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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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4.1

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.1

ambience

4.2

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (18)
Good for Groups (17)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
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Special Occasion (14)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Romantic (14)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Business Meals (12)
Authentic (11)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Casual (9)
Fun (8)
Healthy (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Cozy (5)
Live Music (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Great for Lunch (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Tapas (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Seasonal (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 10, 2017

The amateur service we received might have been overlooked if the food had been amazing. It wasn't. I know this place touts modern Greek, but I think they need to start with the basics. And, the prices are out of line with what is on the plate.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Volume is perfect for Japanese stomach
It would be good if Greek vine is available with decanter

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 6, 2017

We went for dinner. Had lamb chops. They are great. The appetizers are ok. Good service. Will go back for the lamb chops.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Love love love the Greek food-it's elegant, interesting AND most importantly DELICIOUS!!
We've taken different friends there 3 times in the last two months. Love this place! So nice to have a new impressive place in downtown San Jose!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Love the food and decor. Live music is nice but loud.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Fabulous food. Great atmosphere with the live musicians. Customers dancing. Celebrating a birthday was so much fun. The manager was exceptionally attentive. The food was incredible. Accommodated dietary needs such as gluten-free, vegetarian, dairy free. Definitely an amazing experience!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Authentic, Live Music, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Paleo Friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy
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·Dined on July 29, 2017

Ordered Greek red wine sampler. Also Ordered saganaki cheese for appetizer. Flamed it 20 feet from the table. Set it down without wine, without Pita bread. Wine showed up After we finished appetizer. Drank wine while waiting for octapodi salad. Finished wine while eating salad which was tasty. Ordered 2 glasses of wine. Dinner shows up. Lamb souvlaki was very good. Would have been better with wine. Wine showed up at the end of the meal. But we chanced it. Ordered nemea special dessert with Greek coffee and with sherry. Sherry showed up, but you guessed it... coffee showed up after dessert.

Wine goes with the meal. Not after.
Coffee goes with the dessert. Not after.

Total bill was $160. Paid it and left. Used to love this place. But I expect at least a little more attention to detail at $80 per person.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on July 29, 2017

We were in San Jose for a conference and enjoyed our first meal at Nemea so much that we went back again 2 nights later! All the food was great but we can particularly recommend the crispy calamari, the octopus, the lamb medallions and the moussaka (which is huge). Great cocktails and we chose Greek red wine - they offer a flight of 3 red or white wines if you want to try a few.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 28, 2017

The food had some really interesting flavors but never seemed to fully hit the mark. First bites were often impressive but then second and third bites seemed to change to 'odd' or to 'overwhelming'. We ordered a chicken dish and a fish dish, both of which were somewhat overcooked. The side dishes were the highlights - but with the issues as described above. Best part of the meal? We had a flaming cheese appetizer that produced both a good show, and great flavor. On the whole, lots of promise that never seemed to quite deliver.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Business Meals
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 23, 2017

The food was amazing, we had octopus appetizer, lamb riblets, tzatziki and the Greek salad. Don't miss the homemade Baklava for dessert

Tags: Healthy, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 23, 2017

It's been our second time in Nemea, we were really impressed first time so we looked forward to eat there again. It was good, but not great- lamb was too fatty and lacking taste ( balsamic reduction would be really complementing) and whole sea bass didn't have that fresh feel as before. It was a bit disappointing. I would like food quality to be more consistent.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 21, 2017

We went here pre theatre. We sat down and right away noticed the appetizer plate was dirty. We were seated at a tiny table by the window that seemed to slant downhill. The waiter was nice. The busboy brought the bread basket quickly and gave us oil, and about 1 drop of vinegar in the oil but did not leave the vinegar. We had to ask 2 more times for more vinegar. We ordered the Brussel Sprouts with date appetizer and the stuffed mushrooms. Both were delicious. Save the mushroom sauce so you can add it to your bland entrees. We ordered the scallops entree and the risotto. Both were not worth the price and very bland. The scallops came with 3 overcooked scallops for 34.00 and rice mixed with a few mushrooms and smothered in yogurt sauce. The combo of flavors was horrible. The asparagus risotto was bland with almost no flavor and the rice grains were huge and not creamy. Bottom line , skip entrees and go for happy hour appetizers only or it's a huge ripoff.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 15, 2017

We've been there several times and have never been disappointed. Great food, lovely setting.

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 14, 2017

We came for the Dine Downtown SJ Prix Fix menu and were pleasantly surprised with the sheer amount of food we received. A full 5-course meal with FULL SIZE entrees! It was so much food we took a few courses home for lunch the following day. Our server was attentive and professional and took very good care of us. The turkish coffee at the end of the meal tasted burnt and grainy, but the rest of the food was amazing - especially the desserts! One of my favorite restaurants downtown, I will definitely come back again.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Excellent service and food! Lively but not noisy which we enjoyed. Would go again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Food was delicious. We came at lunch and there were very few other tables there, but our service was painfully slow (just to order drinks or a side of tzatziki). I don't know why everything took so long. They also seemed to be out of half the beers on the menu.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Very nice octopus salad and ice tea for lunch! Very quiet at lunch time, usually a little noisier at night. Service was attentive, and friendly, but wanted to do things his way.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Love their lamb chops and filet of beef. I went for the first time during restaurant week and they have a great deal as well.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Finally went to Nemea on a prix fix special night and now thinking "Why did we wait so long?!" Starting with the service this place is top notch. Our server, Chad, was calm, attentive and confident in his recommendations. Began with cocktails which were excellent. Assuming most people are not familiar with Greek wines they offer both red and white wine fights which we ordered with our meals. (Excellent wines BTW) Then the food started to come and was it ever delicious and more than enough. The highlight was the calamari appetizer and the lamb rib chops dinner. Can not recommend it highly enough.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 6, 2017

I had eaten here before at the bar, this time it was date. Everything was very good, service and food the only I would say is I had the bass and it was a bit dry.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 6, 2017

dining was a great experience, Authentic Greek tasting food, quality was amazing and service was outstanding. Would recommend dining here.

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Our waiter was great...the food was very good. The only thing was
that there were 3 people in our group that ordered the scallop entree.
I think it was around 30 plus dollars...they got 3 scallops ..which was kind of ridiculous.
I would go there for drinks and appetizers..not dinner.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Food is amazing. Service was very friendly!
My husband and I love this place!!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 29, 2017

I really enjoyed the service. When my group asked for recommendations, we were given very detailed descriptions of what was recommended.

Tags: Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Sadness. This is not Kokari, nowhere near. Don't be misled.

I'll give it three stars for relatively attentive service and decent avogo lemono soup. We were seated promptly for our 7:45 reservation (although they reported us as a no show to Open Table). We quickly ordered apps and cocktails and entrees at the same time. Apps came after awhile. Then after a long wait, they tried to give us the same apps again. Bad sign. We declined. Around 9:00, we inquired when we might see entrees. The server said she'd ask the manager, and returned with an "about 5 minutes". It was, but by then closer to 9:30. Almost two hours in after a long day at the convention center.

The moussaka was well seasoned, but horribly overcooked. The eggplant and potatoes were undetectable mush, the bechamel burned to a crisp, leaving you with a one-dimensional giant bowl of lamb burger and mush, with burned bits on top. The husband's scallops and risotto dish had three small salty scallops and a soupy pile of undercooked rice with a few bits of slimy spinach and canned mushrooms stirred in. No way did it resemble risotto. The tab was well over $100 bucks for 2 people, with one cocktail each and one glass of mediocre wine. Watch out for those cocktails with no price listed...

Yes, they had a couple of large tables, but it was nowhere near full. Just woefully unprepared. Probably won't be back, certainly never with business associates.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 22, 2017

We had a party of 6 on a Thursday night so there were no crowds and seating was immediate, even with our party straggling in. Service was attentive but not rushed. Overall, the food was very good even though the risotto dish was a bit bland. We will definitely go back again.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Great authentic Greek food with friendly staff and a nice atmosphere. My Greek family will continue to come back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 16, 2017

2nd visit to Nemea - both for special SCU occasions. Best lamb I have ever had on both visits. Dining area is a little noisy, but it was a Friday night, so to be expected. Very nice service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Stopped by on a recommendation to check this place out. It is in the old "E&O Trading" restaurant location. The place shows well and the service, hospitality was outstanding (the Mgr and Chef even came to our table to meet us).

The Mousaka was out of this world delicious...the best we've ever had. Highly recommend.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Wonderful meal---both entrees. Meat was cooked to perfection and sauces were perfectly seasoned. Wonderful selection of beets topped with sliced sirloin was the Special of the Day and I would highly recommend it. Rice pudding for dessert was interesting but a bit too sweet.

Decor is a bit shabby with torn leather on booth seats and dirty windows facing street.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Great food. The best octopus salad I've had in my life. Friendly service and overall very satisfied.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 6, 2017

Dinner and service was good. Presentation was only ok. The dessert was good but the Presentation of the dessert was down right bad. My guest commented that the dish was "ugly".

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Saturday night pre-concert dinner for two. We had four starters and one entrée: stuffed mushrooms, lamb riblet, octapodi, brussels sprouts, and pan-seared Ahi. The octapodi were succulent and cooked in a garlic jus that had just the right amount of seasoning; very delicious. The stuffed mushrooms could work as a main dish with some other veg or a salad: they are very rich with their feta filling and creamy sauce, for which I needed the bread to soak up every last drop, it was so good. The brussels sprouts were good, but I prefer them without liquid, so I'd probably not order them again. Lamb riblets cooked to perfection on a bed of lettuce. The ahi was delicate and accompanied by couscous and grilled veg - my mistake for eating too much of the mushrooms, as I left the eggplant mainly uneaten, not because it wasn't good, because it was too much. The squash were perfect, with the smokey flavor of the grill. Accompanied by a flight of the Greek red wines, it was a perfect meal. No room for dessert.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 30, 2017

Appetizers were all amazing. I'm not Greek myself, but I'm from Southern Europe and I have an idea of Mediterranean flavors. Stuffed mushrooms were tender and flatbread was very well thought through.

Mains were also good, but less so than appetizers. My main (chicken with cauliflower) was much bigger than my friends' mains (which was not great in itself) and it did not impress me. Chicken was perfectly cooked though, still very juicy, but all the pink was gone. My friends liked the salmon and the bass a lot.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Love this place. I go every time I am in San Jose. It's become a custom.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Excellent Food. You must have the Octopus, calamari, fried cheese. Entrees Lamb Chop the best ever had. The whole fish was delish, scallops, risotto were all fabulous. I highly recommend this restaurant for anyone looking for phenomenal Greek cuisine

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 24, 2017

Pros:
Food was fresh, tasted great, and most of the food was seasoned to perfection.
Service was friendly
Open atmosphere
I will be back for sure!

Cons:
Rack of lamb was a bit too salty
Our server seemed a little awkward, but still was nice

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Cozy, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 24, 2017

The atmosphere is very nice, but the service was very slow. The food was okay, not spectacular. It was a good place for a business lunch.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 23, 2017

The fish was fantastic and it was authentic Greek fare.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Healthy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 17, 2017

Great gourmet Greek food. Lots of small plates great for sharing. Nice bright atmosphere. Try to come here every time I am in SJ.

Tags: Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Fun, Quick Bite, Authentic, Tapas
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