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Vanessa's Bistro 2

4.6
4.6
1040 Reviews
$30 and under
Vietnamese
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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Vietnamese, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (925) 891-4790

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Vanessa Dang

  • Catering

    Catering menu is available for off-site delivery for any size parties. Please give us a call for details.

  • Neighborhood

    Walnut Creek

  • Cross street

    Bonanza

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,040 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. DD

    DoubleD

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mike and his staff do a great job ! Food is fantastic, comes out quickly and is a good value. Our server Arianna was very attentive and both she and Mike took really good care of us. Vanessa's is a must !
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Food used to be better. Will go back again though.
  3. G

    Gourmetgirl

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Vanessa’s! Great food, great service and wonderful cocktails. Great for families & celebrations. Location is excellent, walking distance to everything in downtown Walnut Creek. Highly recommend!!
  4. K

    Kathleen

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a group of eight for a birthday dinner. Although our reservation was at six we arrived a little early and were seated early. Service was great. Thank you.
  5. j

    jackiem

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Always a good meal. Big portions and great cocktails. I hope to make it to one of the happy hours.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mike and his staff at Vanessa’s Bistro are just simply awesome!! The food is always fantastic and I have a wonderful time every chance I’m there.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! Salt and pepper tofu is a must!!
  8. CN

    CarylN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service is excellent. Friendly staff. Superb food!
  9. CZ

    CandyZ

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Father’s Day lunch with hubby and kids. Good location near all other eateries in WC, nice ambience inside, clean. Was seated fast with reservation and food was served pretty quickly, especially the tapas. Calamari wasn’t as crispy as we expected it to be, but it was still tasty and not greasy, although the portion was pretty small for the price. That was happy hour price, I’m hoping the portion is a bit more for the regular price. Overall, enjoyed our first time visit and will do so again.
  10. CB

    CatherineB

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Perfect place to go before attending something at Dean Lesher Theater.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as ever. The staff, the food, everything. Vanessa’s has been my favorite forever.
  12. MG

    MrsGrumpy

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    A great place before the theater
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and drinks are always delicious here. Service was curious and quick
  14. MV

    MariselaV

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A very good place!!! Good food and good ambiance!!
  15. DD

    DavidD

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice time. Food, drinks and service were great!
  16. L

    Localg

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Enjoy this place a lot prior to Covid. This is our first time back. Food still excellent. Still very warm due to sun coming in the windows and they don’t deploy the blinds unless you ask. Just dress lightly and you will get a wonderful meal.
  17. CM

    ChristianM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great food and service! It is a noisy environment in need of better soundproofing.
  18. WC

    WalnutCreekEric

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Vanessa’s is one of our two special occasion restaurants, especially for Mothers Day. Great food options and very nice service, even on an exceptionally busy day. Thanks!
  19. c

    casualdinerfromdublin

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were seated as soon as we arrived. Wine and other drinks were very good. Food is authentic and special at the same time. So far my favorite of Walnut Creek
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The tapas were great but the lemongrass chicken??? OMG DELISH!!
  21. C

    Carol

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    One of my three favorite restaurants in Walnut Creek especially when Vanessa cooks.
  22. WK

    WayneK

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  23. M

    Mark

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Happy hour offerings are extensive and very tasty. Service was streched on a busy friday night but well done.A litlle to loud for conversations
  24. PR

    PollyR

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful Asian-fusion food with many choices for vegan and gluten-free. I had the best table in the house, outside, with a view of a public commons location with a mural of color and mirrors, complete with piano. Active street location with an upbeat service team. Highly recommended!
  25. K

    Kadi

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience1
    We reserved for Easter on open table and when we arrived at the restaurant they were CLOSED. Very irritating that they did not update with open table that they were closed. Fortunately Lokanta Grill next door had openings and provided a meal for our party of four.
  26. EA

    ElenaA

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    The pan seared filet mignon was charged to worse and they did not run out of ice cream for banana foster. How can you run out of ice cream at 6:30 dinner reservations. Lol
  27. C

    Carol

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    One of my favorite restaurants in Walnut Creek.
  28. DJ

    DandJH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Vanessa's never disappoints. Great food, great restaurant, great staff. One of our favorites.
  29. TD

    TwoDiners

    San Francisco

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have never been disappointed with Vanessa’s Bistro 2! We love their Tapas menu and they make great drinks!
  30. SC

    SteveC

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience2
    The food was very good. The customer service was not. When I asked to switch to another 4 top inside I was told the others were larger than the one 1 was being offered and my 2-person party could not use those tables. Hard to understand the difference between one table that seats 4 people and another table that seats 4 people. Chose to sit outside instead. Service wait outside was very long to start and end. When check came, my credit card was missing. Waitress was very confused and did not seem overly concerned or sorry that my card was lost after she charged my dinner to it. While the manager comped my dinner, the staff's overall response to losing my credit card was unacceptable. Accidents happen; it is how you treat customers that make them come back. There are plenty of places to go for good food in the East Bay. The atmosphere and attitude here would not entice me to come back.
  31. SD

    SDGlobalTravel

    San Diego

    81 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    DISAPPOINTED! Ordered the so-called Spicy Coconut Curry Chicken. One of the most bland dishes I've eaten in a long time and frankly NO coconut taste (from milk) whatsoever. More of a broth. The jasmine rice- tasteless and not properly salted. Service fine and when I asked about my dish no offer to get me something else
  32. PT

    PTownDiner

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Friendly staff and good food. Would've preferred that main course was served all at once
  33. m

    madabouttown

    San Francisco

    97 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    97 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Always enjoy this restaurant, we usually order the garlic noodles with beef and chicken which is very tasty and hardy. The bartender makes a really good Manhattan and everyone is very friendly and accommodating.
  34. KB

    KimberlyB

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Vanessa’s bistros is one of my favs! Incredible food, great mix of vegetarian options too!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always enjoyable at Vanessa’s!! This is one of my fav places in downtown WC.
  36. R

    Raisetheroof

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, drinks and service. Always a enjoyable experience to go to Vanessa’s!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always love Vanessas! The food is delicious and the service is wonderful. One of our favorite places!
  38. D

    Dakota

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Food was okay not as good as I expected. Prawns with garlic noodles delicious! Salads are average, chicken sandwich was good not exceptional.
  39. DD

    DoubleD

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mike and his staff do a great job ! We reserved for 6 but wound up with 8. No problem....we'll add a couple of chairs. The food was great, came out fast and is not overly pricey. A good time and fun was had by all. Service was impeccable.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always the best time when we come here! Great food/drinks and the service is exceptional.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • 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

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 4.6 stars by 1040 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today
Google Map for Vanessa's Bistro 2

1512 Locust St, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Bonanza

  • Neighborhood

    Walnut Creek

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Vietnamese, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Vanessa Dang

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (925) 891-4790

  • Catering

    Catering menu is available for off-site delivery for any size parties. Please give us a call for details.

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