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“The Brit @Almaden”

Britannia Arms of Almaden
Ranked #816 of 2,155 Restaurants in San Jose
Cuisines: Bar, American, British
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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2 reviews
“The Brit @Almaden”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2013

Great place to for large or small groups. Nice atmosphere. Looking for a good time hanging out with friends. Awesome to watch sporting events.

Visited April 2013
Thank Laura S
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  • English first
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English first
San Jose, Calif
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41 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Britannia ashtray”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2013

Hadn't been to this restaurant / local pub for along time so wasn't sure what to expect. It was March 16th, 2013, Saturday evening and the wife and I were invited for an evening of dinner and drinks with a group of friends. Our friends had found some open tables outside in the patio area with a view of the San Jose Sharks game on the wall mounted televsion. We sat down and waited for a server to take our drink order but after ten minutes I decided to go to the bar and order my own drinks. The drinks are over priced for this type of establisment, thought we were paying Vegas prices! Back at our patio picnic style tables and benches I noticed they had ashtrays at each table yet no smoking stickers at the entrance doors. We're not smokers so we said no big deal it was still early in the evening and no one was smoking at that time. After finding our server we ordered some appetizers and it took over 30 minutes to get that out but not a problem as we had time to talk. As the rest of our friends showed up we searched for our server again, where did she go? Make a long story short our server had no personality, was not helpful and did a horrible job on getting our order right. The food took forever to get to us but it was pretty tasty!
While we were eating the other people around us starting smoking cigarettes and the patio area was overwhelmed with smoke. It was nasty smelling, burned our eyes, made us cough and just disgusting. There was no where for us to move as the placed was getting packed with a younger crowd getting ready to hear the live band. I notified the manager that it was a violation to allow smoking in the patio area and he said they allow smoking and sorry I wasn't happy. I asked the manager to do something about it and he asked a few people to not smoke but they continued to smoke anyhow. After awhile we asked the server to turn on the ceiling fans and she said she would ask manager. Well never happened so another friend went to ask the manager inside and then the server turned the fans on. Not much help as now everyone in the patio was smoking and it just got worse. We just wanted to get out of there but couldn't find our server to get our bill. Finally after 30 more minutes of waiting for the server to process the bill we were out! While waiting in the patio I noticed that the patio had several violations that looked unsafe. The patio was covered and enclosed on three sides, electrical, plumbing, etc.If you are a smoker and love breathing in 2nd hand smoke this is your kind of place! Hopefully someone can make this establisment comply with the law! My throat is till hoarse from the 2nd hand smoke and my breathing is difficult still. Hope this review helps you.

  • Visited March 2013
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    • Food
Thank drinkwiz
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San Jose, California, United States
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35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Good sports bar, with special events every night.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2013

Great selection of draught beers, all kinds of sports programming, and good food. The heated patio is a nice place to hand out with friends if you need a quieter, smoke friendly, atmosphere. Consistently good fish and chips, solid burger selection, just make sure you leave room for the deep fried Mars bar.

Visited January 2013
Thank Ernie L
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San Jose, California, United States
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Service and Management issues”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2012

Service was terrible and waitress less than attentive. After asking for the check 3 times found her shooting the breeze wityh another waitress in the back corner. Complained to management but they did not respond to our concerns. We will never return.

2 Thank Robert E
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139 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2012

Is this a typical British pub or is it what Americans like to think of as a British pub?It's the latter.The food is first class and the drinks menu extensive.One touch I liked was that a speaker could be brought to your table so you could get the sound from just one TV of the 14(?) on view all showing different programmes.Other establishments please note.

Visited September 2012
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