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Nemea Greek Taverna

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96 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113-2406
+1 408-279-4225
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Wed 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu - Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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92 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2017

There are so many items and best way to eat here is to share your dishes so you can taste more items. Lamb meatballs and braised octopus were my favorite. Good selection of greek wines, great service, and great atmosphere for dinner with friends or business. Will be back here again.

Thank ACJai
Northern California
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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2016 via mobile

I have been here several times, usually bringing out of town business guests. The food is consistently good. By far the highlight is the variety of small plates available. I have learned that rather then ordering entrees, by ordering a variety of the small plates for the table you get to taste the best of the restaurant - and it... More 

Thank RichieLee
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2016 via mobile

Lamb. Uhmazing. Lamb shank. So tender. Lamb chops. HUGE. Lamb souvlaki. Sooo amazing. Get here. For lunch. For dinner. Get here. Absolutely no excuse! Be here. Lamb. Lamb. Lamb. Don't miss it. Lamb. Lamb.

Thank Peter F
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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264 reviews
213 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2016

Visited for a business lunch, nicely greeted, seated quickly and met quickly by the wait staff. Good variety of choices. Partner and I chose the Moussaka (large portion and very good) and the Chicken Gyro with veggie side. (very tasty). Food was served promptly and we were both very satisfied.

Thank MarkV709
San Jose, California
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36 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2016

I was rather impressed when we walked in to the restaurant as the decor is chic, modern and very eye appealing. Being born and raised in a Greek family where I have been surrounded by amazing cooks. I will readily admit that my tastes may run different to others. I know traditional flavors and actually like when a Greek restaurant... More 

Thank FLGreekGirl
Morro Bay, California
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57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016 via mobile

Went with local friend. Started with octopus sliced and plated with olive oil, perhaps lemon and herbs. First time with this dish- tender and flavorful. Main course of lamb rib chops ( three double), perfectly cooked to med. rare. A value at $30! Had waiter recommended Greek red wine, ok on price and flavor. Would repeat.

Thank Paul O
Harpenden, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

Great looking modern restaurant. Good food with a good atmosphere, They don't do a Meze but quite easy to pick several dishes and then share them.

Thank Rob P
Mendon, New York
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69 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

I love a good Greek restaurant and this one is nice and cozy, authentic with great bouzouki music! I had a nice pastitsio (Greek noodle dish), but it was pretty slim on the pasta which was a little disappointing, but still tasty. I wouldn't go back though.

Thank greekbecky2016
San Jose, California
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58 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

A great variety of Greek dishes. Several lamb items and wonderful deserts. A little more on the pricey side but a nice place to go after the theater.

Thank willowezra
Kuala Lumpur
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91 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2016

We ordered smelt and it was not fresh. The waiter sweated it's not frozen. We are not happy. He offered to take it off the tap and we accepted it. We switched to grilled octopus and it was good. The lamb riblets is good too. Overall it's a hit and miss place.

Thank MOKKualaLumpur

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$20 - $40
Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic, Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 96 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113-2406
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: +1 408-279-4225

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