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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.
San Jose, CA 95113
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
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Fridays and Saturday there will be live Greek music.
Nemea validates for San Jose City owned parking lot across San Fernando.
Major transit accesible.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Nemea Ratings and Reviews
It just didn't come together like I expected last night and I'm pretty disappointed. The hostess knew it was my birthday but didn't tell the wait staff. I don't need free dessert but maybe a little extra presentation would have been nice. The waiter was nice and he performed satisfactory, but didn't check in quickly enough after our food was brought out. He also messed up our order so the mains were ready before we were even half way done with the starter. Wait staff didn't explain the food at all when they brought it out. One sauce was very spicy (a warning would be nice), and there were things on our plate that weren't listed in the menu so I had to flag down someone to ask what it even was. The restaurant was not busy; they were not understaffed.
The food was hit and miss. My husband liked his lamb. I liked the tzatziki and flourless chocolate cake. We had to send back the soggy fries. The fried eggplant was underseasoned. The tomatoes in the Greek salad were bland, but it is January. The beignets were too chewy through and through. I wish the waiter had asked me if I wanted a second glass of sparkling wine, because at least that was good!
We loved the greek food, I had an octopus salad, loved it, my wife had the lamb chops, best she ever had and she is greek. The appetizers were great as were the wines, the sommelier-in-training was very helpful. Wonderful experience on Christmas eve and my wife's birthday. We will do this again next year.
The saganaki was limp, the lemon soup was too salty and the moussaka was very potato. I was very upset when they brought a big bowl of soup for both of us and then did not even serve it. They took it away and poured it into individual bowls and brought it back to table. I had asked for a ladle but they did not have them. The waitress gave some excuse that they did not split. Very unprofessional. I guess I am still looking for a good Greek restaurant like I had in Chicago. Definitely not this one.
Worse Open table experience ever. This was our 12th Open table reservation this year. The restaurant had half it's tables open but they were clearly interested in getting us out of the place asap. The waitress was quick to want to get our orders and after that we never saw her again except when she bought us the check. The two glasses of Greek Syrah were very good, but our appetizer and salad arrived together, with the Spanakopita cold, and we were not halfway done with our Octapodi Salad (which was good) when our main courses arrived, bought to the table by a server. Never got offered another glass of wine which I was ready for. We had to bus our places in order to move on to main courses, Greek Chicken and Grilled Tuna, but everything was cold. These were not inexpensive mains and with little to no service we returned our mains basically untouched and asked for our check--that took ten minutes . None came to talk to us and we got a luke warm "so sorry" from the waitress. This place looked very nice and we were very disappointed. Look elsewhere if you go to San Jose, we think we'll stick to San Francisco and the East Bay for our dining.
I don't think they know how to handle large parties...
Unfortunately, our group of 10 (with reservation) came in the same time as another group of 26 from another party. The result was entrees that arrived 90+ minutes after we sat down for dinner and entrees that were of uneven temperature... parts of the dish were cold or lukewarm on some meals. And while every one else received their meal, one entree for our table was missing at the end... not sure what happened there, but she got it a few minutes later. This guest also likes champagne drinks, but sadly they were out of champagne so one (or two?) of their featured drinks were unavailable. We thought two hours would be plenty of time for a nice dinner before a show, but it wasn't enough, and two of the guests left without getting their meals so they could hold spots in line for the rest of the group (the restaurant kindly packaged them to go, and the guests that stayed behind brought these meals).
The restaurant (or our server?) kindly comp'd a couple of the drinks and we have celebrated some nice meals there in the past, but they really let us down this time and it will be difficult to return here with a larger group.
We arrived after the Sharks game started and had a reservation. We will were seated quickly close to their private room which is fairly open. There was a bachelorette's party in the room and they were a bit loud. The couple at the table next to us asked to be re-seated away from the noise.
The appetizer we ordered was 15 minutes late but the manager acknowledged the delay and brought a different appetizer and comp’d both appetizers. Everything else went according to plan except the waitress forgot my wife's 2nd glass of wine after we finally got the meals. It was a bit chaotic even though not crowded. Service was rated well given the concessions.
Pros: Accommodating and attentive wait staff. Brussel sprout+date appetizer was great and we loved our Greek white wine. Cons: Veggies on my main entree were served lukewarm and chicken was cooked well but I felt was underseasoned.
My date loved her plate of scallops (win!) but I worry about the consistency of the kitchen as she easily could have ordered the same entree and had the same temp+seasoning issues.
My daughter and I had a reservation for 6 PM on a Saturday night. We chose an early time hoping we would get served faster. Boy were we wrong. Dinner lasted two and a half hours, making us late to a concert. And when the dishes finally came we only enjoyed one of them. They need to improve their service and quality of food. It was very expensive and a big disappointment. We won’t be going back.
I am not sure where the disconnect was, but we received the wrong appetizer, and then one person got their soup, then after a very long wait everyone else received their soups and salads along with their main entrées all at the same time. We didn’t know if we should eat our soup and salad and later entrée get cold or take the entrée home and eat our salads and soups. Overall very disappointing.
My butternut squash soup was delicious! I wish the brussel sprouts would have been roasted- they were soggy. Service was ok. Pleasant lighting. I liked being able to watch the street and people watch. Loud, vocal music was obnoxious- please play instrumental/acoustic music.
My colleague and I had a delicious dinner, sharing a seasonal butternut squash salad and Octopus for our first courses. The portions were large and we were so full that we ate only a little of the Moussaka for our main course. The waiter seemed very knowledgeable about wines, and I liked the Santonrini Savignon Blanc he recommended.
The only down side was the noise from the band nearby. I liked their traditional, Greek music, but it was very difficult to talk after they started.
Food was not great. I really expected more. What beautiful restaurant but the Sea Bass was over cooked. Steak did’t have a lot of flavor. Chocolate lava cake overdone and had a weird texture. However, the House wine was fantastic. I bought a whole bottle to take home. Overall, I would only return for the wine, bread and cheese. I’m not sold on the dinners.
Nice environment, clean. Service was very good. Food was disappointing. Ordered the chicken kabobs (souvlaki) which came with rice. There were 4 small pieces of chicken 3 very thin pieces of onion and 3 pieces of thin zucchini. The rice was wet and sour tasking. Same dish at any number of greek or Iranian restaurants in SJ area have 2 or 3X the amount of chicken and vegetables. Would not go back to Nemea.
This was our first visit here. Our meal was great, and we plan to return. All of our dishes were well prepared, although there were some we preferred more than others. My husband ordered the lamb chops, and I stared jealously at them throughout the meal. It was by far the most delicious item we ordered. We also got the Brussels sprouts, which were stewed in a sweet (from dates) and garlicky sauce- not our personal favorite, but still delicious. Our daughter ordered the traditional lemon chicken soup. It was presented beautifully, but thinner than expected. She didn't care for it. My entree was the scallops with risotto. It was very good, although only came with 3 medium-size scallops. It didn't compare to my husband's 3 massive, double cut lamb chops at a comparable price. We also ordered the white and red Greek wine flights, and loved them all. The food was consistently good. We would go back for the lamb chops for sure, as well as a few other interesting sounding items.
TL;DT - Beautiful / romantic atmosphere. Good service. Decent food, but overpriced for what you get. Do NOT get the spanicopita.
Came on a night w live music which I was initially excited about. However, despite sitting all the way at the opposite side of the room, it was far too loud to catch up with my family/friends which was the reason for dinner.
The spanicopita (sp?), a classic Mediterranean dish and menu staple, wasn't actually spanicopita - baaaarrrely any spinach/feta filling at all - just filo dough bites.
The octopus was decent as were the lamb riblets and musaka (note: served in a French onion shop dish), but I've had better at other restaurants.
When I ordered another round of beer for myself after the server asked if I wanted another, the server brought me the same beer, but in a smaller glass than the pint glass I had originally gotten... without my specifying or her asking if I wanted a smaller beer.
Even though I ended up having the most ridiculous (in a bad way) date in my life, the waiter was patient, helpful, professional with the service and communication. The food was great, although not cheap for sure, fairky priced given the quality and ambience. I wish I had had more opportunity to try more of it. Will be back for sure.
My entree had no seasoning (salt, lemon, oregano...) The roasted potatoes had no seasoning, tasted like bad fries. I was expecting Greek food, not midwestern food.
If I want Greek food, I’ll go somewhere else.
The desserts were my least favorite. Not authentic, but if the general public likes non-Greek food, then it makes sense.
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