Original Joe's San Jose

Restaurants , American Restaurant , Italian Restaurant

Known as a staple for San Jose residences this classy and classic rat-pack-style diner, featuring tuxedo-clad waiters is one of a kind. From the homemade chicken soup to the Veal Scaloppini, Sinatra would be right at home. O.J.'s isperfect for lunch and late night eats.


Original Joe's has been a San Jose staple for over half a century. In restaurant years, that's almost an eternity. After a three-month closure for remodeling, OJ's reopened boasting completely new bathrooms, tables, booths and décor, along with three 47-inch flat-panel HDTVs in the upstairs bar. Original Joe's is a popular downtown SJ spot for appetizers and drinks before Sharks games, opera shows and concerts, all of which are easily walkable from the restaurant. Original Joe's kept the open kitchen, so patrons can still watch the chefs work. Drinks are delightfully old-fashioned, with a legendary Manhattan.

Regulars stop in to this San Jose institution to sip classic cocktails, including the bar's famous Manhattan, and catch up with the affable bartenders. Open for over 50 years, Original Joe's has the sort of clubby, old-school atmosphere that's hard to find in newer establishments, but with recent cosmetic updates, this San Jose bar and restaurant is anything but outdated. Popular for drinks and appetizers before Sharks games and concerts, it's easy to slip into a booth at OJ's and let time slip away.

Marie Ann Sole who in 1955 had son Matt followed soon after by Brad. Grandfather, Lou Sr. decided that it was a good idea to open another Original Joe's restaurant for his son and his family. After searching throughout the Bay Area, Lou Sr. settled on San Jose, an up and coming city blessed with great weather and that presented a great opportunity. A perfect space became available in San Jose's bustling downtown where Appleton's Clothing Store for women had just closed its doors.

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301 S 1st Street, San Jose, CA


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