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Bon Vivant

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535 Bryant St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1704 (University Ave)
+1 650-485-3228
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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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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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Normally I come to Bon Vivant for the duck, but this time I couldn't resist the pork chop. Amazing. Flavorful, tender and satisfying. A little wine, a little souffle and done! Perfect meal.

Thank Hank R
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016

Best spot for a date in PA. I went with my girlfriend and had a wonderful evening. The setting is beautiful and definitely helped set a romantic mood. The food/wine/service were all exceptional. This was a new spot for both of us, so we weren't sure what to expect. It just clicked for us.

Thank Hank R
Palo Alto, California
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99 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

We always, hire a driver to take us here and home. It's one of those places, which calls for a bottle of champagne, a love card to your wife, or SO, a small bouquet of flowers? It's the ambiance, and I do think being dressed properly, and having the "proper" attitude, will make your dining experience. Quality over quantity. RABBIT-... More 

Thank sirmeandt
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3 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles 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
San Francisco, California
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles 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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83 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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55 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$31 - $50
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic, 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 St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1704
    (University Ave)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: +1 650-485-3228

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