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Bistro Vida

641 Santa Cruz Ave, Menlo Park, CA 94025-4502
+1 650-462-1686
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good30%
  • Average17%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible4%
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French, European
$$ - $$$
641 Santa Cruz Ave, Menlo Park, CA 94025-4502
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The owner is very personable. Ask to meet him. He is easy going, gracious and wants to make you happy! The Onion Soup is great. I'd skip the Caesar Salad, it was generally uninteresting. The Coq Au Vin is terrific.

Thank Coastman3
Reviewed 6 days ago

The four of us all had seafood. The sauteed prawns were fine but a little chewy. My onion soup with cheese gratin was good. The Coquilles St Jacques were not as good as I had had a few nights previously in an Italian restaurant, not...More

Thank EKandBSK
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been going for years. What's great is that they've opened up a front patio so that there's more dining outside. This is a place for French comfort food. A lot of the menu is traditional. This week I had the mussels and fries....More

Thank american_foxhound
Reviewed 8 November 2017

Vida has really done a nice job with their outside seating as Menlo Park is attempting to make more space for restaurants to create a bistro style atmosphere on Santa Cruz Ave. Vida has created the best hedge separation between the tables and the traffic....More

Thank David O
Reviewed 8 August 2017

I planned my husband's 75th Birthday dinner at Bistro Vida in late April for a party of 17. Ali the owner was great in selecting the perfect menu choices and wines. The Al Fresco setting was perfect, service was excellent, and Ali encouraged my entertainment...More

Thank urspeterz
Reviewed 5 August 2017

Love Bistro Vida and always select it over the chain French restaurant just down the street. Ali, the owner, has his watchful eye taking care of everyone and setting the tone for the friendly atmosphere. The new chef, brought in last year, has really ramped...More

Thank JimSanDieg0
Reviewed 30 July 2017

I went here for a surprise dinner for my mom. I ordered a salad nicoise and a dozen oysters. The oysters were very fresh, quite delicious. They were from Washington state, and they grow lovely oysters in the Pacific Northwest. I usually only put lemon...More

Thank mesachie
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

Apérol spritz the right way and appetizers made for a perfect hot summer evening dinner. Our initial seat at the bar was a bit warm. The staff is friendly and carries just the right amount of French attitude to keep you dreaming of Paris. The...More

Thank AlohaQ
Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

Had lunch today and ordered the hamburger without the bun stating I had gluten allergy. The owner/waiter responded by saying he didn't understand why people order the hamburger dish when they don't want it the way its suppose to be made. My son asked him...More

Thank Vera G
Reviewed 24 May 2017

Newly added sidewalk space provides a great opportunity to be outdoors. Feels like a French bistro. Food was good, service was attentive. Would definitely go again.

Thank travuluv2014
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12 June 2017|
Response from Vera G | Reviewed this property |
I am unsure however that information should be on their website.
12 June 2017|
Response from GMRoos | Reviewed this property |
I don't know. You may be better off buying a gift card from Amex or Visa given protection and flexibility, then recommending a meal at Vida. I estimate by taking average entree price times 2 times number of people. More if... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$25 - US$40
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
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
  • E-mail
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