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1346 Lincoln Ave.
San Jose, CA 95125
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Vin Santo Details
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm;
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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
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 (408) 920-2508
Winemaker's Dinner - call for details
Special Events & Promotions:
Happy Hour Tues-Sat 5:00pm - 6:30pm,
complimentary appetizers and 1/2 price wine by the glass
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.
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
Diners' Choice Winner
Diners' Choice Winner
Vin Santo -
Best Restaurants in San Jose
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!"
Dined on 7/2/2014
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!"
Dined on 6/29/2014
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."
Dined on 6/27/2014
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."
Dined on 6/26/2014
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."
Dined on 6/25/2014
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."
Dined on 6/21/2014
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."
Dined on 6/20/2014
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."
Dined on 6/15/2014
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."
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!"
Dined on 6/14/2014
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!"
Dined on 6/7/2014
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."
Dined on 6/8/2014
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."
Dined on 6/7/2014
Our service was great! The
appetizer (frog legs) was good, and seabass main course was excellent. "
Dined on 5/24/2014
We had open air seating. We each
had something with seafood and it was excellent. "
Dined on 5/21/2014
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."
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!"
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!"
Dined on 5/11/2014
Always a great dining experience.
Pasta is always excellent and the main courses consistently good. Great Willow Glen restaurant. "
Dined on 5/10/2014
Live in the Willow Glen area and
enjoy this restaurant just a block away. Welcomed at the door. Service, food, and drinks were as we expected--very good for our 5 people. "
Dined on 5/4/2014
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."
Dined on 5/10/2014
Authentic Italian restaurant with
multiple choices in every department. And a real treat, boar. Everyone had big servings and a good time. "
Dined on 5/9/2014
The food wasn't too bad, but it
was not great either, in my opinion. Thought the chicken marsala was a bit bland, unfortunately. My girlfriend did enjoy her Cioppino though. I also didn't like how LOUD it was in the restaurant. It was so hard to hear my girlfriend talk. "
Dined on 5/2/2014
Our first visit to Vin Santo in
about a year, and we were very impressed! Wish we hadn't stayed away so long! We ordered family style, two large salads, a large ravioli plate, wild boar sausage on spaghetti and the grilled pork tenderloins. Everything tasted great and the food was cooked perfectly. Service was very welcoming and professional. The place seemed busy for a Sunday night, but the servers took it in stride. This was one of the very best Italian meals I've had in years, which says a lot considering the competition in the Bay Area. We'll be back again soon!"
Dined on 4/27/2014
We had a Groupon coupon for this
restaurant, which we had been to a few times before. They had our reservation and my notes indicating our preference for seating and that we had a coupon. Upon arrival, we were seated and a Groupon wine list and regular menus were given to us. Although bread and water was brought to us, our waiter did not come to the table for at least 10-12 minutes. When he took our order, we were informed at that time that one of the dishes we ordered would have an additional $3 fee. This was never mentioned to us because our waiter never did his job. Finally, placed our order to fit into the Groupon offer. The hostess eventually came over and apologized for the service. I doubt whether we will ever go back."
Dined on 4/24/2014
We were seated promptly when we
arrived. I decided I would like a different table because I don't like a corner seat and we were changed without a problem. We went with a Groupon deal that we received as a gift. There was not a special menu for the deal we had which is nice. They had a wine list for the bottle that was included specific to the groupon deal but it has a nice varied selection. The food was plentiful and well cooked. The service was very good and not intrusive. We definitely plan to visit again. "
Dined on 4/23/2014
We had spaghetti/meatballs, wild
boar and branzino (sea bass), all delicious. The waitress was a delight. Will come back again and again."
Dined on 4/19/2014
Took my boyfriend (who loves meat
but not a huge pasta fan. His beef & sausage fettuccine special had TONS of meat; pasta was a disappointment as it was thick & gummy. Ravioli sampler was better (although not very warm), but very rich - 1 variety was soaked in pancetta grease. We had a Groupon, and liked that there weren't many restrictions (except dessert). The menu is extensive, but prices seemed a bit high, even for Willow Glen. I really wanted to like my dinner but I have enjoyed pasta more at Willow St, Fratello's, Il Fornaio & Bella Mia. I have been for lunch once before and it was a much better value/better tasting. We did like the ambiance/hostess - I believe she served our main courses & gave descriptions of each ravioli."
Dined on 4/10/2014
Why didn't I find this place
sooner. What a great neighborhood place. Classy without being stodgy, family run business. Fantastic food, and great wine."
Dined on 4/6/2014
Had not been there in some time,
but will return soon. Food was great (had scallop entree), friendly informal atmosphere with very good service and fairly priced. Very pleasant surprise!"
Dined on 4/5/2014
Amazing food prepared by Italians
who have taken the best from the past and coupled it with new food options. It can be a bit noisy on Friday and Saturday nights - be aware. Service was superb as was the very reasonable and satisfying wine list pricing. You will not be disappointed."
Dined on 4/4/2014
The menu has a lot of variety, and
all the pasta is homemade. The service was great. There was live music in the bar which made it a little loud but also a fun change from other restaurants in the area."
Dined on 3/29/2014
We decided to celebrate our 38th
anniversary by going to a new place, so we decided to try Vin Santo. They honored us with 2 glasses of complimentary champagne to commemorate our special celebration. My personal favorite dish of all was the appetizer that had calamari, shrimp, broccoli & zucchini, all fried perfectly, with three dipping sauces. The tips of the broccoli were so crispy and delicate, the they disintegrated in your mouth...yum! Our waiter was sweet, answered our questions and helped us with our final decisions to order chiopino and oso bucco. He checked back periodically to see how our meals were and if we needed anything. We will be returning soon to try the many other items on the menu and we highly recommend Vin Santo."
Dined on 3/27/2014
Great food super service plenty of
food for leftovers."
Dined on 3/21/2014
The food was very good. But it was
way too noisy! Felt sorry for the singer..."
Dined on 3/14/2014
My wife and I want to Vin Santo to
celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. While dining we were already plotting our next visit. Great food, my wife had the ravioli sampler and it was fantastic. The wine list had a few choices of our favorites. The service was efficient without being rushed. We cannot wait to return."
Dined on 3/8/2014
The food was excellent. We went
using A Groupon. The domestic Chardonnay available with the Groupon was disappointing so I was glad I didn't pay full price for it. The full price of the meal was way too expensive, so would not go back without a discount. The acoustics are poor so the dining room was extremely noisy. Would only return with discount or for very special occasion."
Dined on 3/8/2014
We had a wonderful dining
experience. Great food, excellent service, and nice atmosphere. We would definitely be back."
Dined on 3/7/2014
Best Italian restaurant in Willow
Glen / South Bay...My wife is Italian, and we`ve been together for 30 years...She has cooked thousands of home prepared meals...You can imagine, it is very hard to sell Rose on what is authentic, or well prepared Italian food. I would like to congratulate the Chef at Vin Santo, for creating some of the best Italian cuisine I have ever tasted...Authentic, yet up to date with a signature flare that leaves you wanting more each bite. Well done, I will highly recommend Vin Santo to everyone truly looking for some of the best prepared, best tasting food in the whole Bay Area...Thanks, Mike Brumfield"
Dined on 3/7/2014
Had not been back since the
current owners purchased the Restaurant. Sadly it was way to loud. Could not have a conversation with anyone at the table. Food was so so. Would not go back again."
Dined on 12/14/2013
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