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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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Today
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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Large groups
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 161
    Excellent
  • 167
    Very good
  • 91
    Average
  • 32
    Poor
  • 25
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Not 24 hours anymore

My son and friend flew into San Jose last night and we got to OJ's at 11:01 pm after a slightly delayed flight. He always wants to go there after his flight because he loves their salami sandwich and fries dipped in meat sauce. We've been going there for 40+ years. At one point, we were such... read more

1 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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California
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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California
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

My son and friend flew into San Jose last night and we got to OJ's at 11:01 pm after a slightly delayed flight. He always wants to go there after his flight because he loves their salami sandwich and fries dipped in meat sauce. We've been going there for 40+ years. At one point, we were such regulars that the... More 

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sjc
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37 reviews 37 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Great food, great portions, excellent service. it is Really that simple. Most places don't get it. They have it!

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

Thanks for the short & sweet review! Glad to hear that you had such a well-rounded experience & I hope you'll be back again soon! More 

San Jose, California
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015 via mobile

I've been a patron of OJ's since I was a child and each and every visit is just as good as the last. Service is always top notch and the food is Classic Italian at a reasonable price.

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San Jose, CA
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I hate this place. I don't understand why it has such a loyal following. I've been there 3 times, with 3 different groups of people, and walked out twice. The staff behaves like they're doing you a favor by letting you in, they either ignore you or rush you, depending on their whim, and they generally treat customers poorly. I... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

It has slipped a bit. The wait staff seems more interested in each other and going home than making your visit special. The food is great, large portions, and the place can get lively. Make sure to try the cheese cake!

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san jose
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

this downtown restaurant is an old favorite of many locals; the hustle bustle atmosphere is fine, yet the wait staff, on my visit, seemed unfriendly, curt, and for no other words chauvanistic. this was a dinner seating and so it was busy. I have been to Wonderful, new york, italian restaurants where the pasta melts in my mouth, but with... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A San Jose favorite! Original Joe's is a steak house with an Italian style. Waiters dressed in traditional outfits (white shirt, black tie), good sized portions, and delicious food, Original Joe's is a San Jose tradition. Be sure to get the ravioli which is available with every meal! On my last visit, I had a ribeye steak that was delicious... More 

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San Jose, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Original Joe's is a very good restaurant if you like hamburgers and/or pasta. If you like such items, you will always like such items because this restaurant's strongest point is consistency. It doesn't have an "off" day or night. What it is, is an old fashioned broiler! One of the best items is the ravioli (beef). I would not go... More 

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Bay Area
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Its hard to find good Italian outside of SF but Original Joe's is very tasty. If you can find a place to park that will help.

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San Jose, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Service and food always very good. Quality always. Large portions and always served piping hot The way it should be. Wonderful menu choices. Service well paced and not rushed. Good cocktails and will priced. Love this place, been coming here for over 35 years. No reservations, but still worth it!

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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 0 - 15
  • Cuisine: American, Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?