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“Our hidden gem with a new chef and a new mission”
Review of Citrus Restaurant - CLOSED

Citrus Restaurant
Price range: $21 - $50
Cuisines: Steakhouse
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Located inside Hotel Valencia Santana Row
Description: Enjoy fine dining in San Jose in a modern setting. Sheer curtains, Venetian plants, warm walls, and terracotta ceilings create an engaging and versatile environment -- perfect for your next romantic evening, group gathering, or business dinner. Our menu, consisting of classics with a creative twist, is sure to have something to please every palate. Hearty steaks, fresh seafood, and flavorful vegetarian plates are among our specialties. Dine in the open-air, European-style courtyard near the fountain for an especially memorable experience. *Citrus offers complimentary valet parking six days a week, Monday through Saturday.
Reviewed October 26, 2012

We've been dining at Citrus in the hotel Valencia since it opened and a few months back things began to change. It all started with the arrival of their new chef and a management team intent on delighting diners and building their reputation for a great experience. It's a bit of a hidden gem as it's not at street level in Santana Row so you're more likely to walk past it as you are to take the elevator to the 3rd floor, walk to the back of the hotel, turn right at the courtyard and then enter the restaurant. But, if you do..... you'll have a great dining experience.

Don't forget to try the soup de jour. Fantastic!

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Thank steve g
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

the chef was extremely careful once one of us is gluten intolerant and the other is highly allergic to mushrooms, they changed the way to cook to accommodate our needs and did not compromise quality or taste, by far one of the best!

Thank Ciganinha
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Reviewed August 2, 2012 via mobile

A romantic setting with a great menu. Sadly elements of both our meals were not cooked well. Staff level of training seemed poor making the overall experience a bit disappointing. Overall worth a visit but we won't be back.

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Thank helenwattie
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Reviewed May 29, 2012

Hard to find in the Hotel Valencia on Santana Row. Salt Cod Croquettes warm, but I like my brandade hot. Caesar Salad under dressed. Veal T-bone and demi-glace: excellent taste, but presented on a garish psychedlic array of green striped vegetable puree scattered with some cooked nuggets of unidentifiable substance. Accompanying potato pancake tasty but impregnated with some more vegetables that suggested Dali is the uber-inspiration in the kitchen.

Small pours.

This place tries too hard to be cooly cool. It needs a firm mature hand, Front and Back, to guide it away from becoming an iceberg that could sink the careers of those involved.

BTW: Please stop putting salt on top of the butter! It's derivative, uninspired and passe.



















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Hard to find in the Hotel Valencia on Santana Row. Salt Cod Croquettes warm, but I like my brandade hot. Caesar Salad under dressed. Veal T-bone and demi-glace: excellent taste, but presented on a garish psychedlic array of green striped vegetable puree scattered with some cooked nuggets of unidentifiable substance. Accompanying potato pancake tasty but impregnated with some more vegetables that suggested Dali is the uber-inspiration in the kitchen.

Small pours.

This place tries too hard to be cooly cool. It needs a firm mature hand, Front and Back, to guide it away from becoming an iceberg that could sink the careers of those involved.

BTW: Please stop putting salt on top of the butter! It's derivative, uninspired and passe.



















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Hard to find in the Hotel Valencia on Santana Row. Salt Cod Croquettes warm, but I like my brandade hot. Caesar Salad under dressed. Veal T-bone and demi-glace: excellent taste, but presented on a garish psychedlic array of green striped vegetable puree scattered with some cooked nuggets of unidentifiable substance. Accompanying potato pancake tasty but impregnated with some more vegetables that suggested Dali is the uber-inspiration in the kitchen.

Small pours.

This place tries too hard to be cooly cool. It needs a firm mature hand, Front and Back, to guide it away from becoming an iceberg that could sink the careers of those involved.

BTW: Please stop putting salt on top of the butter! It's derivative, uninspired and passe.














Hard to find in the Hotel Valencia on Santana Row. Salt Cod Croquettes warm, but I like my brandade hot. Caesar Salad under dressed. Veal T-bone and demi-glace: excellent taste, but presented on a garish psychedlic array of green striped vegetable puree scattered with some cooked nuggets of unidentifiable substance. Accompanying potato pancake tasty but impregnated with some more vegetables that suggested Dali is the uber-inspiration in the kitchen.

Small pours.

This place tries too hard to be cooly cool. It needs a firm mature hand, Front and Back, to guide it away from becoming an iceberg that could sink the careers of those involved.

BTW: Please stop putting salt on top of the butter! It's derivative, uninspired and passe.




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Thank wk542
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HVSR, General Manager at Citrus Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded June 8, 2012

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your recent dining experience. I will be sharing your feedback with our culinary and restaurant staff.

Bonnie Best
General Manager

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Reviewed April 11, 2012

We only at at Citrus because it was free for hotel guests. I wouldn't pay to eat here under any circumstances. The food and service were average and the location is just odd. Overall, there are a hundred other places I would rather eat within a mile of Citrus. It was nothing more than a free hotel buffet to me.

Thank Air_Traveler
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HVSR, General Manager at Citrus Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded April 14, 2012

Thank you for taking the time to write a review of our morning complimentary in-house guest continental breakfast served in Citrus. We are always appreciative of constructive feedback.

If you can provide more specifics of what you would like to have, I would be open to any ideas which can be emailed to me at bbest@valenciagroup.com.

Again, thank you for your time.

Bonnie Best
General Manager
Hotel Valencia

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