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About Va de Vi Bistro & Wine Bar
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 Brad Zeller'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.
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Tapas / Small Plates, Global, International
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday- Sunday: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
There several public lots nearby.
Walnut Creek BART, free shuttle bus: route #104
Bar Dining, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Va de Vi Bistro & Wine Bar Ratings and Reviews
We brought my parents here for a birthday celebration and unfortunately we booked an open table reservation 15 minutes before they were supposed to be closing early for rennovations. We were seated for our 7:15 reservation at 7:45, and were told the kitchen closed at 8pm. Waiter was very nice, but the food was not nearly as exceptional as visual. The portion of protein on the butterfish and short rib were laughable, and not enough for two, let alone 4. It's very clear they were moving through what they had left in the kitchen before their 4 day closure, and we got what was left. Overall it was a very disappointing experience, as I would have booked a table elsewhere had I known they were closing early.
I am a loyal customer eating at Va de Vi regularly. What a shock to have such poor service and not the typical wonderful food.
The server blamed the march but others who arrived after us were served. It was a full hour after we ordered before any food arrived. My friend received her food 25 min before me and then the dish we intended to share showed up. It was the Brussel sprouts which I had enjoyed 3 weeks ago but these were sloppy small portion and looked thrown together
Finally my meal came....my friend had been finished for some time. The food was not hot and bland
I hope this is an isolated incident heard they have a new chef. Hope out is not the future to expect
The food is extremely tasty. Each dish has its own unique flavor. The options are diverse and there is something for everybody. The service was friendly and the support staff is excellent. The outside is so cute and in the summer the place to dine. The bar knows how to make a good drink and fries are to die for. Give yourself a present and go!
I come here with my husband pretty regularly. We love sitting at the bar or outside. The food is always spectacular and the waitstaff service is always very prompt and attentive. Clean plates between dishes, water glasses (and wine!) always full. Can't say enough good things about Va Da Vi, once you get past the host(ess) stand. We almost always have a reservation as we frequent the restaurant during its most busy times-highly recommend not being a walk-in. This visit was not different. The hostess' here are almost always carry a fairly pretentious attitude, and I suppose that's ok. This night was different- almost palpable hostility towards us as we checked in. Restaurant is small and seating is tight. Our party of 4 checked in about 5 minutes early for our 7:30 reservation and were seated right next to the front door. Saw an empty 4 top further down and away from the gusts of cold air and requested we be reseated there...you would have thought I'd asked the hostess to gouge out her own eyes. She would have, too, had her eyes not been rolled so far back in her head while accommodating our request. After that bit of theatrics, it was smooth sailing, as always with terrific service! Just train your hosts at the front desk to respond with a bit more to decorum to reasonable diner requests and we'd be 5 stars all around!
Was moms birthday and had stated so when I made reservations 6 wks prior. Server brought out two chocolate soufflés that we pre ordered. He also had a cream puff with birthday candles but gave it to the table next door!!
Food was good as usual but service was not up to par. Needed to ask to order a couple times. Was not checked on mid meal.
Va de Vi is one of our favorite restaurants but the food wasn’t as good today (grilled Trout which is my favorite fish, ramen noodles too much ginger and vegetables and not enough soup and soba noodles). Few of our best were the lumpia and Ahi tuna sashimi type, in addition to the Ahi tuna tartar, but both were taken off the menu. I also missed the freshly baked cookie plate due to the Pastry Chef’s injury. Hope he recovers soon:) Thank you.
First time to Va de Vi and I must say it was overall a delightful dining experience. The outdoor setting is wonderful although the day we went was a bit cold and we had to dine inside. The small plates were all delicious and beautiful. The service was impeccable. Will be back again with friends and clients soon.
A little disappointing. Had dinner there to celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary. Pork belly was tough (usually so tender) and Brussel Sprouts we’re not hot. The scallops were awesome but the arrincini was very bland. We didn’t order dessert (almost everything took 20 minutes) but expected them to bring a celebration dessert. Oh well...maybe just an off night.
Great place to get together pre-theater which is what we usually do. We meet friends here prior to concerts at the Devil Mountain Coffee House and grab some bites and wonderful desserts and flights of wine or cocktails. It's a marvelous start to the evening without being overly heavy with cream sauces etc. Flavors here are always vibrant and the busy staff manages to stay on top of your each requirement.
It was a busy Saturday night, but the waiter was personable and relaxed, not hurried or harried. The food was delicious and nicely presented. We loved getting to try different wines with the wine flight. The ambiance was lovely, and it was not too loud: we could actually converse.
We love coming to this restaurant! We tried wine, champagne flights, mixed drinks and about 7 different shareable plates...and all were delicious. We really loved the beef short rib, the golden beets, and the chicken curry.
It may take a few weeks planning to get a reservation - but it will be well worth it!
Parking is exceedingly difficult around the restaurant, especially during the holiday season.
Our waitress was excellent when we saw her, but that was infrequent, especially during our long wait to order. Water glasses were repeatedly refilled in a timely manner by the ancillary staff, however.
Restaurant is expensive, but the food is superb. I had the Arancini which were as good as any I've had in Sicily, and the scallops were outstanding.
The food and the wine we ordered was very good. However our waitress and our busboy kept dropping plates, forks, knives. The older latin man busboy was hurrying to clear dishes from the table next to us, and he dropped a sharp knife that was thrown very hard and landed on my leg. The other was a fork that was thrown across the table to the padded seat next to me. Within 5 minutes, he dropped a few plates behind the bar. The waitress, dropped our forks when taking our plates too. Maybe they were in a hurry, but seriously someone could get hurt.
We felt a little rushed at the end of our meal too, when she brought the bill, we had asked 5 minutes before for more water. We were still talking and she placed it on the table between us. Anyway, the food was good and the wine too.
Everything was exceptional from beginning to end. Our party of 3 spent 3 hours sharing wine flights and 8 different menu items. The butternut squash arancini is popular with good reason. The scallop was perfectly cooked. Highly recommended the shrimp po boy. D
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