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Caffe La Pastaia

233 W Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113-1710
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Ranked #300 of 1,906 restaurants in San Jose
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Price range: $30 - $30
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Notre Dame
Transit: Santa Clara St. Light Rail
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23 reviews from our community

65% Recommend
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Date | Rating
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English first
bay area, california
Top Contributor
90 reviews 90 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We went here for dinner before a show at the SAP Center. I wanted something on the nicer side that wouldn't break the bank since it was for a birthday celebration. (First choices if I had no budget restrictions were Morton's, McCormick & Schmick's) It was just okay. Nothing was horrible but on the flip side nothing was spectacular. Their... More

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Napa, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

So sad. This place used to be amazing. The chef for years, Forrest, was the best. The old owners, Marge and John, not only were analysis about the food they served in creativeness and authenticity, sent Forrest to Italy every summer so he could stay authentic Italian and learn the newest in modern Italian Cecina. It is the opposite now... More

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Davis, California
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

We started off with a bottle of Chianti. The Classico is fine. Our appetizer was the fried green beans; not what comes to mind when I think of Italian but very tasty. The main courses were lamb chops and the roasted chicken both were exceptional. The service was friendly, but we had keep asking them over for this and that.... More

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Brentwood, California
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

The restaurant is attractive and comfortable. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. My husband and I shared the house salad ($10) which was memorable for the roasted pistachios. The only item on the menu that met my husband's severely restricted salt diet, was the hamburger which was well prepared with salt free fries and condiments on the side. I had... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Wonderful restaurant located in the Hotel De Anza. Didn't realize that we needed to make a reservation the night we were there, but they still accommodated us right away. Great service and good food!

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South Texas
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

Excellent appetizers, especially the roasted Brussels sprouts and carpaccio. The beet salad was on the small side but tasty, the pasta dishes were perfectly al dente, the pizza with arugula was perfectly Italian--few American Italian restaurants have caught onto this trend. While eating it, we thought we were back in Venice. The Pannacotta dessert was very thick and creamy/cheesy, with... More

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San Jose, California, United States
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

We eat here a lot. There is enough variety on the menu to keep us coming back. Fabulous appetizers to get you started (fava beans, mushroom, shrimp), also great salads. The pastas are always a good choice. There are also several meat dishes, including a veal chop. Don't forget deserts. The chocolate pot de Cremer is amaze! Go ear and... More

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Berkeley, California, United States
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

Really enjoyed dining at this restaurant. The food was great, complimentary bread and vinegrette sublime. Overall a very positive experience.

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Sacramento, California
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Food was great and the atmosphere was very nice. They have a big window you can look out from any table and watch people walk by or just enjoy the sunshine.

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San Diego, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

We had three different pasta dish and we liked them. Kind of expensive - around $17 per plate. Service was great. Food was fast. They gave us bread. The bread tasted sweet and it was good.

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