Manzanita is a relaxing and welcoming Table and Bar concept that draws inspiration from local agriculture and the cultures of the San Francisco Bay Area through bold flavors and local ingredients.
Located inside Sonesta Silicon Valley San Jose.
Manzanita evolves into an interactive gathering place as the day and menu turns. This new indoor/outdoor dining concept at Sonesta Silicon Valley brings forth elevated street food that balances complexity with familiarity, drawing from the spicy and bold flavors of the San Francisco Bay Area. Manzanita offers a welcoming atmosphere featuring lounge and communal seating with full connectivity-to people, place and food.
shared plates / snacks / to-go items / cocktails / inspired beverages
Led by Executive Chef Adam Ornellas, Manzanita introduces new food and beverage offerings that showcase the restaurant’s location. A sensible and familiar menu features savory appetizers, small bites, shareable plates and entrées –all with a California twist. Much like the Manzanita trees and shrubs that boast a rich history in California, the menu is known for its unique and colorful contrasts, a mix of authentic flavors that Chef Ornellas spent years honing with Chef Morimoto at his restaurant in Napa Valley.
Chef Adam brings more than 25 years of experience to the task of helming Sonesta Silicon Valley’s new California Table and Bar, Manzanita. A true culinary artist who has travelled and cooked all over the world, Chef Adam strives to encapsulate the diversity of the Silicon Valley into his menus, incorporating his Spanish and Portuguese backgrounds with his reverence for the elegance of Asian cuisine. As he states, “It’s a Chef’s dream to have the opportunity to marry my diverse background with creating a cuisine that reflects the surrounding area, featuring locally sourced ingredients.”
Chef Adam apprenticed with Chef Almir Da Fonseca, who is now an instructor at the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena. His previous jobs include working as a line cook at Plumed Horse in Saratoga and Masa’s in San Francisco and as Executive Chef for Starwood Hotels & Resorts and various casinos in Nevada. Chef Adam credits his mother and grandfather for instilling in him a deep love for food and a respect for using simple and fresh ingredients.
Chef Adam’s hometown is San Jose, and in his spare time, he enjoys drawing, swimming, watching Star Wars movies and playing with his children.
Pooya Banifazl has more than 15 years of experience in the food and beverage industry, working with both freestanding restaurants and hotels. He has had extensive restaurant opening experience with PF Chang’s, where he coordinated several successful store openings in the Bay Area.
His last position was as Director of Outlets at The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel in San Francisco. He is now charged with the task of launching Sonesta Silicon Valley’s new California Table and Bar, Manzanita, as well as the launch of the Sonesta Event Center.
Most of Pooya’s energy and drive revolves around people, food and hospitality. His goal is to create a fun and positive professional atmosphere while taking the food and beverage experience at Sonesta Silicon Valley to another level.
Originally from Chicago, Banifazl moved to the Bay Area in 1994. In his spare time, he loves to cook and travel, and is particularly fond of any vacation involving a beach.
Inspired by the hustle and bustle of the region where some of the best innovations were conceived, Manzanita draws from the energy of Silicon Valley. We attract fast-minded and adventurous guests who are savvy in the best things of life: travel and food -set in the simplicity of the day-to-day.
Breakfast Monday — Friday 6:30 am — 10:30 am Saturday & Sunday 7:00 am — 11:00 am
Lunch Daily 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Dinner Daily 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bar Sunday - Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm Friday & Saturday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Happy Hour Monday - Friday 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm