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Village California Bistro and Wine Bar

#120 of 1,953 Restaurants in San Jose
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378 Santana Row, #1035, San Jose, CA 95128 (Winchester & Stevens Creek)
408.248.9091
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10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Good for:
Casual Elegant

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  • 23
    Excellent
  • 41
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Pleasant Bistro Dining on Santana Row

This is a nice American bistro with an extensive wine and cocktail menu. The vibe is casual, but white table cloths and attention to all the details make this a nice date and special event place. The menu is eclectic: seafood, meat, pasta, salads. Pasta lovers will want to try the Chicken... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
BrinMoreson
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English first
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103 reviews 103 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

This is a nice American bistro with an extensive wine and cocktail menu. The vibe is casual, but white table cloths and attention to all the details make this a nice date and special event place. The menu is eclectic: seafood, meat, pasta, salads. Pasta lovers will want to try the Chicken Porcini Penne with sun dried tomatoes and kale.... More 

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Northern CA
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33 reviews 33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

this Santana Row restaurant had a pretty good menu selection, with great food and reasonably priced for the portions served. They served mimosa with the brunch, well paired.

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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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89 reviews 89 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015 via mobile

this was my 4th visit and I have always made a point of returning for good food atmosphere and service but this time it was disappointing Very quiet but service was poor and it felt like no one was interested. Had to ask for water and bread. Steak knife for my main was delivered halfway through my starter and my... More 

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bay area, california
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Santana Row is known for people watching and good food. So how did this place get here? When I ordered, the waiter said he wasn't sure if they were out of lamb shank, so would I mind picking a second choice. OK, no problem. But I kind of expected him to let me know what he was bringing -- before... More 

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Santa Clara, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

We used to enjoy going to the Village but recently we were a bit disappointed. I like Eggs Benedict very much but get disappointed when the poached eggs are not consistent. Also, even more than a month after Thanksgiving, the only pancakes available were pumpkin spice, no normal pancakes. The atmosphere is nice, and the staff are friendly but the... More 

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Florence, Italy
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34 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 via mobile

Just had a by chance walk in dinner at the Village California Bistro for Friday dinner. No reservation but they happily accepted and seated us at a comfortable booth for two, our waiter was exceptionally nice and informative about the food and wine available. My husband had the beet salad, which he loved and the braised short rib while I... More 

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Sunnyvale, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

After our debacle attempting to be seated at the Left Bank, just across the street, we went to a movie and then looked for another place for late (~9:30) dinner. We'd eaten before at the Village, for a Sunday afternoon light meal, and decided to give it a go. I had some very good mixed seasonal plate with some Pita... More 

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San Jose, California
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74 reviews 74 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

A very American bistro restaurant that changes their menu on a seasonal basis. Their wine selections is out of this world, where they offer flight tastings and highlight various wines throughout the year. They do offer pre-fix menu options that are always a good option. The only thing that I stay away from is the fried calamari, which tends to... More 

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San Jose, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014 via mobile

I have visited here a couple times a year since it opened and it is no longer the same. At our recent visit it took 10 minutes for a server to arrive, another 10 for drinks, and another 15 for food. Then our order arrived incomplete and was bland. Really, This should be your last choice at the Row.

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California
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150 reviews 150 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

We've eaten at most of the restaurants on Santana Row, but up to now the Village CA Bistro has escaped us, so we thought we'd give it a try. We had a nice outside table, ordered our drinks, and had the "Surf n Turf" appetizer - which was excellent. The three entrees were the "38 North 2 Way Duck", the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 378 Santana Row, #1035, San Jose, CA 95128
    (Winchester & Stevens Creek)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: 408.248.9091

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
Open Hours
Sunday
8:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
8:30 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?