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About VILLAGE California Bistro & Wine Bar

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.


378 Santana Row #1035
San Jose, CA 95128
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian, Organic, Wine Bar

Hours of Operation:
BREAKFAST SERVED EVERYDAY UNTIL 3PM!

Starting at 10am Mon-Fri & 8:30am Sat/Sun



LUNCH DAILY: 11:00am - 3:00pm



DINNER DAILY: Starting from 5:00pm

Closing: Mon-Thur 9:00pm, Fri/Sat 10:00pm, Sun 8:30pm

We Offer a $35 THREE COURSE DINNER All Night, EVERY Night!



AFTERNOON(Late Lunch)DAILY: 3:00pm - 5:00pm



PREMIUM HAPPY HOUR MON - FRI
Small Bites 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Drink Specials 3:00pm - 7:00pm



$3 Draught Beers; $5 Well Spirits

$7 Seasonal Fruit Infusions

$6 SMALL PLATES & WINES BY THE GLASS



Please go to our website to see our current menu selections but note they are subject to change according to the season and product availability.

Cross Street:
Winchester & Stevens Creek

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(408) 248-9091

Website:
http://www.thevillagebistro.net/

Parking Details:
Plenty of parking street level and underground - Santana Row public parking (Hotel Valencia offers Valet for ALL Santana Row Patrons!).

Executive Chef:
Chef: Abel Landeros/ Wine Director: Tommi Renshaw

Private Party Contact:
Joshua Adams: (408) 248-9091

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
WEEKDAY LUNCH 'PLATE' PRIX FIXE ($22) . . .

Soup, Salad, Entree & Dessert Served at Once on One Plate for a Speedier Lunch!



DAILY THREE COURSE PRIX FIXE DINNERS ($29 & $39) . . .

Choice of Soup, Salad or Small Plate

4 Entree Options to Choose From

Dessert of Your Choosing

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VILLAGE California Bistro & Wine Bar Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.1

service

3.9

ambience

4.1

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (23)
Great for Brunch (22)
Great for Outdoor Dining (22)
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Good for a Date (17)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Sunday Lunch (15)
Great for Lunch (15)
Notable Wine List (13)
Special Occasion (12)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Cozy (10)
Fun (9)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Romantic (8)
Business Meals (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Comfort Food (7)
People Watching (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Afternoon Coffee (6)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Healthy (5)
Good for Groups (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Seasonal (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Authentic (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Scenic View (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined a day ago

Loved the brunch and the customizable bloody mary option. Food was excellent. Service...meh. A little slow....I think they may not properly staff for Sunday brunch. We had to ask twice for my husband's beer; one item we ordered never made it to the table, but did make it onto the bill. They took it off, but still....
Anyway, it's a place I've been many times and will go back many more.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Sat us immediately, very prompt service. Food was excellent, wine selection was top notch.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Such potential, so many disappointments! Server quite friendly, but rarely seen. Coffee long past its prime, food delivered almost cold-but hard to rectify as server didn't come back for 15 minutes. Had it been hot it would have been very good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

We were there for late dinner on February 14 - so appreciated the heavy drapes and outdoor heaters. It was very comfortable - and quieter than the inside! The food was excellent and service very good.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Greeted and quickly seated. Nice wine selection and food choices looked great. Our selections were delicious.
Highly recommended especially for a special dinner occasion.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 12, 2018

This was our first visit to the restaurant. The food was fine — nothing stellar, but tasty and what I expected. The issue was with the service. We were enjoying a cocktail and appetizer when our wine came out and, quickly after, our dinner. Surely they know to wait until we have finished with the drink and appetizer first? I felt rushed throughout because of that. I'm not sure if we'll return. I might be willing to give them a second chance, but I really think the service should be better.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

It was hard to qualify this rating with stars. The food was good and the prices were very good for the quality of food. Our server was pleasant and attentive but not intrusive. In general, a nice place to have lunch with a friend.

But my whole experience was colored by the host who was not at all welcoming. When I reserved, I requested an outside table. Friday was sunny and hot in the Bay Area. So when we arrived I asked for a table in the shade, preferably along the side of the restaurant which is in a covered passageway. It appeared there were tables available there and also four-tops in the front that had sun umbrellas.

The host was quite insistent that the only available table was a small cafe table with a metal mesh top tucked into a corner in front of the restaurant. I pointed out that the small amount of shade for that table would probably disappear as the sun moved but he said he would bring the awning down if it got sunny. Which it did, and he did. But in a very short time the sun moved so that the awning was insufficient and as a result we spent our lunch mostly in the warm sun. Surely the host knew that would be the case.

I have no idea why the host was so resistant to giving us a table in the shady area, or a four-top in the front. If he had taken the time to explain (a large party coming in, an unexpected volume of reservations) I might have been less annoyed. But he was adamant to the point of rudeness. Maybe I should have worn fancier shoes. Maybe it's the way he treats a pair of women. Who knows.

Anyway if it had not been lunch hour in Santana Row and if I hadn't already dragged an old friend out of her way to meet me at my convenience I would have gone somewhere else. But I was in a social bind, it was lunchtime in the Row and my friend had been generous with her time. So we had lunch at the Village California Bistro. And like I said the food was good and the server was competent. But I don't think I'm planning to return.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 7, 2018

I actually really like this place. Food is great and service is pretty good. We had to ask a few times for things we ordered that were forgotten, but that’s alright.

What I don’t like is that the employer is too cheap to pay for their employees benefits so they tack on a minimum wage tax to your check. This place is located in Santana Row, they have to be making pretty decent money. Honestly if I would have known I probably would have gone elsewhere. Take care of your employees!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Service was very slow

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 30, 2018

At time of booking via open table, allergies were listed as well as notification that dinner was for a birthday even. Restaurant failed to show knowledge of allergies or birthday.
Food is reasonable, far from great. Service is well below average and this has a feeling of “a chain restaurant”. I would not recommend.
Restaurant showed great unwillingness to “adjust” food recipes to accommodate any food allergies. Waiter was initially even unwilling to indicate which foods would be ok (he pointed to one single option: sole, stated that was the only option). We then had to ask for a candle for the birthday, again the waiter obliged but not without a “disapproving” look.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

The only hit that kept this from being an outstanding experience was the expectation that the oysters were supposed to come out before our entrees AND that we had to ask for the status of that order

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Poor service, had to ask for water several times, one brunch item was barely warm - asked for a condiment a couple times and it never came. Our waitress went in break and didn’t tell us or transition the New waiter. Manager Courtney apologized, took off the one meal and a little discount, that was nice but I told her, we have been there several times because we like the food and cocktails but always, service there is subpar. We keep thinking it will get better. Not sure we’ll visit again as there is a lot of competition and newer places to go to. Thank you for the opportunity and I really hope they can provide better service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Becky was very helpful for making suggestions to help we vegetarians for the menu as the menus needs more options. She was great!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Cozy, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

We have been going here frequently, but the last 3 times our experience was really bad. The waiter seems new and untrained. She was feeling overwhelmed with pretty much anything we asked. Such as a coffee refill, butter for the bread. The quality of food is also going down. I am personally disappointed because I used to love this place. After 3 consecutive bad experiences, I don’t think we will be going back too soon.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The best thing about this place is that was the only one on Santana row without a long wait. The hostess was very welcoming and pleasant. The waitstaff was rushed and not attentive. The food was mediocre not served as ordered & A bit overpriced for what it was. I ordered flatbread and added chicken for $11 (total $27) and it was about four pieces of over cooked chicken. If you’re looking for a quick easy place to get in and out of I would recommend it but overall it was just mediocre at best

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Good food if somewhat limited menu what you get is very good

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Not the first time I have been here, and have enjoyed all of the times I have been. Give it a try it is good.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We went for NYE dinner. We’ve celebrated the new year there before. The place was not very busy as in past years. My husband had lamb and it was not very good. Our first course was not up to their standard meal. I had the filet, mashed potatoe and broccoli rab was great ! The desserts were excellent!

Tags: Bar Seating, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great appetizers and good place to sit outside and people watch. Enjoyed Kayla our server who was attentive and ensured we were taken care of with all of our questions and requests. I also appreciated Kayla attention to our teenage sons requests and questions.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Casual, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

The food was a hit and miss w/our party of 5. The bacon omelette was nicely done w/decent size pieces of bacon despite the waiter explained it poorly. Eggs Benedict was good as well but could've used more hollandaise sauce. The spuds that came with it needed to be crisped up and leave out the filler of green bell peppers (way too much!). The fish used for the fish and chips was very poor quality fish and the batter was way too heavy. Very poorly done! Would never order that dish again according to two at the table that ordered it. The burger was very good second time around as first time it was well done despite request was for medium rare! Three of five said they would not go back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Quick Bite, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

This was my third time here. My first time was a great experience from start to finish. The second time, the service was sorely lacking -- had to ask to order drinks after being seated for more than 20 minutes and then asked for the drinks to be served another 15 minutes later. That was a bummer because I was treating a friend from out of state for her birthday. I went back this time for a holiday brunch with friends, hoping for the best. The food and Bloody Mary's were excellent. Service was not awesome, but it was not horrible either. I will go back another time.

By the way, the Build Your Own Bloody Mary menu (available weekends only) is phenomenal.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Have been here multiple times & had excellent service. Came 2 hrs before catching a movie. Restaurant wasn't busy; however, our waitress, was SLOW. Our food finally came 1/2 hr before we had to leave!! Found out they were short-staffed; however, waitress should have communicated that to us. We told her of our movie plans. Will come again but hopefully, not the same waitress!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Our waiter, Nakita (sp?) was welcoming, friendly and attentive.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The only issue we had was the staff seemed to be grumpy at each other. Our waiter was fine, but did not split our shared item as they usually do. The breakfast was fine but a bossy boss is not fun to watch.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2017

The restaurant comped our dessert. They apologized for the slow service. We hadn't really noticed, but they apologized without us having commented at all. We were very surprised and very appreciative of their acknowledgement that their service was not up to their own standards.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Jose was wonderful!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Food is spot on. Very good. Price is about right. Will come back again.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

So disappointed with our latest visit here... this was one of my favorite restaurants in Santana Row because they are dog friendly, the menu was great and the service has always been outstanding (until this past visit).

The menu changed for the Fall Season which is fine, but, the choices were frankly uninspiring. We used to love the mini-wellingtons appetizer, but that's gone. We had to go with deep fried duck rolls as an appetizer, and they weren't very tasty. The main course selection was equally bland... we had Duck and Filet Mignon in the absence of anything interesting.

But, that wasn't the worst part of the evening. The service was terrible! We usually get great service here even when they are busy, but our server was super slow and almost non-existent on Saturday night! When she did stop by (in all of 3 visits throughout the entire evening) she could barely smile. Oh, until she brought the bill over... then she smiled WIDE so we knew she had it in her.

Even the guys who clear the tables and fill water had an attitude. I asked one of them if we could have water, he looked right at me, and then walked away.... I was pretty astounded because I said "please could we get some water?" in a non-demanding way... he was super rude.

Anyway, we're taking this off the restaurant rotation for now. There are too many good restaurants in Santana Row, we're not going to waste our time until they up-level the service and we'll check the menu before we go if we ever go back.

Over. It.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Distinctly average.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Great Service allowed us to relax and enjoy time together over leisurely meal.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We had a very nice dinner here. My wife's filet was cooked perfectly and my duck with mole sauce was very tasty and perfect amount of sauce - not overwhelming. Our server was outstanding and we also had a cocktail at the bar and our bartender was a great guy and excellent conversation!

Tags: Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

This place is very cozy and food is great. Prices are reasonable, service very good.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

my friend ordered the beet salad with chicken, It cam with no chicken. Sent it back and the waiter brought her coleslaw while they redid the salad.
Waiter was very nice but not very attentive. The salad finally came and she was charged $8.00 for the chicken, a little pricey.

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Wow. I ordered the Eggs Benedict Florentine and found they used a puff pastry instead of an English muffin and it was outstanding. Very light. The hollandaise was just the right amount of butter and lemon - divine. Also, our waiter was particularly engaging and genuinely friendly.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Great service, food, everything. They even took care of us as we lingered after dining, allowing old friends to catch up.

Tags: People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Business Meals, Casual, Good for Groups, Fun, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Coffee, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Late-night Find, Cozy, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

It was great

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Delicious dinner and wonderful service!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The food was great. The service was terrible. It was as if we were an inconvenience to our server and serving staff.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Never had a bad meal here, all creative and delicious. Hostess/ manager is also a sommelier, intelligent, nice and helpful.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Food was outstanding and our waiter was awesome (chewy). We will definitely be back

Tags: Good for a Date
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