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Date
Thu, 2/22
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9:00 PM
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Bistro Vida

4.4
1395 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Cozy
  • Casual
Established in 1998, Bistro Vida is a neighborhood restaurant inspired by the great Parisian bistro culture and traditions of French cooking. Our mission is to bring the joie de vivre, comfort, and community of the City of Lights to downtown Menlo Park. The name "Vida" the Spanish word for life, was chosen as a toast to the enjoyment of life, love, and food. Each delicious detail of the chic interior from the smart bar to the blackboard menus, the huge cylindrical chandeliers to the long mirrors reminiscent of Left Bank brasseries has acquired a warm patina over the years, evoking restaurant’s inviting personality and sensually infectious, yet unpretentious style. Our market-driven bistro menu is influenced by a variety of French and Mediterranean flavors and celebrates local, seasonal ingredients. We offer simple, traditional French bistro classics, a carefully curated wine selection, and a full bar featuring hand-crafted signature cocktails.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, Bistro, Californian
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Hours of operation
LUNCH
Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2.30pm
Saturday - Sunday: 10.00am- 2.30pm

DINNER
Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

BRUNCH
Saturday - Sunday: 10.00am - 2.30pm

HAPPY HOUR
Monday - Friday 5:00pm - 7:00pm on our heated outdoor patio
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Phone number
(650) 462-1686
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ali El Safy
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Private party facilities
We have several options for large groups, special occasions, corporate events, and more. Please contact the restaurant to inquire about holding an event at Bistro Vida. We will work with you to create a personalized event including a uniquely crafted menu and a signature wine experience. 

RESTAURANT BUYOUT
​We offer availability for large parties in the form of a full restaurant buyout. Our dining room accommodates up to 100 guests for a seated dinner and up to 150 guests for a standing reception. 

PATIO
​Our private heated patio can accommodate up to 40 guests for a seated event and up to 60 guests for a standing reception. 
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Private party contact
Ali El Safy: (650) 462-1686
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Catering
From a small gather to a large corporate lunch or celebration, we have a variety of menu options for your catered event.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
El Camino Real
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Parking details
Street parking all around and public lot directly to the rear of the restaurant.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1395 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
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4.4
service
4.4
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4.2
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 2 days ago

Ali remembered that we were celebrating a couple of the gals birthdays and brought champagne for us. He also seated us in an area away from the tables close to each other, so we can have private conversations. We ordered what was on the lunch menu - the french onion soup was rich and tasty with tons of cheese on top. I had the steak sandwich and I had to take half of it home; same with the quiche that another ordered. The veggie open faced sandwiches were also very delicious.

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CurtisN (Detroit)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

Try the specials! Decent clean food

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LLLL (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Wonderful French food and warm staff, reasonable prices

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Valentine’s Day date

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Booked a large table in advance. They did not set a table to fit us. When I asked for some changes, they said it’s too hard because it’s Valentine’s Day. I made the reservation over a week in advance. Not acceptable.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Great food and service. Way to go

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

The food and service were great but the restaurant was deafeningly noisy. That is a real problem!!

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vipSharksFan (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Met friends for lunch, and we ate outside. Good soups, salads and sandwich offerings. Their mushroom soup was excellent! Fresh & favorable salads. Friendly & attentive service. Will definitely dine there again.

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Leah (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

An old friend was visiting us, and we wanted a restaurant with a wonderful ambience, great food and not as noisy as most places in the area. Bistro Vida was the perfect choice.

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sf11foodie (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

We all had different but equally tasty salads, excellent main courses: strip steak, steak frites and coq au vin. Helpful but not overbearing service. We sat outside which was pleasant and made it easy to conduct our business meeting.

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FoodIsFun (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Amazing ambience, perfect outside seating, service was excellent, accommodating, and patient. The food tasted wonderful, and dessert was perfectly sweet.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Last minute outing after long day at work and the ambiance and food was cozy and warm. Everyone in the room was having a great time. Started with Fondue and concluded with Banana and Rum Crepes!

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Very good food, ambience and service. Recommend for any kind of occasion.

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CarolynSue (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch at Bistro Vida. Really good food and the service and ambiance was just what we hoped for. Will definitely recommend.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

I've been the Bistro Vida a number of times before and that's why I chose it for a reunion lunch with two friends. The service was great but the food for two of us was disappointing. Two of us had the quiche and the quiche was very shallow and not much flavor other than bacon and the salad was very small and short on dressing. I've had much better quiche elsewhere. We had creme brulee for dessert and the texture was not very pleasing. I don't know how soon I'll return.

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vipAuggiesman (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

I always love it here.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

Nice ambience. Great food. Owner was exceptionally friendly.

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Bill (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

Always satisfied. I’ve brought many friends for the first time and they all make it a regular place to go.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Bistro Vida is a good choice for delicious food and very good service. My wife and I enjoyed the beef bourgeon with a glass of champagne. Prices are a bit high, but within reason for downtown Menlo Park.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Great neighborhood restaurant.

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alex99 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

Authentic, delicious french bistro food... Excellent service ... The food is always good and the staff friendly

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 27, 2017

Our family always thinks of going here when we want a nice simple authentic French food evening. Never been unhappy with the experience.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve dinner. The owner is gracious and remembered us from Christmas Eve three years ago. We love this place that reminds everyone of Paris. A gem.

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Athertondiner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

Best overall restaurant in downtown Menlo Patk. Consistently very good service, food, and ambiance!

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PaulR (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on December 20, 2017

This was our second time at the restaurant and it was not as busy as the first visit so the noise level was more tolerable. Both dishes were okay, nothing great and the minimal staff was stretched thin trying to take care of all the tables. Will not return.

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Dizzy (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on December 20, 2017

This is a cute place and our hopes were up, but for a French bistro the food was sub-par, the service almost non-existent, and there was a loud "girl's night out" crew in the back of the restaurant that reverberated loud laughter all through the restaurant. Made it hard for any of the other patrons to even have nice conversation. Maybe this was a bad night, but this place seems like it is loud by design (or lack of design).

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vipRogerPierre (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 18, 2017

A great bistro! Just like downtown Paris! Authentic bistro.

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vipfrequentDiner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 18, 2017

Everything we have eaten there has been excellent.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on December 18, 2017

I ordered the Salad Nicoise which was topped with a thin grey piece of tuna that was not fresh. The majority of the salad was comprised of chopped cucumber. My husband enjoyed his chicken sandwich which he considered it a 'safe' choice, but it was followed by a weak tasteless cup of coffee. Our guest ordered the quiche and barely touched it. The restaurant smells heavily of cleaning products. The ladies room was dark and smelled like mildew. Not a pleasant dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 14, 2017

Reminded me of a bistro in France. I had the cassoulet and it was SUPER delicious!

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