San Jose >Food & Dining > Citrus at Hotel Valencia
355 Santana Row, San Jose, CA | Directions 9512837.320930 -121.948269
Mon. - Sun. 24 Hours
Neighborhoods: Central San Jose, Central
Great hotel BUT.. – It's a great hotel but if any of you are looking to save some $$ then book it at goo.gl/FPxYD They have some of the best hotel deals on the web!
Come have a look, but don't waste the money or the calories on Citrus. – I brought a friend here for a more quiet Santana Row experience. I love the decor and ambiance of this restuarant (and hotel). Dim lights, chic yet warm architecture and furnishings. But the food was awful. She and I agreed that the mashed potatoes must have come from a box. My horseradish-crusted sea bass had NO flavor (prior to ordering I had asked the waiter which dish had more flavor, the sea bass or their halibut). Also, the sea bass had a grizzly oily taste to it. Same with my friend's salmon stuffed with crab - the special of the night. She was thankful that I asked for some lemon wedges for both my food and my drink - a caipirinha that could peel wallpaper off the walls. We decided to forego dessert and stop before anyone got sick.
Barely worth the trip – I always remember hearing how great V-Bar was... and then I went. The drinks were good- great cosmos- so that was the only plus side. The location is fabulous, but then again, the other bars on Santana Row are just as good, usually better! I felt as though the patrons were a bit... pathetic. Early 30s men in their work clothes, ties loosened drooling over their soon to be one-night-stand. And the girls, they dress the part. Everyone just seems to eager I would say. But if you are with a group of friends, its a good time! I would say to start there for a drink and move on down the road (literally)
Booooring – I almost fell asleep while watching people in nightmarish outfits. What's so cool about this place? The dorks who feel cool while hanging out in their Men's Warehouse suits? Pleaseeee...
Solid – The restaurant is fairly small which makes for a very nice, romantic atmosphere. The bread that the server brings out with water is AWESOME. My wife and I each had an appetizer...she had the Lobster Bisque (not recommended) and I had the Caesar Salad (just ok, save yourself the money and eat more bread). We both ordered the Filet Mignon and it was very good. Not GREAT, but very good. The mashed potatoes and asparagus that came with the steak were both AWESOME. In addition, the service was excellent. Overall, I would recommend this restaurant highly because it's a great combination of food, atmosphere, and service.
Cool place, but DO NOT leave your card open at the bar. – Cool bar, great atmosphere, but do not leave your card open. At the end of the night after my friends and I all left the bar, I noticed 8 extra drinks charged to my card that we did not order. Called the next day, and got no answer. Called again for the next two days, and still no answer.
Well made drinks, excellent service, comfortable ambience – This place is located in the Hotel Valencia on Santana Row. On a wednesday night there seems to be a huge gathering of professional men, so women if you're looking to meet a single man, this is a good place to start. The service is excellent, the cocktail waitress was very attentive and super friendly to me and my date. The ambience is low-key and smooth. Velvet couches and chairs are comfortable and easy to maintain a conversation with that special someone. Highly recommend this place.
Thieves among employees. Don't leave your credit cards. – A couple of months ago I forgot my credit card at the bar. I have done so on more than one occasion in places other than V-Bar and there were no issues - I was always to pick it up later. In some places, also, they destoy forgotten card rather promptly.
I assumed nothing bad will happen in a relatively upscale place like V-Bar. I called them in a week and they said they destroy cards in 5 days. Fine. I can get a new one. I moved on and forgot about this until one and a half week later.
Someone started charging things on my presumably destroyed credit card: restaurants, gas, Target, etc. Of course, I went ahead and closed my account immediately. Evidently they have failed to destroy my card as they claimed and aparently one (or more) of the employees used it.
Decent for a couple of drinks with friends before moving on. – This place is ok but I certainly wouldn't compare it to L.A.'s SkyBar. Place got packed late with mostly guys and the croud was so so. Some odd characters there I must admit (guys and gals). I was staying at the hotel so this was pretty much the only place I was prepared to go that night. I highly recommend the hotel though. Price and room quality is top notch.
Closes early - I think it was around 12:30. No need to dress to impress here. I was there on the 4th of July so I'm not sure how the weekends are. Overall I would say it's average with an average croud. Not extremely social but not completely closed off either. I did meet a lot of decent people but I'm also extremely outgoing. I would not recommend this place to someone that is shy and looking to socialize.
I can't imagine this place to be a totally fun night out and I certainly wouldn't bet on it. Probably best suited for friends wanting to go somewhere to chill with a croud for a couple of drinks before moving on.....
Hot Bar – Not a lot of bars this classy ni the South Bay. This is your best choice.
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