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333 West San Carlos Street, San Jose, CA 95110
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Ranked #157 of 1,902 restaurants in San Jose
Price range: $21 - $30
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Woz Way
Description: Paolo’s is an award-winning restaurant in San Jose that offers a modern interpretive take on traditional Italian cuisine. Located in a unique, park-like setting in the heart of downtown San Jose, Paolo’s is the perfect dining destination for any occasion. With a menu that changes seasonally, blending traditional and contemporary dishes, Paolo’s has earned a national reputation for excellent food and fantastic ambience. Over the past fifty years, Paolo’s menu has continuously morphed to meet the ever-changing tastes of our sophisticated clientele.
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21 reviews from our community

66% Recommend
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English first
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Quiet. Easy to get an Open Table reservation. The pasta bolognese was the most authentic I've had outside of Italy. I will for sure go back.

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Dublin, Ca
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

I chose this restaurant for my company's annual Christmas party. Never having been there before, I was hoping it would be good. It was terrific! Some of our party arrived quite late, and the staff was gracious to hold our table as long as we needed them to, and we stayed in the bar until everyone was there. The food... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

We found Paolo's on Open Table and what a jewel they are! We have been back twice in the last week! The staff is very attentive and not intrusive in the least. Shawn was our server. We went with all his recommendations and what a delight. Each plate that came out was a culinary work of art. The flavors are... More

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Northern California
Top Contributor
190 reviews 190 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
159 helpful votes 159 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

Dining with a large group can sometimes be difficult but Paolo's handled the evening beautifully. The service was impeccable, the meals were excellent and the wine was perfect. It's a fairly large restaurant but it has the feel of a family environment. The staff seems genuinely pleased to have you share an evening with them. Coming from a cattle ranching... More

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San Jose, California
18 reviews 18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

This restaurant is located in a building that backs into a beautiful park. I took my team of 12 people there and we were able to order and eat within 90 minutes. The food was very good and the service was great. The location is very private with a nice view of the park. everyone liked it. I will go... More

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Carolyn A, Owner at Paolo's, responded to this review

We love serving business groups, and I appreciate you allowing us the opportunity to take great care of you all. I'm glad everyone enjoyed the cuisine and the wonderful views we're lucky to have. We look forward to the next time we'll get to see you, whether with a group again, or for a great dinner out. Thanks again! All... More

Menlo Park, CA
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

Once you find Paolo's, tucked away in a huge office complex, you can expect a good but not outstanding Italian meal. The waitstaff bustles about but is overtaxed (although our waitress was competent and friendly, she was frequently hard to find). The location just across a pedestrian bridge is ideal for diners attending a performance at the civic theater; free... More

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Carolyn A, Owner at Paolo's, responded to this review

I appreciate you taking the time to share some information to help others find us. Though I'm happy to hear that you find our entrees to be good, I'd certainly love to hear more from you on what you feel is keeping us from being outstanding. Please accept my apologies on behalf of your server, and for the fact that... More

San Jose, California
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

BEWARE! I got some nasty FOOD POISONING from this restaurant. I ordered the Orecchiette with rock shrimp. It completely destroyed my insides. I have never been that sick from eating food. To make a bad situation worse, I called the restaurant to tell them about it and the guy who answered the phone treated me like I was stupid. He... More

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Carolyn A, Owner at Paolo's, responded to this review

I've actually reached out to you on Yelp concerning the same review. Safety, sanitation, and cleanliness are top priorities here at Paolo's. We conducted an investigation, as well as had health inspectors take a look, and were not able to find any evidence of a problem. Because we took the time to conduct a thorough investigation, you did not receive... More

San Jose, California
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

disappointed in food and service. I don't think we {2old females} impressed the hostess. My husband always did a better job.

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Carolyn A, Owner at Paolo's, responded to this review

Nancy, I'm sorry to hear that your server didn't take great care of you, and that the food didn't impress you either. This is very disappointing. Our servers should be taking great care of our customers no matter who they are, and I'll be reinforcing that with them. I urge you to come see us again so we can provide... More

Beamsville, Ontario, Canada
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

I have never written a review before, but I feel compelled to state my opinion. On a trip from Canada, we decided to try out this establishment. I must say, I was offended to receive a $39.99 bill with a 20% tip included for meal that was sub standard. It was at best a $12.00 dollar meal from a truck... More

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Carolyn A, Owner at Paolo's, responded to this review

Tim, I'm sorry to hear that you left us feeling offended and that it inspired you to write such a poor review. I truly wish you'd have let us know that you were so disappointed at the time so we could have done something about it. We take pride in the classic Italian cuisine that we serve, and I'd hate... More

Sammamish, Washington
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

We hosted a wonderful function with 60 guests and the main dining room was a perfect venue. The staff was very helpful and the food was excellent. The menu selection is varied and plentiful to accommodate the various tastes of such a large group. The prices were very reasonable and I felt we received a good value for our money.... More

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Carolyn A, Owner at Paolo's, responded to this review

Thanks so much for letting provide the venue for your rehearsal dinner last year. We love getting people together for great food and celebration, and I'm pleased to hear that our staff made sure the night went off without a hitch. Keep us in mind for any future events, or just for a lovely dinner out. Thanks for sharing your... More

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