We have had many lovely meals at The Village California Bistro on visits to San Jose over the last five years. On this latest visit in June, I ate at The Village California Bistro and Wine Bar three times - once with friends for lunch, once with my husband as a couple, and once as a family for my birthday celebration. All three meals were wonderful. The menu is innovative and changes with the seasons, and ingredients are locally sourced as much as possible. The service has always been good for us, and some of the waiting staff are exceptional, really going out of their way to make your dining experience a great one. You can sit outside or inside (reservations are only accepted for inside and for the side terrace) and the atmosphere is great either way.
I had the best Reuben sandwich ever on my lunch visit this time, and my husband and I enjoyed a wonderful asparagus starter followed by a delicious fillet of sole dish during our dinner a deux. In fact, I so enjoyed that meal that when we returned a few days later for my birthday celebration I ordered the same things! The waiter that evening had served us on previous visits and really made the evening. He brought complimentary amuse bouche (cod fritters) and after our meal he brought a piece of strawberry shortcake with ice cream topped with a candle. It was a fabulous meal and a lovely celebration.
If you love to enjoy good food in an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere, this is the place to go in Santana Row. It's great for couples, small groups and families too.
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