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Bistro Vida
Bistro Vida

Bistro Vida Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://bistrovidamp.com
  • Email: reservations@bistrovidamp.com
  • Phone: (650) 462-1686
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 9:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 9:30am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Ali El Safy
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We can provide French and traditional comfort food for a personal celebration or corporate event of any size.
  • Private Party Facilities: Up to 80 people can be seated for a private dining experience from our extensive Bistro selections, a la carte, or family style. We have a full bar, great wine list, valet parking. Great for your wedding, holiday party, birthday party.
  • Private Party Contact: Ali El Safy (650) 462-1686

Getting there

  • Cross Street: El Camino Real
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Street parking all around and public lot directly to the rear of the restaurant.
A word from Bistro Vida
Bistro Vida, in downtown Menlo Park, offers traditional meals in a warm and inviting bistro setting. The restaurateur's passion for obtaining quality ingredients allows Bistro Vida to put forth savory and sweet French inspired dishes before its dining guests.
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Diner Reviews
  • "This took up back to a little bistro we went to in Paris. The menu has a little bit of everything and everything tasted great. Don't miss the french onion soup, the best I've had. The shrimp and scampi risotto was so yummy. The desserts were fine, but nothing to rave about. The service was good and helpful. The red wine by the glass wasn't the greatest. The syrah was ok- but nothing special, the bordeaux was flat and tasteless. I left my wallet and didn't realize it until the next day. When I called they knew what I was talking about. I got in back with a smile and everything in it. That made this the best place ever for me. When you dine you get that nice relaxing feeling and can sit back and enjoy the good food."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We love this little piece of Paris, especially dining on the sidewalk on a nice evening. The owner always makes us feel welcome, pleasant service, and good value on the food & wine list. We prefer Bistro Vida to the theme-park French next door."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We felt like were in france . Fantastic ambiance , the bread is amazing . The wine and food was very good , the trout on parsnip mash perfectly cooked. We even spoke french with the owner who was from egypt"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Excellent food for the price . Scallops is wonderful and the poulet roti was very moist , fine wine list , the server was attentive with out hovering ."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Food was expensive for what it was. Tables were too small, we were 4 tall adults on a tiny table with not enough room to set all the plates and glasses. We asked for a larger table (one was available just behind) and it was denied. This table was really meant for 2 people. Waitress insisted there were 8 oysters and not 6 and then she served only 6, did not bother her. Given the situation and overpriced oysters they should have added 2. At the end they kept the door open, it was freezing and we asked to close the door. Denied... Supposedly they were taking the tables from outside inside... Not really my problem, they were closing at 10 and it was only 9:20... They should have waited..."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I have been a confirmed fan of Vida for 12 years. Classic bistro menu. soccer on the TV, and at least three foreign language sports newspapers available for perusing. My idea of heaven."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Typical french bistro that serves great food and wines . The energy is vibrant , the staff was all very attentive. We will go back again"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "What a lovely evening . Good french food and excellent wine list . Very busy on a saturday night but very efficient service . An enjoyable experience ."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "I absolutely loved my visit to this bistro . I wanted to find a french bistro and vida was it . Loved the food , wait staff was attentive and friendly great vibe and parisian ambiance , can wait to come back with friends"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "My husband and I have wanting to come for a long time to bistro vida because we love french food , and my best highly recommended this place . As soon as I walked in I was greeted by the handsome owner who shook my hand and said to us thank you for coming . The servers are all professional , highly knowledgeable and super friendly . The food was perfectly cooked , and delicious . We will definitely coming back ."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Great menu ,wonderful out door patio ,serving classic dishes in a fun bistro ambiance , a popular spot for locals to belly up excellent food at the zinc bar"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "This felt like a bistro in France but with better food! The cassoulet was very flavorful, the sausage nice and smokey. Les Coquilles St Jacques was delicious. The Cotes de Rhone was a lovely pairing with the cassoulet. The ambiance was lively. Not for the hard-of-hearing. I would go back and sample more of the menu."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "This place is nice, but just doesn't quite live up to its potential. Food was just so-so. Mussels were a nice selection, the cassoulet was average, and the quality of the steak in the Steak Frites was sub par. I am a fan of cassoulet, and there were certain things that Vida did well in theirs. But overall the flavors were not as rich as should be."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "No need to go to the city for french food with vida here in menlo park always tasty food , service always friendly"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "This place is OK. French onion soup was excellent, though. I did not care for calamari which was not crispy. Lots of other better places to dine in MP/PA."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Food was excellent so is the service we love the ambiance just like france"
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "We returned to Bistro Vida after a long absence wondering why we had not been back. The meal - gnocchi with brussel sprouts and moules frites, ceasar salad and risotto were very good and served warm. But the tarte Tatin tasted like yesterday's apple danish. And service was off - before we had swallowed the last bite of our starters the plates were off the table and our main course appeared. As we took our last bite of our main s=course the dishes were taken away and the dessert menus were on the table. And the bill came before we were done with desserts and none asked whether we wanted coffee or an after dinner drink. With better service, we may come back."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We had a group of 10 including 7 Stanford students and 2 parents here for Parents' Weekend. It was the second year in a row we chose Bistro Vida because it has something for everyone. The menu is extensive and the specials add even more choices, and everyone's food was delicious. We had generous salads, delicious soups, wonderful main dishes and decadent desserts. The ambiance is like an energetic French bistro with white subway tile walls, black chalkboards, and bustling waitstaff. There are big and small tables all in one main room. Very fun dinner and I will definitely be back again next year!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The tables were cramped together. Very loud. Couldn’t understand or hear my party of four because of the noise. The food was just OK. I ordered a $24 plate off the menu. I got three tiny, tiny, thin lamb chops and a boat load of fries. The tiny lamb chops were mostly fat and bone. It was awful! Essentially, I paid $24 for fries and lard. I’ll never go there again. I won’t recommend it either."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Ceviche appetizer was nothing special, plate of cheese had three small pieces. Beef sauce was burned, trout was greasy, bouillabaisse was just ok, chicken was acceptable. None of the dishes had anything special about them. The worst part was dessert. Profiteroles were plain ice cream with what looked like chocolate sauce out of the bottle, creapes were swimming in burned sugar sauce, which was boiling hot and burned everyone's mouth. There were hardly any strawberries in it. The waitress forgot to put a candle on the ice cream for the birthday person at the table, even thought she was asked, the manager barely apologized for the creapes and just took $8 off the bill for their cost. Terrible experience overall!"
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "I went there for dinner on Valentines day and it was the worst dining experience ever. The food is priced high and quality of service and food is low. The noise level is worse than at a Mc Donalds. They started clearing out tables and moving furniture/wrapping up for the day while we were still dining and well before the closing time. The small portions/non-tasty food did not justify the price!!!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Their Salade Nicoise is one of the best I've ever had, with lovely seared tuna. They split it for my friend and me and gave us generous portions -- I'm sure more than half of the whole order. We each had onion soup that was top notch -- like being in Paris. By the way at dinner, they have a wonderful Tarte Tatin, a dessert that is hard to find in US. A very pleasant and delicious lunch."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We loved everything. The atmosphere was quaint, noise level was perfect, the restaurant was warm and inviting. The food was FANTASTIC. Service was wonderful. Everyone in our party said it was well worth the money, we actually expected the bill to be 30-40% more than it was. We will be back."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We had an early reservation so restaurant was half full. Service was OK however all help seemed to be pushing to have your meal experience be a fast one. Even trying to go casual speed we were in and out in an hour. Food was unexceptional. Cesar Salad was served with the hard core of the lettuce and the dressing was pretty much mayo with no taste of any other ingredients. Main courses we had were coq au vin, which was just OK and Les Coquilles St Jacques, which had a nice tasting sauce. My issue with that is for a dinner serving it had one scallop and 3 shrimp over way to much risotto that had four 1/2" pieces of asparagus."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The special "Short Ribs" were excellent-melted off the fork into the mouth-mashed potatoes perfect.. The Scallops were also great.. Never had a bad meal here.. Thank goodness we had the reservation in advance for Valentine's Day-the place was full.. The complimentary glass of champagne added to the evening--very nice"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "For a first time experience, my husband and I were very impressed with the fast and attentive service given to us on a very busy night (Valentine's Day). The food was tasty and the atmosphere quite lively, as one would expect of a bistro. If you're looking for a casual night out and the feel of being in Paris sans smoke, give this place a try."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Great food, good wines by the glass, and a much more cozy atmosphere than most MP and PA restaurants. Add an attentive owner and you have a very good restaurant."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This restaurant has the decor of a casual Parisian bistro and a lengthy menu of good bistro food, from Croque Monsieur to Moules Frites. The dishes are not at the amazing-fabulous taste level, but quite good. Only the bread basket contained bread that was not only not Parisian baguette quality, it wasn't even fresh! Other than than that litte faux pax, we were pleased with our experience."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "the food is delicious and very satisfying. Great place!"
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "The service was so attentive that we weren't sure if they were seeking a good rating or trying to clear the table for potential next customers. My wife wasn't even out of her chair when the service personnel were breaking down the table. This "attentiveness" was experienced throughout the dinner. Pre-dinner drinks arrived much later than our appetizer."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Loved my fondue appetizer but The main course was so so for all four of us. The waitress messed up our order twice and had an attitude but the owner came to our rescue and took care of us and more than compensated for her incompetence."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "My girl friend and I love paris and vida is authentic in atmosphere . The food was superb , the service very attentive the quality of the food is consistent . we love going here ."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "If you are looking for a french dining treat for your out-ot-town friends, this is your place. The maître d' met us with a nice glass of wine while waiting for our table. The food was classic french with nightly specials. The place was hopping on A Saturday night and the waitress had a surfeit of tables to support yet was surprising energetic and friendly. I started with the french onion soup, it being a bit nippy out and it was very good. I also went for an old favorite, Beef Bourguignon wich arrived a bit cool but was oh so tasty on a cold night. Great ambiance, great conversation with our out-ot-town friend and a warm and inviting cozy atmosphere. What is not to like?"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "The wine list has a variety of reasonably priced items, but many of them are out of stock. The first white I chose and the first three reds I chose were all greeted with "sorry, we don't have any more of that." If you're out, take them off the list."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "I have been to Vida dozens of times, and I am never disappointed!! Food and service are excellent. And the restaurant is extremely clean!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "The 3 course special menu for the night was superb . Wonderful ahi tuna appetizer , we added the oysters which were the best ever and so fresh , the filet au poivre was cooked perfectly . Felt like paris very authentic and fun . My girl friend and I we had a very good time we will be back ."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "We ate here early on New Years Eve. The food was excellent, service quite good. We've spent time in Paris and the restaurant looked very Parisian to us and we loved that. We were three dining together, all ordered different dishes and all enjoyed what we had. It is noisy."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We had a great meal on New Year's Eve. Truly a Gem in Town."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "It's been a long time since we've been to Bistro Vida, so thought we would try it again, and we were not disappointed. The service was great, as was the food. Our server was extremely accommodating, as was the owner. We started with the Asparagus soup, which I'm not always a big fan of asparagus, but this soup was delicious. For the main meal, we had the Cassoulet and the French omelette - both were outstanding. I love Cassoulet, but not everyone can do it correctly, and keep the flavors of the duck and sausage separate, but this was expertly cooked. And lets not skip the desserts - a favorite of mine is the profiteroles, but the creme brûlée is also top notch. Definitely will be back, hopefully very soon. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!"
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "A lovely experience worth the wait on christmas day the place was so busy but the owner and his staff worked their magic of taking care of every one that night thank you for been open and for a memorable christmas dinner it was very special"
    Dined on 12/29/2013