Left Bank Santana Row

4.3
3251 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
Left Bank is an authentic Parisian-style brasserie located in San Jose's vibrant Santana Row. Open since 2003, Left Bank transports guests to a quaint brasserie in Paris, where diners feast upon classic French cuisine in a charming brasserie setting along the boulevard, where people watching is at its best. Inside, the wonderful energy of an authentic French brasserie is in the air. Boasting Santana Row's largest bar, Left Bank is a place to see and be seen.

The large, casual elegant main dining room offers everything from a family table of 20, to a quiet, romantic table for two. The open exhibition kitchen provides onlookers a window into the magic our chefs create. 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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French, American
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Hours of operation
Monday: 11:30am - 10pm
Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 11pm
Saturday: 11:00am - 11pm
Sunday: 10:30am - 10pm

Brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday from opening until 2:30pm
(lunch menu also served)

Happy Hour offered Every Day
3:00pm – 6:30pm and 9:00pm - close
(bar and patio only)
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Phone number
(408) 984-3500
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Patricio Mejia
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Catering
Planning a special event? Create memories at Left Bank. We have several private dining rooms and spaces available. Each room offers something special. Choose from four private spaces, both indoor and outdoor.Please contact Rayane Abi Abboud: 408.984.4229, or rabboud@leftbank.com, or visit us at www.leftbank.com.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Cross Street: Stevens Creek
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Parking details
Free public parking to patrons.
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate the holidays at Left Bank Brasseries! Open for regular Lunch hours, serving the regular Lunch menu. Serving a 3 Course Prix Fixe at Dinner for $60 per person, with a reduced regular menu also available. Last seating at 9 PM. It’s never too early to reserve now!

Monday, December 24, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Open regular Lunch hours, serving the regular Lunch menu. At Dinner, serving a 4 Course Prix Fixe for $75 per person, including glass of sparkling wine to start. All prix fixe items available a la carte; serving a reduced regular dinner menu. Last seating at 11 PM with party favors and toast!

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 3251 People Are Saying
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GH
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The door was unlocked before the restaurant hours. I didn't know and I was a few minutes early. Went in and instead of letting me know that they are still closed, a few staff members were hanging out in the back with me in full view but never and I mean never paid attention to my existence!!! I looked at them, they looked at me and nothing!!! Suggestion: if they need to open their door for the employees, then put a sign on the door showing their hours so there's no question that they are still closed!!!The service Philip was very attentive, the hostess Margie was all right.

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SM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a team lunch and all enjoyed our visit. Food was good and our server was awesome! Personally my husband and I frequent Left Bank often and this visit was one of the best thus far!

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PC
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Our waiter at first was having a really bad day. After we noticed he was spoken to by the manager, our service couldn’t be better. The table next to ours had a similar experience. On his behalf, the restaurant was insane with too many customers. I have to remember to not visit Left Bank during the holidays.

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NR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was fantastic; attentive service even though they were very busy. Would definitely return.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Server had an attitude all throughout the dining experience. Will probably request a different server if I see her again.

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t
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a birthday party here with eighteen people - I have had a variety of experiences with groups this large, some good and some disorganized - and Left Bank handled a group this size effortlessly. Service was friendly and attentive, meals were well-paced and the food was honestly much better than I was expecting for a Santana Row restaurant. I thought it would be competent and slightly overpriced, and instead I was greeted with the tenderest of lamb shanks, the polenta also prepared perfectly. Well worth the $28 entree price. The cocktails were strong, the complimentary dessert for my birthday was one of the best cream puffs I have had...

Just a great experience all around. Will certainly return!

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TJ
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Extremely good service. Food was great. Nice table.

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c
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Mother's 85th birthday celebration with some of her family members. The waitress was very attentive, checked in often, and the food was delivered in a timely manner. We even received french fries as an appetizer, free from the kitchen.

I have to say, though, that the room is quite loud, making it quite difficult to hear somebody even if they're right next to you.

It would've been a more intimate setting and enjoyable dining experience had it been quieter.

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SY
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The open kitchen make whole restaurant smoky. My mom keep coughing during whole meal. All our clothes were smelly after we came out of the resturant. It's very noisy too, we had to shout each other at the same table. Overall , not a good experience. Will not come back again.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Father/Daughter dinner.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was great except we had to wait even though we had reservations- in all fairness they were super busy
We had requested a booth & the host tried to cram us in a table in the bar ( super noisy ) the manager saw our displeasure and placed a table in another area to accommodate us . It wasn’t the booth we wanted but had good food and great service
Once again i understand it’s the holidays & they were busy

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KS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

An hour wait for a 6:30 reservation is unacceptable, and defeats the purpose of having a reservation. Forced to take table at the bar in order to be seated sooner, and it was *really* loud there. The food was good, though, and our server was attentive.

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ST
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Left Bank is a favorite with me and my friends and regular dinner companions - especially those who either are French or who appreciate French cuisine!

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J
Sacramento
14 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was great!
Victor was our server and was very attentive and helpful.
The manager stopped by and was extremely gracious!
However all had a great time!

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j
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's always a pleasure to dine here. Our service was great, and the food was delicious as always. I got the roasted chicken, and my husband ordered the seafood risotto special. Our kids enjoyed French onion soup, which was loaded with cheese just the way they like it. We also ordered the fondue appetizer, and the server was kind enough to bring a plate of vegetables for dipping since my husband is gluten free. They even offered a dessert with a candle in it for my birthday. It was a lovely experience, and we'll be back again soon.

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PD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Disappointed. This is regular for us. We had requested a specific type of table and were given a very poor table. As a frequent visitor with a reservation, they should have worked harder to have our table or at least apologized and not given us one of the worst tables in the house.

The service timing was poor. They brought out the main course when we had not even finished the appetizers. The waiter really wanted to leave it with us on the table that was already too small. I needed to be very insistent that he needed to take it back to the kitchen. The manager came to our table and offered a very general apology (sort of). He should have apologized for the specific issue and maybe even offered something complimentary.

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AL
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

We had a reservation, and still had to wait 20 minutes for our table. They seated us in the bar area rather than the nice dining area and there was heavy traffic around our table. When we were seated, it was another 15 minutes before a server came by to take our order .

That said, once or server came by, we were treated well and the food was excellent.

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B
San Francisco
73 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was delicious but the service was slow. Main course was brought while we were still eating the appetizer and we waited forever for a glass of wine to go along with the main course. It was very busy with many tables had a large group at them. It seemed like they were overwhelmed or didn’t have enough service people to cover the crowd or both. Buried in all of this was that the main course was great and the dessert was delicious. Will go back but not on a Friday night or the weekend.

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KI
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

I would recommend but would caution about the service.

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L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Food and service was great, very nice meal!

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A
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for pre event dinner. Hoped for more gluten free options. Would love menu to reflect that.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We eat here quite often. Always enjoyable.

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l
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

The experience was good although my menu choice was a disappointment. The Quiche Lorraine had a crust that was so hard even a knife could not cut through it. A nice restaurant, especially in the back area where there are booths. An off-day for the quiche cook, though.

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RF
San Francisco
149 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food has to be delivered when it comes up.....otherwise good service goes to waste!

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PH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I brought three of my best friends here to celebrate our fall birthdays and we had a wonderful time. The service was friendly and exceptional. We are eating before our spa appointments and they paid attention to our time restraint. Every dish was outstanding! Have been here many times before and it doesn't ever disappoint! Will come again soon!

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NS
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanksgiving dinner at the Left Bank was very enjoyable. The food and the service were very good

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B
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was the 4th year in a row that my son, daughter-in-law and I came here for Thanksgiving. My son always has the turkey dinner and my daughter in law and I always have risotto. Needless to say, the restaurant, service and food is really excellent. We will see you again next year.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Thanksgiving dinner

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PD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

The problem with Left Bank is their inconsistency. You can have a great meal there or a really bad one. They do not have anyone really watching the pass so you have to rely on your waiter or waitress and they just do not seem to have the authority or the will to say "I'm not serving that". My husband and I have eaten there on Thanksgiving before and it was very good. This year it was not. I ordered the pork just to have the au gratin potatoes, however mine came smeared across my plate, when I saw other orders passing by the au gratin potatoes were served in a 2 inch high square, plus my brussel sprouts were cold. My husband also had cold sides. So when eating at Left Bank, at $150.00 per couple, you need to ask yourself... Do I feel lucky? It's a 50/50 shot if you get a good meal or not!

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l
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Went for the Thanksgiving dinner. The menu was similar to the Plumed Horse Thanksgiving dinner....butternut soup was good, plumed horse was better....Salad was bitter, chopped poorly, hard to eat, plumed horse was MUCH BETTER, turkey was EXCELLENT...much better than plumed horse...stuffing was good, equal to plumed horse....potatoes were good, same as plumed horse. Pumpkin pie was EXCELLENT, way way better than plumed horse dessert...the restaurant was LOUD, the service was average...Plumed horse restaurant is elegant and more relaxed and the service is the best i have ever experienced...now the money....Left Bank was a steal of a deal...4 courses for $56. Plumed horse is well over $100. Times 5 of us! I would like to find a holiday restaurant in between the Left Bank and Plumed Horse. If i cant, i would go back to Plumed Horse...

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went on Thanksgiving. One of the best holiday meals ever!!

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E
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

As a vegetarian there is little for me unless I come for weekend brunch. Lunch is a problem. But I do bring friends here to treat them to a pleasant experience.

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WL
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great night at Left Bank
Santana Row is a winter wonderland with the many lights and beautiful Christmas tree
The food was amazing. We enjoyed the fondue with pomme frites to start. ONG so yummy.
I would recommend the trout almandine. Very well done the carmelized onions and almonds.
Our server maids was fabulous. Very attentive and professional
Definitely our go to restaurant

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N
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I had the lamb sandwich, it was too heavy, does not need the mayo. The egg and steak, steak was well done we asked for mid-rare. Service was slow. Best part was the cheese plate which does not require cooking.

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LB
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was not consistent and was slow to arrive. I had an egg sunny side up and it was totally burnt.

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AK
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great restaurant for brunch. We had great service and a great seat. Food was fantastic!

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Poor. Will not go back

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, food, and space!

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AP
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a business lunch here--our request for an inside table away from the door was gracefully honored. Our server was attentive but not pushy and, when we realized we were about to running a bit late toward the end, was able to get us dessert and our check without making us feel rushed but also allowing us to leave on time. Food is very good, very reliable; and our server had good suggestions and was informed about which items on the menu were gluten-free or could be made that way. I've never had anything here that wasn't good and have been coming here for years. I don't give it an "extraordinary" because I reserve that rating for truly exceptional experiences with service and cuisine--e.g., Chez Panisse--level establishments. This is a regular stop for myself and my husband as well a for my department at work. One of the things I like about Left Bank is that you never feel rushed; don't plan on getting in and out in under an hour unless you check with them first. For me, this is a plus!

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OT
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food service experience

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