Bui Bistro

4.2
71 reviews
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$30 and under
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Vietnamese
Chef and Owner Patrick Bui creates beautiful French-Vietnamese meals in a sleek space with a sexy atmosphere.
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OC
Dallas
26 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Quiet location near downtown Napa. Good pho, though not the best we've had. Heavy on the noodles.
Friendly service with interesting wine list.

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SS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was great but the service was lacking (really just one server wasn't friendly) but I would go back.

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m
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was excellent and for downtown Napa extremely reasonable...as locals we will go again! We went on Valentines night and it was not crowded at all...so it felt strange in a near empty spot....but the food was great...

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KM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food is great, service is great. One of our favorite places in Napa to eat.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Average food at best , same for service. Not a pleasant ambiance, rather sterile & cold. Empty restaurant but had to ask for service.

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o
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 1

Food and service were awesome. We had been wanting to try Bui Bistro but were doubtful it would be good Vietnamese food and we were wrong. It was very good. However there was a group of close to 20 having a holiday party in the main dining room and they were over the top noisy. And management did noting to quiet them down. Probably a non-issue most of the year.

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FF
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

The restaurant was slow, and that should have told us something on a Saturday night in Napa. While the food itself tasted alright, in fact the Sea Bass was delicious, it took over 10 minutes for all five of us to get our food.

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C
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 1

Great food and service...just very quiet...but it was Monday Night.

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M
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Loved it! It’s hard to find some good Viet food around the valley and this was a nice find!

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M
San Francisco
162 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were a group of six and have a few appetizers and then ordered several dishes to share. All were delicious! We brought our own wine, and the whole bill was very reasonable. We will go back again.

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SF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A delightful rediscovery of my favorite Vietnamese restaurant, originally located in Berkeley. The food was as delicious as ever - especially the Spring Rolls and Imperial Rolls.

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a
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is my "go to" place to take a date. I've been there 6-8 times and never disappointed.

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JT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love Bui for a casual date night. Such flavorful dishes, kind staff and very affordable.

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NH
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Delicious and great value. Good selection of white wines that go well with the food.

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l
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

This was passable Asian food, more of a lunch place. Decorated like any other lunch Asian place. The pho was disappointingly rather tasteless unless adding the red sauce served on the side, and the "steak" in it was clearly packaged/canned pressed slices rather than steak. Rice noodles all stuck together like grocery store quality. The lemongrass chicken was quite nice and the fried rolls on the next table looked good (unfortunately we got the spring rolls instead). Nice peanut sauce. Not meaning to be too hard, it was ok, but didn't live up the 4.1 star rating on food or ambience. Very friendly service.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, clean, simple food. Unpretentious and relaxing atmosphere.

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s
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

good food, quiet place, not bad for a weekday meal

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and a delicious meal, price point was affordable. We ordered a bunch of different apps to share, the duck rolls and spicy tuna stood out.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was excellent. They seemed to be short staffed. I could tell some people were irritated. I'd still go back for the food.

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SH
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best meals for the best value that we had during our Napa week. The shrimp ball special was great and the Pho was awesome. Highly recommend.

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N
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I am surprised that this simple well executed spot doesn’t do more brisk business. When clean an straightforward, it lacks the luxury touches that support event dinning.

The menu is broad and varied weigh well prepared dishes.

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M
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Great Spring Rolls
Main courses good but not exceptional
Service a little slow

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SE
San Francisco
259 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

What a great find . . . we all enjoyed our meals . . . I enjoyed the Clay Pot Chilean Sea Bass: served steaming hot in a traditional caramelized onion sauce ($24) . . . I'm still thinking about this meal . . . days later !!!

Give it a try, you'll love it.

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EW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great meal!

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RG
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Went to early dinner before a movie. Ordered small plate appetizers and shared. Food was bland, tasteless. Peanut sauce consistency of water. I was looking forward to sautéed pea sprouts on menu, but no longer serve. Food was awful and very dissappointing

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s
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have visited Bui Bistro multiple times and have never been disappointed. Always very good.

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F
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We really enjoyed this casual dining experience with flavorful food and great service!

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L
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

It was valentine evening and they were poorly understaffed for the number of patrons they had

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OT
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

OMGawd! What a find! Thank you open table I found this place from you. Our waitress (young blond hair in a ponytail) suggested some things for us the Vermicelli and the duck confit and confirmed for us claypot was delicious,and she was spot on. I'm a local so I am surprised none of my friends have told me about this place. We didn't even get a chance to try a pho, but I will be back. Everything was delicious and our waitress was so helpful and charming. Tables need replacing. They are old gummy. Cleaned but just need refinishing

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B
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food very good as usual. A bit annoying that main dishes were served in the middle of enjoying appetizers. Appreciate the $10 corkage.

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Bahn Mi was fantastic

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R
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Best Thai fusion food in Napa. It’s a local treasure, more folks should patronize this restaurant!!

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Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved the flavors at Bui Bistro. Portions are very generous. Nice bar to sit at if you want to catch a game. The food was tasty. Place was hopping on a Thursday night.

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M
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and attentive service. Off the beaten track but easy to find! Really enjoyed our dinner.. delicious!

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JC
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Went with my wife, best man, and his wife. Excellent and the food was great! My cubed filet mignon was absolutely delicious 😋 Fun ambiance and we got their early enough to not have any wait. Already recommended it to a friend!

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d
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Was fairly crowded and lively on Saturday night. Maybe the Michelin Guide review brought out a lot of people. This is French Indochinese food and I cant argue with Michelin as to how authentic it is, but I agree with Michelin that, regardless, it is really good food, carefully prepared and quite elegantly served. Locals know about this place. One of my favorites in Napa.

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NG
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is simply delicious--kind of Napa-French-Vietnamese.

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N
San Francisco
66 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Hidden away in a corner of downtown Napa, this is a place where visitors can dine like the locals!

Very accommodating to restricted diets

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was friendly and the food was amazing. We're from out of town, or we would become regulars. The Shaken Beef was one of the best dishes we had on our whole weeklong trip to California, and we ate at many good restaurants in Berkeley and San Diego. Highly recommended.

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RF
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 1

The server never mentioned the evening specials nor was there any clue to the possibility that they had specials.We overheard the other server offering them to another table after we were finishing dinner. The chicken curry was good,,but there were zero condiments offered.

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