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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 - 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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85 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Everything about Joe's is old world "American-Italian" cooking, which means huge portions and Americanized Italian food. I came here twice before - the ribs are good and so is the Veal Milanese. This time I had the Saturday special - Braised Short Ribs and risotto. The meat was super tender but it came out more like stew than braised -... More 

Thank tour-birds
San Jose, California, United States
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This restaurant is one of San Jose's landmark eateries. The portions are large and tasty. They have a great bar and wine assortment. It's an old fashioned meat and potato venue where the waiters serve you in tuxedos. It's always crowded and lots of fun.

Thank Kathleen N
Markham, Ontario
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27 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food was good, not the best Italian food I've had but good enough. The portions are very large, a single person would not be able to finish it. It's better to share your meal.

Thank NLBReviews
Henderson, Nevada
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great service and food. Could not eat the entire meal. The two of us probably should had shared a meal, but too many great things to choose from the menu. Our waiter is the best!

Thank John N Tammy B
Los Gatos, California
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143 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Haven't been to Original Joes in year. I was very impressed. The service was terrific and the food was fantastic. I had grilled salmon and my husband had the scallops. Biggest scallops I've seen in a long time. Great bottle of frank family cab. We went before the theatre. We will definitely return.

Thank Losgatosca
San Jose, California
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76 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great location and ambience. Can get very busy. Several times had to wait an hour for food to arrive after being seated. Food very tasty with large portions, but filled with saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium. Great if you want to work on your heart attack, diabetes, or obesity. Restaurant will kindly modify for dietary needs as they can. Just... More 

Thank paladin11
San Diego, California
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My son and I always enjoy a pasta dinner to celebrate the beginning and end of each semester. The food was good and the waiter courteous.

Thank roadtrip2011
San Jose, California
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38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an old-time dining establishment. The food is very good but somewhat pricey. It is hard to find a better steak or burger and the salads are large enough for two. Why not five stars? the crowds and the wait. If you go, try to do so when there isn"t a convention in town and try to be there... More 

Thank Carol S
Milpitas, California
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Original Joe's is an iconic restaurant in downtown San Jose. From the meaty/mushroomy red sauce to the sharp/ vinegary taste of their Italian dressing, it's my fave for Italian here in the South Bay. My family is varied in their choices for dinner; Veal Parmesan, Chicken Piccata, Fettuccine Alfredo, Prime Rib, Ravioli... All are delicious and the portions are huge!... More 

Thank alohakris
San Jose, California
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been several times and have never been disappointed. Their Calamari steaks are really good. Always great service. A great time.

Thank Leslie G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
Italian, American
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, 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: (408) 292-7030

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?