Loft Bar and Bistro

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American
Loft is American bistro dining at it's finest in a chic, relaxed atmosphere. We serve lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday and dinner on Sundays. We are open for private events on Sundays and Mondays - please inquire directly with the restaurant. 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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CM
San Francisco
71 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I was looking forward to sitting on the patio- but it was booked by a private party that night and unavailable. My crab stuffed salmon was SO DELICIOUS!!!! However, our food took a VERY long time to be served.

SR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Great selection and wonderful service

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great menu & FANTASTIC. Server, Monica

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TJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect! And the manager & server were so accommodating!

MC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming building with industrial features. Excellent food and drinks. We had a large party and did not feel we had to wait for anything. Quick service and kind staff.

TL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food like always and all workers are very nice

KS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

The food was good but the restaurant is a bit run down. The tables and chairs are very worn, most of the chairs were torn. Nothing special a bit pricey for the style of the restaurant. Looks Nothing like the pictures on open table.

j
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat. Good food and wonderful service!

F
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Food was not great. Served stale hard bread. Greens in salad were turning brown. They were out of crab cake at 4:30pm for dinner. Waitress was very nice.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 4

Went for 1/2 off wine and were charged full price.

C
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food, customer service, and caring staff ever!!!

DP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Prime location and the food was good I like a little more seasoning but overall it was very nice.

HK
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. They were very accommodating to our schedule when we came in early. It was much appreciated. And the food was great!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the crab cakes entree- the best we've found!

KL
Las Vegas
16 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

Inexpensive. Great service. Go for cocktails. Food was unfortunately not very good.
But we came with a large group and the servers kept our drinks flowing.

MO
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Not half bad. Two stories, overlooking Second Street trolley. Almost no one there on Sunday evening. Full bar, and can’t go wrong with the food quality. I’d try it again.

RS
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place and great location for dining or happy hour. The got huge varieties of beer and cocktails

TW
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Love the feel of the Loft...food was good...would for sure go again only downfall was service on getting our food was slow.

C
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went for mothers day my son and i ordered the filet. My husband had the ahi. Ours was fabulous. My husbands ahi was over cooked and tough, but cold? Since the restaurant was mostly empty (we went early) it should have been perfect! Ahi is a 50/50 experience. So this time not good!

The waitress was exceptional. Hostess friendly! It was clean and everythin else was perfect!

Z
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place for meeting with friends.
Relatively to other restaurant in the area - pretty quiet ambient noise.
2nd floor has nice table for a more romantic / couples dinner.

H
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everyone had something different and it was all great. We sat in the patio area for dinner and it was very nice. Outdoor dining all shaded and no insects as there is netting.

EF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, quick service and free birthday cheesecake. Much mahalo.

c
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The kitchen was very slow! I also thought the prices were very high for the quality of the food. The server tried to make up for it by comping some beverages which we appreciated.

j
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic, everybody was so friendly. The food was fantastic

KD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place for a delicious meal and excellent value. Our experiences with the attentive and courteous staff have been delightful. We plan to return whenever a performance in one of the nearby venues draws us to an evening in San Jose.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The guard outside didn't recognize opentable or my booking. Nobody was there to go to for us. It ruined my date. Very bad exeprience. Restaurants dont even recognize any booking.

SW
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

It did not feel like this place was supposed to be a restaurant. The tables were cramped and they randomly placed about the area. I sat down so close the party next to me I heard their entire conversation it was uncomfortable.

LS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Made a reservation for our anniversary Was a little surprised at the small dining space. It was a casual and friendly atmosphere our waitress was reat and the food was delicious- generous potions. I would go back when the weather is warmer and checkout the rooftop dining with some friends.

S
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect in all respects, food, service and was easy to make reservations for. They did a great job on Valentines Day, all their efforts paid off!

S
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great lunch, which came extremely quickly. Our waiter was quite knowledgeable . My chinese chicken salad was fantastic.

JB
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good food and good service. Nice atmosphere and decor overall. Would absolutely go again.

PE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 1service 3ambience 3

First time at Loft. Last night I paid $9 for a "wedge salad". It was the worst I have ever had at any restaurant in my life. How a place could fail at a wedge salad was mind blowing. It was a beautiful cut of iceburg that was almost completely void of blue cheese and bacon, I mean there was not one actual piece of bacon. It was almost like they were out of bacon and just shook an empty container over the salad and hoped some crumbs would fall out. I wish I had taken a picture so you could really see how sad it was. It didn't occur to me at the time. Very disappointed last night. Doubt I'll be back.

OT
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nine of us had dinner/drinks here, for our son’s 27th birthday. Very good food/service/value. Would definitely return.

GS
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent. We went early so hard to say what the noise level and service would be like if it was crowded. Food was tasty but the portions were very small and therefore overpriced. Markup on wine was staggering (we learned later after finding the same bottle at BevMo).

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

I had reservations and they seated us outside, upstairs in a covered porch area. It was Feb. 2nd and raining. Actually it was pouring, so it was very cold and windy with water all over the floor. When we asked to be moved to another table inside we were told that all the empty tables inside where for reservations. Had we not needed to eat quickly to get to a Sharks game, we would have left. When we finished our meal, there were still empty tables inside. With amazing restaurants in San Jose, we will not ever be returning to this place.

J
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was good overall: I highly recommend the carnitas tacos appetizer! Cocktails were delicious, but a bit small.

The Friday night we went, there seemed to be a large party upstairs, and there was only one server downstairs for over 7 tables, one being a larger group. I felt for her; it was busy, she was doing her best, but our service definitely suffered. Particularly when one of the dishes’ fries were ice cold, and it took until we were nearly done with our meals for our server to be informed and to get a fresh batch to us. I saw the host staff messing around on their phone and chatting with people they knew, but not bothering to help their team, even when we were trying to get someone’s attention.

MD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent and the staff were great! I'd go back again anytime.

m
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We were there on a date night. Dinner was nice, and their drinks are good. I am not a big drinker, but they don't water down their mixed drinks which is nice. We enjoyed the overall ambiance and experience.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is a great place for a casual dinner before a show. We had tickets to the SJ Improv so it couldn't have worked out better. Our server was the highlight of our dinner as she was friendly, authentic, and honest. I had the lamb shank but I wasn't crazy about the gravy like sauce. They have an ecclectic menu and great drinks with an ambiance that is lively and fun. I would recommend the Loft for anyone looking for a great complement to a SJ Downtown outing or a night out. You won't be disappointed.

RS
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great choices of food. Service can be better if the server check back what is missing or required. Absolutely is a good place to meet up and great happy hour too

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