Great food, great fun!
We LOVE this place… great food, great service, lively atmosphere, and moderately priced. GREAT Happy Hour menu for food and drinks. Great place to meet friends for fun and cheer.
3/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
I would call this Vietnamese
I would call this Vietnamese with a California influence. Food was really good, although no pho, but I can go to Saigon Restaurant on Newell for that. Will be back and bringing friends who have never had Vietnamese before. A gentle step into the flavors of SEA.
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great for ladies lunch and
Great for ladies lunch and after work drinks and apps with friends. Staff is very friendly and accomodating. I've been here 5 times now since being introduced about 1 year ago. I have recommended several times and will continue to do so.
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
We celebrated a birthday with
We celebrated a birthday with friends and had the back room mostly to ourselves. The food and drinks were very good. Great service and no doggie bags to take home. That should tell you something about the food...
4/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Helpful friendly staff a plus.
Helpful friendly staff a plus. Having owners present may have added to good service. Nice varied food choices, fresh and well prepared. Excellent green papaya salad!
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Taco Tuesday, awesome deal.
We were there for Taco Tuesday and since the tacos are one of our favorite dishes anyway, we loved them even more with the special price! They are normally $9.00 for 3 Tacos and on Tuesdays, they are $10.00 WITH a margarita! Delicious and a great deal!
4/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
My fav place in Walnut Creek
My fav place in Walnut Creek - food was awesome as usual - service that night had much to be desired. Usually get great service. Order the scallop entree!
4/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went with friends to celebrate
We went with friends to celebrate a birthday. The service was good, as was the food. We ordered the Fresh Spring Rolls, Maple Leaf Duck Confit Lettuce Wraps, Tuna and Salmon Poke, Coconut Chicken Curry, and Black Peppercorn Pork Loin. For dessert, we shared the Bananas Foster and the Milk Chocolate Panna Cotta. Everything was tasty and perfect! We would definitely come back.
4/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Vanessa's recently moved to
Vanessa's recently moved to its Locust St. location, off of the N. Main St. thoroughfare. The food is still very good; some dishes the portion size has gotten smaller. Hopefully the move to a less busy street will not hurt the business. Its one of the better restaurants in downtown WC.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Vanessa's 2 New Locaton
Vanessa's has moved locations and the food has survived the experience. It still remains one of the East Bay's best Asian/French restaurants. However, the service staff has not transitioned as well. The service was spotty and the staff seemed poorly trained. In the end, Vanessa's cuisine shines through. Make sure and have the spicy coconut curry. It rocks.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
There were 4 in our party, we ordered and shared all our plates each plate was better than the first! My only complaint was the drink that I ordered along with my friends, Cosmo and Long Island were too sweet and seemed watered down, we both sent our drinks back and stayed with wine the rest of the evening, no mixing issues there. We do love their food so we will be back!
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
open again, same great fare!
I am happy to report that Vanessas2 has finally reopened is the same menu and quality we enjoyed so much at their old location.
My 'usual': panko fish tacos, crab salad, wok-fried eggplant, curry vegetables.
If I'm particularly hungry: add sweet potato fries.
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Walnut Creek Gem
Ate dinner with an old friend at their new Locust Street location. They had only been open at new location for a couple of weeks. No kinks to work out. Food quality, servers, and ambiance were all really great. We stayed and talked for two hours and no one gave us any grief. Enjoyed their specialty cocktails, and four tapas, which were plenty for the two of us. Would dine here again.
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Filet was great! Unexpected
Filet was great! Unexpected at Vanessa's to have such a steak house classi with some Asian flair. I've raved about it to 5 different groups in the last 2 days!
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
We like eating light
Portion control works for us. This fresh food is just right for a light supper. A lot of choices, all good.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Marvelous food and drinks! Thoroughly enjoyable except for the noise level, and it was good enough to come back again anyay.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
This trip (Saturday August 3) was our second trip to Vanessa's and our first to its new location. We went with friends and all 4 of us could not stop raving about how good the food is. We have yet to find something on the menu we do not like. The new space is smaller and quite load. Once the crowd thinned out, it was easier to have a conversation. The staff handled the setting sun really well. As soon as it had set, they opened the blinds. Parking is hard, but this was a Saturday night. Bottom line is really good food and attentive staff.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Three of us enjoyed sharing many dishes: Spring rolls, crispy tofu, salmon, prawns, green beans, bok choy. The only disappointment was the green papaya salad. Definitely will return!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Even better than their old location
This is my first time at their new place on Locust. It's smaller than the old place on Main St., but the drinks and food are just as good! It's just one dining room now, so you can't get lost in the back room like you could at the old place. Great deals on drinks and food for their happy hours from 3-6 pm. They even have a late night happy hour after 9 pm!
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Vietnamese Tapas with French Twist!
Server was very helpful with suggestions and sequencing the tapas.
Drinks: Mojito - stiff and tasty.
Basil Bloody Mary Martini - light on vodka.
Tapas: Quail - Hard to get around the bones but worth it.
Poke - mango twist on a traditional Poke but needed more fish.
Salt and Pepper Shrimp - best thing we had. Incredibly light deep fry with veggies and a sweet&sour dipping sauce.
Filet Mignon Carpaccio - nice but the sauce overpowered the meat.
Entree: Garlic Shrimp and Noodles - shrimp were cooked perfectly with a nice sauce on the noodles and veggies
Dessert: Bread Pudding - mango and bananas made the dish.
Pecan Pie - not too sweet so you could taste the nuts.
Will definitely be going back!
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Must go back
I chose this restaurant for my Wife's Birthday because they have a gluten free menu. Actually they have lots of things that are gluten free. I found out after I made reservations that two of our friends would be joining us with their baby. I was a little unsure about keeping the reservation here, but I decided to just change it to 4 + baby and go for it.
I could tell that they don't often have babies, but there were a few families seated in the restaurant. They gave us a high chair, found an extra chair for my friends to put their baby bags on and were quite attentive. The food was great, the wine was great, the service was great. We will definitely go back!
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved the food! The menu was
Loved the food! The menu was extensive and we ordered several different dishes. We would all go back there again.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Chic and tasty
An urban vibe with flavorful dishes that represent Americanized Vietnamese food quits well. 6 of 7 dishes were spot on. Lemongrass chicken was over seasoned. Claypot chicken, shaking beef, and poke were standouts. Cocktails were stupidly expensive. Don't charge me 11 bucks for decent vonka and add .75 for tonic. The charge for a martini was $3 plus $11 for the vodka. Other tha that, the prices were reasonable.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, good service. Interestin
Good food, good service. Interesting menu. Pretty loud
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Vanessa's Bistro is wonderful
We loved sharing mostly vegetarian dishes at Vanessa's. Especially the eggplant! Definitely will return often.
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very nice food. Thought the
Very nice food. Thought the tapas were a bit pricey for the portion size. Restaurant was full when we were there. We found it to be quite noisey.
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have been to this place a few times now. I love it. The food is great (tapas). Service is outstanding. We will be back
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
New Location, Good Food!
This restaurant recently moved to a new location which provides a better atmosphere. The food is very good and the portions are generous. The prices are reasonable and the staff is very friendly and try their best to be accommodating. I would definitely go back!.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
OMG, it just keeps getting better!
Went there to celebrate my birthday on Tapas Tuesday...all day, 50% off...AND Avion tequila margaritas for $6! Just what I wanted! Gotta love the fish tacos, chicken potstickers (they're huge!), the "old location style" wings (you have to ask for them)...oh OK, it's ALL good, what am I going to do, list the whole menu?! Thanks for providing a great, consistent place to go with friends and family. By the way, LOVE the signage at your new location! Cheers!
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a nice dinner at this
We had a nice dinner at this restaurant. The dishes were flavorful and portions were generous. The one drawback is that the tables are too close together. It makes dining less relaxing and enjoyable when you have to listen to the loud conversation right next to you.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food and friendly service
We have been coming here for the past couple of years. The food has alwasys been excellent and service has always been great. The servers are very friendly. Lately, I have noticed that the cocktails have been 'water down' - there doesn't seem to be much alcohol in the drink and cocktails are not full glass. Cocktails are $5 during happy hour but if they put a bit more alcohol in the drinks and charge a couple dollars more, it would make drinks taste a bit better.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tasty tapas ~ fresh, well prepared, nice presentation. Wait staff friendly and helpful; nice atmosphere!
10/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
We loved it! Unique, tasteful, delicious food
and great service. See you again soon!
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food and service
Great food and selection at reasonable prices. Wine list also very good and reasonable. Service great. Would recommend.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
This was my first time eating
This was my first time eating at Vanessa's Bistro. I am not a big Asian food fan so I was not sure how I would like it. Because of all the positive, recent press (such as in Diablo Magazine), I decided to try it. I was very positively surprised by my experience. My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed our crab salad entres, which we both ordered, and the lightly battered and fried scampi salad, which we shared. The food was well seasoned and full of fresh vegetables and greens; the crab salad had a delightful ginger-flavored dressing -- a new combination of tastes for me. Our appetites were nicely satisfied, but we did not feel over-full! The service was attentive, and our server did a good job at explaining the very long menu to us.
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lunch at V's
Went for lunch on Tuesday and discovered that they had 1/2 price tapas all day. The pork tacos were excellent, tuna /salmon poke not seasoned well, chicken lettuce wraps good. The bread pudding desert was excellent. Good wine list and they serve half glasses. All in all it was a very nice dining experience.
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, prices & service
very unique dishes; everything Ive tried here has been great
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Charming New Location
The new venue for this restaurant is very nice, a step up from prior location. The food and service were both very good, as we have come to expect from this establishment.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
A great birthday!
We took my mother to Vanessa's for her 79th birthday and we were joined by my 3 20something aged kids. From vegetarian to excellent steak bites, AMAZING!
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food is amazing. Cocktails
Food is amazing. Cocktails are perfect. We had the Filet salad it was perfectly cooked. Also had the Chicken wings they were so crispy and good.
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great little restaurant and just across the street from the Lesher Theater. The food was delicious especially the papaya salad. We also liked the Bananas Foster for a decadent dessert. We will definitely be back.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lots of choices. Can choose
Lots of choices. Can choose from small dishes or more of an entrée.. Service was excellent with wait staff with lots of personality - young and speaking excellent English. Very modern restaurant. Desert was also excellent - homemade. We'll go back.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love the tapas! Half off wine bottles on Wed is a great deal too.
12/3/2013 4:00:00 PM