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Permanently Closed - Thea Mediterranean Cuisine

906 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining (663)

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Thea Mediterranean Cuisine, located in San Jose, California, offers a menu straight from Greece and Turkey in a stylish and contemporary setting with authentic Greek art lining the walls. This establishment offers modern interpretations of classic dishes and insists on only using fresh ingredients of the highest quality. Thea Mediterranean Cuisine also offers online ordering for those who prefer to order takeout to enjoy at home.

Lunch at Thea Mediterranean Cuisine offers more than simple dishes. You can enjoy an order of moussaka, arugula salad or tzatziki. The dinner menu has hearty portions, with the braised lamb shank a favorite. You can finish it off with a dessert of baklava or chocolate cake with raspberry sauce and cream.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Mediterranean, Turkish, Greek
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Hours of operation
Open daily at 11:30am Lunch 7 days a week): 11:30am - 4:00pm Winter Hours: Dinner Sunday thru Thursday 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Friday & Saturday 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm
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Phone number
(408) 260-1444
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Alex Padilla
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Private party facilities
Thea can serve any size group from an intimate party of 2 to groups of 100 and more. We offer events ranging from a sit down dinner to a cocktail style reception with passed appetizers. Thea also has a semi-private outdoor area.
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Private party contact
Manager: (408) 260-1444
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Thea offers traditional dips and spreads with pita bread or flatbread; Greek salads, moussaka, and various souvlaki dishes.
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Cross street
Winchester Blvd.
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Parking details
There is nearby free parking available at Santana Row; the parking lot is adjacent to Thea.
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Live Belly Dancing Friday and Saturday evenings. Happy Hour and Weekend Brunch starting this May! See website for details and schedules.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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PhilS (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on June 28, 2016

Thea is CLOSED. Thanks Open Table for being out of date and letting our group head over only to find the restaurant shut down! Thank goodness it was a Tuesday night and we were able to dine elsewhere.

vipGregoryL (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on June 27, 2016

restaurant was closed when we arrived!

TaylerP (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on June 24, 2016

I had called earlier in the day to make a reservation note and it seemed like the person who answered didn't know what a reservation note was. I said that we had vegetarians and one vegan in our party. When we arrived and looked at the menu, there was literally one option on the entire menu that we could have, and they were out of it. We asked about the vegetable tarine, but our server couldn't really explain this dish in depth at all. After we asked for another minute to finalize our order, our server never came back. This is where the night turned out terrible. We were literally ignored for a very long time. 15-20 mins go by and no one checks in on us. We stacked our menus to show we were done, even stacked our plates on the appetizer we had. Finally I asked for the check from a different server, and it took a long time to arrive. We just wanted to go somewhere else to eat that had more options because we were starving! The whole situation at the end with the check took another ten minutes. I will never recommend this place based on lack of service alone.

vipLaurah (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on June 19, 2016

As usual, enjoyed our dinner at Thea. This is our favorite spot in Santana Row for pre-movie dinner. We were early, hence it was quiet. The menu has changed since our last visit, seems a little simpler, but my husband's lamb skewer looked terrific, and I thoroughly enjoyed the garides (shrimp). We had the saganaki starter (Thea's is one of the few that still flames it at table, our server did a great job), and the dates, which are a little sweet (of course), but very tasty morsels. My only gripe would be that they've stopped carrying any Greek or Turkish wines -- they used to have a nice greek white, I thought.

MongH (Las Vegas)
4.0  Dined on June 19, 2016

It was a positive experience overall. We waited a bit longer than expected because of a large party walked in the same time we did. The waiter kept us informed.

PaulG (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on June 19, 2016

Sat outside, weather was great. Loved the Scotch ale.
Good experience

Cindycast (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on June 9, 2016

Interesting menu and reasonable prices.

Lynn (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 26, 2016

Excellent food!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 25, 2016

When we first arrived, we sat at the bar and tried the Sundrop cocktail, another premier cocktail and dates with bacon/bleu cheese. They were all very good. Our bartender was friendly and helpful. At the table, the four of us had a couple of appetizers (we especially loved the arancini) and the rack of lamb, swordfish kabobs (a special), salmon and moussaka as entrees. We all enjoyed our meals very much. Service was great. It’s a little pricey but then it is Santana Row. We will definitely go back.

ishop (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 24, 2016

Greek food was so very good. Service was slow but not fault of server as he was the only one working and had maybe 4-6 tables to cover. He was helpful with suggesting choices. Poor guy was working hard! More help needed.
Service got 3 stars just because he was alone in serving. He did his best and we were in no hurry.

sjgal (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 19, 2016

The restaurant was completely empty at 11:30am on a Thursday. The food was great.

quecosa (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on May 18, 2016

Enjoyed the Greek food, but outside seating was noisy due to construction nearby.

Duran408 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 14, 2016

Great food, great service, and the free appetizer from Yelp made it even better. I'll be back no doubt.

GreginOakland (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on May 8, 2016

Had the cioppino, substituted the mussels for scallops -- they were good, right touch. We ordered the hummus and pita bread as an appetizer, hummus was surprisingly bland. Flaming cheese plate was great. Vodka and wine list was good.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on May 8, 2016

Nothing great. Highly over-priced. Food wasn't really tasty

Edita (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 8, 2016

We liked everything we ordered. Sampler and fried calamari/shrimp were great. Enjoyed Mother's Day lunch very much.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on May 7, 2016

Overall a decent place. Our table was missing silverware. Had to take from a different table as we couldn't flag down one of the many employees in an almost completely empty restaurant. The menu on the website didn't match the one in the restaurant. They didn't have the mash potatoes ready for my filet mignon, gave me roasted potatoes instead. Disappointed because when you spend at a pricey restaurant you expect better, this place didn't deliver.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on May 4, 2016

Nice service. However, I felt the waiter was less happy when we showed the groupon. He did not include our appetizer for a silly reason. We did not feel like arguing over that so we let it go. Overall, okay.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on April 29, 2016

My chicken kabobs were excellent as usual but two of my friends ordered the filet which were both really undercooked. They had to eat around the outside of it (since they did not want to send it back).

Sitting outside was very cold. They ran out of propane for the heating lamps. My friends aren't going to let me live that down for awhile because I selected the restaurant. LOL. Thanks for asking!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on April 27, 2016

Service was bad for a slow night with 3 waiters. Maybe 10 tables no large crowd...