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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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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good34%
  • Average16%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“ravioli” (86 reviews)
“steak” (115 reviews)
“bread” (56 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 23:00All hours
Italian, American, Gluten Free Options
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
301 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113-2884
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Reviewed yesterday

The restaurant is dark and outdated.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 5 days 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 1 week 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

Thank Tony W
Reviewed 1 week 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

Thank Brad B
Reviewed 2 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

Thank Bacinac
Reviewed 3 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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The restaurant is located on a corner and there is parking across the street in a public parking lot. A friend took me here for my birthday dinner. The atmosphere is nice. When you enter the restaurant there is a massive bar and the tables...More

Thank sfbebe
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My family and I have been patrons of Original Joe's for years. The food is delicious and has stayed the same in all that time. Portions are excellent and the meat sauce is to die for! This restaurant has been around forever, and no wonder…...More

Thank alohakris
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Does this restaurant take reservations?
14 June 2016|
Answer Show all 7 answers
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
US$ 15
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
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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