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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

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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)
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Sunday Lunch (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 7 days ago

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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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.

Tags: Casual
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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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We arrived for an early pre-show dinner, our first time here. Found the atmosphere very pleasing to the eye and to the ear. Most restaurants are small, dark and noisy, this was just the opposite. It was open to the street, first and San Fernando, bustling activity outside, but nice and pleasant inside. The waitress was a little slow to begin with, but once our other couple arrived she was on the ball. We loved the olive oil and balsamic dipping sauce with the great bread. The simplest things were the best, bread, olive oil and balsamic. Each couple ordered a salad to share and they were both awesome, Horiatiki and the watermelon and greens salad, so good. My main dish was mediocre, the Mousaka, was not like the traditional Mousaka, had too much ground beef and very little eggplant. Should have listened to the waitress who recommended the pastitsio. Hubby had Ribeye steak, it was good, but a little underdone. beers and wine were good and desserts were both very tasty. Would go again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Evvia of the south bay - that good. Appetizers to entree to desert. I had spectacular lamb....Wife great fish (black cod)...

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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Exceptional food. We had a "tapas" like meal of appetizers and it was unreal. We may go back tomorrow!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

The four of us made a meal of small plates before a play at the SJ Stage Co. The grilled octopus was as tender and tasty as always, and the watermelon and feta salad was a huge hit. The lamb riblets were very tasty, but we missed their old lamb chop appetizers. The fried smelt reminded my twin brother and me of Aegina in Greece. The only disappointment was the brussel sprouts due to an unnecessary and soggy sauce; these would be far better if simply grilled or roasted with lemon. Combined with their lovely craft cocktails plus Mythos beer and a nice Syrah, Nemea didn't disappoint.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

The service was terrible! Our group's drinks came out at different times, and so did our food. Two people in our party ordered the same drink and the drinks came out looking and tasting differently. The waitress blamed the new barman! We had to wait 10 minutes for one person's food to arrive while the rest were getting cold! Customer service is a lost art in this place and I would not recommend this restaurant.

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·Dined on September 22, 2017

The server was very nice to let me try the wine by the glass before I ordered a whole glass.

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Searched all around for a Greek restaurant that checked all the boxes and decided to try Nemea. The food was fantastic, and the service was great. The restaurant is well-lit (I find most places too dark), and shockingly easy to get a reservation. They seemed to have trouble filling the place on a Friday night, but I can't seem to see why. The only problem we had was that the live music was too loud. It made it hard to carry on a conversation.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Food is fabulous as usual. It is indeed my favorite restaurant in San Jose. The only thing I don't appreciate is the volume of live music: it's hard to have a good conversation when the band is there! I will avoid those evenings and go when it's quiter.

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Live Music, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

My opera group has visited Nemea several times. We always choose the small plates which makes it fun to share dishes.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 8, 2017

I took a colleague here for lunch to celebrate her work anniversary. It's a beautiful restaurant with easy nearby parking ($6). Unfortunately I was disappointed with the food. Ordered lamb sandwich that turned out to be tough, gamey and underseasoned. Thankfully my colleague liked her ahi tuna sandwich. Wished I'd ordered that!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Prices were a little expensive. The Spaginaki flaming cheese--good presentation to table--but the size was VERY small even for an appetizer portion. The prices were a little hight--$34 for 4 small pieces of land tenderloin --expected more meat. The curtains were peeling from sun damage. But in general the restaurant looked very nice, bar area looked eclectic. Service was good and allowed us to make changes for things we wanted. The food tasted really good. But the cost/value for what you got didn't match.

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·Dined on August 26, 2017

This restaurant was a fabulous choice for our Friday night get-together with friends. The food was delicious, the grilled octopus appetizer was cooked perfectly, I would say that it's one of the best preparations of octopus I have ever had. The rest of the appetizers and entrees were delicious including the desserts. The Executive Chef Sandra Martinez is really friendly and involved and makes her rounds and gets to know you. She is very personable with a vibrant personality. The services is fabulous from the General Manager to the busboys everyone were very helpful and pleasant. With a really lovely atmosphere and outstanding food and service, this is the best Greek restaurant I have ever been to! I cant wait for my next return to Nemea! Enjoy!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Love the service! Great flavor for Greek and great live music!

Tags: Good for a Date, Live Music, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Bar Seating, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 25, 2017

I had high expectations as this a highly-rated restaurant, but was underwhelmed by the food, especially the Horiatiki (classic Greek salad), which didn't have enough dressing, and Tzatziki, which didn't seem garlicky enough. The Spanakopita, Plevrakia (lamb riblets) and Octapodi Salata were fine. Our server was pleasant. Overall, Nemea was ok, but I'm not sure I'd go again.

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·Dined on August 24, 2017

Food quality has really declined. Had mousaka it was dry and burned. Saganaki was like 1/3 of its usual size. This used to be a #1 spot, it is not any more

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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Excellent food quality as always but seems entrees prices were adjusted up lately; only a few entrees left under $30. Unfortunately they accommodate large groups and when that happens noise is unbearable with the bar and kitchen backing up. We needed to wait 40 minutes for our entrees, so ordering some appetizers is sometimes required to handle the wait. The Solomos and Mousaka were delicious.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on August 19, 2017

My experience was absolutely terrible!!! From the moment we walked in, they said they didn't have a table. I told them that we had a reservation thru open table and they questioned me when did I make after they saw that indeed I had reservation. They had us sit at the bar and wait for a table. Our reservations were for 8:15. At 8:30 I checked again noticing that there were several open tables. The receptionists apologized that he forgot about us and sat us at our table. We ordered. I asked 4 times about our appetizer and they kept telling us that they forgot about it and we're going to check on it. Their manager was beyond rude, by the way. Should not be managing a restaurant. The food was good. That is about their only saving grace: their food. If you are expecting service, do not go to this restaurant!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 17, 2017

I wouldn't recommend this restaurant to anybody because the food there was terrible.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2017

The octopus at Nemea is the best I've had anywhere and my son and I have tried octopus all over the world. The kitchen is top flight and the wait staff is outstanding.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Excellent food. Dolmathes, all the spreads with pita bread, mushrooms, lamb meatballs, flatbread with pesto, zucchini cakes all were excellent. The cranberry Bellini was good - not too sweet. The Greek yoghurt with honey was excellent too. Service was so so. My friends drink cane 20 minutes after ours which is ridiculous. We were all waiting to start our time together. Other than that - good experience. They did not have enough validation cards for the lot across the street which they really should have if they want business

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Fun
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