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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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

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Worth the Drive (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Quick Bite (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Bar Seating (4)
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Great for Lunch (4)
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People Watching (2)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

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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·Dined 4 days ago

Was alright

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·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Tapas, Fun, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

Group of six worked well

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Food was excellent and good value during happy hour.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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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 (Central Coast)·Dined 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great food. Great drinks. Great staff.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Vegan, Authentic, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Casual, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Business Meals, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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!

Tags: Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 8, 2018

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

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Incredible meal and wonderful service!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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.

Tags: Fun, Tapas, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Every time we've visited Vanessa Bistro, we've had an enjoyable meal. The food is consistently delicious and original. We'll come back often.

Tags: Tapas, Spicy, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Food and drinks are amazing! Staff is friendly and fast!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Fabulous as always! I usually have the chicken clay pot and the eggplant. Great wait staff! Cozy local neighborhood environment!! And my very favorite drink there is the spicy basil Bloody Mary! Delicious!

Tags: Happy Hour, Tapas, Fun
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Went in for lunch with my mom. I know this is Walnut Creek, but I felt the prices were quite high for what I am used to with Vietnamese restaurants. That being said the flavors were good and the food was pretty tasty.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Way too noisy. The quality of their food has gone down hill over the past year. I ordered a scallop dish and it was very disappointing. Worst tasting scallops I've ever had. The drinks were the best part of the meal.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

A charming spot for food with friends. Varied menu of tapas, salads and entrees. Ample servings and willing to omit ingredients as you choose.

Tags: Spicy, Paleo Friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas, Authentic, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Friends getting together after a long time!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 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 1, 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 25, 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 24, 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 24, 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 22, 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 22, 2017

Fantastic as usual! Good food and environment.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 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 17, 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 10, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 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 1, 2017

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

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 1, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 31, 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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