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About Oveja Negra

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.

355 Santana Row (Located on third floor of Hotel Valencia Santana Row)
San Jose, CA 95128
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Tapas / Small Plates, Californian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm

Cross Street:
Located on third floor of Hotel Valencia Santana Row

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(408) 423-5400

Website:
http://www.ovejanegrasj.com/

Parking Details:
Complimentary valet parking for Oveja Negra patrons. Free self-parking is also available.

Executive Chef:
Ocean Orssten contact at oorssten@valenciagroup.com

Private Party Facilities:
Oveja Negra Restaurant can accommodate private parties of up to 100 people.

Private Party Contact:
Jonathan Whitwell: (408) 423-5415

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Private Party Events
Please contact Ali Mir, Restaurant Manager, at amir@valenciagroup.com

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Mon - Fri 5:00PM - 6:30PM

Oveja Negra Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

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4.4

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4.1

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3.7

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50% would recommend it to a friend

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Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Authentic (2)
Romantic (2)
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Neighborhood Gem (1)
Business Meals (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

We were there on a quiet Monday evening. We had their lamb specialty, scallops, monkfish, mussels and burata salad. Every dish was excellent. Dessert was to die for. We will return.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 8, 2018

My birthday dinner here was great! Just my date and I. Waiter was friendly and funny, food was fantastic. 110% chance I’ll be back.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Excellent place
Gourmet food
And great service

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 1, 2018

The food was soooo good that we insisted on meeting the exec chef! Music was great! Drinks were delicious.

I can’t wait to go back!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

food was average .
thai rice was undercooked . They took it of the final bill

Tags: Tapas
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Small portions but good

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Great flavors and service. Food was excellent.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

He had an awesome dining experience. Our server was outstanding, friendly and made us feel great, wanting to come back, which we did a week later. The food is superb

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for Groups, Authentic, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

wonderful experience!

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Wonderful for girls night out after shopping and movie....and especially if you are staying at the hotel

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Ambiance and overall physical aspect is a one star
To think that it's at hotel Valencia , expected more chic environment
We felt we were in a fast food restaurant
In and out had better decorations!
The table, chairs set up was awful!
Price of the food was not cheap so expectation for a more upscale aesthetics is not unreasonable

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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 12, 2018

We ordered 4 dishes. Of the 4 dishes, two were good and two were not. The Thai fried rice was way too salty and the lobster enchiladas was under cooked and we had to send it back to reheat. The sea bass was excellent and the lamb was good too. The restaurant was quiet so was good for talking. Our waitress was friendly. Over all experience was ok. Not sure if it was worth the money though.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Tucked in the Valencia hotel, a quaint little tapas bar creates fusion tapas and craft cocktails. Friendly staff, quality ingredients. I asked my server just pick five things, and promised even if I didn't like something I wouldn't send it back. Nothing was disappointing. Beautiful presentation and flavors. Cocktails were nice and done professionally, proper stem wear/ ice. I left happy

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Great Tapas, attentive service in an inviting Spanish themed dining room. Well worth a visit.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Menu is tactically crafted to sound elaborate, delicious & elegant but in reality the food is substandard & probably not what you think you ordered, it’s basically deceiving. Even the host goes over the menu recommendations and it all sounds wonderful (great hostess, btw) but when the plates started arriving we were sadly disappointed & will not return (departed hungry).

The place was nearly empty on a Friday @ 7pm (Holiday w’end) that should have been our first clue after having trouble finding the place (no signage).

The Pop Goes the Chicken, is basically 4 chicken wings (dark meat) with a crumb covering (just say that) on top of a bowl of popcorn. Yes, I said popcorn (wtf)?!

The Bison Meatloaf, was 3 small MeatBALLS (not a loaf) over mashed potatoes. This tasted fine to me but was unfavorable to my guest.

The Mashed Potato Croquettes, were just bland.

We understand tapas but pricing & meals offered were inadequate (overpriced) & again, deceiving. I would have expected more from this particular venue, especially being @ Hotel V. and it simply did NOT deliver on food.

The restaurant, plating & service was exceptional.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

The meal wasn’t much at all to write home about, only the sea bass was a bit decent. I was initially looking forward to dessert but we were so disappointed w/ the meals, we declined the dessert menu. The server was nice and listened to how we wanted our cocktail drinks& took out pictures. The place was empty around 8pm on a Friday night & now I understand why.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Interesting fusion. Nice ambiance and friendly service.
The dessert was amazing.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 13, 2017

A delightful assortment of ingredients creatively, deliciously prepared and presented at the table with careful timing so that no dish waited so long that it became cold. I’ll definitely recommend this place to friends, family and business acquaintances.

Tags: Spicy, Late-night Find, Casual, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Boring food, awful wine selection. Not worth my money

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

What a fun place to get together with friends! The new chef came up with creative dishes creatively presented. Our server was fun and amiable. And overall enjoyable experience.

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Very original food, and all of it was great. My wife had the filet skewers over gargonzola cheese crepe, and it was the best dish of the night.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great food to share, world cuisine so there should be something for everyone. Cocktails and wine were great as well

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Oveja Negara was difficult to find and has very little signage. I went with my wife and 6 year old son. My son ordered from the child’s menu and we ordered several plates. After $177, out appetites were not satisfied. The food was very good, but not excellent. In general, over-priced for Tapas.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Good tapas spot with a unique yet limited variety of menu items. Part of the restaurant was rented out for a wedding reception so it felt small and outdoor seating was subsequently unavailable. We enjoyed the tastes and varieties of our order but found the prices high for the portions. Wouldn’t go out of my way to come back but a good spot to share tastes with friends before a show or after shopping verses being a date spot

Tags: Hot Spot, Tapas, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Tapas restaurant: delicious food - small plates. Plus, nice atmosphere. We had spicy cauliflower, a beef dish with blood tortillas, popcorn chicken, and a glaze Chilean bass.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

food was good, the overall feeling was cold. The walls need decor and not stark white. The white chairs don't go with the Spanish theme and were a bit awkward with the curved backing. I will definitely give this place another chance as the food was very enjoyable.

Tags: Tapas
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2017

The restaurant looks good but the service and food were disappointing. The waiters seemed disheveled and forgot to bring us a few items. The food wasn't good and not worth the price. In fact the fish was old and smelled bad...I ate a piece of it and got extremely sick in about 4 hours. I would suggest that you go elsewhere for a quality time. They need to reevaluate their bussiness!

Tags: People Watching
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Loved entire experience

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Uninspiring food. Amateur service. Definitely not worth the money

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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 25, 2017

We had high expectations for this restaurant, since it's located within the Hotel Valencia. Although we went early, the place was empty. Not a good sign. The food was very expensive and did not deliver. The tapas we ordered were lukewarm at best, and lacked flavor. The drinks and bartender were good. It's a fun place to have a drink, but I would go elsewhere for a good tapas meal.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

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

Tags: Hot Spot, Healthy, Special Occasion, Authentic, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Cozy, Good for a Date, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 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!

Tags: Romantic
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on September 9, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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.

Tags: Tapas, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Quiet, small tapas small menu

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 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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