VILLAGE California Bistro & Wine Bar

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1447 Reviews
$30 and under
Californian
We are no longer taking reservations through OpenTable. Please go to our website at http://www.thevillagebistro.net/ or call us at(408) 248-9091 to make a reservation.

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.
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vipMaryG
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Village Bistro is a favorite place of mine to meet friends for lunch. The food is consistently good and there's enough variety to please most anyone. I also appreciate that the staff never rushes you. That said, we started off with a great server and then were turned over to another one, who we had to flag down a couple of times for coffee refills.
I'll definitely return and just hope to get a good server, as I have had on every other visit the past few years.

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DarinD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a very kind server, and my fiancé and I very much much enjoyed the atmosphere, even if we were seated by the bar.
She enjoyed the trout though I have to say the braised beef was a little smaller of a portion than I’d’ve liked for the price. Overall we left satisfied. Would recommend.

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MsFoodie
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was wonderful! It had been awhile since we had dined at the restaurant due to not so great service in the past. Keep up the good service. The food and wine was great as well.

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Nick
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent.

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Atl0114
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

This was a lunch with my coworkers and boss. I specifically chose this location due to previously having excellent service and wine selection. Lunch service was not the same experience as dinner. Although the food was great. Late breakfast and lunch was a fun surprise. The wine was good! Everything could have been perfect if our waitress was as good as others that I have had. She could have been having an off day, or was just taking it easy for lunch. I’m not sure. Just a little disappointed and regretted my recommendation.

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OpenTable Diner
Yosemite
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Average. Service below average. Needs to be remodeled. Dated.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Good - service was very slow. They were busy for New Year’s Eve but not packed.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice food and service. We will go back.

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CoffeeGuy
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and atmosphere. This is a regular dining spot for social and business gatherings for my family and me.

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ShaunO
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

We ordered the fish and chips and the chicken porcini pasta. The bread and the fish and chips were tasty, but the pasta came out as a wet and diluted mess with little flavor. We wanted to send this dish back but didn’t care to make a fuss.

Regarding the service, our waitress seemed a bit aloof but was quick to bring our dishes and our check. It did seem like we were being expedited and a bit rushed, as we had our check in hand after being at the restaurant for just 40 minutes.

Ambience was great as usual.

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SueL
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great. We had a special holiday cocktail there years ago and the bartender wrote down the recipe for us. They didn’t have that cocktail on the menu this year but when we showed our waiter, Eric the recipe he took it to the bartender, Ian and they re-created it just for us. Now that is service!

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JoanM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was overshadowed by the lack of service. Server was friendly, however one meal appeared to have been forgotten and had to be asked for. When it was served, it was incorrect.

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JohnC
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. Great wine list.

MJ
vipMarthaJ
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience2

I have eaten here several times but the last few times the service and food were inedible

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, from the appetizer baby beef Wellington’s and fries, to our drinks and meals. Every staff member was attentive and helpful bringing our food or clearing the table. Definitely a lovely night and will always be back to the Village in the future.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Pastry on mini Wellington was raw. Dips, curry bland. The short ribs were served with unrendered fat and in a bowl of oil; I'm still feeling ill the morning after. Oh, and the overpriced sidecar was way too sweet.

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cookies4u
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

An annual holiday get together with my friend. We have gone to Village Bistro the last 4 years and have always had a really good experience. Food is always flavorful and service is always attentive. Had the prix fixe this time - had a wedge salad, ravioli and pear panna cotta all for $29! Great wine list too.

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vipDaveD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice surprise! We enjoyed the Village Bistro’s Bar and Restaurant after wonderful holiday stroll through the area for Christmas lights and decorations. Great beer and wine selection plus craft cocktails. We all shared several flavorful dishes, including short ribs, lamb shank and shrimp pasta with awesome sides. We had a nice table, service, low noise environment and delightful holiday music. Great value. Definitely dine here again!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Poor service (waiter forgot to put out order in, came back 10 min later and said “I can’t read my own writing what did you order again?” Then charged us extra for things we didn’t order.

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DonSJ
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Delicious sole in a lemon caper sauce with mashed potatoes and sauted spinach. Too bad it was completely ruined by too much sauce. It actually looked like a bowl of soup when it arrived. The potatoes disintegrated. Glass of chardonnay tasted like it had come from an opened bottle that had been sitting open too long. At close to $60 for lunch, I won't be going back. Way better choices and value for your money at Santana Row.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brook was a greAt server perfect place for a business meeting or girls night out

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kulvinderb
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

service was kind of slow even though it was not crowded when we went at 2:30 pm on Sunday

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Worst experience!! Their quality has gone down so much. They brought my daughter’s chicken tenders completely uncooked and pink on the inside. I was horrified. Thank god she didn’t bite into it and broke it by hand instead and realized it’s not cooked. Otherwise she would have got so so sick.
The waitress was not apologetic and handled it very poorly. Sadly, the rest of us were very displeased with our food too. Tasteless and just poorly cooked. Not returning here anytime soon.

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LastSamurai
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

When we arrived for our reservation, we were told we would seated outside in a covered area. This was unacceptable since it was raining earlier. Tables were setup in area that was in an area that did not accommodate tables, an that had heavy foot traffic. The service was extremely slow, we arrived at 7:30 pm and left about 10 pm. The food was average at best.

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Pleased
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

THE FOOD AND SERVICE WERE EXCELLENT. THE VILLAGE CALIFORNIA BISTRO AND WINE BAR IS ALWAYS MY FIRST CHOICE AT SANTANA ROW.

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susanM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent host service
Polite and knowledgeable
Delicious food

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vipjlcjohnson
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We dined at Village on Sunday evening for my husband's birthday. We have so loved Village over the years, but we were very disappointed this time. While they have updated the menu a bit, the food just isn't as good as it once was. We ordered the lemon brussels sprouts as an appetizer, and only a few of them had the lemon flavor and toppings. The lamb shank, spaghetti and meatball, and pork chop were our main dishes. Our younger kids ordered the child's ravioli and a cheeseburger. Our meals were truly nothing special. Both the lamb and the pork seriously lacked salt, and both meats were overcooked. We asked for the autumn roasted veggies for a side dish, and the oil they were cooked in had a terribly burned flavor. They looked nice but smelled and tasted awful. They were inedible. We would have told our server, except she never came to check on us during our meal. When we finally told her at the end of our meal, she seemed to shrug it off, as if she already knew. For dessert, we split a creme brulée that was the smallest creme brulee I've ever seen. No one said a word about my husband's birthday, even though it was mentioned in our reservation. Neither did our server say or do anything about our burned side dish. Unfortunately, we won't be going back. There are too many other restaurants to try to waste our money on what is no longer a sure thing.

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Jazzy
Central Coast
16 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

The food isn’t seasoned. The place is nice looking, but they don’t put any seasoning on the food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The food was cold when it came out, everything, bacon, potatoes the French toast. The waitress didn’t even ask us how our food was, all she did was hand back my card after paying and walk away. We used to dine here often, we will no longer be coming here for our brunches.

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Paulette
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location

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

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

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
4 reviews
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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!

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Lunch
San Francisco
39 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
3 reviews
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.

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NatalieG
San Francisco
9 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.

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Lana
San Francisco
14 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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
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.

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ChrisP
San Francisco
3 reviews
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.

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VILLAGE California Bistro & Wine Bar is rated 4 stars by 1447 OpenTable diners.