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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

Vin Santo Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (23)
Good for a Date (22)
Neighborhood Gem (20)
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Casual (14)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Cozy (10)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Romantic (10)
Business Meals (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Fun (8)
Authentic (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
People Watching (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Seasonal (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Live Music (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Great service from Umberto, stuffed salmon and branzino were particularly good. Love the French press coffee after the meal

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We enjoyed the pear ravioli and we will definitely be back to try more

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on February 11, 2018

This is by far the best 🇮🇹restaurant I've been to in San Jose. Atmosphere is great, service excellence, and the food is authentic, and is really good. 10 ⭐ spot.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

This team makes you feel at home

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 7, 2018

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Friendly service and tasty meal. It was very busy. I usually visit during a weeknight which is more calm.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Our experience was very good, our server was excellent. We had a nine year old with us and the server brought him a very special lemonade decorated with fruit & umbrella- definitely
made him happy! Each of us enjoyed the dinner thoroughly.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Great service, fun place, wine appetizers and salad were excellent. I ordered the boar and it was a bit too heavy. I should have known, after all it WAS boar. Next time I'll go for lighter Italian fare.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Service 3
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.

Food 3.5
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?

Value 3
I would qualify this restaurant as expensive for a neighborhood Italian place with informal service and a limited Italian wine list.

Overall 3
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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Always enjoy the food
Some noise, but part of the charm.
Almost always take food home due to fresh rolls

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Love this place! Great neighborhood gem! Specials are always different and is true authentic Italian food. Welcoming and warm staff!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 21, 2018

outstanding atmosphere for discussions with friends. selection of food has a wide range. delicious.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

this is my 3rd time and i love this place. we were a family of four and i love the fact that i can make an online reservation. alot of restaturants dont even take reservation at all.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

We visit this restaurant in down town willow Glen on a regular basis and have enjoyed every occasion. Good food, wine and environment in both the main restaurant and bar.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Service was amazing. Food was incredible.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Vin Santo is one of my favorite restaurants.
I am a good cook so it takes a lot to impress me and VIN Santo always pleases me!
This restaurant is a quaint neighborhood gem.
I always look forward to dining at Vin Sanyo!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Great food and service.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

You can't go wrong. The food and service are amazing.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Fun, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

First time in was on NYE, we loved everything about this neighborhood bistro! Mangia, Bene!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Happy Hour, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Food was outstanding and the server Cole. Was outstanding. He is a great asset to the establishment !

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tapas
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2017

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!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Four of us were there for a Birthday celebration. The food and the service was excellent. Great variety of menu items. The risotto was great and the fish was prepared by the waiter at the table and was really good. Would highly recommend.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Hot Spot, Seasonal, People Watching, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Our group had a very great time. The service was very slow, but it seemed like something else was going on. Our waiter was very gracious.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Exceptional meal in a comfortable cozy environment.

Tags: Cozy, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great service and authentic food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Very nice restaurant with excellent food quality and very good service, reasonably priced.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Overpriced, average food. Not good value for money. However, good service and live music.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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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