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Oveja Negra

4.3
101 reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
Perfect For:
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Tapas / Small Plates, Californian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(408) 423-5400
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Michael Behan
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Private party facilities
Oveja Negra Restaurant can accommodate private parties of up to 100 people.
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Private party contact
Jonathan Whitwell: (408) 423-5415
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Located on third floor of Hotel Valencia Santana Row
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Parking details
Complimentary valet parking for Oveja Negra patrons. Free self-parking is also available.
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Special events & promotions
Private Party Events
Please contact Ali Mir, Restaurant Manager, at amir@valenciagroup.com
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 101 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.4
service
4.0
ambience
3.7
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59% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 7 days ago

I'm not sure why this place has high reviews. The food quality is good but prep and execution does not live up to the price tag. Not really a tapas restaurant either. Prices are too high, portions are large though. Overall the flavor and execution doesn't make me want to eat here again. There are many better places to eat at, that command this price.

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Good food and something different for a change of pace. Enjoyed the small plates.

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2.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Fine dining costs but server wasninexpepeienced and inaccurate about menu and options. Would not go back.

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Meh. Sterile atmosphere. Feels like you are eating in a service hall. Food okay. We won’t be back.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

I love this place. It’s a great shift from your more traditional chain restaurants with high end/quality menus. Service is never an issue always solid. The cocktails are on point and creative. This time we had the Aranchinis and Skewered Steak (Dee-lish). This place is my go-to for friends when i feel like showing off some local knowledge :-)

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4.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Hard to locate in hotel, needs signage. Good food, good for sharing

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Our first visit to Oveja Negra and it was great.

We made a reservation early in the evening before a movie and the place was empty (we were the first table as they first opened around 5:30) so the ambiance was just getting started.

We had the Signature Dish - the Oveja Negra Barbacoa (lamb roasted in banana leaves) was tasty and came with an extra bonus of bone marrow which was also baked into the tortillas. Lamb was very good, slightly dryer than I like on the inside, but very flavorful.

Other items I would recommend are the Chorizo Poutine (great comfort food and nice pairing between the mushroom gravy and chorizo slices) and the Brussels Sprouts which were roasted nicely and had a light, tasty, crispiness which resulted from opening up while cooking.

Cocktails we had that are noteworthy - the Bee's Knees which was a nice contrast between lemon, honey, and gin and the Manhattan!

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Chef came out and asked what we were in the mood for, and then brought out the most amazing healthy meal. We loved it!

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5.0Dined on February 12, 2018

We were there on a quiet Monday evening. We had their lamb specialty, scallops, monkfish, mussels and burata salad. Every dish was excellent. Dessert was to die for. We will return.

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5.0Dined on February 7, 2018

My birthday dinner here was great! Just my date and I. Waiter was friendly and funny, food was fantastic. 110% chance I’ll be back.

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent place
Gourmet food
And great service

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

The food was soooo good that we insisted on meeting the exec chef! Music was great! Drinks were delicious.

I can’t wait to go back!

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3.0Dined on January 27, 2018

food was average .
thai rice was undercooked . They took it of the final bill

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4.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Small portions but good

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2018

Great flavors and service. Food was excellent.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

He had an awesome dining experience. Our server was outstanding, friendly and made us feel great, wanting to come back, which we did a week later. The food is superb

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

wonderful experience!

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4.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Wonderful for girls night out after shopping and movie....and especially if you are staying at the hotel

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3.0Dined on January 12, 2018

Ambiance and overall physical aspect is a one star
To think that it's at hotel Valencia , expected more chic environment
We felt we were in a fast food restaurant
In and out had better decorations!
The table, chairs set up was awful!
Price of the food was not cheap so expectation for a more upscale aesthetics is not unreasonable

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3.0Dined on January 12, 2018

We ordered 4 dishes. Of the 4 dishes, two were good and two were not. The Thai fried rice was way too salty and the lobster enchiladas was under cooked and we had to send it back to reheat. The sea bass was excellent and the lamb was good too. The restaurant was quiet so was good for talking. Our waitress was friendly. Over all experience was ok. Not sure if it was worth the money though.

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

Tucked in the Valencia hotel, a quaint little tapas bar creates fusion tapas and craft cocktails. Friendly staff, quality ingredients. I asked my server just pick five things, and promised even if I didn't like something I wouldn't send it back. Nothing was disappointing. Beautiful presentation and flavors. Cocktails were nice and done professionally, proper stem wear/ ice. I left happy

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5.0Dined on December 26, 2017

Great Tapas, attentive service in an inviting Spanish themed dining room. Well worth a visit.

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2.0Dined on December 22, 2017

Menu is tactically crafted to sound elaborate, delicious & elegant but in reality the food is substandard & probably not what you think you ordered, it’s basically deceiving. Even the host goes over the menu recommendations and it all sounds wonderful (great hostess, btw) but when the plates started arriving we were sadly disappointed & will not return (departed hungry).

The place was nearly empty on a Friday @ 7pm (Holiday w’end) that should have been our first clue after having trouble finding the place (no signage).

The Pop Goes the Chicken, is basically 4 chicken wings (dark meat) with a crumb covering (just say that) on top of a bowl of popcorn. Yes, I said popcorn (wtf)?!

The Bison Meatloaf, was 3 small MeatBALLS (not a loaf) over mashed potatoes. This tasted fine to me but was unfavorable to my guest.

The Mashed Potato Croquettes, were just bland.

We understand tapas but pricing & meals offered were inadequate (overpriced) & again, deceiving. I would have expected more from this particular venue, especially being @ Hotel V. and it simply did NOT deliver on food.

The restaurant, plating & service was exceptional.

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2.0Dined on December 14, 2017

The meal wasn’t much at all to write home about, only the sea bass was a bit decent. I was initially looking forward to dessert but we were so disappointed w/ the meals, we declined the dessert menu. The server was nice and listened to how we wanted our cocktail drinks& took out pictures. The place was empty around 8pm on a Friday night & now I understand why.

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5.0Dined on December 14, 2017

Interesting fusion. Nice ambiance and friendly service.
The dessert was amazing.

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4.0Dined on December 13, 2017

A delightful assortment of ingredients creatively, deliciously prepared and presented at the table with careful timing so that no dish waited so long that it became cold. I’ll definitely recommend this place to friends, family and business acquaintances.

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3.0Dined on December 2, 2017

Boring food, awful wine selection. Not worth my money

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4.0Dined on November 18, 2017

What a fun place to get together with friends! The new chef came up with creative dishes creatively presented. Our server was fun and amiable. And overall enjoyable experience.

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5.0Dined on November 17, 2017

Very original food, and all of it was great. My wife had the filet skewers over gargonzola cheese crepe, and it was the best dish of the night.

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4.0Dined on November 4, 2017

Great food to share, world cuisine so there should be something for everyone. Cocktails and wine were great as well

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2.0Dined on November 1, 2017

Oveja Negara was difficult to find and has very little signage. I went with my wife and 6 year old son. My son ordered from the child’s menu and we ordered several plates. After $177, out appetites were not satisfied. The food was very good, but not excellent. In general, over-priced for Tapas.

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4.0Dined on October 28, 2017

Good tapas spot with a unique yet limited variety of menu items. Part of the restaurant was rented out for a wedding reception so it felt small and outdoor seating was subsequently unavailable. We enjoyed the tastes and varieties of our order but found the prices high for the portions. Wouldn’t go out of my way to come back but a good spot to share tastes with friends before a show or after shopping verses being a date spot

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4.0Dined on October 21, 2017

Tapas restaurant: delicious food - small plates. Plus, nice atmosphere. We had spicy cauliflower, a beef dish with blood tortillas, popcorn chicken, and a glaze Chilean bass.

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3.0Dined on October 14, 2017

food was good, the overall feeling was cold. The walls need decor and not stark white. The white chairs don't go with the Spanish theme and were a bit awkward with the curved backing. I will definitely give this place another chance as the food was very enjoyable.

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3.0Dined on October 13, 2017

The restaurant looks good but the service and food were disappointing. The waiters seemed disheveled and forgot to bring us a few items. The food wasn't good and not worth the price. In fact the fish was old and smelled bad...I ate a piece of it and got extremely sick in about 4 hours. I would suggest that you go elsewhere for a quality time. They need to reevaluate their bussiness!

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5.0Dined on October 9, 2017

Loved entire experience

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1.0Dined on October 6, 2017

Uninspiring food. Amateur service. Definitely not worth the money

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2.0Dined on September 25, 2017

We had high expectations for this restaurant, since it's located within the Hotel Valencia. Although we went early, the place was empty. Not a good sign. The food was very expensive and did not deliver. The tapas we ordered were lukewarm at best, and lacked flavor. The drinks and bartender were good. It's a fun place to have a drink, but I would go elsewhere for a good tapas meal.

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5.0Dined on September 23, 2017

Keep coming back! The food is amazing and the outdoor ambiance is relaxing.

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4.0Dined on September 15, 2017

Overall the everything was very good, just a bit pricey for the portion sizes. Everything is too share and the size of each dish was enough to do so for a party of 4., but just so. For the price of each dish, it put the value on the just ok side. With that said, everything was well cooked, presented well and well seasoned. Service was good, just about the right amount of attentiveness, except it was odd that the dishes came out in uneven pace where some items we would wait and some would come out faster. For example: We asked that the salad dish be served first while we waited for a friend, but it came out after the house special even though we order the rest of the dishes (including the house special) after our friend arrived.

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