Bistro Vida

4.7
2158 Reviews
$30 and under
French
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 brasseries has acquired a warm patina over the years.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2158 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.7
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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harpist
London
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I took my elderly mom here for her birthday dinner. The ambience was wonderful...I felt like I was in Paris. The food was excellent. We had the beet and goat cheese salad, bouillabaisse and cassoulet, as well as a divine creme brûlée. We both really enjoyed the jazz ensemble. I think my mom had a really great time and felt special. We will definitely come back.

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jpk2
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Always a great meal, casual setting. The expansion of outdoor space is wonderful; as well thought out as the menu.

MP
vipMenloParkDiner
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a delightful meal with friends at an outdoor table. Everyone's meal hit the spot and service was excellent. A fine, reasonably priced bottle of Sancerre was perfect accompaniment. Bistro Vida is in stride!

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bfoodie
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Father’s Day. Band good but a bit loud for conversation.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed our first Father’s Day brunch in a beautifully set outdoor seating & with that a live band. Everything we ordered was amazing. Love the cute set up, made you felt like you were in France.

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geraldt
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

one of our favorite restaurants. everything is always top notch

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!

GB
vipGeneB
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

As always, our food was great and staff is wonderful. It is our go to place. We recommend the bistro enthusiastically. It is nice to have outdoor dining that is pleasant. The MA jazz band is a real plus on Sundays.

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MMac
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Was a wonderful lunch, but my companion's plate was removed from the table before I was finished with my meal. Felt a bit rushed. Otherwise, was a delicious lunch and very pleasant atmosphere.

MM
MenlosMayor
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Place is always consistent and good. It's a great local spot in Menlo that's walking distance from my house. Ali the owner is fantastic and he was a wonderful attentive staff. Great spot for lunch or dinner!

JM
JohnM
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Green beans were poorly cooked but overall meal was good just not great.

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Marcita227
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked a late last minute table, but despite being one of the last tables there, the service was still great and the food and drinks were perfect.

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DougT
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My go-to place never lets me down. Mussels and salade niçoise as good as anywhere.

Ali is the best host.

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TylerD
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good food. I would go back. Excellent service. The staff were very accommodating. My table was a little too sunny for me, but they found me something shady. Great cocktails.

MM
MaryM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and the service is fabulous.

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vipcarolb
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the outside dining here at Bistro Vida, especially when there is live music to entertain us. Beautiful evening, great food, attentive servers, we had a fabulous time in our own town.

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JeffreyV
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

we had a great seat just inside the restaurant but with fully open doors, best of both worlds. Nice live music. The Cassoulet was amazing. The deserts are equally yummy but should be shared - they're large!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always
So good to be alive again

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vipCmc7
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Love the outdoor seating. You can’t go wrong with the steak frites with bernaise sauce.

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vipOtterfamily
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service excellent, the band at the Left Bank (next door) was a little loud.

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Enjoyingthefood
San Francisco
96 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great location in Menlo Park for standard brasserie fare, w/ a few other choices. Steak tartare is a winner as is the mussels entree. Dessert selections good. Sufficient (and solid) wine by the glass choices. Only issue was that service was spotty (all the wait staff was quite pleasant), though the place was packed. Parking is really tough at lunch time so plan on extra time for parking.

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food, it was cold in outdoor seating but they had blankets and heaters, and very kind employees.

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vipSomethingood
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Eating outdoors was great. The menu has a variety and my chicken and veggies were perfectly done. Nice wine. Good evening with a friend.

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TimP
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great music - jazz with a French flare. The sidewalk seating was comfortable protected from rain and music, food and seating made me feel like I had been transported to France. Plenty of parking relatively close ... a block away. The food was quite good and the staff was attentive.

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PatriciaK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

As always Vida was great despite the wait since it was so busy, the staff always hustles and the food is superb.

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vipamtd
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!!! Authentic French dishes.

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vipEllenF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just the best place ever!

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Aloha1
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Our food arrived lukewarm, the steak was tough and sadly our meals were not what we had hoped for when we ordered from the extensive and mouth watering menu. Also, have you ever had someone who is NOT a paid staff member, take your dessert order and clear your table? It happened yesterday. We couldn't get anyone’s attention so, finally, a nice man, saying he was "a friend of the owner", took our order, cleared our table and gave us the best service we'd all day. An interesting but disappointing trip to Menlo Park.

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ChristenD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, lovely service, authentic French cuisine. Love the new outdoor setup!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great variety of food. Nicely paced to enjoy each course with never feeling rushed or waiting forever.

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MichelleM
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A little disappointed in food. My onion soup was a bit sweet for me and my beef carpaccio wasn’t as savory as I would like. Too many pickles in it as well. I do plan to return and try other items.

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ShaunM
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We took our toddler and it was a great experience. The gentleman who served us was very warm and friendly. The food was good, and we had the pleasure of live music to listen to. We will be back again!

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vipFredA
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch! The eggs benedict, french toast and bloody mary were awesome!

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vipHairball
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Live music and dining al fresco with friends. The service was flawless amd the waiter was helpful and unobtrusive. I enjoy this place better each time we go. Like fine wine...gets better with time.

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EileenW
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jacques was our server and he was brilliant. Professional, friendly, and attentive. Every aspect of our experience was perfect - best Croque Madame outside of Paris!

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vipMenlogirl
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was excellent, food was very good, and on a Tuesday night there was great live music!

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BruceJ
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ali and his team were really hustling and working hard with a large number of diners, and everything was delicious and timely served and it was a great and relaxed evening. I really appreciate the care that Ali and his team put into making the experience so worthwhile.

GB
vipGeneB
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We took our daughter here for her birthday brunch. The food was excellent, as always, the service attentive, and the outdoor setting attractive. It remains one of our favorite dining spots.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did a belated Mother’s Day celebration with 3 generations of mamas. It was a wonderful meal everyone enjoyed and lovely ambiance with great outdoor seating space.

MG
vipMarcelG
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very consistent, couscous was great as usual, bouillabaisse fresh and tasty. Very nice space outdoor.

FAQs

Bistro Vida offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 462-1686.

Bistro Vida is rated 4.7 stars by 2158 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.