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Nemea

4.3
865 reviews
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$30 and under
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Greek
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  • Good for Groups
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Greek, Mediterranean
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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
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Phone number
(408) 279-4225
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Sanra Martinez
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
San Fernando
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Parking details
Nemea validates for San Jose City owned parking lot across San Fernando.
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Public transit
Major transit accesible.
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Entertainment
Fridays and Saturday there will be live Greek music.
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
What 865 People Are Saying
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4.3  based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.3
service
4.3
ambience
3.8
value
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BelenC 
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Good service and good customer service I will recommend this restaurant

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vipjamie (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Had a wonderful evening. Jessica, our server, was attentive and helpful. My husband ordered the Octapodi Salata and really enjoyed it. I had the Kotopoulo Souvlas and enjoyed each element (and mixing the elements). We had the Lukoumathes (Beignets) for dessert -- light and very tasty. Had a really pleasant evening, after catching some of the San Jose Jazz Winterfest at the San Jose Museum of Art - great combination of culture!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Delicious food. All the appetizers were good and my main lamb dish was amazing. The wine paired well. However the cost can easily add up and the final bill could surprise you.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Food was problematic

Riblets came burnt and we sent back and they came back ok.

Entree was undercooked(pink) when we requested well done so we sent back the entree. They were saying they would put it in the oven for 15 minutes. When it came back, it was the same(pink) and not even hot. Clearly, it was never put in the oven.

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Anna (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Nine of our close friends had a group Valentines dinner and thoroughly enjoyed the extensive pre-fixe menu, fabulous food and Greek wines, exceptional service, and the ambience of their open wine cellar room.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine's Day dinner reservations today, we have been to this restaurant several times but not since they changed chefs. It was a price fixed menu, The meals started good , we had a 4 dips each unique and flavorful with 4 warm pieces of flat bread. Followed by your choice of two appetizers we chose the grilled octopus which was tender and delicious our second was the zucchini cakes they were bland and definitely could've used some salt. Next dish was the lemon soup and a salad both nice dishes, entrée was the beef filet nicely cooked with aside of greens & potatoes. My entree was chicken Slouvaki with orzo, & greens, total disappointment 3 tiny pieces of chicken two pieces of grilled onion & one piece of zucchini, the orzo pasta had one note balsamic just vinegar, to top it off the dish was lukewarm. Not what you expect for the price. I mentioned this to the waitress and she replied I'll tell the manager. Dessert was good and service was attentive. Not sure it's worth a trip back based on value and quality.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

This was our first time to Nemea. The food was fresh and healthy. Very enjoyable experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

I have never written a restaurant review before, but I was so dissatisfied with our entire experience from the food, to the service and the spoiled meat. Even without the meat that was spoiled, I would not return. The evening was so ruined that the manager rightly comped us our entire dinner minus drinks. Our waitress was fine, but avoid our table once she realized our meals were ruined.
There was 4 of us dining and first one of our appetizers was forgotten and when it arrived it was burned and dry. The servers never returned to refill our waters or drinks. 3 of the meals arrived and then things became unbearable. Our 4th dinner was delayed and we had to keep flagging down staff for help. After 25 minutes, the 3 meals were cold and the 4th arrived. It was a double cut pork chop that was absolutely rancid. All of us could smell the spoiled meat. Our 3 fish dishes were dried out on top of mushy vegetables and instead of risotto with scallops they gave us rice.
We again had to flag down anybody, send the rancid dinner back and wait for a manager and did not offer drinks. We had to wait for more water and some bread for our friend who did not get a meal. The manager was conciliatory. Our goal was a nice evening and this restaurant is expensive. Having out dinners comped was the right thing to do, but did not make up for the food and service.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent food, wine. Risotto and scallops were our main dishes with octopi for appetizer, all were very good.

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ColleenR (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

very tasty , great flavors ! recommend the prawns & burnt cheese

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vipBarbaraF (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Nemea is a favorite downtown San Jose dinner spot. The flavors and quality of the food are consistent. Service is top notch. We especially dine here before the theatre or concert. Staff is most accommodating about time. Everything delicious.

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MaryAnnSF (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Overall, the experience at Nemea was positive. The food was good, the menu choices were good, and the ambiance was comfortable. However, the service was kind of all over the place. One gal took our drink order and then someone else took our food order. Appetizer arrived and about halfway through the appetizer, I flagged down our waitress and asked, if the drinks were coming soon. She said, "you didn't order drinks, did you?" And she checked here notes. Then she checked an electronic device and said, "Oh yes, you did. My sister took that order". And she went off to retrieve the drinks. Also, someone at our table asked for red pepper flakes that didn't show up. But then asked a runner for them and they did show up. Again, the food was good, but the service was definitely bumpy.

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Maribet (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

This was our first time there and it was great! The food and service was excellent. Our server was attentive to details and very good. Would definitely return to try some of the other entries.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

My wife and I ordered one appetizer, a salad, and an entree. The spanakopita was doughy and a little undercooked with an oily pile of mixed greens in the center. The octopus salad was better, but only in terms of the grilled octopus which was tender and delicious. The salad it came with was flavorless and drenched in oil, and begging for acid desperately.
The chicken souvlaki was rubbery and kind of charred. The service was not bad, but the wait was a little long...

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vipnealw (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

The best meal we have had at Nemea since it opened. They must have a new chef.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 9, 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!

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Brian01 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 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.

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vipkmac (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 6, 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.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 29, 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.

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