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About Vin Santo

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.

1346 Lincoln Ave.
San Jose, CA 95125
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Californian, Contemporary Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Sunday 5:00-8:30 am

Cross Street:
Minnesota

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(408) 920-2508

Website:
http://www.vin-santo.com/

Entertainment:
Winemaker's Dinner - call for details

Catering:
We have a private dining room upstairs that can accomodate up to 65 guests

Parking Details:
Private lot available behind restaurant

Executive Chef:
Umberto Pala

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Happy Hour Tues-Sat 5:00pm - 6:30pm,
complimentary appetizers and 1/2 price wine by the glass

Specials

Free Corkage

Wednesdays from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Specials

Free Corkage

Wednesdays from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Details

Free Corkage. With purchase of entree, max 3per table, not to be combined with other offers. Special valid Aug 2, 2017 - Dec 2, 2017 on Wednesdays from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM.

Vin Santo Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (24)
Special Occasion (18)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
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Authentic (13)
Casual (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Romantic (12)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Good for Groups (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Fun (7)
People Watching (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Cozy (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Business Meals (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Live Music (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Seasonal (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

First time eating here. Bar limited to wine, beer and a few liquor-based drink. Good wine selection and friendly service. Really nice offer to taste the wine before ordering! Excellent calimari/mix appetizer and savory pork/pasta. We’ll definitely be back!

Tags: Fun, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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·Dined 7 days ago

Food is delicious! Umberto takes the time to come out and greet the guests, you definitely feel welcomed and again, the food is so good!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Music, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Fun, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Been here a few times. Always great service and great food.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Food was fabulous and service was stellar! We dined here before a Sharks game and we’re full to a brim. :)

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Live Music
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great service, wonderful food with an outstanding selection. A bit loud, but only cause it was so busy. Definitely a hoppin' place with a great neighborhood feel.

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Great staff, location and food. Always a treat! They can adjust each menu item to fit your individual taste.
They want you to be completely satisfied.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Healthy
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Awesome as always! Great food and service with real Italian flavor and seasoning. Best Italian food in San Jose and comfortable place to enjoy food and great home cooked meals!

Tags: Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Spicy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Organic, Romantic, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Pastas were particularly good, also the special roasted corn salad.
They have an entire gluten-free menu -- really helpful for the folks who need it.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 16, 2017

We love this neighborhood gem in Willow Glen and don't really want to send a review, because it will get too busy. Excellent Northern italian, Mediterranean comfort foods with a lovely wine list. Very friendly and energetic staff to help you. Parking is limited, but if you are a wine lover, carpool and believe in parking karma. Worth it!

Tags: People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2017

The food was really good and and since we used a Groupon, the value was outstanding. Our server gave some really great menu recommendations and his wine selection was outstanding. He was nice but talked really fast and we felt rushed even though the restaurant was not that busy. Overall, I would go back, even without a Groupon.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 9, 2017

There were four of us. I would not recommend the pasta dishes, they are simply not that great: Not enough sauce or meat in the pasta. The salads were good, and those that ordered the Branzino were happy. Service was friendly, but slow.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We had trouble with your web site to change the reservation from four to six. We did not receive a new confirmation and the restaurant did not either. They were nice to give us the reservation on the phone.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

interesting take on Caesar salad - kind of a wedge style of quartered romaine heads. tasty dressing. shared lobster ravs for an app and they were decent. The dough was a little tough at the ends. My husband got the pasta sampler plate and really liked it. I had the steak and it was ok. Maybe I was too full at that point to really appreciate it. The limoncello dessert was fantastic. Should have each gotten our own. :) Service was very good, attentive without being overbearing.

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 24, 2017

I had the strawberry and tomato salad, excellent. My husband had the pear salad and then we split the whole fish. All was great. Would def go back but they need more room. They're so busy!

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

Met friends for a wonderful meal. Very fun and vibrant vibe.

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

service was so bad, ripped us on $$ with some confustion on what we ordered, chicken dish comes with hair in it -yuk!

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·Dined on August 30, 2017

Wife and I were looking for a place to spend our anniversary when vacationing in San Jose. Vin Santo was a great pick. Good food, service, prices, and atmosphere. If anything was wrong with our experience is was that we dressed up a little too nice as it was our anniversary but that was our fault we didn't really know how fancy it was going to be.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 30, 2017

I go weekly and it's great everytime! I have never had a dish that I didn't like ...

Tags: Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Our waiter Chris was awesome!

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·Dined on August 26, 2017

Amazing food and even better service. We came here for the first time to celebrate our wedding anniversary and were blown away. We were treated like family and the food was very very good. We will definitely be returning.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2017

We went on a crowded night but the service and time it took to get served was still good. The food was excellent and selection of wines and dishes were great. This will be definitely on our list to visit again.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

First time at this restaurant and celebrated a birthday. Service, food and ambience was great! Small cozy place.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 17, 2017

We go every Wednesday evening. The food is really good and it's free corkage. I love this place 👍

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Closest to being at a neighborhood restaurant in Italy

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fun
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 7, 2017

was good- service was very good, the food was above average- pricing was good for what you received. This was the first time I went there and will be going there again and try other sections. I have the Spaghetti and meatballs, friends had Chicken Scaloppini (he did not like), other had Gnocchi (she like a lot), other friend had the Ravioli which she liked also.....

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Always love this place. Been away for 3 months but welcomed back as regulars. Good consistent food, friendly atmosphere.

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·Dined on August 4, 2017

Wonderful as always. We sat by the sidewalk and enjoyed the warm night air along with our great meals.

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·Dined on July 31, 2017

LOVED this place!! The food was fantastic, and our waiter (Albert) was very attentive and endearing. Even though we're nearly an hour away, we will definitely be back.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 31, 2017

This restaurant has a very nice menu. The cuisine represents northern Italy. The food was well prepared and tasted great. The service was fantastic. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Vin Santo is a neighborhood gem! Always good! Great ambience too

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2017

One of our all-time favorites for both food and service!!! Love them!!

Tags: Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Nice meal. Good value with the specials they offer, like 50% off a bottle of wine.
A little noisy.
Good service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 21, 2017

As always Vin Santo was excellent food excellent service. It was nice seeing Umberto playing host love this restaurant love the people that own it love the food would recommend to anyone that loves good Italian food

Tags: People Watching, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Vin Santo continues to be our favorite restaurant in Willow Glen. They always make us feel like family, and we enjoy the food as well as the atmosphere created by their staff.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Live Sports, Paleo Friendly, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vegan, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Bar Seating, Fun, Seasonal, Organic, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Everything we ordered was amazing! Their sangria was also very tasty!

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 14, 2017

We hadn't been to Vin Santo for awhile. Not sure why - and it won't be long before we return. Our dinner was outstanding. Great food, great service and a fun evening all around. My daughter had a calamari/squid ink pasta that she loved, my wife had the salmon special and raved about it and my son and I both had a leg of lamb with polenta that was delicious and no knife necessary to cut the tender lamb chunks. Umberto was working the room Friday night and recommended an excellent Italian Sangiovese that paired perfectly with our lamb. Great evening with the family for my wife's birthday celebration.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Great food, great service! Will definitely return!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Good for a date night. The food was good but wished there was more creative vegetarian options. Drinks were fantastic, service attentive and friendly owners.
I would only give it four stars due to the not so great dessert. As a finish to a meal , and a great date, you hope for a great romantic dessert . We chose the chocolate fondue. Horrible. The chocolate tasted old with nothing to it almost like melted old cooking chocolate. The dipping items were straight from an old pantry, packaged rice treats (hard as a rock..why not fresh?), hard stale lady fingers (that is not the Italian way) the saving grace was I was able to eat some fresh fruit(without the chocolate). Don't waste your time until they change that menu item. Hard to get s good romantics shared dessert anymore.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 13, 2017

This restaurant was horrible in every way. When we arrived, the restaurant was nearly empty, but we Still waited 30 minutes just to get a Caesar salad delivered. The Caesar salad was not made with Romaine lettuce or Other usual Ingredients ( they used red lettuce and then put toasted bread on it versus croutons, which was bizarre ). The rabbit dish was floating in a half a cup of watery brine that managed to soak the already congealed polenta and undercooked broccoli. The salmon was tasteless, and was served with asparagus that had not had the ends removed properly, so they were inedible. All in all we paid $95 for the worst meal We've had in a long time. On top of that, they had junk sitting everywhere in this restaurant…in the bathrooms, behind a room divider., near the back door etc. The Decor was beyond tacky, and all the junk just made you wonder how clean the kitchen was... AVOID AT ALL COSTS

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Great place to have an excellent dinner. Good food and good service.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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