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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
  • Email: info@paolos.com
  • Phone: (408) 294-2558
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • 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 (corkage fee applies), Private Room, 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.

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 years ago.Continued
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "we went here because we were downtown for a show - the menu is tired and due for an upgrade. many dishes seemed old school - now i know why it was easy to get a reservation. Not bad - just not great considering the price and competition"
    Dined on 11/21/2013
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Foods were excellent, and I will recommend this place to my friends."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 went to Paola's for the anniversary of our engagement. They knew ahead of time and everyone that served us from the maitre de to our waiter greeted us with a Happy Anniversary, including the owner! We felt very special. The food was delicious and wine pairing by our waiter perfect. The service was paced so that we could really enjoy ourselves without feeling rushed. Thank you, Paolas for making our anniversary special."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "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
  • "Paolo's exceeded our expectations. My FIL treated us to this marvellous restaurant when he visited with his partner last November. Everything was perfect. The serving and kitchen accommodated my FIL's substitution requests graciously. During our last course, the host and our server were kind enough to offer each of us a generous pour of port on the house. Paolo's made our intimate family dinner a special occasion. Grazie."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "We had a confirmed reservation from Open Table but when we got to the restaurant they couldn't find our reservation. We were seated at a nice table any way."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "All employees are very courteous most definitely they are well trained by their manager who is so great. I love their food and the ambiance as well. Great place to dine."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "We went there as a group holiday luncheon. The food and service were excellant."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "This weekend we had a special Saturday; with the latest Cirque du Soleil show, then dinner at Paolo's. It was everything we could want. Our table was ready when we arrived, wine, appetizers, entrees and dessert were all excellent. Thanks for making our night!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Food was excellent, service (provided by "Flower") was charming, funny and attentive!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Truly one of the best resturants in the Bay Area. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "You have to walk through the garage...then through the lobby out toward the river and then turn right to get to the front door of Paolo's (if you drove to get there). It is well worth the effort. They make you feel right at home...starting with a unique house cocktail...can't tell you all the ingredients but it was delicious and fun to drink something new. Then, we moved to the dining room where we started with an antipasti tray and then some calamari...both were great. Oh, and the soup of the day was butternut squash, it was highly recommend by our server and we all ordered it. Not a drop was left in anyone's bowl. My entrée was the duck it was delicious, too. Crisp on the outside, tender on the inside in a slightly sweet sauce."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "I organized an event at Paolo's for my company but was not able to attend it. Everyone at work was very happy with the food and the service so my co-worker and I went to check the place out. I made a reservation through OpenTable and made a note to the restaurant since my co-worker has diet restrictions and it was her birthday. It was a pleasant surprise for both of us that they actually read my comments and did their best to accommodate us. In addition they treated us with the desert. Food was very good: we had a soup, signature spinach salad and fried calamari. Sorbet and coconut panna cotta were excellent! Our server Flower was warm and very professional."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "Had a great night with my partner and two good friends. I like how easy it is to get to Paolo's, the validated parking, the thoroughly enjoyable menu and superb service. Cocktails are expertly fashioned and served. The duck pate appetizer is a favorite too. Looking forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We had a great Friday night meal. We arrived at 6:30 and there were just a few other tables seated. Service was very good without being overbearing. Both meals were great, as were the salads. It is a little pricey for a regular visit, but for a special occasion in San Jose it is a great place."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Dinner was excellent. The restaurant is next to the Performing arts Center in San jose and gets very busy when there are performances. The arencini (rice balls) are great as is their Caesar salad"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "After a go-around at Christmas at the Park our family (all eight of us -Grandparents to Grandkids) eat here. The waiter was extremely helpful. Whatever I asked for I got, even more so. It really made our weekend. Thanks Paolo's."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Grew up on San Jose and lived near near by. Lot as good memories in his location. River near."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "We enjoyed our visit to Paolo's . The service was excellent and the food was just right for us. We were going from this restaurant to a nearby production of "Nutcracker" and it all worked very nicely. We will be back to Paolo's."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Took my wife here for some Italian cuisine. The menu has an interesting mix of traditional Italian fare (a few from their original 1958 menu), and some more modern selections. The presentation of the food was nice with an appropriate amount served. The quality didn't meet my expectations, however. Some friends had raved about the quality of the food, but as far as flair goes, I didn't find it raised to a higher level as they indicated. My wife had the Saltimbocca, and you could taste poetry seasoning in the gravy. I ordered the flatiron steak medium rare. It was barely medium. The service was great. Our waitress was attentive and courteous. She was very busy: they could have used an additional server for the number of patrons dining."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "I held my company's annual Christmas dinner at Paolo's the other night. Never having been there, I hoped it would be a good choice. The restaurant is beautiful inside, the food was delicious (pasta hand made in house!), and the servers were *wonderful*. A couple of people were quite late in arriving, and the staff was gracious to hold our table for us, and to let us remain in the bar until everyone arrived."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "shrimp dish was extremely salty. No one warned me husband liked his duck I don't remember what I had for an entre, which says a lot. House salad was excellent Chocolate Desert was rich. but not too tasty I don't know if I would recommend it to a friend"
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "Our visit to Paolo's was a mixed bag, our server, Flower, was delightful. Very engaging, helpful and witty. Our dinner on the whole was quite good, couldn't wait to have the twisted sesame bread again and the wine recommended by our server was great. The entrees were satisfactory, but not great. All in all we enjoyed ourselves, but from past visits, expected more."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Excellent service, but a bit too leisurely. Food was great."
    Dined on 12/4/2013
  • "Found Paolo's by accident, looking through Open Table. And what a happy accident it was! The service was among the top 5 restaurants I have ever eaten at. The food was easily among the top 5 restaurants I have ever enjoyed as well. By the end of the night we were on a first name basis with our server, Shawn, I had cried tears of joy from one of the dishes, and we had met the owner. It was an amazing experience! I would highly recommend this to anyone! A great place for a date night, nice dinner after work or the movies. The staff is so attentive and warm. They made us feel relaxed and at home. It was the best kind of dinner - a 2 hour experience of culinary delight!"
    Dined on 11/26/2013
  • "All the people there at the restaurant made it a wonderful evening and it was only the first 2 hours of the evening"
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "I organized a team dinner for 14 people 2 days in advance. Paolo's was very accomidating, we got a great table and had an excellent server. Highly recommend for any business dinners."
    Dined on 11/21/2013
  • "The service was excellent; the waiter was friendly, helpful, and attentive. The food was delicious; we began with the salad di campo, which was light and enjoyed the thin slices of pear, persimmon, and pomegranate in it; had the halibut with creamy mashed potatoes and string beans, and could not resist the tiramisu for dessert. The atmosphere lent itself to private conversation in a pleasant environment."
    Dined on 11/23/2013