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535 Bryant Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301
650-485-3228
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Ranked #47 of 318 Restaurants in Palo Alto
Price range: $31 - $50
Hours:
Sun 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tue 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tue - Wed 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wed 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thu - Fri 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Thu - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: University Ave
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Any
English first
Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

I'd highly recommend a meal at Bon Vivant if you're into French cuisine. A great selection of wines and interesting menu. The rabbit, foie gras, scallops and filet mignon are a must try. The restaurant by itself is off University Ave, and hence conveniently located. Has a very cozy feel.

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San Jose, California, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

With busy work schedules it can be tough for my wife and I to get out and gave a relaxing date night. While the restaurant is pricy, it is well worth it. Great wine list, the beef tartar was delicious, and both our entrées were well balanced with flavor.

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Fremont, California
Top Contributor
152 reviews 152 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

i was amazed when looking for a reservation last minute on a Friday night that one was available at the time I wanted. The restaurant was fairly empty when we arrived and we were seated at a small table next to the window. The dining room was quite nice, but the style of cooking was 'old school'. I started with... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Had a great meal here. French bistro dishes that were excellent - once we got them. Very slow and inattentive despite there being few people in the restaurant.

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San Jose, California, United States
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I don't know how I missed this place, but I'm glad that I finally found it. With all the dining options in PA, I was pleased to discover something both distinctive and delicious. I started with a Butter Lettuce and Prawn salad and then moved on to Pheasant for my main course. Both were beautifully presented - Pheasant with royal... More 

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Surprise, AZ
Top Contributor
163 reviews 163 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Bon Vivant is a restaurant in Palo Alto serving French cuisine. The space is attractive and is not fancy or stuffy but does feel a bit special. + Nice selection of wine and champagne + Nice variety of French dishes featured on the menu + Food good but not great, only let down by poor cuts/ingredients - Service can be... More 

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Stanford, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
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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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Additional Information about Bon Vivant

Address: 535 Bryant Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301
Phone Number: 650-485-3228
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm  10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 3:00 pm  5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm  11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 3:00 pm  5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 3:00 pm  5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm  10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
Cuisine: French

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