How to find the very best restaurants in Gilroy
Whatever brings you to Gilroy, stay for the food! Whether you are here to visit Gilroy Gardens or the Gilroy Ostrich Farm, the 30+ wineries along the Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail, Gilroy Premium Outlets, or our scenic county parks, there are lots of places to find fabulous food in Gilroy.
Dine Your Way Through the Taco Trail
No matter what side of town you are in, you will not have to go far to find many authentic Mexican food options. Our Gilroy Taco Trail includes 29 Mexican restaurants, ranging from casual taquerias to sit-down restaurants. Stay a day or two and dine your way through the Gilroy Taco Trail!
Dine Your Way Around the World (Hecker Pass Plaza)
Conveniently located on First Street near Highway 152/Hecker Pass, on your way to or from Gilroy Gardens, is the Hecker Pass Plaza. This mecca of ethnic dining allows you to dine your way around the world! You can sample some sushi and seafood at Ten Japan or delicious Italian at Mama Mia’s or Sweet Sicily. For a unique combination of Vietnamese, Thai, and Vegetarian cuisine, try Saigon 2 Siam Bistro. If you have a yearning for some food from the Emerald Isle, try The Claddagh Irish Restaurant & Pub. If it’s some Indian food you crave, visit Little India. If you just want something quick and filling, drop into Little Caesars Pizza or grab a hearty cheesesteak sandwich at A-Jay’s Cheese Steaks. If you have room left for dessert, grab a frozen yogurt at Yotealicious or a treat at Sweet Sicily.
Dine Your Way Along the Road to Garlic
You cannot come to Gilroy (the Garlic Capital of the World) without trying the garlic! Dine your way along the Road to Garlic. We have a plethora of dining establishments that offer garlic dishes, so you will need to stay a while to try them all. Smell it now: a creamy garlic soup, some garlic fries, a garlic chicken or pasta dish, and for dessert—garlic ice cream!
Dine Your Way Through Downtown
Historic Downtown Gilroy offers some fascinating history and wonderful shops, and there are also plenty of outstanding restaurants for you to dine your way through downtown Gilroy. You can visit our historical restaurants, The Milias or Old City Hall, or local favorites like OD’s Kitchen (for a hearty breakfast), Garlic City Café, Carnitas Michoacan, or Tempo Kitchen & Bar. Get a morning drink at Fifth Street Coffee or an evening drink at Bartenders’ Union, Promised Land Brewing Company, or Bella Viva Wine Bar. We have enough restaurants to cover your entire stay! To see more restaurants downtown, download our Gilroy Restaurant Guide.
Dine Your Way Through the Newest Restaurants in Gilroy
With dishes to tempt the most experienced palates, you can enjoy dining your way through Gilroy’s newest restaurants. Try Jellyfish Seafood Bar or Relish Kitchen + Drink on First Street, or Culichi’s Urban Kitchen in the Gilroy Premium Outlets. With unique food selections and vibes, these places are fun new additions to the Gilroy dining scene!
Find More to Explore in Gilroy
In addition to all the great restaurants, you’ll find lots more to do in Gilroy, California! For inspiration, check our list of 33 Things to Do in Gilroy and Great Gilroy Getaways trip itineraries. Book a budget-friendly hotel room so you can stay a night or two and try even more places to eat in Gilroy.
When you visit, be sure to stop by the California Welcome Center Gilroy. Our friendly staff can help you pick the perfect place to eat and find other fun places to explore. We also have unique gifts and souvenirs of your trip to Gilroy and the Golden State.