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“You have not had a salade nicoise until you've eaten here.”
Review of Bistro Vida

Bistro Vida
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Ranked #15 of 123 Restaurants in Menlo Park
Price range: $25 - $40
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Business meetings
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: El Camino Real
Reviewed August 21, 2012

You have not had a salade nicoise until you've eaten here.

Often, french bistros can be hard for vegetarians or even pescatarians to find something to eat. But here, both the salade nicoise and the salmon burger were spectacular choices. The salad had the perfect mix of ingredients; the fresh, perfectly done tuna was amazing, but so were the olives and the avocados and the potatoes... So many unique, delicious, unexpected things that mixed together amazingly. My fiance's salmon burger was fantastic as well, and came with surprise avocados! The best kind of surprise.

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2  Thank ajhorse21
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Reviewed August 17, 2012

Vida has been a favorite of my family for a long time, and they have a great selection of meat, fish, and classic French dishes. I highly recommend the steak sandwich, and the salmon never disappoints. The setting is very nice, and the outdoor seating adds another nice touch. Not being a very experienced French diner, I always find something new and interesting to try here.

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2  Thank Doyle P
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Reviewed June 27, 2012

At Bistro Vida you can enjoy ordinary food (at best) at SF Bay Area (that is, very high) prices.
The restaurant itself is pleasant enough, with a few tables out on the sidewalk and more inside, where it is, however, quite dark.
My wife and I started with a couple of "signature cocktails." Mine was a concoction called "Assaul de Bastille," which contained Cognac, Chartreuse, Benedictine, and champagne; it was an undistinguished hodgepodge. My wife's drink was similarly vague and unmemorable.
Then we shared a small plate of red tomato slices with fresh mozarella and basil. Oddly, the tomatoes were cold and unripe, even though this was at the height of the season for fresh tomatoes. The main course for my wife was a slice of quiche Lorraine, quite ordinary, with ham plainly out of a cold cuts package for sandwiches. I had a steak, very fatty and with a hefty portion of gristle. The bread brought to our table was not the classic French baguette, with an airy center surrounded by a light, crisp crust but something much heavier and more ordinary.
The service was fine, the waiter helpful when we wished to change tables so as to be in the shade on a hot day.
If the prices were half as much--my run-of-the-mill steak with ordinary French fries cost $19--then Bistro Vida could be touted as a place providing okay diner fare. But at such high prices food that is worse than anything you could throw together quickly at home will not tempt us to return. There is a reason that Left Bank, a bistro right next door, is always full of diners, while Bistro Vida has only a few.

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2  Thank vaidaman
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Reviewed May 29, 2012

Tuna carpaccio, couscous w/ merguez, quail, and more--and that's just some of the lunch offerings. Bistro Vida is small but offers a wide and intriguing array of plats. The atmosphere is oh so French, service very efficient; combined with the creative menu, makes Bistro Vida a go-to destination.

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1  Thank bjmMenlopark
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Reviewed May 26, 2012

Est-ce que j'ai une gueule d'atmosphère?
The whole French experience.
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We like this French bistrot. It's not a fake French bistrot, it's a real one including the atttitude of the wait staff. As you can see on the other reviews, this is disconcerting to many customers, but for those of us who like to travel, we take it with a grain of salt.
I like going here because it is much quieter than the Left Bank next door and provides very good standard French meals.
Steck-frites and Moule-Frites are very well done, they often have coque au vin or tarte tatin and many stanbdrd Brasserie dishes just like in France. So if you are nostalgic after your stay in Paris, this is a good place to visit, they even have French newspapers for you to peruse while you're waiting....

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1  Thank sherlock1954
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