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Paolo's - San Jose
Paolo's - San Jose

Paolo's - San Jose Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.paolos.com
  • Phone: (408) 294-2558
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday through Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
    Dinner: Monday - 5:00pm - 8:30pm
    Dinner: Tuesday through Saturday - 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Happy Hour in Paolo's Bar: Monday through Friday -4:30pm - 7:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Comfort Food, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Executive Chef: Carolyn Allen-Samavarchian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Paolo's offers off-site catering to its clients with custom menus suited to your specific social or business entertaining needs.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Paolo's has several private rooms suited for social gatherings and corporate events - from birthdays and rehearsal dinners to company entertaining and business presentations. Paolo's private dining rooms are also the ideal setting for intimate wedding receptions. Contact info@paolos.com for more information about Paolo's private rooms and special events menus and services.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Woz Way
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Paolo's validates parking for all its patrons in the (on-site) River Park garage at the corner of West San Carlos Street & Woz Way.
A word from Paolo's - San Jose
Certainly, other fine San Jose restaurants have opened in recent years, but none have defined that great Italian dinner for generation after generation as well as the one launched by Giacchino Paolo Aiello, better known as Jack Allen, and his wife, Geraldine. Only a scant few have that indefinable quality the Italians call il cuore - heart - exemplified by Paolo’s.
Since 1958 Paolo’s has remained a favorite of Silicon Valley locals and visitors alike. Second-generation Carolyn (Aiello) Allen, maintains her family’s commitment to their Italian heritage through the unique art and traditions of regional Italian inspired cuisine.
Maitre d’/Sommelier, Jalil Samavarchian, maintains a spectacular wine list and directs a knowledgeable and professional staff in this dramatic setting overlooking beautiful Guadalupe River Park. Their commitment to excellence and warm and inviting hospitality makes Paolo’s style as fashionable and contemporary today as it was fifty-five years ago.
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "Excellent food and ambience for a quiet evening meal on a Monday"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "This is attached to an office building, so when we came out of the parking lot, we totally missed the restaurant entrance. We called and were immediately rescued. We enjoyed every part of our dinner. The appetizer selection is varied, as are the main course options. Three of us all made different choices - pasta, osso buco and pork chop for the main course - all were terrific. Our server was attentive and extremely pleasant, even offering a late taste of a cab that finished off our dining experience. Will definitely go again. It really is a hidden gem."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We loved Paolo's Fine Italian Food Dinner. It's fine dining in SJ, and there isn't that much great food in SJ. Paolo's is located next to the SJ Center for the Performing Arts, so what better place to dine after the show. And Paolo's sets their schedule to accommodate the fans. Really everything was prepared to perfection. The shrimp appetizer is great, but maybe they should add a couple more large shrimp. The salads are terrific. The home made paste with red meat sauce is perfect. And of course the osso buco and sea bass are perfectly prepared. Overall, this has been a great restaurant and continues to impress."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "There's a great waiter called Sean there. The food is excellent. It gets a bit busy before a show next door so I would go after it starts on show nights."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "dined with customers from italy for thought cena[the dinner meal] shall be sufficient like the 2 times gone before. unfortunately, we did not enjoy very much. just another place in u.s.a. trying to cook italiano food. first off, there were 4 of us. 1 of the 2 appetizers we had ordered seemed it was a 5$usd cuts/cheese plate. so little. the pastas were overcooked. a dish ordered was a pasta with zafferelle that by which had lack of zafferelle. rather, tasted like a typical chicken pasta for those who have never left u.s.a. another had marinara sauce that seemed to come out of a discount grocery store bottle. the ossobucco tasted as though a 5 year old playing with his food play do. perhaps, there is a new chef and/or kitchen helpers."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The food is good, and the service was excellent. It is so convenient to the theater and parking is easy."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The menu has a lot of options and the pasta dishes we had were perfectly prepared with the right balance of flavors. The restaurant is quite large and the bar area looks like a great place to enjoy as well. We'll definitely be back."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "This is a great spot for dinner before a show. Validated parking, a quick walk to the theatre, excellent service and good food! Perfect and convenient!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I have never been disappointed dining at Paolo's. On this particular night we were attending a show at the San Jose Performing Arts Center and we never felt rushed to get to the show on time. The food was prepared so well and the service was timely and attentive to any need we had. I would also recommend that if you should arrive early for dinner you should have a cocktail in the bar and enjoy the friendly banter and great jokes told by the bar staff as it will put you in a great mood if you are not already there."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Since my daughter and I were attending Broadway San Jose, we chose Paolo's for the convenience of the garage and proximity to the performance venue. However, we both felt that our fish was overcooked and the wine tasted vinegary on that particular night. The entire meal seemed a bit pricey as well. On previous visits to this restaurant the food has been well cooked. The service is dependably good."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Came with a larger group and we all had a great time. Food and service was wonderful!!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "me and my girlfriend went on a date on Monday @7 and there was no one in the restaurant. we had the whole place to ourselves. they placed nice romantic music and food was great. they have tons of wine from different places"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We took advantage of the Dining Downtown promotion and enjoyed an excellent three course meal last Friday evening. The service was excellent and our dinners were well-prepared and presented. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "My wife and I are always looking for great Italian places, and Paolo's is now on our list of best Italian places in San Jose. The food and the service were both excellent. The decor is very nice and clean, with a nice courtyard view of the Guadalupe Creek, but it felt more like a place for a great business dinner, or a large party, rather than a nice romantic dinner for two, but this did not detract from the experience. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a great Italian meal."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Went here for drinks. Bartender was especially attentive to our needs. Very nice restaurant."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Recently visited the place. Surprised to see gratuity at 20% flat for just 4 members. Is that normal? "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "We made a reservation before we went to the theater. We heard it was super convenient but we were sorely disappointed. It must've been our server's 1st night. She brought us champagne glasses for pinot grigio, they brought us our meals before our salads, she brought us our dessert while we were already eating our dessert. Even more disappointing was that I asked to speak with the manager and he came by but didn't introduce himself and did not address the poor service. Once we realized that he was the manager, my husband tried to be nice and say "it seems a little disjointed tonight" and he responded "no, it is going ok." We definitely won't be returning for the rest of our shows for the summer."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "We gave our son a grad luncheon at Paolo's. The food was fabulous, as always. The service impeccable - accommodating even our youngest guest. We requested a private area to celebrate and a referral for a bakery that delivered to their restaurant. We were not disappointed. Paolo's made our special event truly memorable and exceeded all our expectations. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The food was good. The service was just off. It seemed like they were short. All worked out, they were gracious. The location was perfect to park once and go to an event next door. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Loved our experience, food was great, service was spectacular and the ballet prim fixe meal was great. However we were seated in full view of the kitchen door even though there were many many open tables available and we made a reservation early on. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Wonderful food and service. Our waiter flower was exceptional. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Excellent Venue for food and Elegant style and customer courtesy and home friendly relax decoration complimentary parking"
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "After all these years, finally tried Paolo's. Was pleased overall. No issues. Food was prepared well, tasty and priced as expected. We Really enjoyed the Calamari appetizer. It was so fresh and tasty with a lovely garlic seasoning. The veggies served with the steak were a bit heavy on the to, It smells of ornanges, I don't recall the name. Will be happy to come back another time and try other things. "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "The restaurant was not crowded, probably due to it being a Monday and the fact that nothing was going on at the CPA. We were greeted immediately, seated immediately, and enjoyed a wonderful meal. Two of us had the halibut special, which was exquisite, and one had the veal shanks, which was reportedly also fabulous. And they split a salad for us, vs. giving us the salad and an extra plate. Very gracious service throughout, without feeling rushed. The wine selection by the glass was very comprehensive; I enjoyed the chianti. They asked when we arrived if we had a time limit, which we did, but we never felt rushed. Will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "Great place to talk without being surrounded by annoying noise. Wonderful for romantic dinner. The food was good, but neither outstanding nor innovative. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "If you want a fabulous dining experience, look no further than Paolo's. Whether you're longing for a quiet, romantic spot for two or a great place to impress clients, or simply wanting to enjoy the best Italian food with world-class service, you've got to go to Paolo's. My favorites: the fresh halibut, amazing osso bucco, and linguine and clams. Yummy!!!!"
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "My wife and I were looking for a nice, quiet, romantic place for our first date night since our 5-month old was born, and Paolo's fit the bill perfectly. The service was attentive but not intrusive, and the restaurant was quiet with a very nice ambiance. The wine list was extensive and featured very good wines at every price range (we settled on a bottle of Renwood's Fiddletown Zinfandel for $40 and were very pleased with it). The food was delicious -- I had the veal saltimbocca and my wife had the orrecchiette pasta dish, and both were very, very tasty (esp. the orrecchiette!). The desserts were fantastic as well -- the bombolino (a lemon-creme filled donut), and the coconut/macadamia/orange panna cotta were both delicious and original."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "From the moment we walked in we felt welcome and got an extremely comfortable booth. Then the food was on point, a handmade pasta with a braised lamb. Talk about spoiling yourself! Yum! The prices were extremely fair for the quality of food. It's a definite must go!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I'm honestly confused as to why this place is rated so highly, and who exactly are the patrons that find the food here pleasing. I included a comment that it was for a birthday meal and while we received a warm welcome (they thought we were for a party in the adjacent bar area, we were not - no harm done) and attentive, very polite service, the food itself was just bad. There was not even a birthday wish or any acknowledgement but our waiter did note that it was our first time there, so he must have seen that on the reservation. I'm a stickler for attention to detail, so that was disappointing. All in all, the service was great but the temperature, flavor, and portions of food were just not good. The only saving grace was the warm donut."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The meal and service were both superb! Very attentive and accommodating staff."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We went in a large group of 10, and shared parts of our meals. Everything was delicious and perfectly cooked. I especially liked the calamari and the dense chocolate with caramel dessert. What a great place for foodies!!! Will definitely return."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "This past weekend was my first time at Paolo's for my 26th birthday. The service was amazing everything was perfect and the food was phenomenal I can't wait to go back for another special occasion."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Foods were excellent, and I will recommend this place to my friends."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Ordered the fried calamari for appetizer and special- halibut with asparagus. Coating was excellent on the calamari- mayo sauce is not my preference but still tasty. Excellent fish and vegetable."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Chef Carolyn Allen-Samavarchian runs a tight kitchen that executes her food vision consistently every time we dine here. Here is the ideal family special occasion place if your family spans generations. This time we split the Grigliata Di Funghi Alla Toscana (super tasty mushroom app), my wife had the Pollo Alla Tripiano (featuring a wicked smooth polenta) and I had the fish of the day which I think was a sea bass and was cooked so nicely i did not care what it's name was! The bread here is a life sustaining necessity. A great place to celebrate my birthday!"
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Good location. Validated parking. Professional servers. Grouper, fish of the day, was delicious."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We enjoyed a variety of authentic Italian dishes served properly together and hot. Paolo's has a superior wine list and extensive dessert menu. They were also helpfu in securing a post meal taxi. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Me and my wife wanted to have a romantic dinner. It was the night before valentine's day and was an early dinner so we could catch a show afterwards. We decided on Paolo's after reading the reviews. Only one other couple was dining at the time, which was a little awkward. But, we were there on what is probably a very slow night so I'll give them a pass on that. I have no complaints about the food or service, both were very good. The homemade pasta is definitely the highlight and the sauces we tried were unique and flavorful. The wine list is extensive. The one downside was the atmosphere was pretty standard. Not what you'd expect given the upscale prices."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "We were looking for a place to have a nice slow evening with drinks and dinner and Paolo's surpassed expectations. Love their Wine flight with 5 pours. We enjoyed the wine through the evening with our five courses and it made for a really relaxing experience. Our waiter, Sean, knew how to pace things perfectly as well as when to check on us and when to give us space. Veal Saltimbocca was prepared and presented well, with complex flavors. (All the other times I've had this dish it had sage, for some reason they used rosemary - but it was still good)."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "We happened to be there before a Cher concert or something like that and had to wait for a table, ignored at the bar, and the food was not at it's best. The good news is the service was outstanding. Our hostess when a got our drinks for us and the waiter was also great!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014