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Vanessa's Bistro 2
Vanessa's Bistro 2

Vanessa's Bistro 2 Details

  • 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.Continued
Diner Reviews
  • "I am a frequent customer at Vanessa's. We were a group of 4 on Saturday night. Everything was delicious, as usual! I especially love their spicy Martini - it is fantastic! We had several dishes and they were all terrific - slow oven roasted pork, duck confit, sautéed green beans, jumbo prawns and garlic noodles, potstickers, shaking filet mignon and vermicelli noodles, and my favorites. claypot rice! I will be back this week for lunch for my daughter's birthday!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My favorite spot in Walnut Creek. Tapas Tuesdays is the best deal in town."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "As working parents of 2 little ones, we don't get out much, so when we do, we usually go here because it is delicious and a great experience every time. I wish I remember the name of our wonderful server--she was so great! The entire staff always seems to have a great team-centric effort and positive attitude. We love this place!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I need to find a place that opens late & takes reservation for a after graduation party. Someone in the group doesn't like American food, and another doesn't like Asian food. I am always against fusion food. However, I did have a pretty enjoyable dinner. Everyone had a great time!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "There were 5 of us to celebrate a birthday. The wait staff was quite accommodating. We brought a bottle of wine and they opened promptly (corkage fee of $15.00 is reasonable), they put a candle in our friend's dessert, the food was brought to the table quickly and it was quite tasty (small plates to share). One of the appetizers only had 4 items and we requested just 1 more piece, they brought a whole additional order and said they would not charge for it. It was tasty and good ambience....lively on a Friday night. The only oddity was the menu states a 20% service charge for parties of 6 or more and they attached the 20% without telling us and we were only 5. I will go back somsetime."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • ""Even though the tapas plates are reasonable, the kitchen really didn't deliver. The shrimp spring rolls had no sprouts, an abundance of noodles and very little shrimp. The crab salad had the wrong dressing, basically vey salty, soy sauce rather than a lemon, ginger vinaigrette, very little greens. The crab sandwich was primarily a hefty bread roll with minute amount of crab salad. There was also misunderstanding on the diner's part about the use of The Passport Card, but as a result, both lunches were comped, which was not the intention of my partner nor I. We both felt the snarky manager thought this was our intention. Basically the entire experience was very unpleasant." "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Vanessa's was perfect for dinner on Saturday. The food is creative and delicious and the service was very attentive."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The food was varied and very good, and it came out promptly. The server was very helpful, and we enjoyed our dinner a lot."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The duck confit was a tad dry but very tasty. We also enjoyed the petrale sole stuffed with crab and the jumbo shrimp with pasta very much. The staff was very nice, though we felt a little rushed even though there was no line waiting for a table."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Wonderful quail tapas, great entres, dessert a bit if a let down after the wonderful tapas and entres. Will come back again"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Had the clay pot chicken ... Delicious! Our server was friendly and very good. Will go back for wine Wednesday. 1/2 price bottles. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Our first visit and experience, several months back, was fantastic; good food, good vibe, good time. This last visit, Saturday night, not so. At the onset, we wife questioned the lack of carbonation in her cocktail, and whether soda was actually used; the server's reaction made us feel as though we had just asked her for a personal loan. For the entree, my wife ordered what she had had last visit.....and loved; the crab salad. The server informed us that they were out of crab, we asked if we could substitute shrimp. When the salad came out, we were told they were out of avocado too? The salad consisted of just boiled shrimp on top of a bed of lettuce. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The food was disappointing, not very flavorful. I would not go back."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Great food! Great Service! Our favorite Waitress is Lauren...friendly, fun, and on top of it!!"
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "As usual, the food was Excellent. Can't get enough of it. There were 7 of us who went, 5 of which have never been. They all loved it and have mentioned that they will definitely be back."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We went to Vanessa's for a combination Mothers Day/birthday celebration. Nice but not high-toned, Vanessa's was excellent for a special occasion meal when we didn't feel like going too over the top. Food was great; we started with the beet salad and soup, then had the baked petrale sole, filet mignon, and cumin marinated prawns with garlic noodles. Everything was very tasty and well-presented. The service was just great: attentive without being overbearing. Clearly this is a family operation, and it relies on the time-honored tradition of competing with The Big Boys by giving excellent value and friendly service, and being aware of and sensitive to the community. Great food, relaxed feel!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The food and cocktails were outstanding. Our waiter, who said he was an owner, was initially quite attentive, but when we finally did choose our menu items, it was hard to get his attention. His spoke English pretty well, though he was very casual and his grammar was pretty poor. That did not make a good impression. My only other complaint is that I used my Passport Unlimited card (which gives me a free entree). He was VERY indiscreet about it - I had sort of hid it under the credit card and he basically took it out and threw it back on the table at me saying he didn't need it. Embarassing!!!! You are NOT supposed to do that! "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "This is the place I ALWAYS recommend to friends looking for a great meal, lunch or dinner. The food is fresh, fast, and delicious. their GLUTEN FREE menu is the reason I started going there. Myself begin gluten free and my roommate being Dairy-free makes it quite challenging to find a place to eat. Vanessa's accommodates all our needs. And did I mention all the awesome happy hours? theres one every night pretty much and all day on sunday. One word. GO!!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I have been to Vanessa's about once a month both at their old location and now at their new location over the last few years. As you might infer from that statement, I have many favorite items on the menu I get every time. Vanessa's has been consistently excellent--not once have they had an 'off night'. (I can *not* say the same for the other restaurants I've frequented)."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "The food is excellent. The flavors are amazing and the portion size is perfect. The only critique I have is of etiquette - i.e. when to serve the entree (preferably after the appetizers, not before), wait until everyone is done to clear dishes, etc. But everything else was perfect. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "This was my first time at the restaurant but it definitely won't be the last. My sister and I shared four Tapas plates and they were all excellent. There were others on the menu that we wanted to try but we'll have to save that for next time. Even our brother who isn't a real fan of Vietnamese food was converted by the steak salad. "
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "We came for happy hour and left extremely satisfied. The restaurant has a very extensive happy hour menu (with generous portions) and everything was really tasty. What's nice is that happy hour is also on weekends, not just weekdays. We will definitely be back for more!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Love the food and drinks here - actually better than they were at the former location a few blocks away. But the room upstairs (at least the night we were there - a Friday) was deafening. Might have been the two foursome tables across the room that seemed to be having a decibel duel, or maybe it was the sound funneling up from the happy hour downstairs. Whatever it was, our party of four finished a fine meal but were happy to get outside where we could actually TALK to each other. Unfortunate, because it really is a great place for food and drinks. Just bring pens and post-it notes on Friday nights?"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "The food is excellent. We hope they do well. The tapas are great and they have a good happy hour."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Our first visit here and the tapas were great. Can't understand why it wasn't packed! Wll definitely return."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Enjoyed lunch with dessert with a friend one Tuesday, with their half-price tapas regular special. Then returned for dinner with our husbands the next week. We arrived with reservations before 6, but were told that happy hour was over "1 minute ago." Sadly, one of our orders was wrong. We waited. The fried calamari appetizer had five bites of calamari cowering in a sea of lettuce for $9. Too noisy for conversation at dinner. Lunch offers special most days, and if you opt for dinner...get there well before 6 pm to enjoy that tasty drink for less than $10. Lunch portions are just right. Plan to spend a bundle to satisfy a dinner appetite. Best for anyone under 40 with a healthy paycheck."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Everything was delicious and we can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "I love the Vanessa's In Berkeley. We had a wonderful time in walnut creek. The food was good, but salads were very underdressed. Lots of plain lettuce. Beef vermicelli salad which I love was disappointing. The staff were absolutely wonderful. Helpful, friendly, fun but never intrusive. I will definitely return"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Consistently good, delicious food, great service, and reasonably priced!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Good food - Fish Tacos (Tapas Plate) , Beet Salad (Yummy!) however the salmon I ordered was - undercooked, raw inside even after sending it back. On the other hand, the best Bloody Mary EVER!. Good friendly service. Upper scale clientele. Good sized Tapas plates at happy hour. I'll go back for sure when in town for business."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "We went there prior to a play finished right on time. The service was quick and friendly, the food even better. You need to try the pecan pie!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Small restaurant with lots of activity during lunch. Front of house was under staffed, food was delicious, & noise level was comfortable to have conversation w/ friend."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The food was excellent. Loved the Shaking Beef Salad and fried shrimp on the small plate. My dining companion had never had green papaya salad before and fell in love with that. Service could have been a little better, but it was pre-theater time on a Friday evening."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Small plates, tasty dishes and the service was very good. Clean, very willing to accommodate your needs."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The server brought out a dish I didn't order, and left us with this food In front of us , for ten minutes before the waitress came back. We thought it was part of the meal so we ate it and then were charged for it. The hostess was rude. It was loud and we did not get a window seat that we requested on the reservation even when there was one available. We will not go back here again. Noise level- loud"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "this is one of my go-to places for lunch in Walnut Creek"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "The menu was full of great options and appreciated the gluten free options that were listed so I didn't have to ask so many questions. Looking around at other tables, I really want to return and try what we didn't order. Beautifully presented! Service was just ok. She didn't ask if we wanted more drinks until our food was gone. She also shared more of the restaurant specials with her other customers but failed to tell us. We will be back, hopefully the service will improve."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I have been toVanessa's several times before. I was a bit disappointed in the food this visit. The quality just wasn't as good as past visits. I doubt that I will go back."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Vanessa's Bistro 2 has become our Wednesday night habit! Fabulous Wine list and the food is outstanding every time! The spicy salmon tartare and the crab salad have become staples for us! Thank you for putting your heart and passion in every meal!"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "We have been to VB2 on 3 separate special occasions, and they were made all the more special by LAUREN our server. She knows the menu inside and out, makes valuable suggestions without being pushy and gets involved with her clientele in a way that enhances the experience. We ask for her table now!! we have recommended VB2 to several friends as well as a chef/caterer relative who worked at French Laundry and others in SF. She loved it as well!!"
    Dined on 2/25/2014