Loft Bar and Bistro

4.2
641 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Loft is American bistro dining at it's finest in a chic, relaxed atmosphere. We serve lunch and dinner daily with an added brunch menu for Sundays. We have a wonderful assortment of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, steaks, seafood, pastas with something for everyone on the menu. Some of our signature dishes include crispy calamari, carpaccio, roast artichoke, NY steak, meatloaf;etc. Loft's wine list feature California wines that pair well with all our cuisine. Our spacious bars are stocked with premium liquors, specialty cocktails, signature martinis and mojitos. Our restaurant is located in the heart of downtown in close proximity to the convention center and all the major hotels.
Loft is available for private parties, corporate events, meetings, dinners, luncheons, with seating up to 250.All dining areas can be reserved privately or the entire restaurant for a buyout.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Tuesday - Wednesday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 11:00am - 1:30am, Sunday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(408) 291-0677
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Adrian J. Mullen
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Catering
Loft has catering available in the direct vicinity of the restaurant. We create custom menus specifically tailored to your theme or needs. We can either perform full service or we can drop-off. For drop-offs we can also do set-up and break-down with a service charge. Lease refer to our banquet menus to give you an idea of what we offer. Bear in mind some of our banquet dishes are not available for offsite catering. Pricing is determined by what type of function you are hosting.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
San Fernando
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Parking details
There are many places to park within walking distance from us. The surface parking lots that are closest to us, City Park, do not except any validations. The closest parking lot that we validate for is Pavilion Garage, just past 2nd St. and San Fernando on your right. Safeway also has there own garage, bewteen 2nd St and 3rd, but you must get validation from Safeway. We also validate for the multi-level garage between 2nd and 3rd on San Carlos and 4th St garage on San Fernando.
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Public transit
Lightrail runs in front of Loft, exit at Santa Clara Station on 1st St. or 2nd St.
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Entertainment
Loft has live entertainment and DJs at scheduled times. They are available to hire for any special event (wedding reception, holiday party, birthday parties, etc).
Our brainstormer pub quiz is a lot of fun with prizes for the winners. Our jazz night is a wonderful way to relax. The DJs play a variety of music to listen or dance to.
We also have 3 HD TVs to observe sporting events.

Tuesday: 7:00pm: brainstormer pub-quiz
Thursday: live jazz: 7:00pm to 10:00pm, 10:15pm to close dj & dancing;
Friday: 10:30pm to close: DJ and dancing;
Saturday: 10:30pm to close: DJ and dancing;
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Special events & promotions
Loft Happy Hour

Everyday Monday-Friday 3PM to 7PM

http://loftbarandbistro.com/happyhour.htm
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Loft Bar And Bistro is an upscale American bistro housed in a historic two story brick buliding in downtown San Jose.We offer a large ,varied menu and banquet menus fit for any occasion, a friendly professional staff to take care of all your needs.5 dining areas ,2 bars, and a rooftop patio.

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Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and surprisingly quiet for a Friday evening, we really enjoyed the fun atmosphere and awesome service. Thank you!

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SM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

I was looking forward to a delicious dinner before a show. Wow, the food was terrible. The soup tasted out of a can, the salad was bland, and there was a hair in my salad which turned me off.

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PJ
San Francisco
172 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time dining here. Great lunch today! My wife and mother-in-law enjoyed the veggie stir-fry and I enjoyed the filet mignon. We started with the calamari and the onion strings. Good choices, the food was all very good.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The roof was great and I liked the trance music.

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DB
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We first came to The Loft in 2010 when we lived in San Jose for a few years. Upon returning to treat a family member to dinner recently, the same wonder short ribs are there with great service. We love the upstairs patio!

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i
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Ok for bar and bar food. Dining experience was not great

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San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as usual. Came for a late lunch on Sunday and the service was fantastic and friendly, great convo at the bar waiting for my date. Food was excellent. A great "neighborhood gem."

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San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

We were greeted and seated right away, but when we did not immediately know what we wanted to order, our waiter disappeared for almost 10 minutes. The food took a little while, but was great. We never saw our waiter again. We had to ask the hostess for our check. It appears that our waiter was doubling as one of the 2 bartenders. The place was not busy, but he was having a great time talking to a couple seated at the bar.

I will return to a restaurant with mediocre food and great service, but I don’t go to a place with poor service regardless of the food quality.

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RS
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location and get free validation parking if you park at the specific city of San Jose public parking garage

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SC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious but we were not aware of a different menu being offered for Father's Day. We visit the Loft often and love their standard menu, especially the Chinese Chicken Salad, sliders, garlic fries.. We went expecting to have these favorites that were not available. The menu prices were $10 over standard menu prices. Yes, the food was good . Our disappointment was only with the menu. This will not deter us from visiting again, just not on days with a "special occasion" menu. Also, this menu was not on the website the day before the event so we had no way of knowing ahead of time.

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L
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Went before a SAP concert based on reviews we expected more I guess. Entrees were pretty basic. Salad was good. Pricing was very reasonable and reflected the level of cuisine. Good for families. Just not for me.

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DE
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

food was great. We were not warned they were having a special event. we only had access to our seats and the restroom - we could not go to the bar or the dance floor

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RS
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Great food and great variety

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B
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great variety on the menu and it's all good

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OT
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a nice evening with everything going smoothly.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good but overpriced. $100 for two entrees and two cocktails! They also had a limited menu during mother’s days which was not disclosed when we made the reservation.

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San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 3

Really bummed that the Loft didn't have a kids plate on Mothers Day. Most restaurants would have at least 1 or 2 items for the kids. I want to bring along Mom, but the kids wanted to help her celebrate.

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RS
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great variety of choices in menu

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GL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went to Loft before a concert at SAP. The food was delicious and we absolutely loved the ambiance.

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S
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated by my graduation, with a large party. Great service and food!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Team dinner

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place!

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Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

This was our first visit to Loft. The service was pretty slow. There were not many people dining at the time. The beer I ordered was out and it seemed to take forever for their server to tell me and then to bring a new one. The food was good but the portions were small for the price we paid that didn’t include a salad. Dishes sat on our table empty and no one picked them up. The desert cream brûlée was excellent but was served in a tiny side cup and all of two bites. The open table promotion promised a free dessert but we were charged without noticing. Based on this visit, we will not return.

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OT
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good Food, Nice Dining Room, Excellent Desserts. We had Chocolate Cake.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Food is over priced for what it is. Margarita was good.

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 2

It was a Saturday night and a private party had the upstairs seating. We had a reservation and were squeezed into a table in the downstairs bar. It was noisy with little ambiance and we got a cold blast of air every time the front door opened. Because it was a Saturday, I can only presume that banquets are the most important part of the Loft's business plan with restaurant dining being a fallback if there happens to be room. We had an Open Table reservation yet management did not warn us the primary dining room was closed. I suggest Open Table require a client be told in time to cancel their reservation.

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LM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great experience

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AR
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

I was on a date with my wife. We were greeted by the hostess and the phone rang. I offered her to answer it first before she sat us. She then says ok and gives me the menus and answers the phone while I walk with my long dress in my hand and menus up the stairs. She never caught up with us to seat us, we sat ourselves. One waiter saw us looking and let us sit ourselves. A female waiter comes up to take our drink order, leaves real quick, & comes back just after greeting us. Then the male waiter that saw us sitting oursleves comes to take our order. A kind man, but didn’t even ask me if I wanted a drink so I just stayed with water not wanting to spend money there. He takes our plates off the table and it is dirty but leaves us with the dirty table for us to clean ourselves before our dessert comes. My wife who always insists on leaving a good tip decided not to and to me that says a lot. I almost never see her tip less than 20%.

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c
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I wouldn't recommend this place on a Monday night. The food was not special. I would guess the salmon was frozen. The desserts were sub-par. The upstairs was closed for a special event--the atmosphere is much nicer upstairs. Overall, it would be hard to get me to go back there.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

It was by far the worst restaurant I've ever been to. I wanted to check out Restaurant week, but I have never been so disappointed.

First off, we were told that there would be a 10-min delay for our food. We had to wait 15 min just get our order in. The soup we ordered came 30 min later. It was only then that the server offered us bread. We saw other customers get their food before us. By this point, we had been at the restaurant for 1.5 hours and our entree still hasn't arrived. We were so frustrated that we didn't even wait for the entree.

Would not recommend at all.

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IN
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

The service was terrible. The server forgot my drink order (club soda) for over 15 min, and my scampi was served almost 10-15 min after everyone else had been served at our table. The wrap dishes were not made as ordered (without lettuce), but st that point, we just stopped bringing attention to all the problems. The air vent was blowing and it was cold. We saw other customers looking to change seats, get their own drink orders at the bar, and appear frustrated w the service.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Made a reservation on open table.

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Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Disappointed that there were no crab cakes when the menu has two choices one for appetizers one for salad. We didn’t learn about it until the meals were ordered and then the person who had to sub their choice was very late in receiving their order. Some in our party liked the food while a couple of us don’t see any reason to return

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Slow service, food was nothing special. Probably wouldn’t go back.

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SC
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Four of us came here after seeing a show at the Hammer Theatre Saturday at 6pm for its location and previewing their menu variety.
We were originally seated right next to the entrance and it was chilly out that evening. The cold wind was rushing in so fierce, I asked to be re-seated somewhere else. They were accommodating but because they had a full house already, the only table left was the upper level patio room and located right under the high windows that still couldn't deter cold air coming in --other side of room had heat lamps but not us. We managed through the meal by keeping our coats on. The service was so lacking, upon seating we asked our server to replace bread/oil plate because it was knocked and olive oil spilled onto the table so I had just used the paper placemats to soak it while waiting to have someone just simply wipe it , yet it was forgotten about. The small plates were very, very good and made us feel it was going to be fine. We ordered entrees and the one I wanted was no longer available so I decided on the meatloaf which was nothing to speak of. Mashed potatoes had a strange aftertaste, kind of chemical/soapy taste so I was worried. The side vegetables were good and I ate all of that. The rest of the entrees seemed to be just fine. We had asked our server and had to wait way too long to get water, different salad dressing (when it was requested at ordering time), more coffee, 2nd cocktail. It was so hard to find someone to get our attention so I had to get up to speak to staff and in the end, we weren't even asked if we wanted dessert. I would still come for the small plates but really worry about service when they're busy. Don't be short staffed and have staff go around to check on their patrons throughout their meal. I will give this place another visit because they have a very good menu.

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C
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Great location. We were seeing a show at the Hammer Theater, easy walk.
Food was good our waitress was just okay. We asked if they could make a particular drink that’s on the menu at other location Her response was “oh I don’t think so”
Not even let me check with the bartender.

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BB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A friend and I met for a relaxed dinner on a Thursday evening. Staff was attentive without being overbearing and all of our needs were met. The food was good+ and I was happy when we left. Exactly what we were looking for.

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CM
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

My crab stuffed salmon was delicious. Even though there were just a few tables occupied on a Sunday night- our server was very inattentive, and had zero personality. Chocolate mousse was yummy!

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DB
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great place for lunch or dinner when attending downtown theaters.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good service and staff. Food was good and didn’t take to long. Enjoyed it.

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