History is alive in San Pedro Square. One of Spanish California’s oldest settlements, the Peralta Adobe, was built in 1797 and is the last remaining structure from El Pueblo de San Jose de Guadalupe. Across the street, early San Jose mayor Thomas Fallon built an impressive abode in 1855. San Pedro Street is lined with historic buildings dating from the turn of the century. San Pedro Square has been a gathering place for centuries.
In 1972, the first restaurant to put down stakes in San Pedro Square opened. The Old Spaghetti Factory took up residence in, appropriately enough, the former site of the Ravenna Pasta Company. As downtown’s development continued, more restaurants followed suit to cater to the burgeoning office worker crowd and the increasing numbers of arts, theater, and nightlife patrons. Today, San Pedro Square’s culinary offerings include tastes from every corner of the planet, such as tapas, Middle Eastern, Continental, brewpub fare, multiple Asian influences, Italian, Cuban and retro American. And, our restaurants can customize to fulfill every dietary need. While the Old Spaghetti Factory celebrates almost 40 years downtown, other establishments such as 71 St. Peter have been denizens for almost two decades. Newcomers include the San Pedro Square Wine Bar and Bistro and Sabor Tapas Bar, and soon, more culinary delights and samples represented at the San Pedro Market.