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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: Dinner, Dessert, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout

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Visitor rating
  • 180
    Excellent
  • 179
    Very good
  • 96
    Average
  • 35
    Poor
  • 27
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
first time in SJ, and first night there

We had checked out a few other restaurants/cafes, but none of them was somewhere we wanted to eat. Original Joe's appeared to be the best of the bunch. When we were seated, we were pleasantly surprised by the servers in black suits and bow ties, and white dress shirts. The service was very good... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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Vancouver, Canada
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
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English first
San Jose, California
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Well, I've lived in San Jose for almost 30 years and I finally went to Original Joe's a few weeks ago...I think I can safely wait another 30 years to go again. This has to be the single, most overrated restaurant ever. The food is so average that no amount of 1950's nostalgia can overcome it. The spaghetti and meat... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

We had checked out a few other restaurants/cafes, but none of them was somewhere we wanted to eat. Original Joe's appeared to be the best of the bunch. When we were seated, we were pleasantly surprised by the servers in black suits and bow ties, and white dress shirts. The service was very good, and friendly. The food was very... More 

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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

I had 20 min to order, eat & pay. They suggested lasagna- I asked if ravioli was fast. Two minutes after I ordered, the ravioli arrived. Delicious, great sauce. Perfectly cooked. $19.99?! Well it was enough to take home for a second meal later.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Longing for that old time Rat Pack days feeling? Original Joes has this and more. Dim lights ,male service staff ,great food and even a food counter for those dining solo. You can not visit down town San Jose and skip this dining establishment.

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San Jose, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Come here if you have an appetite, the portions are large. Good food, lots of delicious menu items to choose from. The meatballs are my favorite.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

I love the tradition, the ambiance, and the drinks! OJs is classic San Jose in 2015 Silicon Valley! An Italian must have!

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San Jose, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

OJ's has been a fixture of downtown San Jose for as long as I can remember. The food is excellent with more than adequate portions. Attentive male waiters are dressed in tuxedos. My favorite place to sit in this restaurant is in the counter area either at the counter or at the few tables there. It is fun to watch... More 

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Toms River, New Jersey, United States
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32 reviews 32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

What a fabulous Italian restaurant large diversified menu great servers. For a table of 9 that we were everyone was served exactly what they ordered in a reasonable time and the price are fine

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

I enjoy this place every time my best friend comes into town. Straight up meat and potatoes kind of place.No salad for me!

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San Jose, California
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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 via mobile

Try the Osso Bucco - one of the best in San Jose! Also love the Original Joe's Special.... I have been enjoying that since 1966.

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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: Entertaining clients, Special occasions, Local cuisine, 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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?