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About Vanessa's Bistro 2

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.

1512 Locust St
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Vietnamese, Tapas / Small Plates

Hours of Operation:
Sunday: 1:00pm - 8:30pm, Monday & Wednesday: 11:00am- 8:30pm, Tuesday,Thursday, Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Bonanza

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(925) 891-4790

Website:
http://www.vanessasbistro2.com/

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

Executive Chef:
Vanessa Dang

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

Vanessa's Bistro 2 Ratings and Reviews

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2
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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.0

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Friends getting together after a long time!

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

I made a reservation for Vanessa’s Bistro (2) for a friend’s birthday. We were seated upstairs and served right away. We all ordered the sangria which was delicious and various tapas to share. The server was friendly, attentive and and very helpful. The food came out quickly and was spaced out well so that our small space was not overcrowded. The food was great and the birthday girl definitely enjoyed herself. Would definitely recommend for the food and service.

Tags: Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Food and service was excellent! The lighting was a little strange and dark. I think candles on tables would light up table nicely.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 26, 2017

This was our first time to Vanessa's Bistro. Our server, Andrea, was excellent. The meal was served quickly and everything came out as ordered. The duck confit lettuce wraps and pulled pork tacos were great. Filet Mignon and shrimp was a particular hit. We will definitely come back to Vanessa's soon.

Tags: Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The food is always amazing, on this particular evening, they had taken orders from an online business which set the restaurant back, the food wasn't as good.
Nevertheless, they were great with us and accommodated us beautiful. We will be back.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We usually like the nurses and so we’re really disappointed. They couldn’t figure out the difference between Chardonnay and Pinot no war. We waited 45 minutes between courses and finally gave up on our last order and left. The waiter was nice but obviously overworked. They comped us a couple drinks but I rather would have had food.

Tags: Casual, Vegan
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

I came here a few years ago and loved the Vietnamese dishes. When I returned this week, the food and menu has totally changed. I wouldn’t recommend this if you are looking for real Vietnamese food. The food and menu is now more comparable to PF Changs.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Fantastic as usual! Good food and environment.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Fantastic, tasty food. 2 out of 3 dishes knocked our socks off with flavor, texture, and deliciousness. We enjoyed the Shaking Filet Mignon Salad and Crispy Garlic Salt & Pepper Tofu tapa, not so much the Pan Seared Miso Soy & Honey Atlantic Salmon w/ Veggie Pad Thai (flavor off and mushy). Warm, trendy interior. Sound level when crowded is uncomfortable, we ended up shouting at each other by the end of the night and I wound up hoarse. Looking forward to visiting again and trying more dishes!

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Tapas, Paleo Friendly, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Really exceptional service and amazing food. The recent remodel has upgraded the ambiance too, so it feels much like a fun night out when you’re there. Will be back soon

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

This place was amazing great food and great cocktails, just loved everything about it will go back for sure

Tags: Happy Hour, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Awesome experience and with great food. Maybe slow down the dishes to enjoy them vs serving them Chinese food style - all at once.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Promised more than it delivered. More limited menu than most Vietnamese places that we’ve been to.

Tags: Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2017

LOVE this place! Food, ambience and staff are wonderful!!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Four friends chose Vanessa's Bistro 2 for a quick bite before a performance. We ordered four dishes (tapas) to share and each one was delicious, with interesting flavors, well prepared and served hot. The staff was friendly, ready to offer advice when asked and happy to accommodate special requests - such as a sauce on the side or adding an extra portion in order to serve four. We loved every dish - fish tacos, pot stickers, pulled pork and fried shrimp - but the unexpected and really wonderful topper was the pear dessert. Oh my goodness. We plan to return soon.
The only minor drawbacks is that it is fairly noisy - which shouldn't be a surprise in a popular restaurant - and the table is pretty small for handling multiple dishes. The staff removed empty dishes quickly though.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Fun, Disabled Access, Quick Bite, Casual
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

Go there frequently. Awesome place ! Never a disappointment.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I wish I had a time machine to go back in time and eat somewhere else.

The atmosphere is akin to a nightclub. The acoustics actually amplify the sounds. They play loud dance music over the speakers. Oh why? You have to shout to hear your dining companion who is right beside you. It is the loudest restaurant I've ever been to.

This alone made me want to leave. Oh but it only got worse from here.

My lychee martini tasted like pure vodka with a dash of fruit. It was not even sweet. Who drinks straight up vodka? Is this Russia?

The slow cooked pork tapa was delicious, but it didn't make up for my main course. I had the shrimp and scallop Thai coconut curry. The potatoes were noticeably undercooked and inedible. The scallops were "wet treated" and tasted like soap. Cheaper scallops will be treated with sodium tripolyphosphate, which has a noticeable taste, that is absolutely vile. Dry treated scallops are more expensive, but have no soapy taste and no chemicals added. Ugh. The shrimp was good, but didn't make up for my soapy scallops. The husband had the chicken and filet mignon garlic noodles. The entree skimped on the meat, but it was good tasting.

Skip this place. You'll thank me later.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 27, 2017

My two friends and I ate at Vanessa’s Bistro before the theater. At 6:30 on a Thursday, the restaurant was very crowded and noisy. Fortunately with our open table reservation, we were seated upstairs which was much quieter. The food was excellent. We shared 3 different dishes and each was tasty and well prepared. We would definitely go back but only if we could be seated in the more quiet area.

Tags: Fun, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Way too noisy! The crab salad was blah. The sweet and sour soup was very good.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Vanessa's did not disappoint! Fresh and full of flavor!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Good food as always. Portion is a bit small. Favorite is the duck veggie wrap and chicken wings.
Chopsticks were not thoroughly clean as it still had food left from prior use. Recall last time the water glass was also not clean. Suggest restaurant to step up dish washing standards.

Tags: Tapas
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Excellent as always. We have been going to this Retaurant for a while, sometimes couple of times a week. This is the only restaurant in Walnut Creek that we found to be very good all around, reasonable , consistent , with friendly staff. Thanks to Micheal for managing the operation.

Tags: Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Casual, Tapas
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Food was great. Piped music was far too loud. Hard to hear people across the table because of the music.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Wedding anniversary

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Good food as usual although the portion is getting smaller and smaller. Is the portion smaller on Tapas Tuesdays?

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Great food quality and taste with fast service. The only thing was my glass was not clean very well. The waitress brought out a fresh glass right away after I told her. My favorite is the shrimp and the fried chicken . Will be back to try the other Tapas.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

We went there after seeing a show at Lesher Theatre. The atmosphere was great and the food was awesome. I definitely recommend this place for happy hour. Although my friend and I don't drink, they have an extensive wine and drink menu.

Tags: Cozy, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Vanessa's recently did a minor makeover to the dining room. The changes are amazing! New vibe, new feel, same great food! I love the new Lounge area, for casual eating or just drinking, perfect for big groups. The service was great as always, will be back soon! The food was fantastic too!

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Casual, Disabled Access, Quick Bite, Romantic, Healthy, Live Sports
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·Dined on September 27, 2017

We went on my birthday for Tapas Tuesday and started sitting inside. Although the atmosphere is pleasant, it was too loud for my dad with hearing aids. Fortunately, it was a lovely summer evening so we moved to a small outside table.
The service was efficient and friendly, the tapas delicious and beautifully presented, and our service Jessica was delightful.
Overall, it was a great experience. We'll be back.

Tags: Tapas, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

So noisy you can't hear people sitting across the table. Could be their recent renovation - more hard surfaces.

Tags: Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Good food, excellent service, but way too noisy. Lots of loud party people on the Saturday night that we were there. Impossible to talk.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Overall great dining experience.
Great food, great service, reasonable prices for the quality of the cuisine.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Happy Hour, Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Service was outstanding. I wish I had gotten our server's name because she deserves recognition. She was very attentive and answered all our questions. She even went into the kitchen to ask the chef what was the ingredients in the soba dish. I can't say the same for the hostess. We had RSVP at 7:00p and came at 6:30p. She sat us down and told us that the place will be extremely busy that night and that we had the table up until 8:00p. What...??? Very unprofessional and needs training.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fun, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Tapas, Good for a Date, Casual, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 7, 2017

Too noisy. Too pushy on drinks. Servers are cunning and not genuinely warm. Too businesslike

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Excellent, interesting food. Excellent service. Failings, my drink a Bloody Mary in a martini glass good but way too small and 2 deserts, one to small the other big but less than wonderful.

I will go again, happily, but not on a weekend night: noisy and, not necessarily a concomitant, hectic.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 5, 2017

We were seated right away, and the service was great throughout. We ordered sweet potato fries as an appetizer. Nearly half of them were burned so badly that we couldn't eat them - they were solid black on the outside edges. We pointed it out to our server and she kindly removed them from our tab, but didn't offer to replace them. The ones that were edible were just okay. I ordered salmon and vegetarian pad thai, hubby ordered a 5-spice chicken banh mi. The food came out quickly. It was just *good* but not amazing. The chicken banh mi was the better of the two dishes, although the bread was so dry it literally crumbled to dust. The pad thai tasted more like ingredients than a finished dish. We ordered pear/ginger tart tatin for dessert. It was very tasty. Overall it wasn't terrible, but in Walnut Creek there are many other places I would try before coming back here.

Tags: Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Tapas
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·Dined on August 3, 2017

My 5th time here and the first disappointment. Ordering at 6 pm (very early) and no one told us about numerous items that were not avaialable from the menu until we were ordering. Ahi was the big winner.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Always enjoy eating here. Great flavors, unique dishes.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Worth the Drive, Vegan
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Great wonderful delicious food !
Great wine!
Looking forward to be back again!😋

Tags: Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 15, 2017

We found out Asian spot in Walnut Creek. Only aspect knocking this fine restaurant is the ambiance. Small and hot location, but the food makes up for it. Everything was a tad on the salty side, but we loved it.

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