Left Bank Santana Row
Left Bank Santana Row

Left Bank Santana Row

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.leftbank.com/
  • Phone: 4089843500x
  • 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
Left Bank Santana Row reviews from OpenTable diners
236 reviews since May 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (128)great for lunch (90)great for brunch (71)special occasion (71)fit for foodies (65)good for groups (59)romantic (45)neighborhood gem (41)notable wine list (33)kid-friendly (33)vibrant bar scene (31)hot spot (30)scenic view (22)late-night find (20)Show More
  • Great seafood Stew
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had a seafood stew that was better than any bouillabaisse I have ever eaten. Service was exceptional and very friendly. Great outdoor seating on the action packed Santana Row. WE had a blast!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Anniversary Dinner
    Summer
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Only problem was the noise level, which made conversation a little difficult. Waitstaff were attentive and friendly without being intrusive. Would recommend for any occasion!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was wonderful.
    LoveParis
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Great service & good food selection. Just a bit too noisy for me for easy dinner conversation for a large group
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the Gazpacho
    FoodieMom
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    It's hard to fine a yummy gazpacho so if it's you thing, Left Bank is for you.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Vrai Francaise!
    Tahoefoodie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My husband is French and quite discerning when it comes to his native menu. He said it was incredibly authentic and he could eat there for a week straight. Personally, I enjoyed the classic Steak Frites and the kids were well taken care of. The host and server were great. It's a lively place where you can eat like an adult, but enjoy the company of your kids without bothering the other patrons. Fantastic meal.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Top notch bistro
    Luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Excellent food always with any of their restaurants. It was hard to choose what to eat because the menu is great . So we ordered a lot of dishes and took home leftovers .
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oldschool
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Recall food being better the last time I visited. Did not seem to have the selection or portions quite like before
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family friendly food
    AngelaVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The children's menu suited my 3 year old and 19 month old grandson's perfectly. We were able to celebrate a family birthday meal with everyone enjoying their food. The children were fed quickly which made things easier on the rest of us. The lamb was excellent and the mussel appetizer was ideally seasoned. A very nice place to celebrate family events.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service and outdoor seating
    HappyFoodie
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    I enjoy coming here especially to try out their unique dishes. I had their salad with a pouched egg on top, yummy. Sat outside where they have a set up like paris where people can sit and enjoy coffe while enjoying a convo. Our waitress was friendly and informative. Also gave my furry friend a treat and water bowl =]
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • waiter favored my sexy friend
    mazzy
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I have a sexy girlfirend. This waiter never looked at me but only to take the initial order. I don't mind but when I'm paying, I expect courtesy and respect.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Salade Nicoise!
    RobinVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Need a date? Sidewalk cafe at Left Bank, a stroll through Santana Row and a movie at Cine Arts followed by an espresso or cocktail
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Fond of the New Fondue
    LadiesWhoLunchVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We were very disappointed in the "upgraded" fondue . . . with soft carrots (not even crisp, yuk), baby pickles (who dips pickles in cheese??), mystery meat, small potatoes and a little bread. Don't get it. We always come for the BREAD and fondue. Also, the skirt steak salad is no longer on the menu which was another disappointment. Overall our luncheon just wasn't up to par as it has been in the past. My girlfriends and I get together there every 3-4 months . . . we're now considering looking for a new place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good for special occasion.
    Canam
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Went my wife for a night out. Salad and onion soup were excellent. Then steak and fries were very tasty, cooked as requested. My wife really enjoyed her salmon, a Although it was small and she liked salmon at cheesecake factory better. We had a dessert with ice cream and espresso poured over if that was tasty as long as there was ice cream but the scoop was small and then there was just a big bowl of whipped cream. I'd prefer if they gave a smaller bowl with less whipped cream. My overall impression was that the food was and service were very good but value was mixed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another perfect night at Left Bank
    Nini
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We knew the left Bank was the only place to meet when our girlfriend came back to visit after 3 years in Texas. As always we were not disappointed. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Eatery
    diminordan
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I was in San Jose visiting a friend and found this gem. The restaurant is unique and the food is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Location
    Opportunity
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Very nice location and layout of the restaraunt. Would be very good for group gatherings and has a very nice variety on the menu selection.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great outdoor dining
    jcr001
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I asked for, and got, a great outdoor table right on the sidewalk. It was fun dining and chatting with my friend and watching the people of Santana Row at their best. The weather was perfect and it was a wonderful two hours. I'll certainly try to do this again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food4funVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We have been to Left Bank man many times. This was an extremely disappointing visit. Every part of the meal was cold on arrival. The noise from the music was so loud we could barely think. They have also taken Moules frites off the menu and replaced it with a Thai-style dish. I don't go to a French restaurant for Thai food.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good restaurant
    bjgable
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    The food is a little above average, but the atmosphere is fun and lively.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great outdoor dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food, but very slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    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.
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great as usual
    lpaskin
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ambience only
    trotterVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great evening dining
    aLe95014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food - inconsistent service
    RyanVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't Go
    Ellen
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Enjoyable lunch with friends
    Foodieme
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Another great lunch experience at LB Santana Row; our favorites were the hamburger, salads and the mussels, they were consistently good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch
    DisappointedVIP
    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. :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • normal one
    sunnycat
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food with good service
    goosehead
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best place to have lunch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Solid
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Steve
    stevep
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Nasty Bites Appetizers were creative and succulent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    SharonA8
    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 .
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love coming here
    julietin
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed!
    GreekFlinstone
    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!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • MORE SHADE
    Santacruz
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome location
    FoodieSF
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Salad Nicoise
    CathyVolunteer
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    I love the salad Nicoise here! Just the right amount of salad, tuna, etc. Delicious and healthy !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.