San Jose >Left Bank Restaurant
They could be bad for your health. Today, I find a piece of metal in my food. It was about 1/4 to 1/2 inch long. It was explained to me that it came from a protective metal glove that the cooks use when they cook or slice bread. I could have ingested this piece of metal. I'm not too sure that there weren't any others that I missed and did ingest. I'm a bit worried about my health and I am extremely disappointed in Left Bank. Things happen, but you don't expect to find a piece of metal that migh end your life when you go out to eat.
Nonexistent Service and Disappointing Food.
I honestly tried to like the Left Bank. I went back over four times (shame on me), each time the service was awful, and the food wasn?t special. My father owned restaurants in San Francisco so I understand that this is a tough business but I have run out of excuses for the Left Bank. The location and outside seating are the only positive things I can say about the restaurant. The staff does move quickly but I am not sure where they are going?certainly not to pick up beverages or the food. Are they polite?...at times but I have also been very shocked by the rudeness.
On one occasion, it took 45 minutes to get one bottle of wine delivered to the table and then it wasn?t open for another 10 minutes. The only time our waiter showed any interest, charm or professionalism was when he handed us the check and invited us back. No thank you!
You are paying for the location so don?t expect to have a positive food or service experience. There are so many other places to eat at Santana Row that do understand good food and service?I have vowed to never to go back.
Bad service, food not great..
Been there a couple of times; won't be going back. Pretentiously overpricing your food does not, repeat, does not, make it taste better.
Service isn't great.
Staff aren't great.
Food isn't great.
Summary: Totally overpriced for sub-par food and poor service. They're attempting to be a classy, upmarket French restaurant on Santana Row but they need to focus on their food & service rather than marketing strategy.
Editorial Review. Interesting wine, charming service and rich French food make this restaurant a Santana Row favorite.
Food not very good. Service was adequate, food was pretty poor and small portions for the price. If you like chain restraunts then you may like it. It is the Chilis for the big spender.
Best hamburger , fondu, fries, and salads.
We enjoyed sitting outside and people watching while being well taken care of by the wait staff.
My hamburger (I usually don't eat burgers, just had a craving) was done perfectly rare and the meat was very tasty. My aunts salad was pleasing to the eye and very fresh tasting. Not to much dressing.
Our drinks were refilled in a timely fashion.
I have gone back several times and, yes, the fondu is great.
Below average food and service. While the ambiance was nice, the service and food quality was disappointing. I have had better food and service for much less. I wouldn't go back there again.
Wonderful Service. Ask for Michael. He has a confidant upbeat and sincere personally. The hostess and several other Left Bank employees made sure our luncheon was delightful. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who would enjoy a great dining atmosphere with family or friends.
sophisticated without being snooty. I have only been here once and dined alone, but it would be great to go back with some girl friends. I was having a crummy day and decided to have a decent lunch for a change. I walked in and my spirits were lifted. The service was attentive, the food was wonderful (I had the soup du jour & quiche), and the ambience was very pleasant. I highly recommend Left Bank!
Poor Service, Ok food.
When we arrived for our 8:15 reservation, we were rudely informed that because we were late, our table was given away. My cell phone (automatically set) showed 8:17, but the stewardess proceeded to argue with me about the time.
After we were seated, I tried to order a glass of Cabernet, but they were out. No luck with Merlot or Pinot Noir either. The waitress, who was very polite, said they were in the process of changing their entire wine list, so had to sell out what was left.
The food was nothing great either. On the positive side, while it's not cheap, it's by no means as expensive as you'd think a French restaurant in Santana Row might be. I think the place mostly capitalizes on location. But if you're in search of a moderately priced eat in Santana Row and don't mind poor service, this may be it.
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