Va de Vi Bistro & Wine Bar

4.6
2879 reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates

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About

Va de Vi translates to "It's all about wine!" in Spain's Catalan language. Of course, it's all about food, too! Executive Chef Mike Fischetti's menu encourages diners to explore and share a variety of eclectic, international small plate portions. Bold tastes encourage diners to explore the large international wine list, easily navigated by tasting notes. Many wines are offered by the glass in addition to pre-arranged flights to allow diners to compare different wines and discover new favorites. A warm, casual elegance defines the ambiance. Outdoors, dine under an ancient oak tree or grab a table in the picturesque lane.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Tapas / Small Plates, Global, International
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday- Sunday: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(925) 979-0100
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Mike Fischetti
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
North Main
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Parking details
There several public lots nearby.
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Public transit
Walnut Creek BART, free shuttle bus: route #104
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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VL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved the cauliflower dish, the mushroom capellini could use more mushrooms and less pasta.

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RR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Wehave been faithful customers at Va Di Vi since the week it opened many years ago. We ordered seven dishes tonight and experienced the worst meal we’ve ever had. The quality is dramatically decreased. We had, for example, mealy heirloom tomatoes, a haphazardly conceived risotto, and a mediocre mixed green salad. The service was nowhere near as stellar as we’ve come to expect, and given the place was mostly empty there is no excuse.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Visitors from out of town

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JH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We showed up 15 minutes early for our reservation but were still seated right away! Server was very attentive and even comped a drink order that my date didn’t care for. It was a bit noisy and wished I was offered to sit outside, but I would still come again and recommend to all my friends and family. I drive past almost every day so I’m glad I finally got a chance to try this gem!

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BN
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorites in Walnut Creek. You can count on great, inventive and tasty morsels in every category. Paired with a great wine list, all meals are special. I went this time with two friends to celebrate a birthday. We sat outside and it was a lovely lunch. The waiter was attentive but did not hover.

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D
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

We both got sick real bad at night and the next day. To bad the food was tasty.

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JM
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely setting. Innovative menu. Good vegetarian options.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always everything was outstanding. The food was amazing. There was a lot of new menu items I hadn’t tried before. I have my favorites but this time I tried all new stuff. We started with the pumpkin soup and it was delicious. Then we had the roasted brentwood corn risotto. I don’t even like tomatoes and peppers but somehow it all worked and was awesome. After that we ordered the korean chicken wings. Soooo good! Perfect amount of sauce and crispness. Next course was tacos al pastor. They were great. Only issue was it was a lot of meat in such a tiny tortilla. But it just occurred to me I probably could have asked for another tortilla. Duh. For dessert we had my Favorite... Profiteroles. It comes with three and for the first time we were asked if we wanted to add a fourth one since two of us were sharing it. Usually I eat two and my dad eats one cause he knows how much I love em. Didn’t know I could add an extra. Brilliant! Our server was great. She checked in with us at the perfect times but was never clingy or intrusive. Kept out drinks full and kept the food coming. Specially thanks to her for the profiterole hook up! This is my favorite restaurant for a reason. Everything is on point, every time.

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AG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have one word to describe the restaurant - AMAZING! Everything from ambiance to food to service was outstanding! I picked this spot to celebrate my 40th birthday with my family and it was an excellent choice. Would highly recommend to anyone!

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w
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been eating at Va Da Vi since the year that it opened and have never been disappointed. This latest time was no exception. Our server, Diego, was pure excellence. Another great time at Va Da Vi!

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MS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I hadn’t been to Va de Vi in a while, so wasn’t sure what to expect about the food. I was delighted to find the food better than ever, and more creative than before. And the wine list was superb, as always. We will definitely be back again soon!

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A
San Francisco
126 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great dining experience. Everything and everybody were spot on. The papperadelle was fantastic.

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KN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Mentioned on my reservation it was a birthday. Our waiter was lack luster didn’t do anything for birthday nor offer.

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d
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just an awesome 1st time dining experience. Explosive small plates defining this bistro for a 2nd visit....ok even 3rd/4th....and more.

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S
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

The food was awful, took 20 minutes to get a drink. It's been one of my favorite restaurants for years but I think some dumbbell screwed up the menu. I will not go back.

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SA
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant. Wish I could come here everyday.

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SS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great as always. Even the items that were not perfect (apparently first day on the menu), were put right.

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JM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner and flights!

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EK
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Our server was nice but hardly saw him. Food came quickly after ordered though. Got in before our reservation time which is a bonus! Ordered a number of dishes and I liked only 2 and my husband only 1 (1 of the 2 I liked) and 3rd one was okay. 2 dishes we were absolutely disappointed in. We mentioned this to the server, but he gave us suggestions for what to order after we finished our meal.

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b
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I always feel welcome. The food never disappoints. Service is a joy. Make your reservation early in the week.

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NA
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had lunch with my friend, who has a PR firm in SF. She loved sitting in the courtyard and the food and service was just great. The hostess and the waiter were both perfect. Thank you!

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D
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met an old friend to catch up...excellent food, lovely atmosphere, fabulous service. We had the watermelon salad, bacon belly sliders and Cuban sandwich to share. Highly recommend the dishes, they were wonderful. Plus, we were allowed to linger without being bothered! Thank you Va de Vi!!

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JM
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Had not dined at this establishment for some time, but decided to give it another try. Glad to say, the food did not disappoint and we enjoyed several small plates. The service, however, was a major disappointment. The server barely showed any interest, and seemed like he was covering the table for someone else.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Just a very nice dinner.

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H
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

It's so lovely to enjoy a nice meal outside at Va de Vi, especially when the back deck around the oak tree is open. I've had many nice meals here in the past few years.

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SS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful early evening dinner. Our server was great and the food was fresh and innovative. The only issue was that the wines by the bottle were really quiet pricey and didn't include any local tri-valley wineries.

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w
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a dinner consisting of several tapas dishes, including flat iron steak, blackened cod, etc., all of which were delicious and very well prepared.
The atmosphere, both in and outside on the covered patio, is very romantic, perfect for dates, secluded late night dining. Enjoy!

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NJ
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always. So happy to introduce this restaurant to friends!

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TW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

The ambiance and service was wonderful. Sadly, the food did not match the wonderful setting.

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PS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I love this place and come here all of the time. I'm not sure why but the food was not as spectacular as it usually is. Just did not wow me like it usually does. Our waitress seemed to be going through the motions, which is also different than my usual experience here. She seemed very irritated that I wanted to wait to order my drink until my friend arrived, and hassled me about it twice. I'll be back as I am sure this was an anomaly.

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N
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best restaurants in Walnut Creek. Fantastic food and service in the beautiful outdoor patio. The only downside was a table of loud, drunken patrons. I wouldn’t mention this except it was only 7:30 pm and it’s the second time in a row at Va de Vi.

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LD
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic night at vie de vie ! We were going to the Lesher center and had a delicious dinner of Mac and cheese, served in a tiny skillet, cod, in a delicious sauce,spring mix salad, and expresso gelato with perfect cookie. Great table in a garden setting, sever was great, high end wines,and a generous pour, need larger glasses though,great water glass service, refills.
A book was left at the table for the check where you could write about your experience, a Fine finish ! 5 stars

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UC
San Francisco
162 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We used to love this restaurant, but the last two times we have come here, the food has been very lacking. Some dishes do not resemble descriptions on the menu, so one does not always know what one will get. Salads are over or under dressed. Meat and fish portions have gotten smaller. On the last visit, the sunchoke latkes were soggy and tasteless, a huge disappointment. Espresso gelato for dessert was gummy and lacking in coffee flavor. Perhaps the chef or the management has changed?

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g
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding.

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JC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner outside on the patio is always wonderful in the summer. We enjoyed the black cod (our favorite) as well as the other dishes.

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h
Montreal
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We had requested seating on the deck but when we arrived were told the deck was closed because of staffing....

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S
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely lunch, great food and service with out door seating.

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S
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Patrick, the bartender, waited on us in the bar area. He was attentive and never let us feel neglected. We also appreciated how Patrick put in our order so that our plates came out one at a time - so we could dine at a leisurely pace. We’re definitely going back.

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DS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a great experience. My only complaint was that the level of service didn’t match the food or price. Runners didn’t know who ordered what and just set the food & drinks down and you had to reach to grab them. I expect my drinks to be put down in the appropriate place at this price point.

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S
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite local restaurants. The food never disappoints. They change up the menu for the season and it’s fun to try different things. And of course they keep the favorites like the garlic pomme frites and the black cod. The wine flights are great for trying different blends too. We will keep coming back for more!

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