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For 2
Date
Thu, 2/22
Time
8:00 PM
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Vin Santo

4.4
942 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Special Occasion (22)
  • Neighborhood Gem (20)
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
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Cuisines
Italian, Californian, Contemporary Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Sunday 5:00-8:30 am
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Phone number
(408) 920-2508
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Umberto Pala
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Catering
We have a private dining room upstairs that can accomodate up to 65 guests
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Minnesota
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Parking details
Private lot available behind restaurant
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Entertainment
Winemaker's Dinner - call for details
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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
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4.4  based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.5
service
4.3
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 4 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.

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vipGoodEater (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 5 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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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.

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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!

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

This team makes you feel at home

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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