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About Loft Bar and Bistro

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.

90 S. Second St
San Jose, CA 95113
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Wednesday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 11:00am - 1:30am, Sunday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
San Fernando

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(408) 291-0677

Website:
http://www.loftbarandbistro.com/

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;

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.

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.

Public Transit:
Lightrail runs in front of Loft, exit at Santa Clara Station on 1st St. or 2nd St.

Executive Chef:
Adrian J. Mullen

Additional:
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

Special Events & Promotions:
Loft Happy Hour

Everyday Monday-Friday 3PM to 7PM

http://loftbarandbistro.com/happyhour.htm

Specials

Complimentary Dessert!

Specials

Complimentary Dessert!
Details

Indulge in one of our delicious desserts on the house!

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 20 diners. Excludes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 20 People

Starts: October 31, 2017

Ends: April 30, 2018

Availability: Sun-Thu 11:00AM-9:00PM
Fri 11:00AM-6:00PM
Sat 11:00AM-9:00PM

Private Dining

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.

Loft Bar and Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.2

ambience

4.0

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Business Meals (5)
Good for a Date (5)
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Great for Lunch (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Happy Hour (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Worth the Drive (1)
Authentic (1)
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Creative Cuisine (1)
Fun (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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Good for Anniversaries (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 21, 2017

The owner went out of his way to accommodate my party during the Women's March in SJ. While the Fairmont closed it's doors to the public, he was welcoming and gracious. The food and service were great. We appreciated it!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2017

We always try to hit the Bistro when we go to the SJ Comedy Club. The food is very good (love the blackberry pork medallions) but watch out around adding chicken to your salad ($10+ up charge). We sat on the upper deck (outside but covered) and it was cold...yes they have heaters but still cold for the ladies. I don't suggest parking right next door either since the hours add up and we paid $27 per car.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2017

Great location and convenient for downtown San Jose events. Wide variety of options which appealed to our diverse group. The service was very friendly and attentive, the wine/beer/cocktail options were plentiful, and the food was really good. The portions were large, my panko-crusted chicken with mustard sauce and vegetables was super tender and well prepared. I would definitely eat here again.

Tags: Great Beer, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Outstanding Value, Good for Groups, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2017

Took a very long time to be noticed by the waitress, we actually had to ask when we would be waited on before she came over.

Food was alright, my sandwich came out cold but they were very quick to fix it and bring me out a new one. Excellent fries! The drinks were pretty good too.

For such a large crowded room the noise level was pretty low which was nice. We might come back, but it won't be our first choice.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 6, 2017

We were early for our reservation but they seated us right away. Waitress was very friendly and answered any questions we had. Food was great and the portions were on the larger side. Drinks were well mixed & many gray options.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Disappointed because we were expecting to receive the new year at the place, we had a reservation to have dinner at 10:30 pm but right after we finished eating they kicked us out (about 11:45pm) because there were not supposed to have minors after certain hour (my daughter was 18 and my son 14) they could have told us when we arrived so we could have made plans to spend new year's eve somewhere else, or at least let us spend 15 more minutes, but since we've already paid they didn't mind to kick us out.
Our table was located on a separate room enclosed by doors, separated from the bar and the dancing crowd, they could have left us stay there for 15 more minutes, besides we couldn't finish the bottle of wine we ordered, what a waste!
Otherwise the food was ok, nothing special but it wasn't bad, and our waitress was great.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Very bad customer service, staff at front desk barely talks to customers. When seated , I was left and had to find the waiter. to get a menu. Once I got the menu, the food was over prices because I guess it was New Years Eve. The food list I was told over the phone was not being served. I called in twice and asked about the place and was not happy when I arrived there. I had to leave and find somewhere else to go for the evening. I would never suggest this place to anyone. A mess for New Years Eve. That evening staff need to be trained before interacting with customers. She was a nut case and just a mess. I had to show her that I reserved online. My name was staring right in her face for 9:00pm. This young lady at the front desk who seated us is a total dumbo. Not happy on arrival to this place.

Tags: Live Music, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Quick Bite
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2016

I felt rushed . I won't be back

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2016

We had a very good dining experience! Our server Alyssa was very attentive and friendly. Our meals were delicious and very consistent as usual. That's why we continue to come back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2016

Our family went here for Christmas eve. We had great service and the food was very good. If you make an advanced reservation, make sure you request to be upstairs or at least a seat away from the door as the downstairs is small and on a cold evening cold air rushes in every time the door opens!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2016

I usually like the Loft for after work drinks and quick bite. However, Christmas Eve dinner the place was chaotic, kitchen was slow and put out terrible food. I can only think that regular cook was on vacation and they couldn't handle the busy holiday traffic.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on December 24, 2016

The food was ok, but totally overpriced for what you get. The crab cake salad was 2 tiny crab cakes on romaine with a few slices of tomato and and few black olives from a can on the side. It was ok, but not even close to the $20 price.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2016

It was a crazy busy night in the restaurant due to a private party. However, our server, George, was remarkable and taking good care of us in every way. Thank you.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2016

The service was great. We asked to be moved as it was cold where we were seated. They moved us with no issues. The food was wonderful and I would highly recommend it to anyone who wishes a nice meal for a great price.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 30, 2016

We met for lunchm The Chinese chicken salad was excellent. The service was great too.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2016

The food was cooked to perfection! Have had issues with my filet steak and they have always made good on it, but this time they nailed on the first try! Kudos to the chef!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 28, 2016

Great Cuban sandwich.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2016

Excellent as always. I keep going back for all special occasions. Great food, excellent service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2016

We made reservations prior to our show at SJ Improv, which is two doors down the street. We enjoyed a great dinner with drinks and appetizers. The steak bites are delicious and the Calamari was light and crisp. I had the Chinese Chicken Salad which was very good and a large portion. We will be back to try more items on menu.

Tags: Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2016

We are planing our 40th High school Reunion and thought to check out this centrally located venue for our group of 100+. While the Banquet / Large Party menu items were NOT on the daily dinner menu, they were more than happy to accommodate us, serving our potential sections for the Reunion.
The staff was very pleasant, attentive and not intrusive, perfect service ! Our server was knowledgable, friendly, eager to serve us...refreshing !

All in all, a great, affordable venue, with a variety of food choices, full bar and excellent service... The Reunion WILL BE HERE !

Tags: Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 25, 2016

Despite the recent negative reviews, we enjoyed ourselves! I don't think the people who gave the negative reviews really gave this place a chance. We were greeted with the friendliest of smiles. The service is great. We tried food in every category on the menu. The appetizers were the perfect amount to start our experience. We brought our kids with us and instead of ordering from the kids menu split the tri-tip sliders & added a side of shoestring onion rings between them. The salad was fresh and abundant. Our main course was very fulling. I ordered the bistro filet & my husband the chicken marsala. The sides were seasoned well and delicious. We finished every bite. Even though we consumed a large amount of food already, we opted to have dessert. Creme brûlée & lava cake were a very nice touch to finish the meal. We won't hesitate to return. Thanks for a great time!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2016

We had reservations for a birthday party and everything went great. Service was very good and accommodating!! Would definitely recommend!!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 22, 2016

The building is beautiful, the staff are attentive, but the menu is too extensive and nothing is of particular note. I'd much rather see the chefs focus on a few things done phenomenally well rather than dozens of things done okay. There are few customers and it had me thinking how do they keep all of the ingredients they need fresh?

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 19, 2016

This place should really be so much better. The space looks dilapidated. The food is fine, but nothing to rave about. It should be a perfect place for a local resident or business traveler to enjoy a simple meal. But, the kicker is really the lack of service. I had a reservation, and waited to be greeted for about 5 minutes. The entire upstairs of the restaurant was closed. So, it was hardly busy. There was a total lack of service. After being seated, it was another 10 minutes before anyone approached the table to see what we wanted. The entire meal was like that. No matter how perfectly tasty something is, bad service is what really leaves a patron with a "bad taste in their mouth."

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2016

We ate outside on their deck after a matinee performance. We were the first ones on the deck at 6:30 on a Sunday. It took awhile for service but once we ordered everything was great. Good food - excellent sauces. It helped that the weather was perfect.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 15, 2016

The delicious dishes and atmosphere

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2016

Food was average to tasteless. Service was given begrudgingly. Will not visit again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 4, 2016

A decent restaurant. Not too expensive. Parking is a problem.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 30, 2016

Perhaps my expectations were too high. I found the decor tired. The menu was long, which to me is a red flag. It is hard to offer so many dishes with fresh preparations and crisp execution, when you have too many items/entres. the food was okay. Some things better than others. But in reality, it was just a step better than a chain. We were looking for something a little more sophisticated in downtown San Jose. We probably could have done better at the hotel. I would not classify this place as a bistro.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 30, 2016

I would not recommend this place. The staff at the bar is rude, the place is in dire need of an upgrade (hint, the paper towel holder in the men's room was held together by masking tape). Their food was mediocre and wine list was mediocre. We won't be back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 6, 2016

Excellent Quality Food

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 27, 2016

Service was mediocre because when I complained about a problem with a mixed drink having moldy mint used, it came back again the same way. Entree was warm not hot

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 10, 2016

great food - great service... food came right away and our server was very attentive, checking on us off & on. my niece recommended this place and I like. plenty of parking across the street and on the corner. totally recommend!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 5, 2016

The food was good. The server keyed in part of the order incorrectly causing a delay in my dish, but the she and the staff were attentive enough to make sure i had some soup and that I was ok. Their attentiveness more than made up for the delay. I'd dine here again.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on May 31, 2016

A friend and I ate at the Loft Bar and Bistro early on a Tuesday night before a concert at St. Joseph's. We shared 2 not so small plates and a salad. The food was great. We had crab cakes, and grilled skewered shrimp, and salad. The crab cakes are sauteed and covered in butter sauce, so they weren't crispy, which I prefer, but the flavor was great. The grilled shrimp were just perfect. They have 3 different shrimp dishes on the small plates menu. The service was friendly and personal, and the owner came over to speak to us as well. It was quiet there early, but later after the concert, there were folks sitting both inside and out. We will certainly return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 8, 2016

Service was good but *VERY* slow. But, as always, food was worth the wait

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 7, 2016

Went here for lunch on a Saturday and sat at the bar until my date arrived, and bartender Sylvia was very engaging and fun. When my date arrived we were seated right away and lunch was very good, great service from Sylvia who was attentive, not intrusive, and we were never rushed. All in all a great experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 3, 2016

We were met in the restaurant by a staff member who did not save us table when we had a reservation. She sat two others ahead of us without a reseervation at lunch and then the inside as full. We were stuck outside by the street so we could'nt hear anything due to the large buses.( We , thus had to eat fumes for lunch.), We waited for a long time to order. (Of course , they took the order of the next table first , when they had been seated after us). The salad I had was ok. The meat loaf my business associate had was good. Overall, not a very great experiance.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 20, 2016

Great dishes, good mixture of food to excite the taste buds. I had the pork tenderloin w mixed vegetables and mashed potatoes. The pork tenderloin sauce was a good flavor. A good mixture of veggies, loved the beets, nice twist to a restuarant staple. My wfe had the ahi tuna. Very good, even from a fish hater like myself! Her sides were sauteed spinach/mushrooms and veggie rice. Again a new twist to sauteed spinach that worked well.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 1, 2016

The host was very friendly and accommodating.
The service was not it's usual but we know it is not typical.
The dishes were tasty and we enjoy the environment.

Tags: Good for Groups
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