Oveja Negra

4.5
290 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 290 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service4ambience1

Disappointed ..not what I expected

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vipKarlaO
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food was pretty average and pricy for what you h
Get. The service was great though and made up for it.

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vipBradB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience1

The tapas dishes we ordered were tasty but very small for the price. Very poor value for the price. The waterfalls were very loud under the plastic tent which made conversation strained.

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ElsaR
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I won’t go again. The place is really nice and the service was good but the food was below average. My husband had the chorizo and patatas. He said it was the worst meal he’s had. I had the chilean sea bass which was ok.

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KellaM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Such a cute place! Very Instagram friendly. This is a good pre-game/cocktails date night place.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food but overpriced. Worth the expense if you are willing to pay the high prices

Oveja Negra
Responded on February 17, 2021

Hello, Thank you for celebrating Valentine's Day with us! We hope to see you again soon. Kindly, Jonathan

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Judy
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The prices differed a lot, so we did not ordered a to expensive dish.
Would like to see more vegan options.

Oveja Negra
Responded on February 17, 2021

Hello Judy, We truly appreciate your feedback and think you for visiting us for Valentine's dinner! Sincerely, Jonathan

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StephenH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner and I have been coming here for a few years now, and each time, we've thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We booked a dinner reservation for valentine's day and had an amazing experience. My only complaint was that they did not have their signature tomahawk chop in the menu, I guess due to a high number of reservations (go figure :-p). That being said, they substituted for an F1 ribeye with chimichurri that was divine. Other highlights included the wonderful wine selection, the gem salad, and the sea bass. The service was attentive, personable, and helped make the experience wonderful for us. If you're looking for a romantic dinner near Santana Row that takes you away from the bustle of the street, that also delivers on delicious food, Oveja Negra is a wonderful choice.

Oveja Negra
Responded on February 17, 2021

Hello Stephen, Thank you for the amazing review and for dining with us over the past few years. It means a lot that our of all your options for Valentine's Day, you decided to visit us! Also, we should have the Tomahawk back on the menu soon. Cheers, Jonathan

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Venue was private and very intimate, food was good.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! The ambiance was what I was looking for, made for a great date.

Oveja Negra
Responded on February 15, 2021

Hello, We are happy to hear you had a lovely date! Hope to see you again soon. Sincerely, Jonathan

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VishalS
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome hidden gem in the middle of santana row. Much safer place during covid-19

Oveja Negra
Responded on February 15, 2021

Hello VishalS, Thanks for choosing to dine with us at Oveja Negra. We work hard to keep our guests and staff safe during this challenging time. We hope to see you again soon! Cheers, Jonathan

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor ambiance is wonderfully beautiful, delicious food and great service. This is our favorite place during Covid.

Oveja Negra
Responded on February 15, 2021

Hello, Thank you so much for dining with us and this nice feedback. We hope to see you again soon! Kindly, Jonathan

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was attentive. Food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We decided on Oveja Negra for my sons Birthday dinner and we were pleasantly surprised. They have a beautiful tented patio with string lights that make the environment inviting and special. We were well attended by the staff and the food was delicious! My son had the Beef Cheeks and he was very pleased. We were grateful for a wonderful evening in the midst of the dining restrictions. At the end of our meal they surprised us with two complimentary desserts that both were delicious. Thank you for making our night special!!

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GWTraveler
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting Hotel Valencia we decided to try Oveja Negra. We were all surprised on how good the food was. Typically hotel restaurants aren't very good (speaking from experience as I travel all the time) honestly I was shocked. The food was full of flavor and great presentation. The beef cheeks were tender and the potatas bravas were great. The roasted cauliflower was a hit as well. The salted caramel pot de creme was outstanding. We saw the Chef as he was speaking with another table, we flagged him down and told him the food is amazing. He was very gracious and spoke to us for a while. I think he worked at a Michael Mina place. It shows he is talented and we will return. I recommend this restaurant highly.

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Brie
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The menu was quite limited, not many options and no non-alcoholic drinks. But the food was amazing. The atmosphere was also nice, but the noise was a bit too loud.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall1food2service5ambience1

With no heaters it was really cold

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vipElena
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We went in the afternoon and didn’t know they only had small bites menu. I recommend they have full menu starting 3pm.

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NicoleF
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I like the social distance set up for the tables makes me feel comfortable and can enjoy outside dining;) Thank you!

Oveja Negra
Responded on November 6, 2020

Hello Nicole, Thanks so much for the feedback! We work very hard to follow every Santa Clara County guideline for dining and want our guests to feel comfortable when they dine with us. Our chef just added some new plates that look amazing for this weekend. We hope to see you soon! Cheers, Jonathan

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vipuk2usa
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service is a little disjointed - entrees come before dishes are cleared from appetizers- wine came half way through the meal despite asking.
I love this place but they need to get the service sorted out - the host is always on his phone and walks around texting - the food is great - location great - they just need to get a grip of service.

Oveja Negra
Responded on November 6, 2020

Thank you for dining with us and providing your feedback. We hope to address these issues and continue to see you dining with us in the future. Please say hello to me the next time you visit! The chef's new seasonal menu is top notch too!

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vipaltatante
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was ok, nothing special. Ambiance is quite pleasant.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

While the hotel was very careful that we had a reservation and asked us the COVID questions, and we were impressed with the lovely courtyard as we stepped into the restaurant, our service was not great. The server did not know what my drink was, pretty common, the bar tender did not either. To his credit, he came out to ask us how to make it. The drink made for my husband had very little alcohol in it. She did not know what the term sustainable meant for fish. The beef cheeks which are the signature dish are disgusting. The salad would have better if it had not had so much dressing. The shrimp were pretty bland. Before getting us our bill the waitress said “I guess you aren’t getting dessert”, when she had not asked us nor presented us with a menu. By then the lovely setting’s charm could no longer outweigh the service and we were ready to leave. Won’t be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nemours is always a fantastic waiter. Food was superb as always. Sad they had no tomahawk steaks left.

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SabrinaA
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience4

Went for my daughter’s birthday celebration. I thought I choose this restaurant because it was close to where we were staying. We had the cheeseboard which wasn’t very good plus the waiter didn’t even tell us what was on the plate. Next we have the clams The broth was good and she charged us three dollars for bread which I thought was odd. Not sure if I’ll be going back to this restaurant was not impressed

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Kira
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Food was average and not really worth the price. The ambiance was great but there could have been more covid precautions taken, as the tables were not as far apart as shown in the picture. Also there was no attempt to minimize waiter interaction as I’ve seen in other restaurants.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great patio! Much more civilized that the Santana Row crazy scenery downstairs. Had a fun couples night out.

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LenH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience at Oveja Negra! It is difficult to find a great dining experience during Covid, but this restaurant did a fine job of spacing out tables so no one group was too close to each other. The food was fantastic! We will return!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Descent but limited menu.

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vipuk2usa
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Love this place , quiet , classy and great servers !
However - although the servers are great I think they are stretched to serve all the tables they are allocated when busy -
Make it a little classier with a tablecloth and lit candle ( they never light the candles ?)
Food is great !
Drinks are great
Very fair prices -

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JulietA
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food2service3ambience5

Need deferent verity of food , for a a beautiful seating and a hotel like this,, I’ll still be back ,,

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vipJasminM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful and charming!

Oveja Negra
Responded on October 4, 2020

Thank you so much for dining with us!

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vipTamP
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Besides the disappointment with the incredibly meager portion of the jamon appetizer which at one thin slice cut up into smaller pieces and at $25 was more expensive than caviar or Kobe/Wagyu beef, everything else was actually wonderful. We got the seabass as entree with mushrooms and batatas as sides and all those dishes were delicious. The service was a little slow as they were pretty busy and we were hidden in a corner.

Oveja Negra
Responded on September 28, 2020

Hello TamP, We are happy to hear that your experience was overall a nice one. We well certainly take note of areas for improvement and do our best to work on these. We hope your next visit is perfect! Thank You, Jonathan

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WinnieS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I celebrated my late Mom's birthday there last September 17 and everything was perfect! They even gave me a complimentary creme brûlée in her honor. Just excellent!

I miss their poutine though. I hope they bring it back to their menu.

Oveja Negra
Responded on September 28, 2020

Hello WinnieS, It was nice to see you again! It was touching to meet you and learn that you were honoring your mother. Please feel free to stop by anytime. Kindly, Jonathan

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JesseM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had a reservation for 6, and we all weren't expecting much since it was a restaurant in a hotel. Usually hotel restaurants have ok tasting dishes, more of a place to hang out with friends and catch up. Well Oveja Negra did not dissappoint. We had the roasted bone marrow, corvina seabass, braised mussels, wild mushrooms, Spanish chorizo, sweet gem salad, and the braised beef (they didn't have the tomahawk steak which was disappointing, since we were celebrating 2 birthdays and 2 anniversaries) Other than that, everything was delicious, and all of us were impressed, our waitress was super nice and the staff was, as well. The standouts were the seabass, the braised beef, and the bone marrow (always a must when ever its on any restaurants menu). Highly recommend this restaurant, it is not on street like the other restaurants were, so it was not as loud. A good place to get away from the crowds and have a nice dinner with a friends or a nice dinner for two.

Oveja Negra
Responded on September 28, 2020

Hello JesseM, Thank you very much for choosing to celebrate with us. We appreciate the kind feedback and hope to see you again soon! Sincerely, Jonathan

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! Great atmosphere on a busy Saturday- you can hear everyone at your table talk and enjoy your conversation. Service was attentive without being annoying.
The mussels were one of my favorite dishes, as were the potatoes. We ordered and loved the burrata, the cheese plate and the peppers. This place is a gem if you’re on a date, with some friends or need a dinner where you won’t be hurried or rushed. Excellent! Will be back soon!

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IDontSkimpOnFoodAndBooks
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Courtyard dining can't be beat during these times. Outdoor yet hidden. The round table we got seemed a little too big for our family of four which translates to a lot of passing and sliding of plates. I'd probably go back for the ambience, re-order some of the dishes we tried like the patatas bravas, cauliflower, and tomahawk steak. Loved the gambas too although we wish there was some bread of sorts to soak up the sauce. We were not too impressed with the marrow, seabass, and the charcuterie board. Natalie was superb. All in all not bad for my birthday dinner.

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Tamer
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleased with the food and experience. The manager also stopped by and was very kind to us. This was our first outing since the quarantine started and felt very safe there. Will definitely have to come back!

Oveja Negra
Responded on September 3, 2020

Hello Tamer, It was very nice meeting you on Monday. Thank you for dining with us and posting your comments. We hope to see you for your next night out, too! Cheers, Jonathan

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Mars
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great patio area for less people traffic. I specifically chose this place to avoid the huge crowds on Santana Row.

Great!!

Oveja Negra
Responded on September 3, 2020

Hello Mars, Thank you for joining us! We hope to see you again soon. Kindly, Jonathan

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Sandy
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor seating in the courtyard is beautiful, with Spanish/Mediterranean style and string lights for a romantic ambiance. The menu has delicious variety of Spanish tapas and entree foods. We thoroughly enjoyed everything we ordered, and the service was great. Everyone was very warm and on top of it when delivering food or helping with requests. Highly recommend!

Oveja Negra
Responded on August 26, 2020

Hello Sandy, We really appreciate your patronage and your kind words! Please continue to stop in for dinner. We hope to see you again soon! Kindly, Jonathan

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Jena
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

We were guests of the hotel and stopped here for a few tapas and drinks before dinner elsewhere. The ambiance was so nice that I almost wished we would've stayed. The open air courtyard made me feel transported out of San Jose. It was a very romantic setting with the fountains, dim lighting and music. Our server was fine, but wasn't super attentive. This was my first dining experience since March, so I wasn't sure if this was the new norm.

Oveja Negra
Responded on August 26, 2020

Hello Jena, Thank you for visiting. We hope you visit again for the full dinner experience in the future! Sincerely, Jonathan

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Oveja Negra is rated 4.5 stars by 290 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.