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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 - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

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  • 256
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  • 115
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  • 44
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  • 30
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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
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Had lunch at Original Joe's last week. Just had turkey sandwich and soup, but both were good. While the total bill between myself and girlfriend may have been a little higher than most similar lunch bills, it's still a cool place to go.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Ken H
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Tampa, Florida
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Tampa, Florida
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112 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Had lunch at Original Joe's last week. Just had turkey sandwich and soup, but both were good. While the total bill between myself and girlfriend may have been a little higher than most similar lunch bills, it's still a cool place to go.

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Thank Ken H
San Jose, California
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This one of the few remaining original american italian restaurants with good classic cousin and good service. The place has a good food and the decor and the over all feeling makes you nostalgic if you have been in the 70s and 80s classic american italian restaurants. Recommended for families and tourists.

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Thank George K
Charlotte, North Carolina
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19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Fabulous experience, was looking for a burger that was just a burger... Hard to do in San Jose without the foo foo trimmings. Able to sit and watch the burger formed, cooked and served.. Great service, old style with everybody doing everything and having a great attitude. Great Italian food especially the Chicken Parmesan.

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Thank Aidan W
Salisbury, North Carolina
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The service was great. The meal arrived quickly and was delicious. Great Italian fare!The portions are huge!

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Thank Thom D
San Jose
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This restaurant will take you back to the rat pack days - old Italian style, great food and service, make you feel special like being served should be.

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Thank W9655EGmariag
San Jose
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I have been going to this restaurant for more than 50 years and it has delicious food! It has the best ravioli, Joe's Special, hamburgers, chicken piccata, saltimboca, and wonderful cocktails. It has daily specials and lots of variety on the menu. It's fun to eat at the counter and watch the chefs in action and just as delightful to... More 

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1 Thank dianebE9842XX
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Christmas in the Park & Lasagna have been a family tradition for decades. LOVE LOVE LOVE the waitstaff :)

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1 Thank Corina D
San Jose, California
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134 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Some of my friends rave and rave about OJ's and want to go there every time we are in San Jose. I don't get it. Don't get me wrong, it's not that they do anything poorly, it is just average. The specials are usually excellent as are other items, it has a cool old feel just a bit too old... More 

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San jose
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great old school type of place. It is always crowded and loud but great atmosphere. So far everything I have had there is really good, from steak to pasta. I would try to go early because of the crowds.

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Thank Dphill01
San Jose, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Love the raviolis....also the burgers and crab salad! Excellent fish, French bread, and cocktails too.

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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, Families with children, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?