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Bistro Vida

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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: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Doing business

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  • 12
    Excellent
  • 18
    Very good
  • 8
    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
Disappointing

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.

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
sacooper27
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Menlo Park, California
Good for:
  • Doing business
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47 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Menlo Park, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 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 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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Boston, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
408 reviews 408 reviews
273 restaurant reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014 via mobile

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
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
308 reviews 308 reviews
229 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 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
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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96 reviews 96 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

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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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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