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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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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good34%
  • Average15%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
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“ravioli” (86 reviews)
“steak” (115 reviews)
“prime rib” (24 reviews)
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Italian, American, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
301 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113-2884
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Ok, all traditional things, American style Italian food. The portions are huge and it's great that they warn about that. Had some great clam pasta in white sauce and broiled shrimps. Very busy in the evenings!

Thank Alj0naK
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's a very nice classy place. They have very nice staff members that are attentive and quick. I had the alfredo with ham and peas, which was delicious and one of the workers favorites.

Thank Jacquilyn S
Reviewed 1 week ago

The restaurant is dark and outdated. The food was average with the exception of the marinara sauce served with the arancini appetizer. The service was terrible - the explanation was that our server forgot to turn in our order, but there was no offer to...More

Thank Linda W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I don't understand why this place is still open. Service was great but the food was lack luster. Will not return. For the quality, prices should be 75% less. You're better off going to the Olive Garden.

Thank rachelpY7654MK
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is my favorite place in San Jose for a cold beet and delcious steak. I order the rib eye ($50) so good it needs no sauce. I get the raviolis on the side as well as a salad. Also notable dish's are the chicken...More

1  Thank Tony W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Original Joes is a fun place to eat. I was by myself so I sat at the counter where one can watch the crew preparing the food. It's an open fire grill and they really know how to do steaks and pasta. They also have...More

1  Thank Brad B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been here more than once and neither time was I impressed. It's a GOOD family/friends restaurant --not great for anything in particular. Located in downtown San Jose--it brings in a lot of biz travelers. It's also close to the public transport so it can...More

1  Thank Bacinac
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Love the historic vibe of this place and the waiters all wear tuxedos to work! They get super busy sometimes and the service falls a bit off but they still have done if the best waiters in the industry in their arsenal. Food is usually...More

Thank Evan7373
Reviewed 25 May 2017

Only a few blocks from my Hotel, the Hilton, this Original Joe's was a busy lunch spot. Met by a oversized American Italian waiter playing his perfect role, we were seated in a typical booth like table setting. A rich menu with many 'fried' delights...More

Thank Robert M
Reviewed 25 May 2017

I've lived in the south bay area all my life and still love OJ's after 50 years of great service. Its always busy and hard to get into but worth the wait. Lots of good food and great service

Thank TravelQueen2002
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Does this restaurant take reservations?
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
Do you have gluten-free options?
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.
Does the restaurant now take credit card?. We lived in San Jose for many years but haven't been back since we moved to Oceanside, California. For many years they didn't accept any credit cards but we are hoping they now do. Can you answer this question for us.
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
USD 15
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Kids, 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
  • E-mail
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