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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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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good32%
  • Average15%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
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Italian, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
301 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113-2884
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Restaurants don’t last this long unless it is a good value and good food. OJ’s nails it. Large portions of good classic dishes. Good service but be prepared to wait at peak hours. Very popular restaurant.

Thank Dave B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Original Joe’s in San Jose downtown situated next to Westin, at late night around 10 PM, for a casual dinner with some of the business associates. This is a large restaurant, and since it was late and was a weekday, there were not...More

Thank amitkan200
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It’s a throwback to the 1960’s, with red vinyl upholstered booths and attentive waiters in tuxedo jackets. Menu prices are in line with more high end fine dining, but food was well prepared and portions were generous.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A step back in time, Waiters wear black tux, service is number one and best of all is the food..It's a must do if you're traveling to San Jose.

Thank chillab1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First time I went to OJ's was in 1975; I was in the fourth grade. I still remember what I ordered. This place is ICONIC. The waiters and bartenders have been there for years, maybe decades. They, along with their salty attitudes, add to the...More

Thank Heidi R
Reviewed 18 April 2018 via mobile

I happen to like the liver and onion and Joe’s is the only place I know and trust to do it right. I had it with a side of ravioli. Perfectly tasty combo. My friend had a Joe’s breakfast special. Some sort of ground chuck...More

Thank Bacinac
Reviewed 17 April 2018 via mobile

Had a very pleasant dinner here before heading to the airport. Caesar salad & eggplant parmigiana were both delicious. Service was great, food arrived pretty quickly. Not a cheap dinner, but large portion sizes would be big enough to share!

Thank AmeriCaz
Reviewed 16 April 2018 via mobile

Good taste, Great service. There were many waiting, so we should wait about 1 hour, It deserved :) I want visit again.

Thank JoonKyoung K
Reviewed 11 April 2018 via mobile

Arrived at my hotel starved and looking for lunch. Just down the block I found original joes. I was quickly seated, that was the last friendly service I received. The waiter was surly. That is a polite way of describing him. He did not know...More

Thank Mark V
Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile

A San Jose classic. It has seen downtown San Jose in its glory years, its fall into the abyss of a suburb-driven burg to its rebirth with people and businesses moving back to the core. OJ's, as the natives call it, is the one constant....More

Thank Kerry R
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14 April 2018|
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Response from cherylmE1622JL | Reviewed this property |
Contact the restaurant and ask directly. Also contact Morten’s Steak House. They have similar food and I believe a private room. I have had good meals and service at both restaurants.
13 April 2018|
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Response from Brian F | Reviewed this property |
contact OJ's directly: 408-292-7030
Mary P
2 October 2017|
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Response from 2butterfly | Reviewed this property |
You can park in the movie theater parking garage 1 block away. Flat $5 fee on weekends.
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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
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Kids, Bar Scene
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: +1 408-292-7030
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