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Nemea Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://nemeagreektaverna.com
  • Phone: (408) 279-4225
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: M-F 11:00am-2:30pm
    Dinner: Su 4:00-10:00pm; M-W 5:00pm-10:00pm; Th-Sa 5:00pm-11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Greek, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Luis Moreno
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Fridays and Saturday there will be live Greek music.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: San Fernando
  • Public Transit: Major transit accesible.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Nemea validates for San Jose City owned parking lot across San Fernando.
A word from Nemea
Hercules defeated the Nemean lion and then probably enjoyed an excellent glass (or amphora) of Nemean wine. Nemea is a noted wine & food capitol of Pelopennese in southern Greece. Our food is influenced primarily by the flavors of the Pelopennese with accents from all of Greece. We boast an amazing wine list with many great wines from Greece, the Mediterranean and around the world. Come in and let our mixologists make you a craft cocktail or enjoy a well made classic martini as you enjoy the best Greek food in San Jose! We look forward to serving you.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Nemea is my favorite downtown spot with consistent great food and excellent service. Whether we go for a quiet dinner or with friends we are always more than satisfied with this gem."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Waiter was great. His voice was heard through pretty high level of background noise. Friendly. Descriptive. Tended us nicely. Our best dish was salmon with lentils. Fries were warm, not hot. Food pretty salty. Riblets mostly fatty. Hard to find recommended underground parking entrance."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "The food was so good, dessert was AMAZING, and service was outstanding."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "2nd visit to Nemea Restaurant. The lemon egg soup was very good but my pork chop (with bacon) was dry and over-cooked. The flatbread was very good. I was going to order the rib-eye steak but considering how the pork chop was cooked, I am glad I did not. To have a $46.00 rib-eye steak not cooked properly would have been a shame."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "This is a super cool venue downtown San Jose. The food is authentic and really, really good. (Worth the calories!) And the staff here is incredible. It's not often a hostess stands out, but Nemea's was amazing- Kayley was very sweet and accommodating. Our server, Tomas, was wonderful, too. He was patient with the 10 million vegetarian questions I had and made some excellent suggestions."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "If you are looking for a great dinner spot in Down Town San Jose, this is the place. Great food nice location. There is outside dinning but limited setting. The noise level does get high so talking will be a challenge. Good wine selection and a GREAT menu."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The food was great! We had lamb ribs and grilled octopus for appetizers and both were amazing! The octopus was delicious and tender! The main courses were also great! Everyone was licking their fingers. The only negative comment I can make is that our waiter was not very attentive... Our whole group said they'd love to go back to Namea.."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Having to travel to Los Gatos or Palo Alto for some of the best Greek food in the past has often limited our travels, but Nemea fills the void in San Jose. Great atmosphere and our Server (Amelia) was excellent. Only concern was the meal was accompanying servers were too regimented. One basket of bread (had to ask three times for more) and similar experience for other requests from them. While out main waitress was awesome, she was hindered by her support team. As for the food, excellent from the small plates (we tried many of them) to the entrees. The finale with baklava and various other treats was a great way to wrap it up. Great time and can only improve over time."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Good food & great service. Wish there were more vegetarian Entrees"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Our party of 6 was seated in a quiet, semi-private area which was lovely. The appetizers and drinks were tasty and fun and everyone loved their entre."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I have been to Nemea a few times. Every time I have tried something new and it keeps getting better. The staff is amazing. i would say the best in the Bay Area. Nemea is a place I could dine all the time but prefer to save it for special occasions and special friends."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I came to Nemea for dinner with my husband and my brother-in-law (who happens to be diabetic). Our waiter, John, was incredibly accommodating in finding a dish that would work for my brother-in-law without skimping on flavor. The brussel sprouts starter was fantastic and packed with flavor. The sea bass is so well cooked and seasoned, that I nearly ordered one to go."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Very good service. Downtown San Jose location with 15 min walk to sap arena."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Always very tasty and delicious items on the menu. The service is slow at times, but the wait is worth it."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "The food was fantastic. I love Greek and for a fancier Greek meal I have always gone to Dio Deka in Los Gatos. Nemea Greek Tavern is of the same caliber in terms of food. The service at Nemea is good, but Dio Deka might be just a little stronger in that area. But then again you pay a bit more for that service at Dio Deka. I will definitely go back to Nemea."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The entrees were very good but the prices were quite high (e.g., many entrees over $30). The portions were quite large, but I would have preferred smaller portions for less money (or perhaps half-order options?). The saganaki appetizer we shared was very good, as was the Nemea dessert sampler. I had the "Mediterranean bass" (branzino) and was glad our very good waiter offered to have the kitchen cut off the head and tail before the whole fish was served. The fish was moist and tender with nice spicing. The potato wedges with it were good but the spinach was a bit odd. My friends enjoyed their meals (porkchops, moussaka). We all took home leftovers. But the live Greek music was so loud that it was almost impossible to talk or relax."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "This was my 6th time to dine at Nemea. Each time the food has been delicious and the service has been excellent. The ambiance is great enhanced by the trio that plays and sings during dinner. I have made it a place to take my out of town guests to give them a great impression of San Jose."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The food was outstanding with each and every course a different taste treat, Service right on. Décor warm and inviting."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The food is really the star here. Probably downtown's nicest restaurant!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "I thought this was such find! Absolutely great food and some of the best service I've had in downtown San Jose. I wish I could remember the server's name. When my mom comes to visit I am definitely taking her here."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I read reviews about bad service and mediocre food but that certainly was not our experience. The service was excellent. Food was interesting and there was plenty of it when we ordered off the appetizer menu. We also enjoyed the recommended octopus salad. I didn't think it was any more expensive than most of the others down town. We will go back again."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "After our waiter took our order, we hardly saw him again. One component of my dinner was totally missing and I had to flag down someone other than our waiter to complain. I ordered ice tea from the waiter which never came and I had to order it again from someone else. The overall experience was not worth the inflated price."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Service was very good and the food was exceptional. We ordered the Octopodi salad, meatball appetizer and lamb sandwhich. Everything came out very promptly shortly after ordering. The octopus salad was very good - grilled well and done just right. Not chewy at all with great flavor. I didn't eat much of the lamb sandwhich but it wasn't bad. The best dish was the meatball appetizer. Exceptionally well cooked with the perfect crispy char on the outside and tender while moist in the inside. Flavor was superb and I wish they had it as a main dish. Would definitely come back for dinner as the other menu items sound good as well. So nice to see some good upscale restaurants come to Downtown that has excellent food."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Have been to Nemea before and enjoyed ourselves. Thought this would be a great idea to invite four friends. First, there was an overly complicated issue with our table. They wanted to sit our party of six at at table big enough for 12-15, instead of pushing two smaller tables together, which they ultimately did. Next, our server was just bad. Took more than 20 minutes for the first drink order to come back. Can't tell you how long it took to order. At one point, one of us ordered some wine. After who knows how long, she asked about her "cab". Ever later, the server informs us that her cab is waiting outside. Yes, he ordered a taxi, but still no wine! I can't make this up. Poor service the entire night."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "My wife and I came here for our fifth anniversary. We had the best time! The food was perfect, and we ordered a lot of it! The saganaki transported me back to Greece! The service was also outstanding. Our server was extremely friendly, and helped make our dining experience a good time. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Started with the Brussels sprouts it was nicely done and presented a new and innovative dish. I also shared the braised octopus with my friend after the server persuaded us to try. He never came to ask how it was, it was OK. Main course was the organic salmon I asked the server to make sure it is not over cooked (I told him seared will be fine) he never came to see that the fish was over cooked. Last for dessert I was told that the semolina custard is the best dessert and if I did not love it, I will not have to pay for it. After two bites I did not continue and when our waiter arrived and noticed that most of the dish was left he asked me how I liked it , I told him I did not like it - then he asked me if I wanted to take it home."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "I ordered the lamb chops and was very happy with my choice. The meat was tender and very tasty. My husband ordered the salmon which was a disappointment. The fish was overcooked. It was served on a huge bed of lentils which were barely cooked. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Nemea continues to have some of the best food and service in downtown San Jose, and one of the best in the south bay area. Excellent choices that are authentic. They apparently make their pita bread for the appetizer sampler from scratch. which is evident since it melts in your mouth. That's just one of the many reasons this is restaurant is a favorite."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Nemea has a good selection on the menu. There were five of us for dinner and we all selected a different entree. Everyone enjoyed their meal. The scallop dinner, there were only three scallops for almost $30. We thought everything was overpriced actually. The dining room was very loud with only being half full of people on a Saturday night. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Please try this restaurant! it's very good!!! you will in joy the food and entertainment, as well the waiter."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We picked Nemea to celebrate my son's graduation from SJSU and could not have chosen better! We had a party of 9 and three generations at the table - and big smiles on everyone's faces. The food is incredible, Octopus appetizer is a must to have item! Wine and cocktails list is very interesting as well. But more of all - it's the service I want to commend on. We requested Jon as our waiter for a reason - he is very personable and sincere in his service and extremely attentive. When they ran out of chilled bottles of wine we were ordering, he offered us a more expensive bottle of similar wine for the same price, rather than making us wait 10 more minutes. Definitely recommend!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We have been searching for a good restaurant for our pre-theater trips to San Jose, and in Nemea we think we've found one that we'll return to often. We enjoyed sharing the flaming cheese and the octopus appetizer, and the lamb chops (3 were perfectly adequate for the 2 of us). We tried a dessert that featured a lovely pistachio ice cream, we shared a flight of wine (to taste 3 Greek reds), and we left happy and wanting to return."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "The grilled octopus was perfectly prepared and quite tender. The avgolemono soup was luscious, as was the galactoboureko (phyllo filled with semolina custard). The lamb chops were also very good. The tiger prawns were good, but not particularly interesting. Service was quick which was important to us since we were having a pre-symphony dinner. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Two of us had a dinner of five appetizers, wine and desert. The grilled octopus was excellent, as we're the shrimp, Greek salad and ringlets. Gotta try the Greek beignets too. First time there and will definitely be back. Also, great value."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Some of the best service combined with an unique and delectable menu. Been there twice and could not be more pleased."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "My wife and I were looking to try a new restaurant for our anniversary. We have been to many of the nice places in the area, but really wanted to be blown away by a fresh menu and excellent service. A close friend suggested Nemea as he has been there several times already. I am so thankful we tried it out. The service was attentive and gave clear descriptions of the food and wines helping us to decide among all of the delicious looking options. The quality of the ingredients used was clearly prime. We both ordered dishes with lamb. I have been eating lamb for years and I can tell you this lamb was perfect! The sides were also yummy and the dessert was just the right size and sweetness to end the evening. Thank you Nemea!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Second time here. Each dish is unique in flavor and texture. The spanakopita is perfection, as is the octopus. Service is truly with a smile, available yet we had privacy to discuss the play we had just viewed at the San Jose Rep."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "If you are a lover of lamb, Nemea is a MUST. The food here is fantastic.......and not just the lamb. We brought my father to Nemea for his birthday and everything was superb. He loves lamb and was raving about his meal. I tried something new and had the sea bass. Delicious! We tried several appetizers and a couple of desserts as well. Thumbs up for every course. Don't pass on the beignets! We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "New Greek/Mediterranean food restaurant in the old PF Changs location in downtown San Jose. Many large tables, good for groups. Not so good for couples whose servers get lost within large parties. Food takes awhile since the restaurant caters to large groups. Food was good - not great. We had the tiger shrimp and lemon soup as apps and the mahi-mahi and double cut pork chop as mains. Lemon broth was tasty but the chicken seemed under cooked and there was very little rice. Mahi mahi was fishy - enough said. Pork chop was good though - pistachios on top with ok mashed potatoes. If you have a large business party and you want the ambiance - go here. If you want a nice couples night out - go somewhere else."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "We loved Nemea. Gave eaten there several times and every time we love it ever time"
    Dined on 5/3/2014