Left Bank Santana Row

4.2
4156 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
What 4156 people are saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.1
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4.2
ambience
3.9
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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HeatherH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service3ambience4

We did both the happy hour menu and the normal menu. The food was great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
23 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made our reservation last minute, but was able to get a reservation. They sat us up front where we like facing the street. It was crowded, but service was great and so was the food.

Looking forward to going again!

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George
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite French restaurant for getting Mouilles, Escargots, Duck, and steak tartare... I am addicted to them!

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DennisC
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Good job on the Skirt Steak and cheese fondue

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vipdilly
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Terrible service

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vipJuliaB
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Restaurant was nice. Good good. Service pleasant. Bathrooms need serious attention!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food2service5ambience4

Hair in food.

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Caldiver
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Wonderful food but slow service and expensive. Surprised to be charged for bread when purchasing 4 meals.

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vipGildaH
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our server GEO was very good and very professional!!!

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Gigi
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had a fun evening celebrating my son's high school graduation on Wednesday night. We were seated outside with lots of space between tables and the heaters were on. The food was delicious (especially loved the cheese fondue appetizer) and service was very good. We left there feeling satisfied and joyful. We truly enjoyed a special meal at a special place.

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vipBobP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor ambient dining with wonderful food and great cocktails.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Have always loved food, ambiance and setting of left bank in Santana row - but food was just average this time - will give them a second chance in a few months as Covid shutdown has been hard on all. Our female server - sorry do not recall her name - was extraordinary - but did not see her much after order - too busy for follow up.

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Tree
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The service was poor. The waitress had forgotten the bread 3 times. The escargot & French Onion Soup were excellent. The beef burgundy was very good. My husband’s steak frites was out of stock so he changed his entree to lamb stew which came out cold. He sent it back & it came back still cold & the meat was tough. So we took it home to feed it to our lab retriever. They did comp him with a dessert. Considering it was a holiday weekend they should not run out of meat on Sunday. They should have enough meat for the entire weekend. We have been here many times with excellent food & service. This meal was a disaster

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience4

We didn’t even get to eat. Ordered appetizer, mains and glass of wine. Got the appetizers then reminded the server about the wine. After we were done with the appetizers the sever asked if we wanted the bill or desert. Main course order was never sent to the kitchen so we left without eating.

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PattiM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

We had dinner at Left Bank last night, and it was a bit of a disappointment. The waitress came to our table relatively quickly after we were seated, and took our cocktail order, but that was the last time she came to our table without us having to ask other staff to track her down. We did notice the waiters seemed to be short-staffed, but even after long waits for her and apologies from her she never tried to step it up. 30 minutes after having our cocktails we flagged down the host to send the waitress over so that we could place our order. We wanted to have bread with our cocktails, but we didn’t get to order it until our cocktails were about gone, at the same time we ordered our dinner. Our dinner arrived and still we hadn’t been given the bread, so we reminded them about it. You’d think they’d rush the bread out at this point, but no it was still sometime before the bread came. After we finished our meal and sat for sometime, again, we had to get our waitress tracked down to bring us the bill. The food was average, we had a Niçoise salad and a roasted pork tenderloin. There was nothing that I could pinpoint wrong with my salad, but it didn’t seem as tasty as other times I’ve had it there, and same with my husbands pork tenderloin, it was average tasting. The highlight of the evening, was my mojito...THANK YOU BARTENDER!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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FH2021
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Food came cold
Bad service
This only worth going only during mid week
Weekend is busy and quality is very low

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy coming here. Steak Frites is outstanding. Tried the Beef Borgingnon for the first time, could have used more seasoning. But overall very enjoyable to sit outside, watch the goings on and enjoy a good meal.

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Bonnierulea
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food, great atmosphere, would absolutely recommend

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Kuvalda
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

This was my second time at Left Bank and I had the same dish, Beef Bourguignon. The first time it was half-way decent. This time there was hardly any beef in it, and what beef there was, was all pieces of fat and gristle. There was hardly any beef at all. And they price it $32.00. I felt I threw away $32.00. The only saving grace of the whole experience was watching people streaming by.

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TADA
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Unfortunately the worst experience at Left Bank we’ve had. After waiting 10+ minutes in line, we waited 30 minutes after being seated before a waiter took our order then nearly as long for food. Waiter was not familiar with the limited menu. Having ordered the same thing many times, my son tried to have the arugula salad replaced with something else and the waiter had no idea how to do that. Food was not hot when served. The garlic butter on the steak never even somewhat melted. Server had attempted to deliver to other tables. Drink refill never requested was delivered and wasn’t a drink either of us had to begin with.

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JanT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arrived an hour early and changed from indoor to outdoor choice of seating and they accommodated us immediately.

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Tracy
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

These issues were very disappointing: Our server had his mask off his nose almost every time he came to our table. Also, person who filled our water should make sure not to touch the carafe to ours or others drinking glasses or he could spread germs this way. Other than those, very good experience.

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vipSFDINER
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We loved our meal (mussels, duck, steak tartar, and bubbly). We ate outside and it was perfect.

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vipJoeF
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We’ve dined at LB many times, the food is always great. We were disappointed with the long wait for the food. First the order was wrong 2 out of 3, The food was cold and looked like it seat under the warming lights for a while. This last visit was not up to LB standards.

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vipHarkersgirl123
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service great food .. loved being outside .

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noellar
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It’s a little expensive! But overall it’s good. The wine selection is really good!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Service was very slow, hot food was barely warm and pork was overcooked. Server missed the opportunity to sell us another glass of wine because he disappeared shortly after food arrived. Sauce for steamed mussels lacked flavor and was cold halfway through eating the dish. Coffee ordered with dessert was served long before dessert, so was mostly gone and cold by the time dessert arrived.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good restaurant

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vipDanish
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

First time dining here in more than a year and we used to be frequent diners. What we came for was out (French toast), the bread was different and now there’s a charge that the server did not tell us about. Disappointed in that we were excited for our first time out since the pandemic.

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JohnW
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The menu was limited but the food was very good and the service was outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Came here on a Sunday for brunch. Food was really great quality. Service was great. Best part was dogs are allowed on the patio. Perfect for what we needed!

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AlainD
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

This place is one of my favorite and they have a great menu priced reasonably.
We enjoyed all the items in our menu, except for the "Duck a l'orange" which was very disappointing. The duck breast were like steamed rather than grilled, and tasteless.

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vipmichaelf
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

It's unfortunate that we seem to have difficulty at times with service here...multiple inquiries on just getting water...apps arrive before a bottle of wine...etc....Left Bank is not in any way "inexpensive" and the wait staff should be a bit more on par at this level....

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JessicaN
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really love Left Bank. The food is excellent and drinks. There were heaters outside that keep us warm. Everything was great!

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Matt
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, and food was impeccable and delicious! I’m always impressed by their consistent high standards.

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Tony
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was outstanding and service reasonable. With wine and tip the meal cost $95 per person but was well worth it. However, at that pricing it seems overdoing it to charge separately for a bread basket.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Good food, albeit a bit over priced. But it is Santana Row! Too costly for regular visits, so it's a special occasion place for us. Nice outdoor seating area.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The lamb stew was excellent, very tender lamb and vegetables cooked to tender (not over cooked). The hamburger, which we have ordered before, was also very good.

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cestbon
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Wedding Anniversary dinner. There were a few complimentary items due to the special occasion (a glass of champagne before the meal, ice cream added to the dessert), which was greatly appreciated.

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 4.2 stars by 4156 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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