Vin Santo
Vin Santo

Vin Santo

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.vin-santo.com/
  • Phone: 4089202508
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm;
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Umberto Pala
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We have a private dining room upstairs that can accomodate up to 65 guests
  • Private Party Facilities: The restaurant can accommodate large parties in the dining room or private room (15-70 people). Please call for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Sharlene Pala 4089202508
  • Entertainment: Winemaker's Dinner - call for details
  • Special Events: Happy Hour Tues-Sat 5:00pm - 6:30pm,
    complimentary appetizers and 1/2 price wine by the glass

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Minnesota
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Private lot available behind restaurant
A word from Vin Santo
This popular bistro in the Old Masonic building offers excellent Northern Italian cuisine in a beautiful atmosphere. Blond wood floors and Tuscan yellow walls adorn the inside.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Vin Santo reviews from OpenTable diners
82 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (60)fit for foodies (32)special occasion (29)romantic (24)great for outdoor dining (18)good for groups (14)notable wine list (10)hot spot (9)kid-friendly (8)great for lunch (5)vibrant bar scene (5)great for brunch (3)late-night find (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Good Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My wife and I along with another couple were trying to come up with a restaurant for Saturday night. The other couple had tried Vin Santo once before so we decided to go for it. The place was very pleasant, friendly, and the food delicious. The only negative was that the dining room was very hot which our server apologized for. We were all sweaty when we left. I will go back but later in the Fall when the weather has cooled off a bit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • scrumptous
    blueyedblanche
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The food was outstanding! My gourmet-chef of a husband was very impressed, and that's saying something.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Vin Santo Restaurant
    Ernie
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The restaurant is casual and reasonably priced. The Lamb Chops were grilled and delicious. There were six of us and we were seated by the window, which opens out into the street sidewalk. Best time to be seated at this table is about 6:45pm, when the sun goes down and blinding you. The waiter was pleasant and attentive. I would recommend dinning at this restaurant
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, excellent service
    mvwg
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Went to celebrate a birthday. Appetizers were amazing as were the entrees. Service was outstanding. Fantastic experience;. will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Perfect Evening
    nico
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I love Umberto, Marcella and Ruben. They are truly dedicated to fine food and incomparable service in our Willow Glen neighborhood. I feel privileged to have dined there last Saturday evening with my sister and niece. An accomplished musician played fabulous music while we leisurely enjoyed the best meal we've had in a very long time. I look forward to returning soon. When you go remember to order Umberto's broccoli! It's the best and so is this gem of a restaurant. Thank you Umberto, Marcella and Ruben for being here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    Mully
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Oh, what great food! We had a table of seven people, and every one of us thought our meal was outstanding. The waitstaff was excellent and we happened to be there on a night they had booked live music (which was also excellent!). If you manage to have dinner at Vin Santo on an evening when Matt Bolton is playing, you will have an amazing evening. Vin Santo has earned the top spot on my list of favorite restaurants. I will be going back again, and again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Very enjoyable evening. The meal was memorably delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Anniversary Party
    Ziggybob
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Although we had visited previously, we were especially pleased with our recent visit to Vin Santo. The service was great, we got the window table we requested , but we were especially pleased with the menu selections, the originality of the menu items, the presentation of the food and the most especially the flavor of the food. Everyone enjoyed their selections and had a really good time. We highly recommend Vin Santo and can't wait untio our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Way too loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I really wanted to like this place because it's close to home and in lovely Willow Glen. But the noise level was off the charts. We were a party of four and had to yell in order for anyone at our table to hear us. And on top of that they had a musician there singing. Could not even hear him at all. The food was not tasteful at all. I had butternut squash raviolis that were so bland, no flavor. Others at the table said their food had no flavor. I hate to say bad things about a place, but we were so disappointed.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good dining experience
    Abcalum
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Vin Santo is a quaint Italian place in the heart of downtown Willow Glen. It boasts regional classics from the chef's hometown in Italy. However, as folks who appreciate good Italian fare, we were confused by two things. First, the thickness of the ravioli skins were way too thick. It was too bad, since the fillings and sauces were quite tasty. And although tender and well-seasoned, the braised boar was paired with spaghetti when it could have been better paired with a more suitable pasta like a pappardelle.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Homemade
    Food
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great homemade pasta with good prices! Cute restaurant in nice area. Good wine list.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good again
    MountainGirl
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Despite a couple of bad-ish reviews found on the Y site, I have always found Vin Santo to live up to expectations: really good and innovative food, nice service. My only criticism was that the cabernet I ordered was served too warm. Room temperature is supposed to be that of a "Norman castle" (50 or 55 degrees), not the 80 of a San Jose summer.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A major disappointment
    1NitPicker
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    There was NO air conditioning on one of the warmest nights of the year. Not good. Restaurant way too noisy We had to scream to hear one another. Food was nothing of merit. Best think going for this place is the staff. I hope the owner realizes what a gold mine he has. Even the hostess whipped into action bringing new plates and napkins to our table for a couple of late arrivals. Mitchell, our waiter, was wonderful with his wine recommendations, etc.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • a real disappointment
    gorge
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We have been to this restaurant many times since it first opened. However, the change in ownership did a dis service to the quality. Our food overall was really bad. We had the fish tasting menu for $50. The first course presentation was really bad. It was served on what looked like an horsdourve tier and was hard to get at to eat. The octopus salad was so chewey it was not edible. Fish was so heavily breaded and fried that it was not edible either. Canneloni with lobster sauce was dry. Will not go back
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  • Food arrived slow
    madeaterVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We waited around 40 mins for main course to arrive whereas people who came a lot later than us got their appetizers before us. May not come again due to the long wait despite good food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • still disappointing
    dudd
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    have not enjoyed the food or the ambience (way too noisy!) in the past but always willing to try again…its been a while…and still way too noisy (even sitting outside) and the food is mediocre…the sea bass was dry and awful…the pasta was mediocre…sorry…wish it were different…I live in the neighborhood and would love to love this place!
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  • Enjoyed the evening...
    makeminerare
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Sharing a meal with friends we hadn't seen in awhile. Food was good (I had carpaccio and cioppino), Our waiter took good care of us. He was attentive without being pushy. But at 7:15 the place was loud. There was a live solo musician (amplified) which made everyone talk louder and inhibited conversation at our table. Good place for dinner if you're looking for stimulation - not if you want quiet conversation.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian food
    WinedaddysrVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We love the authentic Italian food at Vin Santo. They do need to bake some real Italian breads. Corn muffins do not fit their menu
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian home cooking
    JulieYVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Food is good -- in the style of your Italian mother or grandmother -- large but not plated prettily. Heirloom tomato salad was large. Seemed to be only one kind of tomato, chopped in big chunks, way too many kalamata olives, too little basil, but a nice dollop of burrata cheese. Wild boar ragu over spaghetti - very tasty. The portion was enough for 3 people -- a huge pile of food with nothing visually appealing about it. But very tasty. Espresso creme brulee -- yum, but I would have liked the top 'brulee' thicker. Seems like it was browned earlier and kept it in the fridge since the top was a bit soft. Have had some pastas there in the past and thought they were delicious. But again, home cooking style not upscale look.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Visit on 7/11/14
    Goldie4life
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The welcoming staff was wonderful and the waiter was very friendly and efficient. The menu selections and the weekly specials were diversified to satisfy whatever you had a taste for. The food was very good and will definitely bring us back to sample other items on the menu that sounded delicious. The wine list had excellent selections to compliment the taste of whatever you ordered. Guests should plan to park in the lot directly behind Vin Santo for easy access to and from the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Nice neighborhood setting, with some street side dining. While we had excellent service the food and wine was inconsistent. Some entries great, others lacking. Would recommend dishes from the specials menu. In particular the soft shell crab salad was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great homemade pasta
    DininJen
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    It's all about the homemade pasta dishes. Love that they have half orders! Even better when they have their live music nights. Sitting on the patio is a real treat it's as if you are in Italy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    They don't over salt their food which is great. The cioppino is ok, not great, seemed more of a poor man's fish stew then what is being charged for it. The sauce for ravioli is very good, the ravioli itself is a bit blend. The cream buele where they give u two, one regular and one mocha is outstanding!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food and Great Service
    Dagny
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I am not from San Jose and found this place through open table and was amazed with how well priced their items were and how incredible their food was. Everything was perfect, it is a perfect place for a romantic night out. It was by far the best Italian good we have ever had, and the best dinner overall we have ever had. If you are thinking about having a great dining experience as well as a romantic night out look no further than Vin Santo.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rich food big
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    The menu has lots of choices. I had the quail with andouille sausage and polenta. The 2 quails were messy to eat due to the bonieness. It would be better if they served only the leg thigh and breast. I did not eat the sausage as they were spicy but I knew the quail would be enough.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great evening
    1wgfoodie
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We were a group of 12. Pasqual Esposito was singing that night. This made it an especially festive evening. Everyone enjoyed their food choices. In a group of foodies of Italian heritage the food got rave reviews. The salads were outstanding as we're our main course selections. Affogatto enjoyed for dessert.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit disappointing
    DanRVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    To be fair, we visited Vin Santo on a night when there was a street fair on Lincoln which added noise to an already noisy restaurant. People needed to shout to be heard. The food was OK but not special. The service was slow. We'll give it another try when there is no street fair going on.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DebgVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Unfortunately my first impression was the hostess (who I later found out was the manager) and she was very abbrassive almost rude. As "the" guest it was not appropriate. Sorry to say she should not be the one greeting the guests. The food was o'k, service good, restaurant ambiance is lovely. I think my initial greeting dampered my experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Favorite
    laurange
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Been here 4 times. Brought Dad here for Father's Day. Yes, it was during the World Cup, and yes, they too post TV screens in a restaurant, but it didn't surpass the (normal) high-ish noise threshold. The service was great. The food tonight was fantastic. My husband and mother had two different types of gnocchi and they both were little tender pillows of perfection in divine sauces. I had the Saffron Rice Balls which were HUGE and could have been a main course. They were crunchy on the outside and perfectly gooey, stuffed with mozzarella, on the inside. My main course was the halibut, which was OK. Dad had the Sausage Ravioli and loved the tender pasta with well-made filling. Dessert was the finest Red Velvet Cake I've ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The wild boar once again splendid!
    WildaboutBoar
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    You did not disappoint, again! We preordered to be sure they still had some left for us! The food service was slow - they were busy. Other than that it was great -- AGAIN!
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  • Food was great
    Busternoms
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Our food was excellent, but have to say we didn't have their star wait staff on that night. Waiter took a long time getting orders, bringing apps, entrees, and when it was time for dessert, he took my order and ran off-didn't take my husband's order nor ask if we wanted coffee. Again, the food was terrific, and once we brought the issue to the attention of the management, they took care of it, just wasn't a fabulous night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just don't order lamb
    Gpmdine
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Six of us went for dinner -- hors'd, main course and dessert. Seated promptly. The first courses were quite good, however two of had the lamb chops. They were not seasoned well and wee charred. I live lamb so was quite disappointed. Otherwise, good service and food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lackluster
    atakdog
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I've heard good things, and it wouldn't surprise me if they're usually true, but if so then this was an off night. Our appetizer (tuna on an avocado bed) was excellent, but my lamb chops were merely good and my date's Chilean sea bass was bad — moist and prepared properly, but very clearly off-smelling. Worse, our waitress, who had been lackluster throughout the evening (we were trying to decide whether she was brand new, spoke very little English, didn't care, or all of the above), never noticed that we ate only a couple bites of it and never asked how things were — even when, during the entree course, we asked for a dinner menu and my date ordered a salad while her fish sat uneaten in front of her. We may return but with some trepidation.
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  • Vin Santo
    Gnocchi4u
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We were pleasantly greeted by Charlene who took us to a,great table situated near the front of the restaurant. Every dish we had was mouth watering and between the four of us , there were quite a few dishes. If you like northern Italian food, you will love Vin Santo. Overall, between the food and ambiance, we will definitely be returning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Our service was great! The appetizer (frog legs) was good, and seabass main course was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great location!
    TheHungryBizTraveler
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    We had open air seating. We each had something with seafood and it was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 46 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 557 reviews are from the Vin Santo reviews archive.
  • Hidden Gem/ Great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Our hostess was great as she accommodated on mothers day. It has such a family vibe and great live music. I would really recommend this place for anyone.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Mother's Day Brunch
    Eatininsj
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Vin Santo's Mother's Day brunch buffet was amazing! The food was delicious and fresh. I love the atmosphere of this restaurant. Definitely coming back soon!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Mother's Day Tradition
    MugsyP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Vin Santo did not disappoint. The egg chef took a lot of pride in the food! The staff was great. We will return!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice meal, bad wine
    galvinized80
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Went with a groupon. Food was good except for provolone pepper appetizer. Service was good. Don't bother with the groupon wine list. We had the only red that the waiter could recommend (with reservations), and it was not good. Bummer is that you have to upgrade the bottle of wine by $20+, and there were no reds btw $50 & $70. The regular wine list may be decent, but the groupon wine list sucks. Asparagus Brie appetizer was amazing, as was the peppercorn sauce on the pork tenderloin. We will go back.
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