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Santana Row

A Booming Culinary Mecca Nestled in Silicon Valley’s Santana Row

Santana Row is emerging as an oasis for delicious foods and sought after brands from around the world

Silicon Valley’s premier shopping destination has a culinary counterpart, where you can move between scoring the latest Gucci handbag and digging into a spicy curry at Amber India. From the chefs, to the boutiques, to the nightlife, Santana Row is pushing the envelope as the South Bay’s hippest destination.

Santana Row’s abundant selection speaks to San Jose’s global audience. They offer everything from French cuisine (Left Bank Brasserie) and trendy American fare (Roots and Rye), all the way to classic Italian food at Pizza Antica.

If you’re into French food, Left Bank Brasserie is just the place for you. They boast a cheese fondue highlighted by a trio of melted brie, blue, and goat cheese, all infused with Madeira wine. If these dripping cheese sticks don’t satisfy your French palate, then The Entrecôte Bordelaise is a must-try also; a 10 ounces angus beef ribeye rested in a rich bordelaise sauce, freshened geniusly by the crisp side of green beans. In addition their neighbor LB steak offers contemporary decor and prime cut, paired with locally sourced organic produce. The warm, welcoming staff will walk you through their sophisticated steak offerings.

American cuisine is equally represented in the teeming food scene. Roots and Rye balances a cheeky interplay of classic American food with a distinct modern approach. The restaurant’s menu is flavor forward, including classics like a creamy mac and cheese, crispy brown butter brussel sprouts, to succulent diver scallops. These can be enjoyed by the warmth of their softly lit fire pits, washed down with a whisky from the bespoke collection.

Pizza Antica has that rustic charm to it with its Italian style decor and scenic outdoor seating. The thoughtfully considered menu includes Neapolitan hearth-baked pizzas, homemade  pastas and creamy gelato for dessert. This is a sure-fire guaranteed crowd (or date) pleaser. Step out of your comfort zone of Margherita pizzas and be sure to try Pizza Antica’s pizza with heirloom potatoes, caramelized onion, and white truffle oil or feel free to design your own with its wide range of toppings to choose from.

Santana Row’s Top Picks:

Left Bank Brasserie — An authentic Parisian-style brasserie, featuring a seasonal menu

LB Steak A casually upscale, contemporary American seafood and steak house

Sino — A modern Chinese restaurant, Sino serves a myriad of family- style Cantonese and Chinese fare laced with signature fusion dishes

Amber India — Indian cuisine of both traditional and fusion dishes

Village California Bistro — California cuisine featuring local meats, seafood and loads of fresh, organic produce

Fogo de Chao — Authentic Brazilian steakhouse that features up to 16 cuts of meat

Roots & Rye — Crafted American food and drink centered around a bespoke whiskey collection

Pizza Antica — Transporting you into the rustic traditions and old-world quality of Neapolitan hearth-baked pizzas

Also, be on the lookout for Santana Row’s latest openings!

Smitten Ice Cream (Early September) Perfect for those sweet cravings!

Poke Bar (This Fall) — Located in Park Valencia, Poké Bar provide fresh, fast Poké without sacri cing taste, health, and quality

Tacolicious (This Fall) — A modern, casual Mexican restaurant where ingredients are sourced responsibly, and they take their tacos as seriously as their cocktails, while offering a fun sit-down, full-service experience

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