Left Bank Santana Row

4.4
4077 Reviews
$30 and under
French
Left Bank is an authentic Parisian-style brasserie known for our simple, seasonally changing French brasserie menu featuring a diverse selection of meats, fresh vegetables, seafood, hearty salads and sumptuous desserts.

The open exhibition kitchen provides onlookers a window into the magic our chefs create, guided by French native, Chef Roland Passot, well-respected in the industry for his passion and culinary expertise.

Located in San Jose's vibrant Santana Row since 2003, Left Bank transports guests to a quaint brasserie in Paris. Boasting one of Santana Row's largest bars, Left Bank is a place to see and be seen. Whether simply sipping a pastis or enjoying a full meal, diners capture the true feeling of the Rive Gauche in Paris.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected

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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

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Starting May 9, 2021

Treat the special mama in your life to Left Bank this Mother's Day! We’re serving our regular Brunch menu, along with our Spring-inspired menu addition, from open until 3 PM. We’re also serving a spectacular 4 Course Prix Fixe for $88 all day, featuring only the best for mom!

What 4077 people are saying
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Lac1024
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Four of us dined outside in a very nice umbrella-covered table. We each had something different to eat: Trout Almondine, Portabella Mushroom Ravioli, Nicoise Salad, and Hamburger with Pork belly topping. Everything was delicious!

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BobR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

New waitress needs more training. She was not familiar with the French pronunciation of some menu items (Café Ligouis). She forgot some basic utensils (cup for espresso pitcher & spoon for stirring sugar in the espresso and for ice cream).

Good waitress. Just needs a mentor. It was only her 2nd shift at Left Bank.

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CurtisJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first meal out at a restaurant in over 13 months. Drinks were delicious, food was perfect, and the service especially was simply the best. We can't wait to return over and over to this much-missed local gem.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Meals were great including the braised duck- scrumptious !! Would have loved to get the Moscow mules in the traditional bronze rather than standard glass !!!
4.5 out of 5 still !!!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My son is preparing to deploy to Asia and we wanted to share a nice dinner together. We had a delicious dinner and enjoyed our visit to Left Bank. Best Old Fashioned (cocktail) on the planet!!

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vipmaryo
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Lots of COVID-19 safe dining options

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Joe38
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

food was good, waiter seemed extra busy in the hour we were there she came to our table a total of 3 times. we had to ask for items from the bus boy. all in all a great experience still would go back.

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CathyVolunteer
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! Good service - Jesus was our server, he was attentive and always happy! The food was delicious, we had the oysters, the moules and the salade Nicoise. The next table is more than 6 ft away. We feel very safe.

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vipEllieP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Kind of a disappointment. Was looking forward to my Salad Nicoise but it was mainly greens. Service was super slow

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vip4Real
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Very slow, inattentive service.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday weekend

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food3service3ambience5

We had fun trying many things. I’m
Allergic to dairy, told server. Food was still served
With dairy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server, Srihari, was amazing! He clearly knew we hadn’t been out in a while and made the experience special. He double checked our order to be sure it was correct, never let us pour our own wine, he checked in on and conversed with us in perfect proportion which enhanced the experience.

My husband loves the steak frite and I am a vegan. They had a beautiful vegan cassoulet that made me feel like someone actually gave some thought to the meal instead of piling a bunch of steamed vegetables on a plate. Thank you, Left Bank, for making our first meal out in a long time a great one!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Escargot and nicoise salad were good today. My server was also very friendly and attentive.

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AlinaG
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food!

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JorgeG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience! Restaurant management has greatly increased seating capacity to meet the requirements of these times, and did it in a way that makes it feel like you’re not just sitting under a tent in the street.

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JoanneL
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Location is great. Excellent service. Some dishes were excellent, others just okay.

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PamQ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Service was terrible. The water glasses were dirty and had to be replaced. We ordered a starter it never arrived. A side dish was cold - we sent it back and the replacement arrived after we had finished our meal. We got zero attention from our server. The check for lunch for 2 with 1 glass of wine was over $100. Never again...so disappointing and just overall disgusting.

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yigokid
Central Coast
19 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyable dining experience as always. Pleased to see even aftet post pandemic, that quality of food and level of service has not changed.

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded on April 19, 2021

We appreciate your honest feedback. We strive for excellence on every shift. Glad to hear we delivered exceptional service on your previous visit, See you soon again!

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vipCherylB
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ave attentive service! Food was delicious.

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GiantsFan
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent outdoor lunch experience. Staff was friendly, patient and efficient. We all had burgers, cooked and tasted just right.

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded on April 19, 2021

Thank you so much for getting in touch with us, glad we delivered exceptional food quality and ambiance. We hope to see you back soon, cheers! -Ubaldo M.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It’s not the Left Bank I remember from pre-Covid. It took forever to get the check. We were there almost 2.5 hours which was way too long. The loud music on the street is annoying.

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SpencerL
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

We gave gone here several times in the past during the pandemic and the service has always been wonderful until this time. It is obvious that they have hired many new servers with little to no experience. Out waiter was nice but incompetent. We waited too long for out appetizers and then they brought our main course while we were still eating our appetizers and the one bring them was annoyed that we were still eating. When we were ready for our mains they were unevenly heated and dried out from being left under the hot lamps. Overall a very disappointing experience.

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vipDafe
San Francisco
60 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Poor table location for someone who had a reservation. Table I wanted was never occupied even as hostess said it was reserved. Service was okay but one entre of four showed up 7-8 minutes late, thus the rest of ours were cold.

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ec2018
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service. Food met its normal standard.
Overall 10 of 10.

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RonB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time at Left Bank and will certainly go back again in the future. Food and service were great.

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vipjavonne
Central Coast
20 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

This is one of my favorite restaurants-
I love every thing about it. At this visit
I was disappointed when the table bussers wheeled out a cart with plastic tubs to clear the dishes from our table and every other table...it was very unappetizing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
206 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great culinary experience

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Food was fantastic as usual but the service was super slow.. give them time to get back up to speed after the COVID closure and I am sure they will be great again - but be patient and expect a bit of slow service for now!

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great food and ambience. We dined outdoor and were accommodated by the heaters that they provided for their guest :) we loved our dessert entree and appetizers!

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EzauC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food.,.,.,.,.,.,.,.,.,.,,,,,,,,,.,,,,,,,.,,,,

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Thomas
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Server was not as attentive as he should have been but otherwise it was great!

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ProfConnoisseur
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Delicious trout! They were out of my companion's favorite dish (confit fried chicken) and he selected the roasted half chicken which was ok but not as tasty as my Trout Almondine.

Service was a bit slow after the main course was brought to the table. (We had requested water and salt and pepper.) The sidewalk ambiance was nice and we generally enjoyed our experience at the Left Bank. We'll definitely go back!

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vipguss
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience4

The food is just really average. The menu is very French inspired, but the execution is really poor. The taste was ok, leaning towards bland. The presentation of the food was subpar. Wines were great, though. I like this place for the vibe, it's right on Santana Row with tons of people, good music, and good drinks. But don't go here for good French food.

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SandyB
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I loved our food. The fondue was so delicious and our entrees were delicious too! The service was great. It was so nice to eat indoors. We've been to Left Bank many times over the years.

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LindaT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was very good. Server was very attentive. Social distancing observed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Very disappointed! It was my daughter’s 25th bday, I had made the reservation 5 days before. First we got a small table that fits maybe 4 people maybe for drinks not even for dinner. We were 5 people so we asked for a bigger table, so we ended up sitting inside. No problem. We ordered drinks, 4 appetizers and 5 entrees. They brought the French fries and after waiting for more than half an hour I asked the waiter about our appetizers, they brought our entrees!!! So I said what about the appetizers ohh they forgot to bring them out so they told us will put your entrees on the side when you’re ready for them we will warm it up for you!!! I said no way we want new entrees ... so finally they did bring us new entrees, than we ordered 2 desserts, they brought us a profiterol with a candle for my daughter’s bday we asked for sharing plates and spoons they just brought us 4 spoons... So we asked for the check, they charged us double for each entree!!! So we asked them to fix it, which they did but no apologies what’s so ever. The manager came and said I take care of it, as if he’s doing us a favor. no sorry nothing!!!! Very disappointing experience!

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vipMBAA
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Thank you for the ambience and delicious food. We enjoyed it!

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vipOpenTableVIP2014
21 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

We ordered an array of dishes. Everything was excellent. It was somewhat unexpected. We will be back again soon.

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vipScottH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was excellent. Inside the tent, it was a bit chilly, we requested to turn on heater but it turned off rather quickly and nobody turned it back on.
Also wait service was a bit sparse; would have liked to see more check ins for refills. Also people bringing out food brought food to wrong table several times.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Left Bank Santana Row using the Order Online button. Left Bank Santana Row also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Left Bank Santana Row also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (408) 984-3500.

Left Bank Santana Row is rated 4.4 stars by 4077 OpenTable diners.

Left Bank Santana Row does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://leftbanksantanarow.cardfoundry.com.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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