San Jose >Original Joe's Italian Restaurant
ehhh.. I've been wanting to try joes for a while, now that I have I realize that I wasn't missing much. The food is mediocre and the server was a bit surly. I might go back, but only because it's open late.
I love the Original Joe. Let me just start with the best free Cheesecake ever ;) Huge mile high and strawberry drizzle. Broiled Chicken breast - out of this world. Caprese salad with happy balls of buffalo cheese - yum. The wine was excellent, the steak was nice, the eggs were fluffy, the steak fries were crisp, the ravioli was simply divine. I highly recommend this crazy place. The wait staff wears suits and bow ties, their is s dinner counter at which oyu can drink wine, the booths are loverly the green lighting with the plants has a bit of a Vegas feel. Joe is too sweet. I loved, loved, loved it and will be back the next time I am in San Jose.
Best pasta primavera & spamoni!. I love going to OJ late, even with the wait. My favorite dish is the pasta primavera with red sauce. You only need a 3/4 portion, and I usually take home half of that. The spamoni is so good, and I am not usually a huge fan of spamoni.
The busiest restaurant in San Jose. There's a reason why Original Joe's is always packed, the food is awesome. Don't worry about going away hungry either, you get enough food to leave you feeling full for at least 24 hours. Pasta, steak, doesn't matter, it's all mighty tasty at Original Joes.
Overpriced mediocrity. Expensive NY strip steak which came out medium well rather than medium rare, and the sides weren't terribly interesting. Service was so-so; did get some attitude from the waiter at one point. The food is mediocore at best. The place is ridiculously overpriced given the food and service.
Best Sweetbreads in NorCal. Every time I'm in San Jose, I make it a point to dine at Joe's. The wait is usually long, so make your way back to the bar and enjoy what I like to call a "Home Pour". The bartender is always very generous on the amount of Tanqurey I get in my cocktail. A few of these and you don't really notice the wait. You just sit waiting for your name to be called by the Matre Dei. His voice sounds like he's calling the home stretch at Bay Meadows. Once seated, get a bottle of the house red and a order of mushrooms. I always order the Sweetbreads, but other tastes have always met my high standards. The wait staff is attentive and most have been there for 10+ years.
Not What I Expected. Looking at the outside of the restaurant, you'd expect the inside to turn out some great, Italian comfort food. The place looks like somewhere the guys from the movie "Casino" would gather to eat. However, the food is blah- no flavor at all. Service wasn't the greatest- we sat and waited maybe 45 minutes until we were seated. The hostess/host just sat there and never once gave us an update on the wait or apologized for the wait. I did, however, like how our waiter packed our food to-go: he took a giant platter of pasta and with one quick swoop, packed it into a tiny, Chinese takeout box. Very cool!
Awesome service & food. The service and quality and size of the meals @ OJs never disapoint me. It is a good time whether sitting at a counter or at a table. LOVE THIS PLACE!
San Jose Classic. I've tried many dishes at Original Joe's from the Joe's Special to the hamburger. Everything is excellent and the service is great!
Don't waste your time. Nothing particularly bad about the place--just nothing very good either. Steak was OK but overcooked. And WAY overpriced. Entire waitstaff seemed smug. There are plenty of better places to go in SJ area.
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