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Left Bank Santana Row
Left Bank Santana Row

Left Bank Santana Row Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.leftbank.com
  • Phone: (408) 984-3500
  • Hours of Operation: Monday: 11:30am - 10pm
    Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 11pm
    Saturday: 11:00am - 11pm
    Sunday: 10:30am - 10pm

    Brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday from opening until 2:30pm
    (lunch menu also served)

    Happy Hour offered Monday - Friday
    4:00pm – 6:00pm and 9:00pm - close
    (bar only)
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: David Bastide
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Planning a special event? Create memories at Left Bank. We have several private dining rooms and spaces available. Each room offers something special. Choose from four private spaces, both indoor and outdoor.Please contact our Events Coordinator, Caroline Latorre-Herning: 408.984.4229, or cherning@leftbank.com, or visit us at www.leftbank.com.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cross Street: Stevens Creek
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Free public parking to patrons.
A word from Left Bank Santana Row
Left Bank is an authentic Parisian-style brasserie located in San Jose's vibrant Santana Row. Open since 2003, Left Bank transports guests to a quaint brasserie in Paris, where diners feast upon classic French cuisine in a charming brasserie setting along the boulevard, where people watching is at its best. Inside, the wonderful energy of an authentic French brasserie is in the air. Boasting Santana Row's largest bar, Left Bank is a place to see and be seen.

The large, casual elegant main dining room offers everything from a family table of 20, to a quiet, romantic table for two. The open exhibition kitchen provides onlookers a window into the magic our chefs create. Whether simply sipping a pastis or enjoying a full meal, diners capture the true feeling of the Rive Gauche in Paris.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "The food is a little above average, but the atmosphere is fun and lively."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "We were two for dinner. Our OpenTable reservation gave us the outdoor seating we had requested. Service was great and food was, as usual, very good. We had a wonderful bottle of wine, the Salad Nicoise and Crab salad. Both salads were very fresh, beautifully presented, and delicious."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We ordered an appetizer, a salad, and a main course, and elected to have them come separately; but then we had to wait an eternity between each one. At a restaurant of this caliber, they could at least have the next course ready when we have finished the last; but instead the wait was 10-15 minutes between each one, with no plausible explanation."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "I love the Left Bank. This was my first time for brunch, I usually come for dinner. Great spot with awesome food. Our waiter this time around was not the best, but the support staff was there to save the day. I will definitely keep coming back."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "The food is pumped out like a conveyor belt - with weak execution and no focus on quality. The fancy french words can't change the fact that you're paying too much for too little. All of this is reflected in the service in which the servers don't care and the runners carry the food around like it's a football. Go for the outdoor ambiance and leave it at that."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Left Bank. Though it was a really warm day we still opted for a table outside , fortunately it was shaded. Our party stayed about 4.5 hours. We had told our server that we be enjoying a leisurely night and she paced it just right ! She was wonderful not hovering over us every minute and not ignoring us either. She was there at the right time. The ambience was wonderful, with the warmer days we've been having it made for perfect dining outside and people-watching. The food was good , no disappointments but no super-wow factors either. Maybe all the distractions outside took away from that. So it was a great evening , catching up with our friends,Left Bank certainly came Through."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Brought in a group for a nice dinner from out of town. The restaurant was not busy and neither was the kitchen; however service was so slow we had to select quickly prepared meals so we could make our flight in time. The food was good, but the staff wasn't able to anticipate our needs. With a reservation it took 45 minutes before our orders were taken. I do not think we will be coming back."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Too noisy. Too many people. Too few servers. Got escargot before wine. Then had to wait half an hour for dinner. Couple next came later but got their dinner before us. We had the same order and server. And we had to ask for the fries that came with dinner. Never again."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Another great lunch experience at LB Santana Row; our favorites were the hamburger, salads and the mussels, they were consistently good."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Always a great place for lunch....especially when you can eat outside and catch up on life with a friend. Service was excellent. Attentive but let you be to enjoy your conversation. I need to change my review name to NOT disappointed. :)"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "The food is just ok. We ordered grilled bream and sea food stew, not very impressive. Grilled bream is better. Maybe we didn't order right. There were event and some big tables there, which made it very noisy. Not good for people who want to have some personal talk or like to find some romance there. Service is good though."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "I dined here on 7/15, we were a group of eight. As it was a business dinner, I wanted somewhere with good food that wasn't too loud so we could all talk. This restaurant fit the bill perfectly. The food was very good to excellent - I had a roasted lamb shoulder that was quite awesome. The price was not unreasonable either. I would come here again."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "The menu is great for those who would like to eat a French meal. The food is great. I will recommend this restaurant to those who would like for a lunch or dinner menu. Its the best!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "I've been to Left Bank several times. The food is always excellent. However, last night the service was horrible. There was confusion with our reservation, so we had to wait quite a while for a table. Then we were put way in the back and while our waiter was nice he was NOT attentive. It took forever to get his attention. I will probably give them another try in the future, but if it was like last night then I won't be back."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We love this place. We used to live in near the border with France and this reminds us of the bistros we used to eat at when we lived there. My wife has the steak frites and the beef tartar appetizer every time we eat here. It's worth checking out if you haven't already. Lunch I like the croque monsieur and I am set for the day."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Nasty Bites Appetizers were creative and succulent."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "This was my first time eating at Left Bank . Met a friend there for lunch .We were seated outside and the weather was nice . I ordered the dungeness crab salad and it was delicious! The service was great . The meal was on time . And our waiter was very attentive. We will definitely be back for lunch . I live in Serrano so its very convenient ."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "I have been coming to this restaurant for a few years already and every time I have a great experience. The food is good and the service has always been outstanding. Jennifer our waitress was great!. We had 2 kids and she did everything she could to accommodate any needs and she was very efficient and fast considering we were a party of 7."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I booked my wife's 60th B-day dinner here after having a wonderful Dinner a couple of weeks ago. The whole night seemed like we went to a different place. I ordered the same dinner I had before because it was so good. This time the"Medium Rare lamb" was like eating jerky, dry and hard. It seemed like it was leftover from the night before and reheated. I was going to send it back , but it took forever for the waitress to check back with us on "How is everything?", so I just ate it in frustration. My wife also ordered the same "Free Range chicken" Also DRY! I was EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED this time. Worst of all it happened on what was supposed to be a special night for my wife!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "This is a great place for sidewalk dining. If more umbrellas could be arranged to provide more shade on hot, sunny days, it would be even better!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Everything was promising. The menu looked great but the taste .... Well no taste! You have to be genius to ruin escargot in butter and garlic sauce. Overpriced. Menu has a lot of potential with the new chef."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I love the salad Nicoise here! Just the right amount of salad, tuna, etc. Delicious and healthy !"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I have loved Left bank for years, but it seems as if they are now riding on their popularity and not providing the high quality they used to. We went for a birthday dinner, and our service was extremely slow (and cranky). Drinks and bread took forever, though we ordered an appetizer that required bread to be eaten. There were absolutely no veg. options; we could ask for the 2 pasta dishes without bacon. That's it. And the price of the entrees has not gone down, but they have lost their sides. One of us ordered trout ($30), and it was literally a piece of fish with a few pieces of diced tomato on top. No veggies. Most entrees that used to come with delicious veggies now come with just fries. Sadly, we won't be going back."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We were very well taken care of. I love the Left Bank and will continue coming back for events of varying sizes."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "I hosted some business associates for a casual dinner. Although the restaurant was lively, we had no trouble conversing. We had to wait 10 minutes for initial service and told our server we thought she had forgotten us. After that she provided outstanding service."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The lamb was hard even though the waiter kept recommending it by saying it's rele tender etc. it's dried and hard. The appetizer was ok. That's why I don't recommend the food. The ambience is good. Waiter very friendly although I don't know how much I can trust the recommendation after trying the lamb."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "It was Monday eve meaning not busy compares to weekend BUT service was so slow, extremely slow for whatever reason. Our reservation was 6:45, it got there at 6:25 to tell them we are now 14 guests instead of 10. The restaurant was pretty empty but they didn't have our table ready until 7:00. Unacceptable! Then the overall service is horribly slow, from taking orders to bringing them out. The bread baskets are embarrassing, each tiny basket consists of 2, 3 if lucky, small pieces of bread, cold and hard to chew. Never seen any restaurants serving bread in such small basket let alone just a very few bread pieces lost in the bottom of baskets! I feel so ashamed treating our family n friends, some from out of town n have never been there!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "I brought out-of-town colleagues here for dinner. We sat outside and had a nice view of the SR scene. Cameron provided excellent service, as did wait support staff."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Best in town French restaurant that is kid-friendly, accessible, and affordable. Feel like a special dinner, then I just pull my phone to openTable, find the time to book a table for 4. I mention 2 kids there then they bring kids menu. We like the bordeaux wine by glass and the authentic French foods. The portion is not super large which is actually good. I like trout, skirt steaks, and other sides like truffled fries."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I don't know where they buy their oysters, but mine were very Laiteuses, sorry I don't know how to say this in English, and it took them over 30 mn to bring them to our table! The Caille was half cooked, and no taste. The rest was ok. Our server was very nice, I don't remember her name."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We went to celebrate our birthdays, and have our annual Steak Frites. The new additions to the menu where so exciting, we split the Steak Frites and ordered 2 other entrees! Walked out of there stuffed, but totally happy! From the new mozzarella salad to the Peach Melba (!), the dinner was perfect! Which I could afford to eat here (calories and $$$) every week. Max, our waiter, made it such a wonderful delight!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I think it's a new menu but a not very exciting one. The $19 trout was just a piece of fish on the plate. No sides, no rice or anything. Disappointing."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Left Bank offers a small brunch menu in addition to their always satisfying lunch menu. The omlet I had was perfectly done with a nice mix of herbs and a satisfying portion of potatoes. At the table next to me, a gentleman had a dish that looked like french toast and he nearly picked up the plate and licked it clean! If you are looking for an extensive brunch menu, you may be disappointed, but if you are dining with a mixed group - some who want breakfast, some who want lunch, Left Bank is a good choice at Santana Row."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We can count on giving our visiting friends a well designed French menu in an attractive setting. Service generally contributes to having a good time without being unnecessarily intrusive. The walk around Santana Row after lunch is a nice touch. Someone usually will buy something that they haven't seen elsewhere."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We had Fathers Day/Birthday dinner at Left Bank. We sat outside, but it was getting breezy and no one asked us if we wanted a heat lamp and finally had to ask. It was noisy, the service very spotty. We asked our waiter twice for bread, and he finally asked a busboy and then said "Sometimes they listen, sometimes they don't, and if they don't then we don't share our tips." That's great to tell a customer that. I had a lousy birthday drink that took forever to arrive. We had good carrot soup, my mother and I had pretty good almond trout, father enjoyed the sausage he had, but what a ruckus atmosphere, and I wished I were elsewhere! The dessert was a bad take on affogato, with thick cream. We got the wrong check and a look when he saw his tip."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The trout was excellent. Server was very friendly and food was prepared promptly."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We had a great Father's Day, the selection was excellent, the food was well prepared and succulent. The service was good, a little slow towards the end. The ambience was very good, a pleasant view of Santana Row and passing pedestrians and pooches."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "A great brunch for our party of 6. Service was great, food was terrific, most notably the salmon and potatoe hash. It is a bit loud and makes conversation a bit harder."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Stopped in after late shopping. Dependable as always! Everyone enjoyed their late dinner and desserts. They fought over the chocolate cake and sorbet :) Great server too! Yum!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We were party of 2 at dinner, and was given a table by the side door (that goes to the patio). They left the door propped wide open b/c they were serving tables outside. We were very cold and asked multiple times to keep the door closed or move us to another table. They said no other tables available. They closed the door for us once, and within minutes, it was propped open again because another waiter walked thru. After several iterations of this, we gave up. Our waitress didn't bother to communicate this to the other staff nor did she try to keep the door closed herself. Took forever for her to bring us the bill, then 20 mins more to collect the bill+credit card, then another 20 mins to bring it back to us for signature."
    Dined on 6/13/2014