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, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
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Orchestria Palm Court Ratings and Reviews
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!
This place has great ambiance! Really friendly staff!
The four of us had a very good meal, good time.
All four meals were excellent. They were cooked perfectly and were all very tasty. Just delicious.
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.
Amazing atmosphere service and food. The ...
Amazing atmosphere service and food. The music machines are wonderful and make for a really pleasant dining experience. The food was Cooke well and the old style fountain drinks were very tasty!
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
Unique restaurant. Love the music from ...
Unique restaurant. Love the music from the player pianos. Food is always good. Wine list leaves a bit to be desired. Overall we visit whenever we can.
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 :)
A Bygone Era
This restaurant is filled with player pianos, a record player that plays 78s and music from the 1900s. The food is very good and it was a wonderful dining experience.
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!
Unique in San Jose
The restaurant has several player pianos and similar instruments that provide background music throughout the night. They rotate through a number of them, and it can be loud if you are sitting next to one when it is its turn to play. Sit back and enjoy the music. The menu is not large, but food is good with several specialties. Check the menu at their website. We especially enjoyed their desserts. I haven't had a phosphate in many years. The Lava cake was great. Most (all?) are made from scratch. But the warm desserts take time. Hence we ran short on time when one of desserts took longer than expected. They suggest allowing 15 minutes; next time I will place the dessert order before finishing the meal. Order at the rear bar, and food is brought to your table. No tipping, but a 15% service charge is added. I'm not sure of the hours, but if timing works, I think it would be a great place to drop in just for coffee and dessert
Ragtime with Yummy Food!
This restaurant is the only one I've ever eaten in where I've been serenaded by player pianos! This can be a bit startling, but it's fun, and the food is certainly worth it! I had their Chicken Saltimbocca which was delicious. I make this dish, and I thought Orchestria's version was very, very good. Their pear salad with gorgonzola was delish, and lightly enough dressed for me. I had their special coffee which was very good and well caffeinated between the espresso and hot chocolate. Dessert was organic ice cream, Chocolate & Strawberry. The scoops were small and just enough after eating everything in sight. The restaurant employs an unusual way to place orders and pay - after you decide what you want, you go up to the bar to order your beverage, appetizer and main course, and after you're done with that, you go up to order dessert and coffee or other beverages. Then, after you've consumed everything, you pay. 15% gratuity is included, so you don't need to figure out a tip. Prices are reasonable, and everyone in our party was pleased with their food. I have no hesitation recommending it and will probably go back!
It was great as usual.
It was great as usual. The food and drinks are great. I wish the lights were a little lower because the other times I have been there it was a little darker and more romantic. The staff is great and the theme is great. I will definitely go back again.
Don't miss this gem!
I've been here only once and I love the this place! Its beautiful selection of music machines and old style decor make this place extremely unique. The food was great and the prices are very reasonable. Thank you for sharing your love for music machines and food with us!
Interesting, Kinda Fun
This is a very interesting place. It is filled with a variety of player pianos, old jukeboxes, and various mechanical music players, and they rotate among them, each playing a song followed by the next one. It's a small place, only about a dozen tables, and there is no traditional wait staff - they seat you and give you a menu and specials card, but you order at the bar and settle your bill there, as well. A fixed 15% is added to the tab. The menu is not very broad, but the food is pretty good. We both had the rib eye steak, and we both loved it. There are a number of nice places opening in the SoFA district, and this should be considered one of the good ones.
The space is nice. The place is clean. My main dish was from the Specials menu. It was delicious. My dessert was from the normal menu and it was pedestrian. The ambience of the player pianos is nice. However, they are quite loud.
We hadn't been here since the ending of the 2013-14 theater season. We enjoyed the return very much. The chicken and squash were delicious; the staff very fine. We hope that Orchestria is considering serving lunch at some point. We'd be there.
Plan to relax and enjoy
Don't go if you want a quick dinner! The food is well-prepared and served with care. This is a place where you should savor the tasty offerings, listen to the player pianos, catch up with your table mates and enjoy the evening. The little gem salad is a gem. Lovely spinach salad also. Always a vegetarian choice. Fun and unique.
This is the second time we have dined at this restaurant. What a great experience. All those player pianos playing add to the experience. Service is excellent. You order at the bar much like an old fashioned saloon. The food is delivered to you terrible. I had the sea bass. It was so good. The waiter recommended a great red wine. Fun dining experience.
Service was very very slow, compared to ...
Service was very very slow, compared to other times we have eaten here.
Friendly, on-time service for our theate ...
Friendly, on-time service for our theater reservation. Very good salads and soup. Excellent salmon and steak. Mashed potatoes not hot.
What a Disaster!
This place was a good idea, but they are clueless when it comes to service. I've been there a few times new because it's across the street from my favorite theater and it really is different and the food is decent. But it takes at least an hour to get a single dish out, they are constantly out of things, there are NO waiters (you have to go to the counter to place your own order and even to settle the bill) and there is still a mandatory 15% tipping that goes to the busboys I assume. I was embarrassed in front of my guests for the LONG waits (we were there for 2 hours are were told there was no time for dessert, a root beer float). 2 tables had to leave for the theatre with no dinner.
This was one of the worst dining experiences of my life (over 50 years). Simple facts: reservation for 6 pm, table of 4, arrived at 6:05. Ordered food approximately 6:20 pm. Wanted a bottle of wine for the table, but at least two of the 6 or 7 red wines on the menu were unavailable, so got our 3rd choice. 6:40 PM: told the waiter that we had theater tickets and had to be done by 7:30. 7 pm: they told us they were 'all out' of bread. At 7:10 we reminded the waiter that we still had a theater date at 7:30. At 7:15 the head waiter apologetically said our meals would take at least another 10 minutes. He had no alternatives, not even some appetizers that would require no cooking and minimal prep. So we cancelled our meals and left hungry.
Arrived 15 minutes late though half the tables were still empty - but the server made a comment about our tardiness. It took 10 minutes to receive a menu because they didn't have enough. They were out of our first choice of wine, and then said they were out of our second choice as well. We were given a choice of a couple others but told the J.Lohr was "very expensive" (I guess I didn't look like I could afford it??). THEN we waited AN HOUR AND 15 MINUTES for our food. My guest loved the sauce on her shrimp Puttanesca, and my jalapeno brie sauce was delicious, but the chicken was dry and overcooked. We were comped two glasses of wine when we asked, but no real apologies or explanations given. Another couple walked out with no meal.
We went to Orchestria Palm Court for dinner before a show at City National Civic. This restaurant is so unique and was a really fun and different experience. Old player pianos and music machines play (one at a time) during your meal. There is a working popcorn machine from 1910 that they use for special events. The food was good, but not quite worthy of the high prices. I would recommend this restaurant mainly for the ambience, but maybe skip the appetizer or dessert if you are looking for a more affordable meal.
Charming venue particularly when not ove ...
Charming venue particularly when not overly busy. Had great service and a fun time.
Super slow service, it appears as though ...
Super slow service, it appears as though they complete on service/table before moving to the next order. The food was just okay, over cooked bow tie pasta that fell apart, tough mushrooms and burnt bacon bits. As close as this place is to The Stage Theatre, you would think it would have more business, but the food and slow service may put people off.
A lovely venue before SJ Stage play
This is my second time at Orchestria Palm Court and I just love it. It's quite Victorian/Edwardian with the player pianos and feels like a very personal space. The food is delicious - a little spotty at times in terms of what to expect but always good. The wine list is sparing and value-priced but well thought-out. The tea and desserts are lovely!
Food was delicious, service great. Small but really well priced wine list. A wonderful downtown find.
A pleasant surprise!
We are so glad that we read a review about this place in the newspaper. We decided to give it a try and were so pleased with the ambiance, the wonderful collection of antique piano players that work, the good food and service. However, it is not a regular table service where a waiter takes your order. At this restaurant, one person in the party goes to the counter-bar and places the order for the whole party.
An enjoyable experience
We went recently on a Sunday for an early dinner, so there were only a few other tables occupied at the time. The staff was very friendly and helpful in explaining how everything worked (ordering at the bar, etc.), and I think the system worked well. They even apologized for the noise after a player piano right next to us finished its performance, but we were not bothered by it. We enjoyed the music. The food was quite good and the service helpful and prompt.
This was our third visit to Palm Court and was the best of the three. The service and timing of food was much improved over our first two visits. My steak was rare and my husband's halibut cooked very nicely. The presentation of food was very nice. This time the server was attentive and kept our water glasses filled and checked on us during the meal.
Nice stop before or after theater
The player pianos are a nice old fashioned touch, especially with Bonnie & Clyde playing next door. I would not go out of my way to dine here again though. No table service, other than food delivery, is odd. We got there early so there was no line for ordering, but if it was busy that would be an issue. My husband enjoyed his rib-eye, my chicken was good but the bread pudding badly burned and black on the bottom. No comment from the waiter or credit given on the bill. This is a small restaurant, that could be much more.
The food was fine. I realize that the pl ...
The food was fine. I realize that the player pianos are part of the ambience, but they were too loud and made conversation difficult. This is a great place for dinner before attending the SJ Stage next door.
Quirky Dining Experience
A somewhat bizarre, yet interesting, culinary experience. Food was good enough, but the service almost non-existent. They hi-lite "NO TIPPING" yet they include an almost 17% tip in the bill. Have to order meals, drinks, etc at the bar, then a waiter delivers to table. Not even after-meal coffee was offered by waiter and the bartender/owner then made the de-caf, but forgot to serve it even though we told them we were on a little time crunch due to theater tics. Bottom line is that it's quite misleading and by including a full-service tip to the menu, then not providing it, left me & my wife with a less than pleased "after-taste." Too bad, since the concept along with the antique player pianos is pretty cool. Two thumbs down:(:(
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