Orchestria Palm was amazing. I celebrated a friend’s birthday and we dressed up to listen to the amazing player pianos (even a robotic violin) and eat wonderful food. It amazes me that, tucked away in the middle of Silicon Valley there is a magic place where wooden and metal instruments, many over 100 years old, entertain the guests. The staff was just changing the scrolls to include Irish music for St Paddy’s day. If you have not yet been, make a reservation on Open Table and simply show up. The staff will explain the particulars of ordering drinks, appetizers, entrees and deserts. When you figure it out, you will realize how 4-5 people can run a restaurant, play the music, work the soda fountain, Bus the tables and keep everyone happy.
Took my grandson for his 9th birthday before the theater. The old self playing pianos and violins were a trip! Well worth the visit and the food was outstanding. We'll be back.
This is a very small and unique restaurant. Only open Friday and Saturday for dinner, and only for a few hours each night. Reservations are definitely required. It is also unique in that there are no servers in the classic sense. You order at the bar (limited selection of bottled beer and wine) and then one of the staff brings your order to you. So if you are looking for a classic, sit down, full service type restaurant, this is not for you. However, if you are looking for an eclectic, interesting, unique place to enjoy fantastic food at reasonable prices, this is definitely the place. No table service means no tipping, and they are adamant about it (there is a sign on each table). The collection of player instruments is definitely a huge draw. Very cool. A 15% gratuity is added to your final bill. The food is delicious and quite reasonably priced. We enjoyed shrimp scampi appetizer, two "surf and turf" dinners (rib-eye steak and a nice sized lobster tail), a bottle of wine and a couple beers. $110 out the door. I can honestly say it was the best meal I've had in a very long time and we will definitely be going back.
The player pianos, several of them, create a unique aND wonderful ambiance. The old fashioned soda fountain is great, too. The food is very good, although the menu is limited. A Cool Secret Place that deserves more recognition.
Orchestria Palm Court is always a unique and delightful experience. The player pianos all around the restaurant that the owner has restored add to the fun atmosphere. No matter how busy the restaurant is, each and every dish that comes out of the kitchen is thoughtfully prepared and presented. They use only fresh, natural, quality ingredients, which is obvious with every bite! The only problem you may face at this restaurant is which delicious entrée to choose for dinner! This is our go-to place when we are going to see a show at the San Jose Stage. Be sure to make a reservation as this is a small and popular place to dine!
My husband and I went for a date and loved it. The food was all excellent -- unfussy but high quality and delicious. The antique automatic music players (player pianos, a violin, revolving metal discs that play like a giant music box, antique record-player jukeboxes -- maybe others?) rotate on and off around the room while you eat, so you can take in a lot of different sights and sounds. If you're drawn to history or technology, it's a lot of fun. It's worth a special trip. We'll definitely return and take others who are visiting. Highly recommend!
The food was very good, the service quick and friendly, the “live” music concept entertaining and unique, the ambience upscale but welcoming, and the location for attending a play at San Jose Stage Company perfect. We will be back.
Always a favorite before going to the San Jose Stage . The service is quick and efficient, and the staff is attentive without being invasive. The unique factor is the plethora of vintage music machines from player pianos to a violin. The vintage soda fountain is a treat. The menu is relatively small, with nice specials added. Since gratuity is added into the price of the meal, it makes for simple calculations. It's a lovely, unique spot for a meal .
This was our second visit to Orchestria Palm Court, and it surpassed our initial great review. What a wonderful gem in downtown San Jose!
Enjoyed the old-world ambiance and special attention to detail shown by everyone.....such a visual and auditory treat to have player pianos making music all around us, one by one!
This was our first visit to this restaurant and we very pleasantly surprised. The pianos were enjoyable to listen to; the volume was appropriate. The menu was not extensive, but had enough choices that provided a good variety and price range. A few more choices in drinks would have been good.
Although we were not a part of the theater crowd, we enjoyed their costumes. It was an enjoyable evening!
The food here is great. The people are friendly. But the most fascinating thing is their collection of old-fashioned music players. They are fun to watch and a joy to listen to. The old fashioned ice cream soda fountain is also fun. You have to order something from it. You definitely need to make reservations because they're only open for a few hours each week.
My boyfriend and I had a lovely evening. What a wonderfully unique place to go!
The concept of ordering at the bar for food and drink isn’t what I expected. Service is nearly non-existent. The restaurant was about half full and there was one waiter and one person taking orders and helping. In order to have our wine when ordered it I needed to carry the bottle and glasses to the table. After a busy day I wanted more service.
The menu is interesting and the food is good. The many player pianos and other old time musical instruments make it nice.
Very unique kitschy gem of a find. Great historical journey through the age of self-driving pianos and they play while dining and there are more than a dozen throughout. Limited dining window so you have to plan and reserve in advance but worth the wait. Innovative food prep and choices, limited but well selected wines and come to find out it was planned as an original soda fountain so the desert menu is unique and all choices are a hit. Never experienced anything like this. Totally San Jose - smart innovative journey on a path of your own making and has an attitude while not putting on airs or trying to show off. Authentic and self-determined in a good soft and charmed way. Well done. Will go again.
Had a great experience - will recommend to my friends!
Fun place. Food was delicious. Melt in your mouth steaks!
Filled with musical, mechanical wonders! This is a very good restaurant, even without the player pianos and other gems from 100 years ago.
Fun place to enjoy a bit of history with player pianos and player violins. Service was really good. Food was just good but the dessert was fantastic. Worth going at least once.
The owners were very, VERY personable. One used to live in Italy so we had a nice discussion about that. We got the history of the building from the other owner. We both ordered surf n turf and the portions were perfect! The rib eye could’ve been cut with a butter knife. Perfectly cooked. The cheese plate was okay; it would be fabulous if they added Italian meats. The house wine (local Paso Robles) by the bottle is a great value. Bread and water were cheerfully refilled without asking.
The interior is very clean. I saw no cobwebs or dust and the ceiling is quite high; it’s a 2-story room. Whoever cleans it does a good job. There are several player pianos that rotate playing. It’s a tad loud but not obnoxious. It reminded me of a high class saloon from the Wild West you see in movies. We enjoyed ourselves.
A 15% gratuity is automatically added to the bill. We wanted to give more but they don’t take it. A server doesn’t take the order or bring a bill. Guests order and pay at the back bar (not really a bar-no seating). It’s a small place so getting up to order is not a big deal and adds to the ambiance.
I’ll eat there again.
This place was a delight ful find. The atmosphere was great. The service could be a lot better however. We were sort of on our own. The food was not to brag about . Just ok.
Birthday dinner. Very fun, great setting, courteous stadf
Unique ambiance and great food makes this place special. If you are looking for a different and satisfying dining experience in downtown San Jose I recommend Orchestria Palm Court. The food is excellent. Being serenaded by player pianos is an only-here experience. White table cloth casual. Be prepared for a reasonable but not extensive menu, limited beverage choice and a bit of a wait. If you like old fashioned ice cream sodas you need to go here.
A truly unique dining experience, great food and service, I highly recommend this place. It's a great dinner spot before a concert/show/theater or other downtown event. The food is excellent, prices very reasonable, and the service quite friendly but it's the old-time ambience that makes Orchestria special. Do yourself a favor, make a reservation and check this place out.
Fantastic! I am so in love with this restaurant. I can't stop talking about it. A visual feast and wonderful step back in time.
Our theater group comes here every chance we get. Our only wish is that this gem was open more often. The food is very good and we like the owner immensely. The fountain has great offerings for children and those of us who remember the good old days.
Great old time atmosphere. Player pianos make for a unique experience, and the food (rib eye steak, Austrian goulash) did not disappoint. Great birthday dinner date for the wife.
Great restaurant with delicious food, interesting menu, and great ambiance.
The restaurant is like a music museum: Player pianos, piano rolls, etc.
Orchestria Palm Court is great fun before or after visiting the California Theater or any time.
The food is very good. The authentic historical player pianos are fascinating and the staff love to tell you about them, and set them playing for you. Very special environment. A real gem. And their soda fountain is authentic too!
Great atmosphere, locally sourced high quality ingredients and great flavors.
What an absolutely marvelous venue! Reproducing pianos, player pianos (one with a violin), music boxes, and recording players from a century ago; an ice-cream parlor like I grew up working 50 years ago; and absolutely superb food.
I discovered Orchestria Palm Court on a Trip Advisor page showing the most romantic restaurants in the South Bay. Although I don't know if I'd describe it as romantic, the food was very good, while the service and the atmosphere were outstanding. The place is fully of player pianos and other very old musical machines. It was very enjoyable!
Easy to find location, plenty of street parking. Open only 3 nights a week, 11 tables, for 4 hours. Make reservations. We saw a lot of walk-ins who had to be turned away whilst we dined on a Saturday evening. (A few lucky ones came back and got tables!)
Soda jerk was a phenom managing cocktails and soda fountain ice cream specialties all night. The "live" music never quit with player pianos taking turns chiming out Leo Falls operettas for the month of September. Regrettably, we did not get to see the player violin perform. But we did our first time to the Orchestria Palm Court, and so we knew exactly where to celebrate my son's grandparents visiting from Canada. Everyone enjoyed the cheese plate, wine and entrees to their signature profiteroles and coffee. The chocolate malt shake was sublime. We had two between my 3 year old and myself.
Best. Rib. Eye. Ever.
Wear comfortable shoes as you'll be placing your order at the counter in the back -- but it's totally cool. You're surrounded by kitsch. They'll bring the food and drinks to your table, at the proper temperatures, and the house bread is yummy.
We totally gorged and celebrated the food , drink and company, and the following day we all felt amazing and couldn't stop talking about the experience.
This is a great place old timey player pianos all cycling through them. Old timey fountain drink counter and shakes. Good food and a very curtesy staff, fantastic gem in San Jose.
I decided to go to OPC for my 30th birthday, it is not easy to find things that have an antique feel to them so I was very happy to have discovered this restaurant. I used to live down the street and never saw it so you can miss it but once you're inside it's like you're not even in San Jose anymore. The restaurant is beautiful with art nouveau tapestries on the walls and little antique movie prints everywhere including the bathroom. There are self playing pianos and violins around that play as you dine, and they are a great addition! The service was fast and the food was amazing. They also have their own made to order drinks that my daughter got to indulge in. The desserts were also delicious. I wish I could go every week! It's definitely worth it.
Our first time here and we were no disappointed. I couldn't wait to share our experience about the delicious food, we both had the chicken. The quaintness and uniqueness of this restaurant was very enjoyable. Can't wait to go back
The ambiance was even more than I expected. Incredible player pianos, old turn-tables, etc. Food was great and service was perfect.
This was such a fun restaurant. We felt like we were dining inside a museum. The old phone booth, player pianos and music boxes were fun to listen to and look at. The old fashion soda fountain was a plus. You can walk around and look at all the pianos which is interesting to watch as they play. We need to go back just to have their fountain treats. Menu was small but diverse and tasty.
What a wonderful and amazing little place this is! We discovered it as we found it was close to one of the local theaters and were very surprised at how good it was and interesting the interior is. They have all these incredible antique pieces that play music including pianos, one that plays a zylophone and one that even plays a violin! We took a friend there for her birthday and she absolutely loved it! Not too mention the food is very good the menu is small enough but still plenty of wonderful things to choose from! We look forward to going back and trying new things on the menu including some of their amazing desserts and sodas from their bar they make there with everything being organic!
We went on a Sunday evening and there weren't too many customers but we had fun anyway. It's like eating in a player piano museum. The service was great and I really liked my meal - ribeye steak. Looks like it would be a nice place for a fountain drink - they have an old fashioned fountain with all the accessories. It was fun.