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Tue, 1/16
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Bistro Vida

4.5
1378 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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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

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Join us on valentine's day we will be serving our regular menu plus specials .

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

What 1378 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.2
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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0
Dined on January 7, 2018

Nice ambience. Great food. Owner was exceptionally friendly.

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Bill (New York Area)
5.0
Dined on January 6, 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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vipEDWARD (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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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 
5.0
Dined on December 28, 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 25, 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 24, 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 21, 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 21, 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 19, 2017

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

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