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Evolution Restaurant and Bar

3.7
3.7
188 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Inspired by the hearty cuisine of Italy's western coastal region, the cuisine blends the essence of Tuscany - natural flavors brought out by a simple preparation of fresh seasonal ingredients and locally sourced Californian produce, fish and meat.

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2 people

7:00 PM


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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Californian, Breakfast

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast: 6:30am - 11:00am; Lunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: 5:30pm - 9:00pm

  • Phone number

    (408) 510-6480

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    Inspired by the Tuscan region’s emphasis on abundance, Executive Chef Hector Pabon, presents authentic and sophisticated regional Italian cuisine. Our menu offerings and dish preparations reflect the basic ingredients available from local purveyors through the seasons.

  • Private party contact

    Lindsey Hall: (408) 510-6487

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Clara

  • Cross street

    Tasman

  • Parking details

    Hotel Parking

  • Public transit

    Public Transit Stops: VTA <br /><br />Old Ironsides<br /><br />Great America

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 188 people are saying

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3.7
3.7 based on all time ratings
  • 3.7Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 3.6Ambience
  • 3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I was able to make a reservation for 10am brunch. Online there is a brunch menu and everything. When you show up apparently the restaurant is attached to the hotel and they do not open until 11am. I asked why I could make a reservation and apparently they don’t do reservations and do not do brunch. Your information here is completely wrong.
  2. D

    Dinnerout

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    While the people were nice it important to note that you can make a reservation on Open Table - but when you get to the restaurant, they tell you they don’t take reservations and there is a 45 minute wait. What? This is ridiculous. Either take the reservation or pull the restaurant off of Open Table.
  3. LC

    LChandle

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Be advised that on game day this is not as advertised. Buffet only, crowded and disorganized, buffet is very limited, and for the price not a good value. Parking is also silly due to the game, and keep in mind I write this based on a 10:45 am reservation yet game time was 5:30 pm. Can't imagine how much worse when it is a day game.
  4. PB

    PattiB

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Great for a breakfast meeting. Buffet offered delicious options and the service was very good.
  5. PM

    PaashaM

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2018

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    an unforgivably bad breakfast
  6. LM

    LanceM

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2018

    overall1food3service2ambience1
    Made reservations when we got there they said they could not find a reservation. They refused to actually open the computer had to take a look. I believe they were just too busy and gave our seat away. We were 10 minutes early. They wanted to split Up our group and they refused. They have a menu but made us only order off the buffet. There was nothing indicating in advance that this was the case. The hostess was very dismissive. The person that actually ended up helping us was nice but understaffed. Food was average at best and completely overpriced for the value.
  7. E

    Expensivebutaverage

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2018

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    Went for breakfast before a 49er game. Only buffets, no other options. Food was ok service was pretty good but we did have to wait for the check then to have it picked up.
  8. SC

    SandyCampbell

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2018

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    We went there for Thanksgiving dinner for the third year in a row. This year the restaurant was closed, and we were seated in the bar area. The food was as good as ever, which is to say, excellent. Members of our party had the traditional turkey with trimmings and the prime rib. All good. The dessert gelato was to die for. I suppose the restaurant area was closed because there were very few people with reservations. I was pleased that they at least kept the kitchen open to serve the high-quality food they normally serve. The Thanksgiving dinner was prix fixe and a good value at $55 per person. The server was attentive and helpful.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2018

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Excellent service. Overpriced, but decent food. Ravioli dish was very good, but needed a sprinkling of cheese. The Beef Pappardelle needed a better quality of meat, especially for the price.
  10. JF

    JoyceF

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2018

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    they were closed! made online reservation, parked and went inside and restaurant was closed. very disappointed.
  11. SC

    SandyCampbell

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2017

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    This was our yearly Thanksgiving dinner out. Two of us had turkey and two had the prime rib. For this occasion it was a pris fixe menu with limited choices. All were excellent. We all agreed this restaurant's Thanksgiving meal is one of the valley's best kept secrets. Not crowded. Very nice.
  12. l

    lamz

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2017

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    40 minute wait for food was rediculous, only plus was it was convenient but not a reason to be so bad and expensive would not reccomend it to anyone.
  13. w

    wooky2000

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2017

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    This restaurant has gone downhill pretty bad in the last couple years. Had the breakfast buffet. Barely anything was above motel/diner quality. Interior still may look nice but you're quickly turned off by the bland and dry food.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We come here a few times a year for breakfast, this time it was for Fathers Day and we had a great breakfast and with that, came the outstanding service. We will continue to eat here. I highly recommend for breakfast, the buffet is hot and they keep it up so that your not waiting for food. Come check them out, you will enjoy.
  15. R

    Renny

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2017

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Restaurant had decided to close early, yet still accepted our reservation.
  16. SS

    SamS

    San Francisco

    73 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2017

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Had a quick lunch Spinach salad was good but Pizza was not hot and crust was frozen pie
  17. D

    Drew

    San Francisco

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2017

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I have had breakfast here hundreds of times. Always fruit and cereal. My food choices don't lend themselves to dazzling, five-star cuisine. (I'm strict vegetarian. Non-vegetarian foods look attractive and well-prepared.) Service these days is good, and, even as a solo diner, I feel welcome.
  18. CG

    CaliGirl

    Central Coast

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2017

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    This is the restaurant in the Hyatt Regency. We had a delicious dinner and a glass of wine each before attending a book signing at the convention center. Restaurant is an ideal location for this. But more importantly, the food is good, with healthy choices, and good value for money. I'd definitely choose this restaurant over those at other convention center hotels, and I would dine here again. Good service, atmosphere and quiet enough for normal conversations.
  19. f

    foodie

    Sacramento

    122 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    122 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2017

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The Breakfast Buffet is now $24 and ordering an omelette with the buffet is now $2 extra. They have switched chefs and menus recently, and there is perhaps a slight dropoff in food prep quality. Still, service is great and it is a convenient option.
  20. CW

    ChrisW

    Los Angeles

    36 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2016

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    Dinner buffet was.... unfortunate. Bland food which had been sitting for too long.
  21. SC

    SandyCampbell

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We decided to return for thanksgiving dinner this year in spite of some recent poor reviews. It was a fixed price menu with good variety. Service was attentive. The noise level was not dead quiet, but we were able to converse comfortably without raising our voices or straining to hear. This was important to us because it is a very social occasion. We enjoyed this place very much.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2016

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Service was good,the hostess and waitress were friendly and efficient. It helped that we were able to get reservations and not have to wait.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent variety of food along with incredible service. I would recommend this for just about any type of dining occasion. We were given a private room which was ideal for a business meeting. The restaurant paid attention to every detail. Well done.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were acknowledged immediately and seated within 3 minutes, even though we were a few minutes late. We were quickly greeted with water and shortly after our kind server. Food was delicious.
  25. r

    raffy

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2016

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Uninspired food offerings, typical of a suburban restaurant which is nestled in a sea of office complexes.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edmonton

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good service and great food
  27. j

    jenb

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2016

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    We had a reservation for a week, but when we arrived, we were told the wait for food (even appetizers) would be one hour because "the kitchen is slammed" - which isn't how reservations work. However, there were only about 5 parties dining in the restaurant - it wasn't even 1/3 filled. We were trying to make it to an event after, so we were concerned, but stuck because we didn't have reservations elsewhere or a car (we Ubered there.) The food did come after one whole hour of waiting, and it was mediocre. Not many vegetarian gluten free options here either, so all I could eat was a salad after all. (One hour to make a salad?!) Our server was not very apologetic or friendly either. I would not return to this restaurant.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2016

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Horrible service, waited two hours for a salad. Minimum menu, nothing was good except the bread
  29. p

    pfdinner

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2016

    overall1food2service3ambience2
    This was one of the worst dinner experiences I've had. Something is seriously wrong with this restaurant. We arrived for my daughters Birthday dinner paired with a concert after at Levi's Stadium. We were seated promptly. We ordered drinks, food and thats where it all went down hill. It became very apparent that people who had been there long before use, were waiting for their food. In fact, looking around, no one had food. 30 mins past, two table got up and left without being served. Wait staff didn't have anything to say other than sorry, and it would be about 10 more mins to wait or the could comp us at the Taco bar. 25 more mins goes by finally our food arrives along with a few others, it was just ok tasting nothing special. Many customers were getting very upset, I felt bad for the wait staff....it wasn't there fault. No explanation at all for the delays of 1+ hours for food. Not a great birthday meal for my daughter, at least they knocked 50% off the meal. Never again will I return to this restaurant. We ended up going to In and Out after our concert....it was a much better experience.
  30. N

    Nice

    Las Vegas

    57 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2016

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    We had a reservation at 5:00pm on Saturday 9/17 planning more than enough time to eat and be ready to leave in time for our show. We arrived at 4:45pm and our table was ready. We were promptly seated and within just a few minutes we ordered wine and an appetizer. At 5:35pm we had still not received our appetizer and were regretting having just ordered our dinner entrees. We asked if our app would be up soon and ten minutes later the pretzel sticks arrive at the table. This was the LAST time we even saw our server for more than THIRTY minutes until we flagged him down at 6:15pm ... dirty dishes still sitting on our table and still NO dinner entrees yet. We had to leave for our event and unfortunately we could not wait any longer. Less than two minutes later {hmmm how did that happen?} the server again magically appears with two of the dinner entrees but the two pizza entrees were a no show. I asked how much longer for the pizza and he responded "there are 15 tickets from the bar in the lobby ahead of you - it'll be at least another half an hour" - two people at our table would have to sit and wait another 30 minutes while the other two of us ate - NO! We politely declined our dinner entrees and asked for our check. At this point we had been in that restaurant since 4:45pm - waited 35 minutes for an appetizer and another 30 minutes for dinner that never arrived only to be told it would be yet another 30 minutes. We learned from talking to three other tables around us, all with the exact same problem, that there was only ONE small kitchen serving the entire Hotel - a 500 room Hotel and that includes room service, the bar and the restaurant. So, for those of us who took the time to make a reservation our orders fell behind the patrons sitting in the bar ordering off of the exact same menu. Dining at TusCa was one of the worst dining experiences I have ever had. $70.00 for a bottle of wine and a pretzel appetizer was NOT worth the hassle or the wait!
  31. SL

    SLORicky

    Central Coast

    25 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2016

    overall1food3service4ambience4
    TusCA is advertised as an Italian Restaurant. It is not. The menu had pizza and one or two Italian dishes, but the rest was casual fare, e.g. a hamburger. What made this especially frustrating for my wife and I was the menu had little resemblance to the menu on their website. Prime example of bait and switch.
  32. BJ

    BJWells

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2016

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    I selected TusCA because of it's close proximity to Levi Stadium. It started off ok with a party of eight in a semi private dining area., but went downhill from there. The food was just okay, the fish had a very strong odor. Service was disappointing; served soup without providing a soup spoon, and to top it all off the credit cards were charged twice. For this restaurant to be inside of the Hyatt Hotel is shocking. First and last time for me at this restaurant.
  33. MB

    MarkfromBostonNaples

    New England

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2016

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Friendly staff and great menu. If you are in town for business no need to look for anything else. Relax and eat in.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2016

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Service was slow considering the restaurant was only half full and they only had a limited menu (because the hotel was full)? It didn't make sense to us. The server did go out of their way when we asked for a steak for my mother (who had seen it on the menu the day before). BUT we were charged $38 for it. My salmon was very good and my guest's burger good as well. When we made reservations, we noted that it was a birthday meal for our guest. We ordered dessert after dinner and then after we finished that and asked for the bill, another piece of cake was brought out. At that point we were full and ready to leave.
  35. f

    foodie

    Sacramento

    122 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    122 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wow, the 2005 Chateau d'Yquem is offered by the glass. Using the Coravin system which extracts wine from the bottle without pulling the cork and then replacing the volume with argon gas, that and other fine wines are offered by the glass in a rather impressive wine list for a hotel restaurant, and befitting of a fine dining establishment. I had the NY Steak and shrimp scampi and both were cooked to perfection. Yum Yum Yum. We also had the fried calamari and the fresh Ahi in lettuce wraps for appetizers, and both were excellent. We also had an excellent breakfast buffet the next morning. Absolutely loved the slo-cooked smoked salmon, which is far better than the inconsistent raw product they used to serve. Great variety of fresh fruit and danishes, and hot offerings of scrambled eggs, potatoes, bacon (all you can eat), sausages, country biscuit in gravy (some days have eggs benedict) and pancakes or french toast. They also make excellent omelets. Service by the breakfast crew (A, M, and G) is always great and friendly.
  36. N

    Nkoch

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2016

    overall2food2service4ambience1
    we have been going to this restaurant for years and the ownership changed we recently went back to see if they are still the same and they are not. the only reason we tried it twice was because of their server Mo. if he did not work there we would not have gone back. our last experience was not good at all. the food has gone down hill. the new decor is dark and dingy and the addition of the buffet station has taken away any elegance this place had. very disappointed and would not go back. Also no one ever answers the phone when you call. a huge disappointment.
  37. IM

    ImpressMe

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    3.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2016

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    When staying at the Hyatt, this is a convenient place to eat breakfast or dinner. The food is usually pretty good, but nothing outstanding. Salmon is fresh and prepared nicely, if they have a steak on the menu, it's usually good, traditional breakfast is also available and a great option with kids.
  38. b

    blah

    San Francisco

    67 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2016

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    Any spot with a big buffet island in the middle of the room for $19 per person does not qualify for the "restaurant" moniker IMO. This is for convention goers at the Hyatt to pig out on sub-standard food dubbed "California cuisine". Will go back with the staff/team but not with the wife.
  39. L

    Ladiesinvegas

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2016

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    I had a reservation for 10, the hostess was lovely, but our waiter was not. He was overwhelmed and grumpy. The restaurant was not busy at all, but it took FOREVER...over 2 hours. Some of us got our food and finished it before other got anything at all. The food was fine, but it took painfully long.
  40. SC

    SandyCampbell

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2015

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Our party of three had Thanksgiving dinner there. My husband had halibut with tomato risotto. He pronounced it execellent. My friend and I each had the turkey dinner. I was impressed with the bread/cranberry stuffing and the perfectly prepared tiny brussels sprouts. I am fussy about brussels sprouts. Usually I set them aside because so many restaurants do not know how to prepare them. The pumpkin bisque and the chicken orzo soup were excellent. The salad was arugula sprouts with a cheese topping and dressing. It has been a few days and so I do not remember what the dressing or cheese were. The dessert table was eye-popping. We will definitely go back.

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Evolution Restaurant and Bar is rated 3.7 stars by 188 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

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Google Map for Evolution Restaurant and Bar

5101 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA 95054

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Tasman

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Clara

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast: 6:30am - 11:00am; Lunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: 5:30pm - 9:00pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Californian, Breakfast

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Hotel Parking

  • Public transit

    Public Transit Stops: VTA Old IronsidesGreat America

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (408) 510-6480

  • Private party facilities

    Inspired by the Tuscan region’s emphasis on abundance, Executive Chef Hector Pabon, presents authentic and sophisticated regional Italian cuisine. Our menu offerings and dish preparations reflect the basic ingredients available from local purveyors through the seasons.

  • Private party contact

    Lindsey Hall: (408) 510-6487

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