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Original Joe's Restaurant

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301 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113-2884
+1 408-292-7030
11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
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San Jose, California
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is like going to a 1950s style restaurant with the waiters all wearing formal attire. The food is authentic Italian - great ravioli, meatballs and generous servings. Very broad menu - you won't be disappointed. They don't take reservations so that is the one downside. Reasonable prices, family friendly!

Thank dbar2n
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80 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We walked from our hotel and found this restaurant and had a great experience. It is family and kid friendly with a variety of options for everyone. We had an attentive waiter who took such great care of us. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Thank Jennifer F
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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55 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a surprise! Our son lives in San Jose and took us in for breakfast. It is like stepping back in time. Superb booths and waiters dressed in formal suits.... Food was excellent. I wish we had more time as we were heading home and could not stay around to enjoy the place more

Thank ArabianVisitor
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Place looks iffy on the outside. Had the chicken Parm with side spaghetti. GREAT taste, big portions. Defenetly will return, great value. Open kitchen, gives you a feel of fresh and clean. Not a single complaint.

Thank Migueldlmm
Brasília, Distrito Federal, Brazil
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77 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had dinner there and I asked about a cheeseburguer. They were very solicitous and prepared one just for me despite this is a lunch option only. The cheeseburguer was ok, nothing remarkable about it. I would prefer to eat at a more clean restaurant. I felt the floor and my boot a little dirty.

Thank AnacVentilari
Monterey County, California
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37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They serve the burger on sourdough with swiss which was great- very juicy yet not greasy. The frys were good and the service excellent.

Thank CaliforniaCruizen
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There were 7 of us in our group and we all chose different items off the menu. The food was excellent no one had any complaints and there were empty plates all round and that says a lot. The service was excellent, our waiter knew how to work the table and had the personality to go with it. Well worth... More 

Thank patie46
Gilroy, California
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378 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a staple in downtown san Jose. Older than most customers, this restaurant offer consistently good food at decent prices. If Osso Bucco is your thing, try it here.

Thank Norma W
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic food and service - we love eating at the counter and watching interaction of staff many of whom have been there for years

Thank Bryanjanet
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Menu fairly limited. I ordered their "famous" cheeseburger sandwich - was good for your average "pub-style" food but not amazing. Over-priced cocktails and wine just like every other airport bar. Meh...

Thank Numbr1ners A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Italian, American
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Special occasions, Families with children, Business meetings, Bar scene, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 301 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113-2884
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: +1 408-292-7030

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?