VILLAGE California Bistro & Wine Bar

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Village California Bistro and Wine Bar is a neighborhood indoor/outdoor restaurant that serves California-inspired cuisine and wine. The restaurant prides itself on using only the finest and freshest organic ingredients, sourced from local farms. It offers a seasonal menu that revolves around salads, pasta, seafood, poultry, lamb and beef dishes. The Village California Bistro and Wine Bar also boasts an award-winning wine list that includes hundreds of vintages sourced from wineries around the word.



The Village California Bistro and Wine Bar features an outdoor side patio that provides the ideal place for hosting a small party. It also offers catering services that can be adapted to everything from small cocktail parties to large parties. This restaurant is open for lunch, Monday to Friday and for dinner all through the week.


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P
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location

MT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Only few selection of food. Very boring overall service and food

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience5

This experience was super horrible. There were eggshells in my calamari, received a glass of water and the glass was completely dirty, it still had lipstick on it.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience3

I’ve been here several times and loved it. But on our most recent visit, Nov. 1, 2019, the food had changed... a lot!!!
Our favorite, the Brussels sprouts, were a much smaller portion for the same price and lacked the wow factor they use to have. I ordered the wedge salad for my entree. In the past is was large... large enough for a whole meal. This time it was much smaller. Like a small side salad, but at an entree price. My sons had a chicken ceaser salad. His said was equally depressing, and the chicken came on a separate plate, not in the salad. The chicken was a plain dry, thin, skinless breast that you’d expect to see from an amateur cook... like first time cook. Ugh! My mother ordered the short rib. When she went to cut into it, the texture was so weird!!! Not like short rib that falls apart with your fork, but like a piece of rubber you need a steak knife to cut through and chew for days. It was very strange. The waitress agreed that it didn’t look right so she took it back. They brought my mom a new one and it was much better and my mom ended up enjoying it. Apparently the cooks are new... and they are making changes to the menu... I don’t know what’s happening there, but it sucks! And it explains why the place was so empty on a Friday night!

L
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dinner date with my wife. Good food. Lovely night. Very lively outside. Sorry I didn’t take pictures of the dishes. We had the sampler appetizer. Natalie has fish & chips and I had braised short rib. The food was delicious and plentiful. Thanks for a lovely evening.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

The outdoor seating looked nice but was taken. We sat inside most of restaurant was on the emptier side. Immediately felt the ambiance was dated and menus covered in plastic is a bit tacky. Waitress greeted the table then didn’t come back for about 10minutes, had to have the hostess track down the server. The manager then came right over (appearance was a bit messy, didn’t feel reassured) apologized for wait and took drink and app order. Server then came back over to take entree order and refill water, spilled water on the table/my hand while I was holding the glass. Then manager came over with the bottle of wine we ordered and spilled a few drops of that on the table as well. Apps, entree and dessert were mediocre. Overall the website for this place looks nice and the menu seems really appealing I liked they had a few vegetarian options since most places only have one but overall a very disappointing experience. There’s lots of other restaurants around the area I definitely suggest somewhere else.

NG
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

This was my 2nd visit and we sat outside. I had the pastrami sandwich at my last visit and it was excellent. On this visit, I had the fried chicken sandwich and noted on the menu to be spicy - which I was looking forward to. This sandwich was a little greasy, had too much honey on it and lacked spice and a small amount of chipotle mayo. I was not too fond of the chicken breading that lacked flavor, was not crunchy and tasted like the breading on frozen food. I was expecting the typical fried chicken vs. this breading that generally is used for veal cutlets.

Our waiter was polite and very attentive until he got busy. The person that delivered our food was having a bad day and lacked customer service. The ambience of sitting outside was great. I will return and try another dish based on my 1st visit.

L
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I really wanted to like it, nice atmosphere and good service. But the food did not taste good. Had to remake one of the dishes since it was not made as requested, another egg dish with a Mexican twist was more like a liquid soup, not visibly presentable and did not taste good.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The staff was friendly, the food was good, but not stellar. I feel that the menu needs better options specific to the region of Napa. The prices were a bit steep for food that was average. I went on a Saturday night and I was surprised how empty it was. I’ve dined there before and it seems as the restaurant is becoming less and less popular.

CP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Well, checking in for our reservation I was aptly greeted with “outdoor tables are first come first serve” and that we couldn’t be seated for our reservation. We were then offered an inside table which we reluctantly accepted.

Our waitress seemed like this was her first job. Between the unpleasant demeanor, lack of attention to detail, and every question being an inconvenience, it truly made our experience magical (sarcasm). The food came out with the eggs barely warm, getting that nice sat on the counter golden yellow that we all enjoy.

Overall, the experience was terrible.

KM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It appear that they block cell phone reception inside the restaurant as there was an important call that went to voicemail.

j
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The only problem we haatted was when we ordered lattes and our waiter told us they didn't have any milk to make the lattes.

c
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

I am expecting to get 100 point right ? I do not show the credit ?

PH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and craft cocktails are amazing. We had great service and accommodations. The bread they served before dinner was delicious. Wonderful experience here!

M
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Came here for lunch with out of town friends. Excellent food and location. We ordered egg Benedict with crab cake, shrimp Louie salad, steak banh mi and chicken salad. Each dish is delicious and beautifully presented. Sat outside and had great view of Santana Row. A great experience for us and our friends.

CB
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

I was surprised at the poor service and hoping it's a one off. Breakfast took 35 minutes after tracking down the server and also speaking with the manager. I expected more than a reduction of $4 off the bill.

A
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Yesenia, our waitress provided us ample time to choose our cocktails and water and then with time between our appetizer and entree. She was attendent but acknowledged our request for private conversation. She explained the special and answered questions regarding entrees. She came back frequently to see if we needed anything. It was a Sunday evening and not sooo busy that we also got to get a personal side too. Good luck to Yesenia on her future nursing career! Hope she gets lots of tips to help her.
Village Calfornia Bistro and Wine Bar is always my go to! Love that place !

OW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service was awesome but unfortunately the fish and chip were not the best, the inside of the batter on fish was wet it should have been dropped in fryer a minute or two longer and the fries were limp and soggy, edible but not the standard I had here previously , we did mention it to the server and he said he would let the chef know to avoid this happening again

LM
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Food was decent. The server was smiling and friendly but had NO knowledge of what was in the food and had to be asked more than once to ask the cook. I asked about the soup and she never asked and then told us at the end of our meal. We asked for break with olive oil. She brought the olive oil and forgot the bread. No training. No menu knowledge. We were going to have dessert but decided that might be more work than it was worth so we skipped it.

T
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were having a girls shopping trip to Santana Row last Saturday and we decided to make a reservation a few days prior at Village California Bistro & Wine Bar. We got very hungry and decided to see if they were able to seat us early, and they were able to let us move up our reservation, which was very nice as they were busy. It was a warm day but the umbrellas kept us cool. The drinks were terrific! We had the Blood Orange Martini and the Spicy Margarita. We enjoyed our cocktails with a wonderful Mediterranean style appetizer of hummus and other wonderful Greek flavors. For our main course, two ladies at our table ordered the Tuna Melt & Cheeseburger to share - they raved about it. Another gal had the Fish & Chips and said it was really great as well. I had the Crispy Chicken Sandwich that came with honey jalapeños - it was pretty spectacular! Our waitress was so sweet and accommodating and the service all around, was really good. We will definitely visit again and I would highly recommend this restaurant.

C
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Came here for brunch and was extremely disappointed. I had been there for brunch a few months back and really enjoyed the food, but this time around the quality of the food was just not there. I ordered the prawn ranchero only to find out a few minutes before they brought the dish out, that they were out of tortillas for the dish. Not sure how you would call this a ranchero if it didn’t have tortillas. The wait staff offered nacho chips instead...I couldn’t believe it. The egg was fried pretty hard instead of it being runny as it should for this dish. Then the shrimp skewer was cold. Will not be back!

OT
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First time here and great cocktail menu. Orange Cosmo and Berries Lemon Drop were delicious! Cerviche was served with potato chips...a bit unusual and not much avocado. Sole was good, served with mashed potatoes and spinach.. Lemon Creme Brulle was very tasty! Another visit is a must to try other dishes on the menu.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

interesting, healthy menu choices, everything sounded good. nice place. will go back.

JK
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Sunday morning bfast; service was slow and no existent. Food allergy was not taken seriously and took several attempts of me insisting they confirm the food item before they asked the chef who said it was fish, which my friend is allergic to. Orders came out incorrectly. I had to walk in my own check. Had to ask for water. It’s too bad because I’ve enjoyed bfast there many times over the years. Will not be returning.

D
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The brie is delicious very nice place to eat outdoors service was excellent!

BM
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and good location! Service was pleasant and prompt.

z
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience4

We sat for over an hour before anyone took our order. Once our order was taken it took almost as much time to get our food. Very disappointing. The manager did apologize and compensated us for 2 bowls of soup but not sure I’d ever go back.

DP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Small portions for the money even for my small wife.

r
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Poor and slow service it was a slow night. Took forever to get drinks. Never got our appetizer. Food was fair.

SC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The restaurant was fairly empty when we arrived.
Our waiter apparently failed to fire our food order with the kitchen and the wait was unusually long (45 minutes for a Nicoise salad and a Waldorf wrap). He never apologized for the delay and we noticed he was more interested in chatting with his colleagues than servicing his customers. I actually had to get up and walk over to him to ask where our food was? Weird. When the food finally arrived it was delicious.
Not typical service for Village that both my guest and I frequently dine at.

DR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great experience. One of our favorite places to enjoy a meal.

ML
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Food was decent, not exceptional, Ambience was good and wait staff was fairly attentive, but would disappear for periods of time.

EW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Service was very slow, food came out more than five minutes apart, almost dropped a ceramic on my foot, burger and fish and chips were very mediocre and did not meet expectations for the area. Outdoor seating was very nice, good temperature, nice views and people watching. Interesting brunch menus.

A
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Jose, was fantastic. He provided time between our cocktails and our appetizer, etc. We weren't rushed and had adequate wait time until entree. Jose's wine and entree suggestions were spot on. The sole was flavorful as well as the prawn pasta. The wine suggestion was a hit. My favorite is the brie appetizer.

d
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was tasty but a bit over-priced. While we requested outdoor seating, we didn't have shade after we were seated for about 20 minutes. The waiter was very busy and not very attentive to our table.

l
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

latte was barely warm. food arrived before appetizer although specifically told to hold main dishes. Main dishes arrived ten minutes after appetizer. Clearly had been sitting a while since eggs and bacon both dried out. Server either new or used to diner style service. Did not care about our request.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Overall the place is good since it’s santana row, and it’s a pretty patio, but it always feels like they need more waiters. Often your waiter is waiting on 6-8 tables which is a lot and he/she can’t even get to you to refill your water or bring you any sauce... basically you only see your waiter 2 times. When they take your order and when they bring you the check. Just eat your food and have fun and don’t expect the waiter to even check on you!

JC
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed outside dining.

CC
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Birthday celebration

H
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I ordered the sea food sampler. 3 oysters were OK, the octopus was acceptable, the shrimp were overcooked (and no cocktail sauce) and worst of all the seared tuna was ice cold. The room and the wait staff were pleasant.