Special Events

Upcoming Special Events!

Poor House Bistro is known as Downtown San Jose’s place to go for amazing cajun food and the Bay Area’s BEST blues bands around the nation.

Every month we offer up some of the best with a private experience in “The Studio”. Check out this month’s events by scrolling down. If something spikes your interest, click on the link “Purchase Tickets” to review the summary of the event. If you have any questions, please reach out to us by calling us at 408-29-BLUES (25837)


Aki Kumar Howell Devine A4

July 25th, 2021 – Starting at 5pm

Aki Kumar + Howell Devine

A rare double bill featuring Aki Kumar & Howell Devine – two of the SF Bay Area’s most distinctive roots and blues inspired acts.

Aki Kumar

Aki Kumar left his native home in Mumbai, India for the United States with the intention of working as a software engineer. Then he discovered the sounds of the blues, and his life changed dramatically.

One of the hardest working artists on the music scene today, this San Jose-based musician has successfully blended elements of Indian music into his musical and visual presentation, making for a multi-cultural mash-up that sounds like no one else, yet never loses touch with the inspiration it draws from the blues. He has made multiple appearances at The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, has been featured on PRI “The World,” and has toured in Russia, Scandinavia and South America.

Kumar’s Little Village Foundation releases Aki Goes To Bollywood (2016) and Hindi Man Blues (2018) are considered ground-breaking albums that have garnered international critical acclaim. In 2020, Kumar made major news with the world-wide launch of his album Dilruba on Sony Music India. Kumar kicked off 2021 with the release of an uplifting reggae-infused single “Zindagi” (Life).

Howell Devine

“There is no blues band performing today as different as HowellDevine—nor as delightful.” ~ Lee Hildebrand, Living Blues Magazine/SF Chronicle

Triple threat talent, Joshua Howell (guitar, harmonica, vocals) and percussion savant, Pete Devine (drums, washboard), plus veteran upright bassist, Joe Kyle Jr. deftly mix Delta/Country Blues with wildly syncopated rhythms to create a rollicking present-day sound rooted in early blues. Their music stands in stark contrast to the typical blues heard in bars these days and would more likely be shaking the floors of a Southern juke joint some 70 years ago.


August 1st, 2021 – Starts at 5pm – Doors Open @ 4pm

Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio Show

Tickets: $55 in advanced or $60 at the door. All General Admission Seating and is first come first serve.

Come out and enjoy Elvin Bishop as he performs at the Poor House Bistro Studio on Sunday August 1st 2021 at 5pm.

About this event

Elvin Bishops Summer Studio Party

Sunday August 1st @ 5pm

Doors open @ 4PM

Tickets $55 in advanced or $60 at the door

All General Admission Seating and is first come first serve.


Alyssa W.

They have a brunch menu on Sunday (10am - 2pm) with some tasty options. My boyfriend had the jambalaya scramble with a side of grits. I went with the New Orleans combo from the main menu. We got an order of beignets, too. All of the food was super tasty. They also had live music, so that was neat. Overall, a great spot to have lunch or dinner. We will be back soon, for sure.

Martha J.

I went to the Fountain Blues Festival and found this great food. So then I went to the Poor House Bistro on Sunday June 25, 2017 they had a great music The Ned Band was playing and they were awesome. It is located near the Sap center on Autumn street which is a one way street. Parking was ok. The building is a Victorian house, there is sitting inside and there is sitting outside. The seating outside is very nice. The place was clean. The woman's bathroom is inside just one person at a time, the men's restroom is downstairs outside. So you have to go inside order your food and pay then they'll give you a pager so when your food is ready you have to go pick it up. I had the Authentic New Orleans Hot Po Boys that was great, it was very tasty with good flavor, I also had the Beignets that were pretty good. They do have a pretty good selection of beer and some wine. The pricing is very reasonable. They do keep the place very clean, the busboy comes around all the time and cleans the tables. The staff is very nice. If you want some great food and listen to some great blues music this is the place. Music and food to satisfy your soul.

Rose C.

Great place to get po boy sandwiches and listen to live music. And bonus points for having its own parking lot. For being in downtown San Jose, that's kinda rare. I love their fried oyster po boy. The tartar sauce that comes with it goes well with the fried oysters. When I have a big appetite, I go for the fried seafood platter. It comes with shrimp, oysters and catfish served with two sides (your choice of creole slaw, cajun potato salad or french fries). The food here is great. But the real selling point for me is the live music. The bands perform in the outside patio area. You can find their calendar here: poorhousebistro.com/cale….  I love listening to live music here. And there's no cover charge. Isn't that awesome!

Victoria L.

Man oh man! I had the Jambalaya special with shrimp and it was oh so flavorful! We also got po' boys, crawfish pasta, blackened chicken wings and potato salad and cajun fries! More than enough for 6 people to share. Makes me want to take a trip to Nola! It was open mic night and live music is always a plus. Anyway, GET THE JAMBALAYA.

Kim W.

Found this little place attending the WOF conference at SAP center. It's quite a gem! The food is wonderfully seasoned, just like Nawlins (New Orleans). I had the combo plate because I just couldn't decide on the gumbo or jambalaya! Gumbo was flavorful, I spiced mine up with Tabasco. Jambalaya had good chunks of chicken and sausage, nice tomato flavor and the red beans n rice complimented the combo.  Cornbread muffin was moist, can't stand when bread is dry! Kudos to the cooks..it will be a place we frequent when in San Jose.

Trina B.

I love this place! I've been here about once every week or two for the last 3 years. They have music almost every night,  the food is spicy and delicious,  and they have a good beer selection that is even better now that they've opened a full bar. I love coming in on Wednesday, Friday,  or Saturday for some great blues bands and typically order the spicy chicken po' boy or BBQ shrimp plate, which is quite spicy so be warned! If you don't like loud music sit inside or on the front patio. Parking can fill up, so go around the back to the small dirt lot for additional parking. I'll be happy to return many times in the future!

Amy G.

I have now been to the PHB twice for a 40th and 50th birthday party recently. The event space is so perfect for this type of event.  I did a lot of looking for event spaces and for what you get at poor house bistro the price can NOT be beat. The staff is very flexible and so wonderful! And wow the food is so good. I did not think I was a fan of  New Orleans type food and now I dream of going there for a shrimp Po boy and bread pudding. I would recommend this place to anyone who wants to have a party or enjoy a delicious meal!

Laurel H.

his place is my go-to place for comfort food. The food is great and the have live music every couple days. I personally love their pasta dish. It's been awhile since I've gone to brunch here but as I recall it's also excellent. They've got the most amazing French toast. My friends are also fans of their beer selection!

Rick R.

Wow unbelievable .... got to have it 100%.. This place is a gem food great environment great feel great life is great...

Carol M.

Great unique ambiance!!   Warm and inviting...homey, clean and tasteful. Excellent home cajun cooking!!!! Happy wait staff.   Great band!!!!! A place you can relax and be yourself, party, dance…enjoy.

Tim E.

I lived in the New Orleans area for 15 years I moved up to San Jose around 2008. PHB without a doubt consistently nails the New Orleans look, taste and feel! I just had a cup of gumbo on a nice rainy day and it was awesome! Their Beignets are better than Cafe Du Monde! Great music most every night and it's near the Shark tank! A must!

William L.

My go to spot for sharks pre-gaming. Great outdoor patio with live blues. Po- boy sandwiches are delicious huge and reasonably priced. Love this spot.

Eddie W.

Close to the Sharks Stadium. Price point is fair what for you get. Flavors are delicious. Execution is good. Outdoor area is great + bar area is nice. Dog friendly. Overall Thoughts. A great place that we stumbled upon!

Melissa F.

Great atmosphere great music planes flying over and best of all great food! Cool old craftsman house turned restaurant. Live music  just a block away from the Sap center.