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.
San Jose, CA 95125
Italian, Californian, Contemporary Italian
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Sunday 5:00-8:30 am
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Winemaker's Dinner - call for details
We have a private dining room upstairs that can accomodate up to 65 guests
Private lot available behind restaurant
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
Vin Santo Ratings and Reviews
Service was great and the food is amazing. So nice to see different types of food other than the standard Italian fare. The waiter's recommendation for a wine was spot-on delicious. We probably overspent our time but were never rushed. All in all an awesome experience.
My third time here, and this place continues to exceed my expectation of what a beautiful date night restaurant should be.
The food is amazing, the servers are great, and the wine pairing is spot on. Such a romantic atmosphere, and I'm so thankful to have found this gem!
Clearly this is a Willow Glen classic dining spot but the food was boring but generally well-prepared. Our server wasn't trying to impress anyone. She did not have helpful or confident suggestions or opinions regarding the menu. My wife and I each had the gelato for dessert. Her portion was about 50% larger than mine but had the incorrect combination of flavors.
Open table reservation honored immediately. Our server was delightful.
I started with a grilled Romain salad. Delish! Two very lark full lettuce stalks were covered in goodies like palm hearts etc. dressing was great. Lettuce cold and crunchy.
My main dish was spaghetti carbonara with crispy pork belly. Outstanding. It was Wednesday night so we didn’t have to pay corkage for the win.e we brought. Tuesday’s you get 50% off the restaurant bottles.
There was entertainment and the place was a bit noisy but food and service were worth it.
All over the place. We had two bussers, two waiters, two hostesses, a maitre d/manager and more, all constantly stop by. Very attentive to our satisfaction. No-one refilled water. Some of our plates were cleared. Waitress spilled wine on the table. Wine knowledge of servers was lacking as was polish for an expensive restaurant. Joker waitress said she sucked at bottle service after we asked for a recommendation. Funny but lacked refinement. Wine was $58 for a middle of the road bottle. 2 Entrees, 2 apps + Service was just under $200 for two diners = expensive.
Octopus and Potatoes Dish - 2/lacked taste, freshness and contrast. Octopus and potatoes were both very mushy and indistinguishable in mouth. Very bland dish. Silly Orchid Flower garnish.
Caprese Burrata Salad - 4/Delicious, Tomatoes were great for this time of year. Olives were a nice touch. Basil, Balsamic, Seasoning all great. Presentation was rustic. Orchid Flowers on Italian food?
Polenta and Braised Shortribs - 4/Gargantuan serving. Very good taste. Beef could have been braised a bit more. Silly Orchid Flower again.
Tagliatelle and Pork Flat Iron Steak - 4/Huge portion. Pasta was cooked and sauced nicely. Pork was flavorful. Fig Balsamic was nice on top but a bit too sweet when mixed with the pesto sauce. Again with the orchid flower, is this a Hawaiian restaurant?
I would qualify this restaurant as expensive for a neighborhood Italian place with informal service and a limited Italian wine list.
We liked the caprese and entrees. The wine that we randomly picked was excellent. The octopus dish is not something I would recommend. Service was scattered, informal and slightly intrusive. Ambience was nice and the hosts/management/service were friendly and engaging.
We would return and just order entrees and wine.
Wonderful food and service at Vin Santo last Saturday night! Their “create your own” tasting menu lets you choose a salad/appetizer, main entree and dessert for $42. Our entire group of 4 went with the option, and dined on spectacular homemade gnocci, ravioli and spaghetti and meatballs, with amazing salads and desserts to start and finish! We’ll definitely be back.
This was a 4th year celebrating New Years Eve at Vin Santo for dinner. Welcoming atmosphere with a glass of presecco. Pre fixe menu of their greatest regular food offerings. They offer a wne pairing for your meal. Our waiter was attentive as well as the Chef and his wife. This is a great neighborhood find for Italian food. Would recommend this place for regular dining.
Throughly enjoyed the meal. The rolls served before the meal are amazingly good. I started with the Brussel Sprout Salad. Delicious. My wife had the grilled Romaine Salad. Yum.
Main course for my wife was Baramundi. Large piece cooked to perfect tenderness. I opted for the Risotto. Another large serving. You will definitely not leave hungry.
Our waitress was the owners daughter. She was personal, professional, and attentive. The owner stopped by to chat, not just with us but with every table.
We will come back.
Very good food & service on a holiday evening. The front half of the restaurant would really benefit from a thermal curtain hanging inside the door to keep the cold out on really chilly evenings as the door continually opens & closes with new diners. We had to keep our coats on throughout dinner.
Tge resaurant itself is darling. I hadnt been there in 10 years and after settling in I started to notice the unfavorable changes. It started with the hyped up horrible server who didn't have a clue as to what he was doing and should never attempted deboning the fish he was pushing. The women's restroom sewer backup was also a drag but the fact that the owner had the bus boy attempting unsuccessfully to resolve the problem instead of a plumber was beyond me. The view of downtown Willow Glen used to be lovely from our particular table but these owners have covered the lovely french doors with their advertising posting giving one an impression of taqueria versus fine dining. Food was under seasoned and unremarkable especially for the price. Don't waste your money for this wannabe noncontender!
Second year we went to Vin Santo before enjoying Christmas lights in Willow Glen, second year our whole family was impressed with the creative and delicious food. The menu is diverse and includes (good) gluten-free pasta which is a must for one family member. It was a cold night and we felt a draft every time the door opened, but that is the only negative to the evening.
I've taken friends to Vin Santo on a few occasions and it has always been a great choice. This time, the food, the ambiance and the time for conversation was absolutely wonderful. The only modest downside is that our service was a bit jarring! That is, our server spoke at warp speed (he was very busy) and his effort to be efficient and accommodating were more intrusive than I preferred.
Vin Santo has worked very hard to stay relevant in a competitive sub market. I feel recently that they have found a strong staff, and the food is very good. The overall sauce selection for each meal allows you to personalize any dish. Good restaurant for all occasions.
Excellent food, wine and dessert. The fresh made pasta, salmon, polenta, and Osso Buco were extraordinarily good. About as authentic a meal as I have enjoyed anywhere. The service could not have been any better, and having Chef Umberto and hostess Sharlene visit our table was a real treat. Love the place.
Great restaurant and owners/chef aim to please. Food always good and they have some lovely wines. Owner/chef often checks tables to see how things are. Owner/hostess is good at making people feel welcome especially repeat customers. I do wish that on the decorations that they start to follow the less is more and get rid of the fake fall leaves in fall and butterflies in spring.
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