Not enough waiters or cooks. Disorganized. Staff did their best. Food was tasty.
Our dinner was good but the menu selection was somewhat limited. The mint gelato we had had a "grainy" texture rather than being smooth. We went early so it wasn't too noisy so we were able to visit.
The food was quite good, although the service was slow. It seems they need to hire more wait staff on busy nights.
Pasta and salad dishes were very good. The focaccia and olive oil that they charge for was very disappointing. The bread was hard as a rock. Otherwise a very nice evening!
It was a very disappointing meal. A double date with friends we haven't gone out with in quite a while. Service was so slow and it was not busy at all. We were there for 45 minutes and had barely managed to get a bottle of wine open for us and two appetizers served. We decided to ditch the rest of our meal after that and head to another location to finish our evening. The only thing going for it is that it was inside the amazing DeAnza hotel. Next time we will just stay in the bar and have drinks. The appetizers we did have were only so-so and nothing very exciting. It was the calamari which was Bland. And the meatballs which were okay.
We had salmon which was very tasty. I liked the way the chef made it "crusty" like a very light seared glaze. My companions ordered an off-menu change to the lunch; ie: the fish but only with brussel sprouts. But instead the dish came accompanied by mounds of colorful zucchini squash which was not their favorite. The servers are super friendly and try really hard to take care of the diners. They have some new décor which is more trendy and appealing. We finished off with cappuccinos which were strong and well made with firm foam.
Closest classy place to the Shark Tank for hockey.
Good food, fairly quiet, clean and bright
Menu is quite limited, but on hockey night you usually are looking to get in and out, so not a problem.
Probably the best bet for a hockey fan that wants something a little upscale from the noisy joints down the street.
Very limited menu, out of every wine we asked for. Good we brought our own. This place has really changed for the worse. I would not go back. To bad use to be pretty good especially before a SHARKS game. Nothing stays the same. The server was very good.
In 25 years, I've never had a disappointing experience here. I enjoy La Pastaia for its dependably fine food and professional, unobtrusive service. Recently met my dad for a birthday lunch on a Tuesday noon, and was frankly surprised at how quiet it was at that time of day, which was nice. We shared the poached pear salad and the Genovese pizza—while not wildly out of the ordinary, both dishes were perfectly prepared and delicious. The space is classically elegant, and also warm, relaxed, and inviting. Recommended for fancy business lunch, dates, and special occasions.
This is a solid restaurant with a very nice menu. Service is always great.
Food not very good. Each of us , three, were served food that wasn't tasty. The ravioli was blah, the salad worse and the salmon only ok.
Limited Menu. Seafood that had a strong odor and unfresh taste. Ingredients are low quality. Simple thing like pepperoni on the pizza was cheap, rubbery and artificial. Biggest disappointment may have been dessert, which they called Creme Brulee, but looked and tasted like it came right from the freezer at Costco. Canned frozen berries dumped on a lumpy cream filling, nothing resembling creme brulee. Not sure how they get away with this. Visually, this place has a very nice look & feel, but they're either cutting costs on the food, don't know what they're doing, or just think diners in SJ are ignorant.
Although I didn’t care for the meal that I had, which was the swordfish special, everyone else liked their meals. Plus, every time I’ve been there in the past I liked it. Won’t stop me from going there again.
Dinner was good but we would recommend they update their webpage as some of items listed were not available
Elegant atmosphere. We’re hooked on the Ceci appetizer!
The server was efficient and friendly. The calamari was good. Two people had pasta which was good. My mother and I had roasted chicken piccata. On top of the chicken was lumpy white gravy or sauce. Very unappetizing. The server said the chef had made the sauce thick. And he sent it out? She took it back and he replated it which meant scraping off the weird lumpy white sauce. The server comped us 20%. Very strange especially when the menu is limited.
Been going here for Sharks pre-game meals for years. The restaurant is in trouble. Limited menu, poor food preparation and slow and untrained service. The place was mostly empty due to others knowing better. We will not be back. Disappointing as this was a constant.
If you want bad service at a high price, this is the restaurant for you. I have had better service at a fast casual restaurant! Not acknowledged after being seated, waited 20 min and still had to ask the hostess for our waiter. He apologized saying that he didn't know he was responsible for this section but service just as bad the next day for breakfast with different wait staff. BAD!
Reliably attentive service from Azir. Menu not expansive but fresh seafood and great pastas a highlight. Great for before theatre or sports arena dates. And let’s not forget excellent craft cocktails ...😉
Nice evening, good service. We celebrated my husband’s birthday before walking to the SJ Performing Arts Center for a musical. There were three persons being attentive to our desires- all very pleasant. We ordered pasta dishes which were delicious, and had pumpkin cheesecake for dessert. Yes, I’ll go again!
We came before a San Jose Sharks game. Three pizzas and spaghetti and meatballs was ordered by our group. The pizzas are good sized. The 2 men finished theirs, but my friend and I could have split one. The spaghetti and meatballs were a generous portion. The sauce was a bit bland, but the meatballs were quite tasty. They were out of the ravioli that I was hoping to order. That could have been said when we received our menus so that I didn't have to go back and choose another option. Overall, good meal.
Poor quality of food and service. Half of the items on the menu were not available. Drinks were awful.
Nothing too fancy, but nice people and delicious food. I had the fish special. Yummy!
Worse service I have ever experienced. Ordered a bottle of wine and it took 15 minutes to tell me they were out. Ordered another bottle and 10 minutes later the waiter showed up with it but broke the corkscrew in the cork. A full half hour after his arrival my guest was offered a glass of wine. Then they brought us salads that weren’t ours. Then brought us our side vegetables before we even got our salads. Then they brought us entrees that weren’t ours. Finally got our entrees. All of this as the restaurant was not even full.
It was very disappointing. Hadn't been there is several years but it has gone down hill.
Nice surprise. Thought I had booked at a different place but it was good before a show and food and service too. We thought they only had wine when we arrived but can order cocktails from the main bar. Easy walk to SAP.
Gratuity calculations need to be changed to sub total not the total. It only hurts the server and upsets the guest.
I was disappointed in my Pasta- chicken fettuccine- which was the special- it was tasteless and bland. But the service was good, the restaurant is pretty, and the location is just down the street from the SAP center.
Good wine selection
Nice place to hang with friends. But it's kind of pricey, plus parking fees. Stuff are very friendly and food is delicious. Would go there again for special occasions.
LP has lost their mojo, not sure why. Should be busy as Silicon Valley economy is strong. Until they improve food, try to find someplace else.
I've been going to La Pastaia since it opened, and am sorry to report the restaurant has taken a turn for the worse. Pasta was soggy and not fresh or tasty. Restaurant added a $3.10 "Service Charge" to the bill without advertising in or on menu. Waiter said it was to recover increases in minimum wage. He apologized but said the mgmt/owner was responsible - very shady practice. I would try to find another restaurant until La Pastaia gets their groove back.
Went on a busy Sunday. They sat us near the kitchen. It was hot and noisy. Our food was great but it took a long time to receive it. Our server did not know information on the menu nor did she offered to find out the questions we are asking. I will return knowing the service will not be good because the food was that good
The food was delicious. We had the kale salad and the salmon and both were very tasty. The service was also excellent. The air conditioning wasn't working properly so we were a little warm during dinner but we made the best of it. It was a wonderful dinner location before going to the Neil Diamond Concert.
I ordered the Osso Bucco which came with root vegetables. The root vegetables were way undercooked and were hard as rocks.
Way too loud, could not carry on a conversation with person next to me. Service spotty at best.
Attended prior to a concert at the SAP center. Has a great location within walking distance of the arena. The restaurant was busy but not packed. Drinks, appetizers and entrees were all very enjoyable but came out very slowly. Our waitress was very pleasant and apologized for all 3 courses being tardy. We were seated about 10 mins earlier then our 6:30 reservation but barely made it out before our 8:00 show.
Had a great girls gathering of drinks and dinner before a concert at SAP. It was so nice to be in walking distance with great service, delicious food and we celebrated a girlfriend's bday and had the best tiramisu ever!
My friend and I (2 woman) were seat in the worst seat in the house. Stuck in the isle where all the servers go back and forth.....Had to request a better seat. By the way, the restaurant was empty at the time.
We ordered appetizers and the meal arrived but the appetizer and plates were still on the table. So server was juggling to remove dirty plates and serve our entree.
The restaurant began to fill up quickly and the heat was unbearable. It felt like there was no air-conditioning!! Everyone was fanning themselves. Nothing worst than eating a hot Italian meal and no air-conditioning. Sorry but too many choices to eat in San Jose so I will not be returning.
The salmon salad was excellent. Our waiter was great. The hotel/restaurant should arrange for free parking for restaurant patrons.
I used to go to La Pastaia before all of the musical concerts but no more! . To begin, my friends cocktail came about 10 minutes after my glass of wine was served to me . Then my chicken was served well, well after my friends two dinners were served. My chicken was dry -as though it had been cooked the day before, there were three asparagus spears and instead of the new potatoes they threw on a half a plate of french fries without telling me.