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Choose among a restaurant and two bars when you want to dine at Hotel Valencia Santana Row. Citrus serves breakfast (a continental spread at the eatery is included in hotel guests’ room fee) and dinner. It’s globally influenced California-style cuisine, such as flash-smoked salmon with pistachio tahini, Israeli cous cous, sorrel and black garlic as well as Kobe rib-eye pavé with pickled shishito peppers, crispy cheddar and corn velouté. The hotel lounge, Vbar, is as sleek as the rest of the San Jose hotel. Enter the bar via metal-beaded curtains to be greeted with red mood lighting and a fabulous array of cocktails (such as the French 75 with Bombay Sapphire, champagne and lemon juice) along with bites like ahi tuna tartare with nori chips, yuzu and Szechuan peppercorns. A hidden gem — one that even many locals don’t know about — is the luxury hotel’s Cielo Terrace. The seventh-floor seasonal wine bar offers dramatic views of the Santa Cruz Mountains and Silicon Valley as well as heat lamps and cozy outdoor seating. Nosh on a cheese plate while sipping wine and drinking in the view.