After a series of soft openings, along with some last-minute construction updates, Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant officially opens today in Cupertino (10088 N. Wolfe Rd., Ste. 130).
Located just down the road from the new Apple campus, the Cupertino site marks the second location for Steins restaurant.
An official ribbon cutting ceremony in honor of today’s grand opening is set to take place at 3:30pm with complimentary appetizers and beer tasters to be served afterwards.
Owner Ted Kim and executive chef Colby Reade have retained the original Mountain View location’s beer-focused beverage program (30 draft beers; 20 year round staples and 10 rotating seasonal brews) and made-from-scratch food menu.
The interior features an updated industrial-inspired atmosphere. More below from a recent media release:
Steins again enlisted Marc Dimalanta of D-Scheme Studios to head the architectural design of the new space. The restaurant interior boasts a 6400 ft² dining room accented with bright copper, reclaimed wood panels and filament bulbs glowing on metal-worked light fixtures for an industrial interpretation of the classic European beer hall. The space’s earth-toned metal highlights are juxtaposed with a lush living wall designed by Habitat Horticulture to bring a touch of the traditional outdoor biergarten inside.
Paired with an accompanying 1568 ft² al fresco patio, the entire restaurant space is reservable and can also accommodate smaller private events as sectioned parties.
Akin to its Mountain View location, Steins Cupertino employs an innovative direct-draw beer draft system designed for dispensing each pour under optimal conditions for near-perfect flavor and consistency. Guests can expect a great international beer list with a focus on local craft brewers. Steins offers 30 draft beers; 20 year round staples and 10 rotating seasonal brews.
In addition to the myriad craft and import beers on draft, Steins Cupertino offers a robust wine program as well as a full-bar and seasonal craft cocktails.
Upholding a high standard of beer service, all front-of-house staff must successfully complete Steins’ stringent beer training program. Additionally, all bar staff must successfully complete and pass the Cicerone Certified Beer Server program.
Executive Chef Colby M Reade (Hawthorne Lane) parallels the quality characteristic of Steins’ ambitious beer selection with an all-scratch kitchen featuring New American comfort food. The opening menu at Steins Cupertino includes favorites like the Steins Burger made from a house-ground blend of dry-aged short rib, brisket and sirloin, the Fresh Baked Pretzel with caraway beer mustard and the Sonoma Lamb Trio’s brown butter green beans and salsa vert.
The kitchen will open with lunch, happy hour, and dinner with brunch to follow shortly.
Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant is the vision of Bay Area native Ted Kim. Kim has more than 20 years of small business experience, including his tremendous success with Northern California’s Paris Baguette stores.
The Steins concept is a modern American take on the classic German biergarten, infusing rustic elements of nature with brilliant contemporary architecture. Each location offers the perfect escape for guests to drink and be merry.
With locations in Mountain View and Cupertino, Steins is open everyday from 11am – 11pm and until 11:30pm on Friday and Saturday. For more information, visit www.steinsbeergarden.com and visit the restaurants on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
I drive past Main Street Cupertino on most days and from the streets have seen all the construction and development taking place in the immediate and surrounding areas. And it’s taken the recent opening of the South Bay’s first Eureka! location – Eureka! Cupertino opened earlier last month – to get Andrea and me to go visit for the first time.
So earlier this month on a weekday, we stopped by Main Street Cupertino to have an early lunch at Eureka! Cupertino.
I liked the stylish exterior and interior elements and touches.
I also really liked seeing the local beers on tap.
In particular, Santa Clara’s Golden State Brewery Heritage Honey Ale, San Jose’s Hermitage Brewing Company 408 Session IPA, Palo Alto Brewing Company Hoppy Ending Pale Ale and San Jose’s Strike Brewing Company Double IPA.
Each Eureka! restaurant consistently offers well-regarded craft beers made from breweries from all over the country, but I especially appreciate their inclusion of the local breweries from the get-go. Without a doubt, Eureka! is a welcome addition to the local beer scene and will do much to elevate the nascent Cupertino beer scene.
As for our meal, we opted to start with Osso Buco Riblets: sherry braised pork / firecracker aioli.
With Almanac Elephant Heart Wild Ale and Tolosa Pinot Noir.
We then ordered Kale Salad: cabbage / roasted garlic / walnuts / cranberries / Parmesan / parsley vinaigrette / chicken.
And the 8 oz. New York Steak: red wine jus / crispy crushed potatoes / seasonal grilled vegetables.
With Rogue Cold Brew IPA.
For dessert, we had the Butterscotch Rum Pudding: caramel sauce / whipped cream / sea salt.
All facets of our lunch were on point, including exceptional service from our server Samantha and manager Crystina Vu, who’s also the beer manager.
With Mother’s Day being a few days later, we returned to Eureka! Cupertino again for lunch, this time walking there with our boys. We arrived before the opening, so we explored Main Street Cupertino some before returning to get in line.
Some pictures from our Mother’s Day lunch at Eureka! Cupertino:
More details from last month’s announcement about the opening of Eureka! Cupertino:
WHAT: Cupertino’s newest restaurant, Eureka!, an all-American concept is opening Monday, April 4, 2016 at Main Street Cupertino. Eureka! provides one-of-a-kind discovery experiences with weekly events such as local entertainment, Steal The Glass, daily “Hoppy” Hour, an inventive rotating beer and craft beverage program, and a craveable menu.
Each dish is thoughtfully prepared to showcase quality ingredients, locally sourced when possible. Eureka! specializes in American classics with a modern twist with its diverse selection of appetizers, all natural, Angus chuck burgers, signature plates which includes innovative salads, hand-crafted sandwiches, and delectable desserts. Menu highlights include the Truffle Cheese Fries featuring signature handcut french fries tossed in truffle salt, topped with parmesan cheese, green onions, and served with a side of Truffle Cheese Sauce; Veggie Beet Burger with a housemade red beet and kidney bean patty, housemade pickles, red onion, tomato, arugula, topped with lemon vinaigrette, and served with signature handcut fries; Fresno Fig Burger topped with a fig marmalade, goat cheese, bacon, spicy porter mustard, arugula, tomatoes, onions, and served with signature handcut fries; Baby Back Ribs with housemade dry rub, spicy orange glaze, and chimichurri; Watermelon Salad with toasted walnuts, arugula, kale, homemade quinoa mix, watermelon, feta cheese, tossed with lemon vinaigrette and drizzled with balsamic glaze; and Butterscotch Rum Pudding featuring housemade whipped cream, caramel sauce, and sprinkled sea salt.
Weekend brunch is featured on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Delectable offerings include Huevos Rancheros with turkey chili, fried eggs, ranchero sauce, black beans, Jack and cheddar cheese, avocado, and sour cream; Creole Benedict featuring fried green tomato, Virginia ham, Creole mustard hollandaise, breakfast potatoes; and Bananas Foster Crunchy French Toast topped with pecans. To complement the flavorful brunch and menu options, Eureka! serves Mimosas and Bloody Marys on the weekends for $5.
Eureka! brings guests an inventive beverage program that revolves around the restaurant’s commitment to serving all-American craft beer, regional wines, both accompanied by a selection of over 50 small-batch whiskeys and specialty cocktails, ensuring a premium product that is highly sought after. The overall atmosphere combines an alluring blend of rustic charm with chic design elements, creating a look and feel that is simple yet elegant. The building provides a spacious dining experience with three story high vaulted ceilings and an inviting patio for when guests want to enjoy the beautiful weather.
Monday, April 4, 2016 at 11 a.m.
Main Street Cupertino
19369 Stevens Creek Blvd Suite 130
Cupertino, CA 95014
“Hoppy” Hour Daily 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Tuesday: Half-off Wine all day
Wednesday: Steal The Glass at 6 p.m.
Thursday: Live Music
Saturday & Sunday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Brunch & $5 Bloody Mary’s & Mimosas all day
ABOUT EUREKA!: Eureka! is a leading family of restaurants that proudly serves only authentic, handmade food with locally sourced produce, all freshly cooked to order. The beverage program features 100% American craft beer, small batch whiskey, house-aged barrels and specialty cocktails sourced only from artisans throughout America to ensure a premium, innovative product that is sought after by those who appreciate the most. For more information, please visit www.eurekarestaurantgroup.com.
When folks think of SmokeEaters, many will think of hot wings and the Hellfire Challenge made especially popular after Adam Richman’s visit, prompted by repeated requests from hardcore SmokeEaters fans, from the Travel Channel’s Man v. Food television program.
But more and more beer fans in the South Bay are realizing that the two SmokeEaters spots, one location in downtown San Jose and another in Cupertino, are becoming go-to spots for good beer. Currently, 12 of the 24 handles at each location are dedicated to craft beer.
General manager Mike Burke recently took time to answer some craft beer-related questions, his thoughts on the craft beer scene in San Jose, where he goes to drink good beer, and what guests can expect from SmokeEaters.
What is your personal and/or professional connection to San Jose and the South Bay?
I grew up in New York but moved to the Bay Area 12 years ago. My wife and I have two children (4 and 1). My brother in-law, Mike Borneo, started what was then called Cluck-U back in 1995. I was always a fan of wings growing up in New York and had a passion for restaurants and sports. When Mike moved to New Jersey, I took over running SmokeEaters a few years later. I have been running the stores for the last 5 years.
When, where, and how did your passion for craft beer start?
I visited some friends in San Diego last summer, and they got me hooked up with a few local craft breweries out of San Diego. When I realized all the great craft breweries in the Bay Area as well, I was excited to offer craft beers to our customers.
The passion for craft beers is always exciting as there are new styles, seasonals, etc. seemingly every day. I am still learning about the various local craft beers as well as beers from Belgium.
How did the decision to offer craft beer at SmokeEaters come about?
I believe that keeping customers excited about the brand and what SmokeEaters has to offer is vital to keeping the restaurant exciting and customers engaged. Offering a broad range of craft beers from Belgium to small breweries around California keeps the customers excited for what they will see when they come in.
Is there a growing interest in craft beer among your customers?
The interest has been very positive with our customers and I was surprised with how well the craft beers have done. We doubled our selection of craft beers with the interest and response that we received from customers.
What are you favorite places to get good beer?
Good Karma on South 1st St. in San Jose offers a great lineup of craft beers on tap. Kelly’s Liquors on North 4th St. in San Jose and Bobby’s Liquors on El Camino in Santa Clara are also must places to go for craft beers. All have a great staff with a passion for craft beer.
What’s your take on the current craft beer scene in the San Jose area? What’s your sense of the history of the craft beer scene in San Jose and the South Bay up to today? How has it changed over the recent years? Where do you see it going?
I am excited to see some new places joining the craft beer scene in San Jose. As more people realize that San Jose offers some incredible places to enjoy craft beers, the customer base will continue to grow. Customers do not have to drive up to San Francisco to get great craft beers.
Anything else to add?
Yes, the last Friday of each month we will donate 15% of our dinner sales in both San Jose and Cupertino and partner with a local school, non-profit group, etc. each month and feature a local craft beer. We will start these events this month, so June 29th.