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333 West San Carlos Street, San Jose, CA 95110
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Ranked #21 of 1,924 Restaurants in San Jose
Price range: $21 - $30
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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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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English first
19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Rapunzel and I visited Paolo's on a Saturday night after a matinee at SJ Center for Performing arts which is right next door. 1/2 block walk. Also not, Paolo's is on the ground floor of an office building and can be hard to see from the street. We were greeting cordially at the front door by a gentleman who appeared... More 

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Washington, DC
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Very good, white-table cloth experience. The food isn't cutting edge (and some of the menu items are highlighted as from the original menu), but it's very good. The restaurant has a nice wine list and wines by the glass, and for a good Italian meal, it's worth the time and expense. It's located in the back of an office building,... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Found this restaurant by searching best restaurants near me. Stayed by the airport and this was in the city but only a 5 minute drive. A little hard to find as it is part of a theatre complex. Free underground parking, excellent service and food. Fantastic wine list too. Vongole and Bolognese were fantastic as was the caesar salad and... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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52 reviews 52 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

I dined here yesterday with a group of thirteen co-workers. I tried their "Ceppo con agnello e finocchietti in salsa." It was really good. In fact, there were no complaints from anyone in our group. The food was great and the service was attentive (thank you Flower for the entree recomendation!)

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New York City, New York
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161 reviews 161 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

I was surprised, delighted and simply pleased by the service and the food we have received during our visit to Paolo's. The Burrata reminded me of my upbringing (in the south of Italy Burrata is well known) and it was one of the best I've ever tasted outside of Italy. The Burrata was exactly how it should be done, stronger... More 

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Birmingham, Michigan
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204 reviews 204 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

The restaurant is in the middle of an office building's courtyard so finding it from the street can be hard. It is worth the search though. My colleague had the Osso Bucco and I had linguine in clam sauce. Prices were quite reasonable given the food quality, restaurant ambience, and service.

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Los Gatos, California
19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

First visit and bar tender was gracious and accommodating, explaining the signature drink at every step (we ordered two). Unique flavor and yummy. Pre-show fix prix dinner had good choices and all in our party were happy with their selections. It was as if all the staff was there just to help us, nice! Went back following week and purchased... More 

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Sacramento, California, United States
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We had a dinner meeting in a private room that was perfect for our group. I had a wilted spinach salad that should have been called a "mushroom" salad as mushrooms were the predominant feature - okay if you like mushrooms which I do. The duck breast entree was delicious and the bombolino was sooo good. Before dinner we ordered... More 

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San Jose, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

The menu is luscious and the service is spectacular! Great wines and luscious spirits complement your plate in this beautiful space. The tuna carpaccio is to die for, as well as the aroncini, salmon, polenta with asparagus....too many to mention! When you're in San Jose, gift yourself with Paolo's!

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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Additional Information about Paolo's

Address: 333 West San Carlos Street, San Jose, CA 95110
Phone Number: 4082942558
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Jose
Open Hours:
Monday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 21 - 30

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