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Vin Santo, San Jose, CA

Vin Santo

4.4
4.4
1415 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
This popular bistro in the Old Masonic building offers excellent Northern Italian cuisine in a beautiful atmosphere. Blond wood floors and Tuscan yellow walls adorn the inside. Chef Umberto was born and raised in Bergamo, Italy where he attended culinary school at the I.P.A.S San Pellegrino. He brings great culinary talent and creativity to our authentic Italian dishes.
We are currently offering outdoor and indoor seating spaced 6ft apart,
In order to ensure the safety of our valued guests and employees, we are following all the Santa Clara Couny/C.D.C Covid-19 guidelines.
We want all of our guests and staff to feel safe and comfortable while dining at Vin Santo. We look forward to seeing you for Al Fresco Dining.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Californian, Contemporary Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (408) 352-5564
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Umberto Pala
  • Catering
    We have a private dining room upstairs that can accomodate up to 65 guests
  • Private party facilities
    The restaurant can accommodate large parties in the dining room or private room (15-70 people). Please call for details.
  • Private party contact
    Sharlene Pala: (408) 920-2508
  • Neighborhood
    San Jose
  • Cross street
    Lincoln and Minnestoa
  • Parking details
    Private lot available behind restaurant or Public Parking is also available about a 1/2 block down at the Bank of America on Lincoln
  • Entertainment
    Winemaker's Dinner - call for details
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Wine on Wednesdays! 50% off wine bottles

    Multiple dates available
    Come enjoy 50% off bottles of wine every Wednesday! *max three bottles per table and must purchase *on select bottles of wine *with purchase of entrees

Offers

  • Oysters Galore on Tuesdays!

    Multiple dates available
    Tue - 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM,Thu - 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Tuesdays are for oysters! Come and get them at $1.50 per oyster all night long on Tuesdays only. *Limited supply available

What 1,415 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Jose / Silicon Valley

    Romantic

1,415 Reviews
  1. MarkD

    Seattle

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Our food was delicious and served piping hot. The service was attentive, but not overbearing. The crème brûlée for dessert was also excellent although I prefer a warm crème brûlée to a cool one. Portion sizes are small and so ordering an appetizer or primi may be needed for those with bigger appetites. I rated value for the money as average because the portion sizes are small. However, you can’t quibble with the quality of the food 

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  2. Dennis

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Vin Ssnto is the best restaurant in San Jose. You can never go wrong when taking friends to experience a good dinner.

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    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Efren was our waiter and our bartender and his cocktails were great and his service was top notch! My Cioppino was great as was my wife’s lasagna. We’ll be back! Thanks!!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Bread was great, pasta was just ok, primary server good, but the supporting staff was poor, announced the boar as chicken, failed to refill waters, and cappuccino came after dessert was finished and we were ready to pay the bill. Hadn’t been there in years, was a bit disappointed.

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  5. HeinzB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Screaming baby entire time No one said anything and parents did not care out of control Staff should speak up and failed

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  6. PeggyV

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Restaurant was completely empty when we arrived. Only one bartender and one waitress. Took a while to get our drinks and food. A few people came in to the bar. The appetizer and food was great. When we left at 6:00 there were only about 8 people in the entire restaurant, which we were surprised.,

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I am surprised by how bad the food was. We were there for mother's day celebration. Pretty much it was the worst Italian food we ever had, sadly.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Just poor all around. Food was way overpriced, came out either cold or dry. My wife burnt her hand because server handed a scalding hot bowl on top of a plate to her and didn’t say the plate was hot until after she gave it to my wife. But seriously, who is taught as a server to hand hot plates to a guest rather than set it on the table? Will not be going back.

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  9. Jon95125

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    2.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We’ve been eating at VIN Santo for almost 20 years. It seems to have changed management recently (if not also ownership). The service is still great. But, the kitchen is now lacking. And as good as the service is, it’s the kitchen that was compelling. Now, it’s a far more limited menu that seems to recycle a few ingredients across many dishes. It’s far from inspired. And classics from the last chef like the lasagna and casoncelli are gone from the menu. After 20 years of consistent dining at VIN Santo we see little reason to return. We will miss the fantastic service staff.

    1 person found this helpful

  10. JennieO

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, service and ambiance. The staff are very accomodating and always aim to please. I highly recommend Vin Santo. Enjoy!

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FAQs

Vin Santo offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (408) 352-5564.

Vin Santo is rated 4.4 stars by 1415 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Vin Santo

1346 Lincoln Ave., San Jose, CA 95125

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Lincoln and Minnestoa
  • Neighborhood
    San Jose
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Californian, Contemporary Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Private lot available behind restaurant or Public Parking is also available about a 1/2 block down at the Bank of America on Lincoln
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Umberto Pala
  • Entertainment
    Winemaker's Dinner - call for details
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (408) 352-5564
  • Catering
    We have a private dining room upstairs that can accomodate up to 65 guests
  • Private party facilities
    The restaurant can accommodate large parties in the dining room or private room (15-70 people). Please call for details.
  • Private party contact
    Sharlene Pala: (408) 920-2508
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