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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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

What 3625 People Are Saying
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Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 hours 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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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 hours 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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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 4 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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l
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 hours 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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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 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

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
1 review
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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GF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was a mess from beginning to end. It took 40 minutes from the time we were seated until we were served a glass of wine; we had to flag down someone to request water (which was requested when we ordered wine); food service was another long wait. The food was warm, at best, my roast chicken was still slightly chilled. We asked to see the manager who was surprised to hear our feed back but was very nice. We referred him to a table near us who also had long waits for service and at one point were served the wrong dish. The manager compensated us, which we appreciated.

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.co

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m
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Very good food. Service was slow.

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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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place to take a lady for dinner

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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OT
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Love the service but kinda too loud to talk

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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SG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Left Bank had a really off night! Friday! We waited 45 minutes for our drinks to arrive. I had ordered a Grey Goose Martini with extra olives. What I got was a Cosmo with a plate of olives. The waitress should have noticed that discrepancy. I sent it back and waited another 20 minutes for the replacement.

The hamburger with cheddar I ordered had no cheese on it. The noise level precluded conversation. I have had many a lovely meal at Left Bank. This was not one of them.

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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OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and beautiful outdoor seating! Very nice

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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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wait staff was excellent. The food was amazing!

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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OT
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

This is the second time we go. The first time was good.
This time it looks they lost the touch. No more than any low level style with poor service.
First and main course where delivered together. It required a discussion to explain that it is wrong. So the main course was waiting for us not made fresh.
This is no longer "Franch" restaurant for me.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Although we had a reservation our table wasn’t ready which is fine. However, the hostess brought us to a table that was not set and told us to go back to the front and wait. The second time the hostess brought us to a table and it still was not ready. It seemed there was miscommunication between the hostess and the manager. It took about 20 minutes for our waiter to take our order and over an hour for us to get our entree. Our server was very communicative and apologetic. Unfortunately our drinks were made wrong multiple times and our food came over an hour late and was not made correct. My husband’s steak was well done when he requested medium rare. They compensated 50% of our check which I appreciate but we should not have been charged for items that we did not consume. I don’t think I’ll ever come back again.

DC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

We’ve had dinner here numerous time and it’s always been good to very good. Either at the bar or a small table out front - always good.

But, skip this place for brunch - period! Took my family to brunch today after the car show. Three chicken sandwiches - great flavor - but could have been hotter. Wife and daughter had egg based brunch. Eggs were precooked and not even warm. Daughter’s eggs Benedict was cold - not warm or Luke warm - cold! Yes, the manager came and took care if it but this was our second time having brunch and the first experiences as the same. Same on us for trying a second time.

I’d recommend this place for dinner and drinks but skip it for brunch!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite places to go for dinner. The food never disappoints, the ambiance is wonderful and the price doesn't break the bank like so many places do in Silicon valley!

MG
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

The calamari I ordered were terrible. Small, cold, flat, no taste. Terrible. Will not order that ever again.

MR
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They were out of the Bordoux but the waiter recommended a court de rohne that was amazing and went great with my beef burgonou and my wife's steak fitz. We sat outside so the noise level was on the high side and that was expected.

HN
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

We’ve been here lots of times, throughout the years and always had a great time with good food & good service.
The Lyonaise salad & Beef Bourguignon we’re very delicious. This is the first time the service has faltered.
The server was arrogant, in his reply, when I complained about his ignoring us, after a large party was seated. It got so bad, I had to ask the hostess to help us get our check. I noticed the server had time to bill me for a cappuccino, which I never got, so I had to wait for that to get corrected.
The manager was apologetic but I think one server should have been assigned to that large party, but not ours.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good. A perfect place to eat after a movie. We reserved a table outside on the main sidewalk. Fun to people watch. Cocktails, oysters, escargot, bottle of wine with fish, Sauternes and creme brûlée for desert. Love this restaurant!

DM
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is wonderful.💯 We go there every Sunday. The Heirloom Tomato and Cucumber salad with goat cheese on Cristina toast is one of our favorites. Yummy! 👍😀

CR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Typically eat at LB in the evening, am disappointed in their food this time around for brunch. We had 9 people to celebrate a birthday and only 7 of the 9 enjoyed what we ordered or found the food delicious. Not a great ratio. Again, surprised as they typically have good food... but then again, I think their evening crew may be better.

a
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

Service was great- thank you Nadia!
Food was mediocre. Chicken was undercooked, trout was not flavorful at all, even cooked green beans were tasting raw. Wild rice was plain and definitely not worth the price.
Paying for dining at Santana Row but not for the actual food.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a reservation for two and was pleasantly presented a table outside for some fresh air. As the sun was shifting though, the heat was unbearable and I asked our server if we could change tables, and she graciously accommodated us. We ordered the escargot, truffle fries, half dozen oysters, and muscles to start. All were super tasty. We also ordered martinis, and they were strong and rich. We then shared the polenta and lamb shank, and it was so luxurious and decadent. Our server was incredibly nice and made our experience a really enjoyable time. She was super attentive and genuinely cared about us having a great time. My fiancé and I were grabbing dinner before a show at the performing arts center, and we were celebrating our engagement, and our server celebrated us with complimentary champagne and cream puff with ice cream. I was so appreciative and could not be any happier for her gratitude.

ME
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter an I enjoyed a great meal here after the theatre. We had the baked camerbert, steak and pomme frites, trout almondine, creme brule and Cafe Liegeois. Everything was delicious. The pace of the meal and service were great as well.

KD
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice place with delicious food and authentic french dishes. Mussels are must! Will be back to explore the rest of the menu.

S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

I wish our waiter would be more genuine when he comes around and touched our table. My little toddler dropped his sundae and the waiter didn’t bother asking if we wanted another one. The bus boys was doing a better job than our actual waiter. I work in a customer service department can definitely see that the waiter at Left a bank needs more training. Would make a big difference on tips.

A
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We used the private room at the back. We chose the room for privacy and a chance to have some conversation with the family.
The room was next to the kitchen so it was a bit noisy. I am glad our server suggested we close the curtains which made a difference.
Our server was on top of things and was very accommodating.
Our meal was very good. My only challenge was the trout was not fully deboned so I had to pick the bones out. Other than that everyone in the family had a good time and a great meal.
We will return..Angel

JS
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience for a celebration of a birthday. Thanks for the great service.

n
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The staff was professional and friendly. The food was good, although the french fries were not very warm. The hamburger was especially good. It was very noisy which made it difficult to have a conversation.

GC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

Food was over cooked and very mediocre
The worst was the dick
Never go back
Their sister restaurant at Menlo Park way better

E
Hong Kong
9 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great atmosphere.

K
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The waiter was not very attentive he seamed to busy for us.

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