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Original Joe's Restaurant

301 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113-2884
+1 408-292-7030
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good33%
  • Average15%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
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“ravioli” (91 reviews)
“steak” (119 reviews)
“prime rib” (26 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 23:00All hours
Italian, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
301 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113-2884
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Food was tasty. Mega portions so watch out. We took leftovers so the price is pretty sweet. Chicken parmigiana was solid. The one gap is pasta. Spaghetti was very watery. Bread was also not warm. Short walk from Westin and Marriott.

Thank nova663
Reviewed 4 days ago

The menu is varied and extensive. The food was excellent portions are as with most US restaurants large but very tasty. The staff were polite friendly and welcoming and added to the pleasant atmosphere. I would recommend to anyone who likes Italian food to visit....More

Thank dawn h
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The friendly young greeter took our name, gave us a time estimate ( first come first serve ), and to my surprise his estimate was accurate. The atmosphere is like going back in time. The decor feels warm and friendly with light wood paneling and...More

Thank AroundTheWorld8080
Reviewed 6 days ago

OJ'S as we call it, is a mainstay in San Jose. If you like Italian food, you will find no better. The food is great, the servings are enormous. The service is exceptional. Just make sure you are not there on an event night, ie....More

Thank JIMMYH7777
Reviewed 6 days ago

Been going to Original Joe's for years, often for a late night drink and meal at the counter. Fantastic steaks and the Fettuccine Alfredo is a favorite. Old time charm with tuxedo'd waiters, leather booths and classic lighting. Great place anytime!

Thank Mike J
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a dining experience The food and the service was great Very reasonable price and good choice of dishes

Thank Richard P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went there Sunday evening. Food and service are below average. I don't get how this restaurant got ranked a place 5 in San Jose. My take, avoid this place.

Thank cartman74
Reviewed 1 week ago

Huge portions, comfortable environment, excellent service from tuxedo wearing waiters. My wife and I have been coming here for over 50 years. We have never been disappointed.

Thank peterfrenoman
Reviewed 1 week ago

We ended up sitting at the counter (our choice), we got to see all of the activity on the cooking line. Very interesting. Everyone was extremely friendly.

Thank Jacquelin K
Reviewed 1 week ago

There is nothing like Original Joe's for some good Italian food. This place is a San Jose staple and something everyone should experience. The wait staff wear tuxes and you can tell it's been around for a long time but that adds to the charm....More

Thank B4204QBpeterb
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Questions & Answers
14 June 2016|
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Response from VicU291 | Reviewed this property |
No, Original Joes does not take reservations. A secret we have found is the line for the counter. On the left side of the reception desk a line is formed for the counter. As people leave the others in line sit down. Great... More
Debra A
17 February 2016|
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Response from Fred A | Reviewed this property |
steak and fish are...I have had them and they are good.
12 July 2015|
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Response from clark m | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it accepts credit cards
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 301 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113-2884
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: +1 408-292-7030
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