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333 West San Carlos Street, San Jose, CA 95110
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Ranked #102 of 1,906 Restaurants in San Jose
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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
Los Gatos, California
18 reviews 18 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
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
20 reviews 20 reviews
13 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
22 reviews 22 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
6 helpful votes 6 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
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192 reviews 192 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
160 helpful votes 160 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
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
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92 reviews 92 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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

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