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Original Joe's Restaurant

301 S 1ST St, San Jose, CA 95113-2884
(408) 292-7030
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Ranked #44 of 1,906 Restaurants in San Jose
Price range: $0 - $15
Cuisines: American, Italian
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
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English first
Sacramento, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

When you walk into Original Joes, you are transported back in time. I was born and raised in Philadelphia, and when I walked in, for a minute I thought I was in a South Philly restaurant. The food is American/Italian. I ordered the fusilli with chicken and broccoli, my girlfriend ordered the sirloin, both cooked to perfection. Service was top... More

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Oak Hill, va
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82 reviews 82 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Last ate here about 10 years ago, but still very good quality. Pricey but service was very good. For a place that can do great breakfast and a quality steak dinner, it is very unique. A city landmark, definitely worth stopping at. I had a strip steak cooked just right at medium rare and a very good tomato and mozzarella... More

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San Jose, California, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

OJs is a standard in San Jose. It is so consistent. It has the same menu and the same delicious food that I ate there 45 years ago. It has great Italian food.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

Not cheap, not uber expensive. Great Italian food, among others. Joes special is excellent & they have a full bar as well as good wine selection. Bon appetit'.

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San Jose, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Both dishes we had were horrible. Very blend watery food with a lot of garlic. I had pasta with chicken.

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san jose 95120
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3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Original Joe's remodeled a good portion of its restaurant within the past few years; it still looks the same to me. Along with the cosmetic change came a price change. It's too high for what you get. But everyone flocks to OJ's because it is still reminiscent of the past; it's an icon among restaurants. It's good, and the tradition... More

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San Jose, CA
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We went there for lunch and prices were exorbitant for a simple sandwich or salad. The food is good but not THAT good. The service is good but the decor is dated. We won't be back.

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main line, pa
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Visited with family for lunch. Service was polite and attentive. The meatball hoagie was HUGE so bring your appetite. Kids ordered gourmet chicken fingers (battered and fried). Excellent wine selection with fat, deep wine glasses. Decor was pristine with plush dark leather and deep wood tones. Makes for a very appetizing, relaxing meal. Don't be discouraged by previous reviews or... More

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Redlands
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28 reviews 28 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I had heard about this restaurant, and wanted to try it. The décor was a little dated, but the both was comfortable. This is a busy restaurant, and it showed. It took a long time for our meal to be served. I think it was due to it being so busy. The steak I had was okay, but could have... More

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Santa Cruz area CA
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67 reviews 67 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Took my son before a concert at the Civic - loved the old fashioned ambiance and decor, historic place! We figured we'd be simplistic and quick so ordered the spaghetti & meat sauce - it needed a LOT of parmesan cheese as it tasted sort of, well, weird! I thought - it MUST be me - but when consulting my... More

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