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“Authentic & modern synergy of Greek cuisine. Amazing Octopus dish! ”

Nemea Greek Taverna
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Ranked #11 of 2,365 Restaurants in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: USD 20 - USD 40
Cuisines: Greek
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

Downtown San Jose has many quality restaurants, and Nemea Greek Tavern is certainly one of them. The welcoming Mediterranean feel at the bar and the decor transports you to the islands. The open galley allows you to witness the Chef team devising the dishes, but more importantly let's you smell and witness the flames of the mesquite flame grill!

The smart modest menu offers a great choice of meza (Greek tapas), Kiria Piata (entrees), deserts and dips/sides, a great mix of classic and modern twists.

Starting with Mapakia, a Greek take on Brussels sprouts, sauté with dates, scallions and parmesan in a meaty jus. This was addictive mix of a warm salad, with a fruity contrast.

The highlight of the dinner was our other Appetizer, Octapodi. Perfectly cooked charcoal broiled sushi grade octopus, sliced and served with citrus, oregano & olive oil. The addition of arugula complements the citrus with a peppery texture that lifts the octopus flesh to a fantastic level.

Our chef recommended entrees came straight from the Mesquite Grill. Paidakia made up of three mesquite grilled rib cut lamb chops, mounted on braised greens, with double cooked Nemea potatoes & a well balanced lemon vinaigrette.

The lamb was cooked perfectly and the potatoes were excellent (I would have liked more they were so good!).

The selection of wines was well established and the Greek options worked well with the lamb!

Desert had to baklava! This traditional Greek pastry was given gourmet make over with a thicker filling, a mix of clover and Greek attilki honey, and a scoop of delicious fig ice cream. So good.

Taking the downtown location, decor ambience, menu options and the quality of the cooking, I would recommend this place to everyone. Especially if you have a thirst for Greek or Mediterranean flavor!

Thank Neal T
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Reviewed 2 August 2017

We don't get many Greek restaurants in New Zealand so decided to try Nemea, one block from our hotel. We were not disappointed! We shared the octopus and stuffed mushrooms to start, followed by lamb medallions and ahi tuna. The tuna came with couscous (wheat) so I asked if I could have a different accompaniment and they were happy to oblige, providing lemon potatoes and sauteed mixed greens instead. Great cocktails too. We enjoyed the meal so much we decided to return 2 nights later, and had the crispy calamari (divine!), followed by moussaka and pastitchio. Those entrées were enormous, served in a large clay pot, and neither of us could finish. We also tried the Greek red wine, which was delicious.

Thank boatie_girl
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Reviewed 29 July 2017

We were stay close by and wanted something other that fried, sandwich or chain food. Greek..... have not had that since Greece. We had reasonable expectations, which were all blown away. The service was excellent, the cocktails great and the Greek wine fantastic and food spectacular spectacular. Took us back to the Greek island where we honeymooned. We will be back.

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Thank hobokiwi
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Reviewed 28 June 2017

This is a lovely Greek restaurant within walking distance of the convention center. Delightful atmosphere, extensive menu, excellent service. I had the moussaka, which was served in a traditional clay bowl, and was enough for two people.

Thank Mara B
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Reviewed 3 June 2017

Nemea offers a quality dining experience without any of the obnoxious fanfare that is far too common in San Jose restaurants. The food is quite good and never boring.

Thank Kathleen M
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