About Orchestria Palm Court
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!
Contemporary American, Austrian, Italian
Hours of Operation:
Friday - Saturday 5:45pm - 9:00pm (last reservation 8:00)
Sunday 4:30pm - 8:00pm (last reservation 7:00)
$30 and under
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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!
Street parking is available on William St. and alongside the park on Market St.
The restaurant location is three blocks south of the Paseo light rail stop. Bus stops are location on 1st and 2nd streets.
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Orchestria Palm Court Ratings and Reviews
We love to dine here when we attend conc ...
We love to dine here when we attend concerts at the California Theater. Just enough of a walk to work off part of a delicious meal. Unusual atmosphere, surrounded by working player pianos. Creative menu. We shared the Mesclun Lettuces Salad: red grapes, walnuts, and Humboldt Fog goat cheese, sherry vinaigrette. Good thing we shared it,a s it was a generous portion. I had the Whole Wheat Pasta with Butternut squash and mushrooms, in a sage Marsala cream sauce. Absolutely delectable. The marsala wine gave it a terrific flavor. Husband had Austrian Goulash: braised beef, whole wheat spaetzle, bell peppers, onions, paprika, organic sour cream, which he claims is as good as his mother's. Basic wine menu. Reasonable prices. Casual atmosphere,l in that you step u to the bar and place your order, which is later brought to your table. Children will be fascinated by the player pianos, but choose your table carefully, if you want to have a serious conversation during dinner.
Perfect place for a celebration. Great ...
Perfect place for a celebration. Great fun. Everyone in our party of 7 was delighted with the ambiance and the food. Just the right combo of music from the player pianos and periods without them that made conversation easy. The wait staff went out of it's way to be friendly and efficient. And the parking was easy--always an added bonus.
Multiple player pianos provide your dini ...
Multiple player pianos provide your dining entertainment. Food and beverage are ordered at the bar. Tipping is "forbidden" but tax and service are added when you again go to the bar to pay. The price you pay for an entree shows up on the bill as the menu price PLUS tax and service fee. The food is really good.
We had an outstanding meal at Orchestria ...
We had an outstanding meal at Orchestria Palm Court. The food was amazing (top 10 meal in SF Bay Area) and made from locally sourced vegetables and meat. The staff was attentive, friendly, and prompt. The ambiance will bring us back, too - vintage early 1900s decor and player pianos. Great for a birthday or a date night. Love it!
I can truly say that Orchestria has a ve ...
I can truly say that Orchestria has a very unique dining experience. The decor in the interior is modeled at the turn of the 1900's. Throughout the night, mechanical pianos and other musical instruments play in a relaxed environment. This restaurant also offers very interesting drinks that are not your typical fountain sodas - ranging from phosphate to lactate drinks. The owner and host is very friendly and service was quick.
This was a unique dining experience wher ...
This was a unique dining experience where you order your food at the bar and pay at the bar. Basically, they lower labor cost but deliver higher quality food at good prices plus this was how businesses operated in the past per their write up. I loved it. It was fun plus the self playing pianos were cool. The food was really good. Everything tasted good to great but this is not a place to find unique food - it is basic food done right. The desserts were just so so.
This was our first visit. We arrived ea ...
This was our first visit. We arrived early on a Saturday night. The place was relatively empty but filled up soon thereafter. The decor was very interesting and we enjoyed the player pianos. We had a mixed reaction to the food. My wife loved her shrimp puttanesca. The cheese plate was excellent even though there was no soft cheese on the plate. The special that night was pork shoulder (which I ordered). It turned out to be a pork chop that was overcooked. The accompanying polenta was starch like and inedible. The spinach was fine. For an establishment that is only open 3 nights per week, you would think that they would have enough of a wine inventory so as not to run out of certain varieties, including dessert wine. Previous critiques show that this often appears to be the case. The blueberry crumble dessert was mostly crumble. This place could be special with more focus and effort.
Nostalgic dining experience, old time pi ...
Nostalgic dining experience, old time pianos play periodically in the background. Limited menu and wine choices, but something can be found for everyone including vegetarian options. Loved the yummy cheese plate and signature desserts.
This place is a true gem. Fully restore ...
This place is a true gem. Fully restored turn-of-the-20th-century player pianos play period tunes as you dine in beautiful decor with a delightful Mucha-soda fountain feel. Not open terribly late, so don't wait. This would be a real treat for stylish kids who appreciate fancy soda options, or a very unique and romantic date spot. Larger groups will definitely need a reservation - it's a small place with a very personal feel. This is absolutely a MUST-VISIT place in San José, and a great place for out-of-town guests.
Service is delightfully non-intrusive: you'll be greeted, seated, and handed a menu, but you order all food and drinks on your own at the bar. Likewise, settle up your own bill at the bar when you're ready. Tip and tax will be included in the final bill, all done.
A friend recommend this place, calling i ...
A friend recommend this place, calling it a "museum that serves food," which I think is a good summary, although I would say it is a "museum that serves really good food."
It's a bit strange that you order your food and drink at the bar, but the service is wonderful, the staff is very friendly and the food is delicious!
We will definitely be back!
True to the reviews - Eclectic food and ...
True to the reviews - Eclectic food and atmosphere - lots of fun. The food was good overall, the one item we had an issue with, they were very responsive and tried to fix. They were also willing to receive our input, on it. The atmosphere is very eclectic and entertaining. It does get a bit loud at times, so be prepared for that.
The food was excellent. I have not had ...
The food was excellent. I have not had a meal this good is quite sometime. Realize I just reached my 100 RSVP's through Open Table............so I do a lot of eating out.
I will go back again soon for a second try and I sure hope the food is as good as the first time.
I am not really into "old fashion" but the décor was interesting and some would very much enjoy. Just not really my style.
Perfect location for a quiet dinner with ...
Perfect location for a quiet dinner with antique musical instruments playing in the background. Service was outstanding and the food was suberb. Great variety, tasty and hot. You can take your time and enjoy the ambiance of the setting while dining in a relaxed atmosphere. Intimate and definitely a place I will frequent again.
Oh what a treat! Imagine you've collecte ...
Oh what a treat! Imagine you've collected too many things to reasonably call it a hobby anymore. If it turns out those items are self-playing instruments, then open a restaurant and let everyone else share your joy.
Add to that the food is fantastic. My rib-eye was actually medium rare and perfectly seasoned. The beans were fresh and crisp. The mashed potatoes were full of flavor. But make sure you save room for dessert! Whether it's a banana split brulee (yes, with carmelized sugar across the banana) or an old fashioned phosphate from the soda fountain, you won't be disappointed. My husband's Fester's phosphate was a joy with fresh blackberries.
Better yet, they easily accommodated our large post-ballet recital group and the children were charmed with the player pianos and the adults were fascinated with the player violin.
This is an eccentric little restaurant w ...
This is an eccentric little restaurant with great food.
You order food and drinks at the bar, take your drink with you, and your food is delivered to your table. While you wait, you gaze around at all the bric-a-brac and tchotchkes. The player pianos and juke boxes take turns playing tunes, but the music isn't constant. When the piano or box nearby is playing, it can be a little loud, but the songs are short and fun.
Our food was perfectly prepared -- salad with prosciutto, shrimp scampi, and salmon over mashed potatoes and fennel. Crispy prosciutto. Tender shrimp. Tender, moist salmon.
Overall, we were delighted with our meal. We'll be back.
What an exceptional night!!! We celebrat ...
What an exceptional night!!! We celebrated my step dad's 65th birthday and had a extraordinary time. The food was wonderful!! We shared various appetizers and salads and then had our entrees. We loved the ribeyes, goulash and butternut squash pasta. The shrimp appetizer was exceptional. The player pianos and other musical inventions where museum-quality. The fact that they were playing throughout the night was a terrific addition. Experience is different as well since you order your self at an old fashioned bar. The wine selection was small but the bottle we had was very nice. This is a true gem in San Jose and I hope lots of people find it soon!!!
The Orchestria Palm Court is a gem. The decor is early 1900s and includes a collection of beautiful old player pianos. In addition, early 1900s recordings are played, e.g., Scott Joplin's rags. All in all its a wonderful and beautiful quiet setting for a dinner in which it is possible to talk to one's table mates.
The food is excellent, the service is great, and the prices reasonable. Can't ask for more.
I've recommended Orchestria Palm Court to my friends and recommend it to all of you.
We've been there multiple times & always ...
We've been there multiple times & always enjoy ourselves. The ambiance with the old time player pianos etc. is unique & interesting. Like that the beer & wine are local.
It is a fun atmosphere & conducive for a party. My company rented the restaurant for a holiday party & everyone enjoyed themselves. We served dinner family style so I tried things I wouldn't normally order. To my surprise & great pleasure, the goulash is excellent & a signature dish!
Quirky, charming place for good food
The food is excellent here -- a choice, selected menu that highlights the chef's specialties. But the real star of this restaurant is the ambiance. Diners are surrounded by vintage fixtures and player pianos and other vintage music-making devices from the 1920s. Throughout the evening, these pianos provide the background music for a casual, charming dining experience.
Unusual and delicious
For my wife and me, the quality and preparation of the food is #1. Our dishes were superb. Although the menu here is small, a lot of care goes into each item. The wine list is also short, but fun. You are likely to find something new to try. What really makes this place really unique is the ambience: player pianos and musical automata everywhere. As you eat, the machines periodically play music from bygone times. We didn't try the soda fountain specialties -- this menu is even longer. We will go back, and take friends.
Great food in unique restaurant
This restaurant is big discovery for us...my husband and I went first time for dinner before play in next door theater ( The Stage Theater with amazing play " The Valley of the Heart")...
Very unique atmosphere with old pianos from fhe beginning of 20. Century...very nice music, pleasent environment , nice people who work there..
Food is fantastic: Vegetable Platter was my choice, Austrian Goulash my husband's choice...
We will certanly come again soon
Lovely fresh comfort food, player pianos ...
Lovely fresh comfort food, player pianos, art nouveau decor, quirky staff. We were seated and then ordered at the back bar. Properly salted butter with the bread. Steak cooked to a perfect medium as requested. Goulash rated as "standard." Tax and gratuity added to total bill. The food wasn't adventurous but it was prepared well, and we loved the ambiance. Will return.
Player pianos and well-prepared vittles
Other reviews have talked about the semi-self-service (order at the bar) and the interesting space. I was pleasantly surprised, though, by that space, and the range of player pianos and music. Food was great -- it's a limited menu, but well-prepared. We started with the special salad with pears and blue cheese, which was light and delicious. My husband loved his very authentic german stew; I had a fish special which was also well-prepared. Dessert was the only disappointment: the crumble had very little fruit -- it was mostly topping.
Great spot with fun music :D
Loved the ambiance and energy of this quaint restaurant. The decor is so nice and the different instruments are fun to watch.
The food was a bit salty for my pallet however the portions are very generous. Would definitely recommend others to try the place. One thing to call out is that parking maybe an issue so arrive early.
We will definitely go try out the ice cream floats and fountain soda :)
This restaurant is a little unusual with its player pianos, jukeboxes, and other auto-mechanical instruments providing frequent entertainment. The food is very good, and there is a little DIY vib when you order from the bar rather than at your table. The prices are more modest because of that, but the food tastes great and this place is well worth visiting.
We loved this restaurant
We enjoyed all the player pianos and nickelodions and the mechanical violin. The wine list suited us well. The prices were very fair and the quality of the wine was very good. We all raved about the food, and they accommodated two of us who are gluten intolerant.
Yummy food & old-time custom made soda drinks
I really loved the player pianos and the overall atmosphere. And the food was delicious! The treats that really got my attention, though, were the custom sodas from the old-time soda fountain! I had a sour cherry phosphate (with fresh lime juice), and it was a wonderful taste that I haven't experienced since I was a little kid. The cheese plate appetizer was top-notch, and the Austrian goulash with home made spaetzel was soooo good. My wife had the special eggplant parmigiana, and even the marinara sauce had exquisite and subtle flavors. I can't wait to go back!
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