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Fratello's

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1712 Meridian Ave Ste F, San Jose, CA 95125-5587 (Hamilton Ave.)
(408) 269-3801
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Always fantastic!

This is THE place for great, delicious, fresh food, wonderfully gracious atmosphere and generous portions. The breads are served warm and go well with an order of cannellini bean and escarole. When in season, the octopus appetizer is amazing and I especially enjoy the squash blossoms. The octopus... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Campbell, CA
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Campbell, CA
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105 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This is THE place for great, delicious, fresh food, wonderfully gracious atmosphere and generous portions. The breads are served warm and go well with an order of cannellini bean and escarole. When in season, the octopus appetizer is amazing and I especially enjoy the squash blossoms. The octopus may also be eaten as an main meal. The freshly imported branzino... More 

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

The food is Great ! Local Family restaurant!. Easy to get to, good parking. It is open for dinner only, but worth it.

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Hayward, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We had friends visiting in San Jose and went looking for Italian food. It was the housemade pasta and full bar that drew us in, but the great meal and friendly service will bring us back. The full bar got the martini nicely shaken with the little slivers of ice the way I like it and got my order for... More 

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San Jose, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

We live in the neighborhood and had stopped going to Fratello's a few years ago after repeated bad experiences. The restaurant seems to have struggled over the years with uneven service and changing chefs. When our kids were young, we were regulars and were disappointed when it seemed they took a turn for the worse. Last night we decided to... More 

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Senior citizen talking to other seniors: This covers happy hour only. We had an enjoyable experience at this very Italian restaurant, and I give it high marks. Nice room, no loud music, attentive staff, very good food. To give you an idea of pricing--four of us had eight (8) cocktails, two spinach salads, two very generous pizzas, a bowl of... More 

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San Jose, California
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16 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Great ambiance, friendly staff and fantastic food. Don't try the Penne al Salmone - penne pasta, smoked salmon, fresh asparagus, Grana Padano cheese with house made besciamella sauce - or you'll have to keep coming back. That's what's happened to my wife. Highly recommended!

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

We've been five times and are very happy to have found it. The food is equal to the finest Italian restaurants in the area, we've tried them all.

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California
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105 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Not exactly sure what the Michelin guide saw in this place, maybe "the guide" had a bad day. The only thing I saw in this place was organizational chaos, catastrophically weird menu, an un-cosy place, poor and terribly outdated interior, waiters not knowing what the menu consisted of. I asked the waiter regarding if the Salmon was fresh or frozen... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

always good -- best option in South Bay for Italian food - family owned and run -- nice atmosphere -- feel like I"m in Italy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Oh MY God. I ordered the "Gnocchi Gorgonzola" and was in heaven. We came on a Tuesday night and they were unexpectedly busy so service was a bit slow but it was SO worth the wait. The staff was very friendly and personable. Great family feel. I will most definitely be back and I'm from Minnesota!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1712 Meridian Ave Ste F, San Jose, CA 95125-5587
    (Hamilton Ave.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: (408) 269-3801

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?