Left Bank Santana Row
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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- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
- Contact tracing information collected
FRENCH ONION SOUP
brown butter, roasted almonds, green beans
half dozen raw market selection
We did both the happy hour menu and the normal menu. The food was great!
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!
My favorite French restaurant for getting Mouilles, Escargots, Duck, and steak tartare... I am addicted to them!
Good job on the Skirt Steak and cheese fondue
Restaurant was nice. Good good. Service pleasant. Bathrooms need serious attention!
Hair in food.
Wonderful food but slow service and expensive. Surprised to be charged for bread when purchasing 4 meals.
Our server GEO was very good and very professional!!!
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.
Great outdoor ambient dining with wonderful food and great cocktails.
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.
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
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.
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!
Food came cold
This only worth going only during mid week
Weekend is busy and quality is very low
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.
Delicious food, great atmosphere, would absolutely recommend
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.
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.
Arrived an hour early and changed from indoor to outdoor choice of seating and they accommodated us immediately.
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.
We loved our meal (mussels, duck, steak tartar, and bubbly). We ate outside and it was perfect.
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.
Great service great food .. loved being outside .
It’s a little expensive! But overall it’s good. The wine selection is really good!
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.
Very good restaurant
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.
The menu was limited but the food was very good and the service was outstanding.
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!
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.
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....
I really love Left Bank. The food is excellent and drinks. There were heaters outside that keep us warm. Everything was great!
Great service, and food was impeccable and delicious! I’m always impressed by their consistent high standards.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.