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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 #46 of 1,904 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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Torrey, Utah
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70 reviews 70 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

After flying into San Jose, we decided to eat at Original Joe's. The food was excellent. I had eaten there several years ago and knew it would be good. My husband ordered Halibut and I had broiled chicken breast. Both were excellent. We also had a salad and baked potato. The portions were large, the staff friendly and it was... More

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Vancouver, Washington
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46 reviews 46 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

I sat at the bar for at least 10 minutes while the bartenders watched football. I was just about to leave when he FINALLY came over. After I got the menu it took another 10+ minutes for him to take my order. When it came, my $32.95 halibut had no flavor at all and was over-cooked. The veggies were cold... More

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UK
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197 reviews 197 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

The place is packed every night and we were looking forward to our dinner. Service was swift and efficient. We ordered chicken wings as a shared starter - we got 4 large bits of chicken in a barbeque sauce, a large portion even for sharing. My ribs were overcooked, the meat was a bit tough, my husband's pasta dish was... More

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Redwood City, California
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85 reviews 85 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Since Joe's does not take reservations, I'm glad we arrived for an early dinner (6pm) on our way to San Jose Stage Theatre! The wait staff was efficient, helpful and friendly, without being pushy. Our meals were fresh and delicious! We enjoyed fresh dinner salads, followed by linguine and clams, and I had the filet of sole with a side... More

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Hampton, Virginia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

I used to eat here a lot - loved the Spinach, Egg and Beef - sitting at the side bar watching the cooking. I think waiters have to apprentice for years before they become waiters. My parents started going there in the 70s before I was born and it's someplace I'll probably take my kids to as well in the... More

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Matt R, Owner at Original Joe's Restaurant, responded to this review

Wow - thanks so much for the great review. It's wonderful to hear that you grew up coming to Joe's & that the tradition will carry on with your kids - it's amazing to watch generations of families grow up in our booths. We all truly appreciate your recommendation & your continued support! More

Milpitas, California, United States
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

I've been going to Original Joe's off and on since they opened. In recent times the wife and I have been going for lunch. We've always enjoyed it. However on the latest visit I ordered the Sweetbreads which I do often since it's the only restaurant I know that serves them. The menu says among other choices as a side... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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77 reviews 77 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Wow pretty cool old school Italian joint. Nice bar and cocktails and super attentive service. Food is nice.

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San Jose, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Good food but a little dated interior. Big portions that are consistent in taste and quality. Usually a wait to be seated.

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San Jose, California, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Never been fond of cold break and brick hard butter, but on Tuesdays they used to have the greatest beef rib dish I have ever tasted. It was slow cooked for hours, with lots of different spices and flavors. The rice that came with it was awesome too. The last time I went there, they no longer had that special.... More

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San Jose, California, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

My eggplant parmigiana was excellent. The portion was huge and it was just as delicious the next day as leftovers! The five other people in my party thoroughly enjoyed their meals also. It was the perfect ending after seeing Wicked.

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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
Average Prices: USD 0 - 15
Cuisine: American, Italian

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