Vanessa's Bistro 2

4.5
1007 Reviews
$30 and under
Vietnamese

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With over 30 years of culinary experience, Chef Vanessa Dang, brings to Walnut Creek Vietnamese tapas with a French twist. The success of Vanessa's Bistro in Berkeley has allowed Vanessa to open a second location in the heart of downtown Walnut Creek. A creative cocktail bar with rare spirits, wines from all regions great for food pairing and an assertion of delicious tapas on the menu, Vanessa's Bistro 2 will not disappoint your expectations.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1007 people are saying
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KKluvsgoodfood
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. The outdoor seating was ok, but fun to be in the midst of the lively downtown atmosphere. Our server has worked there for 6 years and was very informative and helpful. The prawns were delicious as was the calamari and the eggplant. So great to be able to dine in Walnut Creek again!

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vipmadabouttown
San Francisco
81 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

I've always liked this restaurant but the last few times I have ordered my favorite dish, the garlic noodles with beef and chicken, the meat has been more fatty and chewy and the chicken had chunks of fat and skin this last visit. Also vegetables were added like carrots and that is okay, but some of the other vegetables are stringy and hard to digest.
I know restaurants are trying to recover from the pandemic, but I would rather pay a higher price and have them not skimp on the quality.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was amazing. The service was decent, but the heat inside was unpleasant by far. We were told the air was on 50 degrees but NO air was blowing at all. It was miserable and took away from the ambiance by far.

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PenelopeA
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favourite go tos, on the weekend and always accommodating of our toddlers

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JohnC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we have been eating here for several years and missed not dining there during Covid. They now have the full menu back. This is a family owned business and satellite of the original Vanessa's. Mike, Vanessa's son, runs this location and tends bar. Outstanding drinks, calm and soothing atmosphere, diverse crowd and hand made food.

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vipSteveK
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

All food arrived at the same time.By the time we finished our soup everything else was cold.

Waitstaff did not asked if we enjoyed our meal,nor did they refill our iced teas.

Will not go back.

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vipBaddkahrma
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Have eaten at Vanessa for years and always found the food to be top notch- tasty and creative. This meal it felt like they were mailing it in- quality was just so so. Very limited menu.

Realize the pandemic has been tough on restaurants so hope to have the chance to give them another shot soon. But this meal was very disappointing, especially given what it cost.

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vipNickname
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really good food and nice service. Helpful with food allergies too.

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vipEricHB
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Good was very good as we‘ve come to expect and enjoy. But service was poor. Service in the past was attentive and well served. This visit was anything but. Wine for dinner served before my cocktail and appetizers, and no one saw the wine glass was filthy. We never saw my replacement glass. Didn’t appear until I went to the bar to ask for it after my main dish was served. Manhattan not even chilled either. It looks as though There is new manager or owner. There is clearly a training and supervision issue. We maybe it’s all new staff? We won’t be rushing back.?it had been one of our go-to places.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice Friendly Service Cleanliness and accuracy with the food We celebrate father’s day and my kids love the Food will be back again

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RobertC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Vanessa's is delicious. The sauces and flavors are a delight. I would have never thought that fried salt and pepper tofu would be such a great taste.

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Raisetheroof
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, as always! Service was excellent. We ate indoors for the first time since Covid restrictions have been relaxed. Spacing between tables was perfect. Overall, a great evening at Vanessa’s.

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ZoeR
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Everything was good and happy with it but they closed early and we had to wrap it up with my friends.and they should change the blinds for windows.:)

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CheriseK
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Clean and spaced for health, love the cocktails, and food arrived quickly. Friendly service!

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vipRonni
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! We were celebrating my son and daughter-in-law’s anniversary! The spicy basil Bloody Mary is my favorite drink - ever! Love this place!

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vipClaytonVisitor
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first time at this Vietnamese restaurant for the longest while. The server made us welcome and given it was only her second day, she did well helping us navigate the menu. Food was awesome. Nice mix of flavors with some on the spicy side, which we really like. Vanessa's stocks a full bar and makes wonderful cocktails, although the wine list was by the glass and somewhat limited. The food was fast out of the kitchen, so I would recommend spacing your order between starter and main. Looking forward to our next visit in the not too distant future.

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NinaL
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Food was super average, absolutely no "french" flair as they claim. super average, oily food.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and great service!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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RositaS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great to hang out with friends. Food are good. Highly recommended! Bar tender and server are great!

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vipJulieJ
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious meal at Vanessa’s. It’s been a long time since we have been there and were so happy they are still with us and make such beautiful, and delicious food. We can’t wait to go back again now that things are opening up!

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Margot
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The items listed below are all very tasty with excellent flavor. Our server was very helpful in making suggestions and a pure delight. Can't wait to go back (smile)

* Fresh Dungeness Crab Salad
* Cumin Marinated Jumbo Prawns
* Claypot Rice
* Stir Fried Filet Mignon & Chicken Breast

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RobertM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service1ambience5

Glad to see they are surviving the pandemic. There was only one other table in place and waitress stayed at thier table the whole time. So service was pretty poor, but food was awesome as usual.

1st time out of probably 100 visits i had anything to complain about.
Highly recommended!!!

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viptiffanyk
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great. Garlic noodles with crab and shrimp. Spicy chicken. Really didn't like the salt and pepper prawns . the Hennessey lemonade was good

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DoubleD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is fantastic, comes out quickly and is priced well. The service is very attentive without being overly so. A great casual place !

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vipDavidR
Hawaii
32 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We were excited to try VB2. It was better than Slanted Door San Ramon, but still didn't WOW us. The chicken was great but the beef vermicelli salad, "salt & pepper" prawns and oreo cheesecake were just good. Granted we like big, bold flavors so maybe they toned the spices down for us. The spicy bloody mary was great! And Natalie our server was fantastic. The outdoor seating was fine, but next time we will sit inside.

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vipMelodyShahid
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

First time there for dinner reservations with a friend. Begged the hostess for inside seating because it was FREEEZING outside. She wouldn’t accommodate us even with 4 open tables inside.... We sat outside and froze to death. It was so cold we left. Not a good experience. Won’t be going back.

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vipToby
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We arrived and ere given a choice of indoor or outdoor dining, we chose indoor. It was a mistake. Because of two tables at opposite ends of the room the noise was excessive. It was a Friday night and people were in good, if loud, moods. The service was great, attentive and friendly (Thank you Natalia). The food came out post haste, it was good but the selections were a tad sweet.

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vipFoodDiva
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and outdoor seating. Thanks for a great evening.

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vipJaredW
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Awesome noodles, well cooked meat and shrimp. Not big fan of the pork. Solid Vietnamese/French fusion. Good cocktails/wine. Food came very quickly and we ate it even faster! Would recommend.

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StacyM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food, great price point. I would recommend Vanessa's.

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Annji
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Nice decor but place felt more like a bar even if the decor was going for lounge.

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vipDisappointed
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I should have sent my meal back. This is the first time I have not loved my meal at this restaurant. The oven baked crab sandwich was room temp on top but refrigerator temp inside and the cheese was totally solid. There was no lemon or sauce for garnish. The french fries also appeared to be machine cut and reminded me of something I would get in the grocery freezer section, except I would heat those above room temp. I normally like this place, but this was a sad meal.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so nice to dine inside. We loved everything we ordered. The roasted pork was our favorite. The service was excellent. Thank you for a wonderful meal.

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viplivetoeat
San Francisco
185 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

interesting menu. small plates with lots of variety. great service! loved the cocktails!

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vipKimD
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants. Great deals for Happy Hour.

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MarvinY
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience2

The noise level was high and brassy so it was hard to have a conversation. I noticed it over the phone when I called and very noticeable we entered the restaurant. The food was tasty, but we were disappointed with the small portion of some dishes. The duck confit with lettuce leaves only had 3 lettuce leaves (4 of us), little duck, and the tasty flavor was due to the sauce. The piece of fish in the fish tacos was small and unnoticeable in the flavor profile. The service and staff were great but we didn't feel we got value for our dollar. We won't recommend it as a go to place.

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vipEpicurean
San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food are always consistently great! One of our favorite places to dine.

FAQs

Vanessa's Bistro 2 offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (925) 891-4790.

Vanessa's Bistro 2 is rated 4.5 stars by 1007 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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