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641 Santa Cruz Ave, Menlo Park, CA 94025-4502
650-462-1686
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Ranked #27 of 119 Restaurants in Menlo Park
Price range: $25 - $40
Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Doing business
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: El Camino Real
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English first
Belmont
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We stumbled on this place in downtown Menlo Park. We were made to feel welcome. The décor and menu are French-style bistro. The menu is representative, while not being overwhelming. I tried their French onion soup; it was delicious. I had the Vida burger with gorgonzola and roasted peppers. It was served with pommes frites. My burger and frites were... More

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Chicago, Ilinois
Top Contributor
352 reviews 352 reviews
232 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I stumbled across this little place while walking up and down the street in Palo Alto. I had a burger and pommes frites that were very akin to the real deal in Paris. Worth a try

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San Francisco, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

My husband and I have been coming to this restaurant for several years. The food is good, but not great. I agree with the other reviews that there are better restaurants, but the food combined with the french bistro theme, convenient location (at least convenient for us) and friendly service keep us coming back. We regard their food more like... More

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London, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The menu is a good reflection of what you would find in a bistro in Paris (for example) and the food is an accurate representation of each dish. The food is slightly more modern than the local competitors, without the attitude. The overall experience would be of a smaller city in France than of Paris, itself, Definitely the service is... More

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Top Contributor
266 reviews 266 reviews
201 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Stopped in with friends , for dinner. We tried several selections , beef , shrimp , and something else ? Everything was ok but not great . The prices were reasonable for the area but there are better places to go in the area for the value . The service good which was a highlite . For me , I... More

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Menlo Park, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

You can't go wrong with this friendly but authentic French-style bistro on the main drag of Menlo Park, Santa Cruz Avenue. They have a few outdoor tables to dine at if it's warm outside - otherwise, their cozy, almost romantic bistro is very comfortable. The tables are not too close. It is not Michelin-star fare, but you will get very... More

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San Francisco, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

Food was average - not great - but the service was so weird that I felt not only uncomfortable but horribly unwelcome. I would never return. It's bad enough when a single employee drops the ball but when the management is also negligent then that's a sign better to spend my $ elsewhere. Much better options close by - Palo... More

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Menlo Park, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

If you want traditional French Brasserie style food, Bistro Vida is a good choice. I live in the area and like to come here on cool nights for classic braised dishes like coq au vin that I don't have the time/energy to cook for myself. Prices are very reasonable considering it is in MP -- Left bank a few doors... More

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East Hampton
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87 reviews 87 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014 via mobile

Visited some time ago for an average mid-week night out French brasserie sort of dinner. What a nightmare. The food was mediocre, at best, & the place was virtually empty at prime-time & only after getting the bill, ~ $200 for two, including a couple glasses of wine along with a shared appetizer & two entrees, I realized why. Avoid!

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Menlo Park, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Though I don't really know the owner of Bistro Vida ( we say hello and I murmur a few words of French in hopes of impressing), I'm guessing that at some point he said: "I just want to re-create the cafes I used to know and love in Paris." I think he's done it. Vida manages to perfectly represent the... More

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Additional Information about Bistro Vida

Address: 641 Santa Cruz Ave, Menlo Park, CA 94025-4502
Phone Number: 650-462-1686
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Menlo Park
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 25 - 40
Cuisine: French

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