Left Bank Santana Row

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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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Specials

New Year's Day Brunch!

Start your New Year off right and Brunch with us!

Serving our favorite Brunch items and libations, including $5 Mimosas and a Bloody Mary Bar, in addition to the regular Lunch menu.

À votre santé to 2020 and an amazing year ahead!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: December 11, 2019

Ends: January 2, 2020

Availability: Wed 11:00AM-3:00PM

Rapide Midi Express Lunch

Let us whisk you away to Paris for a weekday Lunch! Join us for our Rapide Midi Express Lunch, designed to get you in and out the door, while still enjoying the brasserie ambiance you know and love! Offering 2 Courses for 19.00 per person, including soda, iced tea, or coffee.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: September 17, 2019

Ends: September 18, 2118

Availability: Mon-Fri 11:30AM-4:00PM

French Happy Hour

Grab a bite and a flight! Starting June 17, for just $23 satisfy your cravings with our Classic Burger Américain and a flight of three of our newest beers, specially created for Left Bank Brasserie by Golden Road Brewery, each a 4 oz pour:-S'il Vous Plaît IPA, Let’s French Hefe, and Off With Their Heads Red Ale. Available during Happy Hour days and times, every day from 3-6:30 pm and 9 pm-close, but available to the entire restaurant.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: August 19, 2019

Ends: August 20, 2118

Availability: Daily 3:00PM-6:15PM 9:00PM-11:00PM

BYOB of Wine

Free corkage when you purchase an entree. Bring your own wine, enjoy our food and service. 2 Bottles per table of 6.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: June 4, 2019

Ends: June 5, 2118

Availability: Daily 8:45PM-11:00PM

Truffle Fries and Champagne!!!

Purchase a bottle of sparkling wine (or any bottle of wine for that matter) and receive a complimentary order of our famous truffle french fries. It pairs amazingly with Champagne or great on it's own.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: June 4, 2019

Ends: June 5, 2118

Availability: Mon-Tue 12:45PM-5:00PM
Wed-Fri 2:00PM-5:00PM

French Hour (Happy Hour)

A shareable menu with prices that will make you very happy. Come be Fun and French with us!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: April 15, 2019

Ends: April 16, 2118

Availability: Daily 3:00PM-6:30PM 9:00PM-10:00PM

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate the holidays at Left Bank Brasseries! Let us attend to every detail as you enjoy a stress-free Christmas Eve dinner with friends and family. Open 12-8 PM, serving a 3 Course Prix Fixe for $60 per person, with a reduced regular menu also available. It’s never too early to reserve now!

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Ring in the New Year at Left Bank! Open for regular Lunch hours, serving the regular menu. At Dinner, serving a 4 Course Prix Fixe for $75 pp, including glass of sparkling wine to start. All prix fixe menu items are available a la carte; serving a reduced regular dinner menu. Last seating at 11 PM.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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JD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Unfortunately, my last couple of experiences at Left Bank at Santana Row for lunch has not been good. The service has been very poor with people serving you without any experience. The quality of food also has gone down. Maybe, for dinner they have different cooks and servers.

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded 15 hours ago

Hello, My name is Andrew Byers and I am the General Manager at Left Bank Brasserie. I would love a moment to speak with you directly about your most recent dining experience with us. Please reach out to me at your earliest convenience. Thank you, Andrew Byers (408)984-3500 abyers@leftbank

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CP
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Quality French style food, excellent service, lovely location at Santana Row. Recommended!

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded 2 days ago

Hello, Thank you so much for the feedback, we look forward to serving you again soon! Thank you, Andrew Byers General Manager (408)984-3500 abyers@leftbank

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GL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seated at reservation time, no additional waiting. Staff friendly, answered many and all questions. Drinks well crafted. Food was excellent, but suggest asking for dressings and sauces on the side, some items had too much or the sauce in anything but minute quantities can overwhelm the dish.

Very enjoyable experience. Will be back.

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded 2 days ago

Hello, Thank you so much for the feedback, we look forward to serving you again soon! Thank you, Andrew Byers General Manager (408)984-3500 abyers@leftbank

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Terrible food - one dish forgot gravy- food was tired , uninspired , bland
Poor service - we had to wave down our waitress for every request and she was too busy

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded 2 days ago

Hello, My name is Andrew Byers and I am the General Manager at Left Bank Brasserie. I would love a moment to speak with you directly about your most recent dining experience with us. Please reach out to me at your earliest convenience. Thank you, Andrew Byers (408)984-3500 abyers@leftbank

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SC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The meal was disappointing. There was confusion on the Grand Prix vs al la Carte. We came for the Grand Prix and somehow got al la Carte. The same occurred at the tables on either side of us. We left wanting more.

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded 5 days ago

Hello, My name is Andrew Byers and I am the General Manager at Left Bank Brasserie. I would love a moment to speak with you directly about your most recent dining experience with us on Thanksgiving. Please reach out to me at your earliest convenience. Thank you, Andrew Byers (408)984-3500 abyers@leftbank

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B
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was excellent - 2 of us had risotto and 1 had turkey. 1 also ordered the Waldorf salad . I was disappointed in the salad- it was not a Waldorf salad - the lettuce leaves had to be cut in small pieces in order to eat it. The salad didn't have apples, celery, dressing and I found 3 walnuts.

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded 5 days ago

Hello, Thank you so much for the feedback, we look forward to serving you again soon! Thank you, Andrew Byers General Manager (408)984-3500 abyers@leftbank

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DR
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very tasteful food and good service in a relaxed atmosphere. Very enjoyable Thanksgiving meal

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded 4 days ago

Hello, Thank you so much for the feedback, we look forward to serving you again soon! Thank you, Andrew Byers General Manager (408)984-3500 abyers@leftbank

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This review is SOLELY for their Thanksgiving dinner. Our second year having Thanksgiving dinner at Left Bank and they did not disappoint. The service is awesome... only issue this year was the kids’ drinks were never refilled, but that’s a minor detail; not a deal breaker by any means. The food is delicious and there’s plenty of it so that you’re able to take home leftovers. Definitely worth letting someone else do the cooking for you.

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded 5 days ago

Hello, Thank you so much for the feedback, we look forward to serving you again soon! Thank you, Andrew Byers General Manager (408)984-3500 abyers@leftbank

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AJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great thanksgiving meal but far too much food! Felt we could have paid less for less food. Lovely atmosphere, perfect service.

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded 4 days ago

Hello, Thank you so much for the feedback, we look forward to serving you again soon! Thank you, Andrew Byers General Manager (408)984-3500 abyers@leftbank

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DM
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was good. But I noticed they are very frugal with the food servings. If you go to Cheesecake factory gives you so much for the money.

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded 4 days ago

Hello, Thank you so much for the feedback, we look forward to serving you again soon! Thank you, Andrew Byers General Manager (408)984-3500 abyers@leftbank

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I
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I had the opportunity of visiting Left Bank for the first time for Thanksgiving meal service.

The good:

My two children (10 and 7) loved the children's menu and level of service doled on them during this, what I consider, a more adult event.

My food was fantastic: I had a very unique Thanksgiving meal that told a tale simply; that of refinement and modest gluttony. From the two choice types of light and dark turkey meat cooked to perfection, to the surprisingly-sweet crusted 'stuffings' pastry (all the while being continually awash with sweet potato and zesty orange-tinged cranberry sauce in bespoke silver goblets), I was blown away by this culinary approach and the unique flavors on offer here.

The bad:

I was seated outside (I made reservations for outside) in a type of circus tent area with my children constantly playing with the separation flap between this area and a noisy thoroughfare leading to the parking lot. The heat lamp's loving glow had to fight the cold in-rush of air each time my child (or the wind) saw fit to open it.

Lastly, I did not know this was a dog friendly restaurant. I have nothing against dogs, but a table seated right next to me brought a large great Dane and a smaller chihuahua type dog halfway through our meal, and ever so slightly, this took away from the special ambience and feeling this meal had been giving me.

The summary:

Great food, great prices, OK ambience, good for children, and would definitely do this again (maybe regular service next time?).

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded 3 days ago

Hello, Thank you so much for the feedback, we look forward to serving you again soon! Thank you, Andrew Byers General Manager (408)984-3500 abyers@leftbank

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WL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food1service4ambience4

We had to send my wife’s steak back. She asked for it to be cooked to medium but it came extremely rare. The waiter took it back and got here a new one. My daughter and I were finished with our dinner by the time my wife’s showed up. Not our expectations at all.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The waitress gave us excellent service! She was very kind and patient with us especially with my children. I think she is a big part of our pleasant experience at Left Bank.

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded 5 days ago

Hello, Thank you so much for the feedback, we look forward to serving you again soon! Thank you, Andrew Byers General Manager (408)984-3500 abyers@leftbank

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P
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed Beaujolais Nouveau with Bceuf Short Rib Bourguignon so much as a special menu from 11/21 - 11/24. Food was just lovely. I would definitely come back there again!

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded on November 26, 2019

Hello, Thank you so much for the feedback, we look forward to serving you again soon! Thank you, Andrew Byers General Manager (408)984-3500 abyers@leftbank

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JO
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Service very slow. We had to get up and ask the hostess to send us our waiter. They made a table for six on the edge of the bar area very loud and out of sight of servers. They served a martini in a highball glass because they said they were out of martini glasses. Had to ask several time to uncork wine. Very disappointing experience.

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded on November 25, 2019

Hello James, My name is Andrew Byers and I am the General Manager at Left Bank Brasserie. I would love a moment to speak with you directly about your most recent dining experience with us. Please reach out to me at your earliest convenience. Thank you, Andrew Byers (408)984-3500 abyers@leftbank

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DD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was great. Described the wine fast and efficiently. Food was good. The kitchen can work on syncing up picks. But otherwise amazing night.

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded on November 25, 2019

Hello, Thank you so much for the feedback, we look forward to serving you again soon! Thank you, Andrew Byers General Manager (408)984-3500 abyers@leftbank

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food great service great location but the piped music wa as bit loud

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded on November 23, 2019

Hello, Thank you so much for the feedback, we look forward to serving you again soon! Thank you, Andrew Byers General Manager (408)984-3500 abyers@leftbank

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a
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience5

Food was not fresh or cakes . You wait long time for service , service is always busy and stuff . But overall I still
Recommend this place from
Another places from another places in Santana Row

AL
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met my friend for lunch and was seated immediately outside. Wait staff responsive and express lunch was good. We had the pork sausage and especially enjoyed the dessert!

JC
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I had a very lovely lunch sitting on the terrace. Our waiter was off the charts great at his job. He helped us choose a fab french sav-blanc to enjoy with our mussels and was very attentive to our needs. A shout out to Jesus, he was an outstanding server! Already looking fwd to going back!

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Birthday lunch for my mom

TG
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jesus was amazing !!!!!!!

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded on November 17, 2019

Hello, Thank you so much for the feedback, we look forward to serving you again soon! Thank you, Andrew Byers General Manager (408)984-3500 abyers@leftbank

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Food was fine. Been going to Left Bank for years. Though service was less than acceptable. Had to ask for water refill multiple times. Had to look for waitress to order food, to ask for water. She can’t seem to be found.

ND
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food3service1ambience5

We are frequent, if often reluctant guests at Left Bank. Their greatest issue is lack of consistency. Sometimes they're awesome and sometimes bafflingly, comically bad - bad service and/or food. Unfortunately, our visit there on Friday was a bad day. We were seated outside and waited at least 10 minutes for water. We placed our order (burger and duck) which both came out almost immediately and 10 minutes before our drinks arrived. The burger was ordered medium but came back distinctly rare. The manager who stopped by to ask how everything was tried to convince us that the burger was, in fact, medium. In addition to being obviously wrong about this, it struck us a poor service to argue with your guests in the first place. The duck was similarly badly cooked with an off-putting mixture of undercooked wild rice and some sort of squash, which I had one bite of and pushed aside.

I still like LB, but wish they would better train their wait staff, chefs and manager. It's a good value and a fun vibe with a great opportunity for improvement.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and flavorful trout almondine!

k
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Soft and Lukewarm french fries under the lamp to long
Overcooked steak
Mediocre

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded on November 15, 2019

Hello, My name is Andrew Byers and I am the General Manager at Left Bank Brasserie. I would love a moment to speak with you directly about your most recent dining experience with us. Please reach out to me at your earliest convenience. Thank you, Andrew Byers (408)984-3500 abyers@leftbank

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CR
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Very hard to ....the chicken sandwich was a total mistake and NOT up to your standards...hunk of meat, overcooked, not even centered on bread; coleslaw randomly 'heaped on bread and spilling out....onion soup 'moderate warm'....not the quality I've experienced prior....Tuesday cook not doing you any favors....Carla Rosenblum

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded on November 15, 2019

Hello Carla, My name is Andrew Byers and I am the General Manager at Left Bank Brasserie. I would love a moment to speak with you directly about your most recent dining experience with us. Please reach out to me at your earliest convenience. Thank you, Andrew Byers (408)984-3500 abyers@leftbank

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KM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I have always loved LB - it has always been consistent with service and food. The fondue was delicious but I think it would be better if there was something other than bread alone to dip. My friend got the Benedict and she loved it. I ordered the quiche and I thought it was just okay....

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded on November 12, 2019

Hello, Thank you so much for the feedback, we look forward to serving you again soon! Thank you, Andrew Byers General Manager (408)984-3500 abyers@leftbank

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M
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a really delicious meal, seeking fancy comfort food on a cool night. I had the beef carbonnade which was savory, tender, and full of flavor. My husband had the fish special which was flaky and well paired with root vegetables and potatoes. We finished with the almond cake which was ok. Not the best ending but we were looking for a light dessert. Our waitress was friendly and attentive. And those delivering food and clearing plates were all incredibly friendly and polite.

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded on November 12, 2019

Hello, Thank you so much for the feedback, we look forward to serving you again soon! Thank you, Andrew Byers General Manager (408)984-3500 abyers@leftbank

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Terrible service. Despite making a reservation we had to wait for 20 mins for the table. Food is average and not definitely the best French food. When we ordered after 20 mins we were told that the item was not available.

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded on November 12, 2019

Hello, My name is Andrew Byers and I am the General Manager at Left Bank Brasserie. I would love a moment to speak with you directly about your most recent dining experience with us. Please reach out to me at your earliest convenience. Thank you, Andrew Byers (408)984-3500 abyers@leftbank

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Anniversary. Had a reservation for 2 and tried to put us in the crowded noisy bar area. Really? Protested and waited 20 min for a real table. Otherwise - great experience - will return

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded on November 12, 2019

Hello, My name is Andrew Byers and I am the General Manager at Left Bank Brasserie. I would love a moment to speak with you directly about your most recent dining experience with us. Please reach out to me at your earliest convenience. Thank you, Andrew Byers (408)984-3500 abyers@leftbank

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f
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, comfortable seating inside and outside. The mussels were amazing! I can’t wait to visit again!

RG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, wonderful setting!

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded on November 6, 2019

Hello, Thank you so much for the feedback, we look forward to serving you again soon! Thank you, Andrew Byers General Manager (408)984-3500 abyers@leftbank

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NL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great for brunch! Enjoyed the food, friendly service, and easy parking

MH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience5

We arrived at 6:30 got seated immediately. Our sever took our order, brought bread and our bottle of water and went back and forth and never deliver food until we went to complaint to the reception. Our dinner and glass of wine was finally delivered at 8 pm by another server.

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded on November 6, 2019

Hello, My name is Andrew Byers and I am the General Manager at Left Bank Brasserie. I would love a moment to speak with you directly about your most recent dining experience with us. Please reach out to me at your earliest convenience. Thank you, Andrew Byers (408)984-3500 abyers@leftbank

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G
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service from Jasper, our server. Didn’t like the host people. Good food.

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded on November 6, 2019

Hello, Thank you so much for the feedback, we look forward to serving you again soon! Thank you, Andrew Byers General Manager (408)984-3500 abyers@leftbank

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M
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Worked here when I was a kid. Only restaurant job that was enjoyable enough that I enjoy dining there.

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded on November 6, 2019

Hello, Thank you so much for the feedback, we look forward to serving you again soon! Thank you, Andrew Byers General Manager (408)984-3500 abyers@leftbank

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CS
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Left Bank is a great french restaurant. The food is classic and well prepared.

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded on November 6, 2019

Hello, Thank you so much for the feedback, we look forward to serving you again soon! Thank you, Andrew Byers General Manager (408)984-3500 abyers@leftbank

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OT
San Francisco
85 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I have been here many times. It's a huge place and it's amazing they can keep it running smoothly given the scale and # of customers. Food was good and service apt (despite the # of customers). Still, could have more "real" French food (rather than California cuisine) and the prices are a bit high (even though the wine bottle prices are relatively reasonable). Space is at a premium in this rest. which makes a romantic date or business mtg. somewhat of a challenge. Overall, though, the place is a worthwhile visit.

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded on November 6, 2019

Hello, Thank you so much for the feedback, we look forward to serving you again soon! Thank you, Andrew Byers General Manager (408)984-3500 abyers@leftbank

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h
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Nice place to take a date. Spacious seating so talking seems private. Great food but a limited menu.

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded on November 2, 2019

Hello, Thank you so much for the feedback, we look forward to serving you again soon! Thank you, Andrew Byers General Manager (408)984-3500 abyers@leftbank

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