Bistro Vis À Vis
Bistro Vis À Vis

Bistro Vis À Vis

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bistrovisavis.com/
  • Phone: 4159254370x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Hours until our move to San Anselmo in mid-Sept:

    Dinner Monday - Saturday starting at 5, last seating 9pm
    Lunch Saturday and Sunday 11 am to 3 pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Californian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Middle of BON AIR CENTER
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Bistro Vis À Vis
We are moving to our new location and service will continue
in our Bon Air location until 14 September with these hours:

Dinner Monday - Saturday starting at 5, last seating 9pm
Lunch Saturday and Sunday 11 am to 3 pm

We will re-open at 115 San Anselmo Avenue in early October
so stay tuned or check in with our Facebook page!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Bistro Vis À Vis reviews from OpenTable diners
47 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (40)neighborhood gem (37)notable wine list (33)great for lunch (11)great for outdoor dining (8)great for brunch (7)special occasion (7)romantic (4)kid-friendly (1)hot spot (1)good for groups (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Love this place!
    Charlie
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    You always feel welcome here, good food, great wine and excellent service - Soo Young and her team do an excellent job! We are looking forward to their new location
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • surprise in greenbrae
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    But I hear they are soon moving to San Anselmo…oh well. Great food, terrific wine options tho not much champagne as i recall. Will go back wherever they are…what a surprise to have this good of a meal in marin! yummy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely meal
    msk6261VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We find the menu to be consistently inventive and the food to be excellently presented at Vis a Vis. The service is warm and hospitable. Their new location will make it all the more a worthy destination.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gourmet Delight!
    Dipsea99VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The ono appetizer was ono like you have in Hawaii--that fresh and tasty. The corn chowder was sumptuous, delicate, and flavorful. Kale salad was superb. For the main courses we had the duck--fabulous and the short rib pasta that was --always a winner-- perfectly prepared with roasted brussel sprouts. A shared affogato dessert with homemade vanilla ice cream and a real shot of expresso capped the meal. We shared a bottle of an outstanding Russian River pinot noir and received a bottle of comparable value to take home for a nominal amount as part of their ongoing deal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprise, very good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The food was excellent, fish stew ,spicy and full of shellfish . Clam chowder was perfect, lots of clams. The waitstaff was helpful in finding the alcohol content of the pinot choices. The ambience was good and appropriate for the space. We have added them to our regular list for our nite out, a surprising location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    KSK13
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Excellent food. we particularly liked avocado cucumber soup and mushroom parmesan bread pudding. Lovely and friendly service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • NM
    Fridaymuse
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Outstanding food, excellent service, friendly atmosphere. in this gem of a restaurant, tucked away in an unlikely place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • service outmatched by food.
    conbrio
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This is one of the gems of southern Marin for food. Unfortunately on this night the service was rushed and impolite. Nice food should be matched with nice service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorites!
    KKEV
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Sue, the chef, and her staff do a lovely job of pleasing the palate and making dining at Bistro Vis A Vis and experience to remember! I will be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Can't wait 'til next time....
    Dipsea99VIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Every dish was a delight--superbly prepared and presented. For creative and tasty food in Marin, this is the place to go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As always, devine
    dfar
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We've never had a poor meal or a mediocre experience at Vis a Vis. Not once. The food is imaginative, fresh, never over-reaching, never too clever to taste good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food - in a Mall...
    Kiko
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    We went because of the description from locals being so happy for a great meal nearby. Had a bit of a hard time finding it in middle of a mall next to diner and Peets coffee. Seating was too noisy for us inside so we sat outside near a heater. View of parking lot. HOWEVER, fried squash blossoms stuffed w salmon, halibut cheeks, special taste of wine offered as perfect compliment to halibut was above and beyond expectations. I can't remember what my husband had but I know he was equally impressed. So, worth the effort.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinerVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We have dined here many times and feel lucky to have such a wonderful place in our neighborhood. Especially nice to sit outside with our pooch while we enjoy Marin's finest! The duck and halibut cheeks were especially fine, the artichokes equal to those we had in Rome many years ago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappoints
    LeChatVIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    A wonderful summer meal: fresh vegetables, sumptuous salad, special asparagus soup, perfect pasta served with superlative pinot and finished with bread pudding and fruit. This is the place to come when you want an excellent meal in Marin. Year after year, day after day, meal after meal, Vis a Vis stays sharp, fresh, and on point. So grateful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous Food
    Dipsea99VIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    First and foremost, they serve fabulous food here. There are lots of wines by the glass and by the bottle that are special and off the beaten path. Because we ordered a bottle of wine with dinner, we got another bottle to take home for an extra $5-- quite a bargain if you enjoy your wines. We opted for the short ribs and the skirt steak. Both dishes were superbly prepared, I have to say the short ribs are one of my all time favorites. We enjoyed the lobster salad and vegan chilled beat soup as starters, and an affogato for dessert. Somewhere in between there, the owner served us a home made green tea ice cream. This was the best green tea ice-cream we have ever eaten--bar none. Service was friendly, professional, and responsive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My "Go To" neighborhood gem
    RemyVanPetroVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    I love this place. The owner is very friendly and the food is spectacular. Although I wish it were on a mountain top with superb views, its location in the Bon Aire mall means it's very convenient. Try it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Value
    dfar
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The creative and excellent food makes this restaurant a delight. Casual but well organized and meticulous in the kitchen, it is always a pleasure to visit.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Another great meal at Bistro Vis-A-Vis. Starters, entrees and desserts were outstanding, and Soo Young's recommended wine parings complemented the food perfectly. We have tried almost everything on the menu - as well as many of the specials - and never had a bad meal. If you are a duck fan and that happens to be offered as special it is highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • cineasteVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We skipped appetizers and ordered three entrees. Confit- crisp skin, moist, cannot remember better confit even in France. The seared duck breast was being offered with the same sides so the chef offered to do it with an impromptu salad of shaved asparagus and parsnips. Amazing! Short ribs and pappardelle to round things out and so no room for dessert for this chocoholic but they suggested the affogato with homemade chocolate ice cream and what can we say.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Doesn't Get any better than this
    NaturalHorsemanVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We were able to get a reservation at the last minute for a Friday night. OK it was early. Started with greetings from Erich and Soo Young. The starter half glass of new rose was a great starter. Soo young suggested the Frito Misto to start. a bed of greens topped with lightly fried shrimp, calamari, and baby octopus all topped with SY's tasty aoli. My bride had the short ribs. Soo Young recommended two half glasses of red based on a customer who said the xyz was good at the start, the as I got into the dish I liked the abc better. Wow, who else makes recommendations like that? I had my personal favorite the fish tacos with a fun zin and SY's KILLER housemade hot sauce. A simple affogato for dessert. And the service was flawless.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 1668EL
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    I believe VisAVis is a gem of a neighborhood eatery, however, I was a bit disappointed w/my meal, especially since I elected to dine here for my birthday over Gary Danko.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 26 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 481 reviews are from the Bistro Vis À Vis reviews archive.
  • Great night out
    Ecalaway
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    We had the mussels which were in a spicy tomato broth which were yummy. Then we had the duck which was so tasty. It was paired with a lovely syrrah. one of us had the skirt steak rare which was excellent. What followed was the chocolate lava cake with homemade chocolate ice cream which was to die for. Excellent meal. We are coming back.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sad...
    ColcalVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We really wanted to love the food at this little restaurant tucked away in a strip mall near our home in Greenbrae but found the food very mediocre. The romaine and cucumber salad was great-we were off to a good start. Then the entrees came. Both my husband's duck breast and my flatiron steak were tasteless. Service was great, but because the food was so lacking, we won't be back.
    Special Features:
    Notable Wine List
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Greenbrae Restaurant
    John
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Bistro Vis A Vis is a great find in Greenbrae. Our little group had a wonderful meal -- of note was the trio of mushooms over a pasta topped with seared scallops as well as a wonderful duck dish with sweet carrots in a great reduction sauce. Wonderful meal!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    When we need a place to go to dinner that everyone can agree on, we go to Bistro Vis-à-vis. Always pleasant. Menu is always interesting.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot...
    willowdog
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Good food and amazing wine list. We've been there a few times and often the chef is out and about talking to customers, checking in. Love it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Owner/Chef makes it great.
    Susyannah
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    As soon as I walked in the door, the owner/chef greeted me and took great interest in making sure I had the table of my choice. She watched over our whole dining experience from the kitchen where she does her magic. The waiter was very attentive and professional checking in at the appropriate times, not hovering. A great menu, well executed. Lots of appeal whether you are a red-meat fan, a vegetarian, whatever, she provides inventiveness and skill in everything she does. Highly recommend. Don't let the shopping center location keep you away…parking is easy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • most wonderful as always
    1bartenderVIP
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    great food, fresh food, cooked to order, great wine list, good service, fab owner/chef always a pleasure to go there
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High expectations exceeded
    danandgail
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    The entire experience was truly wonderful. We over ate. Will be trying to work it off for the rest of the week!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious and enjoyable!
    Dipsea99VIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    A delicious and enjoyable meal. The petrale sole with clams was superb--wonderful clam sauce with some one of the finest preparation of clams I've ever eaten. The short rib papardelle was also delicious. It was hearty, French country-style, yet refined. Salads -- kale and beet were both extremely fresh and nicely prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The chef creates!
    OliverVIP
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Imaginative and thoughtful, the chef creates delectable dishes, and on the moment! In lieu of the duck [consumed for the night], chef crafted a perfectly tender Cornish game hen with wild berries and a lovely glaze for my companion. For me, parsnip "tagliatelle" in a lovely broth topped ginger miso griddled tofu and chanterelle tempura. Not to slight the menu, of course....the kale salad was young and lightly dressed with Pt. Reyes blue, for maximum flavor of both to come through.in balance The service is alert, but not intrusive. A rare and valuable resource in Marin!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy!
    rose6650
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    Look forward to returning. Delightful menu, great parking, very nice people.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We had a wonderful experience, food was wonderful, service friendly, owners very hospitable & enjoyable to meet. Wish they were in our neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Restaurant
    Drmonar
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We went to Bistro Vis a Vis based on reviews on Check Please. We came a half hour early and were seated, however since they had an on time reservation for 10 people, we were asked to wait to order. We were here with friends and were happy to wait giving us lots of time to talk. Our drink order was taken right away so we had drinks while waiting. We split our salads and the kitchen did this for us making it very easy. Two in our party ordered one of the specials, Duck Confit, which was, unfortunately a bit dry. One ordered the sea food stew and the dish was missing part of the listed ingredients. We were comped for one dessert as a result. We thought we would go again, perhaps for lunch. Maybe it was just an off evening.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great little restaurant
    Cookie
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Enjoyed a birthday celebration at this tiny and yummy restaurant. Great food and service. Perfect for an intimate lunch or dinner or small group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spectacular presentation & pairings
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Came here "blind" (no real advance data) in February, and was blown away by wine pairings. Returned a second time with vegetarian daughter, and had a great meal. Returned a third time solo, and was astounded at the presentations, and pairings, prepared by the unassuming chef in a very low key (read, relaxing) environment. A true gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • fab rest in marin
    1bartenderVIP
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    food here is always wonderful. owner/chef i fantastic; very friendly and warm. food is always very fresh and care is taken into preparing it. great wine list especially the promotions when you purchase a bottle you can have the next one for $5 and if you dont drink it there you can take it home.....love it :) severs very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!
    WineFoodieVIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Food is always wonderful, great wine list, excellent pairing suggestions, attentive friendly service every time we go. We've also brought our own wine on occasion and they've been very accommodating. The atmosphere is just okay, but it's all about the food and wine. Prices are extremely reasonable for this level of quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Gem of a Bistro
    PatR
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    We love this place. You can't beat the clam chowder with whole clams, the fish taco's, mixed seafood pasta, and the mini donut rounds. Great wine list to boot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a Disappointment
    kevin
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    We'd heard great things about this restaurant, but our experience was pretty poor at every level. The service was surprisingly bad, given that this is supposed to be a somewhat upscale place. Our server was ignorant, inattentive, and disorganized. Amateurish service can negatively color a dining experience, but sometimes the food can make up for the service. Not in this case. The food in all instances was mediocre at best. For the prices being charged here, I would have expected significantly better quality at every level. I can forgive a dish here or there missing the mark, but when they all miss, it says something about the underlying quality and competence of the restaurant. Really sad. I had expected much better.
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    • Noise LevelModerate