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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)
+1 650-462-1686
17:30 - 22:00
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Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 17:30 - 22:00
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I eat here almost every week. She loves the croque Monsieur. I like variety so have something different each time. It has all been consistently great, whether on a busy weekend night or when it is emptier midweek. It is all very french. Mostly the standards, hot, fresh and delicious. Even the butter tastes French. Wines are... More 

Thank GMRoos
Menlo Park, California
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Awesome coq au vin, boudin noire, and couscous - Reasonable with a wine list that doesn't make you feel like you just got rapped!

Thank PiperSpeed
Palo Alto, California
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158 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017

My only problem with Bistro Vida is that since they hired their new French chef, it is much, much more crowded. The bistro food is terrific. I loved the Coq Au Vin. I look forward to going back.

Thank Coastman3
Menlo Park, California
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238 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

I had been here before a few times, but not for about two years. My wife's father was visiting and on Tuesday he took my wife, our son, and me to Bistro Vida. We loved it -- the food was terrific, service attentive and very friendly and efficient, and we found the place very welcoming and homey. We went again... More 

Thank JerryR10
Arroyo Grande, California
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71 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

We are in town for Thansgiving week and wanted to try the local French restaurant. We considered Left Bank but Vida has a much more fun, authentic French look and feel so we were drawn to it. I haven't spent a lot of time in France but we have spent a lot of time looking for good French restaurants in... More 

Thank Scott F
Menlo Park, California, United States
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

I guess I still have the rogue teenager-boy-quality in me enough to be thrown out of a restaurant I’ve been a repeat customer of forever… Pointing out to the owner Ali Elsafy that I really like his new online menu, I was served a perfectly warmed cognac and asked not to come back…I guess some people still have hardships launching... More 

Thank Anders V
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 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 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 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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89 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 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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58 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 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

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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
US$25 - US$40
French, European
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
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: +1 650-462-1686

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