Nemea

Nemea

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://nemeagreektaverna.com/
  • Phone: 4082794225
  • 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: Mediterranean, Greek
  • 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.
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Nemea reviews from OpenTable diners
116 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (66)good for groups (55)special occasion (54)neighborhood gem (37)romantic (27)notable wine list (27)vibrant bar scene (21)hot spot (17)great for lunch (15)great for outdoor dining (6)kid-friendly (4)scenic view (2)late-night find (2)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • The food, service, and wine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    The food, service, and wine was excellent. However, this wonderful restaurant could benefit from rugs or some other form of sound baffle. The ambient noise grew exponentially with the crowd. Nothing painful, but a minor distraction. That said, we are looking forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our second time at Nemea was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/19/2013
    Our second time at Nemea was just as enjoyable as the first. I'm in love with the giant lima beans appetizer. May not sound good, but it is!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Addition to Downtown San Jose
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/18/2013
    Wow! What a wonderful addition to the downtown. With traditional mixed with innovative choices for dishes, this isn't just what you assume Greek food will be. Excellent service, great use of the old E&O space (lovely renovation), and truly fabulous food. We just wished we were home so we could lick the plates. Will be coming back soon and often!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best service that I've ever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/14/2013
    Best service that I've ever received at a restaurant!
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic, great food, friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    Romantic, great food, friendly staff. Trust the recommendations if its your first time with Greek food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place for live music.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    The music, I think they were called The Plaka band was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun Vibrant Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    Great music too. Attentive staff. Enjoyed meal. Great place to go before or after seeing a show or comedy. Were older but younger people go for dinner. Families too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic food! everything
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/12/2013
    Fantastic food! everything from the olive oil, bread, salad, entree and dessert were very good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gray new restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    It's great to see good Greek food in DT SJ. I had their moussaka and it was awesome! We started with tzazki and some calamari.. Everything we ordered was delicious. Desserts looked good but I had no room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Our entrees were delicious
    Careful
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    Our entrees were delicious and fresh. The wine recommendations matched our palates.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyed the food, although
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    Enjoyed the food, although it is too rich for eating very frequently
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    We had an excellent experience overall. Our waiter made a special effort to explain the menu, which can be a bit challenging for folks who are new to Greek cuisine. To top it all off, I accidentally left my iPad on the table and the hostess came running out and caught up with us across the street to return it to me. The whole staff at Nemea showed tremendous care and attention to making sure our experience was the best it could be. We'll definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely space and the service
    LaurahVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    Lovely space and the service was amazing -- everyone went out of their way to be prompt, kind, helpful. Roving manager was clearly watching everything. The food was good to very good. We were underwhelmed by the appetizers: our octopus was a bit dry and chewy -- not bad, just not the best ever. I had the swordfish for my main and it was melt-in-your mouth delicious, the pearl couscous were well-seasoned and very nice, though perhaps just a little soft. Music was nice, and early in the evening (pre-theater) the noise levels were fine.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This place is new and has
    DiningDocsVIP
    Dined on 4/3/2013
    This place is new and has potential. Unfortunately our waiter was extremely pretentious, especially for San Jose. "I am thinking of an imported sparkling water from Greece" is how we started off. A seven minute dissertation on salmon farming was his answer to my question of "What do you mean by organic salmon? Do you mean farmed?" He never said "farm" or yes/no--just talked about free flowing waters and happy salmon. We had an interesting Greek wine at a very good price. Food was decent, if not downright good. There is potential here. I'd recommend that they do the following: (1) Train servers to be professional, not pretentious; (2) cut the imported Greek water as the default choices; (3) put local food, not farmed fish, on the menu.
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  • A new place in San Jose that
    OTPHAVIP
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    A new place in San Jose that provided excellent service and food. We enjoyed everything. Wonderful to see a Greek wine on the list
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We ate dinner there shortly
    Anniversary35VIP
    Dined on 3/29/2013
    We ate dinner there shortly after the restaurant opened. Service was very spotty and the food only fair. The concept seems good, but execution was definitely lacking. I would wait some time to see if they can work the kinks out.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Round two...coming soon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/27/2013
    The bread & olives to begin were elevated by the olive oil poured for dipping. Its crisp, nutty flavor stands out among olive oils I've tasted. We started with the tzatziki and pita I will likely order every time I go back. The calamari appetizer was good, not phenomenal. It was tender and flavorfull but didn't have the crispy texture I personally prefer. The dipping sauce was tasty. My partner had scallops on risotto. The dish was great with presentation and flavor. The scallops bordered on overcooked but fortunately were not. I had the lamb tenderloins which were melt in my mouth tender and very "lamb-y". The potatoes were crisp and good but pretty salty. The rhubarb dessert was a dream come true. We enjoyed trying new to us, Greek wines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I'm so happy nemea opened
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/27/2013
    I'm so happy nemea opened in San Jose. This restaurant brings a new vibe to downtown and great atmospher to the city. Great place for groups and couples. Service and food are excellent I would recommend this to everyone.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We were not happy with the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    We were not happy with the initial table that they tried to seat us at as it was quite close to a very large group table. They were able to seat us at another table which was nice. The food was excellent. We especially liked our waiter, Chad. We needed to be served in a timely manner and Chad made sure that we were not late to the ballet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of the best restaurants
    JimMc
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    One of the best restaurants we have been to in a number of years. Every meal was great. The menu isn't long but we had difficulty choosing all 4 of us had at least two things we wanted to try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find for pre theater
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    Great find for pre theater dining in downtown San Jose.Good food for the price. Had an appetizer and the Moussaka with the combo desert. All were good and we will go back. Hal
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nemea is a great find!
    ArtyVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2013
    Nemea has brought an upscale vibe to downtown San Jose with its wonderful Greek cuisine, live music on Friday nights and thoughtful service. Our server, Jon, was knowledgeable and attentive without hovering. We would recommend the lamb riblets and the Greek lemon soup-delicious! The pork chop and the scallops for an entree are wonderful, as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Definitely one of my new favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/22/2013
    Definitely one of my new favorite places. Everyone is so nice and this place is just special! The music was awesome! Loved it all
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A very good addition to downtown
    ot4jt
    Dined on 3/22/2013
    A very good addition to downtown San Jose dining, in the spot that was E&O Trading Co. Upscale Greek menu in an attractive (but noisy) room.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • New restaurant in down town.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 3/20/2013
    Fresh Fish and meat dishes on menu. We order from appetizers, salad, different dishes and it delicious. I've been back several times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/17/2013
    We went to Nemea to celebrate our anniversary. We were so impressed by the courteousness and attentiveness of the staff, the quality of the food, and the beautiful ambience of the restaurant that we will for sure go back. We had a wonderful time--a great experience!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Opa!
    Grendel2501VIP
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    Solid in every way and a great addition to the Downtown San Jose restaurant scene. I've never been a big Greek food buff but I think I have been converted. They do everything first class here and the crowd is awesome. You have to go at least once.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • From Greek food to Greek cuisine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    Nemea turns Greek food into Greek cuisine. It is not meant as disrespect for the decades of eating with relatives in Greece -- delicious all-around. Nemea is authentic, but adds sophistication and creativity. All without the attitude you may experience in a similar high-end restaurant in Athens -- or perhaps downtown San Francisco, not to name names. The service was simply impeccable, discreet and without overdoing it. Try the avgolemono soup, the fried smelts (deboned!), the grilled octopus and the pastichio -- save room for a very creative galaktobouriko dessert. Please Nemea, change nothing and keep the prices were they are!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food is amazing and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    The food is amazing and the staff is very attentive. Great service
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • We shared a great starter
    Samc
    Dined on 3/14/2013
    We shared a great starter salad with dates - the dressing was fresh and perfect. I had the risotto with wild mushroom - lots of mushrooms, the rice was done perfectly and the lemon/thyme seasoning made it taste fresh and unique. My dining partner had the flatbread with sausage which was also great. Our server knew all the dishes and could describe them accurately. He was great. I will definately be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent new restaurant
    bcolljamesVIP
    Dined on 3/12/2013
    It was Nemea's first week and they did an excellent job of service and food with my group of three women friends. They knew when we wanted service and when not. The food was beautifully displayed and yummy. I loved it when the owner filleted then portioned out the unique fish they offered. They had no problems with us asking for family style dishes. Looking forward to going again. Oh, and the location is perfect for walking from the conference hotels in San Jose.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great new gem in the city
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    We were looking forward to the opening of this restaurant and it exceeded our expectations. It's a great addition to the downtown area offering upscale greek and mediterranean dishes. The fried smelts appetizer was amazing and the entrees were perfect. The service was also excellent and very friendly. I'm sure this restaurant will do very well and I look forward to dining here frequently.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice new Greek place in downtown
    Jjpw
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    Nice new Greek place in downtown SJ. Food was good, service great, decor is good. I'll have to try it again soon, maybe before a Sharks home game.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just open and just what SJ needs!
    J25BorgVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    First visit was great. The food is impressive traditional Greek food. The quality was perfect! Its new with some service pains, but I'm sure everything will work out.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate