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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Citrus @ Hotel Valencia Santana Row reviews from OpenTable diners
29 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.7
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelQuiet
71% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (15)romantic (12)good for groups (8)fit for foodies (5)neighborhood gem (4)great for outdoor dining (3)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (2)notable wine list (2)kid-friendly (1)great for brunch (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • 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.
  • great assortment of specials
    BeeEyez
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    The specials were amazing, how could one possible pass up bone marrow?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow!
    arf55VIP
    Dined on 9/23/2013
    This was our first time to Citrus, we went for a celebration dinner and thoroughly enjoyed it all! It was a wonderful evening in the company of dear friends, great food, beautiful atmosphere, and excellent, attentive service (thank you Nathan!)! We'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pick a different Santana Row spot.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2013
    We visited Citrus on a Tuesday evening. Restaurant was on the third-floor of the hotel, surprisingly small, and was very, very empty. Difficult to find, and hotel staff was unhelpful guiding us there. Food was a bit off, although the lack of ambience did nothing to improve it. Wait staff was fine, but they were handcuffed by the food quality and location. Biggest letdown was when we left the restaurant and walked passed the other restaurants on Santana Row: They were all incredibly lively, full of excited happy people, who looked thrilled with their food and drinks.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Citrus Shined
    JodyDom
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    Celebrating our 20th Anniversary at this fine dining. The staff was amazing and even celebrated our anniversary with 2 glasses of champagne on them. Entree was not up to par and our server gave us dessert at no charge. The staff did an outstanding job making our anniversary a special one. Thanks Nathan!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2013
    Thank you to the staff for making my anniversary night a special one to remember.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food and service was OK.
    food4thoughtVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    The food and service was OK. There was a big party going on and the noise level was a bit beyond reasonable. We went for a walk after dinner and wanted to come back for dessert, but the hotel gorilla won't let us in because my GF was wearing flats "that looked like flip-flops". WTF?
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 17th Anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    Perfect dining experiance. My wife and I selected Citrus, knowing the food and service is good. We were not disappointed. thank you-
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great anniversary dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    Celebrated our anniversary with dinner as Citrus. Food, wine and service were excellent and it was a very nice romantic setting. Highly recommend it for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out-door dining
    simon
    Dined on 7/9/2013
    Just got back from New York so this was a big ask for a restaurant to follow-up after. Citrus did not disappoint, went with my wife and sat outside in the courtyard. Great ambience, a beautiful courtyard setting. Service was exceptional and the food and wine was good. Definately plan on going back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Portions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    Entre portions were a little slim, appetizers were exceptional in size and taste. Ambience is great, very adult atmosphere, but our 7 year old was not bored
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Above expectations
    5thAnniversary
    Dined on 6/28/2013
    For our 5th anniversary, I made a reservation at Citrus restaurant. Upon arriving, we were warmly greeted and immediately seated right where I asked for during the reservation call. Within a few minutes, our waiter was there to also greet us and take our drink order wishing us a happy anniversary. Food was really creative, with a real talent to stimulate taste buds. The presentation was delicate and made with great taste and the alliance of flavors and consistencies were very unique. The wine list had a good selection of wines that I could choose from to pair with the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Citrus Experiance
    EatsIntheBay
    Dined on 6/24/2013
    Me and my wife were celebrating our 3rd year anniversary and could not have chosen a more perfect place to dine at in Santana Row. The atmosphere was very romantic and very quiet. The service we recieved was great. The wine selection was good and the delicious food blew us away. We both highly recommend to couples and will for sure dine there again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok food, ambiance not that great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    They focus ambiance on the curtained areas - of which there are 2 tables- so basically false advertising. The food was OK, nothing special. Dead as a doornail on a Saturday night.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lame service
    TuxedoVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    I have eaten at this restaurant many times and this time the waiter said the main fish was "fishy" and this discouraged us from ordering it. I consulted with other staff and they gave me a much more thorough description of the fish and it's preparation. We ordered it and it was superb. Wait staff should never describe a fish as fishy unless it is really bad, it sure would have discouraged me from ordering it!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Review on May 25th
    FromOC
    Dined on 5/25/2013
    The food was average and the presentation on the plate was below average. The venue was nice and set high expectations that were never met. The menu was very limited and the service was both poor and slow. We would not dine here again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not Bad
    BigEd
    Dined on 5/23/2013
    I wasn't expecting that much from a hotel restaurant but the food was surprisingly good. As some have mentioned the service is pretty slow though. The restaurant is pretty tucked away in the back corner of the Hotel Valencia so it's dark and quiet, but it lacked some of the ambiance I was expecting from a restaurant on Santana Row.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Had a very bad experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 5/22/2013
    Had a very bad experience here with my mom on Wednesay, May 22nd. Food was terrible, way over salted and lacked other flavors. Only saving grace was our server, even though he had no personality, he took care of my entree for us. Will not be returning; very disappointing for such a nice hotel and area.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Service
    Mimi
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    I decided to take my friend to have the dessert tasting menu for her birthday. I wasn't really sure what to expect, but the service and food exceeded my expectation. 4 courses of delicious desserts and a glass of port was served. Unfortunately, I happen to be gluten intolerant. The staff was wonderful and brought me a mojito on the house. On top of that, they brought me 3 courses of ice cream. Everyone was so nice and attentive. My friend enjoyed her birthday desserts. Her favorite was the doughnuts. I highly recommend the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dessert and Ambiance
    happygolucky1
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    Food was delicious, sugar donut was delicious. Service was a little slow, but if you are not in rush, it's fine. Enjoyed - will return in the future.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was good but very slow
    madeaterVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    Food was good but very slow even though restaurant was only half full. Manager compensated with discount and free dessert which was nice.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great waiters!
    NurseK
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    Liked the wait staff better than the food. I picked a mushroom tart that was really heavy and I would only give it a 4/10. The waiter deserves a 10/10. He was great and very attentive. Nice place. We ate outside under the heater and listened to the water fall.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Get the sugar donuts for dessert
    SpeedyFish
    Dined on 4/30/2013
    The food was spectacular and the price was right! You have got to try the dessert sugar donuts with the vanilla dipping sauce, it's heavenly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprised!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/30/2013
    I usually don't like Santana Row restaurants and was skeptical at trying Citrus. I went on a week night and it was during Silicon Valley Restaurant week. I did order form the prix fixe menu. The choices were great. The onion soup was delicious. The flat iron steak was cooked & seasoned perfectly and the donut hole dessert was delicious. Service was very good. The restaurant was not busy while I was there so I was not rushed and had time to chat with friends and relax. I will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • we came here for the silicon
    bayarealocalVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2013
    we came here for the silicon valley restaurant week event and were not disappointed. we used to come here around ten years ago when it was a tapas restaurant. at first, i was bummed that it turned into a steakhouse. however, i really enjoyed my steak there this time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The service was wonderful,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    The service was wonderful, and the outdoor patio is a serene departure from the cacophony of Santana Row, but the food lags way behind. To be clear, I was not expecting Michelin starred cuisine from a hotel restaurant, but the food sorely lacked finesse in terms of both flavor and preparation. Given its location, setting, and wait staff, the opportunity exists for Citrus to distinguish itself from the chain restaurants on Santana Row but the food itself is definitely holding it back at this point.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Citrus was a great dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/16/2013
    Citrus was a great dining experience. The staff was attentive and the food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • very tasty
    HenryVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    A limited but excellent choice of food. Very tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Only Ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    I read the reviews for Citrus and was excited to try it but overall I was not impressed. The food was good (the menu descriptions sounded great!) but nothing mind blowing or special. The wine list is very basic but has some good bottles on there. The services was very slow even though the restaurant was pretty empty (on a Sat night). So slow in fact that we decided to skip dessert in favor of getting something someplace else rather than waiting. The restaurant definitely looks cool and has a cool vibe but when we were there it was pretty empty and not very vibrant. Overall it was ok, but nothing special.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lots of positive changes as
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    Lots of positive changes as of late and much more "grown up" feeling than my visit last October. They started us off with a fun amuse-bouche and a refreshing hamachi sashimi/hearts of palm salad which nicely prepared your palette. We ordered the diver scallops, which were cooked perfectly with a nice crust. My guest ordered the bison, which was good and lean, but I enjoyed my Kobe beef special much more since it was richer in flavor. Service was excellent and attentive with the perfect balance of check-ins. Overall a very good dining experience and look forward to dining here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Took my girlfriend here. It
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/3/2013
    Took my girlfriend here. It was her first time and she absolutely loved it. Upon being seated, the Hostess assisted my girlfriend in picking a bottle of wine that she thought she would enjoy. Our waiter Erick was also knowledgable about the menu. Overall a great experience, great food and friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I enjoyed my meal at Citrus.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    I enjoyed my meal at Citrus. The food and service are excellent. We tried several things and liked them all. I loved how calm and peaceful it was there. I hate going out to eat and having to shout to be heard. This place is wonderful if you want to have a conversation with your dining companions.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very nice, modern decor. The
    Dano
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    Very nice, modern decor. The food was good, but not excellent. Our son enjoyed the Salmon and couscous, my wife and daughter had the filet--while the meat was well prepared the coffee sauce was decidedly underwhelming and overpowering. I had the flatiron steak which was superbly prepared but agian the sauce was an unexpected and strangely sweet taste. Citrus has a lot of potential. A few menu adjustments and it could move up a notch or two.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very nice restaurant. The
    jdnoVIP
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    Very nice restaurant. The food and service were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very quiet, especially compared
    RSmithVIP
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    Very quiet, especially compared to the other spots on Santana Row.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This place was so perfect
    Candy
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    This place was so perfect for a dinner after a busy day. The food was so yummy....flatiron steak cooked to perfection, and Caesar salad the best I have had. The waiter was frendly and very helpful in chosing our meal.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Went to the prix fixe Valentine's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Went to the prix fixe Valentine's Day dinner & wasn't disappointed. Great service, selection & ambiance.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place to eat especially
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    Great place to eat especially if you have a massage appointment next door at the Burke Williams Day Spa. If you have a reservation at the restaurant you can valet your car for free. Very nice after you get done with your massage, you can float down the stairs, directly into your car! ;-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet