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Va de Vi Bistro & Wine Bar
Va de Vi Bistro & Wine Bar
  • Address:
    1511 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
    Walnut Creek, CA 94596
    Walnut Creek
  • Cuisine:
    Tapas / Small Plates
    Price: $30 and under

Va de Vi Bistro & Wine Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.vadevi.com
  • Phone: (925) 979-0100
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday- Sunday: 11:30pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Tapas / Small Plates, Global, International
  • Executive Chef: Andy Phillips
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: North Main
  • Public Transit: Walnut Creek BART, free shuttle bus: route #104
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There several public lots nearby.
A word from Va de Vi Bistro & Wine Bar
Va de Vi translates to "It's all about wine!" in Spain's Catalan language. Of course, it's all about food, too! Executive Chef Andy Phillips' menu encourages diners to explore and share a variety of eclectic, international small plate portions. Bold tastes encourage diners to explore the large international wine list, easily navigated by tasting notes. Many wines are offered by the glass in addition to pre-arranged flights to allow diners to compare different wines and discover new favorites. A warm, casual elegance defines the ambiance. Outdoors, dine under an ancient oak tree or grab a table in the picturesque lane.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerTapas / Small Plates
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "The food was amazing, service was timely, warm, and friendly. Nicole made wonderful suggestions, and we loved everyone of them. Great place for any occasion."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "I hadn't been here since they opened & wondered why when we were done. The ambiance on the back patio with the big tree & koi pond was so relaxing. Service was excellent (he even noticed that my friend did not want ice in her water & went back for a new glass instead of pouring an ice water refill in her glass). The tapas menu is interesting. My friend loved the chicken tagine in the past, but this time she felt like it lacked some herbs. We both thought the za'atar squash was fantastic - definitely the standout in our order. The coconut lemongrass sauce was a nice blend of flavors on the clams, but I found it a little too salty. I'd definitely go back & try more of the small plates."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Va De Vi is one of our favorite restaurants! All of the dishes are great! We love sitting outside. The wine list is very nice, and the cocktails are too! Always a great time!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "This is a great lunch spot and after work venue. The small plates are just enough, and they have a very nice wince selection for all palettes. I had the slider with fries, really good."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We celebrated a birthday lunch. We sat outside and had a fantastic time sampling many of the small plates off of the menu. We also each hsd a fun cocktail to start the meal. Very good service, a nice celebration and a wonderful meal."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Great wine. Great food. Excellent service. A perfect way to linger with your loved one sampling different flights of wine and experimenting with unique small plates. We alway try to sit on the outside patio for the casual garden feel it evokes. Always enjoy a lovely evening here."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We celebrated by husband's birthday here with his son, neither of whom drink any alcohol. But every morsel was just as delicious as having been accompanied with the many flights of wine available. Our favorites were the cauliflower gratin, ahi tuna tartare, the black cod. Also had zucchini blossoms (having made them myself, they were too heavy for me and not very flavorful), the beet salad (plain but refreshing) and chicken tacos (uninteresting). We love this place, the choice, the attentiveness of the main waitress. My suggestion: re the wait staff that "drop" off the dishes you've ordered onto the table. They rush to your table, drop the plate with no explanation. More elegance please. And if you can, take any empty plates with you."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We have had nothing but good things to say about this restaurant from the beginning. The menu is creative and delicious. The service is attentive but not too. Lovely dinner."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I've eaten here a handful of times. The employees are always friendly and the wines are incredible (unfortunately this was a work lunch and I couldn't drink - such torture)."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "This is the go to place in Walnut Creek for a special occasion or anytime. The small plates are delicious and the wine list is excellent. I always like going here whenever I am in Walnut Creek. We were there to celebrate my sister's birthday and everyone enjoyed the food and wine. It is like being in the City."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Really enjoyed our lunch at Va de Vi. All of our dishes were excellent, the seasoning was superb. This was our first time here, but we are already planning to return. I would recommend."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "It took too long to get the attention of our waiter. Our food was served to the wrong table. And I wasn't asked to try a different type of wine with lunch."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We've eaten here a number of times and have never been disappointed, particularly with their food choices. They have unique and excellent food."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Over the years my friend and I have eaten in Walnut Creek so many times together that it has become difficult to choose where to go for lunch. Several places remain on our "favorites list," though. Va de Vi is one of them. One can always count on the food being special or unusual, no matter what one orders and the service being exceptional. Friday was no exception. My friend and I sat out under the big tree in back at our favorite table, which I had reserved well ahead of time. We ordered 3 small plates, which we shared - the beet salad, the yellow corn and the spicy corn taco with avocado. All were delicious, although the beet salad was lackluster; instead of the mild celery it needed some punch like pickled onions or strong herbs."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "My sister-in-law and I had a wonderful lunch there. The pulled pork sandwich and chioggi beet salad was delicious. The waitstaff was very efficient and let us stay and chat undisturbed. I would definitely go back there again and again."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We used to eat regularly at Va de Vi but had not been for a couple of years. While the food was still good, none of the eight or nine dishes we tried was really delicious. Both salads, in particular, fell flat. Service was also a little lacking: four times over the course of the evening, we were served the wrong dish. It all felt a little chaotic and confused. Still, we enjoyed ourselves, and I will go back, but it was disappointing."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Va de Vi is always great for dining outside on the patio, and now they have enough umbrellas to protect against too much sun. This time the food was about 50% right on and 50% off the mark. The kale salad and heirloom squash dishes were very tasty and well prepared, and portions were ample. The chopped salad was disappointingly boring, low on flavors and seasonings. Ahi tartare was OK, but nothing special, and the grilled peaches, which could have been wonderful, were too underripe and hard, not grilled nearly enough, and pretty tasteless in a season of many spectacular peaches. Our service was extremely attentive, and the coffee and tea selections were excellent."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Noticed some new items on the menu and many favorites too- my group loved the grilled meatballs and the summer pasta so much that we had to order two of each of them. Strawberry crisp for dessert was wonderful."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Awesome resto! Love the ambience and their sangria, lechon and avocado lumpia. Felt like I was out of the country. Love their outdoors 'garden feel' set up."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I have been to Va de Vi many times and had inconsistent experiences. Last night was a very positive one. Their gluten-free menu had more variety and portions were a little more generous than in my past experiences. I am happy to report that I did not get any food reaction. I hope they keep it up!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Love going to Va de Vi to get small plates to share. So many interesting things on the menu. Wine flights are a lot of fun, too."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Tapas were good. The pea soup and ahi is outstanding. We were seated promptly, the front hostest was great. Reservation were at 5:30 on Monday so it was not crouded. There were at least 5 servers and 4 of them were standing in the back talking which was fine. But when I needed a server, it was like pulling teeth to get their attention. I could see an older couple getting impatient and they actually walked out. I dine here a lot and never experience horrible service from Va de Vi before. This could potentially be a game changer of where I dine in Walnut Creek."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "VaDeVi is a great tapas restaurant with a good selection of wine flights. It's pricy but worth it for a special occasion."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "We have taken out of town guests to this venue as we consider its offerings of wine and food one of the best in the area. Portions are small so it would help if the servers would indicate whether we should have 1 or 2 orders. In both instances, there were 4 of us, and because of timing issues, we ended up splitting some dishes into tiny portions. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I ordered the burger; my husband had the sliders. My burger was about the size of one of his sliders and served on a tiny plate. I get the portion control thing but for the price paid, it was disappointing. The flavor was great but the burger was overcooked. The sliders looked wonderful, my husband liked them. He also ordered the "potato beer soup with bacon dust". When asked if he wanted a shot or bowl, he asked for a bowl which actually turned out to be served in a small coffee cup. Bowl connotes a larger serving but, again, it was more of a child sized portion. The bacon 'dust' was excellent marketing because it was interesting but there was not enough of it. The scallion oil was overpowering. The under tree seating was lovely."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We dining on the patio in the early evening. It was pleasantly quiet compared to the noisy inside tables. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Awesome dinner with great food, service and the patio seating."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "I am sorry to say that this restaurant has gone downhill significantly. We came for dinner on a Tuesday night and our server didn't greet us for probably 20 minutes or more. When we were finally able to order, our food then came out well before we received our wine flights. We ordered the gnocchi, which were cold, and the shrimp we ordered were quite pungent and fishy tasting. While our server was apologetic about the timing of our drink orders, stating that the bar was backed up, she seemed harried and distracted. Too bad. This used to be one of my favorite spots, but I won't be back."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "My husband and I love this place. The food and ambiance are great. The service has always been impeccable but the last few times we've went, one time waiter wasn't very friendly and efficient and last time, friendly waiter but not the greatest service. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "I have eaten here several times and I have yet to have a bad meal. Service was very good, food is excellent. Love the outdoor seating area. Would highly recommend for small plates for dinner or late night get together. Not someplace that has an atmosphere for children."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We had a wonderful evening celebrating with out of town guests on the outside patio under the oak tree. Lovely!!! Food was great, waitress was fun and our friends loved it!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "It was my wife and I's anniversary and Va de Vi did not disappoint. The food was incredible, drinks were refreshing with a kick and we sat under the big oak tree on the patio which gave the whole experience a romantic ambiance. We will definitely be back, especially for the chocolate souffle which was out of this world!!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Continues to be my #1 choice in Walnut Creek. Love the variety and always new items. Wine flights, cocktails, small plates, desserts... Cannot go wrong. Love sitting outdoors when weather permits. Also a fan of the dessert sampler. I have been to VDV more than a dozen times and have never had a bad meal."
    Dined on 9/27/2013
  • "Celebrated a special birthday out on the deck, under the oak tree. It was a warm, beautiful night. Very memorable."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "I always love to have lunch with my girlfriends, sitting outside is KEY and VA DE VI Bistro is the best for yummy food and a perfect girls lunch thank you! "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Nice unique place (for Walnut Creek) for several years but the wait staff is just going thru the motions and the food coming out of the kitchen is inconsistent. Outdoor dinning is pleasant, but seating is limited. The entire place needs updating."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Always outsanding and never disappointed when we dine here!! "
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Would definitely go back, outstanding experience from the food to the service. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I received a gift card for Va de Vi, had never been there before. It was a lovely experience....we sat outside and just relaxed, ordered a couple of the wine flights, 3 half glasses of wine. Nice to be able to try so many different ones. We had lots of food....the kale salad and beet salad were great to start with, then we had tuna tartare, which was so-so. The squash blossoms were awesome, so was the black cod and the short rib. We even ordered the dessert sampler....if I were to go again I would just order the chocolate souflee...it was excellent, warm and gooy inside, a very deep chocolate flavor, not too sweet."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Very good experience here again. The food is good and the service is great, wonderful wine list and fantastic ambiance with an excellent outdoor space for lunch or dinner. "
    Dined on 5/19/2014