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333 West San Carlos Street, San Jose, CA 95110 (Woz Way)
4082942558
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Paolo’s is an award-winning restaurant in San Jose that offers a modern...
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
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  • 8
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 0
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  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Wonderful Italian Restuarant

This was a gem of a restaurant in San Jose. We were invited here by business friends who know the city very well. We were not disappointed. The waiters were friendly, knowledgeable & efficient. The quality of the meal was first class. In particular, my halibut was extremely fresh, perfectly cooked... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 11, 2015
Wayne_Cowan
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Grand Cayman
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Glendale, California
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192 reviews 192 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

We had a difficult time finding a place for fine dining in downtown San Jose. However, the reviews on Trip Advisor convinced us to try Paolo's. The subterranean parking is convenient, but the restaurant entrance is very hard to find. We took what seemed like quite a long walk through a glassed in foyer, then walked outside and along a... More 

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Grand Cayman
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32 reviews 32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

This was a gem of a restaurant in San Jose. We were invited here by business friends who know the city very well. We were not disappointed. The waiters were friendly, knowledgeable & efficient. The quality of the meal was first class. In particular, my halibut was extremely fresh, perfectly cooked & seasoned, the pasta dishes were quite superb, particularly... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

I found Paolo's on a business trip last year. We stumbled across it when browsing for 1000 point tables on another app. What a gem! The service and food are both five stars in my opinion. I've eaten here about half a dozen times now. You simply can not go wrong with any of the signature dishes. Shawn and Flower... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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119 reviews 119 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Flying into San Jose and meeting my father in law for lunch, we were looking for a nice, quiet restaurant close to the airport. We had been to Paolo's a few years ago and I am so glad we thought of it. The restaurant was very quiet and empty for a Friday late lunch. The food and service was superb.... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Great ambiance and food and exceptional service by the waiter, Sean. We've been here several times and love the old-school ambiance and excellent food. But the best is the waiter who goes by Sean, who has to be one of the best waiters we've ever encountered! This restaurant gets very busy right before a show at the nearby theater but... More 

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California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
26 helpful votes 26 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
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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174 reviews 174 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 333 West San Carlos Street, San Jose, CA 95110
    (Woz Way)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: 4082942558

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant

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.
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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?