Orchestria Palm Court

4.3
201 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Local Ingredients
Our player pianos make us unique! But our food makes us special. We feature rich European-influenced American dishes using things like:
- Eggs from vegetarian-fed free-range chickens, high in healthy Omega 3 fatty acids
- White whole wheat flour, a variety naturally high in fiber yet light enough for pastry
- Vegetables from local farms that are certified organic growers
- Butter, milk, and ice cream from grass-fed cattle, another Omega 3 source.

Our food is not low-fat or low-calorie, but its ingredients are healthful. The meal will leave you feeling reinvigorated, not weighed down!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Austrian, Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Friday - Saturday 5:45pm - 9:00pm (last reservation 8:00)
Sunday 4:30pm - 8:00pm (last reservation 7:00)
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Phone number
(408) 288-5606
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Moris
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
1st Street
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Parking details
Street parking is available on William St. and alongside the park on Market St.
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Public transit
The restaurant location is three blocks south of the Paseo light rail stop. Bus stops are location on 1st and 2nd streets.
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Entertainment
The Orchestria Palm Court restaurant features music from a century ago, as originally heard in a bar/restaurant - on nickelodeon player pianos. You'll find it to be a unique and charming dining environment.

Don't forget to check out the self-playing violin, masterful engineering from 1912 that still plays beautifully!
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Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 201 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Step back in time! This delightful restaurant surrounds you with the joyful music of antique instruments. The food is beautifully prepared with top quality ingredients. Servers genuinely enjoy their work and take pride in creating an extraordinary experience for clientele. Prices are reasonable. We paid about $80 for dinner and dessert for two (no drinks), with tip built into the tab. Five stars all around!

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Unlike any other place I've ever eaten. No table service you order at the bar and they bring your food to you. Food ok, my chicken dish was oversalted for my taste. Entire place is surrounded my player pianos and such and they go off one after another, so be warned. Very convenient if your going to a show at City lights or the Stage.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

I had the most magical time at this fantastic restaurant. The food was pricey, but to die for, and the people were so kind. I could not get over the quirky ambiance and I raved about the food for days afterward. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Planned a trip to San Jose after learning about this restaurant and was definitely happy with my dining experience. Amazing fairly priced food and drinks. The music boxes makes it a dining experience more so than just a meal

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Very nice atmosphere with a throwback to early 1900s. Ordered everything at the counter but food was served at the table. Salads were very good and entrees were good My daughter really enjoyed her malted shake to end the meal. Very nice and unusual ambiance.

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2.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Very different dining experience. Don’t wait for someone to take your order. Have to order and pay at the bar. Food was ok, seemed like something you’d cook at home and I’m usually looking for more when I dine out.

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Love the unusual decor—-many historic player pianos. Be prepared to order and get ay at the counter—food then brought to your table. Excellent food, very reasonably priced. We will return next time we’re in San Jose.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Great food and atmosphere!

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

A very unique one of a kind experience! Definetly return in the future.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Great atmosphere decorated in a 1930's-1940's theme surrounded by musical instruments.

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Fun place with wholesome foods.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Love this place. One of my favorites.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

My husband and I went here before the opera and were delighted with this quaint, musical restaurant. The service staff was friendly and efficient. The food was amazing! I had the surf and turf and profiteroles for dessert. I cannot wait to go back and will be recommending this place.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Nifty ambiance, excellent food, and kind service. Made for a wonderful and memorable date night.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Such a fun place for dinner. The extra bonus of the player pianos for ambiance was unique. Our food was good and you could tell the ingredients were of great quality. We will return.

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Food was good, solid American, not great or particularly inventive. RibEye was cooked to our taste.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

So charming! We felt like we were transported to the early 1900s inside the restaurant. Everyone provided fantastic customer service and it was a unique dining experience — definitely a San Jose gem!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We were looking for a restaurant near the City Lights Theater. This restaurant was a pleasant surprise. They have around a dozen old player pianos and a player violin that are played for your enjoyment as you eat. The food was quite good also. This place also has a soda fountain from which you can order a drink or sundae prepared just like in the good old days.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

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 .

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

This was our second visit to Orchestria Palm Court, and it surpassed our initial great review. What a wonderful gem in downtown San Jose!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

My boyfriend and I had a lovely evening. What a wonderfully unique place to go!

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3.0Dined on January 12, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on December 2, 2017

Had a great experience - will recommend to my friends!

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5.0Dined on December 1, 2017

Fun place. Food was delicious. Melt in your mouth steaks!

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

Filled with musical, mechanical wonders! This is a very good restaurant, even without the player pianos and other gems from 100 years ago.

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4.0Dined on November 3, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on October 28, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on October 27, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on October 20, 2017

Birthday dinner. Very fun, great setting, courteous stadf

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