Bistro vida is a ,great , authentic french bistro . All dishes were properly prepared . The service was friendly , the atmosphere is classic french bistro, with warm, worn patina .
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
A taste of france in menlo park
Recently dined at bistro vida... our meal was outstanding salmon , pork chops , and great desserts . our waiter was very attentive, will definitely return in the near future . Merci beaucoup ... because of the quality and the ambiance , strongly suggest a reservation .. truly authentic french cuisine with great staff / service .
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service and excellent food . The menu du jour is very good and the selection were excellent .
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Vida has and always will be our favorite spot to go and dine. Great food, wine, vibe, and perfect place to take our kids! Ali and his staff are always so accommodating and we love that!
Definitely recommend Bistro Vida for your next dining experience ;)
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
charming french restaurant
Lovely evening and sat out side. Table was a bit too sunny so they promptly added an umbrella for our comfort . service was prompt and waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu . The food was excellent and beautifully plated .
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very friendly and attentive service
Food is delicious and has been for years . Service is attentive it is one of our favorite restaurant . cool ambiance
7/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
French bistro of our neighborhood
seemed a place from paris had dropped into menlo park. Wonderful food . Delightful outdoor seating , warm french ambiance .
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of our "go to's" because
One of our "go to's" because it is consistently great. This time we brought an out of town guest for the mussels! We'll be back soon!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Get your france on
If you like an exquisite great french classic , this is the place , everything delicious food and the ambiance is great and keeps us coming back .
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
perfect will definitely go back
Delightful out door seating . Excellent food and great service
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
French and cozy place
Great food in a charming and cozy ambiance . Vida is our go to spot for great french food in menlo . The mussels are the best in the area . Service is good and warm .
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
My boy friend and I came for our anniversary and this was everything I wanted and more . Romantic , cozy , delicious is how I would sum up this experience . thank you
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Vida is delicious as always
We went with a large group. Everyone ordered either Wild Salmon or Grilled Trout. All of us were very happy with our meals. The food was great, the bread is fresh and delicious. They give you both white and whole wheat baguette. The service was excellent. The waitstaff was very attentive to our needs. We will return soon.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great bistro in menlo
The cocktails and food are amazing . Excellent french onion soup . We had a long leisurely dinner and no one was trying to rush us along . The staff and service are wonderful
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Mussels ever
The mussels are the best . The mussels are plump and tender and seasoned just perfect every time I have ordered .
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
We visit Bistro Vida often. Tonight we felt well taken care of as the service was excellent. From soup and salad to appetizer, dinner and dessert, we were pleased. We often see the owner up front in the evenings keeping an eye on things which is comforting.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
My favorite cozy bistro
this place is exceptional . the food is wonderful Ali is beyond gracious as a host . the bistro is small and very intimate and Ali makes you feel like you are a friend he is invited over for dinner we love that .
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Vida feels like a trip to paris . Beautiful interior and ambiance . The service very attentive without being intrusive I had the gnocchi parisiane and my wife try the steak frites both were excellent .
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ambience, mmm, et Ali
Small French bistro ambience par excellence with attentive staff, comforting bistro faire, and best of all, mgr Ali's ebullient personality and great smile to escort you!
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Bistro Vida - A Special Place
My wife and I selected Bristol Vida for our anniversary dinner. A great choice...we were not disappointed. Great food. My wife was given a very nice flower bouquet to celebrate...a very nice touch.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Took us back to this little bistro La Petit Chalet across the street from Notre Dame in Paris. Beef Bourguignon was even better here.
The colors, posters, outdoor chairs, and the beautiful noise. Even the food was great except the Croque Monsieur, needed a bit of béchamel and more cheese. our only complaint. Loved everything!!
I laugh at some of the reviews that complain about the service being slow... in Europe people enjoy their meals over 2-3 hours plus. the waiters don't hurry the patrons. If you want to eat fast, go eat fast food or at a chain restaurant.
Relax, order a drink, actually talk to someone during dinner.
Bistro Vida's staff know what they are doing. Close your eyes, take in the smells and sounds of a real Parisian bistro.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Paris bistro in MP
We love the ambiance at bistro vida is very french and the owner do speak french . My wife order the croque madame and it was delicious . I try the boudin noir it was amazing . Vida is one of our favorite bistro service always good and the food is so good .
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous french bistro
Ambience and food was good . Service very well executed . We had a wonderful paris dining experience at bistro vida.
9/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
paris bistro in menlo
Always a hit with our family . Excellent french bistro food , as authentic as we are in paris , service crisp and friendly would recommend going on week night as weekends are too crazy . This bistro is full of charm from all the servers specially the owner very charming with very friendly smile .
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Bustling , noisy , crowded and very friendly owner , vida aims to mimic a paris bistro .The food is classic rather than trendy , and is very good , service was terrific .
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was fantastic!
The food was great and the atmosphere was exactly what we expected on a cool fall night. The salmon was excellent, as was the tomato soup and the mixed green salad we shared.
10/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
Very nice neighborhood French bistro serving very good food with a great menu. Reasonably priced, nice atmosphere, very charming
10/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great Bistro Food!
8 PM Saturday night - Seated in the back and it was extremely hot near the kitchen. Talked to the hostess and was reseated up front about 15 minutes later. Much better!
Calamari appetizer was tender and delicious. Beet salad was just okay. It needed more dressing and more blue cheese. We got 4 different entrees and they were all excellent. Creme Brulee was very good too.
If you're looking for French comfort food, this is the place!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent french place
Best mussels it was cooked to prefect . The lobster soup was superb . Felt like I was in france. Friendly service . I highly recommend it .
10/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
fabulous and french
Ali is the master of an experience . from greeting each guest at the door . The food is great we love the ambiance and the service always very good
10/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Casual french dining
Excellent mussels - recommend the ricard classic with anice broth the coq au vin was very good . the service was excellent lively and hopping on friday night
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great french neighborhood bistro
Great atmosphere food and service, Fun , great steak / frites and roasted chicken .
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Why don't I come here more often
Ask myself that every time I go. The management and staff are really great, and the food is wonderful. Promise I'll make it more often.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent for french fix
This was recommended to us by a friend and it delivered big time , classic french bistro experience with great food and service . We also enjoyed the cozy dining room typical french ambiance .
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
we would definitely make a reservation if not wait time is long . The food is excellent as well is the service , their menu has almost everything you can wish from a french bistro in france .
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
good french food
The food was well-prepared, delicious and beautifully served.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
vida outstanding bistro
As always vida came through . Food is outstanding server was cute and charming for those who love french bistro food , as we do this place is a star
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is one of the few so called french restaurants in menlo park and palo alto . That gets it right les moules frites was superb. The Coq au vin is classic beautifully prepared , and was serve by the owner of the bistro who was professional and so charming . Great wine list and great ambiance .
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Vida is lively , warm bistro with terrific bistro food , everything was delicious , and served by very good server . The restaurant was full , and the vibe was great, the bar is great and they make some wonderful cocktails
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great, friendly place to eat.
Great, friendly place to eat. The owner is always there, working, smiling and making it work,,,,,
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Oh la la , like being in paris
I was very happy with all the wines I tried that my server recommended , we order charcuterie and escargots were good as the pate it is perfect spot for two friends to catch up over good wine and and good food .
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
First time diners at Bistro
First time diners at Bistro Vida and how delighted we are to have found it! My husband had one of the special 3-course dinners. This began with cream of asparagus soup, followed by boeuf bourguinogne, finishing with a delicious creme brulee. I had the linguini and clams which was excellent - lots of clams in a not-too-garlicky broth. A big surprise was finding my favourite cocktail, Pisco Sour, listed on the menu. I've not found many bartenders who are familiar with it and on the few occasions that I have, their versions of it have been disappointing. However, at Bistro Vida our waiter made it himself and it was fantastic! And that's reason enough to return as soon as possible! Perfect food, perfect Pisco, perfect evening!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Bistro Vida is a perpetual favorite. Outstanding service, friendly and knowledgeable staff, and amazing food.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Some great french food
The food is terrific , apart from the menu being in english . This was an authentic paris bistro , it may be hard to get reservation on friday or sat night , but this is the result of being attractive , their wine list is good , service very attentive . Ask Ali for advice on wine or food he is AMAZING .
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great french evening
The rissotto special with lobster sauce and prawns was amazing . Our server was very attentive we loved the ambiance thank you vida for a lovely date night
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice Neighborhood bistro
Nice neighborhood bistro with character . Excellent french food and pleasant ambiance . The service was very good every neighborhood should have a bistro like this .
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Luscious food for T-day
Instead of spending time with the family we decided to get away from the usual family drama and come away to the San Francisco peninsula and have Thanksgiving dinner at Bistro Vida. We had an early reservation and so even though the place was somewhat full it did not feel like we were crowded. Great service and recommendations. My lamb chops were perfectly seasoned and cooked. My husband's bouillabaise was an explosion of flavor with the seafood shining through. We will come back the next time we are in the area.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Six of us had dinner there on a Friday and we can recommend the Friday special, short ribs - very tender.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of our favorites in Menlo Park
Bistro Vida is a terrific place for brunch, lunch or dinner. It has an authentic french Bistro menu and ambiance - casual and lively, with great food. Ali, the owner is attentive and hands-on, making sure all his guests are having a terrific experience. The food is consistently tasty - from salads to main courses and deserts. The wait staff is friendly and gets to know the preferences of each customer. Come and give it a try - you'll want to come back often.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Piece of paris in menlo
The food lived up to expectations and service was efficient . Great bistro ambiance very french very good .
12/3/2013 4:00:00 PM