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Bistro Vida
Bistro Vida

Bistro Vida Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Came here last year and again this week for Bastille Day, July 14. The place is decorated, small romantic orchestra playing French songs, and it feels like Paris. Pretty busy for a Monday night. The salmon carpaccio is the best in the Peninsula. Beet salad is excellent. Prosecco causes no after-headache and lets you celebrate with bubbly. Only issue: service was very rushed this time (not usually though)."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "We have been to France several times but not for several years. Bistro Vida is one of the places we go for a "French Fix". The atmosphere and chocolate mousse seals the deal. Especially like it when the Rive Gauche trio place there. Prices are reasonable."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Kudos for the fact that Bistro Vida did an excellent job in creating an atmosphere that was consistent with Bastille Day celebrations. In regards to food, the casoullet was a welcome delight for dinner. I was mildly disappointed that it was only on the menu for that Monday and is apparently no part of the regular cuisine. Thankfully, we were dining that particularly day."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "The food is fantastic and plentiful! The prices are lower than Left Bank, and much larger portions. The Coq Au Vin, Cassoulet, and Short Ribs are not to be missed. I don't even think LB anymore when I want delicious French. The atmosphere is laid back and bistro-like."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We're lucky to have a place like this in Menlo. Consistently good food, service, and management. Oh, and drinks."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Food and ambiance good but service terribly slow. There were very few people in the restaurant yet we sat there for at least 40 minutes after we ordered before our food arrived."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We ordered Le Croque Monsieur ou Madame sandwich and the short ribs. Both were well below average and not worth the price. The service was also below average."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The service was abysmal, the food was greatly disappointing, and except for the 100 points, a reservation was not necessary, the place was next to empty. I will not be back. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "bistro vida must be good. i had lunch there on monday and am returning for dinner of friday."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "I spent 21 years in paris. This place transported me there. Good job. The most authentic French bistrot food on the bay area. genuine French bistrot romantic atmosphere in Down town Menlo Park"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Overall I think the restaurant has a good menu, nice wine selection but the beer selection needs to be improved. Unfortunately I was with a beer connoisseur and he was disappointed they did not have at least an IPA and a lager. Other than this the food was good. The waitress was a little over ran. She didn't offer me ground pepper for my salad until I was almost half finished. When the salad is placed on the table the cracked pepper should be in hand and offered. I will definitely come back."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "So crowded. 4 other groups waiting. Didn't seem to matter we had a res. Stood over 20 min in doorway. Others came after us & seated immediately. Service very slow. Champagne ordered by glass wasn't what we ordered unless really bad bottle but suspect made or just poured whatever they could grab. Cassoulet seemed like it was just thrown together & not cooked thoroughly. Most tables had cloth napkins but we & others who came later given thin paper napkins. Staff were nice but too busy to come back. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We had the escargots and we try the gnocchi it was fantastic . The short ribs special that evening was extraordinary in red wine reduction sauce . The chocolate fondant was amazing . The wait staff was excellent we will go back again "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Always excellent food and that European flare that can lend itself to couples or family. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We've eaten here a few times and I had great steak and frites in the past. This time the steak was tough and half of it was gristle. The frites were great as usual. My wife mussels were good. The salads were very good. The wine list needs to be up dated. The wine we ordered from the wine list has'nt been available for months. The service was exellant. We'll try it again but I will order something different next time."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "When will restaurants learn? When a couple asks to sit at their favorite table (a table for 4) and are refused because they are told it's for three or more, only to see another couple seated there five minutes later, it doesn't make for happy feelings! It was a slow week night, 4 other people in the place and only 6 or 8 more came in in the next 2 hours. Plenty of tables for 4 to 6. We saw another couple get up and leave because they wanted to move out of the sun and were refused a change of table. What gives? Be a little more flexible and welcoming, Okay?"
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "This symbolizes a typical french bistro that serves great food and drinks . Found this gem on open table and we felt like having french since we know back home as francophiles , the energy was vibrant, the staff was all attentive , thank you for lovely experience "
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "I've never been disappointed here, the food is consistently very good."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "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
  • "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 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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Food was excellent so is the service we love the ambiance just like france"
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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