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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 #43 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
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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
main line, pa
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

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
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 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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Saint Paul, Minnesota
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Famous for their burgers, which are good but I liked the dinner entrees more. Also famous for breakfast but since they don't open till 11am that's not too convenient.

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Troon, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Heard rave reviews about the place and it always seems busy. We had to wait 45 minute for a table for four, we were seated in a booth. I'm not really sure what the restaurant is attempting to be, from a European perspective it looks like an attempt to be an East Coast Italian diner type effort. Think a pricey... More

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Los Gatos, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Good food, good selection, good service! For the price of their steaks you would think they could get it right! Not so! Most often they overcook them and the cook says "it's OK"! Try again! Practice makes perfect!

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Portland,OR
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72 reviews 72 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Traveled to San Jose on a business/pleasure combo trip. Original Joe's was a few blocks from our downtown hotel so we decided to try it out on 7-18-2014. As it was a Friday night, there were quite a few people waiting to be seated, and the restaurant was packed. There was also some kind of rowdy private party in the... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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33 reviews 33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

a group of us found this restaurant when we were looking to dine after a show. Their sign said they closed at mindnight and we got there around 11:15pm. At first they werent sure they could seat us ( we were a large party) but then found some room. They handed us the menus and we started to look at... More

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Alameda, California
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42 reviews 42 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

During a recent conference, I was looking for a place to eat with industry colleagues. I saw the Original Joe's sign and was thrilled. We had a lovely meal. Service was great, even though the place was busy. I had a salad and mostacholi which were both tasty. Nice big booths, vibrant bar, lots of food and drink choices. It... More

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San Jose, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Always enjoy going to Original Joe's. A family favorite. Family friendly, always busy. I love the eggplant, but every dish is yummy!

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