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Original Joe's Restaurant

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$$ - $$$
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301 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113-2884
+1 408-292-7030
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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Bucharest, Romania
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198 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Loved the porterhouse. Veggie side is not great; better to get the mushrooms (on the side) - they have garlic! Yum! Service is good, though I am not used to particularly chatty waiters, ours was ok.

Thank nico84ro
San Jose, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We have been eating at OJ's for over 20 years and it never disappoints. The meats, the bread, the spaghetti! Yum! And the staff, it's like seeing old friends every time we eat here. Love this place.

Thank Veronica P
San Jose, United States
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Well, I'm always happy when a classic is still a classic. Let's start with the dessert. I like to plan my meal around what my dessert choices. Do I really want to save room for dessert or will my meal meet all my needs? If you have a craving for pretty good tasty spumoni ice cream, save some room. Not... More 

Thank Florence N
San Jose, California
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

you can't get a better experience. Sit at the counter!! watch the food grilled, steamed, fried, and whatever, Italian style. My favorite is liver and onions, with mushrooms on the side. Some of these waiters have worked there for 30 plus years, and make enough to live in this crazy expensive town...Service is typical flamboyant Italian, wine comes in a... More 

Thank Stephen H
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Being the oldest restaurant in San Jose makes it a great place to take visitors. The OJ Original Hamburger with onions embedded in the meat is one of our favorites. Good veal parmigiana with a ravioli side also scores high. If you want a fun experience sit at the counter and watch the expert char grilled at work. Don't fill... More 

Thank Judy M
San Jose, CA
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place for Italian food. Love coming here. Only drawback is they don't take reservations. Be prepared for a wait, but it's worth it.

Thank CABeachlady
San Jose, California
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I love Original Joe's. The portions are so big that you can plan on taking half of it home for tomorrow. Everything I've tried was flavorful and delicious and the waiters are knowledgeable and respond fast.

Thank Johanna864269
Ocean View, Delaware
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40 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

If you can - sit at the counter and watch all the culinary excitement. The chefs and cooks are working hard for your dining experience in a ultra clean open kitchen. They have daily specials and I took advantage. After all, if it's the special it has to be good and it was. Great and friendly staff and great experience.... More 

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Annapolis, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was a great stop for some old-school Italian the penne pasta was delicious and the salad was fresh. The drinks/wine we're good with decent service. I would come back.

Thank AnnieMF
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Joes was remodeled a few years back, but retained it's timeless atmosphere. Old school Italian, with the Hideout bar in the back, this is a San Jose landmark. You can have table service, or sit at the counter and watch the cooks make it all happen. I usually get a burger, they are delicious and huge! Awesome place, where everyone... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Italian, American
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Business meetings
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?