Oveja Negra

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165 reviews
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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.
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San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We decided to try because of the 35 oz tomahawk steak for $49 special on Tuesdays. Other food on the menu are tapa style. There are 5 of us, we ordered 2 steaks and its cooked perfectly and well worth the value but the tapas turned out very expensive. Some of the tapas are good but some are just ok. I recommend to go in just for the steak and may be the brussel sprouts and chicken dumplings.

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FL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went on a Monday night and was surprised once again with the outstanding cuisine and service. Our group of 4 started out with the Tiger Prawns and the Braised short ribs. Both were a hit! I highly recommend the braised short ribs, the tenderness and the flavor were perfect. We followed that up with a Tomahawk steak and a bottle of Cabernet and that was just the perfect amount of food and wine for us! I highly recommend Oveja Negra for any occasion!

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MG
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall the Service is Great, dining Area is spacious and comfortable. Only criticism is that the food is Just an okay-good, good but nothing Great and spectacular. The seafood Paella was the most lackluster, not really a Paella at all. It had no socarrat, the caramelized crunchy rice at the bottom of the pan, that makes Paella amazing - and its robust flavor. However, it was my first time there and would try again.

Oveja Negra
Responded 6 days ago

Hello MathewG, Thank you for joining us for dinner last Friday! Please come back soon and try the Tiger Prawns in a mild coconut curry broth, it is one of my all time favorites. We will be changing the menu seasonally and we always have some amazing options. We look forward to serving you in the future. Thank You, Jonathan

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Our waiter took our food order then never came back for our drink order. The paella was super small and overpriced as it was the size of a personal pizza. The rice was eh , but the seafood was pretty good. The octopus was pretty bland and not that good for the price. After our waiter realized his mistake, he was awkward and kept lingering to make sure we didn’t want anything else. Overall, I would NOT go back as it was not that good.

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IV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Food was really not up to par. Pellaja tasted pre-made and terrible. Worst flight of wines ever had. Sangria tasted just like it came from a cheap brand mix.

The ambience of the place is pretty classy.

Service was at the level of an IHOP but it is no fault of the servers. They have not been trained to serve at a classy hotel restaurant.

This restaurant has been totally mismanaged. Not sure why they would take a beautiful place like this and put in a non experienced chef and no dining floor management but a few inexperienced servers.

Oveja Negra
Responded 6 days ago

Hello IVANK, Thank you for dining with us and providing your feedback. We are truly sorry to hear your experience did not match our goal. We will review this information in hopes of making improvements in the future. Thank You, Jonathan

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

It was a very bright room with no intimacy. The service was not exceptional nor was it welcoming. The food was very good but not a place for a date. I wasn’t a

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SL
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Service was good but overall feel and decor of the restaurant was lacking. Located in the Valencia hotel on Santana Row one would expect a more polished decor and space. The restaurant felt empty and unfinished. Understand it's casual small plate Tapas but the look made the meal and experience feel cheap and not worth the price of the food. Food was ok, not great. Won't be going back.

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D
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Very noisy. Server forgot to bring vegetable dish. Passport only offered 20% discount. Would not return

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DL
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Service was great. The meatballs and crab Mac and cheese were amazing. The veggie kabob not worth ordering IMO.

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FL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This hidden gem in Santana Row is one of my favorite restaurants in Silicon Valley. The ambience is not too loud, not too quiet and with a perfect mix of delicious plates and a great cocktail selection, Oveja Negra will not disappoint!

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Y
London
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Service was below average, food was ok. Reasonable prices. We would only recommend this place in warmer seasons when you can sit outside in the courtyard

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JM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, good service. Not exactly what I was looking for in Spanish Tapas but it was close. However, the food was yasty!!!

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M
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite hidden gem

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DD
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

This was a last-minute decision. Our experience was similar to many reviews I read prior to making a reservation. The restaurant is located in the Valencia Hotel but if you didn't know beforehand it might take you a while to find it. Even when we arrived at the hotel entrance we didn't see any obvious signage so I had to remember where to go from one of the reviews. They must miss out on a lot of foot traffic opportunities. The main dining area is sparsely decorated but that's not an issue for me. Only a few people dining there at 7 PM on a Monday (President's Day). Menu is somewhat small but for the 2 of us there were enough choices. Lamb Barbacoa is their signature dish and it was delicious. (We were told that a new signature dish would be replacing it in the near future so order it now.) They really should give you more than 2 small tortillas but you can buy more if needed. Crab Mac and Cheese was a little bland even with the Hot Cheetos dust but I appreciated the chunks of crab. The Tiger Prawns were good and my wife enjoyed the dish even though she typically does not care for shellfish. The Truffle Mushroom Ariancinis were good too...just make sure to eat them while they're still hot/warm. Alison was our server and was very attentive and friendly. The hostess failed to notice that we were there to celebrate a birthday (noted when making the reservation) but Alison found out after we had already finished our dessert...the S'more, which was SO good...and apologized, informing us that if she knew they would have done the whole candle and singing thing. They did comp the dessert though which was a bonus. Overall, we were pleasantly surprised and thoroughly enjoyed our impromptu dinner. Prices were a little on the high side but that's what you have to expect on Santana Row, right? Thank you!

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DB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

It was Valentine’s Day with a pre-fix menu at $130 per person, so naturally we expected something better than average. Disappointed. The food was better than ok, not fabulous... it what ruined it was that we we’re TOTALLY RUSHED for no reason because there were plenty of open seats. It was a five course meal that happened in 46 minutes from the moment we sat down to the moment we left walked out the door. That’s rushing! If it had been an appetizer, meal, dessert (3 courses)... 45-60 is great. But it was Valentines Day and a 5 course meal. Our waitress was very sweet but my God... :(

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W
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was the Valentines menu. We really like the staff there, very friendly. The food was really good. This is a New Mexican cuisine. Great with the bubblies

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service! Our server Natalie was very nice! The food was good! Please remember, this is a tapas place, it is good for date night or shared plates!

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H
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Really disappointed. I read the rave reviews and expected a really lovely dining experience. I couldn't say the food was bad - it definitely wasn't bad, but not worth the price. I found the whole experience, overall, unmemorable. I found the waitstaff to be awkward and the ambiance severely lacking. Don't bother going here - there are other tapas restaurants with far more enjoyable atmospheres and better food.

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C
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

The menu is pretty limited, the only green thing is the bridle sprout appitizer which makes for slim pickings for a balanced meal. The dishes are fine, nothing exceptional. The atmosphere of the place is pretty dead, not just on a Saturday night, just doesn't feel very inviting. If I'd staying at hotel I'd venture out to one of the many nearby choices that are excellent.

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OT
San Francisco
93 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The food and service was fantastic. However, unless you’re seated in the back dining room where the surrounding is warm, the rest of the restaurant is super bare and too bright with the naked walls, no plants, no deco, and bright fluorescent lights glaring from the bar/kitchen area.

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CC
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was exceptional and service was good. The setting and decor is very minimalist. For the price of it I did expect to be surrounded by more fine decor. The chairs were not comfortable at all. Very basic interior design if any at all.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good tasty food. Tapas. Different. Good service good values. Wine excellent.

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SG
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Vegetarian food was not well prepared - the dishes lacked flavor and creativity.

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NS
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, food is excellent and the service is great.

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S
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Bland food and incorrect assumption by the waitress on how much food we needed to order to feed everyone. This made everyone unhappy as we had to re-order and wait for the food again.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m still waiting for a bad experience here. My 4th time coming since August and every time the food is amazing. The menu is always interesting and the server (forgot his name) is on top of his game. This place is always a nice change up from Santana rows other usual suspects. Definitely recommend trying it out

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I brought a date here and i would have to admit it was a perfect location. The restaurant is very quite unlike other restaurants which makes it very enjoyable to have a conversation. The food was tasty and our sever was attentive with a nice demeanor.

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A
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a mother daughter meal here on a Wednesday night. Extremely nice staff and it was good food but the restaurant was empty! It definitely misses out on the foot traffic of Santana Row.

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MK
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were at the Cine Arts movie theaters at Santana Row and wanted to have dinner close by after the show. Decided to try Oveja Negra and we were so glad we did. The lamb barbacoa was so tender and flavorful! The prawns in coconut curry was subtle and delicious! The drinks were perfect and so was the service. Very attentive, informative, easy going and pleasant! Would definitely recommend this place and am looking forward to going back!

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BG
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve eaten most food items on this menu now and have not been disappointed by anything, including the desserts! Tapas is a ‘sharing’ food serving style for those who don’t know. Plate portions here are in ‘threes’ usually, so when couples are dining you’ll have one extra morsel to fight over. Groups of four can ask for portions to be increased by one (for a wee bit more $$). Five or more and just start ordering extra plates. Don’t worry you still be fighting over those extra morsels.

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LC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Delish! It was a little cold outside and a bit dark for evening dining. However, it was my dining companion's choice (I would have stayed inside). Service was good, but they seemed somewhat understaffed.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I decided to start doing date nights to synchronize our busy schedules. This was our first one, and it was wonderful. All of the dishes, plus the dessert, were amazing. The wine markup was a bit much, but aside from that, a perfect evening out.

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M
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love coming to Oveja negra. Staff and management always make us feel like we are in the first class section of the plane. Chef always adding some nice new additions to the menu. We love the Tapas theme and the vibe of this place.

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f
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We were seated indoors in a very nondescript bland room. The outside seating looked more interesting but there was no space available, even though we had a reservation.

The food is too expensive for the portions and taste. I wouldn't go back.

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S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Amazing service and food. The steak was phenomenal. Had dinner for four and was perfect setting.

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KS
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The signature dish was excellent! We also ordered the brussel sprouts and loved those as well.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very vibrant atmosphere, but quiet enough for good conversations. The food is always fresh and unique. The s’mores dessert is definitely the crowning jewel!

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San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Understand this is a small plates/tapas restaurant, but some of the dishes here are very small for the price, only about one quarter of a rack of ribs and 5 broccolini. There were a good amount of party wings, though (8 - 10 party wings, good size). Good amount of brussel sprouts, but they were charred.

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RG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was a good find for dinner and possibly for lunch as well. We had an early, 6:30, reservation for dinner and the place was not crowded. Quiet and pleasant with a good outdoor space. Good for conversation and enough tables for couples and groups. We sat outdoors so I can only speak to that. It began to pick up around 9 p.m. Remained fine. We all agreed it was a good experience.

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OT
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great find, had a great time so don't understand the few critical reviews.. maybe the diners were having a bad day. interesting food, good value/service/setting. can't wait to go again!

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