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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Beaujolais Nouveau 2019

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 21ST

Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé! Join us at all Left Bank locations on Thursday November 21st for Beaujolais Nouveau, a festive French holiday celebrating the release of Beaujolais Nouveau wine, featuring menu additions and wine flights!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 15, 2019

Ends: November 25, 2019

Availability: Thu 11:30AM-10:00PM

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

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Let us do the cooking this year! Join with friends and family at Left Bank for a home cooked turkey dinner! We will be serving a 4 course Prix Fixe Thanksgiving meal for $59 per person (price excludes beverages, tax, and gratuity); a kids menu will also be available. Open from 12 PM to 8 PM.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

What 3654 People Are Saying
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San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

Seating was cool where you are kinda inside, yet a part of the outdoor/sidewalk passerbys. Service was good. Food was average, a little bland, but good. Price was reasonable.

LS
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

The service was incredibly slow. I tho k our server had too many tables to wait on and everything took a long time to get to us ... the wine, the appetizer and longest of all our entrees.

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Palm Springs
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We love coming here for casual French food. Great ambiance and pleasant service. I just wish the restaurant would not change its menu so much: the classic salade Lyonnaise has not been available the last few times I’ve eaten there, and BLT with fried egg on top is a poor substitute.

C
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great chicken sandwich. Attentive service. Convenient location.

JP
New England
62 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Location and food were top notch but the service was outstanding. Went above & beyond

BJ
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

we were able to sit outside which was nice. my food was not "hot" when it arrived nor was the wine "chilled" but the staff took care of us after I mentioned some issues. we were celebrating a friends birthday but they did not offer a free dessert so thought that was odd. we did order two desserts! my friend is getting ready to go to Paris so wanted to get into the Parisian mood.

l
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food and drinks and good service. Recommend highly for brunch.

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded 6 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 on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

It’s nice and a cute setting. Not bank-breaking, but definitely not something you’d eat every weekend.

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded 6 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 on October 4, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Horrible experience. Our waiter did the minimum. Food was meh and drastically undercooked pork. Restaurant is noisy and tables are less than a foot apart if you get the seat/booth combo so you hear everyone’s conversation and vice verse. We were there to celebrate anniversary and wish we had gone elsewhere. Total waste of money.

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded 6 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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BC
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

If you want to spend $50. per person for lunch then the Left Bank is a great place.

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded on October 3, 2019

Hello Bill, 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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LL
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Service was a bit slow, and the tables outside are so tiny. I requested a birthday surprise but the waiter forgot and brought it out after we had already ordered dessert. Other than that, the food was delicious and ambiance superb!

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded on October 3, 2019

Hello Lucie, 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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S
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for a birthday brunch. Food was delicious. Great ambiance. I love that we could make reservations. We had a group of 5 and didn’t want to wait an hour someplace to get seated. The service was excellent. A great experience overall.

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded on October 3, 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
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

No one ever came out to take out order.

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded 6 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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EO
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Menu changes seasonally so you get to try new dishes. Fall menu has pork tenderloin with butternut squash and the best spaetzle ever. My friend has the beef carbonnade that she loves too.

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded on October 3, 2019

Hello Eileen, 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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CV
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good as usual.

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded on October 3, 2019

Hello Cathy, 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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JY
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

I've ordered the benedict and it was the worst benedict I have ever eaten.
The English muffin used was pastey, the hollandaise sauce was not tangy and was cold, the ham was like cold cut canned meat. Overall very dissapointed.

Also a lot of the utensils were dirty, it had spinach on the knives and forks. I've asked for a cup of hot water and the cup handle was sticky like honey.

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded on October 3, 2019

Hello Jen, 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
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything except the very very very loud baila music coming from tequila bar across the street.

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded on October 3, 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
7 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

enjoyed our meal, a little on the noisy side, but food and service was good.

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded on October 3, 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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LM
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

While our server was very cordial, it took at least 20 minutes before anyone came to take our drink order once we sat down, and we had to ask. The drinks then took at least another 20 minutes to come to our table, although it was very busy so probably not our waiter's fault. Our food took forever to arrive and arrived luke warm. The restaurant is understaffed for the size and popularity of the place.

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded on October 3, 2019

Hello Lisa, 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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San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Although we weren’t in any rush, we found service to be slow. Specifically, we waited 20 minutes for our drinks and later waited just as long for our second round. Maybe it was particularly busy at the bar that night, but our server was also difficult to spot.

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded on October 3, 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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JJ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Left Bank is alway fun. Sitting outside creates the ambiance of being in Europe. The food is consistently good. The waiter was gracious about recooking my fries. I will always return to Left Bank.

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded on October 3, 2019

Hello Judy, 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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g
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Usually we’re very happy with our experience at Left Bank, but this time the food wasn’t enjoyable. The Salad Vert was bland. Some of the mussels were fishy. The cocktail didn’t have enough alcohol. Dessert was enjoyable, but the French onion soup had too much cheese and the bread had almost become one with the soup.

Hopefully this was a one-off experience.

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded on September 21, 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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Portland
110 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

First, I was disappointed when I checked in and was listed as a no show; in spite of speaking to the hostess server alb times to confirm. We had a very nice waiter, but he was never around, I had to chase him all night; to order, follow up on food, get another drink, get the check. Very nice guy but horrible service.
There were 4 of us, and when the food finally came out ( took about 45min I think) it was cold. 2 of my party just ate the cold food ( Englishmen who don’t send it back no matter what), while me and another sent ours back. I got vegetables, I am vegetarian and the other person got the chicken and potatoes. When it returned, my spinach was blanched ( almost raw) and my guest had cold potatoes and hot chicken. We followed the lead of our Englishmen guest and simple left uneaten. The manager did give us free desert, but frankly I would have rather paid and had a cooked meal done right the first time. Very nice place, I’ll try it again but will avoid the ‘nice guy’; life is too short!

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded on September 21, 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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AG
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and atmosphere. The team of 12 people enjoyed the food quality and the diversity of meals.

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded on October 3, 2019

Hello Alain, 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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c
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal as always, excellent server .

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded on September 21, 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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k
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was good. The service was unfortunately just fair , to honestly less than fair. Very very slow. Over 20 minutes to get first drink. We had to ask for bread , and no one was attentive to the table. Very very nice servers personality wise, just seemed inexperienced and unfamiliar with the menu. And various different people brought things so no one person seemed in charge.So with more training probably will be good.

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded on September 21, 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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DK
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The meal was pretty basic. Nothing special. Not really worth the effort of going there for dinner.

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded on September 21, 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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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is a perfect outdoor seating establishment. Dog friendly

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded on September 21, 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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Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great lunchtime or happy hour place - service was nice - food was as described on the menu - it’s a favorite of mine in Santana Row and actually feels quite French

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded on September 21, 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
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Bad experience. I made a reservation for 2 inside , the server then tells me there are no available tables. Why make a reservation then? Customer service wasn’t great and the food was okay for that price. Wouldn’t recommend for a special occasion.

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded on September 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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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Had a nice dinner with my parents. BEEF BOURGUIGNON was amazing but the poulet roti was pretty dry as the jus had been soaked up by the fries.
The inside is noisy, hard to chat with a moderate tone of voice.
Overall we had a good dinner, probably will come back.

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded on September 15, 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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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Left Bank at Santana Row is one of my favorite restaurants in San Jose, Ca . My family often dine here and it's also the best place for my husband and I to unwind after a busy week. Love everything here, especially the french dishes: Escargots, Cheese & Charcuterie plates , Duck confit, french onion soup , flat iron steak. My daughter only orders the Croque madame there.
The managers , hosts and servers all try very hard to accommodate our reservations to our liking.
We would highly recommend this Bistro to anyone who like French foods.
Bienvenue!

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded on September 11, 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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l
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The bread served was not fresh; upon mentioning this the waiter pretty much acknowledged it was not of the day.

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded on September 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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LM
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always excellent food and great service. Left bank is my favorite restaurant because you can always count on a truly wonderful time and awesome food.

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded on September 11, 2019

Hello Lisa, 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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EE
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent meal! We have been to the Left Bank twice and the food has been just amazing. It's a nice place to go for a special occasion.

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded on September 11, 2019

Hello Erika, 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
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Left Bank is always a culinary experience! Although it's a bit loud, it makes for lively and engaging conversation :-)

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded on September 11, 2019

Hello Michelle, 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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RH
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was very good. I ordered a Bloody Mary and it was much too spicy—I couldn’t drink it. When I asked for a substitute with much less spice, the waiter was obliging; no problem at all! The menu is good and if you’ve eaten much in France, you’ll recognize many things. AND, miracle of miracles, on the dessert menu is “café liégeois” my absolute favorite ice cream dessert in France! I have never seen this on any other menu in a French restaurant in the USA, so that was a pleasure.(By the way, in France, this item is usually listed on menus as “coup liégeois” not “cafe” liégeois.) Regarding noise level, we sat outside, in the area on the side leading to the steps to the parking lot, not on the street side. It was moderately noisy there. Had we been sitting somewhere else, my guess is the noise level would have been higher, but I’m not sure of that.

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded on September 11, 2019

Hello Rita, 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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KL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in San Jose! Great location in Santana Row for people watching when seated outside. The food is outstanding!

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded on September 5, 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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KL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

We asked for dessert menus but our waitress totally forgot so we paid our bill and left

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded on September 5, 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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BG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, but noisy. Hard to hear companions. Using OpenTable was great -- they had the table waiting even with a large group on a Sunday.

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded on September 5, 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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