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Paesano Ristorante Italiano

350 West Julian Street, San Jose, CA
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Ranked #52 of 1,906 Restaurants in San Jose
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
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English first
Cupertino, California
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Went to meet a long time friend. Service (Les) was just super. Always on-hand / nearby, without being intrusive. Portions were just right, not those huge gotta take doggie bag type most places serve. Nice wine / beer inventories, just sorry no liquor license. Parking across street in shared lots, keeps cars off street yet close by.

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5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We had a great time here. It is located in the historical Italian neighborhood in San Jose and is located in a renovated house. The interior was clean and had old family photos on the walls which was fun. We had the the Fritto di calamari and a ceasar salad for appetizers. These were okay but not the stars. For... More

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San Jose CA
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This was one of the most delicious and authentic Italian meals I have had! Closest to what I remember my grandmother serving. Because the ristorante is in a converted older home, it especially felt like being in someone's home or kitchen which added to the down-home feel of the cooking. Our meal began with antipasto plates and bread. Just delicious!... More

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San Jose, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Our friends introduced us to this place last sunday. We were there for dinner and our first reaction was of a small homey but formal place. We saw this place when ever we drove around Julian street but never had a chance to venture in. It was a good experience though felt the environment formal. Our server was very chatty... More

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Pavia, Italy
16 reviews 16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

I travel a lot for business and when I'm abroad for more than 3 4 days I need to find an Italian restaurant. I tried many in San Jose but finally I found this was a nice surprise the owner is Italian. the atmosphere it's very nice and the owner is truly Italian guy. The meal that I had was... More

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San Jose, California
Top Contributor
110 reviews 110 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

Neat location - Easy to get into - Free parking Rating on Yelp steered me here. Looking over menu there was a fascination with mushrooms - I hate mushrooms. Had the minestrone soup - Acceptable - not great but OK Ordered polo saltimbocca - vegies and roasted potatoes good. Chicken very tough and cook did not take the time to... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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31 reviews 31 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

We went here for dinner for our last night in town and really enjoyed it. The food was just absolutely delicious and the service great. The setting was very nice and cozy in an old house. We would come back here in a heartbeat the next time we are in town.

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Bandon, OR
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145 reviews 145 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

My husband and I (from out of town) ate dinner with his brother and wife and had the back table in the courtyard, which was absolutely perfect. Private and quiet. We had great service, and the food was wonderful. I can see why they brought us there and go there often. We will go there again when in San Jose.... More

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Merced, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

Amazing food and service!!! I went to Paesano Ristorante with a couple of girlfriends without a reservations on friday night not thinking it was going to be packed with people. Lucky the had three open seats at the bar, however they were separated by a few couples. The staff was so kind in making room for us at the bar... More

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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013 via mobile

Went there based on a yelp review and it was quite local to where we were staying. We didn't have a reservation but didn't think it was a problem for a Monday night however it was almost full. Wanted the shrimp spaghetti but couldn't have some of the ingredients. The waiter didn't have a problem suggesting an alternative sauce and... More

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