Left Bank Santana Row

4.4
4102 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 4102 people are saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
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4.2
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4.2
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4.0
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TIENL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day

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Trudye
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Under staffed. Terrible service. After an hour we left without ordering dinner.

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MarkB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience5

The mother's day arrangement was a disaster. We called and confirmed with manager that we can order from the regular menu, but when we arrived, they said that we can only order from the ridiculously overpriced pre fixe menu with many items that we do not like.

No replacements, if you want to get french fries instead of mashed potato. Sorry, no french fries today

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Overpriced for the overall experience. There was leftover food on the menu we were given and for over 150$ a person that should not be the case

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Terrible experience on Mother’s Day. They switched out there regular menu just before we arrived for a ‘mother’s day’ menu. We ordered 3 steak dinners, food portions were tiny, asparagus and sauce were cold.

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KristenG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We went to Left Bank for a Mother’s Day celebration. Our meals were good, but overall, we were unimpressed by the quality and price. Our servers were very nice, but service was extremely slow and we were in the restaurant waiting much longer than we were in the restaurant eating. We were also disappointed that there was a set, very limited, expensive menu, and that we had not been informed of this when booking our reservation. Overall, the experience felt like the restaurant was trying to be much more than what it could actually offer the customer.

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CellKm
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I reserved this place not knowing what to expect, and was very happy! Both food and service was great!

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ShellyH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I called the restaurant to confirm the res. Inquired if I could bring my dog. The person looked up the res and said I was scheduled to be seated inside, so no dog. (Unless you sit outside.) I said Fine see you then. When we get there we are seated outside at the world's smallest table. I explained I was confirmed for inside, but there was nothing available! Really crappy beginning to what should have been a pleasant Mother's Day experience! I not apologized to nor offered any discount, free appetizer or anything. Server was extremely unprofessional on top of everything else. Oh and my son's French Toast was cold and had to be sent back. Will not be returning.

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KatieBee
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service2ambience3

Delicious French classics, my partner's Beef Bourguignon was stunning and we both would have taken the broth as just a soup. My Duck A L'Orange was beautifully citrusy and dark meat forward when there was enough sauce for the bites of duck. Both of us loved the French Onion Soup and we would come back for that alone! My partner died in happiness with the Fondant Au Chocolat stating that all food in his life should 'be this rich' and I was in bliss with the creamy caramel Creme Brulee.

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ShelbyLinda
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

the food was good and the ambiance of santana row is always a wonderful show. while it wasn't very busy, staff wasn't very attentive and basic things (salt/pepper/napkins) were forgotten. the cheese fondue appetizer was great. still, we've been here several times and will come back.

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RandyN
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was me second time eating lunch at the Lunch Bank. Both times the food and service was excellent. Would definitely recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place. A small menu but i got the steak and eggs. The steak was made to perfection. Would go again

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Hamburgers were very dry. Service was terrible. Since it was Mother’s Day weekend, it was very busy. I noticed two waiters managing all the guests outside. It took a long time to get water and meal served. When I asked for (one) refill, I didn’t get it until we were on our way out.

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vipMrsBe
Central Coast
65 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience1

The service issue was not with our waiter. He was very good. The problem started with the hosts, which affects the kitchen. There were too many full tables and the kitchen could not keep up. We waited over 30 minutes for part of our (very overcooked) order and the rest came 15 minutes after that. I realize these are trying times however, it appeared that Left Bank was being greedy rather than turning people away. I doubt I’ll ever return.

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KarenW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Server was way to busy to take care of all her tables. Nice girl. Food was cold. Not enough ice for such a hot day.. Been there before had a better experience.

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Olibri
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Wine selection is bad. Lamb over-cooked.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants.

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Lac1024
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
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
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
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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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Santana Row has a beautiful atmosphere outside with outdoor dining and shops. Left Bank had great French cuisine. Loved the cheese fondue.

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vipDale
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service is always outstanding. My preference is outside dinning. Plenty of spacing and shade if needed. Sidewalk has active traffic, but as a people watcher - enjoyable.
Very dog friendly and room for the dog. Food is ok, but so is the price. So good value for the money.
Best to make reservations in advance to insure no wait and seating.

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vipMichael
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

This was for my son’s birthday brunch. It started off well with the correct reservation and was able to accommodate seating outside as it was very loud inside. However, once seated, we had to wave down our server to get us started after approximately 20 min. Then as we ordered, come to find out 3 of the wanted menu items were no longer a available, the Croissant Bun Sandwich, French Toast, Omelette. How can you run out of those items at 12:30 on a Sunday Brunch. So we my sim and I ordered burgers which the bread was stale, my wife’s salmon hash was ok, little fishy, but it is salmon. Disappointed in our first visit to Left Bank which had great reviews and that’s why we picked Left Bank.

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vip1stTimer
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

We're a regular and always enjoyed good food and good service here. However, this particular visit was a total disappointment.

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vipNicole
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Love the outdoor venue. Went during busy lunch time on a weekend and nice day, so service was not outstanding but decent.

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foodies4ever
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic! The food and drink was so delicious - French Onion Soup, Escargot and Salad Lyonnais! The surprise birthday dessert was amazing - Chocolate Profiterole!
Sitting outside at the Left Bank in Santana Row was reminiscent of dining at an outdoor cafe in Paris.

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DoDo
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Really disappointed for this dinner, service is really poor (I came here often before the pandemic and the service was really good at the time) plus I was sitting outside next to the bar which has a really loud music. Here are the disappointment I had:
- No one came to serve us (even bringing us water) after sitting down for 15-20 mins
- While waiting for the dinner, I asked for the dinner bread 3 or 4 times but still didn't come and finally it came after I finished my dinner

This was my son's birthday dinner and this bad service ruined the whole mood of celebrating his birthday. Definitely, I don't want to come here again!

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Bob5S
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first lunch out since the pandemic began and Left Bank was an excellent choice to begin dining out again. The food and service were both excellent as we remembered from earlier visits.

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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!

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 4102 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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