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Original Joe's Restaurant

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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
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Delicious old school Italian, late night

We needed a place open after 10 pm. We sat at the counter watching the chefs make the orders. Good solid food with big portions. Pasta was pricey but the rest seemed fair.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Westfield, New Jersey
Good for:
  • Business meetings
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
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Westfield, New Jersey
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50 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We needed a place open after 10 pm. We sat at the counter watching the chefs make the orders. Good solid food with big portions. Pasta was pricey but the rest seemed fair.

Thank pcg123
Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I sat at the bar which gave me a great view if the chefs working just in front which was great. It seemed you got much more attention if you were the pretty girls sitting at the bar rather than the old bloke travelling on his own for business! However, food was good and there was plenty of it. The... More 

Thank Beauhawk
Birmingham, Alabama
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Were in San Jose after visiting Monterey and Carmel. What a great surprise .The restaurant was full, but, we sat at the open bar. What a GREAT experience. We were able to watch the chefs and waiters . They worked so great together and all the food was truly the best on our trip. One not to miss !!!!!

Thank RN Y
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43 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place has been a downtown San Jose tradition for 60 years. Great service and outstanding food. It's gotten a little pricey over the last few years but the quality and quanity of food is very very good. I ordered the traditional 2/3 lb hamburger. Very lean and the french bread was outstanding. My girlfriend had a Calamari sandwhich which... More 

Thank Glenn T
San Joaquin Delta
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43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Original Joe's in San Francisco lays claim to the first combination of srambled eggs, ground beef and spinach. Jo and Lou Rocca shared their love of Northern Italian cuisine with their entire family and grandsons, Matt & Mark have carried this forward, taking over the South Bay location. Lots of pasta, excellent steaks, dinner salads and stick-to-your ribs standards are... More 

Thank Kcfoxy
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

You will never have a bad meal, drinks and service at OJs. This remains an all time favorite of our family and friends.

Thank Cheryl C
Eugene, Oregon
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162 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a wonderful evening! I changed my mind ten times before ordering. That's a great sign, right?? Gustavo was a great waiter. The house wine (Mondavi) was good and reasonably priced. Get the meatball!

Thank laurie c
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20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Three of us dropped in because we had heard a lot about it and two of us had never been there. Because it was a celebration, I ordered a glass of prosecco... nope. They don't have any (!) I love lasagna so I like to try different restaurants' take on it... nope, no lasagna (!). Rather odd. My friends order... More 

Thank NormMacNeil
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75 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived late into San Jose and the restaurant was right down the street from the our hotel. I looked it up on trip advisor and decided to visit the location. For Tuesday night this place was really packed out so we took two empty seats at the bar. The bar is right in front of the open grill and... More 

Thank David R
San Jose, California
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25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A San Jose landmark! You won't go home hungry. Love the old school antipasto and my husband & I share the liver and onions or the chicken livers. The half ravioli half spaghetti is also a fav. Be prepared to wait a bit for seating but it's worth it.

Thank mizlas

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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: Business meetings, Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions


Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am

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