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Santana Row

Santana Row, San Jose, CA, 95128
(408) 551-4611

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Santana Row
Santana Row
San Jose, CA 95128
(408) 551-4611
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(no rating) Thursday, August 23, 2007 - Carolyn Jung

The whimsical, build-your-own burger joint offers 312,000 possible burger combinations. (Carolyn Jung, Mercury News)

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Apr 19, 2013 - BenSchwartz on Sino Restaurant & Lounge
Great place for a date!

This is a great place for a date in San Jose. Not really good for family dinners, but the ambiance is made for hosting friends and inviting a date. I loved it.

Apr 19, 2013 - BenSchwartz on Straits Restaurant
Fantastic Place

The Food is outstanding. The ambiance is hip. Not a place for a family dinner, but definitely a good choice for a date.

Mar 25, 2008 - rareexception on Vintage Wine Bar
Description is accurate, Vintage Wine Bar is probably the best in San Jose

Amazing location in the middle of Santana Row in a seemingly historic, glass building imported from Europe. The wines are good but a star off for their always being too crowded to really enjoy a glass of wine and some company.

Mar 25, 2008 - rareexception on Ben & Jerry's
Ben & Jerry's is a taste of San Francisco's famous ice cream in San Jose

Outstanding ice cream in a great location with music and wonderful restaurants around throughout Santana Row.

Mar 25, 2008 - rareexception on Hot Tamales Cal-Mex Cantina
Roux is a festive New Orleans atmosphere with great music

The live jazz almost every night is the real draw to Roux. The Louisiana style cooking is spicy but the food doesn't wow me beyond to say it is a good 4 out of 5 stars. Out door seating is attractive on Santana Row's green square where more live music can often be found.

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Mar 21, 2008 - angeldreamer on Borders
Just what a Borders store should be

Large and large. It's like any of the other bookstores. Nothing very special other than parking around Santana Row is triple the hassle compared to some of the other Borders locations. BUT you won't look at hip elsewhere right?

Feb 27, 2008 - YogiBear on Left Bank
Definitely NOT for French Conossieurs...

Perhaps it's a given that this place isn't super authentic since it is a franchise restaurant. But judging from the selections on the menu (and the prices), I would've thought that the food would be tastier and more refined. I've been to Left Bank three times now (you wonder why I keep returning) at three different locations, and I keep trying different dishes - hoping that I'll change my mind. Despite the rave reviews from my friends, I just don't agree that this is a great restaurant.

During our last visit, our server was pretty hysterical. His pronunciation of his attempt to speak French was painful. Clearly, he was not hired for his linguistic skills! Although he had a rough start - making a broad announcement to five tables that "the bread is on it's way!" - uh, ok -- He actually did entertain us with his liberal and dramatic drink pouring techniques.

It's a decent place, but definitely not all that it's cracked up to be...especially for the price.

Jan 21, 2008 - rareexception on Straits Restaurant
Not your Palo Alto Straits

Straits Cafe in Palo Alto is a hip yet quiet dinner spot, perfect for a business lunch or romantic dinner. At Santana Row, the owner went for the trendier atmosphere playing loud music to support a large bar. I wouldn't criticize so much but the food suffers; to be fair, I shouldn't draw a conclusion that different atmosphere = worse food but that's the case. If you've been to Sino, just down the street at Santana Row, you'd swear Straits was trying to compete. The live music is a nice touch but I really wish they'd stick with the style that works up the peninsula.

Dec 19, 2007 - rareexception on Rosie McCann's Irish Pub & Restaurant
1 star is harsh

It is like more like an english pub than what you'd expect to find in Ireland but the bar is a respectable place for a Guinness.

Dec 17, 2007 - Chew on Sino Restaurant & Lounge
Bumpin' -- good place for 20-30 somethings!

Sino's bar is a scene and a bit of a meat market. The club-like entrance was bumpin' with loud hip-hop music. Fortunately, they have a way of muffling the sound in the dining area towards the back of the restaurant, and you can actually carry on a conversation. I was impressed! It's a fun place to take a date. The food was remarkably tasty, especially because you wouldn't expect authentic Chinese food at a place like this, but it's actually pretty good!

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Nov 05, 2007 - pobrien on The Counter
A novel approach to a burger joint

The food is decent but we're not talking about Kobe beef hamburgers with caviar and mixed leaf lettuce. The Counter has a novel approach to burgers giving customers the opportunity to create their burger from scratch. Pick a little of this and a little of that and in 10 minutes, your custom made creation is at your table. This one has a great location across from Rosie's Irish Pub near the lawn and stage at Santana Row. To draw folks back they have a monthly unique creation ("special") with some ingenious ideas; last I was there they were serving a salmon burger and pumpkin milkshake.

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Oct 07, 2007 - pobrien on Yankee Pier
Great seafood but that's not my taste

The other food is good too but they have a very limited selection. Chicken, burger, etc. The host service was fabulous, wait staff not as much so. Reasonably priced and fun atmosphere bringing you a unique dining choice. Perfect locatino in the heart of Santana Row so you can catch live music if sitting outside or at least enjoy a walk after dinner with Ice Cream at Ben & Jerry's.

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Aug 27, 2007 - pobrien on Rosie McCann's Irish Pub & Restaurant
A deceptive Irish Pub

I'll admit, I'm a little torn on this review. Rosie's is an authentic looking pub right of the the street of Galway. They bring in local music and have had some great irish musicians but turn the corner from the bar to the restaurant and you feel like you've walked into an English country club complete with a the stereotypical picture of some fox hounds leading the hunt. I was disappointed to find, when dining there the other night, they were playing music one would expect at trendy Sino around the corner. The food is decent and service okay. Really you go to Rosie's for the atmosphere which was unfortunately out of place on my recent trip. I hope they stick with what they know best because no one does Irish like the Irish.

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Jul 30, 2007 - pobrien
One of the finest developments in San Jose

Santana Row is as close to a modern "Main Street" as you can get. The boulevard is tree lined with small shops, games, and entertainment down the middle. Streets are lined with upscale retail and outstanding restaurants and spas. Above levels are luxury apartments and condos that give the area a downtown feel. Farmers' Markets, live music, and other entertainment make this a destination more than a location.

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Jul 29, 2007 - pobrien on Sino Restaurant & Lounge
Dinner in a nightclub

A tremendous scene welcomes you to Sino, an expansive and usually crowded bar, attractive people, trendy decor, and loud music. Imagine having dinner at any of the big nightclubs in Vegas (Tao or Rum Jungle come to mind) and you've got Sino. The food is adequate, a criticism only because everything I had was fried when it could have been fresh and seemingly healthier. The wine list is good.

Jun 13, 2007 - supersom on Thea Mediterranean Cuisine
Awesome food and beautiful atmosphere

We met up with some friends at Thea for an evening out minus kids and had a great time. We ordered just off the appetizer menu and they just kept the appetizers coming in. Everything I tasted was great and the service was excellent. Even though the food was a little on the expensive side (average appetizer was $10) I would definitely eat there again.

Jun 06, 2007 - kristina on Thea Mediterranean Cuisine
Try this appetizer

Thea is a great place to stop in Santana Row prior to a movie at the Cine Arts. If you haven't already, order the Flaming cheese appetizer. It comes out on fire and tastes great!

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Jun 05, 2007 - pobrien on Thea Mediterranean Cuisine
Authentic greek food

In a trendy atmosphere you'd expect in a club in San Francisco, Thea brings out the romantic or fashion icon ready for a night on the town.

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