HelpiOS AppAndroid AppWindows Phone AppWindows 8 App

Make a reservation

Party Size
For 2
Date
Sat, 2/24
Time
8:30 PM
icon/ic_social_proofCreated with Sketch.
Booked 21 times today

Vin Santo

4.4
942 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Italian
Top Tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Cuisines
Italian, Californian, Contemporary Italian
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Sunday 5:00-8:30 am
icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
(408) 920-2508
icon/ic_new_windowCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_paymentCreated with Sketch.
Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress code
Business Casual
icon/ic_chefCreated with Sketch.
Executive chef
Umberto Pala
icon/ic_cateringCreated with Sketch.
Catering
We have a private dining room upstairs that can accomodate up to 65 guests
icon/ic_locationCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
Neighborhood
icon/ic_cross_streetCreated with Sketch.
Cross street
Minnesota
icon/ic_parking_detailsCreated with Sketch.
Parking details
Private lot available behind restaurant
icon/ic_entertainmentCreated with Sketch.
Entertainment
Winemaker's Dinner - call for details
icon/ic_special_eventsCreated with Sketch.
Special events & promotions
Happy Hour Tues-Sat 5:00pm - 6:30pm,
complimentary appetizers and 1/2 price wine by the glass
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 942 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.4  based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.5
service
4.3
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
84% of people would recommend it to a friend
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Beautiful evening spent at Vin Santo on February 18. They were still decorated for Valentine's Day. We were a party of four out for the evening and trying out a new for us restaurant. It was lovely. Food was delicious. Service was great. Highly recommend.

Report
Helpful
vipGoodEater (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

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

Report
Helpful
vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

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.

Report
Helpful
AllisonL (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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!

Report
Helpful
vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

Report
Helpful
Shadowart (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

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

Report
Helpful
OpenTable Diner (Pittsburgh)
5.0  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.

Report
Helpful
OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

This team makes you feel at home

Report
Helpful
vipMBrody (San Francisco)
5.0  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.

Report
Helpful
vipGourmetgal14 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

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

Report
Helpful
luv2dineout (San Francisco)
4.0  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.

Report
Helpful
OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  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.

Report
Helpful
MichaelD (New England)
3.0  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.

Report
Helpful
OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  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

Report
Helpful
OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  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.

Report
Helpful
Tristandee87 (San Francisco)
5.0  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!

Report
Helpful
OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

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

Report
Helpful
OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  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.

Report
Helpful
OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  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.

Report
Helpful
OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

Service was amazing. Food was incredible.

Report
Helpful
Quiltgirl61 (San Francisco)
5.0  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!

Report
Helpful
marjory (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 11, 2018

Great food and service.

Report
Helpful
vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

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

Report
Helpful
OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

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

Report
Helpful
OpenTable Diner (Adelaide / SA)
5.0  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.

Report
Helpful
Atinman (San Francisco)
4.0  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.

Report
Helpful
OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

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

Report
Helpful
pamjayonfir (San Francisco)
4.0  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.

Report
Helpful
OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  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!

Report
Helpful
John (San Francisco)
5.0  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.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
32