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About Oveja Negra

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.

355 Santana Row (Located on third floor of Hotel Valencia Santana Row)
San Jose, CA 95128
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Tapas / Small Plates, Californian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm

Cross Street:
Located on third floor of Hotel Valencia Santana Row

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

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

Phone Number:
(408) 423-5400

Website:
http://www.ovejanegrasj.com/

Parking Details:
Complimentary valet parking for Oveja Negra patrons. Free self-parking is also available.

Executive Chef:
Ocean Orssten contact at oorssten@valenciagroup.com

Private Party Facilities:
Oveja Negra Restaurant can accommodate private parties of up to 100 people.

Private Party Contact:
Jonathan Whitwell: (408) 423-5415

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Private Party Events
Please contact Ali Mir, Restaurant Manager, at amir@valenciagroup.com

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Mon - Fri 5:00PM - 6:30PM

Oveja Negra Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

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4.0

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69% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (12)
Tapas (11)
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Fit for Foodies (7)
Good for a Date (7)
Good for Groups (5)
Romantic (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Authentic (4)
Fun (4)
Business Meals (3)
Casual (3)
Cozy (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
People Watching (1)
Spicy (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined a day ago

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 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

Tags: Hot Spot, Tapas, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 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.

Tags: Tapas
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·Dined on October 14, 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!

Tags: People Watching
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Loved entire experience

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Uninspiring food. Amateur service. Definitely not worth the money

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·Dined on September 26, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

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

Tags: Hot Spot, Healthy, Special Occasion, Authentic, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Cozy, Good for a Date, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on September 16, 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Very limited choices on menu. Most dishes sounded creative but we didn't think the creativity was good combinations of ingredients. The signature barbacoa was the best among the 4 items we ordered but nothing to write home about. CAMARONES A LA DIABLA SOPES was like fusion Mexican food. There was only one prawn with a handful of little shrimps. It tasted ok but we expected better at the price of $22. We wanted to try BLACK SESAME SPÄTZLE but we were told they were out after waiting for a long time. We had the heirloom tomato salad instead. There were slices of tomatoes (about one medium size) and peaches (about half of a large peach), few sticks of jicama, few pieces of fig (about a small fig), few dollops of mozzarella mixture, and a few tiny chopped candied ginger. Presentation was not impressive and we could not say it was delicious. After that we decided not to order anything else but dessert because we were disappointed with all the above dishes and nothing else on the menu looked good to us. We shared the hazelnut passion fruit tart. We were thinking fruit tarts from bakeries. It was not even close. I can't explain it but we got a slice of rectangular shaped something... with one stroke of passion fruit creme on the plate and something else which I don't remember what was on the plate. The slice of rectangular shaped thing (possibly made with hazelnut nut combined with other ingredients) was so hard. We literally had to dig our forks in and pry to break it apart. Passion fruit was puree with something to get the creme form and was extremely tart!!! So we misunderstood the passion fruit tart as a fruit tart. It means "tart" = "sour". And we only tasted passion fruit in this one tiny stroke of sour creme. The server came by to make sure we liked the dessert. When I demonstrated how hard it was to break it apart, he apologized and took the dessert out of our bill. That was good service I say. All in all, with limited choice and not tasty food, we won't go back!

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Food was delicious tapas-style so shareable. Service was excellent.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Really interesting and tasty food combinations! A nice spot for a quiet date night. It's off the main street of Santana Row in the hotel so definitely a quieter ambiance. The outdoor patio is lovely and the inside is very chic.

Tags: Tapas, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

our experience here was really nice, our waiter, Andreas (sp) was awesome, most of the food was amazing, our New York Steak however was waaaay overcooked (expensive) the wine list was great, ambience was awesome

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Over priced, we ordered a small bowl of steam rice for side dish and it was uncooked , still have to pay $8 for that half cooked rice . Foie gras with doughnut was a weird combination, it was too sweet !

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Horrible service.
Food was good. Probably will not go back

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Quiet, small tapas small menu

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·Dined on August 20, 2017

Dishes were hit and miss. Definitely have the barbacoa and the white peach salad. Service was excellent!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2017

The food was fabulous and so was the wine. Our server Neimour was attentive and cheerful. There were several vegetarian options. And the signature lamb dish was excellent!!

Tags: Tapas, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Great food but unfortunately the service was horrible. Our waiter forgot about us and was bar tending instead of waiting on our table. Price is a little high but the food was awesome

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Excellent place for couples! Love the romantic scenery and ambient! Great Tapas; they were tasty. 😋

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Tapas, Romantic, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 15, 2017

We all enjoyed the food (which had very unusual combinations of ingredients) and thought it was very tasty. The 4 of us ordered 6 small dishes although we found 5 dishes would've been enough. We did however have enough room for their yummy chocolate dessert and last but not least our server Richard was very attentive and personable, making our evening more memorable. Also a shout out to Sasha, who never let out water glasses go dry.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Spicy
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

Oveja Negra is a great place! The food was awesome and we really enjoyed the evening. The final bill came out less than we expected, which is always a nice surprise. I'd recommend this place to anyone who likes to try new dishes rather than the same old, same old. Very creative and delicious.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Enjoyed new favors will try again. Not many Spanish wines to select from. Peach and jicama salad awesome, lobster enchilada was nice, some super waffle dish was to die for. Enjoyed the dinner and overnight at the Valencia Hotel

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 23, 2017

The food was excellent and service was amazing. Very nice for a small party

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 21, 2017

We got our drinks and waited 40 minutes before we gave up on the food. Our waiter was very apologetic and we met with the manager. We watched several tables get food. When we gave up we had finished our cocktails and no one had come by.

The worst part was this was our Anniversary and this event marred our enjoyment.

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 (Denver)·Dined on July 14, 2017

The food was creative in an amazing courtyard setting. Fortunately I had great company as the service was terribly slow. 2 hours for delivery of 4 Tapas/Small Plates on a slow Friday evening doesn't cut it. The server and manager comped a free round but please step up your game.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Quality of food needs to be improved.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Went here for a birthday dinner. The food was good. Some dishes were better than others.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 1, 2017

My boyfriend and I really liked the ambience.. it was quiet but not tooooo quiet. Just quiet enough to wear you can hear each other talk but still have a private conversation. We LOVED the Thai basil fried rice.. so good! We both ordered the New York steak which was very flavorful and a good full sized portion. The smores dessert was the bomb too!! I recommend the rosemary cocktail it was super refreshing.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 26, 2017

Loved the ambience, sangria was good, 50-50 on the tapas and selects.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Every dish we tried there was exceptional and the cocktails looked great and tasted even better.

Tags: Tapas, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Very good flavors, portions are good to share between 2, not more and you would need around 4 to feel fully fed. The surroundings did not inspire for a romantic first date, was good for a friends get together. The food was especially tasty, could feel pricey though if you are hungry!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Always want to try something new - - the risk is the food will not be satisfying. The waiter was very helpful and steered us through the menu. The food was extremely disappointing. The shrimp dish had a total of 2 overcooked (burnt) whole shrimp - not enough & very poor tasting. The cauliflower dish was dry and tasteless - it needed a nice dip or topping. The lobster enchilada is a great idea poorly executed - get rid of the shell and simply stuff the lobster in the darn enchilada (also overcooked & dry). Blackened brussel sprouts need to be cooked through - these were hard and overly chewy like tough leather (even though we asked to have them softened). The server was great, but we will not return.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 7, 2017

Place was almost empty. Cauliflower pakora made instead with broccoli. Baked cheese appetizer with grilled cheese on top but the bottom had still cold unmelted cheese. The special of the house was barbacoa. Nice presentation and sauce was good but the meat was 1/3 a blob of fat. Also the day she is for sharing for two and you only get 2 tortillas. We asked for extra tortillas which came 10min later. The shrimp sol had only 2 shrimp. To make up for your he food mistakes we were offered a free desert. 30 minutes later they forgot about the dessert
At least the wine was good so they must know how to store the wine.
Clearly not coming back. Waste of $100
Place is empty and pretentious so maybe it is OK for a business dinner where you want lo talk not just entertain

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Some dishes are way better than others. The lobster enchilada and the Kampacha Kitfo were outstanding. The popcorn chicken is really a novelty - lots of popcorn, a little skimpy on the chicken. The S'mores desert is to die for! Service was outstanding and the location in Santana Row is perfect.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 2, 2017

I understand it is Tapas but the food took so long to get. Food was good and the portion was okay.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 27, 2017

This was one of the best restaurants in the San Jose/Santa Clara County I have ever been to. Each dish was unique and delicious, all within a moderate price. The ambience and overall atmosphere was comfortable and welcoming. The service was professional, friendly, and knowledgeable. I am very impressed and will definitely come back the next time I'm in town.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Fun, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Tapas
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