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
All was good. Food came out hot. Server was a bit overwhelmed but will go back without question.
The food and cocktails were both good although it would have been nice to have gotten a bit more to our meals (only got a dish full of ravioli with the ravioli dinner order - no side vegetable or salad or anything; the duck came with a very mundane polenta and frisée salad and while the duck was good, the rest of the plate wasn’t inspired). We were not hurried through our meal at all. The setting in the outdoor patio dining area was fairly loud, with pulsing club music in the background (from another business) but we could still easily hear each other and the energy was good - lots of good people-watching, a bustling vibe to the patio seating area but it wasn’t distracting and felt cozy and intimate at the same time. We enjoyed our meal there. I’d rate this 5-stars if the dinner plates were given a bit more inspiration, particularly at these prices. (We averaged over $50/person without wine and with limited drinks and desserts.)
My husband and I went there for Father’s Day brunch. He LOVES the French Toast there, I the salmon hash. The server and service were excellent. However, the food was ok to good but not amazing. We’ve gone to the Left Bank many times. At times the good is over-the-top amazing, other times not as good. Yesterday our food was cold. Our server got on it right away, the manager came over immediately and was very attentive as well. She asked what they could do to make it up to us and gave us a croissant with berry compote. They corrected the dishes to our liking but the food was warm but not hot. We discovered that the plates themselves were cold which could have contributed to the issue. The food definitely still tasted good. However, due to increased business and perhaps the need for more cooks, the food needed to be hotter. We still had a nice experience there and will return.
We had made reservations a week in advance for Father's Day outdoor lunch seating. We were seated at the first table they could find, one chair in full sun. One of us walks back to get a hat. We waited at our table for awhile, and our waiter said he'd be back. Much later, he came back to take our order. Beverages came about 10 minutes later, meals another 20 minutes after that. We had to ask for the bread we had ordered, it came about 10 minutes after meals arrived. Waiter sightings were few and far between. We didn't get a real explanation as to why lunch should have taken almost two hours, but it made the experience more frustrating than enjoyable.
They modified the menu and the quality of food has gone down the drain. All the food we ordered was a miss from the bouillabaisse soup, to the mushroom ravioli to the blackened steak frites.
The server was attentive though. He was great!
Best dinner and evening I’ve had at Santana Row I think ever. Great cocktails, great appetizers and a very diverse menu that satisfies a picky family of four. Super attentive waiter all throughout the meal. Excellent dessert and tasty coffee. Warm weather and a patio makes this a great Friday night date.
Ordered three things asparagus salad the shrimp and beef bourguignon,Asparagus salad was very good shrimp what is just mediocre and the beef was terrible. Over cooked two tiny carrots in the whole thing. While our server was very nice the service was terrible. When the beef came we sat there with no utensils or plates for 10 minutes. Cancel
Loved our service and food! Looking forward to going back next time I am in SJ. Will recommend for sure!
Loved they didn’t mind I got there early! Service was excellent and the environment was nice
Love this restaurant!
I should've picked a table farther away from the open kitchen. Other than the greasy smell from kitchen, the food and services are as good as always. This restaurant was still at 50% capacity when I visited. I really missed the hustle and bustle of this place. We'll definitely return once all is back to normal.
The food is always good. The outdoor seating was lovely, with shade under the umbrella and a cool breeze circulating. The service was excellent. The only - I can give is that the restaurant is over-priced. It is not a gourmet establishment. Lunch at $100 + $20 tip is excessive. But it is a nice place to see friends, the atmosphere is friendly and not off-putting, and I will continue to go there when I'm at Santana Row, though for me it is not often.
It was okay. Had an 11:30am reservation for my family, showed up before LB opened at 11:15am. Despite a lot of people outside with reservations, doors did not open until 11:30am sharp, at which point everyone scrambled to get in line. Despite showing up first, I ended up last in line and had to wait maybe 10-15 mins past my reservation before being seated. When I made it up to the host, I asked for a shady spot under the tree. Unfortunately, he sat my family under an umbrella on the sunny side of the patio nearest the walkway. The sun moved and then I sat in the sun for half the meal. There was also an unpleasant odor of sewer and guessing there is a sewer vent right next to where we sat. It looked like the green pipe exhaust with the hat that was about 5 feet away from our table. Only other complaint was our waitress who forgot garnishes in the Bloody Mary, despite specifically mentioning it beforehand, and also forgetting sliced lemon for my mother’s water (she had to ask multiple times). Otherwise, food was great as always. Now I know not to come during the week, and especially not when you first open.
We didn't have a wait. The server brought our dishes in a very timely manner. Lunch was divine!
Great food while sitting outside on a beautiful evening. And our server Sean did a great job considering that they were severely understaffed.
our date night go to love the steak tartare and mahattan
We chose several appetizers over individual meals and each was excellent. The wine is marked up more than is reasonable: a bottle of Bonnie Doone rosé ($15 retail) is $65. But the food was excellent and we will be back.
Meeting old friend
Went out with a 7:45 dinner reservation. Sat outside. When the waiter took our order he didn’t have anything to write it down with and we looked at each other that there would be a mistake. When the appetizers came they brought one of the wrong appetizer so we sent it back. He came to apologize for the appetizer and said the right one would be out in 3 minutes.
20 minutes later the appetizer arrived. But we had no silverware yet. We had to get our own silverware and napkins because there was none on the table and our waiter was not responsive.
About 30 minutes later the main course arrived. One of the dishes was a steak and there was no knife so we had to walk inside to get a knife ourselves. We finally finished up dinner at 9:30, and there is no reason a dinner there should take 1:45 when we ordered immediately after sitting down.
We’ve eaten here before with no issue, service was terrible this time and would have not tipped at all but we felt bad due to Covid and still tipped. So $150+ meal with a bad experience, at least my daughter enjoyed our time together.
Nice seat on the patio and lots of good people and dog watching. Fun way to spend a few hours on Saturday!
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
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Left Bank Santana Row is rated 4.2 stars by 4174 OpenTable diners.
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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.