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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: Dessert, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout

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  • 98
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  • 35
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Old Style Fun

Know what you are in for, and you will love Joe's. Not a bargain, not a romantic or sophisticated spot, but a no-apology, old-fashioned Italian eatery that serves up platters of no-nonsense Italian-American food. Pass the eggplant parmigiana and enjoy.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Rome, Italy
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
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Princeton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Old school Itialian fare. I had the prime rib and it came with a side of ravioli. Fresh pasta and very tasty sauce. The prime rib was huge and right after I ordered, it sold out so get there early.

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Rome, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Know what you are in for, and you will love Joe's. Not a bargain, not a romantic or sophisticated spot, but a no-apology, old-fashioned Italian eatery that serves up platters of no-nonsense Italian-American food. Pass the eggplant parmigiana and enjoy.

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Santa Cruz, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

OJs has been around forever and it is never a disappointment. Lots of real Italian dishes prepared to perfection! Usually a little wait but well worth it. You can also pull up a stool and eat at the bar while watching sports. Easy to walk to the many downtown venues from there

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

The waiter I had was a little rude and the food was pricey. I think it would have been better if I did not have sit directly across from the broiler. Avoid that seat at all cost.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

My wife and I have visited Original Joe's several times over the last couple years and have always had a wonderful experience. Sometimes we have eaten dinner and other times just went for cocktails. They have low lighting, it smells delicious, and the food is quality. It is a little on the pricey side and there has always been a... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

This is a great restaurant. Do not expect the trendiest restaurant at San Jose. This is a simple odl school "italian" restaurant. Great food and substantial portions. Prices are ok.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

The food was great, the atmosphere was great, the staff went above and beyond. The portions were substantial.

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California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Great food including steaks. The wait staff can be a bit brusque. There is often a wait, but worth it.

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015 via mobile

This venerable eatery is a San Jose icon. From the decor to the wait staff, OJ's remains a throwback to the pre-Silicon Valley days of San Jose. Although recently remodeled (fire a few years ago?), the ambience remains sort of a '60s "plush." Somewhat dark, and also conversation-friendly in that it lacks the brash character emphasized by many of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Recently, my son and I had lunch at OJ and was very happy with how it went. Food was very good. My son had the meatball sandwich and it was great. Baseball sized meatballs were very tasty as was the marinara it was cooked in. I had the pork chops that were cooked a perfect medium. We've been to the... More 

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Additional Information about Original Joe's Restaurant

Address: 301 S 1ST St, San Jose, CA 95113-2884
Phone Number: (408) 292-7030
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Jose
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
Average Prices: USD 15
Cuisine: Italian, American

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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: Entertaining clients, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine
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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