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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
This place is actually really good. I frequent Dio Deka and Evvia and I can tell you the food here is comparable. Dio Deka is still my favorite, but this place is real good and worth going to, because each place has some items that are better than others. I got the mousakka this last time and it was the best one I have ever eaten. The ambiance was awesome. Came on Friday night when they had a live band playing. I really enjoyed it and will be back for sure.
This was my second time dining at Nemea's. The first time was last Spring for dinner with some friends. We all had a wonderful experience and would have rated everything good to outstanding. Tuesday, I took two close friends there for lunch. Totally different experience. I have to preface this, with the fact that the waiter was one of the worst wait people I have ever had. He had attitude, acted like he didn't want to wait on us. No personality at all! Forgot to return. Snide comments, acted slovenly. We were celebrating 2 birthdays and had made reservations through your site (several days in advance) and indicated that. We were seated at one of the two remaining tables in the corner near the bar (not anywhere near the main dining area) and nothing was ever said about the birthdays. It was clear that he wanted to go home. I'm actually sorry that I gave him the tip I did. We ordered a plate of Calamari for an appetizer and it was actually quite nice. We all enjoyed that. Also, each table is served a generous portion of nice crusty French bread with olive oil for dipping. We each ordered the Nemea salad which was okay. Two of us ordered white sea bass and it was fair. It was served with mini vegetables such as zucchini and potatoes, but they were so overcooked for their size, they fell apart into mush and it was difficult to discern what vegetable you were even eating, either by taste or looks. I could say more, but I think you get the idea. The big rub was the poor service. However, the quality of the food since last Spring has definitely gone down hill. I would try this restaurant one more time at dinner, in hopes that it will be close to my first experience there.
We first visited Nemea for lunch, and thought the food splendid - lamb meatballs in a tomato and lemon zest sauce were great. At dinner, however, some catastrophe happened, and it took almost 90 minutes for our food to come out. When it did, my risotto was just ordinary, without any Greek flavor as promised on the menu. The waitress made grand promises of reductions to our check, but when we looked at it, she had taken off only the least expensive appetizer. Despite all this, the food at its best was such that we would give the place one more try.
Wonderful evening! Food and service were .exceptional! We had an excellent waiter who just came to the US from Greece two years ago. He guided us through the menu and made suggestions that were perfect for the evening we were hoping for! Can't wait to return!
We feel like we set a pretty high bar for Greek food, descendants of Greek parents and grandparents, and look for details that remind us of the best examples we have had in Greece or here. I think Nemea holds a place in the solid upper tier of Bay Area Greek restaurants, while making it very accessible for anyone. Good staff, decent wine list (nice to see at least one example in most varietals of Greek wines, would like to see more). We will come back - it was surprisingly busy for a mid-week, and any worries I had about the noise went away as it got a little later - we lingered and no-one ever hurried us.
Our children took us out to dinner 2/7 for our 38th wedding anniversary. I chose Nemea since I had had lunch there and wanted to see what it was like for dinner. It was a very positive experience.
Reservations had been made for 5 and we arrived on time.
It was moderately crowded and there was an exciting, dynamic atmosphere. We were shown to our table after about 5 minutes and after a blip about the wine - I was brought a glass rather than the requested bottle - all went quite smoothly.
I had the salmon, others had chicken, pork and lamb and we all agreed that the food was excellent. The server, wine steward and even the water attendant were polite and quite unobtrusive.
We were never rushed and we spent a couple hours enjoying good food, conversation and wine.
It was an evening well spent and we would certainly do that again.
So disappointed. They served my spinach salad using old, wilted and partially decomposed leaves that were stuck together. I grade all kitchen's quality standards by their salads and this failed miserably.
The entree (vegan risotto) was oily and had no flavor, overall.
Went for business meeting, will never go back.
Pretty good Greek food, Evvia-like, with a couple of Nemea's specials. Good lamb chops and other nice lamb dishes (even lamb meatballs), good souflaki. Poor selection of beers (Evvia is a little better with regards to beer selection). My wife did not like the soup and returned it - we were still charged for it. They also added 18% tip for group of 5! Other than that - good service. Nemea is Evvia-like also with regards to price - not cheap. 5 people paid $300 with a few appetizers and a single desert (which included a free candle for my wife's birthday).
But the staff reacted wonderfully and I didn't notice as to how the public reacted. But it was treated with discretion and not with a call to the EMTs which would have caused embarrassment to me and to my guests... I LOVE Nemea as a restaurant and the staff...
This was the first time my husband and I went to the restaurant. We were pleasantly surprised. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. Our server, Amelia was fantastic. She provided her opinion on the various questions we asked her regarding the menu, beer and wine. She hit it out of the ballpark each time.
I had the Sea Bass and my husband had two appetizers(Octopus Salad and Lamb Meatballs). They were both great.
Neither of us have had Greek Beer or Wine, so Amelia recommended both based on what we stated we liked. Fantastic!
It was really great to listen to the Greek Band play in the background.
The food and overall experience was so good that we are going to take our children there very soon to enjoy the experience we had at Nemea. I'm going to request Amelia when I make the reservation.
Went for an early dinner before a show in downtown San Jose. Both service and food were great. Live Greek music was a pleasant addition - it was entertaining but not loud so we could carry on a conversation at the table. Very glad we tried this restaurant. Opa!!
When I made the reservations via Open Table, I noted that we would be coming with a 4 year old and an infant. Thank goodness they paid attention. We were seated in a small alcove which allowed us some privacy and the other diners a bit of quiet. The service was excellent: quick, proficient and informative. The food was very good. The home-made pita was excellent, prompting us to request a second plate. We started with the excellent nemea tower and the feta plate. The beet salad was very good but the ktenia made the meal superb. All in all, an fabulous experience.
A very nice and comfortable place - rich, but not pretentious... The Wait person was knowledgeable. They are open late - we came late and enjoyed ourselves even later and the staff was very considerate.
Food was very good... Starting with the olive sourdough with a very nice olive oil. You should try the octopus - we had the salad - the octopus was as tasty and well prepared as I have ever had it. The waiter recommended lamb, so we tried the Braised Shank - it was done perfectly and was presented very nicely.
Whether you're taking your mom out, having a first date, or showing your partner you can still do something right... this is a great dining experience.
I have been here twice and really enjoyed it both times. Great classic Greek dishes. The size of the restaurant is great, it's large but not overwhelming, and can hold a lot of people without the tables feeling cramped. You can hold a conversation with your party and the neighbors won't hear.
We have been to Nemea several times and had good experiences. This was not one of them. Our server was inattentive. We felt like we were invisible. We were in the restaurant for more than two hours had no drinks and waited for about 45 minutes to order on the front end. I asked twice where our food was, was told our order was just being "plated" but were not served the food for another 10 minutes. Food was good, so the night was not lost. Just a bad night for the server.
Celebrated an anniversary here, letting them know that in the reservation. We were seated promptly at a nice table, and our excellent server, Scott, wished us a "happy anniversary" as soon as he approached us. I had a few dietary restrictions, and he was patient, helpful, and very knowledgeable about the food. Communication between staff seemed like a strong point, contributing to the very good service. Food was overall quite good. The only miss was the Brussels sprouts, something about the capers and dates and too much liquid, not bad but not good. But everything else, which was soup and 4-5 appetizers, was very well-made and delicious. Food arrived quickly, hot and nicely presented. Loved the zucchini cakes. Would definitely return.
This was our 3rd time eating here, so we decided to order small plates this time. Ordered the Marithes Tiganites (fried smelts). Excellent! Our other plates were: Octopodi (charcoal broiled octopus), Kalamarakia (fried calamari), Mapakia (Brussels sprouts), Lahaniko Flatbread (a small pizza with Arugula pesto, with Greek cheeses, tomatoes, olives & oregano). We also had a bottle of Malbec wine. Next time, I would order the same, except probably not the calamari, as two fried small plates are a little too much. I might substitute the lamb meatballs, or even the Spanakopita. We were full, so didn't order desert, but we certainly would have ordered the Baklavas, which are served with fig ice cream. We've had it before, and it's outstanding. A trio of Greek musicians performed during our dinner. They added to an already vibrant atmosphere.
Overall, the food experience was excellent, the service was great, and the atmosphere was energetic. What more could you ask for? A great restaurant, particularly for working couples and foodies on date night.
Four of us joined for a holiday lunch. The restaurant was not at all crowded at 1:30. We waited for several minutes at the front before anyone came to greet or seat us. We were provided a table in the middle of the room with many tables on every side of us that were empty.
There was a long wait until our order was taken an we filled the time with conversation. When the waitress came she felt it necessary to interrupt all the conversation and stood in one place taking our orders instead of coming to each of us and quietly asking what we wanted (so the other could still converse). She then asked us to all pick up our menus and pass them to her. She could have easily come to each of us personally, quietly asked our order, and taken our menu. It was like we were at the Greasy Spoon rather than a nice restaurant. She came back to fill water glasses while we waited for food and again planted herself in one spot and leaned her ample self across the table to fill each glass. The food came and was as good as always, with several of us having lamb sandwiches. The bus boys were attentive and moved around the table quietly clearing properly (mostly from the right) which was appreciated. When the table was cleared we waited a long time to order dessert and finally had to flag down a bus boy to go find our waitress. In short, the lunch service was poor and we were there much longer than we needed to be during our lunch hour.
Owners, of all nice restaurants - When you hire your dining room staff, watch to see the actually know how to and practice being of service, and how to serve and clear properly. Had this been the first visit it would have been the last. Fortunately, the food is good and prior staff service has been better.
The grilled octopus was the best I ever had, not your usual chewy rubbery octopus. We had the lamb tenderloin, the bass and the moussaka. They were all good. The moussaka does not taste like the usual moussaka, more like a shepherd pie. For dessert, we have the film dough pastry with the pistachio ice cream. It has a really long name and it was very good.
Drove pass this place many times while doing errands and finally had a chance to check it out.
Very glad I did.
The location of Nemea is a little sketchy - next to the train line, on the corner across from a parking lot and the back of other buildings ... but once you are in the restaurant, it's a totally different place. Ambiance is amazing.
I reserved a table for 8, and got this table in a semi-private room, lines with wine bottles, and well placed flower arrangement. Very impressed.
There was bread on the table with olive oil and balsamic vinegar for dipping. The different menus were also on the table ... lots of food choices, all of them looked really good.
The Brussels Sprouts dish was very tasty. The Sea Bass dish looked and smelled amazing.
The Moussaka doesn't look like any other moussakas I've seen before. Doesn't taste like a traditional moussaka either (says the person who ordered it)
Also ordered the Pinot Noir flight - 2 of the 3 wines were very good. 1 was bland.
Everyone in my party had a good experience. Will be back to check out the bar.
We went with two other couples - ages 30 -60, vegetarian to "meatarian" and we all had a great time. Loved the white bass and mussels. The lambchops were a hit with the "meat" guy, and the salmon was great for even the vegetarians. Had the flaming cheese along with the pita tasting plate: have to figure out how to make that. .
The table service was great - we took our time and did not feel rushed. Thanks for such a great evening!
We really enjoyed our evening. The restaurant was busy with large groups of guests but we were made to feel very welcome as a couple out for an evening meal. The staff were great and the food was good albeit that my wife's prawn dish could have been better prepared. Occasionally you will get one wrong. I would recommend the restaurant to anyone who is looking for a good reasonably priced night out. Try the wind flights, Napa and Greece come to San Jose.
The pastitsio is served in an individual casserole type dish with a bechamel type sauce covering it. This keeps the heat in but also hides how very, very hot this dish is when served. Not knowing this, my husband badly burned his mouth. I would suggest that the serving person remove this entree from the dish when serving it and also warn whoever is about to eat it to take care.
Very nice treatment of the standards, plus amazing renditions of things you never realized existed in Greek cuisine. In particular the octopus appetizer and lamb shank are amazing. They have specials rolling thru regularly, and it seems that anything flame-broiled is cooked to perfection. Solid wine-by-the-glass menu, as well as some decent bottles.
I was in San Jose on a Monday night and made plans to meet a friend. As I walked up to the restaurant at 5:30, it was empty and I thought, oopps, that doesn't look good.
My friend was almost an hour late and when we left around 9 pm, the restaurant was packed, and for good reason. Menu was amazing, service was good and we had an really wonderful time. Try the greek wines; the waiter took our likes and matched them up well.
Octopus appetizer is excellent-Lamb Shank was very good-chicken soup is great-Zuchini cakes and the tender and nicely seasoned calamari were very delishious-
Service was excellent- the GM made a point to greet all customers, stop by all tables, recommend wines, and also helped expediate our food.
We were on time for our concert, with a great culinary buzz to boot.
I really liked the place and the wine I selected. My husband liked his salmon but I ordered the butter squash risotto and even though I was excited to try it, it was honestly almost uneatable to me. I ate maybe 10% of the plate. Wish I had said something then but i didn't. Maybe if the waiter had asked " how's everything tasting?" but he didn't. Even when he took away my mostly full plate and I said I didn't want a box to take it home. Still he never asked...
I never said anything even though I paid $20 for it :/ ( next time this happens I'll definitely say something).
Not sure I'll come back.
Food was very good. Recommend the lamb chops! The place is big and nicely decorated with large windows. Tables not too close together. Might get a bit noisy if filled. Was not busy the night we were there. Interesting wine and servers were very competent. Would definitely go back.
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