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Village California Bistro and Wine Bar

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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
Breakfast/Brunch
Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 23
    Excellent
  • 38
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 5
    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
Most recent review
On a Bland Diet? Enjoy Bad Service? Come On In!

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... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed February 17, 2015
wordjanitor
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bay area, california
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
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English first
bay area, california
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
32 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
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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65 reviews 65 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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
2 reviews
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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133 reviews 133 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 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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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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72 reviews 72 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014 via mobile

been 4 times now and a real favourite. Great service And knowledgeable staff who are fun. nice to sit outside. Fab wine list and food is great although menu is not extensive Been twice this week! 50% off wines under 99$ on Monday which was a real bargain Always feels special and a treat

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Murray, Utah
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

We stumbled onto this restaurant on Santana Row. They had a very short wait (20 Minutes) on a Saturday night and we were starving. The food was presented beautifully, the flavors were wonderful and distinct, and the prices were very reasonable for an upscale restaurant. Our waiter was wonderful and the staff was very attentive and friendly. We each had... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Loved this restaurant, beautiful food and wine, great service, highly recommended! The venue on Santana Row is lovely too. Enjoy!

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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?