Original Joe's

301 South 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95113-2884
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  • Alex Nov 22, 2010

    Loud Italian atmosphere, the wait is usually pretty long because they don't take reservations, but the food is good. Nothing too special

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  • Mitch Jul 10, 2009

    Great food and atmosphere I've been going to Original Joes since I was six years old - so the early '70's. Not much has changed there since that time. The food is great and moderately priced. The service is excellent. Overall positives: some of the wait staff have been there for over 30 years. I have gotten to know them by name. Food quality is consistent year after year. Everything on the menu is good. You can sit at the counter for some good entertainment, watching the food being prepared. Overall negatives: parking is a challenge, but it's downtown. There is a lot across the street that you have to pay at, so if you're cheap and don't want to pay, you'll drive around for a bit. The other negative is there is always a wait, so plan accordingly. The benefit of a wait is that it tells you it's a popular place - and has been for years. If you like Italian food and a relaxing atmosphere, this is the place for you. It's a San Jose monument.

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  • dahdah Sep 14, 2010

    Average service, average food Food was so forgettable that I don't remember what I had last week. I think there's better Italian food elsewhere...

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  • Mark Jul 29, 2009

    Old School Italian Joint It is old school. Very comfortable surroundings. I ate at the bar and had good service, however the bar tender was not the best at menu knowledge. Ordered the antipasta app. and meat and mushroom sauce on spag. with a meatball. Only 1 (one) button mushroom was in the sauce! Sauce was otherwise average, and the pasta was cooked al dente which was great. The meatball was sizable, lean and tender, but lacked a crispy texture on the outside which would have made it better. I would try the place again, but maybe the veal would be a better choice. Bartender did try and serve the main dish before the appetizer, but realized then he switched them around.............

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  • Doug Nov 16, 2010

    have ate here a few times, its good but nothing I crave over and over. Its a San Jose classic though so you have to visit and eat dinner at least once.

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Established in 1956 by the Rocca Family, Original Joe's Restaurant in San Jose, California has been the cornerstone of an ever-changing downtown and the growth of Silicon Valley. Descended from the first Original Joe’s founded in 1937 in San Francisco, the San Jose Original Joe’s was the first San Francisco based restaurant to open in San Jose in the South San Francisco Bay Area now known world wide as the heart of Silicon Valley.
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Hours (12:00pm - Noon, 12:00am - Midnight)

Mon 11:00 am - 01:00 am
Tue 11:00 am - 01:00 am
Wed 11:00 am - 01:00 am
Thu 11:00 am - 01:00 am
Fri 11:00 am - 01:00 am
Sat 11:00 am - 01:00 am
Sun 11:00 am - 01:00 am

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