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Bon Vivant

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535 Bryant Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301 (University Ave)
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

The atmosphere was fine if a little cramped but the service was desultory and the food although relatively expensive was way below the standard of the most touristy of bistros in Paris. The onion soup had a log of bread one could almost climb over to get to the soup itself and the duck dish which I and another of... More 

Thank David T
Los Altos, California
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

Great meal at Bon Vivant. We liked everything: the food, setting & service. I met up with a few friends and found it easy to talk while dining - nice not to be sitting on top of each other like many PA restaurants. Between us we tried Sea Bass, Duck, Quail and a bunch of appetizers. Everything was great. We... More 

Thank Hans D
San Francisco, California
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9 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2016

I used Open-table about 2 weeks ago to find a Valentine Day Dinner location and found many were “sold-out". But, Bon Vivant was not, and I had eaten there before. It showed the only time for a reservation was at 5:30 pm, so I booked it. Unlike many other restaurants, it did not say it had a pre-fix meal nor... More 

Thank Mike G
San Jose, California
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79 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2016

I was pleasantly surprised at the atmosphere when I walked in. The art on the walls is eclectic and well placed. I loved the juxtaposition of chairs and comfortable couches. The experience was just a little lacking for me, due to the rather subdued atmosphere. I will certainly visit again on a busier night! I also neglected to check the... More 

Thank Abbe L
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2016

Another great meal at Bon Vivant! We started with an assortment of appetizers: Escargot, Mussels, Lobster and a Beet salad. Everything was delicious, fresh and served beautifully. Next we had the Rabbit and a Pork chop. We shared and sometimes competed for the best morsels, but in the end, we were both very happy and very well fed. After so... More 

San Jose, California
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

Super find for Tea service : my mom invited me to have an afternoon tea together with her - we had a lovely time. Elegant and absolutely delicious tea service: good selection of mini sandwiches, scones came straight from the oven with orange marmalade. Bits of opera' cake and mini macarons, tiny creme brulees and fruit tarts - each only... More 

1 Thank Lessy K
San Francisco, CA
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53 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

As a birthday surprise, my family took me here for dinner. Each dish was amazing. I had the butternut squash ravioli which melted in my mouth. My husbands crispy skinned duck was amazingly tender. Unfortunately I forgot what my kids ate, but the food was plentiful and delicious. I came many years ago and was quite disappointed that it was... More 

1 Thank kwong
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

Due to travel and whatnot, it has been a couple of months since I've eaten at Bon Vivant. I'm very pleased to report that if anything, it is even better than I remembered it. I couldn't detail the changes, but the beautiful dining room seems to have improved in subtle ways. My wife noticed some elegant new seating, etc. Anyway,... More 

1 Thank Sam B
San Francisco, California
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56 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

I went to Bon Vivant with my wife on a Friday evening around 7:30pm, surprisingly the restaurant wasn't busy. We shared a foie gras (poile). It was good but it is a very small portion (for $25+) My Tartare (Double starter) had nothing special, it was "ok". We then shared a Souffle, which was below average (they add chocolate sauce... More 

Thank sboisset
San Rafael, California
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40 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

Walking distance from the Sheraton, and Westin and Stanford University, it makes it easy to dine here. The restaurant is small, well designed and intimate. The restaurant has traditional french cuisine and a lovely wine menu with reasonable prices. Loved the foie gras, and pate, roast rabbit and mushroom ragu. Salade Lyonnaise. The Aubergine Napoleon was too heavy and not... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$31 - $50
French, European
Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 535 Bryant Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301
    (University Ave)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: 650-485-3228

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