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Oveja Negra, San Jose, CA

Oveja Negra

4.3
4.3
469 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

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

Experiences

  • Valentine's Dinner

    $150.00 per person

    Feb 11 - Feb 14, 2023
    Hotel Valencia Santana Row Valentine's Dinner is designed for a maximum of only two people at every table and will exude romance in this special ambiance for the evening. Our Valentine's Day dinner menu has been thoughtfully prepared to delight the palate of you and your Valentine. Your dinner promptly begins at the designated start time and with your choice of selections. Tax and gratuity are conveniently included.

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What 469 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
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. NH

    NancyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have a wonderful birthday celebration for our daughter last night at Oveja Negra (3rd floor of the Valencia Hotel, Santana Row, San Jose). With family health considerations, we decided to make a reservation when the restaurant opened for dinner. We were able to get a table somewhat isolated in our own little nook. The restaurant is relatively small, but it doesn't feel cramped. There is a nice enclosed area for large parties as well. We appreciated being seated early and the wait staff was most attentive and friendly, checking indiscreetly several times to see how we were pacing our meal. Our waiter checked to make sure everything was good and our waters were refilled as needed. Drinks and food were promptly served. Everything was most delicious! We had three in our party and enjoyed the small plates of wonderfully seasoned sautéed mushrooms and the paratas bravas potatoes. For entrees, we recommend with confidence the sea bass (had lots of artichokes to accompany it), vegetable paella and a pasta dish with black truffles. Among the three, the pasta was my least favorite, but still good. My only objection is I felt it should be less expensive, but the truffles adds to the cost. The other prices were reasonable and appropriate, especially the small plates. Quantities were generous, particularly the paella with plenty to share and leftovers besides. The sea bass was the best I've ever tasted. Also recommend the fresh fruit sangria. So delicious with a hint of orange. We will definitely be going back. This is a great find. Just what we needed and were looking for - a sense of fine dining in a quiet atmosphere with delicious food and attentive service. Perfect evening. Our adult daughter was very happy. Oh, and her complimentary birthday crème Brule was incredible with a nice crunchy top. Naturally, we all had some.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    The cocktails were costly. The food was okay. The paella mixta was just okay nothing special. Thankfully it was large enough to share between two. The waiter and staff were good.
  3. E

    Ericka

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing! I was looking for a romantic quiet and classy place, which is everything Oveja Negra stands for. The service was over the top! If your looking for a fancy dinner and this is the perfect place!
  4. K

    Katherine

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service is always great! We keep having date nights in here. Highly recommended.
  5. t

    tamarag

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Food was bland. No music. Ambience was dull. Staff was good. Drinks were good
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Made reservations to celebrate my birthday and have a relaxing night out with my husband. The ambience was nice. The service was very quick but our server was pretty reserved and gave no recommendations of what we should try or wine pairings, nice drinks. I did look up reviews beforehand so had a good idea of what we would want to order but it’s nice to hear it from the staff as well. My favorite things off of the menu were the crispy potatoes and lobster balls. I would go back to order those again. Overall, the experience was good.
  7. KP

    KatP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to Oveja Negra to celebrate my birthday and had a fabulous time! We started with around 5-6 small plates to share and then ordered the Paella Mixta. Everything was fabulous, but I probably wouldn't order the paella again. It did not have a the crispy rice that is the signature for a good paella. It was flavorful, but I've definitely had better elsewhere (and for not as pricey). Everything else was fantastic and they even gave me churros with ice cream as a birthday gift. The churros were amazing! All in all we had a great time and would go back there for another special occasion.
  8. S

    Samy

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Almost everything was delicious The Tapas really really good But the seafood paella didn't like the rice but seafood was delicious I will back definitely!!
  9. DH

    DeniseH

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and service was excellent. I would recommend.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Service was not the same as the food which was superb.
  11. A

    Anonymous

    Caribbean

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience1
    Food had no flavor, perhaps frozen and reheated. This applies to the charcuterie, the octopus, and the mixed paella. Wine selection was limited, and considering this is supposed to be a Spanish restaurant they only had 2 Spanish wines. Overall a disappointing experience. This said, the servers/waiters were attentive.
  12. DD

    DonnaD

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The menu clinched the reservation. The food prep and flavors were amazing for every dish. Each plate was served directly from the kitchen, nice and hot. It is definitely worth the effort to find this gem, in the Hotel Valencia, on the 3rd floor just past the lobby. We'll be dining here again for sure.
  13. OT

    OpenTableNM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Good service and nice ambiance at lovely outdoor patio. Food is mediocre at best and expensive. I recommend going for drinks but skipping the food.
  14. J

    Jocs

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Food was good in particular gambas ajillo. Drinks were not very good or worth it. Wine selection is good. Overall a little pricey for good but not awesome food . For a tapas place expected to see more gin drinks given how big gin is in Spain but there was only one and it was not good. Stick with the wine
  15. BK

    BenK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful meal. The staff was extremely helpful and their recommendations were spot on. The food was excellent and the atmosphere was delightful.
  16. VC

    VincentC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The food was fantastic. The ambience was just right. We had only 1 minor issue which was that the paella had a small piece of plastic bag that was mixed in. When I informed the waiter, instead of apologizing for the issue, he explained some times the squid ink package is hard to open and it may had dropped in.
  17. AP

    AndreaP

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Loved all the dishes we tried. Delicious ceviche. Every dish had a lot of flavor. Unfortunately the patio wasn’t open to diners as there was private party. But it looked beautiful. Great service. No complaints. If you are taking children, I’d ask what are options for kids. I went with a friend only. I have 2 kids. Not sure what they could have eaten if I took them. But I didn’t ask either.
  18. B

    Bmoney

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    food is pretty good, nothing outstanding but tasty. needs more ambiance
  19. E

    Eater

    Acapulco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    So far I’ve been there 4 times and each time I go, my guest(s) - different ones each time are very much pleased. There are a few dishes you should pair with others to really bring out/enhance the flavors like the ordering the truffle pasta with the short rib dish and a side of parmesan and eat them together just to add an American flare to a more Peruvian cuisine. But all in all I have a great meal every time.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Their cocktail “Santana 75” was superb. Ambience was great and we had a great time
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience2
    We made a reservation 2 days in advance and noted it was my partner & I’s anniversary and asked if there was any chance to have a nice table. Once we arrived, we were brought to the table by the exit door. No one came to greet or serve us for about 10-15 minutes and once we were, the server looked up and down as if there was something on our clothing all though we were both dressed for the occasion. I wanted to ask for a nicer table but did not want to be “those people.” The food was great other than the service treating us like less than because we are both women. The churros- unbeatable.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great place and wonderful staff!
  23. IL

    IrinaL

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The restaurant has a nice outside sitting area and is away from busy Santano Row crowds. The food was very good. We had three tapas and shared the seafood paella. Everything was good and tasty and the quantity was enough for two people. Our waiter (I think the name was Nemour ?) was outstanding, checking in on us and giving great recommendations. We had a nice time with live guitar music in the background. Thank you!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was good but not exceptional.
  25. CH

    ChrisH

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful atmosphere, great food and overall experience. Will be back!!!!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good ambiance. It's truly a secret gem at the heart of Santana Row. Food was really good and staff were friendly especially our server Nemours and good service. Highly recommended 👌
  27. BJ

    BillJ

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect for a date. Great ambience, food and wait staff.
  28. D

    Derrick

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was quick and the food was delicious! We sat out in the Patio and the ambiance was relaxing and romantic. Definitely returning.
  29. PL

    PragyaL

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience3
    Slow service, ok food, good ambience so given this I would not recommend this place
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Cocktails and food just wonderful!
  31. BG

    BrittneyG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    There was a black out in their area and they didn’t bother to call to let us know so we ended up driving all the way out there and being told 10 minutes after our reservation time.
  32. AT

    AirliaT

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Lydia was fantastic. It was also surprisingly kid friendly. The beef cheeks were outstanding.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    Pasta was soupy and the Patatas Bravas came slathered with a sauce that tasted like barbecue. The food needs more love but the staff were quite nice
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Restaurant had a shortage of staff. One server had to wait 10 tables. Our reservation was at 9 pm and the server did not approach us until 9:26 pm. We were hungry and exhausted. The food was subpar and the chicken tasted like plastic/rubber. I would not recommend this restaurant. The only redeeming aspect of the restaurant were the fountains in the patio area.
  35. D

    Duncan

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was phenomenal! From the octopus to the paella. This place is my new fave!
  36. M

    Mandy

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    We just came back from Spain. The food here was very good but a bit Americanized. Their Vayu beef was outstanding if you are willing to pay $110. We also tried the patatas, short rib, and the seabass. None made you bloated or heavy which is an indication of good quality. The price however, for the amount of food, is too expensive. The service is ok. Nothing outstanding.
  37. EM

    EsauM

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a lovely experience, romantic and peaceful. The food was excellent.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    The environment is nice. The food quality comparing to the price is ok. The service is a little below my expectation. Overall, it is a good place for business dining. But considering the price paid, I expected to have a higher quality food
  39. CL

    CalebL

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    I expected more from the reviews I read. the atmosphere is super! but service and food is lacking for such a wonderful ambience. Tapas were nothing special and I have had much better for a less price. I don't mind paying the higher price, but I expect it to be much better. It just lacked.
  40. TB

    TomB

    Central Coast

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Outside patio was closed. Inside got to be very noisy very quickly when parties were seated. Drinks were good-red Sangria was the best. Plates we’re OK. Octopus was fun but kinda bland. Brussels sprwere the best. Meatballs were meh. Aranchini we’re ok-couldn’t tell if there’s lobster in there or not. Altogether OK. I was expecting great. Oh well.

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 469 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Oveja Negra

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

Dining areas

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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