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.
Sat us immediately, very prompt service. Food was excellent, wine selection was top notch.
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.
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.
Greeted and quickly seated. Nice wine selection and food choices looked great. Our selections were delicious.
Highly recommended especially for a special dinner occasion.
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.
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.
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!
Service was very slow
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.
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