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Oveja Negra, San Jose, CA

Oveja Negra

4.3
4.3
409 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

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Booked 15 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Tapas / Small Plates, Californian, Farm-to-table

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Sat 5:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (408) 423-5400

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Paul Rohadfox

  • Private party facilities

    Oveja Negra can accommodate up to 100 guests for restaurant buyout and the private dining room can accommodate up to 22 guests comfortably with a big screen TV for presentation.

  • Private party contact

    Ali Mir: (844) 521-4720

Popular dishes

Menu

Shared Plates

  • Charcuterie & Cheese$24.00

    imported spanish cured meats and cheeses

    • Spanish Chorizo$15.00

      spanish onions, hard cider sauce

      • Braised Mussels$16.00

        fennel, chorizo, saffron broth

        • Gambas al Ajillo$18.00

          garlic, sherry, smoked pimenton butter

          • Dry Aged Meatballs$14.00

            spice tomato, sauce, garroxta

            • Spanish Octopus$20.00

              citrus, charred jalapeno emulsion

              • Lobster Arancini's$24.00

                white corn, lobster, manchego cheese, pimenton aioli

                • Padron Peppers$14.00

                  lemon olive oil, sea salt

                  • Roasted Cauliflower$14.00

                    smoked sea salt, chickpea puree

                    • Jamon Iberico de Bellota$25.00

                      quince, green apple

                      • Cured Halibut Ceviche$19.00

                        cured halibut, cucumber, red onion, corn nuts, smoked trout roe, aji amarillo sauce

                        • Tomato Gazpacho$12.00

                          bay shrimp, basil, cucumber

                          Salads & Sides

                          • Brussel Sprouts$13.00

                            marcona almonds, bacon, grain mustard vinaigrette

                            • Yucca Frita$13.00

                              aji amarillo sauce

                              • Oveja Negra Salad$14.00

                                guindilla peppers, boquerones, olives, manchego, anchovy dressing

                                • Baby Beet Salad$13.00

                                  rocket greens, smoked blue cheese, hazelnuts, chardonnay vinaigrette

                                  • Wild Mushrooms$10.00

                                    garlic, shallots, sherry, olive oil

                                    • Patatas Bravas$11.00

                                      roasted garlic aioli, bravas sauce

                                      Entrée's

                                      • Basque Style Seabass$34.00

                                        artichokes, piperade sauce

                                        • Beef Short Rib$32.00

                                          heirloom carrots, parsnip puree, bordelaise sauce

                                          • Braised Beef Cheeks (Signature Dish)$29.00

                                            potato puree, seasonal mushrooms, red wine reduction

                                            • Black Truffle Pasta$40.00

                                              wild mushrooms, asiago cream

                                              • 12 oz Westholme F1 Rib Eye*$85.00

                                                (served cooked to order) chimichurri

                                                • 4 oz Miyazaki A5 Wagyu New York*$110.00

                                                  (served cooked to order) smoked sea salt

                                                  Paella's

                                                  • Vegetables Paella$40.00

                                                    artichoke, mushrooms, peas, piquillo peppers

                                                    • Paella Mixta$48.00

                                                      chicken, shrimp, lamb merguez

                                                      • Squid Ink Paella$45.00

                                                        Cuttlefish, crispy shallots

                                                        • Seafood Paella$56.00

                                                          mussels, shrimp, lobster

                                                          Last updated: May 8, 2022

                                                          What 409 people are saying

                                                          Overall ratings and reviews

                                                          Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                                          4.3
                                                          4.3 based on recent ratings
                                                          • 4.1Food
                                                          • 4.3Service
                                                          • 4.3Ambience
                                                          • 3.8Value

                                                          NoiseModerate

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                                                          1. k

                                                            kevinr

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined 6 days ago

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Some amazing food all around, the ceviche and papas bravas were amazing and the steak was heaven.

                                                          2. DC

                                                            DaniC

                                                            1 review

                                                            4.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                            overall4food3service5ambience4

                                                            It was a lovely ambiance but the food did not feel worth the price

                                                          3. MC

                                                            MayC

                                                            1 review

                                                            3.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                            overall3food2service4ambience2

                                                            I loved the yucca frita dish, beet salad and braised beef cheeks. The paella was not good.

                                                          4. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            The server was great, the food was great!

                                                          5. JG

                                                            JoseG

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Appetizers,drinks were great had a great time with my wife in on the patio..

                                                          6. ME

                                                            MaryamE

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on April 29, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            The food and services were terrific. The restaurant atmosphere was terrific. I wish some loud clients would let others enjoy their time.

                                                          7. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            The food was amazing, and the drinks were delicious!! It was a perfect place to celebrate the occasion!

                                                          8. MC

                                                            MichaelC

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            4.0

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                            overall4food4service5ambience3

                                                            Good food, good service. Very noise, even less than half full. needs to cover the hard walls.

                                                          9. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            Portland

                                                            5 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            4.0

                                                            5 reviews

                                                            Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                            overall4food5service2ambience3

                                                            Absolutely excellent food. There was not one thing that wasn’t delicious. Prices were reasonable. The ambience is just OK as it does definitely feel like you’re eating out in a hotel courtyard but it’s not bad. The server was just OK. We were laughing a lot and she didn’t seem to have a sense of humor but that’s not her fault necessarily. She didn’t really come by too much I think she didn’t like us as guests. Anyway aside from all that I really loved the food and the cocktails were great too. If you don’t mind eating outside in a courtyard, you will enjoy this experience!

                                                          10. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            Sacramento

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            2.0

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            Dined on April 3, 2022

                                                            overall2food2service4ambience4

                                                            Baseed on the menu, both description and price point, and the location, I would expect a quality meal…. The food was ok, nothing special. The food was kind of bland, salad had too much vinegar, the horchata ice cream was delicious, but I’ve gotten better churros from the Mexican drive through up the street.

                                                          11. CG

                                                            CarolinaG

                                                            1 review

                                                            4.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on March 27, 2022

                                                            overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                            We ordered the mushrooms, octopus and charcuterie board. The octopus was so tender and delicious and went well with the mushrooms.

                                                          12. SM

                                                            ShrutiM

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on March 26, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Very nice ambience and tasty food. Limited veggie options. Cocktails not that great.

                                                          13. M

                                                            Mansku

                                                            1 review

                                                            3.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on March 25, 2022

                                                            overall3food2service5ambience5

                                                            Overall place was alright. Nice atmosphere. Was expecting much more flavor and elegance from the food. Pretty mundane.

                                                          14. BT

                                                            BillyTheKid

                                                            Seattle

                                                            4 reviews

                                                            4.0

                                                            4 reviews

                                                            Dined on March 25, 2022

                                                            overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                            The food and service were amazing! It was nice out so we wanted to sit in the courtyard, unfortunately, there was some function going on at the other end which was noisy until they left. Other then that the experience was awesome!

                                                          15. L

                                                            Lilalondres3

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            10 reviews

                                                            3.0

                                                            10 reviews

                                                            Dined on March 13, 2022

                                                            overall3food2service3ambience2

                                                            Service was ok. Ambience too quiet and boring. Food was ok nothing worth the price. The charcuterie board had a few cheeses from Costco a few pieces of meats awfully arranged and some crackers. No olives or nuts! The churros were so bad, I honestly felt embarrassed for the restaurant. I would not recommend or come back here.

                                                          16. g

                                                            garth66

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            Dined on March 4, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                            The food was excellent and exceeded our expectations! And our waiter was friendly and helpful. We will definitely be back!

                                                          17. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            Central Coast

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            3.0

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            Dined on February 28, 2022

                                                            overall3food3service4ambience3

                                                            Good food, did not blow me away. Pretty odd menu. It wasn’t very Spanish inspired and I’d expect tapas. Some dishes a little too pricy.? Lovely water fountain but very noisy, maybe use a mesh material for the tenting and some sound proofing to help lower noise echoing in the restaurant

                                                          18. CL

                                                            CourtneyL

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            4.0

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            Dined on February 27, 2022

                                                            overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                            The food, service and ambiance was great but we went on a Friday night at 8:30pm so as the bar 10ft away filled up, people started to spill over into the outdoor seating area, being loud and drunk. I would go much earlier if you want a quiet dinner, are having a get together, or have little ones. The water feature in the middle of the outdoor seating is also quite loud but it’s kind of relaxing since it’s water, but if you’re seated right next to it, be prepared to speak up! Everything the server recommended was delicious, definitely try the beef cheeks, shrimp and sea bass! Will be back!

                                                          19. A

                                                            Anja

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            14 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            4.0

                                                            14 reviews

                                                            Dined on February 17, 2022

                                                            overall4food3service4ambience3

                                                            The water fountain is very loud, the food ok, the service friendly. The location has a lot of potential.

                                                          20. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            Dined on February 13, 2022

                                                            overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                            Great food if you love tapas

                                                          21. e

                                                            era1

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            1 review

                                                            4.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on January 25, 2022

                                                            overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                            Pleasant, friendly service. Ordered their signature braised beef cheeks dish, highly recommend. The Lolla Rosa salad is also a plus. For seafood, we got the Lobster Arancini, liked that the corn covered the base of the dish, though since its more like a deep fried dumpling, couldnt really taste the lobster. Overall, excellent location and service but for the food I'd give 4 stars

                                                          22. EM

                                                            ErickM

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            1 review

                                                            1.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on January 23, 2022

                                                            overall1food1service1ambience4

                                                            for the price very disappointing the quality

                                                          23. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            Dined on January 21, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Everyone was very gracious and hospitable. Our server, Nemours, was kind and conscientious. The atmosphere was serene and relaxing,

                                                          24. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            6 reviews

                                                            3.0

                                                            6 reviews

                                                            Dined on January 16, 2022

                                                            overall3food3service4ambience4

                                                            Octopus and Black truffle pasta were good. The rest of the menu was mediocre.

                                                          25. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            Dined on January 15, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Food is getting better and better here! Everything is delicious and Service is outstanding as usual. We love this hidden gem in Santa Row. Thank you.

                                                          26. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            3 reviews

                                                            3.0

                                                            3 reviews

                                                            Dined on January 11, 2022

                                                            overall3food4service1ambience3

                                                            Waitress disappeared as soon as she put down the food!

                                                          27. VN

                                                            ValerieN

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            10 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            4.0

                                                            10 reviews

                                                            Dined on January 7, 2022

                                                            overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                            our server recommended several dishes that turned out to be amazing! there were limited dessert options (2) neither of which lended themselves to someone with a diary allergy, but aside from that, we loved the food and ambiance!

                                                          28. V

                                                            Vivian

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on December 24, 2021

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            We really loved the service and the food. Everything was delicious and the staff were very nice and attentive. Such a great night will definitely come back

                                                          29. KP

                                                            KimP

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            1 review

                                                            2.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on December 18, 2021

                                                            overall2food2service3ambience3

                                                            Food was disappointing for the amount of money we spent. Service was decent, but wouldn't come back for the food or even the drinks. Only for the ambiance really...

                                                          30. LJ

                                                            LowellJ

                                                            Baton Rouge

                                                            25 reviews

                                                            4.0

                                                            25 reviews

                                                            Dined on December 7, 2021

                                                            overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                            We were looking for a Tapas place and this was promoted as such … it had few tapas plates and what they did have were pricey. The server was a delight and food good.

                                                          31. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on December 5, 2021

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Graduation

                                                          32. j

                                                            justcallmepj

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            21 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            4.0

                                                            21 reviews

                                                            Dined on December 1, 2021

                                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                            I went for the first time last night with a friend and the peaceful outdoor courtyard inside Hotel Valencia was a nice relief from the holiday bustle down below. The service was great and so was the food. We shared the short ribs, Gambas al Ajillo, padron peppers and Patatas Bravas. The first three dishes were outstanding. The patatas bravas could have been spicier and they were lukewarm. Still tasty, but that's the only suggestion we might have. We will definitely be back.

                                                          33. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on November 27, 2021

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Great experience! Great food and service. Come reserve a table and you’ll see.

                                                          34. ST

                                                            SatisfyThePalate

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            10 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            10 reviews

                                                            Dined on November 27, 2021

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Every dish was scrumptious. The amount was generous for tapas. Our server was greAt too. You have to try the beef cheeks!

                                                          35. l

                                                            liliana

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            3 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            3 reviews

                                                            Dined on November 24, 2021

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                            Went with my girlfriends and had a great time last night. The food was delicious and the waiter was so nice. We will definitely come back again!

                                                          36. s

                                                            sansan

                                                            Chicago

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on November 21, 2021

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Wish there was latin music to put us in a happy vibe . But excellent all around

                                                          37. AS

                                                            AnneS

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on November 21, 2021

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Everything exceeded our expectations, from the food to the waitstaff. One of the best date nights my husband and I have had in a long time! We will definitely come back.

                                                          38. DZ

                                                            DaisyZ

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on November 20, 2021

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Waterfall was great distraction for our toddler. There was a special happy birthday ice cream bowl for our kid which is a great surprise

                                                          39. m

                                                            myc94563

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            2.0

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            Dined on November 19, 2021

                                                            overall2food2service3ambience2

                                                            This restaurant needs a new chef. Food are basic and not even close to Spanish tapas

                                                          40. TL

                                                            TimL

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on November 13, 2021

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Our server was super friendly and helpful! Recommended delicious dishes sand everything that came out was beautifully presented and tasted delicious! Highly recommend and will be back!

                                                          Safety precautions

                                                          • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                                            • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                                            • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                                            • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                                            • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                                                          • Physical distancing

                                                            • Limited number of seated diners
                                                            • Distancing maintained in common areas
                                                            • Extra space between tables
                                                          • Protective equipment

                                                            • Waitstaff wear masks
                                                            • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
                                                          • Screening

                                                            • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                                                          FAQs

                                                          Oveja Negra is rated 4.3 stars by 409 OpenTable diners.

                                                          Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                                          Booked 15 times today
                                                          Google Map for Oveja Negra

                                                          355 Santana Row (Located on third floor of Hotel Valencia Santana Row) San Jose, CA 95128

                                                          Additional information

                                                          • Cross street

                                                            Located on third floor of Hotel Valencia Santana Row.

                                                          • Neighborhood

                                                            San Jose

                                                          • Hours of operation

                                                            Dinner Mon–Sat 5:30 pm–9:30 pm

                                                          • Cuisines

                                                            Tapas / Small Plates, Californian, Farm-to-table

                                                          • Dining style

                                                            Casual Elegant

                                                          • Dress code

                                                            Business Casual

                                                          • Parking details

                                                            Public Lot

                                                          • Payment options

                                                            AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

                                                          • Executive chef

                                                            Paul Rohadfox

                                                          • Additional

                                                            Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                                          • Phone number

                                                            (408) 423-5400

                                                          • Private party facilities

                                                            Oveja Negra can accommodate up to 100 guests for restaurant buyout and the private dining room can accommodate up to 22 guests comfortably with a big screen TV for presentation.

                                                          • Private party contact

                                                            Ali Mir: (844) 521-4720

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