San Jose >Restaurants > Left Bank Santana Row
400 S Winchester Blvd, San Jose, CA | Directions 9510037.321064 -121.950064
Neighborhoods: West Valley
Good lunch, what happened to dinner? – Been here many times. Was better when it first opened. For lunch, Lamb Sandwich with Tapenade and Salade Nicoise are generally good, as are other sandwiches and salads. My SO gets mussels and says they are good. Not wild about the fondue, the cheeses are a bit gamey when hot. Calamari is usually a homerun. Onion soup is good but the soups du jour have been less than stellar. Dinner at this location has always given me trouble. I had the Coq au Vin once and it was like leftovers warmed over in wine. The Bouillabaisse has never been as good as the one in Menlo Park it seems. OK fish served with Risotto that was dry. Wines by the glass are sort of low end. Service is perfunctory at all times. Atmosphere/decor is very pleasant oversized Parisian bistro. Ill stick with lunch.
Reminded me of a French Macaroni Grill – We checked in w/o a resv around 7.30. They said 45-60 minutes, but we weren't seated until about 9pm. It was somewhat OK b/c we were enjoying their martinis. The food was pretty good, but not that great. The atmosphere is pretty nice, but it did remind me of a French version of the Macaroni Grill. In other words, the whole "French" theme was a bit forced with the waiters attempting French courtesey words and the "Bed Bath & Beyond" style pictures everywhere.
Horrible service!!! – I went to Left Bank for my birthday dinner being told by the management that they accomodate separate billing. The waiter refused to do so because if we did it "everyone else would want to." He didn't bring water to everyone until 30 minutes after we were seated and I had to ask repeatedly for bread. He didn't arrange anything for my birthday either, which was irritating because the manager asked who's birthday it was when we came in. It's too bad because the food is good.
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