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“Great place, patchy service”

Original Joe's Restaurant
Ranked #12 of 2,320 Restaurants in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $15
Cuisines: American, Italian
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Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout
Reviewed September 12, 2013

The food and ambience are great. Its jus the place for a late night dinner after bar hopping. The counter with the grill is just the greatest place to enjoy a steak. Service can be patchy though. Lot of late night drunks make it a fun place to be.

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Reviewed September 8, 2013

I am giving this 4 star with the big caveat that if you are looking for healthy food - this isn't the place. (I was - and ended up reverting to old gluttonous habits.) But if you are going with a group or even by yourself and want an old school restaurant (as almost everyone has pointed out) with a bit of San Jose history, this is a very good place!

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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Their food is always fresh and the portions are big.
Family style works well else you have tons of leftovers.
They asked what brand of liquor for the bloody mary.
They are always busy, but not too busy.

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Reviewed August 27, 2013

An old San Jose classic. Busy, noisy, big portions of great food and great cocktails too. Old style waiters who know how to wait tables. Not to be missed in San Jose

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Reviewed August 26, 2013

When I was in college at nearby San Jose State, my roommates frequented this place because they could get served alcohol. I didn’t go often because the waiters were often surly and rude.

Fast-forward 25 years and I’m in downtown San Jose for the first time since college; I figure I’ll give Original Joes a fresh chance.

O J’s features charbroiled meats and what I would call old-school American Italian. That means you have your choice of red sauce or white sauce. It has a diner feel to it with a long counter overlooking the open kitchen. This leads to the first problem; the heat from the broiler and stoves makes it 80 degrees at the counter. Now add in tuxedo wearing waiters hustling around and you have a lot of sweating guys handling your food. My waiter was sweating profusely.

To his credit, my waiter was pleasant and tried hard to serve his customers. Unfortunately although he tried hard, he wasn’t a very good waiter. Every aspect of my meal took 2 or 3 attempts to get right, “Which beer did you order? What side did you want again? Oh… I’ll get your beer. Which dressing did you want for your salad?”

Since I had already had a superb Italian meal earlier that day in Sausalito, I went with a steak. It was both dry and rubbery. The accompanying salad was meh; the fries were very good though.

Add in 1 beer… that will be 40 dollars please.

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