Very good restaurant in Santana Row
Most of the restaurants in Santana Row are over the top - price and especially noise. Village Bistro is a pleasant change as it has the "New York City" decor and the noise level is usually tolerable. We were there on a Monday evening and there were only a few people inside, so of course it was quiet.
We had their "Seasonal" fixed price menu that was discounted to $35 as part of the San Jose Restaurant Week. Duck was a little under-done, then once sent back was a little overdone and dried out. The salmon was excellent. Service was reasonably good.
Their wines by the bottle are, frankly, priced too high. We found a reasonable wine by the glass and got a bottle of it which worked out to be more reasonable.
I highly recommend the place.
4/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Seasonal, well prepared food.
Had the New York Steak which was juicy and cooked just right and the roasted vegetables were delicious. I really liked the macaroni and cheese, which was more like macaroni in alfredo type sauce. Everything was seasoned just right, not too salty. Overall a very nice meal.
4/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Another great visit
We had another wonderful time at Village Bistro. This time our server was Michelle and she did an amazing job taking care of us and making us feel welcome. The drinks are always fresh and seasonal. The only smudge on this dinner was that we all felt the food was a little under seasoned so we ended up having to add salt.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great variety, with high quality
Our party of four had two vegetarians and two meat eaters.Everyone was happy with the wide selections. Salads were great, as was the tuna ahi appetizer, grilled chicken and sole. The curry sauce was a bit heavy. That is our only complaint. Banana Bread pudding is scrumptious. Service was wonderful. We sat in a booth in the back which was comfortable and felt private.
5/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
My new favorite brunch spot
This place is my new favorite weekend brunch/lunch spot on Santana Row. Great food, great wine list, great service. Especially lovely during warm weather when you can sit outside on the sidewalk under an umbrella and enjoy the people watching. Highly recommend!
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Really tasty brunch
We went for brunch on a Sunday morning and could not have been happier. Great food, some interesting flavors, and just a generally positive experience. Grab a reservation in advance to be safe though - it's a pretty popular place.
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good Choice for Food at Santana Row
Food is always good at Village Bistro, and the wine selection is very good. Love eating outside watching the endless people-watching while enjoying a good glass of wine. Inside can be very noisy, especially if you sit near the bar. Had the salmon this visit; was good but sort of strong. I prefer their beef dishes. They seem to be more satisfying. Service can be spotty. I've had GREAT waitstaff, and I've had mediocre wait staff. I suppose that's the way it can be any any restaurant. I will say this: when I think of eating at Santana Row, Village Bistro is usually tops on my list.
5/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was a birthday celebration.
This was a birthday celebration. It was great success because the food was great. I look forward to having lunch there soon.
5/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is a favorite of ours and we always look forward to a meal here.
6/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Not left behind
We had an awesome dinner at the Village Bistro. Even when they got busy, our waitress, came by frequently, to keep our evening going.
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a team brunch here and the food (and the cocktails) were delicious!
6/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pleasant surprise in Santana Row
We decided on the spur of the moment to go to dinner and a movie on a Saturday night. Many of the Santana Row restaurants were booked until 8:45 pm, but Village could fit us in. The service was great -- waiter had excellent recommendations on food and wines to match, food and wine were brought promptly, and so on. The calamari appetizer was good, not exciting, but the mussels were exceptional. For dinner, I had the salmon from their "spring" menu; it was perfectly prepared, and the treatment was delicious. One of the best salmons I've had recently (and I've had a couple of great preparations). My husband similarly raved about his duck. The appetizers were substantial, so with those and the main courses, we did not want dessert.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love coming here for brunch and happy hour. They've got yummy food and great cocktails!
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Brunch with the boys
I went out with the men in my life to have a nice brunch and this place was terrific. There was something for everyone on the menu even the picky eaters. The crab cake Benedict was yummy. The French toast the guys had was good but they complained that the fruit wasn't fresh (which was a shame since it's right in the middle of strawberry season here. Overall a good place for brunch. Try their guava mimosa. Very yummy. Just the right amount of tart and sweet.
6/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Took my mom here for brunch and we had a great time. We sat outside on the side on a nice day. The Bloody Mary bar was a pleasant surprise and I loved that I got to pick out my own garnish. Food was great, coffee good. The only thing that sticks out in my mind is our waiter didn't check on us very often and my mom ended up having to get up and get salt and pepper from inside. I would still go back. Would like to try it for dinner.
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Service... unusual at the Row
Had a delightful brunch. Food was very good; overall a very enjoyable meal. In contrast to many other restaurants at Santana Row, the staff at the Bistro were excellent. Front desk staff were friendly and alert to my special request to sit outside as noted in my online reservation. When I first sat down, I thought I saw a smudge on my bread plate. Before I could ask for a new one, the waiter noticed and replaced it. He recommended an excellent wine, was pleasant but did not hover, and enhanced the already enjoyable luncheon. Bus boys refilled water regularly, and cleared plates promptly. My brunch guest and I noted that this was the BEST dining experience we had ever had at the Row, and it would be our primary choice for future meals.
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this spot!
We went this time for lunch after our wedding. We were able to be married thanks to the recent SCOTUS ruling and we chose this spot to eat after the happiest moment in our lives. It will always have a special place for us.
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food, great place
Food was great, amazing carpaccio, outstanding cocktails...
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Of all the reataurants in Santana row this is one of my favorites. I truly enjoy their salmon and and other dishes. The only recommendation that I have is for them to improve their wine list. They also only served half bottles of great wines such as Rombauer which definitely a wine that should be added in the wine list!
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our group of four hadn't seen each other in 10 years! My friends flew in from Vegas, Alabama, and Boston. We held on to our table for three hours! When we decided to finally leave, we noticed that the tables next to us had turned over twice so we tripled our tip -- hope that was enough. Our server was spread pretty thin but he really took good care of us. Not my first visit to Village Bistro and certainly not my last! My visitors were impressed.
By the way, SOOOOOOOO glad that they closed off traffic in front of Village! All that exhaust while we're eating is not pretty!
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Open early for brunch. Less busy.
We ordered the brunch menu. It was tasty. On the pricy side consider the dish contains basic breakfast such as eggs, potatoes.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice Outdoor Brunch
Recent visit Village Bistro was for outdoor brunch. Would recommend the breakfast bruschetta and the breakfast croissant.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great brunch location
Met friends for brunch, party of four. We were sat right away out front which is great for people watching. The Crab Cales Benedict was great, but there was a slight service misstep as two of our party ordered it, one with firm eggs, one with soft. One bite in the misdelivery was evident and we just switched plates. Overall a nice experience and we will be back.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food and service.
Excellent food and service. Been going to this restaurant for many years, even now that we live in Oregon.
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have been here for lunch but this was our first time for dinner. We were seated inside; however, we would have been quite comfortable outside as this restaurant, unlike so many others with outdoor dining. had plenty of outdoor heaters. Our wait person was extremely efficient and quite attentive. The Malbec we ordered was outstanding (which was a surprise as Argentina tends to keep the really good wines for themselves), our salads were ample and the main courses were well presented and delicious. I would definitely return again.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
The first time we visited the Village, the food and service was average. Went back this weekend and was pleasantly surprised. Sat outdoor, I was apprehensive about outdoor dining, and after the initial period was quite comfortable with shoppers walking by and observing our foo. There were 2 types of pre-fix menus and we had one of each. Salads were fresh and flavorful. I had a pulled pork entre and my daughter had the lamb chops. Both were cooked nicely and very tastey.I had the creme berlee (average) and the strawberry short cake (cake was very good). Prices were very reasonable. Santan Row is very high energy and eating outside is a lot of fun. I will be back!!!!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Been there 4-5 times. Always good. Looking forward to fall & winter when they again have the best braised short ribs.
8/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
A solid and consistent experience
While I think there are a couple better restaurants at Santana Row I do always enjoy Village Cafe. The staff is friendly and attentive and the food is consistently very good.
8/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great service and outdoor location
Love loved loved dining on the street side patio outside last night. Lovely warm evening with a smidge of rain just for fun and excitement.
dinner was very good but the wine was even more fantastic.
I will come back again soon
9/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and great service. I've been here many times and have never been disappointed.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was delicious and the blackberry infused vodka was the best!
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
My go-to spot for lunch
I discovered Village California Bistro & Wine Bar several years ago as a casual walk-in. I've been hooked ever since. Unlike some of the other restaurants in Santana Row, Village takes reservations and the staff is always happy to honor special requests. I used to work in Santa Clara and the restaurant was close and convenient. Since taking a new job in Palo Alto I'm still more than happy to make the trip.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Came here for dessert and coffee. Had the 5 layer red velvet and a cappuccino. It did not disappoint. Delicious!
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very nice restaurant on Santana
Very nice restaurant on Santana Row. Spacious and light setting, good food and good service. Always nice to drop in for lunch after a movie!
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice meal and great wine
Had a nice evening out with my wife and 10 year old daughter, dinner was great and then we headed to the California Theater for a night out. Staff at the restaurant were nice, service was fast and efficient and we had a nice meal....really liked the deserts:)
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
My favorite restaurant on the Row!
Great food and great service. Definitely my favorite of the restaurants on Santana Row. You have to try the pumpkin pancakes too! They are seasonal for Autumn and they are the best!
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for brunch, lunch and dinner
I have a few favorites at this place and this day I had the BLT and E croissant brunch sandwich. It's basically scrambled eggs in a croissant sandwich with bacon, lettuce, avocado and other things I don't recall. I just think it's an awesome meal and something I don't find at other restaurants. My girlfriend had the pumpkin pancakes ... be sure to get those while they are still around. Awesome.
A really great place that I regularly visit from brunch or lunch ... though I've been their for dinner I typically favor it for the other meals.
10/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
I love the atmosphere of this
I love the atmosphere of this restaurant and sitting outside on a nice day. Our server was very helpful and there when we needed her without being intrusive. I do have to say that I had the turkey rueben, which I've had before, and it wasn't as good this time. The bread was over-toasted and actually burnt at the edges and the flavor didn't seem to be as good as I had remembered. I would probably order something different next time.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was my second time to
This was my second time to Village to eat, the first being a sunday brunch ( which turned out to be amazing, minus the wait time but that's was to be expected ). First of all, we went in on a thursday evening around 8:45,so it was somewhat later in the evening which led to us being promptly seated. We ordered the baked brie upon the recommendation of our waiter, which was outstanding! Our meals were were ordered and served quickly and the one thing that I noticed and really appreciated was the fact that our waters were ALWAYS filled, I love this because I drink a lot of water normally. We one of the specials which was a seafood risotto, and the glazed lamb shanks, both were delicious! I will most defiantly be coming back here again.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Met with old friends for lunch, requested and got a booth so we could visit. Nice staff (who took several pictures). Great salads.
10/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was an excellent experience.
It was an excellent experience. The staff was very helpful and accommodating. The food was wonderful.
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Repeat customer...breakfast , lunch or dinner always a treat!
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great dinner on Santana Row
We had a very nice dinner at this restaurant. The swordfish special was cooked perfectly and my wife's tortellini dish was also done very well. Would definitely go back.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love Village Bistro
Always great food. Best brunch on the Row! Great cocktails too!
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Love this place
Every Autumn I look forward to the fabulous pumpkin pancakes with ginger butter! I have to say I am never disappointed. I love Autumn and I love knowing that I can indulge in my favorite breakfast at one of my favorite restaurants!
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
We go to Village... fairly
We go to Village... fairly frequently. Recently, it seemed to have lost its lustre but our experience last weekend was very good. The menu had changed so that food was interesting, and the waiter was the most charming and professional that we've had there in a long, long time. We'll happily return sometime soon!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had the price fix lunch, one with the crab tostada and one with the sole. Both were very fresh and good. It is cute you get little portions of four items.
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food and ambience were very
Food and ambience were very good. Service could be better: a request from my guests for a split of the appetizer salade and serve two half portions could not be done; besides that the service was adequate and prompt.
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Can't beat the service here
We are regulars here. We love the bakes Brie and the Cubano pork. These are must haves! The dessert are ok. The cobblers are always good, but the rest can be hit or miss. They have some of the best servers you will find on Santana Row. Clean-cut, friendly, attentive staff!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Perfect place to take a date. They have a full bar and exhaustive wine list. There menu isnt large but has something for everyone, steak, pork, lamb, pasta, thai dish, veggie dish, etc. food was good and presentation was excellent. Prices werent too bad, $20 or $30 a plate. Service was great, making sure our drinks were full and clearing empty plates. Never had to hunt them down or felt rushed or bothered. Nice place and would definitely come back.
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM