Left Bank is an authentic Parisian-style brasserie located in San Jose's vibrant Santana Row. Open since 2003, Left Bank transports guests to a quaint ... More
Left Bank Santana Row
Left Bank is an authentic Parisian-style brasserie located in San Jose's vibrant Santana Row. Open since 2003, Left Bank transports guests to a quaint brasserie in Paris, where diners feast upon classic French cuisine in a charming brasserie setting along the boulevard, where people watching is at its best. Inside, the wonderful energy of an authentic French brasserie is in the air. Boasting Santana Row's largest bar, Left Bank is a place to see and be seen. The large, casual elegant main dining room offers everything from a family table of 20, to a quiet, romantic table for two. The open exhibition kitchen provides onlookers a window into the magic our chefs create. Whether simply sipping a pastis or enjoying a full meal, diners capture the true feeling of the Rive Gauche in Paris.
I have never had oysters that were served in salt water (posing as oyster liquer)...until I ate here. Unbelievable. Previous visit included creme brulee that tasted of chicken (staff acknowledged problem and replaced it, but...). Can't recommend this place - there are other places to go nearby.
We had to eat outside because the restaurant was full. Thankfully, there was a heat lamp. Unfortunately, Christmas songs were being blasted, and a singer was in Santana Row bellowing a song -- it was difficult to talk or hear anything.
As a vegan, the number of vegetarian options was rather limited. I ended up having the spinach with garlic (the other choice was a salad, but, given that we had to eat outside in the cold, that would be unacceptable). With the bread, it was OK.
The prices were outrageous, but that's to be accepted with (1) Santana Row and (2) a French cuisine restaurant.
This is one of my favorite places to grab a quick meal before I spend a few hours at a local spa. The food is always very good and they are the only restaurant I know that serves Navarro Vineyard's Gew�rztraminer and Pinot Noir Juice (non-alcoholic...not de-alcoholized).
Most of my experiences have been great there, but I have to say that the service can be hit or miss. I was once served a spoiled drink, burned by steaming vegetables ( I have no idea how they came out so hot but I am not a complainer so this was a big deal) which my waitress spilled on me and had my order completely forgotten all in the same evening. Everyone has a bad night from time to time and I am very understanding of that, however our particular waitress seemed unable to apologize. With how badly everything went (especially considering the burn which required immediate ice from the kitchen) I would have liked her to have the manager come by to check on us or at least offer a free dessert. She did neither. In the end I spoke to the manager myself simply to make him aware of the fact that I was planning to skip the tip and I wanted him to be apprised of the evening's events. He was very kind and apologized, got the waitress to do the same and even reduced our tab. I was pleased with the outcome, but I will avoid sitting in her section when I return! :-)
We went for the special Oyster F�te event and enjoyed an oyster gratin baked with spinach and hollandais, the Petrale sole with poached oysters, caviar and leek fondue, and of course, fresh oysters. It was all wonderful! (I love oysters, can you tell?) On the regular menu, we always enjoy the fondue appetizer.
Went for dinner and was impressed with the decor - definitely nailed the Parisian look and feel with the tables outside, but fortunately not the attitude. The food was good, service good. Lots of options on Santana Row, but I'd recommend it.
Left Bank Santana Row is one of three Bay Area locations for this ode to the French bistro restaurant. I was here with a larger dinner party, thus it was not a normal dining experience. The apps were a little bit on the bland/luke warm side (mushroom pastries and cheese sticks), but the fettuccine with asparagus was fantastic. Desert was solid not specatcular. The wine list was a nice mix of French and American wines. Overall, fairly reasonably priced, good quality food, and a nice atmo. I would go again.
Came here last night for a company dinner for 20 people. The hostess and waiters were all very accommodating and friendly. We had a pre-fixe menu and usually the items from those menus tend to be boring, but I was pleasantly surprised that the food was really good. The best part was the dessert! Must try the chocolate cake or the creme brulee. Highly recommend this place, and I will come back again.
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