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Oveja Negra

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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
Experience a modern twist to traditional tapas with globally inspired shareable dishes.

Oveja Negra, translated as “Black Sheep” in Spanish is offering a menu of “unruly tapas.” Our culinary team is “going against the grain” of this deep-rooted Spanish tradition to offer the curious diner a menu representing globally inspired recipes with a tapas flair. The menu will vary by season with flavorful and unique ingredients sourced from around the world, adding an international twist to your dining experience.

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 259 people are saying
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vipTamP
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Besides the disappointment with the incredibly meager portion of the jamon appetizer which at one thin slice cut up into smaller pieces and at $25 was more expensive than caviar or Kobe/Wagyu beef, everything else was actually wonderful. We got the seabass as entree with mushrooms and batatas as sides and all those dishes were delicious. The service was a little slow as they were pretty busy and we were hidden in a corner.

Oveja Negra
Responded 2 days ago

Hello TamP, We are happy to hear that your experience was overall a nice one. We well certainly take note of areas for improvement and do our best to work on these. We hope your next visit is perfect! Thank You, Jonathan

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WinnieS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I celebrated my late Mom's birthday there last September 17 and everything was perfect! They even gave me a complimentary creme brûlée in her honor. Just excellent!

I miss their poutine though. I hope they bring it back to their menu.

Oveja Negra
Responded 2 days ago

Hello WinnieS, It was nice to see you again! It was touching to meet you and learn that you were honoring your mother. Please feel free to stop by anytime. Kindly, Jonathan

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JesseM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had a reservation for 6, and we all weren't expecting much since it was a restaurant in a hotel. Usually hotel restaurants have ok tasting dishes, more of a place to hang out with friends and catch up. Well Oveja Negra did not dissappoint. We had the roasted bone marrow, corvina seabass, braised mussels, wild mushrooms, Spanish chorizo, sweet gem salad, and the braised beef (they didn't have the tomahawk steak which was disappointing, since we were celebrating 2 birthdays and 2 anniversaries) Other than that, everything was delicious, and all of us were impressed, our waitress was super nice and the staff was, as well. The standouts were the seabass, the braised beef, and the bone marrow (always a must when ever its on any restaurants menu). Highly recommend this restaurant, it is not on street like the other restaurants were, so it was not as loud. A good place to get away from the crowds and have a nice dinner with a friends or a nice dinner for two.

Oveja Negra
Responded 2 days ago

Hello JesseM, Thank you very much for choosing to celebrate with us. We appreciate the kind feedback and hope to see you again soon! Sincerely, Jonathan

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

The food was amazing! Great atmosphere on a busy Saturday- you can hear everyone at your table talk and enjoy your conversation. Service was attentive without being annoying.
The mussels were one of my favorite dishes, as were the potatoes. We ordered and loved the burrata, the cheese plate and the peppers. This place is a gem if you’re on a date, with some friends or need a dinner where you won’t be hurried or rushed. Excellent! Will be back soon!

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IDontSkimpOnFoodAndBooks
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Courtyard dining can't be beat during these times. Outdoor yet hidden. The round table we got seemed a little too big for our family of four which translates to a lot of passing and sliding of plates. I'd probably go back for the ambience, re-order some of the dishes we tried like the patatas bravas, cauliflower, and tomahawk steak. Loved the gambas too although we wish there was some bread of sorts to soak up the sauce. We were not too impressed with the marrow, seabass, and the charcuterie board. Natalie was superb. All in all not bad for my birthday dinner.

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Tamer
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleased with the food and experience. The manager also stopped by and was very kind to us. This was our first outing since the quarantine started and felt very safe there. Will definitely have to come back!

Oveja Negra
Responded on September 3, 2020

Hello Tamer, It was very nice meeting you on Monday. Thank you for dining with us and posting your comments. We hope to see you for your next night out, too! Cheers, Jonathan

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Mars
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great patio area for less people traffic. I specifically chose this place to avoid the huge crowds on Santana Row.

Great!!

Oveja Negra
Responded on September 3, 2020

Hello Mars, Thank you for joining us! We hope to see you again soon. Kindly, Jonathan

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Sandy
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor seating in the courtyard is beautiful, with Spanish/Mediterranean style and string lights for a romantic ambiance. The menu has delicious variety of Spanish tapas and entree foods. We thoroughly enjoyed everything we ordered, and the service was great. Everyone was very warm and on top of it when delivering food or helping with requests. Highly recommend!

Oveja Negra
Responded on August 26, 2020

Hello Sandy, We really appreciate your patronage and your kind words! Please continue to stop in for dinner. We hope to see you again soon! Kindly, Jonathan

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Jena
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

We were guests of the hotel and stopped here for a few tapas and drinks before dinner elsewhere. The ambiance was so nice that I almost wished we would've stayed. The open air courtyard made me feel transported out of San Jose. It was a very romantic setting with the fountains, dim lighting and music. Our server was fine, but wasn't super attentive. This was my first dining experience since March, so I wasn't sure if this was the new norm.

Oveja Negra
Responded on August 26, 2020

Hello Jena, Thank you for visiting. We hope you visit again for the full dinner experience in the future! Sincerely, Jonathan

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MonicB
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall4food1service5ambience5

Lovely place, but the chicken plate was sooo salty and not good. Ambiance was amazing and so were the drinks but the food was one of the worst :( i am sorry.

Oveja Negra
Responded on August 18, 2020

Hello MonicB, Thank you for visiting and for your feedback. I will check in with the culinary staff to ensure items are being prepared according to the correct recipe. We hope to see you again as we do have some amazing dishes to go along with our outstanding drinks and ambiance. Kindly, Jonathan

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PC12
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Menu options were very limited. The ambience was great though

Oveja Negra
Responded on August 18, 2020

Hello PC12, We appreciate your dining with us and feedback. We are working hard to expand the menu for our current variety of 16 Tapas options to include a few more. We have been running some specials to see what will be a good fit for our next menu modification. We hope to see you again soon! Best Regards, Jonathan

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Sara
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far the best restaurant in Santana Row with a nice ambiance that feels like you're in Europe. Food is delicious. We ordered Gem Salad, Crispy Cauliflower, Beef Cheeks, and all were very tasty. Our sever told us about the Tomahawk Tuesday Special which we will definitely be there since my husband is a big fan of Tomahawk.

Oveja Negra
Responded on August 18, 2020

Hello Sara, Thank you for dining with us last week! It looks like you ordered three of my personal favorites. For your next visit, I can also recommend the Spanish Chorizo, Gambas, and Patatas Bravas as some other favorites. Hope to see you soon! Cheers, Jonathan

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DanielleL
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience5

The food was fabulous. Delicious.
The service? Honestly. I felt they continuously forgot we were there. Kinda like an after thought . "Oh yeah, them". The disappointment lies in the fact that upon calling the hotel to inquire about the restaurant, they encouraged me to note on the reservation that it was my husband's 50th birthday celebration and they would make it really special. So I did. Nothing. Wasn't recognized or mentioned at all. That was a disappointment.

Oveja Negra
Responded on August 14, 2020

Hello Danielle, Thank you so much for visiting. I am thrilled to hear you enjoyed the food, but I am sorry to hear that we missed your anniversary note. I was actually the person you spoke with over the phone and encouraged you to make that note and I want to make it up to you. I will be reaching out directly shortly. Sincerely, Jonathan

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ToddW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Very nice outdoor courtyard. Great service, food is good not great or special.

Oveja Negra
Responded on August 7, 2020

Hello Todd, Thanks very much for dining with us. We hope to serve you again when we can showcase some new menus items. Kindly, Jonathan

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vipRAH205
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Paul Rohadfox has turned me into a repeat diner at Oveja Negra. His culinary offerings are superb and do not disappoint. Chef Paul’s tapas menu keeps me
Coming back for more. This was our 4th time dining
At the beautiful Valencia Hotel open courtyard where it Does not feel like there are COVID restrictions although all COVID precautions are in place.
Chef Paul’s interpretation of traditional Spanish Tapas is certainly a mouthful of flavor. I have tried every dish amd have been Pleased with each one. I’m not a pepper fan but Chefs Paul’s preparation of the padrón peppers has made me one. Showcasing the flavor of the peppers with lemon olive oil and sea salt has turned me Into one. The braised beef cheeks are our go to as they are prepared with such a sofisticación of flavor and extremely tender. The roasted bone marrow dish was not to rich and had just the right balance of flavor. We were a party of 6 and are all foodies. We literally have had each dish at Oveja Negra and Chef Paul’s consistency of delivering great food, in a beautiful setting is a win situation for us. He has taken the guess work out of trying to find a restaurant that consistently delivers quality.
Bravo Chef Paul see you next time.
So if your reading my review Treat yourself and visit Chef Paul at Oveja Negra you will not be disappointed.
Bravo to Chef Paul and his staff. Job Well Done

Oveja Negra
Responded on August 18, 2020

Hello, Thank you for joining us for dinner! We are thrilled to hear your group enjoyed the experience. We couldn't agree more that our Executive Chef Paul Rohadfox is a culinary rockstar. Please keep checking in as the menu will change seasonally. We look forward to your next visit! Kindly, Jonathan

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MeganM
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oveja Negra was well worth the cost. The food was amazing, and uniquely delicious. The outdoor dining was more private than is typical, which made it a wonderful location. The service was amazing, and I would recommend this place to anyone wanting to celebrate something special!

Oveja Negra
Responded on July 30, 2020

Hello MeganM, We really appreciate the kind words! It's been a pleasure to be able to re-open in our nice courtyard and provide our guests with a little sanctuary. We hope you visit again soon. Chef Paul is working on a few new menu items that will be worth checking out. Thanks, Jonathan

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vipBryannaT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Nice ambience for outdoor dining, but have had better (bone marrow dish + cheese/crudites platter) for much less with just as nice of an ambience/atmosphere. It was as if they take advantage that they can charge very steep for some small plates just because they are in Santana Row. But overall experience, give a 4 star for the ambience (seated near heating lamps and fountain) and food was prepared nicely (just over-priced for date night).

Oveja Negra
Responded on July 30, 2020

Hello BryannaT, Thank you for visiting us for your recent date night. We are honored you would chose us for a night out. We hope you will drop in again in the future! Sincerely, Jonathan

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CelesteG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner with a carefully crafted menu. The drinks were wonderful too. They really know the're food/wine combinations. It was a beautiful venue which was quite compared to he bustling downstairs atmosphere. Enjoyed tremendously!

Oveja Negra
Responded on July 30, 2020

Hello CelesteG, Thank you so much for the kind feedback. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your evening with us. Please feel free to drop by anytime. Thanks, Jonathan

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vip1MandaBear
San Francisco
87 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food with great patio outdoor dining during this COVID-19 pandemic, on the third floor of the Hotel Valencia, courtyard garden view, nice but it can get windy so bring a jacket.

Chef Paul Rohadfox is a new chef coming from Michael Mina restaurants group; talented and the food is 10 times better. Check it out.

Oveja Negra
Responded on July 30, 2020

Hello 1MandaBear, Thank you so much for dining with us at Oveja Negra! We are also big fans of Chef Paul's culinary skills! We hope to see you again soon. Kindly, Jonathan

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nickr
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to try out the new menu here… I believe it was launched this month… I love the beef cheeks and the Spanish chorizo was the best! They always have really good cocktails here and the crème brûlée was awesome… Most importantly, I love the atmosphere and especially how well they observed social distancing guidelines. Their entire staff wore masks and kept their distance. Each table was not 6 ft apart, more like 15 ft! Which was awesome! The courtyard is such a great place to dine. Can’t wait to come back, if you’re looking for somewhere to dine safely in Santa Row, doesn’t get much better than this. 🙏🏽👍🏽

Oveja Negra
Responded on July 13, 2020

Hello Nick, Thank you for joining us for dinner last weekend. We really appreicate the feedback. It is our goal to provide an amazing experience but also to adhere to current health and safety regulations in order to make our guests feel safe. Kindly, Jonathan

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AlwaysAwesome
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was nice to get outside and enjoy good food and drinks! Thank you!

Oveja Negra
Responded on July 10, 2020

Hello AlwaysAwesome, We really appreciate your kind feedback and thank you for joining us for dinner. We are glad you enjoyed yourself and we are so happy to be able to offer a little normalcy with our secluded courtyard dining area. Hope to see you soon. Kindly, Jonathan

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vipMikedanner
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First class lounge in the sky!

Oveja Negra
Responded on July 9, 2020

Thanks, Mikedanner! It's always a pleasure to have you join us!

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RodneyG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

great. feels like Europe.

Oveja Negra
Responded on July 7, 2020

Hello Rodney, Thanks for visiting. We hope to see you again soon. Kindly, Jonathan

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SJFoodie
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor patio seating with fountain and waterfall feature adds to the nice ambiance. Great for date night or small groups.

Oveja Negra
Responded on July 2, 2020

Hello SJFoodie, Thanks so much for visiting! We are glad to hear your dinner was to your liking. Hopefully, you will continue to check back for new menu additions. The chef has a limited time Spanish Mackerel special coming next week that is phenomenal. Cheers, Jonathan

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MichaelR
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good cant wait to come back ,would like to see paella on the menu though service was excellent food was excellent beautiful scenery will definitely recommend and will most certainly be back soon

Oveja Negra
Responded on July 3, 2020

Hello MichaelR, Thanks for visiting and the kind comments. We are in the process of creating a new paella dish for the restaurant and should have it available in late summer. Until then, we hope you continue to enjoy many of our new favorites. Kindly, Jonathan

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great staff and beautiful setting

Oveja Negra
Responded on July 30, 2020

Thank You!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service by Nemours. Food was great and the Tomahawk was to die for. Excellent service in a beautiful atmosphere.

Oveja Negra
Responded on June 22, 2020

Nemours is one of the best in the business! Thank you so much for dining with us and providing your review!

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Joy62
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The waitstaff are friendly and attentive. They did a good job in arranging the tables 6 feet apart. Everything we ordered were delicious except the bone marrow is a little bit salty but it's really good.

Oveja Negra
Responded on June 25, 2020

Hello Joy62, Thanks for your feedback on both the food and the safety parameters to keep guests safe! We appreciate the positive recommendation and hope to see you again very soon. Thanks, Jonathan

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food , Great time

Oveja Negra
Responded on June 16, 2020

Hello, Thank you for dining with us and providing your great feedback. We hope to serve you again soon. Sincerely, Jonathan

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around great restaurant!

Oveja Negra
Responded on June 22, 2020

Thanks so much for dining with us and posting your feedback!

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NicoleR
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great!!! Would defiantly go back and recommend it!!

Oveja Negra
Responded on June 22, 2020

Hello Nicole, We really appreciate your lovely review. We hope to serve you again soon. Sincerely, Jonathan

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best overall cuisine and value I’ve experienced in the South Bay. I’m a restauranteur who helped build/open 13 stores in CO, so I searched the West Valley online to review menus. This place looked the best and lived up to the expectation. I was surprised there weren’t more guests on a Saturday night, but it’s a hidden gem in the Valencia Hotel. That added to the occasion in my opinion.

Baby back ribs literally fell off the bone. Thai Shrimp Noodles were perfectly succulent. The beet salad was fresh and hearty. Decor is enlightening, and there’s a quaint bar for the belly ups.

Server Nathan is like a good neighbor, takes care of you when you want, leaves you be otherwise yet is knowledgeable to get you where you need to be. This restaurant is a must, bring your crew and take over!

Oveja Negra
Responded on March 10, 2020

Hello, Thank you so much for your feedback. We are thrilled you enjoyed your meal and it means even more coming from an industry insider. Nathan is unequivocally amazing. We hope to serve you again next time you are in town. Best Regards, Jonathan

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AshishK
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place but a bit pricey for the small plates and portions.

Oveja Negra
Responded on March 10, 2020

Hello Ashish, Thanks for dining with us. We hope to have you visit again soon. Kindly, Jonathan

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nickr
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oveja Negra is one of my favorite places to visit in Santana Row. The food is always high quality, timely and the service is always great.

Oveja Negra
Responded on March 10, 2020

Hi Nick, Thanks for dining with us and sharing this kind feedback. We will keep introducing new dishes from time to time so please keep checking in to see what's new! Cheers, Jonathan

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Mhawwa
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

The paella tasted off, like the detergent they used to clean the pan they cooked it in!

Oveja Negra
Responded on March 10, 2020

Hello Mhawwa, We are sorry to hear your experience was less than perfect. We hope to have the opportunity to make it up to you in the future. Thank You, Jonathan

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Unless there is no availability elsewhere, I would steer clear of this place. Literally no decor, no vibe at all and the food simply is not great. I enjoy foods of all kinds but it really really hard to please any of my 8 other guests with this place. Steer clear of this blah establishment. Sorry, try again.

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Sara
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We decided to celebrated our Valentine’s Day on Saturday and we picked Oveja Negra since it’s a tapas restaurant. Food was delicious. Short Ribs is super tender and melts in your mouth. There is variety of vegetarian dishes.

Oveja Negra
Responded on February 17, 2020

Hello, Thanks so much for joining us over Valentine's Weekend. Please keep checking back as we change our menu often to ensure the chef has the opportunity to showcase the best seasonal ingredients possible. Kindly, Jonathan

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nickr
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve said it before and I’ll continue to shout it from the rooftops this is Santana Row’s best kept secret… The cocktails are always solid but the menu is what keeps me coming back! there’s something here for everyone… My favorite continues to be the garlic shrimp sooooo good. The service is always top notch and then afterwards i head to V bar for a shot of 1942 :-)

Oveja Negra
Responded on February 17, 2020

Hello, Thank you so much for dining with us this past weekend. I am also a big fan of the Garlic Shrimp and of course I love Don Julio 1942 as well. We look forward to your next visit! Cheers, Jonathan

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vipFoodDoc
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Oveja Negra is not worth it. Total waste. My wife and I went to the Valentine's Day price fix dinner. Price fix menu in theory sounded really good. Lobster was over-cooked and rubbery. There was an incredibly long wait between the first course and the second course - 20 or 25 minutes! Wait staff kept coming to our table to apologize. Second course was scallops and they were good, but nothing earth shattering. They never asked us how we wanted our steak for our 3rd course - came extremely rare and the steak and pinot noir sauce was basically unseasoned. No depth of flavor. Too much butter. I was craving some pepper or kick. Nowhere to be found. We couldn't finish our steak - this has never been our problem anywhere else. But by then we were pretty disappointed and didn’t send back - we just wanted to get through it and go. Dessert was red velvet cake that was basically a moon pie that my wife and her New England family makes much better. The cake portion was dry and crumbly and the cream filling was way too sweet. The tragedy was spending over $400 for a disastrous meal. Simply having expensive ingredients does not justify the expense. I came home and ate leftover Blue Line pizza that our kids had with our babysitter and I finally felt satisfied.

Oveja Negra
Responded on February 17, 2020

Hello FoodDoc, Thank you for joining us for Valentine's Day. We are sorry to hear that your dining experience fell short of expectations. We take a lot of pride in what we do here and we will review this information as a team in hopes of improving moving forward. We hope to have the opportunity to make this up to you on a future visit. Sincerely, Jonathan

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JeffA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Would be nice if there were a few partitions or plants to break up the very large dining experience.

Oveja Negra
Responded on February 17, 2020

Hello Jeff, Thank you for coming in to enjoy our Valentine's Day Menu. We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed it! It's funny you should mention the partitions, I have been looking into getting some and agree it could enhance the experience. Sincerely, Jonathan

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Oveja Negra is rated 4.4 stars by 259 OpenTable diners.

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.