Oveja Negra

4.3
143 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Tapas / Small Plates, Californian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(408) 423-5400
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Michael Behan
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Located on third floor of Hotel Valencia Santana Row
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Parking details
Complimentary valet parking for Oveja Negra patrons. Free self-parking is also available.
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Special events & promotions
Private Party Events
Please contact Ali Mir, Restaurant Manager, at amir@valenciagroup.com
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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What 143 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.2
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 22, 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 18, 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
9 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 27, 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
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 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 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a pleasant dinner with my girlfriend. The outside seating had a great ambience with a water fountain.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 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
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 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
31 reviews
Dined on October 7, 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 6, 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 4, 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
12 reviews
Dined on October 4, 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
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 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 30, 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 23, 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
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on September 9, 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 2, 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
23 reviews
Dined on August 31, 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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EO
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

First time to this restaurant, and probably won't be going back. The food was good, there just wasn't enough of it. They are a small plates restaurant, and everything is meant for sharing, but the portions are VERY small. The stone fruit "salad" was a HUGE fried cheese ball in the middle, "garnished" with salad. The slices of fruit were VERY tiny, and the plate was $18.00!!!
I do recommend the chicken wings, but even at $14.00 they are not a bargain. The pricing is typical of Santana Row restaurants, but the portions are way too small.

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OT
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

usually do not write reviews but loved this restaurant. great food/setting/service and value. give it a try.. you won't regret it!

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l
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, great service!
Wonderful atmosphere

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S
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

The food was quite good and the service was very good but there were a couple of core issues with this restaurant. It's inside the Hotel Valencia and is poorly signposted, which might explain why it was so quiet - it just didn't have much ambiance.

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HE
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

I hosted a business dinner here for out of town guests and wanted to give them a nice unique food experience. I will never go back here again. The restaurant is beautiful and on a Thursday evening it wasn't very busy. Maybe that should have been my first sign. The food was absolutely horrid.
We ordered the poutine, drumsticks, grilled octopus, truffle mushroom, brussel sprouts, and the ribs. Most of the items tasted like old food they tried to reheat. And I mean "tried" because the food wasn't even hot except the truffle mushrooms. Then the brussel sprouts came out at the very end, all charred and gross.
For the amount of money for this place or even any place for that matter, this was my worst food experience ever! I was quite embarrassed. I usually don't write reviews but really had to this time. DO NOT GO HERE!

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i
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

Truly disappointing.

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SS
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Great food and ambiance. Average (not so great) service. Waiters need to work on being more personable and nicer overall.

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r
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent place!!!

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CM
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, magical setting, excellent service. Will go back.

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s
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

The food was really poor, not warm enough when it arrived and not as described on the menu, the atmosphere was ok but maybee some music and candles or something could definitly be added, a lot was missing to make it a good place to eat, couldn’t even find the entrance of the restaurant, the whole room was empty and very dead atmosphere. Overall cheap and very disappointing.

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d
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The tapas were fine but not special. However the. Ceviche was very good

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M
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love it here! New chef and new menu and some wonderful new additions. I did miss my Lobster Enchilada, but hoping chef will bring his own spin!

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CH
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

interesting twist on tapas with some excellent dishes. Knowledgeable and very professional service staff. Good wine list and again great recommendations from staff. Outdoor space particularly atmospheric and a haven of tranquillity. Restaurant was quiet only our group dining there. Would definitely recommend and revisit if I was ever in San Jose again.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can’t say it enough, i love the food here and the menu especially. I love the creativity and quality of the menu and food. The drinks are actually really innovative as well. I usually come in once a month on average does that make me a regular?

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s
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for foodies. Very romantic

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was alright, but pricey. Place was pretty empty for Friday night.

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RS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

Empty. No ambiance. Waitress did not know the menu.

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Noone there very quiet
Food ok service adequate

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BM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

With the good chef that they have, this place could be outstanding with a bit more effort. Ambience could have been so much better if they had tried. The space has some charm, but white paing, harsh lighting and hard surfaces made it noisy and too bright. A little investment in decor would make it so much better. The food was good, in particular the Tournedos and the Arrancini appetizer. The barbacoa was tasty but fatty. Brussels sprouts were overcooked; when we spoke to the waiter the chef sent a less cooked version, which were not overcooked but would have been better parbroiled before frying. Service was a bit spotty - we had to ask for clean plates between courses.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

Food did not have flavor. Overall not a place I would come back due to food. Service was great!

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MB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A bit pricey, as the portions are very small plates, but really enjoyed everything we had. Food was tasty. Desserts were also delicious — the s’mores soufflé was amazing. We were shocked at how good it was! Will definitely go back.

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MP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The menu had several items which were unfamiliar to our group of well traveled and experienced diners. The overall presentation and flavors were wonderful, and the serving size was easily shared across our group of 5.
The wine flight was very good, and the cocktails were tasty and generous.
I would encourage the waiter to call attention to dishes which feature raw seafood, to ensure the guest understands how the meal is prepared.

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