Welcome to Willow Glen
Convenient and community-centric neighborhood.
Family-friendly, walkable, and community-centric, Willow Glen is a quaint and friendly community located about fifteen minutes outside of downtown San Jose. The main streets are equipped with large sidewalks, making it easy to explore the indie clothing stores and casual restaurants. Locals in Willow Glen love that the area feels neighborly and community-oriented.
What to Love
- Close, neighborly community
- Walkable main street with independent shops and restaurants
- Convenient commute to San Jose
- Variety of restaurant options
Neighborhood parties, holiday celebrations, and community events characterize this tight-knit neighborhood. The downtown area serves as a gathering place for the community and is full of many eateries and activities. With its walkable sidewalks, abundant parks, and excellent school options, Willow Glen is a top area for raising children, and dog owners love it here as well. Just a quick hop onto the highway takes commuters quickly into downtown San Jose.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
An adorably rustic setting houses seasonal ingredients and a contemporary American menu at The Table
. Whether it’s a brunch outing or a dinner date, plates from Belgian waffles or corned beef hash to grilled Spanish octopus or pan roasted duck breast are sure to delight and impress. Finish off with a chocolate pot de creme or a pistachio financier. When the weather is nice, enjoy your meal on their beautiful patio.
Finger food, tapas-style plates, and a large cocktail and wine menu characterize the homey Orchard City Kitchen
. Bring the whole family and share plates like wood fired octopus, baby back ribs, or kimchi for dinner. For brunch, sip mimosas or bloody marys and enjoy delicious and creative breakfast and lunch plates.
Dine on delicious Italian classics like eggplant parmesan or new takes on old favorites like pear ravioli when you stop in for a meal at Vin Santo
. The restaurant hosts weekly community events, from family nights on Thursdays to live DJs on Fridays and Saturdays! A weekend pizza excursion calls for a trip over to Bilbo’s NY Pizza
, where thin-crust pies with specialty toppings fill the menu alongside plenty of beer and wine options.
Black Sheep Brasserie
offers something different and elevated, with a French-inspired menu and a carefully curated atmosphere. Menu highlights like seared Hokkaido scallops and sweet corn risotto bring a new twist to the dining experience and keep locals coming back time and time again.
Things to Do
The best way to get to know Willow Glen is to take a leisurely walk through its quaint downtown area. Specialty shops on Lincoln Ave. range from antique stores to art galleries to coffee shops, and the picturesque walkways give visitors a taste of the authentic Willow Glen vibe. While you stroll the main street, stop by for a bite to eat at Bertucelli’s La Villa
for a sandwich, salad, or hot meal like eggplant parmesan.
Let your creative side run free when you spend a day with the whole family at Petroglyph
, where you can choose and paint your own ceramic creations. Whether you’re shopping for gifts or just need some art therapy, heading in and finding a table at Petroglyph is a fun and easy way to create personalized pieces ranging from dinnerware to figurines. When you’re done painting your masterpiece, they’ll glaze and fire it to perfection.
Outdoorsy families love Willow Glen for its proximity to countless trails and parks. Guadalupe River Trail is a great spot for biking, jogging, or walking alongside gorgeous views of the Guadalupe River. River Glen Park, Lincoln Glen Park, and Willow Street Park all offer varying sports fields, playgrounds, and green spaces.
Price Charter Middle School, Branham High School, and University Preparatory Academy all receive high marks and great reviews.