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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Left Bank Santana Row reviews from OpenTable diners
224 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (126)great for lunch (89)fit for foodies (84)special occasion (63)great for brunch (62)good for groups (62)neighborhood gem (52)hot spot (44)romantic (39)notable wine list (35)vibrant bar scene (32)scenic view (30)kid-friendly (25)late-night find (19)Show More
  • Disapointed
    Denese
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    When I first started going to Left Bank, 5 years ago, the food was so good but as the years have gone by the food quality has gone down so much. No one at our table that night had a meal to remember. Our friend's wife couldn't even eat hers because she did not like it. I think that maybe I will find a small boutique french restaurant next time, Left Bank has become to "chain style" for my taste. Also, I had left my box of leftovers on the table and a waiter brought it to me as we were leaving well, the next morning when my husband warmed it up and started eating it we realized it was some other table's food!!! GROSS!!!!! I don't think we will be going back anytime soon.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food took forever
    Kathwang
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We had 5 people and they put us in a dinky table. After complaining they finally moved us. The food took forever to come out. We got there at 7:10 didn't get our food until 9:30. I've had brunch there before and it was nicer the food, noise level and ambiance is so much better during the day. I don't recommend dinner to busy, noisy and not much entree choices either.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Food was good and we received a great service from the waitress who arranged for us to sit outdoors for dessert. She stayed with us even though we moved
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious as always!
    Napa4me
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We enjoyed our evening on Friday. Wonderful service, fresh and thoughtfully prepared dishes. The mussels were wonderful and the rib eye was just as good. My husband love the duck and complimentary profiteroles in celebration of our anniversary was a sweet ending to a fun evening with freinds!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to meet up with friends
    ikabod
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Nice ambiance, good food the only thing that I was a little disappointed is the desert selection, it's very limited
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was lacking
    jesseats
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    I was expecting the food here to be much better given the reviews on Open Table, but I found the food to be pretty average and not particularly memorable. My group had the escargots, moules frites, eggs benedict with soft shelled crab, and salmon scramble. The only dish I'd recommend are the escargots, which came out hot and had a lot of flavor. Everything else had clearly been sitting around for a while because they came out at room temperature. The salmon scramble was alright, but the moules frites and eggs benedict were subpar. Service here is also VERY SLOW. The waiters/waitresses are friendly and check in with you and refill your bread and water, but we waited at least 45 minutes for our food to come out after we had ordered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Why bother booking on Open Table
    EMG3
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    First off, we had a great server and our food was excellent. However, here's why I rated lower on service: You can just walk in here, don't bother with a reservation on a Friday night! I booked a reservation for my birthday and when we got there, the hostesses told us to wait, so we did. What got really frustrating was they sat everyone who walked in off the street. 10 minutes pass and I finally had to ask what's going on. They totally forgot about my reservation (my score for that alone - 1 star)! This was my special occasion and a little thing like that can ruin an entire evening! How quickly my table was taken care of after that. The food was well worth it, but I won't book a reservation online when I know I can walk in.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • doemarie
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Love going to the Left Bank, the food is always delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Primo unique experience,at a price
    JohnRovi
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The food at Left Bank is excellent, and the service was tops. Their location cannot be beat. The restaurant is gorgeously laid out with French posters and beautifully chosen artifacts, but 20th-Century French, groovy posters and all, not 18th Century Louis the fourteenth. The only down side is they know the value of what they offer and the prices have been creeping ever higher. Personally, I think the experience is worth it, but be forewarned.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tres francais
    Bluestar
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Arrived and was approached by friendly staff at the door. They were able to accommodate my requests sit outside. Shared the calamari and prawn as an appetizer. Chicken sandwich was juicy and a generous portion and theremin fries were perfectly cooked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy and very nice
    njfoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Had dinner here quite early and it was very enjoyable --- quieter than usual while still energetic. Nice cocktail list, interesting menu, good food and friendly service. Will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The greeter/host/person who checked our reservation was very accomodating and attentive. I had called a couple of times due to changes in our reservation a couple of hours before our reservation and she was very professional and friendly over the phone. When we arrived, she let me know that my special request was taken care of (came for my friend's birthday).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Food was delish, service was great, very comfortable environment. Lovely place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We ordered both specials, a duck dish and steak with peppercorn sauce. both were cooked perfectly. the sides were all fantastic, instead of being an afterthought. We also tried the gazpacho and french onion soup for appetizers, again, both superb. would recommend for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very clean good service & good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Awesome place, good service, good food, excellent restaurant. It's our first time in this place & definitely will come back and recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We were 15 minutes late but it was not a problem. We got a great table. Our waiter was so friendly and brought us bread and wine. The steak I had melted in my mouth and my fiancé had the most delicious fish. The dessert was ice cream with coffee and chocolate sauce. Yum. I'm looking forward to another night out at Left Bank.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lunch
    justabite
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Although it was for lunch, I have frequented Left bank for years and it is one of my go to places. However there is no excuse for cold pomme frites.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Must try the chocolate mousse
    Stacy
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Eat light, so you have room for dessert. The chocolate mousse is dark, dark chocolate, and cannot be missed! Goes with anything you order. :-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Bunch before 49er game
    JerryVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Very happy with brunch menu! Food quality was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GermanGuy
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    A number of unique dishes. Good quality food. Very friendly service
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch with the girls
    Letsgotolunch
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Delicious food and great atmosphere! A very fun lunch with the girlfriends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent dinner!
    otterbabe
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Try the duck fat fries and salad with lardon! The drinks were great, even the non-acoholic drink with cayenne.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was great, but worth the wait?
    WillowGlenFrancophile
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This was perhaps our fifth visit to the Left Bank. We ordered drinks, an appetizer (steak tartar), and entrées (duck and skirt steak). Drinks and appetizer appeared within 10 minutes. We waited an hour for the entrées. We had to buy more drinks to stave off the hunger. Perhaps most irritating was that the food runner brought my steak out five minutes before he brought my wife's duck. We love the food at this restaurant, but for the price, the overall experience should be better. Our bill was $119 (before tip), and dinner took us two hours. My advice to anyone considering the Left Bank is to go early to beat the crowd of early diners, otherwise, you may spend more time and money at the restaurant than you had intended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Memories of France
    Stuart
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The quail was excellent washed down with some fine St Emilion wine.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great venue nice twist on the usual
    minerproVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner but waited a long time for our food. Great people watching outside on a wondeful warm evening. Almost like being in Paris.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't Order the Calamari!
    Stitch
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We ordered appetizers for lunch. Our server was awesome! We loved the tomato & mozzarella salad and the Cheese Fondue...but the calamari was awful!! Bad enough that it should be removed from the menu!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good drinks food great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We had a 7:45 PM reservation on a busy Friday night but arrived early at 6:50 PM. We wanted to stroll around Santana Row for a while and wanted to know if we would have the flexibility of being seated when and where we wanted - and the answer was a cheerful yes! Our martinis were very good and so was the food. The server Kyle was excellent. Overall, a very enjoyable evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Confranco
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We are from Portland, Oregon, a great place for Foodies. So, Left Bank lives up to our expectations of great food. We also just returned from France and Left Bank also lives up to the great food there. We love coming here when we visit San Jose!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • oohlala!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We sat outside..had a great waitress...food served in a timely manner...all our choices were delicious and the portions were large. It pays to have a reservation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, open atmosphere
    parrot
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    It was a fun place. The escargot was a little rubbery but the flavor was great; the oysters were perfectly fresh and healthy; the salad was flavourful. All in all, it is a great place for lunch, you can people-watch on the Row, with a great view of the street and sights. A good time, priced reasonably. I'd have liked to see a larger wine list, especially with a sauterne or two for the ladies. That said, I didn't partake of the most famously good dishes on the menu. Next time, I will try more.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Salad Nicoise in the Valley
    kgudVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I love the salad Nicoise here. I've tried it at many restaurants. But I keep coming back here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We did not think our waiter was very attentive, maybe it was a holiday and he did not want to work that much
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    UCgradVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The restaurant is noisy, the kitchen clatters and bangs. The food was quite good, and not over-priced. The service was well-intentioned, but untrained.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extremely slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Our appointment was 6pm and we arrived 10 minutes early. The reception told us that we would be seated shortly. We were not seated until almost 6:30pm with half of the restaurant was still empty. Waitress took forever to take our order and served the drinking water and bread to our table. Food took another 40+ minutes to arrive after we placed the orders. I will NOT return to this place again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Closest thing to Paris you'll find
    Stacy
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Best burger in town. Amazing appetizers. Yummy from the bread to the chocolate mousse!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food and friendly staff.
    Vannie
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    BWe dined at the Left Bank the Sunday before Labor Day. The food was fabulous as usual.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Joey
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I would not recommend this restaurant. The food was incredibly disappointing. The calamari appetizer had more fried onions in it than calamari, the trout had so many bones that it was inedible, and the green beans were overcooked. Only decent item was dessert.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Went very early so the restaurant was not busy and the noise level was low. Had a wonderful waiter named Farland. The service was great as was the food. Two of us had the trout which was wonderful. My sister had the salmon which she said was cooked perfectly. Really enjoyed.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loud but Fun!
    Rockinon
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I felt that the service was good and we were not rushed. We spent 2 hours for dinner. It was a Friday night, so it was very busy and the noise level was a bit on the loud side. As a senior this made it difficult at times to carrying on a conversation. It was my birthday so that made it special. I would return again. I had enough food left over for lunch and dinner the following day!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great seafood Stew
    Buddy50
    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