Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2.30pm
Saturday - Sunday: 10.00am- 2.30pm
Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Saturday - Sunday: 10.00am - 2.30pm
Monday - Friday 5:00pm - 7:00pm on our heated outdoor patio
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.
Our private heated patio can accommodate up to 40 guests for a seated event and up to 60 guests for a standing reception.
Very good food. Very friendly. Nice location. We will go back often.
Came here for Father's Day dinner with my kids. They were really busy so initially the service was a hair slow, that's ok as we weren't in a hurry and really enjoyed the ambience. Super friendly owner, busperson, and server. The food is fantastic! Perfectly cooked mussels and lamb chops. Beef bourguignon that transported be to France. If you love French bistro food, this is the place for you. I can't wait to go back again!
Great Place for dinner. The owner is very friendly and works hard.
We have been going to Bistro Vida for years and Ali treats us like family. It is a great place for leisurely dinner.
This is my first review, even though we have dined at Bistro Vida many times over the past seven years, both for intimate date nights and larger family dinners. The restaurant has the ambience and appointments of a classic French bistro, and it offers a full menu of classic French bistro dishes, all authentic and well-prepared, with excellent service. Traditional dishes long favored by my family include the escargots, fresh oysters, tomato and burrata salad, steak frites, Boeuf Bourguignon, and profiteroles. I have also enjoyed various specials, including seasonal seafood dishes and a savory pork filet mignon. Good wine list with excellent reasonably priced French wines and wine by the glass offerings. A reliable favorite.
Great food. Good service. A wonderful menu.
Solid two and a half stars out of five. Mediocre but not terrible. Hamburgers not medium rare as ordered but medium well. Buns were lousy. Fries were cold. Don't make a special trip to eat here.
Literally my favorite place for a summer meal. Great people. Great atmosphere. And everything I've ever tried on the menu has been delightful.
Great food and service.
Lovely outdoor patio in front of restaurant that filled in quickly after 11:30 am for lunch. Attentive service. Extensive menu with French favorites and several specials. Available neighborhood parking. Excellent lunch experience.
Great outdoor seating. Celebrated a birthday here and lovely birthday dessert served gratis. Very friendly and good service.
As a party of four we had 7 p.m. reservations and when we arrived the place was full. With several groups of 7 p.m, reservations waiting to be seated. They eventually moved after a long period of time a party of two at a table for four in the middle of their meal to a table— not good! Do they not know how to manage their reservations?
After waiting for a long period of time after ordering our entries arrived, but we had ordered appetizers. Really, entries before appetizers. They sent the entries back and did not charge us for the appetizers.
The people working were very nice. Maybe we were there on a bad night?
We had 16 for dinner. Everyone loved the food, and the service was very good. Noise was not bad, but please but, we were seated outside. It’s louder inside.
Always great! Ali is so friendly, shakes our hand when we arrive. Brings a bottle of our favorite Cote de Rhone before we even settle in and receive the menus. We always feel like we are in Paris, eating at a cozy bistro and relaxing and enjoying the delicious food and wine!
I had escargot which I did not enjoy at all because the butter garlic sauce in which the escargot was contained was so garlicky that it was not tasty at all.
After many enjoyable visits to Bistro Vida, we encountered a less than stellar dining experience there last week. Not sure what was up but the energy and service were not so nice. We were not given the usual friendly welcome and our entrees were literally tossed on the table, making us feel as though our presence was a burden. Food was fine, although not as yummy as in the past.
Bistro Vida never disappoints. The ambience and food are authentic - like a visit to France without the long flight.
My second date looking for a romantic quite spot.
In both cases the other guests were enjoying the "joie de vivre" and occasionally were a bit out of control.
I can understand, its not the restaurants fault.
A great place to enjoy a romantic evening with a special date.
Been going to this restaurant for a few years now. We live in Redwood City. Such amazingly yummy food, Good variety of both country French food and gourmet French food. Great outdoor patio on the street as well as a very pretty, cozy inside dining area.
Great place for business lunch. The food is excellent and the atmosphere casual and comfortable
Excellent and a hidden Gem!! I will be back! Food was incredible
Always enjoy my outings to Bistro Vida. This time it was for brunch, and I enjoyed an omelet while my companions raved about the special salmon dish. It was an unusually windy California day so we weren't able to eat outdoors; perhaps next time.
Service was excellent, food was distinctly French.
It did bring the joie de vivre and comfort of the city of lights to Menlo Park.
As we both left the house Friday morning, my wife mentioned that she wasn't sure when she'd get back. Rather than trying to throw something together, I asked her, "Want to meet for dinner in..." then changed course. "How about Bistro Vida tonight?"
She liked the idea of course, and I told her to drive carefully. On the train ride to work, I made a reservation online and texted her "rez made."
Between things that afternoon, I took a look at Bistro Vida's menu online. The sole and a glass of rose', I thought.
I arrived first and was greeted warmly. At our table, I ordered my glass of wine and awaited my bride. Our waiter mentioned the short ribs, which she says were delicious. My sole was for me "la chose juste" (pardon my French).
Service was great as usual.
Reservation was prompt. Mousse de canard au Porto, salade de laitue, Sole meuniere followed by creme brulee were all tasty w/excellent accompaniments. Service was unobtrusive and efficient. Enjoyed dining here. Will be back!
We love this place. The food is always delicious and wait staff have great personalities, but very professional. Highly recommend.
Love that restaurant !
Wonderful, as always, I love this place. Both familiar and feels like a treat. Last time I had the moules frites and this time I had the bouillabaisse. The bouillabaisse was a good balance of delicate and flavorful. It was wonderfully satisfying - full of clams, fish, scallops and large shrimp. The staff is lovely. A bit too expensive to visit regularly with the family but perfect for dinner with friends.
Good selection of wines and authentic french cocktails too.
Bistro Vida remains one of our favorite French restaurants since moving to the Bay Area from Canada in 2005. Cozy, little authentic bistro in Menlo Park is our Go-to whenever we are craving steak frites, mussels & fries (fries are delicious here!) with nice glass of Bordeaux. Bon Appetit!
Always dependable and always good. If the weather is suitable, eat outdoors--very delightful but can be cool if the heaters are not in use and sometimes the service can be spotty as it may be difficult to find a waiter when you need one. Overall, a very good experience and doesn't cost an arm and a leg!! Ali is very helpful and knowledgeable.
Delicious food and we appreciated the nice and friendly service.
Service was very good. Food was delicious. Very good selections on menu to satisfy everyone in your party. Wine selection was good as well. Definitely worth trying.
What a gem! Came here on a sat night , it was very busy ! the food was great , highly recommend the oysters , the moules , and the hanger steak . The service was friendly and fast .
Upon entering Bistro Vida my wife & I were met by the owner and served a complimentary Mimosa. Outdoor seating was not available on this particular day, but we were shown to a nice table in the primary dining room.
Bistro Vida serves tasty food with good service at reasonable prices. The menu is varied, and diners have numerous options for appetizers, soups & salads, sandwiches, as well as entrees. We were most satisfied with our selection of a Bistro burger with French fries and a Quiche Lorraine.
This restaurant is good choice for brunch, lunch, or dinner. We'll definitely return in the near future.
Excellent ambiance, consistently delicious food. Great menu choices. Proprietor takes a personal interest in clients, and is there almost nightly to oversee his well run establishment. One of our favorite restaurants on the Peninsula. A little bit of France in Menlo Park❣️
This was our go-to restaurant for lunch, but twice now it's been just ok. Last time one person ordered the boeuf bourgonogne, and the meat was ok, not great. And this time we had a slightly disappointing experience which could have been avoided - we wanted to try the asparagus soup, but knew that the lunch was more than adequate, so asked if we could purchase a container of the soup to go because it sounded so good. They explained that they don't have containers for the soup. We were disappointed, but even more disappointed that they didn't come back with a small (maybe a shot glass) taste of the soup so we could try it. And we're regular customers! We will be looking for a new go-to restaurant!
The food is of modest quality, so do not expect much. The service is poor. Even when the restaurant is not full, a diner has to flag down servers or even get up from the table to get their attention. The only advantage of this restaurant is that it is open on Mondays. This was the sole reason why we chose it as it is uniformly disappointing.
This is a the most authentic French food in Menlo Park. The owner takes care of every guest even if he is not your server. Great for business lunch, amazing out door dining. Feels like Europe all over again. I'm here at least once a week for dinner and 2 or 3 times for lunch, that good.
Brought my mom for Easter. They were busy but winding down from what appeared to be a steady flow of business all day. Ali took good care of us and we all enjoyed our meals. Loved the Coq au Vin and the Porc Creme Fraiche with potato gratin was divine!
Enjoyed the meal