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About Bistro Vida

Bistro Vida, in downtown Menlo Park, offers traditional meals in a warm and inviting bistro setting. The restaurateur's passion for obtaining quality ingredients allows Bistro Vida to put forth savory and sweet French inspired dishes before its dining guests.

641 Santa Cruz Avenue
Menlo Park, CA 94025
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2.30pm, Saturday - Sunday:10.00am- 2.30pmDinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday:10.00am - 2.30pm Happy hour offered Monday to friday from 5pm to 7pm out door on our heated patio

Cross Street:
El Camino Real

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 462-1686

Website:
http://www.bistro-vida.com/

Catering:
We can provide French and traditional comfort food for a personal celebration or corporate event of any size.

Parking Details:
Street parking all around and public lot directly to the rear of the restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Ali El Safy

Private Party Facilities:
Up to 80 people can be seated for a private dining experience from our extensive Bistro selections, a la carte, or family style. We have a full bar, great wine list, valet parking. Great for your wedding, holiday party, birthday party.

Private Party Contact:
Ali El Safy: (650) 462-1686

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

We will serve 3 course thanksgiving dinner for $ 45 per person along with a limited menu . We will seat from 11.00 am to 7.00 pm

Bistro Vida Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

99% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (29)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
Good for a Date (19)
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Cozy (18)
Great for Lunch (17)
Authentic (16)
Special Occasion (16)
Casual (15)
Fit for Foodies (14)
People Watching (12)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Great for Brunch (10)
Business Meals (9)
Comfort Food (9)
Fun (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Romantic (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Seasonal (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tapas (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

This is an authentic French Bistro! We were visiting Pali Alto from Chicago and found this place from the open table reviews. There is another French restraurant next door where the ambience looks newer, but the reviews were not as good.
We came early for dinner and were greeted by the owner. He is a charming, detailed and heart warming person. He has own this establishment for over twenty years and lives within walking distance. The food and staff are a reflection of who he is.

I asked for suggestions for what to order and he gave a balanced description of about five different dishes from various price ranges. We order the Steak Frites and the scallops risotto. Both were excellent. Wine was ordered based on the owners suggestions. Outstanding!!! We had the French onion soup , which was fabulous. My bowl was wiped cleaned when I finished. We splitter the chocolate Mousse for dessert. There were little flecks of chocolate within the mousse .YUM!!!

The whole experience including tip was $150. Worth every penny. I hope my business venture brings me back multiple times.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Bistro Bida is my favorite local restaurant. It is consistently excellent - the grilled salmon is delicious. The atmosphere is cozy and the wait staff is friendly. Highly recommend!

Tags: Cozy, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Neighborhood gem. Very good portions and quality for its price. The place has beautiful decor for a nice casual brunch and a quiet dinner date. We enjoyed the food a lot

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Cozy, People Watching, Romantic, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date
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 (Charlotte)·Dined 6 days ago

Bistro Vida is consistently great. The menu is not extensive and every dish is prepared excellently. The service is outstanding and the atmosphere is fun, but a little loud for conversation.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Consistently excellent

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Been there for lunch several times. Always enjoy it!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 2017

We took our friends who lived all over the world and know what good food supposed to be and they really enjoyed food and the owner Ali.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Our favorite restaurant. Homey atmosphere, good service, good food, reasonable prices.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Authentic delicious french food ... like casual dining in paris . Excellent quality clearly love their food . Excellent service . Sitting at the bar is always fun . The french onion soup is the best in the bay area

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Love this place! It has always been one of my favorites in Menlo Park.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The decor and the atmosphere were great. The food was also very tasty. The noise level was, however, a bit too much which was why I onl6 gave it 4 stars.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Special Occasion, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Bistro Vida is our local go-to place for date night! The variety is enough but not overwhelming, and the food and service are always great

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

The service was wonderful, the food was excellent and the dessert was absolutely delicious!!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Consistent and good food, anytime when we go. I had Gazpacho soup and bouillabaisse, escargo, and skirt stake .

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Perfect place for a business lunch; especially now while you can eat outside. Salads are wonderful and very fresh. Very enjoyable all around.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Our favorite place in Menlo Park. Great food in a French bistro setting, with friendly staff who make wonderful recommendations.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Bistro Vida has added a comfortable new outside dining area surrounded by hedges protecting diners from street noise. This is a lovely restaurant for lunch or dinner any day of the week. The food is delicious and the service is very friendly and attentive.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Special Occasion, Casual, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Bistro Vida is the very best restaurant in Menlo Park. Food, wine and service are always great. My wife and I are always impressed with the consistency.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2017

I have eaten here twice with my book group. The food is wonderful.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

It has a nice patio, but Left Bank, right next door, has better food and cocktails.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Great neighborhood restaurant and cuisine . We absolutely love this bistro . Authentic and great service . Love it

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Authentic, Comfort Food, Paleo Friendly, Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

I generally don't take the time to write reviews unless my experience is exceptionally good or bad. I had a bad experience on may latest visit to Bistro Vida that I thought important to share. Granted it was a busy Friday night, but the service was truly bad. We didn't see our server until 20 minutes after we had been seated, and it took another 20 minutes for our drinks to come. The food was also slow and the entrees were so-so at best. And to top it off electronica dance club music was playing loudly in the background. Not the experience I was expecting at a French bistro, and I've been here 2-3 times before. Very disappointing overall and we likely won't be back.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Everyone in my group enjoyed their dishes, and dessert was also delightfully delicious. They seemed to be understaffed; service was rather slow and we were never checked on and therefore didn't have a chance to order a second round of drinks.

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·Dined on September 1, 2017

Bistro Vida was merveilleux as always
A little bit of France in Menlo
The food is Devine

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Bistro Vida is one of our Go-To spots because it is very consistent in quality and service.
The food is very good, although quite rich. Last week it was hot, and we might have preferred more creative salads, but we were nourished quite well in true French style. Service was a bit slow, probably because of the large number of outdoor tables they were serving. However, as usual, the service was friendly and professional and knowledgeable.

We'll always enjoy going there!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Cozy, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

This is a gem of a restaurant that exceeds all of my expectations--it's cozy, the ambience is romantic and there is an overall authentic vibe. Food was wonderful, great service, and there is no meal you can truly go wrong on! Whether this is date night, a casual dinner after a long day; or a special occasion, try this French dining! Merci!

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Food was mediocre. An expensive disappointment. They should clean up the back entrance. It looked filthy and stank.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Food and Service is so similar to France . One of my favorite restaurants in the bay area .

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Paleo Friendly, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Bistro Vida is ALWAYS excellent -- reliable enjoyable delectable neighborhood gem appreciated by locals and others who are lucky enough to dine there. If you want a terrific dining experience that entails really good food, generous servings, attentive staff and fail value, then Bistro Vida is where you belong. But we're biased, as well as fortunate, because we dine there regularly.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Business Meals, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Waitress seemed overwhelmed and not very friendly but manager an other waiter made up for it.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Casual, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Coffee, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 24, 2017

I love this place. Yummy food and fabulous service!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Happy Hour
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 21, 2017

A favorite and reliable spot in Menlo Park. A local bistro where the owner recognizes regulars. Great for a date night. dinner with friends, or a quick Sunday night dinner before the start of the week. Outdoor dining a nice treat on a summer evening.

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·Dined on August 12, 2017

As always Bistro Vida is a great experience. We enjoy the ambiance, the food and the service.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 11, 2017

One of my favorites in Menlo Park! The food is amazing!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 3, 2017

We love the new patio, feels like you're in France

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Bistro Vida is our neighborhood bistro where we regularly meet friends for a bottle of wine and a cheese plate. They make a delicious salad nicoise and hanger steak. The outside space is lovely. It's fairly quiet and easy to talk and sit a while.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Paleo Friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 30, 2017

The food is good, the service is very friendly. We lunch in the outdoor space on Sunday, the weather was fine (not too hot), it is a nice place. Special thanks to the manager who offered me onions after asking what kind of onions are in the onions soup. The menu is classic menu you can find in France in a Bistro or in a Brasserie.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on July 29, 2017

Came here with my family and some friends for brunch. We ate outside. Totally love it here! Will definitely come back!

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Cozy, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2017

The food was great! We tried different dishes and everything was awesome.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Very reliable experience. Delicious food, nice environment including the outdoor space.

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