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Original Joe's Restaurant

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301 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113-2884
(408) 292-7030
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Macomb, Michigan
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15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Was here for business, staying in the downtown San Jose area and everyone suggested we eat here at least one night! The service was great and our food was just above average. I'm not sure the value for what we paid vs what we received was there, but the customer service made up for it. I had a salmon dish... More 

Thank ering318
Los Angeles, California, United States
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33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It's downtown so we expected it to cost a bit more but 25$ for 2 chicken cutlets was a bit much. We had the chicken parmigian, the veal parmigiano, cheese ravioli, beef and spinach ravioli, and the bread to start. My husband loved the veal - certainly it's not a dish you can find everywhere and it was good by... More 

Thank Leah Y
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32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A staple in our community. Portions are amazingly large. The manager, John, is super nice and just knows what the customer needs. I always sit at the bar while waiting for my table. My and my ladies meet there once a month for a wonderful dinner. I prefer the meatballs and they love the sausage. Togo has to be ordered... More 

Thank Nicole B
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Have been to this place many times and never have been disappointed. The service is excellent both friendly and engaging. Most of the staff has been there for many years which says a great deal about the resturant and its history. Nothing on the menu is disappointing. The steaks are amazing, however, my favorite is the chicken parm which is... More 

Thank JRCAL67
Martinez, California
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Food is very good. Many items on the menu that can't be found elsewhere. My favorite is the Sweetbreads with mushrooms entree. Try and find that in a local Italian restaurant. People just don't eat that entree any more. Bad for your health. And their Minestrone soup is to DIE!! for.Best I've ever tasted. My lady had the chicken parmigiana... More 

Thank chamcal31
Lyman, South Carolina
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42 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Arrived on a Friday evening around 8:00pm. Was seated within 10 minutes. Staff is very friendly. Seems to be a local favorite!! Good was great.

Thank 821tamyv
Los Gatos, California
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35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you go during peak hours you will probably have to wait an hour or so. Moral: Go early! Best veal parmigiana in the area. Excellent minestrone. I love the fried chicken livers. Good burger. Pasta sauces not that good so pass on pasta. Waiters can come close to being rude but don't take it seriously; it is rather quaint.... More 

Thank David N
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38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Showed a lot of promise given previous reviews and the fact that the restaurant was pretty much full when we arrived Starters were pretty good but main courses a disappointment My medium rare steak was medium well, and as we had waited 30 minutes due to number of people in the restaurant, I decided not to send it back for... More 

Thank GraemeBuck
San Jose, California
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A San Jose institution, this restaurant almost looks like it is lost in time, but in a good way. Classy but kind of a diner feel, great service and the food was plentiful and delicious. Waiters are very professional and, although this place looks from the outside like a diner, it's much nicer than that and the food is much... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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85 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ate a few times here over my stay in San Jose and left each time full and satisfied. Can highly recommend the New York strip steak. Friendly, funny, approachable staff who will go the extra mile to ensure you are happy

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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
Bar scene, Business meetings, Kids, Families with children, Special occasions, 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: (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?