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Nemea Greek Taverna

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96 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113-2406
+1 408-279-4225
17:00 - 23:00
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Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Wed 11:00 - 22:00
Thu - Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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San Jose, California
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229 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Located in downtown San Jose is a most enjoyable Greek restaurants...and one we visit as often as possible. What makes this restaurant different, in my opinion, is the quality and presentation of the food...innovative and refreshing Greek favorites with a dramatic presentation that always solicits a favorable reaction. Favorites include the Moussaka, the Kotopoulo Souvlas (oven roasted chicken with Greek... More 

Thank HikingLee
Reno, Nevada
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89 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It all started a few years ago when we found Nemea and discovered their grilled octopus. Then it was their lamb chops and pork chops and you name it each dish was fabulous. Last night we had the honor of being served by Chad who is amazing in his own right, knowledgeable and has amazing attention to detail. Trust Chad... More 

Thank Robert S
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86 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Let me state: I LOVE Greek food. I eat it everywhere I travel. Imagine my surprise that the absolute best I've found is in San Jose. My recommendation is for the lamb, which is cooked to perfection and well seasoned. I also fell in love with the eggplant dip, which was not exactly a baba ghanouj (no tahini). I will... More 

Thank JennyAGoGo
1 review
Reviewed 18 March 2017

amazing place. I really nice and well presented restaurant - good ambiance. The server was very experience and know the food well. Overall it's a good experience for greek restaurant

Thank Fadi F
Shoreline, Washington
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743 reviews
411 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017

They have great flavor here first of all. We went on a Wednesday night and glad I made a reservation. The restaurant was pretty busy. It is a comfortable dining room with a good layout (tables not too close, booths, bar area). It has an extensive wine menu, had Greek red wine flight and liked to get the variety of... More 

Thank KweqSmanit
Indianapolis, Indiana
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

I visited this place a couple of times last month. I've tried different options from the menu and everything tasted very good, but my two favorites are the moussaka entree and the octopus in the appetizer section. All personnel was very friendly, even though the place was full both times, they never forget to smile, give the best attention possible... More 

Thank ADuran75
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101 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2017

There are so many items and best way to eat here is to share your dishes so you can taste more items. Lamb meatballs and braised octopus were my favorite. Good selection of greek wines, great service, and great atmosphere for dinner with friends or business. Will be back here again.

Thank ACJai
Northern California
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34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

I have been here several times, usually bringing out of town business guests. The food is consistently good. By far the highlight is the variety of small plates available. I have learned that rather then ordering entrees, by ordering a variety of the small plates for the table you get to taste the best of the restaurant - and it... More 

Thank RichieLee
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

Lamb. Uhmazing. Lamb shank. So tender. Lamb chops. HUGE. Lamb souvlaki. Sooo amazing. Get here. For lunch. For dinner. Get here. Absolutely no excuse! Be here. Lamb. Lamb. Lamb. Don't miss it. Lamb. Lamb.

Thank Peter F
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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271 reviews
219 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2016

Visited for a business lunch, nicely greeted, seated quickly and met quickly by the wait staff. Good variety of choices. Partner and I chose the Moussaka (large portion and very good) and the Chicken Gyro with veggie side. (very tasty). Food was served promptly and we were both very satisfied.

Thank MarkV709

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$40
Mediterranean, Greek, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 96 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113-2406
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: +1 408-279-4225

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?