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Vanessa's Bistro 2

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1512 Locust St, Walnut Creek, CA 94596-4117 (Bonanza)
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mon 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wed 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is really a "small plates" restaurant with fairly substantial prices for the quantity presented. We ordered the noodles with mango and shrimp, the pot stickers and the soft tacos with petrale sole. The petrale was fried to a crisp so it lost most of its wonderful flavor but overall we liked the dish. Don't order the potstickers...they were tasteless... More 

Thank LaBernardi
Lafayette, California
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35 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have eaten there now 5 times. Each time I got something different to taste around the menu. All items have been very tasty and flavorful due to the Asian spices. They have a great small plates selection, and some are half-price on Tuesdays. I loved the clay pot dish, and the curry dishes. A great place in Walnut Creek.

Thank John G
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21 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Interesting Vietnamese inspired cuisine. We went on Tuesday and only ordered Tapas which are half-price on Tuesdays, which is a fantastic deal. Dinner for 4 people for only $50! (no alcohol in that price). Food was very tasty and the service was good.

Thank Sanjay G
Walnut Creek, California
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

I've come here many times and it's always great - good drinks and friendly staffers combined with nice plates. It's a good place for Happy Hour!

Thank NikkolB
Walnut Creek, California
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

Vietnamese/french food that is amazing! I have been only twice, but those two times have been a taste sensation. The 5 spice maple leaf duck confit will not let you down. Also, the prawns & scallops in Thai basil coconut curry will bring you back for more. Full bar; great cocktails. Enjoy!

Thank John H
Walnut Creek
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118 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

My husband and I when here for dinner on Saturday night. We had chicken pot stickers, the filling was great, the dough was thick and pasty; duck lettuce wraps, absolutely delicious; bok choy, good but not memorable; chicken curry, yummy and a different take on the usual Thai curries; crab stuffed sole on a potato croquette; the croquette and the... More 

Thank 1occasional_traveler
Walnut Creek, California
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126 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

We have been to this restaurant several times and it never fails to deliver quality food. Don't be in a hurry if you order tapas as they make them when you order, so it takes a bit of time between items. Order three or four and then add more as you see it.

Thank June K
Moscow, Idaho
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25 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2016

This is a casual restaurant with fantastic food. Everything is creatively and quickly prepared with fresh ingredients. The honey-glazed quail was yummy. The pot sticker dough was a little thick. The duck confit was delightful. I wish I had known that the vegetable curry with tofu had mostly carrots and potatoes; the sauce was great but I wanted less root... More 

Thank Susannahfoodie
Carlsbad, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2016

The poke was to die for. The service was excellent and it was an easy walk, for me and I am 64, to get their and back. Our entrees were simply delicious. I purposely did not finish my plate so I could take left overs back with me.

Thank Edward O
Somers NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2016 via mobile

Both times we dined at Vanessa's we had a very good selection of innovative tapas, once for early dinner, and once for lunch. Highly recommended!

Thank LucilleK14

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30 - $30
Vietnamese, Asian, Fusion
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar scene
Open Hours
1:00 pm - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1512 Locust St, Walnut Creek, CA 94596-4117
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Walnut Creek
  • Phone Number: 1-925-891-4790
Vanessa's Bistro 2 has been proudly serving the heart of downtown Walnut Creek since September 2009. Our Vietnamese tapas with a French fusion twist offers an eclectic array of dishes that are suitable and enjoyable for all dining occasions. Executive Chef, Vanessa Dang brings with her 30 years of food and hospitality experience to Walnut Creek while her sons Michael and Jimmy dazzle guests with their lovable personalities. Come by to experience our memorable Vietnamese food that will leave you craving it again and again!

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