Citrus @ Hotel Valencia Santana Row
Citrus @ Hotel Valencia Santana Row

Citrus @ Hotel Valencia Santana Row

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.hotelvalencia-santanarow.com/citrus.htm
  • Phone: 4084235400x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
    Private Party Events
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Ocean Orssten
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Citrus Restaurant can accommodate private parties of up to 100 people.
  • Private Party Contact: William Barba 4084235415x
  • Special Events: Private Party Events
    Please contact Josh Perry, Restaurant Manager, at jperry@valenciagroup.com.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Located inside Hotel Valencia Santana Row
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet parking for Citrus patrons. Free self-parking is also available.
A word from Citrus @ Hotel Valencia Santana Row
Enjoy fine dining in San Jose in a modern setting. Sheer curtains, Venetian plants, warm walls, and terracotta ceilings create an engaging and versatile environment -- perfect for your next romantic evening, group gathering, or business dinner. Our menu, consisting of classics with a creative twist, is sure to have something to please every palate.

Hearty steaks, fresh seafood, and flavorful vegetarian plates are among our specialties. Dine in the open-air, European-style courtyard near the fountain for an especially memorable experience.

*Citrus offers complimentary valet parking six days a week, Monday through Saturday.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Citrus @ Hotel Valencia Santana Row reviews from OpenTable diners
29 reviews since April 29, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.8
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
73% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (14)romantic (13)fit for foodies (8)good for groups (8)great for outdoor dining (4)vibrant bar scene (3)notable wine list (3)neighborhood gem (2)late-night find (2)hot spot (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Sat night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    It was nice and easy getting a reservation for a Saturday night. My salmon was cooked perfectly
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • better appetizer than entrees
    speedy
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We like appetizer more than entree.. but overall it's good food and dining experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum!
    Runsforcarbs
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    This was my second time dining at citrus and I've been pleased with it both times. Helpful wait staff and GREAT food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodie
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Celebrated a friend's birthday here on a week night. Neither of us had been here before and enjoyed this restaurant in the Valencia hotel. The dishes were creative and nicely presented. I had the wild salmon and my friend had the seared tuna. Both delicious. Service was excellent. Ambiance great, especially for conversation. Overall a good dinner and I highly recommend this restaurant in Santana Row.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Food
    chewie
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Good Food - sauce on the hanger steak was good, ribeye was good. Great service. Wine list not updated as to year offered on line and in the restaurant. Expected a 92 pt wine. Could have brought one from home even with the $25 cork fee since it was anniversary dinner. Other than that (should have called to make sure) everything was fine.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • citrus Review
    citrus
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The service was really lacking. after we were seated, we sat for about 10 minutes before anyone can to table. the hostess vey loudly said there would be a corkage for the champagne I had brought which I knew because I called ahead. The waiter forget the first course of on our guests which was awkward. the salmon was fine but the accompanying noodles were very very salty.. the waiter made a mistake pouring the champagne and it did it very unevenly. I will not return again.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WhateverVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Menu just changed, and not for the better in my opinion. Had the buttermilk chicken, came on the bone and had barely any meat on it. Surprisingly limited wine list. Used to take large groups here for company dinners, as it is fairly private and every menu choice was really good. Also, it has a really nice courtyard which they need to take more advantage of for diners.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • very ordinary
    gorgeVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    this is our second time at Citrus and it was about the same as the first experience. Food is very ordinary and nothing to note at all. Our waiter was friendly and attentive but the overall experience was not great
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Average food
    FoodierachVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Nothing great about this place. It's located in a popular and vibrant location of Santana Row. The food was ok, nothing to rave about. Definitely check out V-bar but skip the Citrus restaurant. You can find better food elsewhere in Santana Row.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Our waiter- Nick was really nice and he did make sure that we were happy with everything. Excellent job he did!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not what we expected
    Foodie
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We ordered a salad and an entree. We waited at least 30 minutes for the salad and about Two minutes later our entree arrived. They said they could hold it for us but when they came back it was cold. We ordered the flap steak which tasted fine but the potatoes & veggies were totally tasteless. I expected more from a restaurant of this caliber.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nice steak, burned fish
    GoldBlocks
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    My husband and I went there to have dinner on a Saturday. The atmosphere and services were nice. The steak we ordered was pretty good. The fish that we got was not that tasty because it was burned at the bottom. Other than that, over all it was not bad.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We'd go back!!!!
    REJL
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    The perfect weather invited us to dine outside. Our waiter Eric was GREAT. Friendly - knowledgeable - with a taste of fun.....aka perfect. His recommendation for wine was right on - a fantastic zinfandel.....the two appetizers we had were mouth-watering and fresh. The entrees were simple yet delicious. My husband's birthday was acknowledged with a complimentary egg-nog brûlée which he couldn't stop raving about. The venue, weather, waiter, wine and food together gave us the perfect evening out.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    DanRVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    My wife and I dined at Citrus for the first time and were very pleasantly surprised. The food was outstanding, the decor very pleasant and the noise level low enough to carry on a conversation with ease. We split an heirloom tomato salad (the kitchen was kind enough to split it for us) and had the ahi tuna and the wild salmon. Both were perfectly prepared and delicious. The waiter was very helpful in describing the dishes. We recommend this restaurant whole heartedly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Intimate, tasty, pleasant meal
    HungryDinerVIP
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    We came for restaurant week and I was very pleased with the overall feel/decor. The busser was rather gruff and unsmiling but our server started off strong and was polite (however we had to strain to find him for refills when our cocktail was empty). The booth we were seated at was lovely but we could hear every detail of the tacky conversation from the table next to us. An overall good first impression.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 14 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 366 reviews are from the Citrus @ Hotel Valencia Santana Row reviews archive.
  • food
    shadylamp
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    The mushroom pasta dish is not good. That's not a fine dining dish. Tastes like hamburger helper.
    Special Features:
    Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A favorite spot in Santana Row
    SanJose
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    Always a great experience with good menu choices and generous servings. Great ambiance for a special occasion and tasteful decor. Patio would be a great casual dining option if it is utilized for dining?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey
    Rams
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    For the food quality, price is high. There was not a single dish that we finished. Too many good choices in the neighborhood
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Dinner
    PamSVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We had the very best experience while eating at Citrus for my birthday dinner. Dear friends joined us. We sat outside and had the most amazing meal. All 4 of us were blown away with how enjoyable the entire experience was. We are already planning our next outing at Citrus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    Dc29
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    My husband and I went there for our anniversary , we completely loved it . The food was delicious and the service was great .They also gave us a complimentary dessert for our anniversary . Yes I think it's a Beautiful place to go and eat and will definitely return . Pricing is reasonable too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience. Every time
    ARSanJoseVIP
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Great experience. Every time I dine at Citrus I'm blown away by the steak. Beats any steakhouse!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Short ribs were amazing!
    Nicolle
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Excellent food & very nice ambiance! Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Citris Food
    John
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    Four of us ate inside at citrus....Two of us ordered the bbq pork cutlet and told the waiter not to overcook the pork....What we got was a large pork loin which was sliced in 3/8" slices....IT WAS SO OVERDONE IT WAS LIKE EATING A DRIED PIECE OF MEAT....Thew only thing that saved the few pieces I ate was the aisan (soy) sauce served on the side and you could dip a piece of meat in it for some moisture.....Also, the rice was very undercooked and was very crunchy....I will never go back or recommend Citrus to friends...John
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Food for Foodies
    creichmuth
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    Have you ever had raw abalone? Visit Citrus and enjoy this absolute delight. We also had perfectly seared scallops before sadly leaving and "dinner hopping" down the row. Our server, Manuel was also wonderful. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine's Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My husband and I had the most wonderful dinner at Citrus. We had the special prefixed menu, and the 5 course meal was AMAZING!! The dishes were exotic...ranging from grilled oyster shooters to skate wing with abalone to miso braised oxtail, to name a few. The dessert was also extremely decadent.We even got complimentary champagne! Service was perfect and we were very impressed.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine's 2014
    Dine214
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Thank you for the wonderful experience on Valentine's day. Our server was very polite and attentive to our needs. We received complementary champagne due to the slight wait which was very short. Our only complaint was that the sauce used on the ribeye plate was extremely salty. The overal meal was almost perfect, and the dining experience was one of the best we have ever had.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good not great
    Winedog40
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Service and ambience great, food good and wine list good. Server opened a fresh bottle of wine for wine by the glass which was exceptional service. We'll go back for a second try when we're in the area.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just what we wanted
    cmendez
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Citrus offered an escape from the crazy Santana row noisy crowds & crowded restaurants. It was nice, quite, relaxing. The Filet we had was cooked perfectly, wine was great, service was great too. Would go again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    brunch
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    The service was very good. It was Christmas eve and the place was nearly deserted. The food unfortunately was a disappointment. While the short ribs were tasty and tender the polenta was bland and tasteless. The mushroom risotto was a big surprise. It was salad macaroni instead of the familiar risotto. The waitperson was charming and attentive. I think we must of been there on an off night.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Christmas dinner
    NicoleJ
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    we chose citrus for dinner because it was one of the only restaurants open on Christmas that was in a nice area. The restaurant is on the 3rd floor of the Valencia hotel with a beautiful courtyard. The food was very good. The restaurant is beautiful but it was pretty noisy for a restaurant that was only about a third full. Maybe it was because it was Christmas but I didn't think that the service was up to par. the wait staff was very pleasant just slow. In all fairness I would have to give them another try on a non holiday evening to see how the restaurant really measures up.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Date Spot
    AubreyDiner
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Citrus is a good choice for someone looking for quieter, more romantic place for dinner. There was no rush, the ambiance was good, as was the meal.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Citrus not bitter-sweet
    RichS
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    Citrus is located in the Valencia Hotel, in the heart of San Jose's new up-scale shopping and dining district .. Santana Row .. They have "cubicles" of sorts .. which enclose your table on three sides, and separated from other areas by chain "veils" that give you a wonderful sense of privacy, and VERY quiet and romantic. The service was a little too leisurely for me, but others who wished to spend more time dining might have found it just fine. It was a wonderful evening and I recommend "Citrus" to all. They currently have a Wednesday special, where all wine is 50% off when purchased by the bottle. http://www.hotelvalencia-santanarow.com/citrus.htm
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our waiter was professional
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Our waiter was professional and very attentive. Food was average. Nothing special. I liked that menu was short, but food preparation was not something you would expect from such restaurant and prices. I expected more.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • yummy
    imsohungry
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    Appetizers were delicious. We got the tuna tartare and diver scallops, we could have eaten those all night! For the entree, I got the filet of beef, medium rare, and it almost melted in my mouth. Others got the pasta, seared tuna, and seabass, and they said it was quite good as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden Gem, Will Return
    WGLocalDinerVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    Once you actually find the restaurant (I had to ask the hotel staff to find it), you find a quiet, reserved ambiance with a surprisingly few guests for a Friday evening at 6:45PM. Given that the hopping hotspot bar is across the courtyard, the restaurant may get more busy late in the evening. Citrus provides a measured dining experience (as in, not rushed). Fortunately, every dish is worth the wait. Even the bread is served with a butter infused with orange olive oil that adds a unique and pleasant taste. Appetizer flavors were complex and delightful, and all the main courses, from short ribs to whitefish to rack of lamb were excellent and interesting in their presentation and taste. Overall prices reasonable, ~$50/person w/wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, pleasant ambience
    harpoVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    A very pleasant, enjoyable dining experience. Compact menu, lots of beef, some chicken / fish / vegetarian dishes. All well-prepared. Knowledgeable and helpful waiters.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • so close
    crabcake
    Dined on 10/28/2013
    Great space and nice menu. Service was excellent and they are very attentive to people with dietary restrictions (gluten, dairy etc). Wine list by the glass is limited. The Brussels sprouts were under cooked and so where the bean in the lamb dish (chef should taste before sending to table). Would be nice to add Almond milk to serve as non-dairy with coffee. Will try them again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Innovative Food Excellent Service
    minicakeVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    Dinner started with very fresh hot sourdough rolls with a unique and delicious crock of butter topped with blood orange olive oil and grated orange zest. My salmon had perfectly crispy skin and moist meat and came with pistachio tahini, Israeli couscous and roasted black garlic. My guest had the chef’s special, Korean short ribs that were braised, then battered and fried, kind of Korean BBQ meets tempura. It was creative and delicious. We really appreciated the innovative food and use of wonderful ingredients. The prices are very reasonable for the quality of the dishes, and the service was excellent. The restaurant is beautifully decorated and the perfect setting for an enjoyable dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Somewhat disappointed
    rpkahn
    Dined on 10/22/2013
    I signed up through OpenTable because there was suppose to be prix fixe program with listed restaurants in San Jose during a particular week in October. Not to be true for Citrus. The appetizers were very good but skimpy. I ordered a special which was a chappino. It was extremely spicy which overwhelmed any flavor. The staff was very accommodating and the short ribs that I ordered as a replacement was an excellent dish. I was looking forward to this visit based on my recollection of having been there six months ago when everything was excellent and was generally disappointed that the food was a notch below what I had the last time. I am not certain I will go back but know that I will take it off my special occasions list. Great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A very lovely Birthday dinner.
    salazar79
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    Everything here from ambiance, waiters, hostess and food is exceptional. You are greeted warmly when you walk in, are checked on multiple times to make sure everything is tasting well and wait time for food is very short. I had the Chefs sea food special "Cioppino" which included Trout,Clams,Scallops,Shrimp,Calamari and some type of grilled bread, all sum-urged in the tomato wine sauce. Everything tasted hearty, fresh and seasoned perfectly. My mom had the Kobe Rib Eye steak which had minimal fat on it and cooked just right. Very tender as well. We were going to pass on dessert, but our waiter (thanks again Eric) surprised us with a tasty Birthday Creme Brulè. I highly recommend eating here if you are in the mood for a fancy dinner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.