If you are looking for a bustling, lively place to eat brunch on a Sunday afternoon, Flames Eatery & Bar in downtown San Jose is the place for you. If you’re looking for a quiet afternoon brunch, steer clear of here.
The place was crazy busy and buzzing with activity, with no extra seats in the bar area. Music was playing over the speakers, and every few minutes, the upbeat host would announce over the P.A. system when a party’s table was ready.
I was surprised, though, that our party of 15 only had to wait about 15 or so minutes to get a table. The wait staff and bussers were working hard and fast to get tables ready for new customers.
It was loud at Flames, and you definitely had to speak at a high volume to talk to the person across from you. Still, I enjoyed my time there and felt like I was at a party in the middle of the day.
Dish of Choice
Flames has an extensive menu that has something to satisfy anyone’s stomach. If you don’t find anything that you would like from the menu, you’re just too picky. I typically go for the basic meat-and-eggs or breakfast burrito when it comes to brunch, so I wanted to switch it up and go in the sweet direction.
I chose the Gourmet Strawberry Waffle, a Belgian waffle topped with vanilla ice cream, glazed strawberries, whipped cream and powdered sugar. With a cup of coffee and water, my bill came out to about $13, including tax.
The Gourmet Strawberry Waffle tasted like a waffle cone sundae. My inner child was happy about this. The waffle was large and soft and topped with a generous scoop of rich vanilla ice cream. The strawberries tasted fresh and sweet, but I wish there were more of them. The whipped cream was a nice touch and tasted like real cream, not that oil-based crap. It was definitely dessert for breakfast.
Flames Eatery & Bar feels like a contemporary twist on the traditional diner, decorated in granite and dark wood furnishings and modern, dim lighting. It also has a nice bakery area with a display of huge, delicious-looking cakes and desserts and a large bar area that looks like it can seat 20 people, if not more.
The restaurant has events and specials throughout the week, including a daily happy hour, Karaoke Wednesday and Taco Thursday. It also has a bottomless mimosas special on Sundays, so it’s a great place for a Sunday Funday with a group of friends.
Flames Eatery & Bar is located at 88 S. Fourth St. in downtown San Jose. Hours are 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday and 7 a.m. to midnight Wednesday through Saturday. For more information, call (408) 971-1960 or visit www.flameseatery.com.