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Paesano Ristorante Italiano

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350 West Julian Street, San Jose, CA
17:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 14:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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San Jose, California
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52 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

I went for an early weeknight dinner (5:30 pm) with my spouse, and we both were relieved when we left. The food is mediocre, the atmosphere is cramped and noisy, and the service was poor. This was probably our worst dining experience during the past 2+ years. We tried this restaurant at the recommendation of a couple of friends as... More 

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Salt Lake City
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113 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

We drove all around San Jose looking for a good Italian Restaurant. Well, we found one. The food was fabulous. Yes, it was a little pricey, but well worth it. The service was impeccable and it had a great atmosphere. It was a bit noisy because the Giants were on the TV. But it added to the experience. Loved this... More 

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San Jose, California
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277 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

First of all, the food is excellent as is the service. This is the place to go for a special meal where you also want special attention. The downside is that it is pricey - but of course, you can check the menu online beforehand to see if the prices are acceptable. The other downside is that it is a... More 

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New Jersey
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Went here as I was in meetings at Adobe, nearby, and one of the group asked for Itallian. This place is at the entrance to Little Italy district though I saw no othe Italian restaurants. The service was superb our server was personable and funny - but very professional. The menu is quite extensive with far more than the usual... More 

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Sarasota, fl
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217 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Our group had a mix of veal, chicken, and fish. The veal was excellent and ample... the chicken was too spicy. The desert and wine offerings were excellent as was the service.

Thank Philip P
San Jose, California
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

My husband and I come here for special occasions. This is the best Italian food outside of Italy. You will not leave feeling like you need to be rolled out of the restaurant. It is not like "American Italian Food" - it is fresh. Leave room for the desert!

Thank W9850ZYchristines
San Jose, California
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2016

I love this place. The food is fantastic and there is always too much so I get to have left overs. The peoplewho own it are really nice. This is the go to place for department lunches.

Thank Debbie R
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016

Was in San Jose for a business trip. Found Paesano on several websites with high recommendations, so we decided to pop in for dinner. I was pleasantly surprised by how fresh the produce was. We had tomatoes and burrata - the tomatoes were absolutely beautiful and the burrata was seasoned just right. My husband ordered the Branzino. The sea bass... More 

Thank D0reen
San Jose, California
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2016 via mobile

A surprising and delightful Italian dining experience in the heart of the littlest Little Italy in San Jose. After years of driving past the arch that announces San Jose's Little Italy, we made a visit to Paesano's. I am so glad that we did. The porch dining is more intimate than I would have imagined. We sat at the bar... More 

Thank Alohaaimie
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43 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2016 via mobile

Attended a group birthday dinner at Paesano. The restaurant is in a converted home in The Little Italy area of San Jose. What a wonderful experience. Loved the lively ambiance and food was delicious. Our waitress was friendly and attentive as we're all the staff. They have music on Friday nights that added to the Italian experience. There is also... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 350 West Julian Street, San Jose, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: 408-217-9327

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?