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Oveja Negra

4.3
103 reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
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  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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.
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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Private party facilities
Oveja Negra Restaurant can accommodate private parties of up to 100 people.
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Private party contact
Jonathan Whitwell: (408) 423-5415
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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 103 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.4
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3.9
ambience
3.8
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61% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on September 23, 2017

Keep coming back! The food is amazing and the outdoor ambiance is relaxing.

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4.0Dined on September 15, 2017

Overall the everything was very good, just a bit pricey for the portion sizes. Everything is too share and the size of each dish was enough to do so for a party of 4., but just so. For the price of each dish, it put the value on the just ok side. With that said, everything was well cooked, presented well and well seasoned. Service was good, just about the right amount of attentiveness, except it was odd that the dishes came out in uneven pace where some items we would wait and some would come out faster. For example: We asked that the salad dish be served first while we waited for a friend, but it came out after the house special even though we order the rest of the dishes (including the house special) after our friend arrived.

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2.0Dined on September 15, 2017

Very limited choices on menu. Most dishes sounded creative but we didn't think the creativity was good combinations of ingredients. The signature barbacoa was the best among the 4 items we ordered but nothing to write home about. CAMARONES A LA DIABLA SOPES was like fusion Mexican food. There was only one prawn with a handful of little shrimps. It tasted ok but we expected better at the price of $22. We wanted to try BLACK SESAME SPÄTZLE but we were told they were out after waiting for a long time. We had the heirloom tomato salad instead. There were slices of tomatoes (about one medium size) and peaches (about half of a large peach), few sticks of jicama, few pieces of fig (about a small fig), few dollops of mozzarella mixture, and a few tiny chopped candied ginger. Presentation was not impressive and we could not say it was delicious. After that we decided not to order anything else but dessert because we were disappointed with all the above dishes and nothing else on the menu looked good to us. We shared the hazelnut passion fruit tart. We were thinking fruit tarts from bakeries. It was not even close. I can't explain it but we got a slice of rectangular shaped something... with one stroke of passion fruit creme on the plate and something else which I don't remember what was on the plate. The slice of rectangular shaped thing (possibly made with hazelnut nut combined with other ingredients) was so hard. We literally had to dig our forks in and pry to break it apart. Passion fruit was puree with something to get the creme form and was extremely tart!!! So we misunderstood the passion fruit tart as a fruit tart. It means "tart" = "sour". And we only tasted passion fruit in this one tiny stroke of sour creme. The server came by to make sure we liked the dessert. When I demonstrated how hard it was to break it apart, he apologized and took the dessert out of our bill. That was good service I say. All in all, with limited choice and not tasty food, we won't go back!

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5.0Dined on September 9, 2017

Food was delicious tapas-style so shareable. Service was excellent.

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5.0Dined on September 9, 2017

Really interesting and tasty food combinations! A nice spot for a quiet date night. It's off the main street of Santana Row in the hotel so definitely a quieter ambiance. The outdoor patio is lovely and the inside is very chic.

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4.0Dined on September 9, 2017

our experience here was really nice, our waiter, Andreas (sp) was awesome, most of the food was amazing, our New York Steak however was waaaay overcooked (expensive) the wine list was great, ambience was awesome

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3.0Dined on August 26, 2017

Over priced, we ordered a small bowl of steam rice for side dish and it was uncooked , still have to pay $8 for that half cooked rice . Foie gras with doughnut was a weird combination, it was too sweet !

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2.0Dined on August 26, 2017

Horrible service.
Food was good. Probably will not go back

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5.0Dined on August 22, 2017

Quiet, small tapas small menu

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3.0Dined on August 19, 2017

Dishes were hit and miss. Definitely have the barbacoa and the white peach salad. Service was excellent!

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5.0Dined on August 18, 2017

The food was fabulous and so was the wine. Our server Neimour was attentive and cheerful. There were several vegetarian options. And the signature lamb dish was excellent!!

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3.0Dined on August 18, 2017

Great food but unfortunately the service was horrible. Our waiter forgot about us and was bar tending instead of waiting on our table. Price is a little high but the food was awesome

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5.0Dined on August 16, 2017

Excellent place for couples! Love the romantic scenery and ambient! Great Tapas; they were tasty. 😋

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4.0Dined on August 14, 2017

We all enjoyed the food (which had very unusual combinations of ingredients) and thought it was very tasty. The 4 of us ordered 6 small dishes although we found 5 dishes would've been enough. We did however have enough room for their yummy chocolate dessert and last but not least our server Richard was very attentive and personable, making our evening more memorable. Also a shout out to Sasha, who never let out water glasses go dry.

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2017

Oveja Negra is a great place! The food was awesome and we really enjoyed the evening. The final bill came out less than we expected, which is always a nice surprise. I'd recommend this place to anyone who likes to try new dishes rather than the same old, same old. Very creative and delicious.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2017

Enjoyed new favors will try again. Not many Spanish wines to select from. Peach and jicama salad awesome, lobster enchilada was nice, some super waffle dish was to die for. Enjoyed the dinner and overnight at the Valencia Hotel

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2017

The food was excellent and service was amazing. Very nice for a small party

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1.0Dined on July 21, 2017

We got our drinks and waited 40 minutes before we gave up on the food. Our waiter was very apologetic and we met with the manager. We watched several tables get food. When we gave up we had finished our cocktails and no one had come by.

The worst part was this was our Anniversary and this event marred our enjoyment.

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4.0Dined on July 14, 2017

The food was creative in an amazing courtyard setting. Fortunately I had great company as the service was terribly slow. 2 hours for delivery of 4 Tapas/Small Plates on a slow Friday evening doesn't cut it. The server and manager comped a free round but please step up your game.

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2.0Dined on July 7, 2017

Quality of food needs to be improved.

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4.0Dined on July 3, 2017

Went here for a birthday dinner. The food was good. Some dishes were better than others.

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2017

My boyfriend and I really liked the ambience.. it was quiet but not tooooo quiet. Just quiet enough to wear you can hear each other talk but still have a private conversation. We LOVED the Thai basil fried rice.. so good! We both ordered the New York steak which was very flavorful and a good full sized portion. The smores dessert was the bomb too!! I recommend the rosemary cocktail it was super refreshing.

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4.0Dined on June 26, 2017

Loved the ambience, sangria was good, 50-50 on the tapas and selects.

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2017

Every dish we tried there was exceptional and the cocktails looked great and tasted even better.

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4.0Dined on June 21, 2017

Very good flavors, portions are good to share between 2, not more and you would need around 4 to feel fully fed. The surroundings did not inspire for a romantic first date, was good for a friends get together. The food was especially tasty, could feel pricey though if you are hungry!

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1.0Dined on June 10, 2017

Always want to try something new - - the risk is the food will not be satisfying. The waiter was very helpful and steered us through the menu. The food was extremely disappointing. The shrimp dish had a total of 2 overcooked (burnt) whole shrimp - not enough & very poor tasting. The cauliflower dish was dry and tasteless - it needed a nice dip or topping. The lobster enchilada is a great idea poorly executed - get rid of the shell and simply stuff the lobster in the darn enchilada (also overcooked & dry). Blackened brussel sprouts need to be cooked through - these were hard and overly chewy like tough leather (even though we asked to have them softened). The server was great, but we will not return.

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2.0Dined on June 7, 2017

Place was almost empty. Cauliflower pakora made instead with broccoli. Baked cheese appetizer with grilled cheese on top but the bottom had still cold unmelted cheese. The special of the house was barbacoa. Nice presentation and sauce was good but the meat was 1/3 a blob of fat. Also the day she is for sharing for two and you only get 2 tortillas. We asked for extra tortillas which came 10min later. The shrimp sol had only 2 shrimp. To make up for your he food mistakes we were offered a free desert. 30 minutes later they forgot about the dessert
At least the wine was good so they must know how to store the wine.
Clearly not coming back. Waste of $100
Place is empty and pretentious so maybe it is OK for a business dinner where you want lo talk not just entertain

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3.0Dined on June 3, 2017

Some dishes are way better than others. The lobster enchilada and the Kampacha Kitfo were outstanding. The popcorn chicken is really a novelty - lots of popcorn, a little skimpy on the chicken. The S'mores desert is to die for! Service was outstanding and the location in Santana Row is perfect.

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3.0Dined on June 2, 2017

I understand it is Tapas but the food took so long to get. Food was good and the portion was okay.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2017

This was one of the best restaurants in the San Jose/Santa Clara County I have ever been to. Each dish was unique and delicious, all within a moderate price. The ambience and overall atmosphere was comfortable and welcoming. The service was professional, friendly, and knowledgeable. I am very impressed and will definitely come back the next time I'm in town.

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3.0Dined on May 25, 2017

Some dishes were great, others barely so-so. Tried four dishes plus the appetizer. One dish was great, one OK, two not really worth the calories. The wine selection by the glass is limited and some wines seemed a little stale. The service is friendly and efficient, letting us sample several wines. In the end, it was disappointing, except for the signature lamb dish.

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2017

I love tapas and was encouraged by the creative menu. We had the tradition Oveja Negra Babacoa-a lamb shoulder was nicely prepared, the Maine lobster enchilada was very good with a flavorful sauce, tres leches, and caulifower Pakora. Each dish was well prepared and presented and brought out individually as they were finished.

Our only negative to the experience was the intense music being played was more for a night club atmosphere in its intensity and tempo in an all hard surface environment. Not very conducive for couple's conversation over a cozy dinner.

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2017

Food and cocktails were great, but kitchen was very slow. Service staff was acceptably attentive.
Also quite expensive for tapas, considering the smaller portion size. Expect to spend $50+ per person, not counting booze.

Our favorite was the signature dish, the barbacoa. We also got the brussels spouts, pop-goes-the-chicken, kampachi kitfo and thai fried rice. All tasted unique and excellent!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2017

Good dinner, unique plates, nice decor. Service was good.

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3.0Dined on May 10, 2017

The tapas were conceptually interesting -- bone marrow tortillas with the lamb barbacoa, cauliflower pakora - but the execution faltered. The food was heavily spiced. They started by bringing a free plate of shishito peppers with cheese. It was cold, the peppers were unappetizing. Crab in the Snow crab lumpia was not the freshest. We ate everything (except the peppers) but it was just okay. However, the DESSERTS were excellent. Innovative and delicious with great flavors and textures (we had the creme brulee s'more cake and the passion fruit curd tart). Kudos to the pastry chef Rosalynn Vu. We would go back only for drinks and dessert. Nice outdoor patio area.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2017

Ambiance w/heat lamps in the Hotel patio was lovely. Food was a tapas tasting menu . Not a place for a heartily meal, excellent for light bites.

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2017

The tapas were more like conventional small plates than what I associate with tapas - bit sized collection of flavors.

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2017

A bit disappointing. Ordered 3 vegetarian dishes, 2 of 3 did NOT list dairy as an ingredient, yet contained a lot. 1 was fried, but that was not made clear on menu & the other was soggy & soaking in oil. We expected based on the descriptions that we would be getting a relatively healthy meal, but Everything felt unnecessarily greasy & heavy. Probably wont be back. Was also hard to find & awkwardly empty.

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3.0Dined on April 26, 2017

Really good, but not great food, terrible service.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2017

Great food, outstanding service by Eric and wonderful cocktails !!! Great date for date nights!!!

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