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Vanessa's Bistro 2

4.4
769 reviews
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$30 and under
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Vietnamese
Perfect For:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Tapas
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Vietnamese, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Sunday: 1:00pm - 8:30pm, Monday & Wednesday: 11:00am- 8:30pm, Tuesday,Thursday, Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(925) 891-4790
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Vanessa Dang
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Catering
Catering menu is available for off-site delivery for any size parties. Please give us a call for details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Bonanza
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 769 People Are Saying
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food
4.4
service
4.2
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4.1
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Great cocktails, friendly servers, excellent food - particularly love the crab/avocado salad, fish tacos and claypot rice. Yum!

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2.0Dined 6 days ago

The entrees came right after the salad,. The spring rolls were had thick dough and little filling. The sashimi dish was too salty from the soy sauce to eat. There were no rice noodles only four. The food generally was not flavorful and no dish was really Thai cuisine.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Great food Great service will go again and tell all my friends

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2.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The food that my wife and I had, Fish Tacos (greasy) and Potstickers (.well...totally tasteless) and the textures were a little weird.
The other couple DID rave about their Duck Confit and their Eggplant, tho.
I don't know if the difference was the choice of plates or the fact that they had 2-4 drinks each and we weren't drinking. A disappointment...

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Love the quality and freshness of the food. The servers are terrific too.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We've been regulars at Vanessa's for many years - fantastic food and service. They never fail to impress!

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Went with another couple. Food very good but towards end of dinner was hard to hear across table.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Loved the atmosphere, the Red Sangria with Hennessy and the food!! I will be back!!!! Other note— Would love the sangria in a wine glass for an easier grab and though I mentioned it was my best friend’s bday on the Rez and in person there was no fanfare.

Thank you for a fab dinner experience!

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Our server was outstanding and patient as it was our first time. We happened to arrive during Happy Hour. Great drink selection

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2.0Dined on March 25, 2018

I would not go back . The food was not special at all.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

It was a wonderful experience, my wife and I loved the food and the restaurant.
We kept looking around choosing what we would have in our own home for interior design and customer service was great as well, we had a great and kind Waitress. Thank you.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Great food, great service. Love this restaurant!!!

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

This place gets noisy, The food is good, although portions sizes on the small size. I would recommend primarily for a couple of tapas and a drink, not dinner.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Great atmosphere with the combined lounge/dining/bar experience. Good selection of cocktails. Tasty fresh interesting dishes and attentive host. I will be back!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Fun and friendly atmosphere .

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Good down town location. Next to the theater so you can walk to the show after some nice wine from their wine list or get a great cocktail so you can relax and have fun at the theater. Food is very tasty and seems very fresh ingredients.

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Traditional and original asian fusion foods. Always great service.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

The place was quite busy and I was glad I had a reservation! The staff was friendly and helpful and there are always lots of options with a full menu of yumminess!

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4.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Great food as always. Love the fish tacos, eggplant and duck lettuce wrap

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Birthday celebration

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

My friends and I go to Vanessa's quite often for lunch, happy hour and dinner. We love the food! The service is always quick, efficient and friendly. Michael, the bartender and owner is awesome! He is quite the mixologist!

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

It was good

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

A smaller restaurant with better service on a busy Valentine’s Day. Price is good and not over priced. Food was perfect, good taste and perfect for two.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Was alright

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Fantastic Valentine's Day Menu, Great atmosphere, excellent service, quality and delicious food. Awsome Staff and attentive!!!

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Group of six worked well

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Every time I go to Vanessa's I keep wondering why I don't go more often. The food is simply terrific - high end Vietnamese food with a French undertone. Everything I have there is outstanding. My favorite is the 5-spice quail.

Do yourself a favor - if you haven't been to Vanessa's, go there. If you have been, keep going there. We want this restaurant to continue to thrive.

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4.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Food was excellent and good value during happy hour.

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4.0Dined on January 30, 2018

We got there past our reservation time, so our reservation was canceled, but we were able to sit in the lounge area for dinner. Loved the half priced Tapas and margarita Tuesdays! Food was delicious and service was wonderful.

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

This seems to be a really good place. We had potstickers, chicken spring rolls, duck confit, fish tacos. All were very good. Fish tacos could have used more fish. We will certainly return.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

We’ve had a love for V’s for sometime now but finally introduced our very best friends to our favorite spot!...not sure what took so long, but Vanessa’s did not disappoint! For us, Vanessa’s offers the total package, great food, great service, great ambiance and I must mention great music! Thanks for always taking care of us!

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Great food. Great drinks. Great staff.

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2018

It was the first time at this location. We had dined at the other location several times a few years ago. The food was just as good or better. Only one server took orders for the entire restaurant on an IPad, but she was amazingly efficient. We can't wait to go back.

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3.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Overall our appetizers and my wife’s dish, the curried shrimp and scallops dish was good. My steak though was really undercooked. I asked for medium rare, but the center was rare and chewy. Cooking a steak is a fundamental skill and never should be not what the customer ordered.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Great service and delicious food. While everything we had was spot-on, favorite dish was the Curry Coconut Chicken that was a recommend by our server. Make sure to order rice to sop up the yummy sauce.

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2018

great Asian tapas! service and ambiance are wonderful! Love their spring rolls and shaking filet mgnon salad. I come here as often as I can!

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4.0Dined on January 8, 2018

Crab sandwich had a lot of crab but not much taste. Pork tacos were very flavorful.

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

Incredible meal and wonderful service!

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1.0Dined on January 6, 2018

Unfortunately when we arrived for our anniversary dinner at 6:00 PM we were told that Open Table had overbooked and there was no table available, we were offered a low table near the entrance where folks wait for their table. My wife went next store to Lokanta and got us a table there. Dinner there was great. Evening saved! Close one lol.

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4.0Dined on January 5, 2018

The item choices were excellent and very favorable, the pricing a tad high. But the noise was close to intolerable at the 7-9 time frame. Literally had to shout to be heard, which only added to the chaos. Will try again during the Mon.-Thurs. period.

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