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Nemea

4.2
4.2
1137 Reviews
$31 to $50
Greek

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.

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Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Greek, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (408) 279-4225

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Felipe Sanchez

  • Catering

    Catering menu available on our website

  • Private party facilities

    2 Private Rooms Buyouts Corporate Events Weddings Catering

  • Neighborhood

    San Jose

  • Cross street

    San Fernando

  • Parking details

    Nemea validates for San Jose City owned parking lots. The nearest garage we validate for is located at 280 S Second Street.

  • Public transit

    Major transit accesible.

  • Entertainment

    Fridays and Saturday there will be live Greek music.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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At present, we do not have menu information for this restaurant. Please see their website or wait to visit the restaurant to learn more.

What 1,137 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.2
4.2 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.8Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    It was closed Opentable almost ruined valentines

  2. PC

    PCL1963

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    The place was closed and need to take it off your application the windows were boarded up and there were no signs of life

  3. DO

    DisappointedOpenTable

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Restaurant was closed, Looked like it hadn't been open in more than a year. Why is this listed on available for seating? Please take it off your listing OpenTable.

  4. RM

    RobertaM

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    IT WAS CLOSED ! I am glad I walked by it during the day and saw it was closed so I booked elsewhere.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    IT WAS CLOSED!!!! WHY ACCEPT THE RESERVATION TO A CLOSED RESTAURANT?

  6. CH

    CindyH

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2021

    overall1food2service3ambience4

    Dined here for Mother’s day with family. I was really eSuper long wait for our entrees.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, even better wait staff! He gave us free dessert

  8. DB

    DocBrock

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food, best steak I have had in a long time, good cocktails. Very nice atmosphere; an excellent place to break my pandemic restaurant avoidance.

  9. BL

    BrendaL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and staff will fed GI back again soon!

  10. M

    Marilen

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This place is one of Downtown San Jose gems!

  11. JE

    JEK1

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Beet salad and mousaka were delicious. Service was perfect. Virus precautions were perfect.

  12. SG

    SusannahG

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Attentive staff, quick but not rushed service and great food. Temperature was perfect and music wasn’t too loud... overall a great option though certainly not your cheapest meal. That said serving size is ample and food was great.

  13. GF

    GregoryF

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    overall1food2service1ambience2

    They are completely disorganized. Nobody ever came to our table for the first 30 minutes. When they did get our drink order, it took forever to get a cocktail. Then, when we placed our food order - it came out sparadically. We had to get up to find some napkins and flatware - as they were never brought to the table. Avoid this restaruant at all costs - they had no right to open with all of the flaws.

  14. BC

    BarbaraC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our first visit. A pleasant surprise. We will definitely return.

  15. N

    Ninavin

    London

    8 reviews

    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall1food1service3ambience3

    Very Disappointing. One glass of wine tasted like vinegar but was replaced. We had only just started the Pikilia when the main course was served. The salmon was so dry and served on a base of just a pile of lentils. As we had an opera to go to we did not have time to send it back.

  16. RR

    RobinR

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We used to go to Nemea quite frequently but haven't been there for the last year. I found the food to be smaller portions than before and the flavors more bland. The lemon chicken soup no longer has a lemon tang, and the spanakopita no longer has that tangy spinach taste, and the terramasalata (sp?) has very little flavor at all. I suggest they liven up the kitchen again.

  17. PB

    PapaBear

    Los Angeles

    26 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall2food2service3ambience3

    Sadly, the beautiful setting and pretty fair service are negated by the absolute mediocrity of the food. Two stars was generous; I would not willingly go back. Not disgusting, just prepared without any flair and sort of tasteless.

  18. BC

    BennyC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Super delicious! A little pricy and not big portions but outstanding quality. The bread is on point too. Fancy decor, great service, good ambiance. The cocktails were good! Beef medallions the best I ever had. Pasta with shrimp had depth, layers of flavor. Octopus appetizer scrumptious! Well built Greek menu I could not pronounce but I liked the authenticity. Will definitely go back. Need to try the Greek wine....

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    Opentabler

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    Great food, very kind but not too experienced server. Other servers (than ours) “helping out” and making classic mistakes, such as forgetting the appetizer and taking back our main course, only to set it aside and bring it back cold. The mrg and our server nicely correcting the mistake... still... not as good as the otherwise excellent seabass and mousaka. The prawns appetizer was just ok, but the smoked eggplants was fantastic.

  20. TG

    TonyG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always great service and nice ambiance. My wife and I have been here numerous times over the years and really love the food. We tried a stuffed mushroom in cheese sauce appetizer and it was delicious. My wife loves their beet salad and I love the lamb chops. It was a nice Valentines weekend.

  21. T

    bandT

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall3food4service1ambience3

    We've been to Nemea several times and the food is always good - not great - but good. I would certainly recommend the restaurant based on the food. The service is the problem. It is always hit or miss with service. This last Saturday night at Nemea we were seated promptly and then waited for a server. About 7 minutes later a server came and asked if we wanted to order. We said that we'd like a cocktail first. Cocktails arrived in a timely fashion and then dinner was ordered (mushroom risotto (okay) chicken souvlaki (very good)). Dinner came and then we didn't see our server again (30 minutes). We had a show to go to and we had to flag down a busser to find our server to hurriedly get our bill. Poor service just changes the total feel of a restaurant. They need to improve their service.

  22. KL

    KristenL

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall2food2service2ambience3

    For a Valentine's Day set menu, the food was lacking in so many areas. I think their quality of food and their prices are far out of sync. Disappointed and my waiter was very hasty and unaware of social cues. He took my plates away and I was still trying to finish my food.

  23. n

    noushinm

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall1food2service1ambience1

    Service was really bad and portion too small for 85 dollars a person! Don't go there on special occasions!!

  24. MA

    MandyA

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall2food1service3ambience3

    Very expensive for the quality of the food. Would not go back.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall3food3service5ambience3

    Valentines’ day pris fixe dinner: my husband and I chose memea as we love Greek food! Overall we were disappointed with the quality of the food - 1st course: pita did not appear to be “homemade”, like any other toasted bread, dips were varied and very good. 2nd course: salad nice looking, but not well seasoned and my husband’s phyllo appetizer just ordinary. 3rd course (entree) I chose grilled lamb chops - superb; my husband’s beef and mushroom Shish kebab - beef not tender and not generous portion. Dessert selections - just okay. I wanted to like this restaurant since I feel sorry for restaurants struggling in this area of downtown San Jose. Our waiter was very good however - attentive and personable. Unfortunately will go back to this restaurant. Disappointed....

  26. DL

    DanL

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience4

    Reserved for Valentines dinner but not informed of price fix menu. Waiter did not know the menu and did not understand it himself despite being simple menu. Starting dish did not come out, and when we pointed this out we were treated as if we were not telling the truth. My entree arrived (beef souvlaki) and was raw inside, barely seared. My wife and I both had the baklava and seemed as though it had been frozen. The meal was highly overpriced, small portion (my souvalki came with 3 pieces of beef, onions and mushrooms). I was highly disappointed by this performance. It was my wife and my favorite restaurant until this visit.

  27. FP

    FPrs

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2020

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    Food was good. They didn’t have the wine we ordered. Service was acceptable. Switched waiters on us. Didn’t offer tap water as a choice initially, only bottled water.

  28. JL

    JudyL

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2020

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    Service was very good - some people needed to be out by 1 (we arrived at noon) and they were accomodating. Restaurant wasn't busy so noise level was low. Food was just okay. We had the baba ghanoush and hummus appetizers which were small portions compared to the price, but tasted fine - not special. Bread and pita was fresh and very good. I had the lamb burger which I didn't like that much. It had a little gamey taste and I didn't like the texture of the burger - felt like the meat was over processed. I've eaten here before and loved the food, but this was my first time having the burger which the waiter recommended over the lamb gyro. I wouldn't order it again. I've had lamb burgers at other establishments that were tasty and juicy without being gamey.

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    nitink

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience4

    The service was absolutely horrendous. Our main course was not delivered and there was no update from the waiter. After waiting for a long time, the waiter made some excuse that one of the dish is taking longer to cook. Most likely, he forgot to add it to the queue. And when the food came, the dish did not taste good. Horrible experience. I will not recommend Nemea to a friend, and will also tell them not to go here.

  30. D

    Dolan

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall3food4service2ambience4

    The food at Nemea is good but the service lacks. The white wine by the glass I ordered hadn't been chilled so I had to select an alternate. I had to ask for water 3 times at the bar. There wa a long black hair in our water at the dinner table. Our food was delayed because a table of 20 had ordered before us. On the positive, their octopus is always excellent. The lamb chops were very tender and not overly seasoned with salt (a positive) but they were on the far side of medium-rare - barely pink center. Overall, not the service expected for almost $300 for two people for cocktails, wine, and dinner and shared appetizer.

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    StephenH

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It's a comfortable atmosphere with superb service and the best lamb chops I've ever had!

    NemeaResponded on February 11, 2020

    Hi Stephen, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a review! We are glad you enjoyed the lamb and we hope to have you back soon!

  32. DA

    DeborahA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    overall4food3service4ambience5

    Lovely location for downtown SJ theaters. Food needs more spice, flavors.

    NemeaResponded on February 4, 2020

    Hi Deborah, We really appreciate the time you took to leave a review. I have shared your feedback with our Chefs. We are always looking to improve the quality and consistency of our cuisine. Thanks for coming in and we hope to see you again soon! -Nemea Management

  33. CB

    ChrisB

    San Francisco

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food - awesome venue - nice energy

    NemeaResponded on February 2, 2020

    Hi Chris, We really appreciate your kind words and the time you took to leave a review. Thanks for coming in and we hope to see you again soon!

  34. WD

    WardD

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    overall3food3service2ambience4

    Service was slow when we were there. Quality of the food was also disappointing given the price. Acceptable is about all I could say.

  35. M

    Missy

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Overall a great experience. Our friends really enjoyed it there. I got the octopus appetizer, which is always good. Although I don’t think the pricing is outrageous, it didn’t seem comparable with other restaurants targeting same food/service customers.

  36. D

    Dineout

    San Francisco

    43 reviews

    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Food was very good. Had the sampler platter and the zucchini cakes for appetizers. Zucchini cakes were excellent. Bread came with a dipping sauce which was also excellent. Shared Mediterranean Sea Bass entree. The accompanying potatoes were very good but we thought the braised greens were too salty and overly oily (olive oil). We also shared the lamb shank. The meat was tender and flavorful. The spicing & jus of the accompanying orzo was a little too sweet for us. Service was excellent. Decor was very thoughtful and tasteful. Restaurant is conveniently located to downtown entertainment venues and parking. The light rail runs right by the restaurant which would be ideal to take if you lived in the area.

  37. CG

    ChristineG

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Enjoyed a great dinner with 4 friends before we headed down to the CA Theatre for a performance of “The Red Violin.” Loved the food, especially because we could order small plates to share. We had tasty stuffed mushrooms in a delicious sauce, fried calamari with yummy aioli, a delicious beet salad, with several more small plates. The service was impeccable and they took care to get us out in time for our performance. Nemea is spacious and beautifully decorated. It was quiet at our 5:30 seating so we could converse together and actually hear each other. I plan to return when dining downtown in San Jose again.

    NemeaResponded on January 29, 2020

    Hi Christine, We really appreciate your kind words and the time you took to leave a review. We look forward to your next visit! Thank you!

  38. TG

    TimothyG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent venue in the middle of Downtown San Jose. Interior is very nicely done. The wait staff was very attentive. The dishes we ordered were absolutely delicious. A little on the costly side, but, over all, well worth it.

    NemeaResponded on January 23, 2020

    Hi Timothy, We really appreciate your kind words and the time you took to leave a review. We hope to see you again soon!

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2020

    overall4food5service2ambience5

    Service was poor. First they ignored us for a good 20 minutes Then they removed our bread plates after our appetizers while some of us were still eating bread. Followed serving us our main entre and salads at the same time. We forgo the salads and ate the main dish. They need to get their act together.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Nemea offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (408) 279-4225.

Nemea is rated 4.2 stars by 1137 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Google Map for Nemea

96 South First Street San Jose, CA 95113

Additional information

  • Cross street

    San Fernando

  • Neighborhood

    San Jose

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Greek, Mediterranean

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Nemea validates for San Jose City owned parking lots. The nearest garage we validate for is located at 280 S Second Street.

  • Public transit

    Major transit accesible.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Felipe Sanchez

  • Entertainment

    Fridays and Saturday there will be live Greek music.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (408) 279-4225

  • Catering

    Catering menu available on our website

  • Private party facilities

    2 Private Rooms Buyouts Corporate Events Weddings Catering

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