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About Sino Restaurant & Lounge

Sino, the second endeavor of culinary artist Chris Yeo, was envisioned to entice the palette with the tradition of Dim Sum and the wonders of modern Chinese cuisine. Grand in scale, Sino offers an intimacy and sensuality that is unparalleled- from the warmth of the dining room adorned with billowing crimson curtains and layers of gossamer, to the plush and luxurious appointments of the lounge where comfort and beauty beckon you to stay a while.

377 Santana Row #1000
San Jose, CA 95128
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Chinese, Dim Sum, Contemporary Asian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Tuesday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm,
Wednesday 4:00pm - 11:00pm,
Thursday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am

Cross Street:
Stevens Creek Blvd.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(408) 247-8880

Website:
http://www.sinorestaurant.com/

Catering:
For all inquiries regarding offsite catering please contact our Special Events Coordinator for details.

Parking Details:
Free parking is available at many locations throughout Santana Row. During poor weather conditions Santana Row will provide mall goers with a complimentary loaner umbrella. Valet parking is also available one block from our location at the Hotel Valencia.

Public Transit:
VTA is available for our patrons use.

Private Party Facilities:
Sino's chic, ultra-modern decor provides a unique experience for any type of occasion. Whether you are hosting a corporate event, wedding reception, or an intimate dinner party, let our staff take care of all the details. Sino can accommodate parties of 25 up to 100 people. Sino is also available for exclusive use to accommodate events up to 300 people. For all event inquiries , please contact the restaurant for details.

Private Party Contact:
Regina Passalaqua reginap@straitsrestaurants.com: (408) 244-0516

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
No event is too small please inquire about our banquet rooms, private lounge and patio events.

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Sino Restaurant & Lounge Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

3.9

ambience

4.0

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

74% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (14)
Vibrant Bar Scene (12)
Bar Seating (11)
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Good for a Date (9)
Late-night Find (9)
Happy Hour (9)
Hot Spot (8)
Fun (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
People Watching (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Casual (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Spicy (6)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Business Meals (4)
Romantic (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Authentic (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tapas (2)
Cozy (1)
Great Beer (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined a day ago

This is neither traditional dim sum nor non-traditional but tasty good. The fried rice was barely cooked and the other dim sum didn't come with dipping sauces. Not to mention all this was overpriced for the quality and taste.

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·Dined 3 days ago

I've always loved Sino. It was a part of my "stomping grounds" when I was in my early 20s. However, sitting through dinner with my husband this past weekend, I couldn't help but notice how they've headed downhill. I'll begin by saying that our server was awesome. I forget her name, but she was excellent and sweet and I have no complaints of the service.
The hostess who sat us, with the other hand, looked like, for lack of better description, a stripper. Young Asian girl, long black hair, was wearing a short, skimpy red dress that BARELY covered her butt and her breasts were spilling out of her top. I thought this was a fine dining restaurant? Maybe not anymore.
I love the food, but would not recommend the seafood risotto. It has no flavor And is misleading. It was plain sticky rice with 4 grilled shrimp on top- that's it. That is my only food complaint.
In terms of decor, the place just seems more run down than I remember it. The furniture is scuffed, red tape on the ground is a tacky way to indicate 'steps' and the curtains were bundled together by using black dining napkins. Even though my complaints are minor, I think that might have been my last attempt at a night out at Sino.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Fun, People Watching, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

We reserved for eight but two were delayed in San Diego so we came as 6. This was a major problem for them. They tried to seat us at a table for 4 which was too small. We asked for a bigger one. The girl kept showing us other 4 people tables until I finally said “ you keep trying to put six people where they can’t fit. If you won’t get a bigger table just tell us”.
Next it was “well maybe I can talk to the manager”. So after waiting a wile they came back and said no we can’t give you another table because we have a party of 12 coming in” .
That didn’t even make sense. We were six. The place was 2/3 empty on a Thursday and our table for eight was sitting there empty. They couldn’t push two of their empty 4 tables together. They seemed to not realize that the 8 person table (all set up and waiting, was going empty and they were babbling away about how they couldn’t seat us at the 12 person table because we were only six. Huh? This was a bizarre experience. We walked out and went to the seafood place across the street which was excellent. It wasn’t a misunderstanding because they knew we were the reservation.

Never got a chance to try the food. Ambiance was dark and noisy. Not going back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Valentine’s Day dinner is OK. Single rose for the lady’s was nice treat, but service was slow and the brown rice was so dry.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Dinner with my mom, nice waiter

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The service was consistently poor and was getting worst. Food came out randomly from the kitchen. Rice and Noodle dishes came out first, which should normally the last course in Chinese meals. It was impossible to get any services or waved down any wait staff. They don't make eye contacts. The only good thing is that if you are willing to settle for basic dim sum (not overly concerned of quality), it is a place that is easy to get reservation and no line in general.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Sino had an emergency so they were closed. No phone call, email, text message to let us know. We were quite shocked and annoyed when we arrived and had to hurry to make other plans during a dinner rush on a Friday night.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

reservation was canceled by Sino an hour before due to unknown reason.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

If you want it less energetic sit towards the back. You can hear yourself talk there.
Food was enjoyable and a good amount.

Tags: Casual, Late-night Find, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Everything was awesome!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Came here on a Sunday evening and there was pretty loud club type music playing throughout the restaurant. The host and our server were very friendly, the latter checked on us often. The food was very mediocre, especially the $35 Sea Bass, which had very little flavor. I enjoyed the Kumquat Chicken, which was well cooked.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 21, 2018

The quality and general upkeep of the restaurant has deteriorated a great deal in the past few years! We were a group of six and one of the women in our group happened to put her hand under the table to pull herself forward-there was food stuck under the table that got on her hands. The waiter cleaned that up but our experience with the un-clean setting didn't end here. The bathrooms had not been tidied up and were filthy with tampon applicators on the bathroom floor and this was at 7.30 pm, so a long time before the restaurant closes.
The tea pots that green tea was served in were missing the lid knobs too. So, even though the food that day was good, I will not be going to this restaurant or recommending it to anyone because it is now suffering from sloppy maintenance:(

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Such a fun place to go with a group. So many choices of entrees, that dining with a large group is a great way to try everything !! Food is probably the best I've ever had. Fire Cracker Chicken and Crab Fried rice are a MUST have!

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Miami)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Good atmosphere but nobody to seat you at your table and very challenging to get a drink at the bar despite being empty

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Loved this restaurant and our server was a great guy, did an excellent job

Tags: Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2018

What happened to the cocktail menu? There were only a couple drinks now and the creative menus from before are gone. The food menu also seems to be more limited. The food was still excellent (awesome salt and pepper crab!), but it seems there have been some serious cutbacks since we were there last. And the place is still so noisy that you have to yell to hear each other.

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2018

This is the 2nd time in a row that one of the dishes ordered never comes out and we end up cancelling it as we pay the bill

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Food was good. Very noisy and dark though.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Outstanding food! Love the dim sum! Professional service!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We usually really like Sino's - but we are usually there during the summer where we can sit outside away from the pointless loud music. I call it 'pointless' because there isn't ever any dancing just a lot of people struggling to have a conversation over the loud music. Lots of energy which is good. On NYE our server was a bit of a challenge. She wasn't aware of the specials; instead of bringing back answers to questions she didn't know she just didn't come back. The $20 corkage fee is extreme considering we had one bottle of wine and ordered plenty of drinks to off set the charge. We felt like we were dealing with desperation to make a buck; when the buck is clearly being made. Might be more creative to have a drink minimum on top of a less significant 'corkage fee'. And when training new wait staff, be sure to have someone on hand with them to get the questions answered. The food was awesome as usual, it was delivered in a timely fashion and the group was happy with the food overall. I would not recommend for a birthday party or anything as it's too loud in there and we've now tried twice. I hope this review will help make some positive changes in the place that we really like. Thanks for listening!

Tags: Hot Spot, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Chinese fusion in vibrant lounge seating. Prefer a quieter table? Just ask to be seated in the back main dining area. They offer outdoor seating, loud lounge seats, less noisy section, and dining between for those that like more music flowing through conversation. Kid friendly! I’ve seen folks part strollers near the ramps.

Valerie waited on us and was sweet, accommodating, and friendly. I recommend ordering the Emperor’s fried rice (chicken, shrimp, bits of bbq pork, edamame, green onion), Kung Pao fried chicken lollipops, lobster shrimp potstickers, Drunken seabass with summer squash (light soy sauce based), calamari and crunchy soft shell crab apps with jalapeño vinaigrette. So good!

Great for a night out with friends, family, a date, etc. Be sure to indicate which area you’d like to sit in.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 2017

When we arrived at the restaurant, they told us that they did not have a table reserved for us and seated us in the lounge. Later when we showed our OpenTable reservation, they relented an hour later and setup a table but by then my party was already done with appetizers and was well into the main course so we decided to stay in the lounge.

It would have been good if the restaurant had a table ready for us when we arrived.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

It was my 50th Birthday. Took us 25 minutes to even get a waitress to come to our table. Bad service all night.

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

My boyfriend and I loved this place. They had a table for us, but we wanted a booth, so to the bar we went to wait, so glad we did. The lounge area was great. Nice to have a drink and relax on the couches and talk to other people who were drinking or waiting for their table. We got seated next to a big party so it was loud, but since we sat next to each other in the booth, we could still talk. The food was excellent. We went for the dim sum and it was great. Appetizers were also delicious. I had a great time here and would definitely go back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The garlic noodles are the best!!! Also, the vegetable egg rolls were so fresh and tasty. Great food overall!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

They increased price for dim sum by 50% or more. Some of the items were even doubled the price. It is not worth going to Sino anymore.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Tasty dishes we tried were spring rolls, firecracker chicken, spicy braised eggplant. Service was good. Noise level was high with groups holiday celebrations.

Tags: Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 5, 2017

i like the service and the ambience. the halibut was good. im just not a fan of sweet meats like the chicken popsicle. i was not ready for that. overall it was a good dining experience

Tags: Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We have a really good time, enjoy the food, the place and the service

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We enjoyed the ambience and service , and the menu looked very appetizing. Crab corn soup was tasty ( difficult to go wrong). However, seafood Trio, sea bass and eggplant were all so salty, could not finish ( not my usual habit!). Complaint received an apology, but no incentive to return

Tags: Great Beer, Happy Hour, Bar Seating
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Need the music be so darn loud... This is the only problem with this place.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Took my girlfriend out for dinner for her birthday. I saw this place and chose it since she wanted Asian food and didn’t really mind the atmosphere. Definitely a cool place to go to. The food was great, although I’m kind of disappointed on the amount of variety they have during lunch vs dinner. Also we order a good amount for just two people and the table was kind of small so that was a downside of seating. Service was excellent.
The atmosphere and lighting definitely complimented each other since it is a lounge so right when you enter, the dance floor is right there. And they’re blasting music so that’s cool. Although the lighting compliments the environment, it still makes it hard to eat in the dark even though there is a candle and a dimly lit light above the table but it still feels dark. Definitely a nice place for either a casual date/dinner or get together with a group a friends.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2017

I must admit that I was extremely skeptical making a reservation for an Asian eatery inside of a mall shopping center, since I’m not from the area.

My date and I thoroughly enjoyed our date. The cocktails were very delicious, the appetizer were amazing.

Our service was excellent, so I wanted to thank you for that.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The service was gracious and very timely. They were absolutely willing to correct the wobbly table :) The Dim Sum flavors were exceptional... with a perfectly crispy Peking Duck! A bit loud for a Sunday night dinner, otherwise it would be perfect for a Saturday date! Definitely deserves a second go!!

Tags: Spicy, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Our waitress was very nice. However, I made the reservation a week in advance for my wife's birthday and the original table was squeezed between two other tables. I requested something more private and the hostess was actually rude. I found another table for two, asked a different hostess and she said we could sit there. Our main course came out between our two appetizers so the timing was clearly off. We were not expecting "fine dining" but this was a terrible experience.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 14, 2017

25 min after our reservation time, we were still waiting for a seat. Pretty sure a hostess was our server. To be fair, it was probably an 'off' night for them - there was a major event in Santana Row that night. The food was excellent as were the drinks but we probably wont be returning.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Expensive but not great. The service was okay but he servers were very busy and our food took a very long time to arrive. We were not impressed and probably will not be back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 9, 2017

We dined at Sino to celebrate my husband's birthday. He loves Chinese food and it had been a while since we had dinner here so I thought we'd go back for his birthday.

Right away we were struck by the incredible loud music from the bar area. We had to ask to be moved as far away from the bar as possible just so we could hear each other.

The food we ordered came out quickly and was nice and hot. We ordered soft shell crab to start then had Imperial fried rice, garlic noodles (delicious), Mandarin beef, honey walnut prawns, and Brussels sprouts. The food was good but not as good as I recalled from previous visits.

Don't go here if you plan to talk to other people at your table. It's a better place for cocktails and bar fare and little conversation.

Tags: Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We have fined here a few times both for dim sum and dinner. Solid Asian food in Santana Row. Nice choice of beer and cocktails, wine selection ok.

Tags: Happy Hour, Kid-friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We ordered off of the dim sum menu for lunch and really enjoyed each dish. The service was fast & friendly. We thought the music was too loud for the middle of the day, but we really enjoyed our meal.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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