Left Bank Santana Row

4.4
3939 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

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Starting Feb 14, 2021

French is the language of love, and Left Bank speaks it fluently! Celebrate amour with our unforgettable menus, available for pickup and delivery from 12-9pm. Serving Brunch from 12-3pm, and from 3-9pm, a 4 Course Prix Fixe for $75 per person. All items also available a la carte. Order online today!

What 3939 people are saying
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LoriR
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Found a great socially distanced table with some heat to enjoy the yummy food served by a great, patient, friendly waiter Daniel. Very good experience on this last night before restaurants shutdown. Everyone was helpful and food plentiful and perfect. Praying for the service workers to be provided for.

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vipNikki
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

really feels good to be in left bank

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent waiter. Friendly staff. And always - great food

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viphoomsky
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Just okay is how I’ll describe this.
A lot of money for okay food.
Then again it’s Santana row.
What else do your expect.

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vipRichardB
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food and service were excellent. The young, obnoxious group of girls next to us was not. Food was amazing and the social distancing was kept at a proper distance.

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EricJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Outdoor dining. Staff was attentive. Cool night asked for heater to be turned on. Food and wine was enjoyed by the family.

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vipMharmath
Tahoe
17 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving Dinner was Amazing!!!
The Butternut squash soup was outstanding, we practically licked the bowl The salad was great ( and I am not a huge fan of salads). The Turkey dinner was also amazing.
I loved the pumpkin pie especially since it came with fresh whipped cream 👍

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PMDF
Caribbean
7 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

It was Thanksgiving dinner so the meal was already prepared. The soup was delicious. I wanted both ham and turkey but instead of adding on the cost of the additional meat I had to buy a whole other plate of food... that was a waste. Service was slow considering it wasn’t all that crowded. I think it took a server more than 15min to ask us if we wanted drinks. We will try again when the regular menu is available and write another review.

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DebbieX
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Thanksgiving dinner. The turkey was moist, the pumpkin pie was delectable, and the yam was full of flavor! The entire meal had the chefs touch. The experience exceeded my expectations.

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vipAdamB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

I was expecting more flavor in the food. Not sure if the outside cold took away some of the flavors.

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Andrea
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outside seating was very well planned. It was made for a wonderful birthday lunch.

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BritanyB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely loved this place. Such great food! And the service was just as wonderful! We sat outside due to Covid, but it was still a great experience with the heaters and being able to people watch as everyone walked through Santana Row. Must try the Salmon. Honestly the smoothest, melt in your mouth Salmon I have had, and they pair it with some wonderful sauce and veggies 😋 also the steak tar tar is fire. Great starter, lots of flavors. And the fettuccine is great, comes with a warm poached egg in top, and the dish itself is so unique with all the different ingredients. We will most definitely be back again soon!

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Lill
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This time the French fries were a bit cold, otherwise, every thing was great. Will keep coming back for more.

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vipelhorte
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

In this age of covid, the restaurant still managed to present a nice dinner out experience and the food was as fabulous as always. I have enjoyed the Left Bank first in Menlo Park and then in San Jose for longer than I can remember (which means more than a decade.)

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! enjoyed the food & experience. will definitely come back!

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vipLori
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and covid safety protocol.

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vipAlma
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was even better than last time and it was quiet inside with the limited seating. We were just so happy! Great service and the manager was so nice. He came by to check on us! We were sure to stop him on the way out and compliment him and his staff!

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vipKarmen
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice family gathering

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Foodie
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I came here to have dinner with my friend for her birthday. The ambience was quite amazing, very European feeling. I felt like I was transported to France. The service was friendly and quick. I enjoyed it here and I will likely come back

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MichelleH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

For sure, the quality of food is going down.
The hamburger bread was not fresh. The french fries seems made from frozen food.
The onion soup was good!
The previous time my Nicoise was poor quality comparing to the previous ones. Veggies were without any taste.
I am aware we are going through the Covid swing but please don't change by decreasing the quality of your foods. We are loving your restaurant and are good clients for many many years.

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AliF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Outdoor seating is great. There are heaters for when it gets cold. Food is good, the cheese plate is definitely the americanized version (quite small and no smelly cheese), but still good. The only concern is the slowness of the service (I was almost done with my desert when I got my coffee).

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Hans
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great American versions of some classic French dishes. Eating outside during COVID is still doable but it is getting colder now later in the evening. Yes, they have heating lamps but then one side of me is too hot and the other too cold. Still, great experience

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vipAndyS
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice outdoor dinning with heaters and good service. The food was good and everything was clean and safe.

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vipCQfamily
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food was mediocre... charge $6 for bread which we get for free in any other restaurants. We waited quite a while for the waiter to show up, and he couldn’t wait to give us the bill.

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Msyoga
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love our dinners at left bank. We do miss being able to mushrooms on our burger. But nice ambiance and very good food & drinkS!

🙏

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and waiter

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Mike
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all the way around. Should
you come here looking at prices, then trust me, you are at the wrong place.
Worth every dollar!!

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cambell
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, outside, good service. Nice evening

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Birthday dinner.

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IngaG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Disappointed that bread and butter are no longer provided complimentary. The duck could have had a bit more flavor. Otherwise it was an enjoyable experience.

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JOANNEC
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

This was our first time to Left Bank. The food was ok. I was expecting better. For instance, the braised lamp shank was good but the navy beans that came with it was plain. And fries made the dish of steak looked cheap. It’d be better if it came with potato salad or something similar.

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Theresiayu
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always nice to be back! The guy who attended us, Hector were so friendly and helpful! The food were superb especially the trout!

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vipMarciaB
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great wait staff as usual! And good food. Nice sidewalk setup while socially distanced from others.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good atmosphere. Nice outdoor dining area on Santana Row. Good food. Our server was attentive. All staff members wore masks

CM
vipCristinaM
San Francisco
93 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I enjoyed the fondu appetizer, and my mussels were yummy too. My daughter's salmon was good and her boyfriend's duck was tasty. Good Rosé too

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I live in the neighborhood and I have been here several times. In a CoVID adapted world where it's much safer to eat outdoors, there are few better places to enjoy a good meal. The restaurant's transition to outdoor dining has been flawless. At times you forget that eating inside used to be the norm. Highly recommend.

JC
vipJulieC
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience1

We have been there several times. Always a good experience. This was not. Understandably, given the pandemic seating is not great. Asked if we could sit in a more open space and was told no. However a few minutes later others were seated there. Our waiter was not at all friendly. When I asked about the restroom he said ask the front desk. We were celebrating my husbands birthday and I told the waiter. No special treatment or acknowledgment. It was disappointing and did not leave a good impression. I expect more when I spend over $200. We will not be back anytime soon.

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KevinL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Hector was a great waiter and we had a great dinner and time

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vipPaige
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had SUCH a delicious meal. I've never been disappointed by any meal I've had at Left Bank, but the consistency remains true. I had the trout almandine (my favorite usual order although I've had many other dishes) it was superb. The flavors with the light touch of caper, green beans cooked just crisp tender, and tomatoes was wonderfully fresh against the richly crisp skinned trout. So good.
Hector was our server, and he couldn't have been nicer. Funny, warm and professional. Our dining area was very nice given all the circumstances, but he made us feel like we were getting the "full service". The front desk check in was also very pleasant. The lady in the red dress and glasses behind the plexiglass was very kind to point out the menu scan code, and get us to our table.
Overall a great experience, and I will look forward to returning again soon.

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 Caviar, 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 3939 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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