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Bon Vivant

535 Bryant Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301
650-485-3228
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Ranked #22 of 314 restaurants in Palo Alto
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: University Ave
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77% Recommend
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Any
English first
Stanford, California
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I used to spend most of my summers in Cote D'Azure. I'm European and know something about French and Italian cuisine. This place is actually really good for my standard. Always surprised that locals don't get how good this place is.

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Palo Alto, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Fantastic! I came with my wife for dinner on a Thursday night. Mother-in-law agreed to watch the kiddies and give us a date night. Before catching a late movie, we had a lovely and romantic dinner at Bon Vivant. Everything was fresh, delicious and beautiful. We both liked the decor - elegant without being stuffy. But for me, the food... More

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Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

We had brunch at Bon Vivant several months ago. It's a very nice space, and the host/waiter was really terrific. The menu was quite nice too. Unfortunately, the food was really lacking. One diner had the rabbit terrine and really found it lacking with some unusual spices that didn't work with rabbit. I had the eggs Benedict which might have... More

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San Francisco Area
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

What made this a 5 star trip was the service. The staff went out of their way to treat our daughter like a princess for her 16th birthday. Four of us had few appetizers, three entrees and two desserts. The standouts were the pork chop, crab salad and Grand Marnier souffle. We enjoyed the Paris feel and quiet atmosphere. I... More

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Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

We went to Bob Vivant on a Saturday evening 6 45 reservations maybe two or three tables occupied not a busy night. Started with oysters on the half shell which were excellent, followed by beet salad also very good. Entre of duck breast was very good unfortunately rabbit overcooked and returned. Service slow, but friendly. Waiter Frank paired wines, which... More

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Palo Alto, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

This is just a lovely spot for a romantic dinner. They have a great wine list and a lot of interesting cocktails to get things off to a nice start. The food was amazing: I started with a delicate chestnut soup and my companion loved her scallops. We both had duck (sorry - can't review more dishes, since we were... More

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Sunnyvale, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

I found the best happy hour deal in Palo Alto so far. They have an unusual cocktail selection. I tried their Lillette cocktail. Also I like their pate selection. Superb, very fresh house-made. My business meeting turned into something very enjoyable. Very elegant place and good ambiance too. Certainly this will be my meeting place.

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San Jose, California
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

There are many things to love about Bon Vivant: the outside tables are wonderful, reminiscent of cafés in Paris, and the service is very good. If they pick up the food a notch, they could become a destination. We started with the oysters, which were clean and fresh, and the mignonette sauce was perfectly balanced. Next up was the Amuse... More

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San Francisco, California
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

Ok, there probably are better restaurants (and I have not tried them ALL), but Bon Vivant is up there on the list of top 1% of the ones I tried. From the moment you walk in you can forget your worries and let yourself be carried away by the nirvana of great food made of fresh local ingredients; excellent presentation;... More

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Palo Alto, California
Top Contributor
169 reviews 169 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

No need to find your passport. Just head to Bon Vivant and feel like you've traveled across the ocean. The best meal I've had in months. The restaurant itself is beautifully designed. The service was efficient, friendly, but unobtrusive. And the food! I had the wild mushroom tart and salmon on a bed of chard with a fried potato cake.... More

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