I was so grateful to find Grace. I was staying at the Hilton across the street for a work event that did not provide lunch or enough time to go far. Grace was right across the street, extremely fast service, and reasonably tasty food. The sandwiches and cookies are where it's at. My coworkers and I came back the next day and easily labeled it the best option in the area.
I stopped by here somewhat early on this past Friday morning with my coworker for breakfast. We were looking for somewhere with a hot breakfast and Grace Deli happened to be right across the street from where we're staying. It's a smallish shop on W San Carlos Street right across the street from the Hilton and convention center. The inside of Grace has a place to order you food, some coolers and plenty of seating. The walls are covered in some old school looking posters and mirrors.
For breakfast on this day I decided to go with the super burrito. The menu said it consisted of All-natural scrambled eggs, mild cheddar cheese melted, ham, bacon, avocado, potato and it also came with a side of salsa. Whenever it came to the table I noticed it was a somewhat small burrito but whenever I picked it was heavy which was I found to be a good thing. The burrito itself ended up being quite tasty and I loved how crispy the bacon was and that the avocado provided a nice texture contrast in addition to its flavor. Actually everything about it was pretty good and the salsa on the side even provided some needed acidity to the dish. Whenever I had finished my burrito I was full and satisfied. The best part about it? You can get the super burrito for $4.99. My coworker and I were actually debating how they could even make money selling it for that price.
The bottom line for me is that I would head back here again in the future. Grace Deli is a great place where not only do you get good food but a good bang for your buck too.
To be clear I don't give 5 stars lightly. I was at a conference in the area for 3 days and I ate lunch here everyday. Day 1: "Classic Turkey" simple but executed very well great Great ingredients and great bread. Day 2: "Grilled Chicken Pepperoni" I think this was my favorite. I was surprised to find think cut chicken breast rather than deli cut. The flavors were great I love banana peppers especially with pepperoni. Day 3: "chicken Caesar wrap" probably my least favorite of the 3 but still really good. It is exactly what it says it is and very fresh. If I had one criticism it would be that the ingredients in the wrap could have been more evenly distributed. The first half I ate had virtually no chicken, but man that second half was like a chicken Caesar burrito tm. Now if you'll excuse me I have a burrito idea to trademark ;)
I LOVE this place! Seriously folks. If you work in the area and are tired of that "other" chain sandwich shop, give Grace a try. The service is spot on and the food is simple but really fresh. I work down the street and have literally been here 5 times in the last few weeks. I've ordered from them for lunch meetings for my picky co-workers and everyone loves what they get. I've had:
BLTA - YES!! Anything with Bacon is bomb right?
Tuna melt - YES! So good
Cobb Salad - Very good. Decent size for sure. This is my bosses favorite.
Roast Beef - Our CFO orders this every times and LOVES it.
Super cute little place in the EY building. They also serve breakfast sandwiches and wraps. You literally can't miss the smell of bacon coming out of their door at 8am. Nom nom!
The decor is super simple but bright and clean and well take care of. Grace is always behind the counter and ready to make sure your experience is perfect. They have daily specials so don't forget to check the board before you order.
It's almost lunch time ... hmmm I think I know where I'm goin!
"I think I'm just gonna go downstairs for lunch."
Since I work upstairs, the convenience factor is a plus, since the food does get prepped rather quickly. However...
Come here if you want overpriced sandwiches at $6+ that look like something you could make in the kitchen if you had the cooking expertise of Wikipedia. Soups here have salt as the main ingredient. Their salads don't offend in any way.
In a dystopian post-capitalism world, this would be the final beacon of American food.
Until then, hard pass.
Decent to Strong 2
Best sandwich around downtown. Absolutely love the food and nothing beats the awesome service here!!
This Deli used to be owned by the nicest woman. It's since changed ownership and the new owner is not the friendliest. He also messes up orders, forgets what you pay for and is just a little on the ruder side. The staff behind the counter are really great and friendly and always incredibly helpful. However, when it's a busy day the owner stands at the counter watching his staff rather than helping them or taking orders. I think it's safe to say that I will not be returning to this once loved lunch spot of mine.
Just plain yummy! Its a cute little deli across the street from the Hilton. Paninis are just sooo good. The crowd starts @ 11:30 for lunch but the service is friendly and quick. Worth a try if you're in the area =)
As soon as my friends and I came into the building, we were greeted with smiles, the genuine kind. They were speedy and accurate, I'd recommend 10/10
Great place with an awesome breakfast burrito and good coffee. Right across the street from the Hilton downtown which makes it an easy choice if the weather is bad and you don't want to eat at the lackluster hotel restaurant.
My co-workers and I came here for lunch based on yelp reviews and limited optionsoptions. The grilled chicken sandwich I had was Very good! I'm not a sandwich fan but this one was quite tasty. Service was fast and furious...i meant Courteous.
Will be back again while we are working in San Jose!
I ordered a ham and spinach breakfast burrito and a medium coffee for $6. The burrito was scrambled egg, a slice of ham and some spinach. Nothing special, but it was good nonetheless. I felt it was a bit overpriced, but the service was good and the restaurant itself was very nice.
For a quick and cheap breakfast or lunch eat, it's a definite yes. Nothing else close by in general or that has great choices, low prices and quick service. I'm a fan of the melts for lunch, breakfast burrito or bowl for breakfast and iced coffee anytime. Skip the soups. If you're geographically close by it's a good choice. If you have time for something sit down, skip it.
I love Grace! For such a small deli and the only one in my work building it's actually pretty good. Their latte is one of the best I have had. They use really high quality coffee and milk. I also like their sandwiches, soup, wraps, and salads are pretty good. My favorite sandwich is the toasted BLT; favorite soup is the chili and butter must squash; favorite wrap is the thai peanut wrap; and favorite salad is the southwestern salad. They also have great yogurt parfaits and fruit cups.
One of the best things at Grace is the breakfast burritos. It's surprisingly delicious and the salsa is awesome! Very tasty.
A downside of this place is that they don't open every day (closed on the weekends as well as night). So we often have to order in when we work weekends or late nights.
Food was good n the place was nice n clean. Very busy right at noon time. Say ur order n hav them repeat it coz the guy gav me the wrong soup but changed it when I said so. The bathroom close by is nice n clean. I like how there is water to help yourself to.
I'm giving this a 1 because I can't give it a 0. This place has good reviews but they must all be fake because we ordered 3 different things to try and they all had a wierd after taste. And tasted bad and gave us a horrible stomach ache. It was expensive, not at all worth the money!
We were in San Jose for the weekend and wanted quick breakfast on the last day of our stay. We stayed across the street at the Hilton. This is a cute little cafe with a few seating inside. It was quiet and relaxing.
I had a burrito breakfast bowl and my fiance had a breakfast burrito. I also ordered some fruit, hot ea, and he had coffee. The food was ok. It didn't wow me at all. The fruit was cutely cut and decorated in a transparent cup. You were given hot water in a cup and you had to choose which flavor tea bag.
The person behind the counter was extremely friendly and helpful. The place had really good reviews. I wasn't expecting more. I was a tad bit disappointed the food we had was just ok.
Wow! I cane here impromptu, and I found a very good place. I ate a salad that was of. Good size and high quality. Very clean too!! Highly recommend it
Grace Deli is awesome!
The owners are very courteous, friendly and polite.
The Asian chicken salad is very very good and I substitute the chicken with tuna as they are always happy to make the change.
The catering for over 10ppl has been very well accepted in our building and I use them to host some of our smaller events.
Keep up the good work!!
Don't expect high-end flavors, but this little cafe does just the trick if you're attending an event at the convention center and just can't take the catered food.
I had the chicken caesar salad, a bag of chips, and an iced coffee, all of which did the trick. The flavors are pretty basic, so there's really not much to write about. They have a decent selection of both hot and cold sandwiches, plus different combination choices. Soup or salad and half a sandwich, soup and salad, chips/sandwich/drink, etc.
The man taking my order was very kind and patient as I had to dig through my purse to find my wallet. He even brought my food to me. There was a good number of people there which made me feel better about my choice.
If anything, come here for the expansive outdoor seating area. There's plenty of tables, a few couch-style seats with tables, and benches. It was a gorgeous day so I took my food outside.
There are certainly other options in the area, many of which are probably better quality and better tasting, but if you're looking for a no-frills just give me food and get outta here, come to Grace Deli!
I was staying in a hotel a few blocks away and found this on Yelp. The reviews were good so I took a chance. It was amazing!! I had the Super Burrito bowl and side of watermelon for under $10. The owner was very pleasant. I would definitely recommend this deli if you're in the area.