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Left Bank Santana Row

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3913 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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.

Support Left Bank Santana Row during COVID-19

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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 3913 people are saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
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4.2
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vipCQfamily
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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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Mike
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, outside, good service. Nice evening

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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

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vipCristinaM
San Francisco
91 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.

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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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice patio dining, good service, but limited entrees choices in their all.day.menu. quality is good.

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vipdoemarie
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We felt very safe and their protocol for cleanliness was top notch. The Confit Fried Chicken was absolutely delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Service was fine, food was fair. The pork was overcooked, dry, and bland. The chicken liver mousse and pork terrine were bland. The salad and the duck were good. The cocktails were nice.

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CEEE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt safe with socially distant tables and staff.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Delicioso los platillos lugar acogedor y ambiente agradable. Amables y a tiempo.

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alexandra
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience2

We were sat in the back of the corner by the busses dishes - probably the worst table that they had even though we had made a reservation. The host flat out refused to look for another table and I feel that being a restaurant on Santana row, these staff members need to be a lot more well mannered. The food is always delicious, ambiance was terrible.

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vipLgdesign
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice outdoor dining experience. Food used to be better, but still good French fare.

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vipAndiH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Celebrated 2 birthdays - great service!

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MichelleH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I believe the quality of food has declined. It used to be the best produce in my plate this time was mediocre! Hope it was/will be an only
one time deal!

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NickB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great place for an evening out. Their wine list selection by the glass is a bit small but everything we tried was good. The steaks and seafood are good; the cooking style is more American than French. They tend to use more garlic than most French restaurants do, but we're not complaining!

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vipJoannC
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food was good but the portions were a lot smaller than they have been in the past. Prices were high.

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JohnO
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We were served by Daniel. We had questions and asked for recommendations. Everything he recommended was excellent. I had the duck and it was perfect. Definitely going back.

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Lill
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the Left Bank at Santana Row. Consistently great food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great service great food.

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SamTehNinja
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Pretty nice place overall with some decent food and great cocktails. We opted for mussels and lamb this time, next time I'll give the burgers a try!

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vipDale
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful relaxing outdoor seating and great service. Dog friendly

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MichaelD
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food. Good service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Love the food. Santa Row was a hopping place Friday night but almost everyone was wearing a mask.

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karmen8588
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from cheese fondue to trout almondine was incredible. Service was wonderful. This has become one of my favorite restaurants!

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ChristopherJ
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely place, we went for our anniversary and Nadia was amazing! Definitely we’ll come back soon

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vipDale
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is a wonderful place to relax and feel part of France.

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded on September 8, 2020

Thank you so much for reviewing us.We are stoked to hear we delivered a 5 star service and cannot wait to welcome you back in again.Sincerely,Gio

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deborahm
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service staff was very attentive and aimed to please.

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded on September 8, 2020

Thank you so much for your review. We are extremely happy to hear we could deliver a great experience and are looking forward to welcoming you back. Thank you again!

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F237
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration for my wife. Started with champagne toast.
Food service was excellent.

Left Bank Santana Row
Responded on September 8, 2020

Thank you so much for reviewing us.We are stoked to hear we delivered a 5 star service and cannot wait to welcome you back in again.Sincerely,Gio

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JeffC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Nice quiet diner. Ok but not great service. Food was pretty good. Salad was boring leaf lettuce only way over priced. Overall good time , we enjoyed it.

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vipAlecZ
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Server didn’t initially come over for ~40 minutes. Food took forever to come out. Obviously with the virus we need to cut some slack but the service was really, really bad.

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SueM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was delicious and the wait staff was honest and helpful when making suggestions. Service was friendly but slow...probably due to the complications due to social distance requirements/logistics. We were celebrating an anniversary (which I noted when making our reservation) but, this wasn't mentioned at all during our visit.

FAQs

Left Bank Santana Row does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar and Postmates. 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 3913 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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