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About 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.

96 South First Street
San Jose, CA 95113
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Greek, Mediterranean

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

Cross Street:
San Fernando

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(408) 279-4225

Website:
http://nemeagreektaverna.com/

Entertainment:
Fridays and Saturday there will be live Greek music.

Parking Details:
Nemea validates for San Jose City owned parking lot across San Fernando.

Public Transit:
Major transit accesible.

Executive Chef:
Sanra Martinez

Additional:
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

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (23)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Good for a Date (15)
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Good for Anniversaries (13)
Romantic (13)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Special Occasion (12)
Authentic (11)
Business Meals (11)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Healthy (10)
Fun (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Cozy (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Casual (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Live Music (5)
Great for Lunch (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Tapas (4)
Notable Wine List (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Great Beer (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Seasonal (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Vegan (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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·Dined 6 days ago

Nemea is my treat to myself every time I'm in San Jose. The food is stellar, the cocktails are lovely and the wait staff is wonderful. Thank you for a lovely dinner.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Paleo Friendly, Cozy, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Business Meals
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·Dined on January 10, 2018

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!

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Excellent creative dishes. Good selection of starters. We made a meal of multiple starters. Good bar, cocktails and selection of top shelf whiskey. Great place for a date & conversation.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We had the flaming cheese, it was SOOO GOOOOOOD.... everything we had was really good. I have been to Greece a few times and I have to say this food was very good. If you like Greek Food and you are in San Jose, I totally recommend this place.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Everything went well for dinner, but the problem came when I got home. The waitress gave me the wrong doggie bag and I didn't want to eat my friend's entree, so I had no leftovers to enjoy. Had I known that I would have lowered the tip.

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Tapas, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

We had superb meals, with servings that were very generous. Nemea is quite generous as well when you order wine by the glass. The restaurant is very, very loud when crowded, however.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2017

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Fun
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·Dined on December 14, 2017

We were a party of 7 for dinner at Nemea. We had a large variety of food choices. The favorites on the table were the riblets and calamari. I would love to dine here again

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

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.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 9, 2017

All in all a good experience...music was a little loud but I like live music and it’s so hard to find in San Jose...either way good choice

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Anniversary dinnner was great!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 7, 2017

All the food was really good, tastefully seasoned, nice presentation, lamb, veggies, fish, beef, the best octopus I’ve ever had-soft, supple & tender. The only disappointment was the Baklava, but the chocolate cake made up for it. Nice wine selection too.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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.

Tags: People Watching, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Awesome Greek food perfect before our show at the Silicon Valley Symphony

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Although the food was delicious, the portions were ridiculously large for one person. Every dish we ordered could have been shared by at least two people, possibly three, including the side dishes, soup and salad.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Very nice modern interior design, a lot of space & air, Greece style in wall painting and cuisine. Greece vine. One feature only need to make Nevea the best is live Greece music. Not only in Friday.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Groups, Healthy
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

great food start to finish. Highlights: Grilled octopus; scallop risotto , BAM

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Romantic, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

meatballs were a bit dry, wine was very good. sorry didn't chose it so not sure the name.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We have eaten here before and enjoyed it It is a wonderful Restaurant with great food. The service that night was less than good, but would definitely eat there again because of the yummy food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

The live music was atrocious. It was impossible to have a conversation. Waitress forgot 3 times our order. Food was good though.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Tapas, Good for Groups, Live Music, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Special Occasion, Vegan, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We had lamb shank, moussaka and butternut squash ravioli, all very tasty and generous portions! The Greek white wine flight was not quite worth the price tag, but we loved everything else including service and ambiance.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Nemea is outstanding - have been from the day they opened. Highly recommend for business or pleasure (or meeting the new in-laws).

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Average food. Lamb Chops were above average quality, but over priced at $44. Desserts were below average in taste and overpriced.

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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Really terrific place! Great cocktails, service, food. Waiter went out of his way for us. Delicious Greek food! Nice that you can get lots of small plates if you prefer.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Healthy, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

I am a huge Mediterranean food fan and Nemea exceeded expectations. Every dish was amazing! The ambiance is beautiful and relaxing. We went for our anniversary and it was a perfect venue. Definitely recommend it!

Tags: Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

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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·Dined on October 15, 2017

A great downtown location and terrific Greek cuisine

Tags: Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Delightful upscale Greek restaurant. The service was great and the food was delicious. They have a great bar (if you want an actual drink). Save room for dessert, their dessert menu is creative and to die for.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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