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“We didn't get what all the hype was about”

Original Joe's Restaurant
Ranked #5 of 2,173 Restaurants in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $15
Cuisines: American, Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations, Takeout
Sask., Canada
Level 6 Contributor
136 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“We didn't get what all the hype was about”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

We went to this restaurant twice during our stay. The first time we had arrived late so we just wanted a lounge near by. We sat on the bar side and it was great for drinks and appetizers. Atmosphere was great. Then we went back a few nights later for dinner. Everyone raved about this being the best food. We were not impressed. Very long wait and food was just average.
We would go back to the lounge but not the restaurant.

Visited May 2012
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English first
College Station, Texas
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“Good spot”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

There is no reason in the world dining architecture should not look like this! Good food and good service. The portions were generous and the drinks were good.

  • Visited April 2013
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Sacramento, California
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Old style historical restaurant”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

Arrived at about 5:30 on a Monday and was seated immediately. Attentive waiter, recognized I was a first timer, made recommendations. The service was fast and efficient. However, the food was average and pricey. It was a pleasant one time experience, but I probably won't be a regular.

  • Visited March 2013
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San Jose, California
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“okay food, okay service”
Reviewed April 2, 2013

Met a friend here for dinner before the dinner rush and was seated and served quickly. The service was not memorable. In fact, it might have been poor. The food was pretty good. Nothing spectacular. I'm not quite sure why it seemed so popular. We were seeing a show at the SJ Rep and the restaurant was very conveniently located.

  • Visited February 2013
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San Jose, California, USA
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Popular Restaurant”
Reviewed April 1, 2013

Love their bone-in large cut of prime rib and their sourdough french bread. The only problem is that there is often a length wait.

Visited March 2013
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