean. The portions are plentiful & they also have a variety of sides to compliment their meals (I ususally asked for some green beans). There's usually a line at lunch, but it moves very quickly & there's usually someone passing out slices of their free pizza while you wait!

Having worked in downtown SJ for 4 years, this place is a staple & I wish it showed up sooner! I could eat here for lunch 2-3 times a week and not get sick of it.



Provided by Citysearch - 
I love this place.

Good, reasonably priced menu with healthy choices. Also, no-muss, no-fuss atmosphere: clean, plentiful seating, self serve drinks, etc.

Parking can be challenging, but it is located in a good spot downtown, close to the museum, etc.

The chocolate/raspberry parfait for dessert is what keeps me coming back. So friggen good. Plus, the rotisserie chicken is excellent, as are their salads.

Good alternative to the usual American fare for those who want some healthier alternatives and a little more variety.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great bread slices

Well priced with friendly staff at both the Campbell and downtown San Jose locations. The salads are so-so, a bit too much dressing at times, otherwise the rest of the food is good. They brew their own beer too.



Provided by Citysearch - 
great food for the price!

We ate at the new location in Campbell last night and the food was great, and lots of it! I had the skirt steak and my dad had the boneless riblets, TONS of meat and great flavor! He asked for the chipotle sauce on the side in case it was too spicy but it was perfect. Mom had the double cut pork chop, the cherry sauce on top was a perfect compliment. We all had dessert; I HIGHLY recommend the bananas with phylo, the warm rum sauce and accompanying cold ice cream makes a taste treat to remember. The prices can't be beat, we all enjoyed entrees of $10.99 or less. Outdoor seating for warm weather as well on Campbell Avenue. Just go, it's great food at a great price!

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