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301 S 1ST St, San Jose, CA 95113-2884
(408) 292-7030
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast, Dessert, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout

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  • 93
    Average
  • 34
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  • 27
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Old fashioned excellent traditional menu selections.

Just like the traditional Originals Joes in San Francisco. Very good and attentive wait staff.the menu selections is excellent and fast, friendly service.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 5, 2015
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San Francisco, California
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Entertaining clients
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San Francisco, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 NEW

Just like the traditional Originals Joes in San Francisco. Very good and attentive wait staff.the menu selections is excellent and fast, friendly service.

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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW

Awesome place for big or small groups.  Big food, fun atmosphere, and great service.  A little expensive, but still very popular.  The wait can be a long time, but it is worth it.

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Pasadena, California
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW

On a business trip with colleagues, we were told that Original Joe's is a San Jose institution. The service was abysmal. After waiting for over half an hour, one of our group had to call the restaurant on her cell phone to get someone to come and take our order. The food was serviceable, at best.

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Cupertino, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

every thing here is classic old school at its best . prime rib real thing with bone and great fat too . one of the very best place one can eat and party at ,yes we would drive 150 miles to eat here !!

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Oakland, California
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69 reviews 69 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

I had a delicious, very filling meal at Original Joe's in San Jose last week. The linguini in clam sauce is very good. I love the decor, atmosphere and ambiance of Joe's. I'm never disappointed!

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Matt R, Owner at Original Joe's Restaurant, responded to this review

Allen thanks so much for the recommendation! I'm glad to hear that your recent visit with us was so enjoyable! Come back soon! More 

Turlock, California
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143 reviews 143 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

For a busy night we did not have to wait long to be seated. The food was really good. I had steak. The only complaint I have is on a Sat they ran out of Prime Rib. The waiter was a older gentleman and was just awesome. We will go back again.

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San Jose, California
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48 reviews 48 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Traditional ambiance, traditional Italian cuisine, you can count on that at OJ's. So glad they've kept things as they first were, food and decor. Since so much about San Jose has changed, OJ's is a solid reminder of the good ol' San Jose of yesteryear, most of which can never be described to newcomers. Joe's deserves it's reputation as a... More 

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San Jose CA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

for local ambiance and good food. The place has a buzz about it which reminds me of being in Little Italy in New York. Old style food, and cooking. Nothing fancy just a lot of good food. Sitting at the counter is a lot of fun watching the cooks tossing and sauteing. All around fun ambiance.

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Reno, Nevada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

This place is so cool. Part of what makes it that way is the rockin' staff. There is not a dud in the joint. We interacted with several people and everyone seemed like there was no place on earth they'd rather be. That sort of attitude really energizes the place. (A shout-out to John our server! He's rad!) The place... More 

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Escondido, California, United States
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43 reviews 43 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

A visit to San Jose isn't complete unless it includes lunch or dinner at Original Joe's....an institution here since it opened in 1956! What's not to like about OJ's? Waiters still in tuxedo's....a 30-60 minute wait for a table....a packed bar....and wonderful food and service. I had the Calamari with a side of spaghetti. 2 large calamari steaks, cooked to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 301 S 1ST St, San Jose, CA 95113-2884
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: (408) 292-7030

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15
  • Cuisine: Italian, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 12:00 am

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