- 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
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
beef stewed in red wine, pearl onions, baby carrots, mashed potatoes
Cassoulet de Toulouse
duck confit, toulouse sausage, white beans
vanilla bean infused crème brûlée
As usual, we had a great meal at Bistro Vida. The staff is so great and the kitchen excels in providing tasty and attractive fare. We enjoy the greetings we get from the servers, whether we are at one of their tables or not. We have our favorite selections, but enjoy trying the specials as well. We feel lucky that this restaurant has survived the pandemic's restrictions. Bouquets to Ali, the owner.
We had such a wonderful dinner! Gretchen was our waitress and she was so kind as was the entire staff. Great food, great drinks (mule was very tasty) and great experience. We loved everything about this place and can not wait to go back for more!!
Ambiance and service was excellent. Food disappointing. Under seasoned and overcooked. Nonetheless, we had a great time.
This is my new favorite restaurant in Menlo Park. They have excellent French food that is reasonably priced and very well prepared. They have set up a very comfortable outdoor seating area with red velvet curtains to help retain warmth and create a cozy ambience this winter season.
Great little French cafe, great food, great service.
Loved the food! Service was great and friendly! Merci beaucoup!!!
Bistro Vida has amazing staff. Food is delicious ALWAYS and the menu changes regularly with a new offering! Love it!!! Bistro Vida is our "go to restaurant" in Menlo Park
2nd time at Bistro Vida and another wonderful experience. Food is delicious- escargot and fondue to start. Mussels and steak frites for entrees. Plus chocolate cake and creme brulee (which falls into my top 3 ever). Owner even greeted me by first name. Appreciate the attention to detail....
Beef bourguigon and cassoulet wonderful
The outdoor parklet is the nicest I’ve seen. It makes you feel like you’ve been transported to Paris. The service was great. The owner/manager even brought us a glass of wine while we waited for our table. The food was very good. Great place for a date night or gathering with friends.
Birthday.Everything was excellent: the service the food the ambience
If you'd like to experience a Paris bistro in Menlo Park, this is a must! The service, ambiance, food & beverage is fabulous! Sitting outside is warm and comfortable when it is colder, sitting inside is fabulous as well. I have been here twice in one week and highly recommend!
A little bit disorganized with the food: taste like ihop but the price doubled ihop.
Service is excellent.
So enjoyed my entire experience from start to finish. Excellent service, fantastic ambiance, superb food and wine list! I will definitely be going back and highly recommend!
As usual, we enjoyed our weekend brunch at our favorite local restaurant.
We had outstanding eggs benedict, eggs poached exactly as we specified. The hollandaise was perfect. We would recommend this bistro without reservation for weekend brunch, the soups, sandwiches and delicious entrees.
Love the outdoor space. Great food and service. Charming.
Excellent country French, not haute cuisine. Flavorful without overwhelming the underlying "main act": gentle salting means even those with a BP condition can enjoy this place. Highly skilled prep of scallops made that hor d'oeuvre dish exceptional. Duck confit was a stew treatment with a duck leg (must contend with bone) but was low (visible) fat (recall it is confit) and the sauce + beans made for a satisfying experience. Beef bourguignon was a tad under flavored, but made the beef flavor stand out in contrast. Tarte tatin was a bit of a disappointment. Biggest issue is the awkward bench seating. For a 5'6" to feel she must hunch over to accommodate the low table, while the 6" person sits across in a chair and must look up at the shorter person is a very weird experience. Also the interior was very noisy. Really hard acoustics. Somewhat unpleasant. Ambience is far better on the street (though a bit chilly). Indoor dining was unsuitable for "romantic" or business meetings if you need to hear each other. For the price (we walked out at $75 pp), the owner should work harder on the ambience.
Very nice outdoor dining experience.
We really enjoyed this place. As everyone says, the mussels are terrific. We also had the cassoulet which I really enjoyed.
Outside seating was the only thing I don’t prefer, but the food and service was excellent.
Great food. Lovely staff.
Romantic and warm setting. Great delicious food wine selection. Slower service on a Saturday night date but perhaps for patrons to not rush and enjoy their experience there. Staff was friendly and quick on their feet.
The first thing we really enjoyed was their outside area. It was not just a tent with tables and heaters inside. It was actually with long red setting drapes. When we looked out of our "window" we saw a picture of Paris. There were other pictures and they did a great job setting an amazing ambience. Our waiter was friendly, attentive and added to our experience. The food was outstanding. It was the best French onion soup I've ever had outside of France. The main courses we ordered Cassoulet de Toulouse, Bouillabaisse and Boeuf Bourguignon. All were excellent and I would highly recommend this restaurant.
Our family of 9 celebrated an 80th birthday lunch here and were totally satisfied! From the initial greeting to the farewell send off the service was impeccable and very accommodating. The outdoor dining area was very atmospheric and French.
An interesting menu with something for everyone. We were all happy with our food. I would definitely recommend Bistro Vida.
Great place to go to a very good meal and drinks!
Vida has been our go-to restaurant for consistently tasty and authentic French for years. My wife had the classic beef Beef Bourguignon (excellent) while I had risotto scallops (creamy!). Comfortably warm outside seating, delicious food….you can never go wrong with Vida.
It was a chilly day and I needed comfort food in a warm environment. Bistro Vida delivered! We made reservations quickly. We were seated their beautiful inside dining room. The onion soup was the best I've had this side of the "pond". It was perfect. And, our main courses were also delicious! Our waiter helped me chose a glass of wine that was also good! We will be back!
We were a party of three that have not seen each other for awhile. They allowed us to visit while providing excellent service. Great menu featuring a variety of French food. We all ordered something different and enjoyed our entrees, dessert and coffee.
Can't wait to return!!!
Good ambiance and service. Food quality was mediocre. Filet Min. Was a bit tough even though it was medium rare.
Delicious! Not sure why so many French options I the area, but this is the best. French Onion soup was perfect.
Busy night but we felt well taken care of and the food and drink were spectacular. Love this place.
Busy nite so it took a while to get food but our server was so gracious and kind and went above and beyond. Food was great as always!
We celebrated a birthday with Sunday brunch. It was a very stormy day but the outdoor setup at Bistro Vida is so well planned that we were still able to comfortably sit outside. Our meals were delicious & the service was outstanding. Because I had noted on the reservation that we were celebrating a birthday a delicious profiterole, including a candle, was delivered to our table after we had finished our main courses. We will definitely be returning to Bistro Vida!
Ali was fabulous he kindly accommodated 3 schedule changes and adding another last minute person to our party. Brunch food was outstanding except for the strawberry crepe which was dry and the berries didn’t look fresh. Super cute ambiance. Great outdoor seating setup with heaters. Lovely service.
Bistro Vida has an excellent menu. I have tried several of the entrees and all have been delicious. The French wines that I have ordered by the glass were all excellent. Their outdoor dining setting is very pleasant.
Warm greeting, lovely setting, superior service, delicious dinner-favorite spot-
Ali runs a wonderful restaurant. The food is always authentically French bistro and delicious! It's a regular go-to spot for us.
Super nice little French cafe in downtown Menlo Park. Nice outdoor seating. Great for romantic dinner or a Small group get together.
thoroughly enjoyed our wonderful evening and dinner. The staff and food were very good !! We can't wait to return.
Enjoyed the music and atmosphere. Great service and wonderful food.
Bistro Vida offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 462-1686.
Bistro Vida is rated 4.7 stars by 2121 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.