Nemea Greek Taverna


My wife and I were visiting San Jose, CA for a few days last week and decided to have dinner at this classy Greek restaurant after a friendly couple we met at another restaurant recommended the place to us. I jumped online and made a reservation for 5.45pm to celebrate our 21st anniversary since we met in July, 1998. After driving our rental car downtown we eventually found a parking lot not too far from the restaurant. We were very impressed when we entered the beautifully decorated restaurant.

A very polite host named Nate welcomed us and then showed us to a table in the center of the restaurant. We made ourselves comfortable and surveyed the wonderful decor surrounding us. Very nice ! The place was quite busy at this early hour…..we later found out that a lot of San Jose conferences head straight here. A very charming server named Yalcin looked after us during dinner. We kicked off with glasses of water, a Goose Island IPA for me and a serve of their Pita Bread & Tzatziki Sauce Appetizer.

A complimentary serve of warm Artisan Bread was brought out by a food runner. We studied the menu and eventually decided on our selections. My wife ordered the Koutopoulo Souvlaki ( Chicken Breast ) and I chose the Moschari Souvlaki ( Filet of Beef ) for our entrees. I sipped away at my Goose Island IPA while taking in the increased activity in the restaurant. The fluffy Pita Bread & Tzatziki Sauce Appetizer tasted sensational. Our meals arrived and tasted quite good… medium rare juicy Filet Steak was cooked perfect and my wife enjoyed her tender Chicken Breast. I ordered a 2nd Goose Island IPA. Michelle the restaurant GM & co-owner came by to say hi and see if we were happy.

Even the smiling Restaurant Manager Manny stopped by to say hi. We loved our delicious entrees and decided some dessert was on the cards. My wife wanted the Sokolatina which is a Dark Chocolate Fourless Cake with Ice Cream. Our humble server Yalcin delivered our beautifully presented dessert to our table. My wife and I shared the decadent serving of rich dark Chocolate Cake and creamy Ice Cream. My wife also enjoyed an authentic Turkish Coffee suggested by our server Yalcin.

As we were about to leave we were introduced by Michelle to her husband Dino the CEO and co-owner who had just walked in. My wife and I had a fantastic chat with Dino and even Manny the manager joined in. We found out they also own a cosy Turkish restaurant called Anatolian Kitchen in Palo Alto which we will try for sure next trip as we love authentic Turkish cuisine. We were very impressed with the overall experience here….great service, delicious food and wonderful ambience !

Restaurant Details


96 S 1St St. San Jose, CA 95113


(408) 279 4225

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Michael Burke

Michael Burke

I'm an expat Aussie ( now a naturalized American citizen ) who moved to Southern California in 2006 with my American born wife Sherri. I like to write reviews about the most memorable restaurants, coffee shops, cafes, brew pubs and anything new that we find in our travels. I particularly look for excellent food & beverage consistency, good value for money plus friendly service.
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