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641 Santa Cruz Ave, Menlo Park, CA 94025-4502 (El Camino Real)
650-462-1686
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5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations

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  • 17
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Excellent, Reliable Bistro Food

A real Paris-style Bistro in Menlo Park. Not surprisingly, the proprietor Ali, was trained in Paris. We dine there at least once a month sometimes with jaded guests who never fail to be impressed. My favorites are the Salade Nicoise and the Pasta Putanesca. My wife is partial to the Beef... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 15, 2015
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Menlo Park, California
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English first
San Carlos, California
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207 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

There is a new chef and we hit the restaurant t see if things are better, Unfortunately we just returned from three months in Paris, so the basis for comparison is probably very unfair. We found the place better then the last time we visited, but still just average.

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San Francisco, California
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Just like being in Paris. The owner was wonderful and recommended dishes we really enjoyed. Plus the Rose wine on a very hot weekend was refreshing.

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Menlo Park, California
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

A real Paris-style Bistro in Menlo Park. Not surprisingly, the proprietor Ali, was trained in Paris. We dine there at least once a month sometimes with jaded guests who never fail to be impressed. My favorites are the Salade Nicoise and the Pasta Putanesca. My wife is partial to the Beef Bourguignon. We both share the fried Calamari.

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West Menlo Park, California
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51 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Bistro Vida is an excellent, authentic restaurant in Menlo Park. We have been going there for years. Ali (the owner) is very gracious and the food is excellent. In the spring/summer/fall, there is outside eating and when it really warms up, the whole front of the restaurant can be opened up.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

The risotto was wonderful, and the salad with walnuts and blue cheese, so,so. Really wasn't any blue cheese but the flavours of the risotto more than made up for it. This place had charm and from what I could see all the food looked as good as the risotto. The bowl of mussels was massive and apparently was very good... More 

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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 via mobile

I just had to come on here and compliment Bistro Vida for the wonderful experience we enjoyed today, sidewalk dining with our dog. Service couldn't have been better. We felt immediately welcomed as we sat right away at a free four top, our waitperson there in a flash with menus and offering to bring drinks. My rosé arrived in what... More 

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Palo Alto
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Intimate, quiet place to enjoy a good supper, Menue choices were very good, as was service. I particularly liked the sandwiches (beef au jus, burgers, and steak frites).

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Kingston, Washingston
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66 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Shared a lovely meal with my son and granddaughter. Great food and wonderful service. My son and I shared appetizers and a Duck Confit Cassoulet. Delicious.

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Menlo Park, California
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This place is ok, but they are next door to Left Bank and are simply not as good. Salad Niscoise is my choice of lunchtime food.

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Belmont
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 641 Santa Cruz Ave, Menlo Park, CA 94025-4502
    (El Camino Real)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Menlo Park
  • Phone Number: 650-462-1686

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 40
  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Doing business
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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?