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Bistro Vida

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$$ - $$$
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641 Santa Cruz Ave, Menlo Park, CA 94025-4502 (El Camino Real)
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

I have been coming here since probably when they opened a long time ago. The service has always been good and the food is always great. Simple but great.

Thank ishikyo
Seattle, Washington
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37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016 via mobile

The restaurant was 1/3 full at 6 PM on a Tuesday night. The only person obviously serving as a waiter/host was the owner. There was another guy sort of acting as a busboy. It was hard to get seated, hard to ask any questions about the menu, hard to get a single glass of water (a single refill only received... More 

Thank CT B
Beaconsfield, United Kingdom
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78 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016

This is the 4th or 5th time we've visited! And we will be back many many more times! The food is consistently delicious and there has not been a single meal served there that we haven't greedily enjoyed! Best French Onion Soup I've ever had, mouth-melting Boeuf Bourguignon, superb coq au vin, scummy lamb, and the BEST BEST BEST liver... More 

Thank Chantal42
Palo Alto, California
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52 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

the menu is true French...from mussels and snails to the most incredible filet of sole I have ever had. the wine list is small but adequate. the owner is there with a smile to meet and greet. usually quiet enough that you can have a good conversation. just took some musicians there and they loved it!!

Thank asbowers
Atlanta, Georgia
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3 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2016

Salad, wine and desert... plus tip = $50. Took 10 minutes to find me with some day old bread, and that was with only a few people eating. Was outside... maybe they got lost?

Thank TSwan2
Menlo Park, California
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2016

I've been going to Bistro Vida for years. Food is great, always consistent. Burger, salmon are my favorites. Breakfast is a real treat. Big table in the back if you have a nice large party.

Thank carolfishmince
South East PA
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151 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2016

I was with a large group of people so we shared appetizers and wine, then dinner. The appetizers were very good as was the wine. Service was good. My ceaser salad was okay. I had gotten the lamb and in all honesty it was okay but did not taste fresh. The carrots and peas that came with it were excellent.... More 

Thank BerksPADad
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30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2016

My wife and I first stopped at Left Bank, as it was recommended by our concierge. We were seated and about 10 minutes passed without anyone coming to greet us or take a drink order. So we left and found Bistro Vida just down the street. I'm so happy we stumbled across this place because we were not disappointed! We... More 

Thank Becky L
San Francisco Bay Area
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100 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2016

If you are looking for authentic French Gastropub, Vida hits a home run. Not as popular as the Left Bank next door but you won't be disappointed. Great French specials are worth ordering along with the regular fare.

Thank Elizabeth247
Chicago, Illinois
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37 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2016

We ate there last night with a party of 8 after a graduation ceremony. The service was literally the worst I have ever seen at any restaurant for many, many years. Our server was slow, openly defiant, hurling dishes at us, ignoring most requests and being generally as unpleasant as possible. She was openly hostile to most requests. This situation,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$25 - $40
French, European
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?