Orchestria Palm Court

4.7
255 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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!
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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Orchestria Palm Court. Everything about it is enchanting from the many player pianos to the old-Fashioned soda shop to the excellently prepared food. Whenever a friend is in town or there is an occasion to be celebrated, we go to Orchestria Palm Court. When we first discovered it, it was new and we were sometimes with only a few other customers. Now it’s well patronized and deservedly so. It’s something special.

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RL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food. Fun place. This place is unique, I would recommend.

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PP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place had a unique, 19th century feel to it. The decor is neat and the food was delicious.

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LS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place!!! It's like visiting a museum while eating great food. Love the music boxes, player pianos and all the interesting things to watch! Love the ragtime music, and love the guys who run the place as they are so "into" it all! I sing operetta and have brought friends in, and last night they played Victor Herbert just for us. Old fashioned soda fountain is amazing as well.

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J
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An utterly charming, one of a kind restaurant with organic, well cooked and very reasonably priced food with tip included, plus an array of vintage player pianos that create an 1880’s ambiance. What is not to like?

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SH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great gem in Downtown San Jose. A truly unique restaurant serving health organic food while surrounded by an amazing collection of original player pianos and other amazing player instruments. Wonderful and passionate owners and staff.

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S
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We come mainly for the orchestrions! Luv seeing and hearing them, and introducing friends to them.

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JS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We very much enjoy going to the Orchestria Palm Court before we attend the San Jose Opera. It is only a couple of blocks to walk, so the location is convenient. But mostly, we go because the food is wonderful, the service is excellent, and the atmosphere with the player pianos all around the room is very festive.

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AD
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

This was a quirky restaurant with many player pianos along the walls. When some got played it became rather difficult to have a conversation. The food was good, my husband really liked the salmon dish.

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KA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A gem of a place, great for date nights! Love the self playing pianos!

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LS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Wonderful! Especially for people who love history and Ragtime Music.

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E
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fun place for dinner! It was very busy, but our food came out in a reasonable amount of time. Everything was tasty. Love the decor!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My partner and I came here for our weekly date night. The place was absolutely fantastic. The service was professional and friendly and the ambiance is definitely unique for San Jose. The food and drinks were great too. We’ll definitely come back for a special occasion.

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L
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Soooooo much fun! With wonderful food. You MUST go, have a fountain drink, a little Austrian goulash and just marvel at the mechanical player music. We sat near the player that had a piano AND a violin in it and it played several times during dinner - very well. This is a place that everyone that visits, lives in, San Jose should not miss!

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MI
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We made reservations for 5:45, arrived early and they were more than happy to let us in and help us. The service, atmosphere, and food were all excellent! We'll be back...on a regular basis - plus bring our friends. Thanks for a wonderful dinner experience.
Mike and Monica
San Jose, California

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M
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun place to dine with all the player piano's and other old record players playing in the background. Delicious food in an old historical brick building.

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AB
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've had dinner here before, and I'm sure I'll come again! Great Place.!

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Y
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Orchestria Palm Court is a completely unique restaurant in downtown SJ with its ambiance and attitude. They use local, organic ingredients and have a wonderfully vintage / early 1900s vibe, and absolutely entertaining and charming background music in the form of player pianos and other mechanical instrumentation. The food is delicious, the fountain drinks are fun and delicious, and overall this is such a wonderful place to slow down and disconnect from your tech.

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D
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Dinner before a show. Tables a bit crowded but delightful place.

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M
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun place to dine if you love player piano's. It's a relaxing place that don't feel overly rushed and you can enjoy a great tasting meal.

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K
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic surprise experience! What a unique evening of appreciating period instruments with quality food. The owners are gracious and are clearly doing a labor of love and passion. A wonderful change from another boring trendy restaurant - highly recommended!

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DD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A really quirky place with excellent flavors and a fun atmosphere. A nice surprise!

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LM
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We've been here before and absolutely love the ambiance!! This time we brought some family to celebrate a couple belated birthdays - we loved it!! The food is quite good as well with healthy options.

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LB
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Why? I don,t respond well to silly rules. In case you were wondering this is a silly rule. By the way the Decore is fantastic.

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VK
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

My boyfriend and I went here for my birthday dinner. The lobster bisque soup was fabulous. As was the puppy dew drink that I ordered. My boyfriend said the ribeye steak was the best he’d ever had, cooked medium rare the way he likes and nice and tender. He didn’t care for the Swiss cheese mashed potatoes that came with it and the five green beans that he got were pretty skimpy, though. My shrimp scampi was just OK. Nothing special. The French bread and butter served before dinner were really good. I was not impressed with the protiferoles I had for dessert. They should have been filled with French pastry cream instead of whipped cream. Listening to the various music machines was great, a very unique experience! We had a 5:45 PM reservation on a Saturday night and we got the last parking space on the block. This place is very expensive but worth it for a special occasion. Reservations are a must.

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ET
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Such a charming, cozy and friendly place. The restaurant was short staff but service was still excellent. The food was delicious and cooked to perfection. I would absolutely recommend the place and will be returning if ever I’m in the area.

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BN
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Unfortunately nothing special. The food was good and the drinks were reasonably priced.

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s
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is such a fun place to dine. We look forward to going again and taking friends.

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c
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nicest staff, fantastic atmosphere—love the pianos, and good food. We had a great birthday party tonight.

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FH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Fun and great ambiance. Drinks came out late but everything else was great. The old time pianos and stringed instruments were amazing. Service was good and the owners are really friendly. We had a party of 7 and had a great time. Reservations required. Will be returning for sure!

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JH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fun and unique dining experience. If you are a fan of or interested in player pianos and similar instruments, this is the place for you. Music is played on or by various instruments throughout the experience.
Food and drinks are ordered at the old time counter at the back of the restaurant and then brought to your table by staff.
Menu can change and is not necessarily the same as what is on the web site. Our dining experience was excellent. Had appetizer, main courses and black cherry phosphate soda for dessert. Beer and wine are available.
Fun time that is definitely different than the usual dining experience.

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r
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

What an incredible place! So unique, you almost are part of a time travel to the past. The food is also really good, nothing feels heavy and you can enjoy all spices and special care.

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TB
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing evening! Delicious Goulash & fresh bread with creamy Irish butter, wonderful service from joyful & engaging folks and player piano music (at a perfect volume)! Best. Birthday. Dinner. Ever. Thank you!!!!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this respect- a truly hidden gem in SJ

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Fun and unique place with excellent quality dishes.

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s
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is great! The food was great & atmosphere was fun & charming. If you are a music lover you will enjoy this place. I loved being so close to all the beautifully restored music machines.
Can’t wait to go back!

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RC
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Birthday celebration! The value is great. One of our dishes arrived a little cold but overall enjoyable.

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GF
San Antonio
8 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was fantastic! Every one loved their meal and had a wonderful time. The atmosphere was fun and lively and we enjoyed all of the old player pianos! The service was a bit slow, but the staff was very nice and helpful.

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CD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Orchestria - wonderful atmosphere, fantastic food :-)

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LM
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food is delicious and the opportunity to see and hear so many player pianos was absolutely a unique and memorable experience. We will be back! This is such a wonderful gem of a place.

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