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Hunan Taste Restaurant

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998 N 4th St, San Jose, CA 95112-4939
+1 408-295-1186
11:00 - 20:30
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

I have been going to this restaurant for over 30 years. Always flavorful, and spicy, if you request it.

Thank Robert B
San Jose, California
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

This place has the best spicy Chinese food in the area. I like the Hunan Smoked Ham rice plate. very very tasty! +2 hot... and it's hot. The Meat Pie is a great appetizer to share. Nothing like it in town.

Thank BruceIan20
Springfield, Virginia
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203 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

I was taken in by the glowing TripAdvisor reviews but for me Hunan Taste was just ok. I ordered the Hunan Lamb. There wasn't much meat and the lamb was fatty and chewy. The dish wasn't that flavorful. The neighborhood where Hunan Taste is located is old and rundown. Price for the entree and a Thai tea was $22 which... More 

Thank JE and JA D
San Jose, California
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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Thsi is my 2nd favorite Chinese food spot in SJ. All the standards prepared to perfection and willing to spice it up for me! Solid choice for lunch and they are usually packed with Chinese customers. A great sign of a good restaurant.

Thank Anthony B
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114 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2016

We found the Hunan Taste Restaurant to be all and more than TripAdvisor reviews noted. The flavor of all their meals are awakened on their own without the use of MSG. They will spice it up to your taste. Yes, it is a hole in the wall, but truly one worth looking for in your gastric endeavors. Open kitchen, food... More 

San Jose, California
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 May 2016

This "hole in the wall" restaurant is one of the best chinese restaurants in the South Bay. You will find dishes here that are not common elsewhere. They specialize in spicy hunan food. The staff is usually running around with a pitcher of cold water to refill empty water glasses. They don't use MSG so they relied on fresh ingredients... More 

Thank DavidWLo
San Jose, California
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 May 2016 via mobile

I've been a fan of Hunan Taste since its inception. If you're a fan of Hunan spicy food, this is the only place in San Jose that will satisfy your tastebuds. My go-to dishes include the meat pie, Hunan ham and green beans, fried pot stickers or steamed dumplings and their fried rice. Their Song's seafood medley is wonderfully spicy.... More 

Thank mikejefe23
Rome, Italy
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96 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2016

Not really exceptional, but a very high quality. The place is not exactly top level. Price is reasonable.

Thank simcab
San Jose, California
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74 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2016

We were starving that day so we had the big pancake and several other dishes like green beans with black bean sauce. Nothing was bad, just maybe things were a little too heavy? I would describe this place as something of a throwback to 20-30 years ago when it was a real novelty to have authentic tasting Chinese food. I... More 

Thank R H
Folsom, California
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 17 December 2015

Don't worry about the neighborhood or the looks from outside. Food is simply amazing. I have tried various dishes and one of the best Chinese food places. Not only they make it fresh, but also very healthy.

Thank SPotluri

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 998 N 4th St, San Jose, CA 95112-4939
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: +1 408-295-1186

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?