Oveja Negra

4.3
359 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.

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
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
What 359 people are saying
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vipSamm
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not worth it. The ambiance has totally changed, mainly due to COVID. But the elegance is gone. Feels like sitting in a cheap patio. Grate iron chairs and tables.....a very expensive picnic.

Service is terrible. Ordered food and didn't get a repeat visit from our server until we were done. Not a "How is the food?" Or even "Would you like another drink?" Save your money and head to another restaurant on Santana Row.

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Host is really nice but server and runners not so good. Food runner and server keep making me rice for my food they drop it off on the other side when it’s just to of us and place is not busy. Glassware was cloudy and handprints. My beef cheek has so much fat and meat is so sticky and has no flavor. Only thing good about the plate was the mashed potato but everything else is tasteless.

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MatthewV
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was okay. Presentation of each dish was nice, but food didn't seem to have any soul to it.

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vipSJTraveller
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful find! The tables are sparsely placed in the hotel's beautiful courtyard. all the food items we ordered were delicious.

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JeremyL
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

There are not a ton of very good Tapas restaurants in San Jose. Oveja Negra was a surprising hit. The Lobster Arancini were fantastic as was the caramelized Cauliflower dish. A very traditional garlic shrimp dish was elevated by a sauce that was emulsified rather than just bubbling butter or oil and garlic.

The restaurant is hard to find, located inside the Hotel Valencia in Santana Row on the third floor. Two areas that I could improve: one, the menu is a little complicated in that some dishes are dinner portions and others are tapas but they are not labeled. The waitress did a great job of explaining which dishes were entrée portions and which ones were tapas, but I think you should be able to discern that from the menu itself. Also, the restaurant in a courtyard, which while beautiful can get chilly even with the heaters. I was cold as we went later in the evening and not knowing it was outside, I would have brought a jacket.

Not cheap but not expensive, worth a visit.

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vipIvan
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service! I highly recommend!

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NiloyS
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience1

Great service but food was wanting and ambience was wanting as well. Too much salt in all their dishes. Limited menu.

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halamadrid
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Where can I start? The name of the restaurant is "Oveja Negra" but the logo has a RAM in it (Cabra in Spanish) Wrong animal, just like the dishes trying to pass as Spanish tapas.
Have been borne in Spain and traveling home every year, I get it! It is hard to replicate the real Spanish dishes. But common! make a bigger effort to sever the real deal. The Gambas al Ajillo are far, far from the real deal. The Fideua dish is a total insult to Barcelona.
I'm sorry but I'm not coming back until I hear you guys are serving the real deal. Or maybe I return as a consultant. Please do not destroy the best food in the world like that.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First, the food was amazing! We started with the cauliflower dish, which we ate up and then moved on to the halibut and the truffle pasta. The halibut melted in our mouths and the pasta had the perfect amount of truffle. Our waiter was on it with the drinks and the food came out quickly. I’ll definitely be heading back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food!! We will be back!

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NazJ
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience4

The menu was very short and overpriced. We ended getting drinks (cocktails) that we didn’t like and leaving without eating. There wasn’t anything on the menu that looked appealing. We ended up going to left bank for dinner instead.

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JohnW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It's a beautiful venue with delicious food and a delightful ambience.
Signage at the street level could be a bit better

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Limey
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great meal out door location excellent.

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vipfirsttimer
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

First time there, got busy quick and took a while to check on us for drinks but overall food was great!

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JoyceR
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server was attentive and engaging. Our food was delicious. The ambience was perfect- especially for outdoor service.

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JohnV
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

It seems like ON is still reseting following the COVID lockdown. The seating was very odd with only two 2 person tables along the window close to the kitchen so it was quite noisy. Food was still pretty good and the service did the best it could although it seemed a bit in disarray. A way to go to getting back to the great experience I had there in the past.

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Kimbacat
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We tried many dishes; everything was tasty.

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vipRileyS
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great restaurant and had some of the best tapas

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sushil
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Please don’t look at the menu online. It is nothing what you see on the menu at the restaurant. This suppose to have Tapas as it claims online, but not a single dish on the menu that has Tapas. Very disappointed since we drove 1 1/2 to eat dinner and no Tapas.

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CaAz
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lovely tapas dinner. The food and wine were great. Dined outside on the patio. Will definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

An absolute disaster.
Service was horrible, food was not good at all. The menu that’s online is not the real one.
Expensive, not worthy

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ValerieC
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good place for a date night. The signature dish (braised beef cheeks ) was delicious. The salad offering and charcuterie are must have for starters. The cocktail we liked the best was the Blanca Sangria. The churro for dessert was a delight. The service was a bit strained ( I think they were a bit understaffed) but still friendly and attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I enjoyed the place, and environment. Service was good, and we were happy about that. However I think there was not much variety of food in the menu, and everything was expensive on menus, also when I got my food it was super cold. However my friends and I enjoyed the place.

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AllyC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I have been dining at oveja Negra , menu has not changed for a long time , considering they have very limited menu . For the value and the food , it’s alright average

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viplaura
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

small menu, food ok not great
was disappointed though our waiter was super nice

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DanR
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

The food was not memorable. The cocktails were very nice.

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Brad
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The sea bass was amazing. Ambiance was great, and the staff was super friendly

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mariap
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

great food and really nice outdoor seating. Quite secluded so not lots of people

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OlgaM
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere, service is slow and not much involvement, but they gave us free dessert without us asking for it! We had 6 people dinner. It was a great value for the money and very good experience overall.

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MomOfThree
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent portion sizes. Food came out quickly. Food was tasty. Good selection.

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Josh
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had dinner with my father and he was very impressed with the courtyard, food, and service. It is a beautiful open space that had tables spaced out far from each other. The menu is small, but complex in the options they offer. The items were priced well and not too overly expensive. Service was attentive to make sure we experienced a wonderful dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good tapas

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was good. Service was slow. I don't know if they were understaff. The servers were friendly though.

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AngyC
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff are knowledgeable of the menu and helpful. The prices are decent for an upscale tapas restaurant, and the portions are large enough to share with others. The food is well worth the cost, particularly the shrimp.

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AlanT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Always enjoyed spending time with family & friends. Just a little disappointed due to pandemic.
Ofcourse, we’ll come back again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was pretty smooth. Restaurant was friendly

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BryanD
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My date and I had an amazing dinner and the quiet setting allowed for some great conversation and comfort.

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JulieW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was absolutely delicious and we really enjoyed ourselves!!

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vipNone
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Friendly service!

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Elaine
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Poor quality of wagyu Wagyu and the taste is not what you expected

FAQs

Oveja Negra is rated 4.3 stars by 359 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.