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Poor House Bistro

Cajun / Creole Restaurant and Rock Club$$$$
Central San Jose, San Jose
  • Shana N.
    "The BBQ shrimp platter is the most delicious thing on the planet."(7 Tips)
    Ryan O.
    "Bbq chicken po boy is pretty spicy, messy and awesome"(10 Tips)
    Shannon B.
    "Order the red beans and rice and a Turbodog!"(3 Tips)
    Aaron P.
    "Cajun fries are out of this world!"(4 Tips)
52 Tips and reviews
  • po' boys
  • BBQ shrimp
  • blues music
  • red beans and rice
  • gumbo
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  • Topher
    TopherJune 6, 2017
    Amazing food! All of it!! Cool ambiance. Great music. Cooks are fun to interact with. Cashiers are hot or miss with regards to personality. Bathrooms are gross! (Both guys and girls).
  • Aaron P.
    Aaron PolzinSeptember 15, 2016
    Excellent food! Try the red beans and rice! Cajun fries are out of this world!
  • Christian B.
    Christian BakerApril 12, 2016
    If you can't watch the game from the Shark Tank, watch it here.
  • Alexander P.
    Alexander PosledovMarch 10, 2016
    Good food, terrible coffee.
  • Anna J.
    Anna JamesFebruary 23, 2016
    BBQ shrimp in the PhB specialities section is very very good. And don't leave without having their Bread pudding; it's super delicious.
  • Nathan D.
    Nathan DelaneyFebruary 19, 2016
    The Poor Boys are delicious and well priced. The flavors are excellent and its a good location for Sharks games.
  • Steven K.
    Steven KayeJanuary 6, 2016
    So far I've had the chicken gumbo and half a muffaletta. Both great.
  • Bhargav G.
    Bhargav GollaDecember 16, 2015
    BBQ Shrimp Jambalaya was delicious
  • Christopher C.
    Christopher CarlssonAugust 30, 2015
    Try the Pain Perdu (via @Foodspotting)
  • Christopher C.
    Christopher CarlssonAugust 30, 2015
    Try the Shrimp Boil (via @Foodspotting)
  • Cathleen B.
    Cathleen BelknapJune 5, 2015
    love to drink and eat there
  • Sarah R.
    Sarah RJune 3, 2015
    The gumbo is fantastic
  • Venkatesh H.
    Venkatesh HodavdekarMarch 16, 2015
    I tried the BBQ shrimp and loved it. They have love music too. I plan on trying the po boys next time. They looked great.
  • Brittany B.
    Brittany BensonFebruary 12, 2015
    Cajun fries are delish. Sandwiches are a little light on the meat, a bit heavy on the bread.
  • Bambi Lynn W.
    Bambi Lynn WareNovember 16, 2014
    Great blues music!
  • Bambi Lynn W.
    Bambi Lynn WareNovember 16, 2014
    Listening to the wonderful Tia Carroll
  • Ryan O.
    Ryan OtaAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Bbq chicken po boy is pretty spicy, messy and awesome
  • Nancy
    NancyJuly 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Cajun fries are on point!
  • Shana N.
    Shana NijjarJuly 8, 2014
    The BBQ shrimp platter is the most delicious thing on the planet.
  • Micah
    MicahOctober 28, 2013
    Great NOLA vibe, nice beer selection and solid jambalaya.
  • Erik S.
    Erik SchaefferAugust 13, 2013
    Blackened chicken and Tasso pasta was great! And you can't go wrong with Abita on tap.
  • Richard S.
    Richard SparrowJune 20, 2013
    Got to love the Pliny!
  • Hard R.
    Hard RockerMay 27, 2013
    Come for good food and good live music.
  • Andrew R.
    Andrew RichMay 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The Cajun slaw is very tasty and has a kick that sneaks up on you.
  • Jen R.
    Jen RichMay 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Cajun fries are just the right amount of spicy and are deliciously addicting.
  • John O.
    John O'DayApril 13, 2013
    Crawdads 8.95 a pound on a plate. really good
  • Flora M.
    Flora MorrowDecember 11, 2012
    It's all about the fried oysters!!!
  • Patti H.
    Patti H.October 3, 2012
    They had Pliny the Elder in the cold case! Woohoo!
  • Cynthia L.
    Cynthia LumOctober 1, 2012
    The blackened chicken and tasso pasta was delicious! Definitely coming back to try their po boys!
  • Heather T.
    Heather TholeAugust 22, 2012
    Catfish Po'boys...OH BOY!
  • Diana B.
    Diana BustamanteJune 14, 2012
    Blues and brews!
  • Ronda
    RondaApril 21, 2012
    Sausage bread dipped in the bbq shrimp sauce = awesome!
  • King C.
    King Clement XIII ♚February 9, 2012
    Fried Oyster Po boy is legit!
  • Luisa S.
    Luisa SilvaDecember 28, 2011
    The fried oysters are to die for! Yummy :-)
  • jj m.
    jj mcmorrowNovember 19, 2011
    This place is sick! Great music during the day on Saturday?! I wonder what it's like at night!
  • A B.
    A BallesterosNovember 15, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Do all of these things in one visit here: crawfish pasta, sausage bread, an Abita Turbo Dog beer, and listen to the live blues band play.
  • Steve L.
    Steve LipmanOctober 6, 2011
    I'd imagine this place would be hopping before a Sharks game?
  • Brandon H.
    Brandon HullAugust 25, 2011
    Fried catfish po' boy. Must eat. And the Thursday night two-man blues band adds perfect atmosphere.
  • Cat G.
    Cat GurinskyMarch 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't forget to get a side of corn bread with your meal! My favorite meal is their special of shredded pork over biscuits.
  • John L.
    John LoFrancoJanuary 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The po boy lunch combo is a must do.
  • Nathan J.
    Nathan JohnsDecember 2, 2010
    Abita on tap!
  • Julia G.
    Julia G.November 25, 2010
    Get the sweet potato fries.
  • Jon H.
    Jon HallNovember 23, 2010
    BBQ Shrimp Po Boy!
  • brian p.
    brian princeNovember 12, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    This place is great. Po boys blues, and beer. How could you go wrong.
  • Craig R.
    Craig RenteriaOctober 7, 2010
    Drippin's and sweet potato fries.
  • D G.
    D GSeptember 20, 2010
    Favorite place for lunch in SJ.
  • Hannah L.
    Hannah LongrieMay 13, 2010
    This place rules! Live blues!!!
  • Cristina
    CristinaApril 11, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Don't get the gumbo, jambalaya, or red beans and rice. Flavourless! Stick to the po' boys. The bread pudding is amazing. Beignets are swell too.
  • Eric F.
    Eric ForsbergMarch 7, 2010
    BBQ shrimp bowl if you like spicy and delicious.
  • Janet F.
    Janet FoutsFebruary 16, 2010
    Try the muffaletta and sweet potao fries. Good beignets too!
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