Vanessa's Bistro 2
Vanessa's Bistro 2

Vanessa's Bistro 2

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.vanessasbistro2.com/
  • Phone: (925) 891-4790
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday: 1:00pm - 9:00pm, Monday & Wednesday: 11:00am- 9:00pm, Tuesday & Thursday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Vanessa Dang
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Catering menu is available for off-site delivery for any size parties. Please give us a call for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bonanza
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Vanessa's Bistro 2
With over 25 years of culinary experience, Chef Vanessa Dang, brings to Walnut Creek Vietnamese tapas with a French twist. In just three short years, the success of Vanessa's Bistro in Berkeley has allowed Vanessa to open a second location in the heart of downtown Walnut Creek. With over 60 wines by the bottle, 40 wines by the glass, a full bar, and an assertion of delicious tapas on the menu, Vanessa's Bistro 2 will not disappoint your expectations.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVietnamese
Vanessa's Bistro 2 reviews from OpenTable diners
75 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (52)neighborhood gem (32)great for lunch (26)hot spot (18)good for groups (16)vibrant bar scene (14)special occasion (14)notable wine list (9)late-night find (6)romantic (5)great for outdoor dining (4)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Very disappointing. Would not go back.
    foodluvr
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    The crab sandwich was essentially bread. The portion of crab was miniscule - really an embarrassment on the part of Vanessa's. Both of us ordered this sandwich and agreed that it was unacceptable. We did express our displeasure to the server. He replied that the owner prides herself on the quality of the bread which she purchases from a source in Oakland. Also, the pot of jasmine tea was lukewarm. When a server stopped at our table to check on our tea, he said "Oh, you are OK" and rushed off. The pot was at least half-full of lukewarm water.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the delicious small plates
    cyclegirl7
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Vanessa's new location is better for parking, but the room is quite small, and therefore a bit noisy. But the food is outstanding. For our group of six, we ordered a variety of plates to share. The duck was incredible -- succulent, juicy, and the sauce was amazing. The service is also outstanding. We went on "maragarita night" -- their drinks were mixed very well, and not as sweet as most restaurant bars make them. Perfect! I wish they didn't have any TV screens in the room. It's a distraction from the dining experience. We will come back again and again. Vanessa's is one of our favorites -- you can order as much or as little as you want.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Excellent and extensive menu - everything we had was delicious. And every order came very quickly, so our "small plates" were always fresh from the kitchen. Only one criticism - A member of the restaurant staff asked our group (5 people) to leave very soon after we had paid our check. We were still talking and there were several open tables in the restaurant with no other people waiting. This detracted from what had been a very pleasant dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Small Plates
    HappyVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    My husband and I really enjoy sharing food and this restaurant fit the bill. Every dish was so taste.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tempted Tasted Buds!
    gbertolozziVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I wanted to try everything which is good because it gives me a reason to go back. Everything we tried was really good. We sat upstairs where it was much quieter and we could talk and hear each other. Downstairs is much more vibrant and if we were with a bunch of people it'd be the place for us to site.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, reasonable prices
    MaatkareVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    The food at Vanessa's is excellent and inventive. Great salads, especially Shaking Filet Mignon. Also excellent desserts. Good wines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy!
    didiner
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Do NOT eat upstairs! It is noisy and the service suffers.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK if you are in the neighborhood
    MJane
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The dishes varied between meh and good. OK if you are nearby but not worth travelling to. The fresh spring rolls were dull, all rice noodles and bean sprouts, no herbs besides a couple pieces of mint and only 2 slivers of shrimp per roll so most bites were just noodles and sprouts. Would not order this again. The preparation of ahi tuna carpaccio was too tex-mex. The sauteed scallops and prawns in thai basil coconut curry was very good, as was the pecan pie. The ambiance was nice rather than the typical mom & pop style and the full bar was a definite plus.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great drinks and tapas
    Luv2dineWAL
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Great tapas selection. Great drinks menu. On the pricey side. Customer service was a bit overwhelming. Waitress come over and interrupted our conversation every five minutes asking us if we were ready to order after we had asked her to provide us more time. Then once the food was brought out she would come over and ask if we were done while there was plenty of food still left on our plates. Not sure if they just needed to clear the table but there were plenty of open tables for others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Happy Hour!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    The tapas on Tuesdays are half price, and you can feast on wonderful dishes for half price. In a corner, it was hard to hear over the general buzz in the place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • small plates, good service
    mamatoall
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    plan on 3 tapas per person for a meal. a bit on the pricy side for what you get. Great place for light appetizers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ok but underwhelmed
    MsFoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We had the green papaya salad, chicken curry and eggplant. All were basic renditions of Vietnamese standards and nothing was outstanding. The eggplant was greasy and didn't have much seasoning (basil was missing). The papaya salad tasted mostly of sesame oil. The curry was too sweet. We probably won't go back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • WCDiner
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Was a bit disappointed in Vanessa's 2. The food was ok, but nothing outstanding. Many of the dishes seemed to be missing flavor; something that is unusual for a Vietnamese restaurant. Probably won't return.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great flavor creations
    DateNight
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The Happy Hour Tapa's for $6 are a great way to try different dishes. Although the portions are small, the flavor of some of the dishes and quality of the ingredients are an experience worth repeating. Our favorites were the tapa - Thinly Sliced Filet Mignon Carpaccio, Fried Shallots, Asian Herbs, Roasted Peanuts; and the main dishes Pan Seared Miso Soy & Honey Atlantic Salmon Garnished w/ Pineapple Relish; and Spicy Coconut Curry Chicken(White Meat) W/ Potatoes, Carrots, Bell Peppers, and Mushrooms. There are small tables along the sidewalk for those that want to eat outside. The downtown area is designated a "No Smoking" area, so even non smokers can enjoy the outdoors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience
    Localg
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    This was our second time dining at Vanessa's. The first time we had lunch and very unique bloody Mary's. Excellent food, best Bloody Mary we've ever had, great service. Our next visit was last friday night. We were greeted and seated quickly and had an ideal waiter. He graciously opened the bottle we brought and was there whenever we needed him. The food really stands out.Fesh, unique flavors in each dish. From our sweet & sour soup, salads and fish main courses, all were delicious. This place stands out in a city that has an abundance of restaraunt choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mimi
    MimiVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We really enjoy tapas Tuesdays.....great to try all the possibilities. Very attentive staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food
    FancyVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    The menu is very well done. It has something for everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    CarolVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Love this place the tapas are wonderful. The food and the service is great. I have now had the whole menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great happy hour!
    Queerprincess
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had the happy hour plates ($6 each). 5 of them were perfect for two of us. The panko-fried fish tacos were so good we ordered them twice! The spring rolls were also delicious. Friendly fast service and a relaxing ambiance.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best in Walnut Creek
    tasteSeeker
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The chef is a master. Amazing blend of ingredients to create an assortment of perfectly matched subtle tastes in each dish. Recommend the crab stuffed sole.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Vietnamese in WC
    BabsinWCVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Overall the food was good. Loved the prawn and scallops in curry sauce. The duck lettuce wrap was excellent as was the beef carpaccio. The slow cooked pork with chipotle and tortilla strips was a big disappointment. The meat was dry and had no hint of chipotle. I couldn't eat it. Also disappointing was the trouble I went to to make reservations on Open Table and specifically asking for a table by the window and then not have them even look at my request. They tried to put us at the table closest to the hostess station which is really undesirable. I spoke up and then they looked for a better table. Not impressed.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently superb
    K8atu
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Been coming here for several years now. My go to place for family, friends and clients. Mike and his crew NEVER LET ME DOWN, and the food is always a cut above the rest of the WC offerings. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top spot in Walnut Creek
    Allioops
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Food is excellent. Drinks are strong. Service is great. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Sharing Resturant
    tavi
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great to take family or friends who like to share. Plates are big enough to share with 4 people. Nice variety of flavors from Steak to Prawns! I liked my Mojito, but my husband did not like his Special cocktail with gin that was like a Martini. Great service too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Vanessas's Food and Wine!
    Wendy
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I visited on Wednesdays for their half off any bottle of wine- of course we bought 2. Their wine manager personally came over to tell us about the wine, and make sure we were happy with our choice. The food was amazing- as usual. I have never had something here I did not enjoy. Our table shared a handful of tapas and sandwiches. A friend who normally doesn't like fish, loved the fish tacos! Dessert, banana bread pudding and bananas foster were so amazing! This place is a little pricier, but well worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food!
    Luvfood
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This was my 2nd visit to Vanessa's Bistro in the past couple of months and the food was amazing! Loved the martinis and cocktail list. The calamari steak apps was delicious, as well as the eggplant, filet, spring rolls, and everything else we had. I can't wait to go back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good times
    frugaldiner
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great food and easy on the pocket book. The restraunt is quaint and very cozy. I will be going back for more. Great time for small groups.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dissapointing!
    1stMalka
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    On Friday, 5th September, we made reservation for dinner with friends before the theater performance. The noise level was unbearable - we could not hear each other across the table! We asked the manager to at least turn down the music that added to the chaotic feeling of the place. The food was OK but.... we will definitely find a different place to have dinner in downtown Walnut Creek. As a side note: we loved the "Bosphorus" restaurant that was there before!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yummy
    Yummy
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I have wanted to try Vanessa's Bistro 2 for a long time. Finally made it for lunch on a Tuesday which is half price tapas day! We ordered 5 different tapas that were all delicious. Service was great (not crowded since it was 11am on Tuesday) and very friendly and knowledgeable. Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RonniVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Fabulous meal as always! My favorite entre is the clay pot chicken. I love the spicy basil tomato martini! There were 4 adults and 2 children and I think we ate almost everything on the menu! Always delicious! And the service is fantastic - wait staff extremely attentive!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The food here is worth remembering and delightful for foodies. Brought our friends visiting from Hongkong and they agreed that the food was great. They said they will recommend this to their family as well to widen their restaurant choices and they will definitely comeback with or without us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CarolVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The food was wonderful as usual. Love the crab sandwich also the salt and pepper shrimp. The desserts are amazing especially the Banana's Foster.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great happy hour plates and drinks
    NMlunch
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Vanessa's has reasonably priced happy hour plates and drinks makes for a great spot to gather with friends after work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice little place...
    HUlagirlVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    ...in Walnut Creek. I went there for lunch and we ordered several of the tapas plates (all priced $9 at lunch time) All were tasty; the food is innovative takes on traditional Vietnamese dishes. Vanessa's is a small place and as it started filling up, the one waiter seemed to get a little frazzled. There are specials every day; Monday is $6 margarita day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Distinct Vietnamese Flavors
    TheStarLadyVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The new location for Vanessa’s Bistro 2 is less than half the size of its former self, but the menu is exciting Vietnamese and the flavors varied and rich. Our party of four enjoyed the jumbo prawns with noodles, the trout, duck lettuce wraps, and the duck leg entrée. The calamari was not remarkable and could be skipped. The hostess and our waitress were both super friendly and attentive. The noise level is really deafening, making conversation a bit challenging. If you are a late night snacker, at 9pm they begin happy hour again for both food and drinks. The food is really tasty and the small plates are great for sharing. Ambiance is very casual with prices to match.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is not the Vanessa's of old
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The owner was very aggressive about getting us to order, telling us he needed to turn tables over in order to make money (by the way there was no one waiting). The restaurant was so loud it was hard to hear over the table. The food remains good but I would opt out of eating here. It was not a good dining experience. Seems like Vanessa needs to teach her son about customer service.
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    fit for foodies
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  • EatingInWC
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Excellent food much served in small plates so you and your companions can sample lots of different dishes. Very fresh and flavorful. Attentive service. Plan to go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good for happy hour
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    It's exactly what it advertises to be: a bistro. The food is fast, pretty good, and a nice place downtown for small plates during happy hour. A dining destination it is not. "Foodies" will not be impressed unless shredded carrots are your fave. We tried several of the small plates and the carpaccios (tuna and beef) were perhaps the best (although meager amounts ). The chicken wings were nice. Saigon chicken rolls reminded one of the taquitos one gets out of the grocery freezer section, and the spring rolls were a couple of cut up vermacelli rolls wrapped in rice paper. The curry dishes were attractive but nothing special and the price point was high. Service is adequate but our waitress disappeared when it was time to pay.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty "tapas"
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Had a late-ish dinner with our daughter (who wound up being almost an hour late). Delicious panko shrimp - my husband is from the Gulf Coast and we know shrimp! These were delicate, perfectly cooked and crusted little bites. The lemongrass chicken was delicious with lots of nuanced Vietnamese flavors. The orange filet mignon was a new addition to the menu and it, too, was well cooked and the orange flavor was perfect - not overwhelming. The jasmine-tini was wonderful and worked well with the food. The cocktail list is very vodka-heavy, but the bar can make whatever you like. Great dinner - will go back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Outofthecountry
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Food was tasty and on time. Hadn't seen my friend in two years and they let us stay and talk.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet