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La Foret, San Jose, CA

La Foret

4.7
4.7
1429 Reviews
$50 and over
French
La Foret offers fine French dining in an old country setting. We are proudly now offering outdoor dining!!!The historically significant building rests next to a quietly meandering stream in the verdant foothills of New Almaden. Picture windows surrounding the entire dining area allow you to fully enjoy the quietly beautiful surroundings during your meal. Specializing in fine French cuisine, La Foret has earned its place among the area's finest restaurants and in fact has been listed among the 50 best French restaurants in the United States.

La Foret ha an extensive wine list, which includes French and Napa Valley selections. It offers a tasting menu and brunch on Sundays.

This restaurant has private rooms for catering banquet-style private events. It also hosts weddings with capacity for up to 130 guests.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Elegant Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    French
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sun 10:30 am–1:00 pm Lunch Wed–Fri 11:30 am–1:30 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (408) 997-3458
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Private party facilities
    La Forêt regularly hosts parties and events for people and organizations from around the South Bay Area including, Gilroy, Morgan Hill, San Jose, Willow Glen, Campbell, Los Gatos, Saratoga, Los Altos, Cupertino, Santa Clara.
  • Private party contact
    Private Event Coordinator: (408) 997-3458
  • Neighborhood
    San Jose
  • Cross street
    Almaden Road
  • Parking details
    We have our own parking lot directly across the street from the restaurant, so parking is never a problem :-)
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,429 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Jose / Silicon Valley

    Best Service

  • San Jose / Silicon Valley

    Best Ambiance

  • San Jose / Silicon Valley

    Great for fine wines

  • San Jose / Silicon Valley

    Romantic

  • San Jose / Silicon Valley

    Good for special occasions

1,429 Reviews
  1. MOURADH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All excellent! Authentique French cuisine, service , setup …

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  2. Jodi

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wild game is a favorite. This is my all time #1. Our waiters suggestions for wine & appetizers nailed our evening. Ask for Allen W, he’s the best.

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  3. ladybug

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    didn't meet what the reviews stated in my opinion.

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  4. WillyD

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    I wanted to like it very much but just not worth the money. The service was impeccable but to say the food was average would be generous. The salad was wilted, the appetizer was not cooked properly and heavily over sauced. The entrees of steak and salmon were over cooked and the side dishes clearly had been prepped in mass at the beginning of the shift and warmed up. We ended with an espresso martini which was exceptional but unfortunately that was the only high note.

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  5. MariaR

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I enjoyed everything about LaForet. My friend enjoyed also. Definitely will be returning. Well worth the money 😊

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  6. GFOOD

    San Francisco

    275 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    275 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    La Foret is a superb restaurant. The food is terrific. And it’s different with all the wild game offerings. For example, you can get wild boar, venison, elk, quail, bison, and beef, and salmon, of course. And the quality of the food is just the best. The escargot is really perfect with the classic French sauce. The hearts of palm romaine salad was delicious. And the mushroom filled pasta and ahi tuna was unique and really delicious! I had the bison. The server said it was 8 ounces, but it was quite a sizable portion. And the French sauce was just exceptional side dishes. It was cooked perfectly along with the delicious mashed potatoes and vegetable side dishes. The venison was also perfect. You can’t get a better dining experience anywhere. And La Foret is a beautiful restaurant! It’s a great dining experience. It’s a little pricey, but not unusual for what you are getting! You can’t get a better meal.

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  7. Manny

    Central Coast

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was abysmal. The interior decor was a little old timey as well however I knew that going into this place, sucks that it was raining so I couldn’t get the outside dining experience which was the main selling point of this restaurant to me. We skipped appetizers and went straight to the entrees. My love chose the salmon and I chose the Tortellini La Foret. Both were physically unappealing to look at and the tortellini which came with mushrooms has about 5 mushrooms 4 of which were clumped together. The salmon was absolutely disgusting to look at and quite literally looked like food you would see at a retirement home. Taste wise, I do not know how, but it was worse than the appearance. I would never recommend eating here as it was easily the worst experience my love and I have ever had. Thankfully the server was super understanding and when I told her I would like to give the dishes back and honestly just leave she said that she was sorry for the experience and said it is okay and not to worry about it.

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  8. outnabout

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time here. Dinner was really good and the service was great. Definitely will be back on special occasions.

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  9. KateD

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was very good; the service excellent; and the ambiance perfect for having a private conversation. This is a special restaurant where one can tell the owner and staff put a lot of effort into making everything exceptional. It's a treat to come here. We will be back the next time we have a special occasion.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food and service. Memorable Valentine’s Day intimate meal celebration for my wife and me.

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  11. Matt

    New York City

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    For the 6-course menu, I would’ve expected something more exquisite. The food vs price didn’t justify to me. When a high-end restaurant restricts me from choosing a good spread of delicacies, and limits it to a fixed menu instead, I’d expect it to meet high standards. I didn’t like the Sparkling Water either - wasn’t as crisp as I’d expect. The desserts were substandard. The adjacent table folks were extremely loud, and I expected a place that suggests its patrons to be well-dressed to also be well-behaved.

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  12. superluminal

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    La Foret - It’s a Trap! We drove an hour and a half to La Foret to taste what perhaps could’ve been an amazing French experience, but alas the food was marked by a series of culinary missteps that could not be overlooked, despite the impeccable service provided. The meal commenced with a salad that was as uninspired as it was basic. The overwhelming dressing masked any freshness or crispness that one might have expected, setting a precedent for the courses that followed. The mushroom soup, while acceptable, was forgettable, lacking any distinctive features that might have redeemed the opening act. The Ahi Tuna Crudo, a dish that should burst with freshness and precision, was marred by its lackluster presentation and taste. The inconsistency in the fillet's cut, combined with the chewiness of veiny bits, suggested a lack of attention to detail. Furthermore, the color and taste hinted at a piece of tuna that had lingered too long in the refrigerator rather than being served at the peak of its freshness. It was so stale that we had the dish subbed out with quail. The lamb shanks, while ordered to be medium rare, was a testament to overcooking, lacking any distinctiveness that could salvage the dish. The lobster, potentially a highlight with its natural flavor, was overshadowed by an overly acidic sauce that did more to detract than enhance. Among the few redeeming aspects, the scallops stood out for their freshness. However, even this dish was not without its faults, as the lack of a sufficient char and a tasteless sauce failed to elevate the scallops beyond acceptability. The meal concluded on a perplexing note with a soufflé that seemed more akin to an alcoholic beverage than a dessert, tasting strongly of vodka. The supposed “Grand Marnier” was nowhere to be found. Had this meal been $100, the dining experience might have been deemed acceptable, perhaps even earning a generous 3-stars. However, we were charged $450 for this utterly disappointing experience.

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  13. CJAG

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Alan is an AMAZING server! The pre fixe menu for valentines day was delicious. Highly highly highly reccomend the Quail - just fantastic!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were seated for our meal in a great location and it was quiet. We started at 6pm and the restaurant filled slowly and was a little louder, but always within a reasonable ambience. Excellent Food and service excellent We were treated with kindness the whole time Wonderful experience…Valentines and BD celebration

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  15. anonymous

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    It just wasn't up to modern standards. I felt that I could've made the same dishes at the same quality at home for 1/5th the price. I really wanted to love this place.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They reserve 2nd floor tables for reservations only which is very much quiet and nice for a date night.

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  17. food4fun

    San Francisco

    95 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    95 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful venue for a leisurely Sunday brunch. The menu for brunch goes beyond the usual eggs benedict and other breakfast types of offering and includes items from the dinner menu. A generous "plate for the table" is included. Special requests were graciously accommodated.

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  18. TomB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great dinner for celebrating anniversary. Good delicious! Helped with handicapped parking in the rain.

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  19. AaronD

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Best prepared food! Not pretentious or over plated. Just exquisite prepared food every time.

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  20. Nelly

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything was super salty, we were very disappointed. The price should reflect better food. I don’t think we will visit again.

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  21. Scott

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    great food and good atmosphere for a special night.

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  22. AlbertH

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome experience, food and service was great.

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  23. LauraC

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a lovely dinner here for a very special birthday. The staff couldn't have been nicer or more attentive. I had the medallions and my niece ordered the Elk. Both delicious! As an appetizer we shared scallops and the ahi tuna. The ahi was absolutely phenomenal and I would probably order that as an entre next time! The food and the staff are 5 star all the way. The waiter made a wonderful wine recommendation (Bordeaux of course) which was perfect for our meal. I'd go back in a heartbeat. Thank you for a lovely evening

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  24. LarryC

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and Service. We had Lisa Bonelli as our server and she was outstanding ! Very knowledgeable about the food and drinks - all ways had good recommendations.

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  25. Maxxx

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    O.M.G. The setting + food + service was OUTSTANDING ! We went for Brunch and will return again SOON for Dinner !

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  26. RAGS

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a lovely birthday dinner. The scallops were to die for. Great food and service. Have to visit again during summer when it is still light outside!

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  27. Perplexed

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A lovely evening as always. Amazing service and food, such a great place for our family birthday dinner.

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  28. RuxM

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience. From the moment we entered the restaurant we felt welcomed and taken care of. They acknowledged we were celebrating a birthday and went above and beyond to make it special. That included a complimentary desert for all three of us with a birthday candle 😊. Food was delicious, cocktails were great and our waiters were lovely. Definitely worth it, for a special evening.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    While the menu is a wonderful departure from the normal/typical menu, the prices are too high.

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  30. WilliamB

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and fantastic service! Try the elk.... it's the best presentation anywhere on the planet!

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  31. ValerieW

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service from Manager to Shawn the server, everyone was outstanding. The food was delicious. We had the special appetizers, Bison, shrimp/scallop pasta, and two different souffles for dessert. I've lived in the San Area area since 1991 and had never been to La Foret and it did not disappoint. The drive back to the restaurant is charming as well. It is fine dining and is not to be rushed. We were there for 3 hours. It was lovely!
    La ForetResponded on January 19, 2024
    On behalf of Sean and all of us at La Foret thank you for sharing your experience. Sean is a treasure on our team here and we are so grateful for your kind words. We are so happy you finally had the opportunity to have a La Foret dining experience and we hope it will be one of many to enjoy! Looking forward to your next visit with us!

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  32. ChristopherM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall a great experience. The service from Alan was fantastic. The tasting menu we ordered was 6 great dishes and one ok. The standouts were the lobster and the caviar. This is a special occasion restaurant and priced this way but I feel the food was priced approprately for quality.

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  33. JimS

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb meal with superb service! La Foret has earned its reputation as one of the finest French restaurants in the country.

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  34. Almadensan

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Magical and delish!! Always a special evening with friends, the ones you're with and the La Foret team!!!

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  35. ScottP

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    You CANNOT go wrong if you go to La Foret. I have been there many, many times and each visit has been the best. Amazing choices, impeccable service and ambiance. My first choice for special occasions.

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  36. AriE

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything is exquisite and absolutely delicious!!

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  37. CarolP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    La Foret brunch has always been a favorite for us. We have gone several times for special occasions. We find the brunch to be a real value.

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  38. RichardL

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exquisite fine dining, Everything was delicious. Nice ambience and fantastic service. Very pricey but it was a special occasion.

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  39. HaiyangY

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a romantic dinner there and was very satisfied with the experience overall.

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  40. Kipweb

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This is an excellent place for a business or romantic meal

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

La Foret is rated 4.7 stars by 1429 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today
Google Map for La Foret

21747 Bertram Rd, San Jose, CA 95120

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Almaden Road
  • Neighborhood
    San Jose
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sun 10:30 am–1:00 pm Lunch Wed–Fri 11:30 am–1:30 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    French
  • Dining style
    Elegant Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    We have our own parking lot directly across the street from the restaurant, so parking is never a problem :-)
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (408) 997-3458
  • Private party facilities
    La Forêt regularly hosts parties and events for people and organizations from around the South Bay Area including, Gilroy, Morgan Hill, San Jose, Willow Glen, Campbell, Los Gatos, Saratoga, Los Altos, Cupertino, Santa Clara.
  • Private party contact
    Private Event Coordinator: (408) 997-3458
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