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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

4.2

service

4.1

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (26)
Casual (20)
Great for Lunch (20)
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Good for a Date (20)
Great for Brunch (19)
Sunday Lunch (16)
Notable Wine List (11)
People Watching (11)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Special Occasion (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Business Meals (8)
Cozy (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Quick Bite (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Fun (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Seasonal (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Healthy (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Romantic (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Authentic (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Scenic View (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 11 hours ago

Distinctly average.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

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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·Dined 4 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 26, 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 25, 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 25, 2017

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

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We came here for my birthday and sat outside. The ambiance was perfect with the trees lit up with twinkle lights. I was excited that they had wine flights and I had the most delicious roasted beet salad! The rest of the food was good too and we had a great experience.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

We were there a week earlier as well for my husband's birthday and food was heavenly amd our waiter Jose (which we got him twice) was very awesome and very nice. BIG Kuddos to the Chefs and Jose
Thank you
MaryB

Tags: Late-night Find, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great place for gathering ;)

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

They are not introducing the oyster to us when they deliver the dish to us. Just put it down and leave. Also, we have 3 people but only 2 forks for oyster. To be fair, the server did come back awhile later and check if everything is ok, but we already finished the oyster (one of my friends decided not to wait and used a regular fork) so we did not tell him.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Server was less than interested in serving us.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Nolis is a manager and also stepped in to serve us. AMAZING!! Knowledgeable. Friendly. Attentive. Food was great- perfectly cooked salmon. Perfectly prepared gnocchi. Wine list was excellent.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great place for lunch and on the weekends, brunch. Menu is always interesting with many great options.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

I never sat inside before and realized the outdoors is what makes this restaurant worth going to. The service was ok and I say that because I do not like getting my food before my drinks, we ordered wine and it did not arrive until several minutes after our food with both our dinner and our dessert.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

A special anniversary and the hostess made sure we got the perfect table. Thank you!!!

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Our server Friday evening Jesus is one of the BEST severs we have ever had the pleasure of dining with ....he is a real gem.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 29, 2017

I keep giving this place a try because it’s a good location and has an early brunch start time. It’s never memorable. We asked what kind of pancakes and the waitperson said they were just regular pancakes. The arrived and they were pumpkin. And not good pumpkin. Biscuits are blobs of dough. Eggs scrambles were dry.

Wine list is fine. Bloody Mary’s are good.

But it’s def not worth the money.

I will go back for a glass of wine but won’t ever eat here again.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

The service was awful. The bartender and the host were covering for our server who kept disappearing.
Service - Zero stars
Food - 4 stars

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Food a little salty

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Village California Bistro is always wonderful. Great food, ambiance, service, and experience. Thanks for another great meal!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Afternoon Coffee, Good for a Date, Quick Bite
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Things started out nice with a table on the side patio facing the walkway at Santana Row. The waiter was very kind and was amenable to our requests due to dietary constraints when taking our orders. He listened and seemed attentive and there was a lot of "absolutely" and "no problems"! Drinks came promptly. When the food came out my salad had cheese all over it which I had told him to please hold (no dairy). The young man delivering the salad had no clue but our waiter was standing nearby and said "oh, that was my fault I'm sorry, we will take care of that" and grabbed it to take it back to the kitchen. I was fine with that and shortly thereafter it came back with the other young man. When he set it down he said "Your waiter will be out with the dressing". The salad had clearly been shaken off to remove the cheese because there were remnants on some of the leaves and a few pieces on the sides of the plate. I removed them and decided to just eat it at that point. I waited and waited and saw my waiter go by a few times and saw him chatting with other staff. I finally put my hand up and called to him and asked him to bring the dressing. He apologized and went off to get it. He came back a few minutes later with the dressing. All was fine besides that. Food was ok, not great, not bad. Had to ask for our check as we sat there for a LONG time after we were done to get it. It was a nice casual lunch and company was good we had a lot to talk about it so it was fine but service less than stellar and food just ok. Atmosphere beautiful and that was the best part. Not sure I would return.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Lovely outside tables. Great for people watching. Great food choices..whether it is Breakfast Lunch or Dinner.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quick Bite, People Watching, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The wait staff needs to get the seating and service act together. We had a reservation and I needed to speak to the person seating us 2 times to let him know we needed to be seated.

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·Dined on October 2, 2017

This place was one of the originals on Santana Row, I believe, and back in it's day was a pretty good place for a quality dining experience. However, the last two times I've been there, once each in 2016/17, the overall experience at Village Bistro has been dismal.

Service is fairly quick, but not nearly as professional a staff as in past years. The food is simply bad for the prices they charge. Most recently, they substituted a side without mentioning it when the plate was ordered. Last, the restroom was a mess. As has much of Santana Row, Village Bistro has gone stale. It's not just that this restaurant is no longer good; it's now bad.

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Food was delicious, service was very good and many wines to chose from. Extensive wine list. Great combination of indoor/outdoor tables.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Fantastic! Will definitely return. Service and management were wonderful. Food was amazing. A beautiful day to seat outside and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Casual, People Watching, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2017

These notes are in the hope of being of service. The three of us dined at the Village Bistro. The food concepts are good, but the execution was flawed. I stress this is not to call anyone out, it's just to give you some pointers to improve things.

-- our waiter asserted there was no sweet vermouth ... even though a bar such as yours would obviously have this
-- the first drinks (manhattans, up) were terribly watery ... and then, the waiter had a bit of trouble when I didn't immediately say they were great. Further the waiter didn't really know what I meant, and when I explained didn't exhibit any regret, ask to fix them, etc.
-- two tables near us, seated after us, received their appetizers (though we'd ordered early, and one had ordered the appetizer we ordered!). finally ours came, and then about 1 minute later, our entrees. The server who brought the meals (not our waiter) was surprised, and apologized
-- we heard the specials, then ordered. one of us ordered the squash ravioli; only then did we learn it was not available ... the waiter claimed to have just learned that (but didn't mention it before we ordered)
-- two of us got the rosemary chicken. overall, great flavors and cooked well, but the cherries were pure vinegar (impossible to eat)
-- one of us got a truffle -- and couldn't eat it because she hates mint (mint flavor not listed on the menu).
-- one of us got the blood orange creme brûlée -- it was entirely runny, not custard-like in any way ... like orange-flavored runny egg yolk -- really really bad.

Again, the food ideas were good. But there is lots to do to deliver on a dining experience, and some work to do in the kitchen.

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·Dined on September 16, 2017

It was my sister's 60th birthday and 4 of us enjoyed a wonderful outdoor brunch. I had the egg bruscetta which was delicious. I tasted the hollandaise sauce from my sisters Benedict..... very yummy. I recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Afternoon Tea, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

I liked the Spanish villa ambiance. Nice bar setup. Staff very friendly. Paella was great, calamari appetizer was very good, fresh. Value was in line with other Santana Row restaurants.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Nice place and great service but breakfast was just so so (average), nothing special.

Tags: Happy Hour, Business Meals
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

I had breakfast here on Saturday morning and there was a yoga class going on outside which prompted me to get a table inside because of how loud the class was. The atmosphere is very nice inside and the service is pretty good. The prices are a little high for breakfast and the food was so-so. I probably wouldn't come back here for breakfast and I'm not sure if I would return for any other meal as well.

Tags: Quick Bite, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Been there many times. Enjoy it every time. Will return

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 31, 2017

The brie is always a great starter and the paella was fantastic. Glad we shared each plate because the waiter forgot our second entree.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2017

We went for brunch. It was just okay. The food was okay. Virtually every meal came out wrong in some way. One person ordered "very well done scrambled eggs" and they came out runny. Most sides were wrong. The server was certainly not very friendly (generally professional, but nothing more). There are lots of other good restaurants there that we will be choosing instead next time!

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vip
 (Dorset)·Dined on August 26, 2017

This place has gone downhill. Took forever to get a waiter, but the waiter himself was very good. We asked for the soup to be extra hot, it was luke warm. We asked for the prawns to be cooked well, both meals were over cooked. Great shame, this place used to be very reliable. Is the lease up?

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