Always wonderful and imaginative
Always wonderful and imaginative food. Service is great, with great attention to detail. For example, this one of the few places I've been to that makes sure the milk that comes with coffee at the end of the meal is hot. Amazing desserts.
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
As always, this is an incredible
As always, this is an incredible dining experience. I would recommend to anyone who wants a nice dinner out in a very comfortable venue. A little pricy, but worth it.
4/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
EXACTLY what I expected and
EXACTLY what I expected and wanted for dinner. My guest loved it and the food too. Service excellent.
Did not disappoint in any way.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
it was a five-star experience,
it was a five-star experience, period. We've been here quite a few times before and like it a lot. But this past visit was the best. Our previous experience was always good. But usually there is one or two items (food) that didn't wowed us which means good but not impressive. But this past dinner we had, (both of us chose the three-course menu), from appetizers to entrees to deserts, everything was great. The mushroom salad and squid salad, pork loin and belly, as well as the "coffee and cigar" and white chochalate cheesecake, it was just amazing!
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good Food & Service, Bad Location
Wide variety of choices for prefix menus, good food, good service (would be rated excellent had the somelier used decanter for the wine), good portion for gourmet dinner. Not a romantic setting, relatively empty for Friday night, too hard to find, walking through Draegger to find the restaurant is not ideal. Good setting for groups (has big dinning table like one in a custom home), private room for cooking lesson, good alternative restaurant to other high end places in the city, not sure worth the drive from South Bay.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
I had dinner with my wife and mother here to celebrate her 75th birthday. We seem to come here once a year for a special occasion, and each time I think to myself "why don't we come here more often." Our meal was outstanding and the staff couldn't have been nicer.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fabulous every visit. Delicious
Fabulous every visit. Delicious seasonal. Changing menu keeps diners intrigued.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Awesome in Every Way!
WOW! This restaurant has been off my radar for far too long. We had an absolutely lovely dinner with a very inventive menu, great wine and excellent service! We had a three course menu with excellent choices, ample serving sizes and every dish was perfectly prepared and beautifully presented! This is also an excellent value, especially with the well-priced wine pairings. As a longtime mid-peninsula diner I truly believe this is the BEST restaurant in the Burlingame/San Mateo area. Viognier is now my favorite local spot, hands down! Love it! For those confused by the entrance through the grocery store, just enter through the restaurant's main entrance at the corner of B and Fourth.
5/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
From the friendly un-rushed service to the near-perfect preparation and taste of each dish - with the exception of dessert (this part of their menu needs some work) - this restaurant made us feel right at home while satisfying our taste buds. Lots of attention to detail here.
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
A truly delicious dinner, with excellent service, and it's right in the neighborhood!
6/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great personal service
As part of the notes for our reservation, we noted that we were celebrating our 14th wedding anniversary. The staff at Viognier took it upon themselves to make a special menu for us with a personalized message printed at the top of the menu. Then each person who came to serve us also added their congratulation. Way above and beyond our expectations.
Oh, and the food was excellent as usual too. While it is a little pricey, I still highly recommend this restaurant for special occasions.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
To be recommended
We enjoyed our special birthday dinner experience. The food was excellent, especially the Faux Gras appetizer.
The informed service staff was attentive, without being obtrusive.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
We (four of us) really enjoy Viognier! It has been a couple of years since we have been there for dinner, we realize what we have been missing, just everything! The wine list is extensive, the champagne was wonderful, at their suggestion, the flatbread with salmon was yummy, my steak was cook to perfection as I like it, and our friends flounder was wonderful as well! The servers were very helpful and attentive. We will be returning sooner than later!!
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing Food and Great Service
Viognier was recommended to us for a special birthday dinner by a foodie friend of mine, and we were not disappointed. We were thrilled with the service given to us by the staff and our waiter Liam. My wife chose the three course meal, while I chose the five course chief, and every bite was amazing. The presentation and the combination of flavors left us giddy with pleasure.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
I will definitely go back for a special occasion and to take someone who really appreciates good foodl
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best in the bay area
After spending the week in Napa, CA and dining at some of its finer estatblishments (Press, Cole's, Redd, to name a few), we concluded our week by staying near the SFO airport. We wanted a good meal to end our trip and selected Viognier from Open Table based on the ratings. A pleasant surprise, our meal here was the best of the week. Kudos to chef Chris Acquino.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Viognier has been consistently
Viognier has been consistently outstanding for years. I rank it as the top pick for a great dining experience.
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Surprisingly wonderful find!
Not normally in San Mateo, so did a little searching and thought this might be a nice place. Seemed a bit of an odd location above a grocery store, but once inside it was like a transformation. The ambiance was nice enough, but then the service was obviously professional, impeccable, and just right for speed (fast drinks, not rushed for courses, attentive) - followed by scrumptious food. The amuse-bouche was a surprise and delicious; sweet corn soup was perfect and poured at table; you MUST have the salmon flatbread; and the mains were seasoned and presented beautifully as well. I totally recommend this place - worth a short trek from neighboring communities. Downtown San Mateo was also very handsome. Have an adventure and a delicious meal!
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I went there
My husband and I went there for our 20th wedding anniversary dinner and was delighted with the food and attention to detail. We had dined there before and enjoyed it but seemed to like it even more this time. We look forward to going back again soon.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
A wonderful experience. We
A wonderful experience. We were celebrating a birthday and that was mentioned in the comment box when the reservation was made. The menus were printed with the birthday reference, the staff said Happy Birthday and a special little dessert was brought out for the birthday celebrant. A fun and memorable dining experience.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Well decored Viognier
Great service! Good food. Presentation was so nice. You want to eat with your eyes before you really eat. I had the tomato salad, poele Barbarie magret de canard avec du riz salvage sale and white chocolate bread pudding. We brought our Champagne. Portion was just right. It was a very good experience. I love this place. Will be back again.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
We dine out quite frequently and this is a place we will definitely come back to. The waiter was attentive without being rude. The food was excellent. I was surprised at how amble the proportions were.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wine lover's heaven
Hostess is very friendly and makes great pairing of wine with dinner. She is also quite knowledgeable about wines and explain the selection of each wine in great details. Overall, a very enjoyable dining experience.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic 3-course meal
Exactly the kind of meal we were hoping for. Excellent menu options in each of the three categories (appetizer, main course, dessert). Elaborate and intricate, but approachable and delicious.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have been to Viognier many times and always find it to be excpetional. Everyone of our party of four found all courses to be excellent, as well as the service. We will continue to come back.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, great service, what else
Food was excellent and the staff was extremely friendly and attentive. I would definitely come back for a special occasion. Their 3-course dinner was more than filling, even for those with massive appetites.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
here are many special and somewhat unique choices, both appetizers and entrees, with a very extensive wine list.
wonderful choice for a special occasion, but a bit pricey for a casual night out.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a great meal. They
We had a great meal. They treated my birthday in a special way. Everything was wonderful.
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Memorable service and meal
Service was attentive, kind, and quick. Mike was extremely helpful in making our dinner experience a memorable one. Food was fresh, creative and delicious. Wine list is varied and extensive. Recommend browsing online beforehand, to have a few pre-selected rather than spending half an hour at the restaurant choosing. I chose a Cab Franc that, through research, I found needed a good decanting before drinking. I put in the request and Mike was very accommodating. They no longer had the Cab Franc I asked for, but he called and gave a few recommendations and offered to decant an hour before my arrival. The wine was open, ready and delicious when we sat to enjoy it. Thank you to all the staff at Viognier for a wonderful dining experience.
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good experience
Celebrated a 60th birthday here. They put happy 60th birthday on the menu, then rolled it up, put a bow on it and gave it to my sister as a souvenir! She had chef's tasting menu and wine pairings (superb wine). Duck was was tough but she loved the rest. There were 4 of us and our favs were: scallops, sardines, and heirloom tomato salad (starters), and the pork belly, of course! We ordered the flounder (bland - wouldn't order again), hanger steak (tough - just okay), and duck breast (a bit chewy and tough). The bread was delicious, the starters amazing, entrees were okay but not great. Desserts were delicious! Cheesecake, trifle, and stone fruit - all were superb! Chef made a special dessert w/o chocolate for one of us - so nice!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was excellent as always.
Food was excellent as always. Like their seasonal menu with fresh ingredients. Enjoyed very much with our friends.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding cuisine with wonderful
Outstanding cuisine with wonderful presentation. Treat special occasions extremely well.
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food seems to be not as
The food seems to be not as good as it was on my first visit. Also, the portions remain too big if you want to try a few things.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Superb service and food made a for a wonderful evening and dining experience. Well worth the price for quality cuisine and friendly, professional service. One of our favorite places.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
We celebrating our anniversary and had a fabulous meal with perfect wine parngs! The attention to deal in the food and personalized menus made it it most memorable evening.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice little find!
Was organizing a group dinner for a friend's engagement party, the girlfriend/ fiancé was into French food, was looking up on yelp and found this place! Although the style of food was said to be American, it was really more of an American/ French mix style of food. I really can't remember the last time when I'd gone to an restaurant with a group of friends and were able to hear each other clearly and not feeling as though people are listening. Will definitely be back. Be prepared though, you will first think that the portions are crazy small, but I and most of my friends had ordered just the 4 coursed meal, and boy were we stuffed! Oh, and they gave the couple an complimentary dessert for the special occasion. How sweet!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
upstairs inside the Draegor market
This restaurant is on the second floor of Draeger's on 4th ave in San Mateo. It is a well done, gourmet restaurant, The wine list is outstanding, many Italian wines, the dinner menu is essentially a Fixed Price menu for 3, 4 or 5 courses. It's a bit pricey but the food was memorable and very well well prepared, service was outstanding, the restaurant was not crowded and we could have a pleasant conversation over dinner.
10/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
From the first glance at the menu to the excellent avocado deviled egg amuse bouche to the parade of savory innovations matching flair with taste with stylish presentation, Viognier consistently delivers some of the best in the Bay. Incredible seasonal pumpkin soup, fresh Alaskan crab salad, and a lamb bacon to die for are just a few of the recent favorites. Crafting your own prix fixe is fun and they are happy to wine match any course and any combo. Amazing and excellent. We look forward to our next visit.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Exceptionally attentive service
Exceptionally attentive service from the staff, food is beautifully presented but some dishes are a bit too salty. Would be good if the diner has the option to choose amount of salt level, alike other eating places where we can choose amount of sugar or spiciness. The fake foie gras tastes more like pate but upon eating more, really tastes like a big chunk of butter. That kinda impacted my appetite for the rest of my meals where the real good food are. The trout looks and tastes like salmon though it was cooked perfectly. Overall, it was a wonderful experience. If you haven't been to Viognier, you should give it a try for the great experience. This would be my rare occasion restaurant for special events rather than my regular haunt.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Better than ever
I have been a fan of Viognier for years and took a business group to dinner. The food was impressive and delicious. My guests were very happy with the meal. Not overly elaborate but sophisticated and simply great tasting. I have never had less than a good meal and many great meals here and I think this was one of the best. Very happy to see it going strong.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Service, Great Food
I enjoyed my dining experience here very much. Our server provided excellent service. I will definitely come back here again.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
every time a winner
Have been several times. Good to great food. Staff accommodative to special wants. Wine list, while not "world" class, is well done. We tried a German pinot (!). The manager/Sommelier encouraged us. It was the least expensive of several German pinots (~$40) but very nice! Also, they had A-Z from Organ (WS #55 of top 100 2013) as one of the low-priced pinots - so a very well-considered list indeed.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
A tasty discovery
We had to grab an early dinner in San Mateo and booked here based on opening on Open Table. It was a very pleasant gastronomic surprise to have the option of dinners either a la carte or fixed courses, even if not meals for the budget conscious. The food was excellent, I especially liked the pumpkin soup with the goat milk pannacotta. My main dish, the trout was perfectly cooked and the dab of curried cauliflower puree added the right hint of spice. The Pavlova dessert, deconstructed as it was, had a bot of everything, but it all fit together nicely in terms of taste. Service was excellent!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Viognier always delivers
we always have a memorable, lovely and satisfying dining experience at Viognier.
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were given a private room, and the ambience, service, food could not have been better.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
My mother and I had our Thanksgiving dinner at Viognier, and it was fantastic! Everything about it was wonderful. The food was delicious, the service was exceptional and the setting was lovely. Jane C.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Viognier is an excellent value. While the food is not as amazing as the absolute top restaurants in the Bay Area, it is very good at a price that makes it a nice value (to be clear, Viognier is not an inexpensive place to dine). Our food varied from "good" to "outstanding". Though we went on a Saturday night, it was very quiet -- a good place to go if you actually want to be able to have a conversation during dinner.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was quite good and artfully prepared. The service was outstanding, the wine list was extensive though could use more of a selection in the $80-$120 range since most wine choices were in the high 100 to 200 range also a better selection of glasses of wine.
12/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
expensive in san mateo
great tasting food albeit expensive especially with the surcharges
very attentive service.
12/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was our first visit back to Viognier in several years. We had several wonderful dinners in the past and were hoping to repeat the experience with the new executive chef. We were not disappointed. The service was exemplary and they were most accommodating of dietary restrictions of one of us. We asked for some additional vegetables for a side dish and received a beautiful and delicious winter vegetable medley. A grilled octopus first coarse with lobster tomato source was delicate and superb. The scallops were done perfectly and prepared with a plentiful array of flavors. We had main dishes of duck and quail, both delicious. In particular, the duck was paired with wild rice and a lavender jus. We will certainly be back.
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM