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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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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

3.9

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

81% would recommend it to a friend

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2013

This was our second time at this restaurant, and we brought along 2 friends whom never had tapas before. We enjoyed the food and friendly service. However we found some of the dishes a bit too salty for our taste. In this visit, we also ordered the clay pot and found the rice at the bottom of the pot was completely burned (unlike the last time, when it was just perfectly slightly overcooked than the rice at the top of the pot). When we mentioned this to the waitress, she seemed to understand but her explanation was a technical excuse for the kitchen, rather than taking the feedback to the kitchen.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2013

Loved the food! The menu was extensive and we ordered several different dishes. We would all go back there again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 25, 2013

Loved the small dishes and the different combinations of flavors. There's enough on the menu to satisfy a variety of tastes. I also liked the dessert menu. I'll have to go back and try the pear and ginger tart. I chose the banana, peach and raisin bread pudding with ice cream. It was delicious with enough fruit to call it a cobbler.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 23, 2013

I chose this restaurant for my Wife's Birthday because they have a gluten free menu. Actually they have lots of things that are gluten free. I found out after I made reservations that two of our friends would be joining us with their baby. I was a little unsure about keeping the reservation here, but I decided to just change it to 4 + baby and go for it.

I could tell that they don't often have babies, but there were a few families seated in the restaurant. They gave us a high chair, found an extra chair for my friends to put their baby bags on and were quite attentive. The food was great, the wine was great, the service was great. We will definitely go back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 22, 2013

Server was very helpful with suggestions and sequencing the tapas.

Drinks: Mojito - stiff and tasty.
Basil Bloody Mary Martini - light on vodka.
Tapas: Quail - Hard to get around the bones but worth it.
Poke - mango twist on a traditional Poke but needed more fish.
Salt and Pepper Shrimp - best thing we had. Incredibly light deep fry with veggies and a sweet&sour dipping sauce.
Filet Mignon Carpaccio - nice but the sauce overpowered the meat.
Entree: Garlic Shrimp and Noodles - shrimp were cooked perfectly with a nice sauce on the noodles and veggies
Dessert: Bread Pudding - mango and bananas made the dish.
Pecan Pie - not too sweet so you could taste the nuts.

Will definitely be going back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2013

This is my first time at their new place on Locust. It's smaller than the old place on Main St., but the drinks and food are just as good! It's just one dining room now, so you can't get lost in the back room like you could at the old place. Great deals on drinks and food for their happy hours from 3-6 pm. They even have a late night happy hour after 9 pm!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Late-night Find, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 17, 2013

Three of us enjoyed sharing many dishes: Spring rolls, crispy tofu, salmon, prawns, green beans, bok choy. The only disappointment was the green papaya salad. Definitely will return!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 17, 2013

Excellent service and even better food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 16, 2013

Excited by review in Chronicle because we miss "Da Lat" restaurant. Not terribly impressed though. Food good but not
extraordinary, seats crowded and many in sun, indoors. May give it another try

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 3, 2013

This trip (Saturday August 3) was our second trip to Vanessa's and our first to its new location. We went with friends and all 4 of us could not stop raving about how good the food is. We have yet to find something on the menu we do not like. The new space is smaller and quite load. Once the crowd thinned out, it was easier to have a conversation. The staff handled the setting sun really well. As soon as it had set, they opened the blinds. Parking is hard, but this was a Saturday night. Bottom line is really good food and attentive staff.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 2, 2013

Marvelous food and drinks! Thoroughly enjoyable except for the noise level, and it was good enough to come back again anyay.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 31, 2013

Portion control works for us. This fresh food is just right for a light supper. A lot of choices, all good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 19, 2013

Filet was great! Unexpected at Vanessa's to have such a steak house classi with some Asian flair. I've raved about it to 5 different groups in the last 2 days!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 29, 2013

Ate dinner with an old friend at their new Locust Street location. They had only been open at new location for a couple of weeks. No kinks to work out. Food quality, servers, and ambiance were all really great. We stayed and talked for two hours and no one gave us any grief. Enjoyed their specialty cocktails, and four tapas, which were plenty for the two of us. Would dine here again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 23, 2013

I am happy to report that Vanessas2 has finally reopened is the same menu and quality we enjoyed so much at their old location.
My 'usual': panko fish tacos, crab salad, wok-fried eggplant, curry vegetables.
If I'm particularly hungry: add sweet potato fries.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 21, 2013

There were 4 in our party, we ordered and shared all our plates each plate was better than the first! My only complaint was the drink that I ordered along with my friends, Cosmo and Long Island were too sweet and seemed watered down, we both sent our drinks back and stayed with wine the rest of the evening, no mixing issues there. We do love their food so we will be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 21, 2013

Vanessa's has moved locations and the food has survived the experience. It still remains one of the East Bay's best Asian/French restaurants. However, the service staff has not transitioned as well. The service was spotty and the staff seemed poorly trained. In the end, Vanessa's cuisine shines through. Make sure and have the spicy coconut curry. It rocks.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 16, 2013

Vanessa's recently moved to its Locust St. location, off of the N. Main St. thoroughfare. The food is still very good; some dishes the portion size has gotten smaller. Hopefully the move to a less busy street will not hurt the business. Its one of the better restaurants in downtown WC.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 21, 2013

We went with friends to celebrate a birthday. The service was good, as was the food. We ordered the Fresh Spring Rolls, Maple Leaf Duck Confit Lettuce Wraps, Tuna and Salmon Poke, Coconut Chicken Curry, and Black Peppercorn Pork Loin. For dessert, we shared the Bananas Foster and the Milk Chocolate Panna Cotta. Everything was tasty and perfect! We would definitely come back.

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 (Boise)·Dined on April 18, 2013

My fav place in Walnut Creek - food was awesome as usual - service that night had much to be desired. Usually get great service. Order the scallop entree!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 16, 2013

We were there for Taco Tuesday and since the tacos are one of our favorite dishes anyway, we loved them even more with the special price! They are normally $9.00 for 3 Tacos and on Tuesdays, they are $10.00 WITH a margarita! Delicious and a great deal!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 6, 2013

Food was average at best this time. Service uneven and took long to get drinks and then it was wrong drink. Don't sit in the back dining room as it is way too noisy!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 5, 2013

Helpful friendly staff a plus. Having owners present may have added to good service. Nice varied food choices, fresh and well prepared. Excellent green papaya salad!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 4, 2013

We celebrated a birthday with friends and had the back room mostly to ourselves. The food and drinks were very good. Great service and no doggie bags to take home. That should tell you something about the food...

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 2, 2013

We had a group of 6 and asked for a table in the back room. We were the only people back there and the wait staff seemed to forget about us for much of the time we were there. We had to keep going out to flag someone down to take our orders. Otherwise, the food and drinks were tasty. At previous dinners here, they were much more attentive than this time. The restaurant wasn't that full so who knows what the problem was.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 31, 2013

Great for ladies lunch and after work drinks and apps with friends. Staff is very friendly and accomodating. I've been here 5 times now since being introduced about 1 year ago. I have recommended several times and will continue to do so.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 24, 2013

My wife and I dine here often. The you can't go wrong with the Tapas selection.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 22, 2013

I would call this Vietnamese with a California influence. Food was really good, although no pho, but I can go to Saigon Restaurant on Newell for that. Will be back and bringing friends who have never had Vietnamese before. A gentle step into the flavors of SEA.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 22, 2013

Everything is good here. It's my "go to" place for interesting tasty food at a reasonable price and ample size servings.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Boise)·Dined on March 5, 2013

I used Open Table to figure out a restaurant destination that would be different than your average experience. Vanessa's lived up to the task. We were blown away. Our server was great - she helped us order. All of her recommendations were excellent. The only disappointment you were out of Wellington and I was super excited to try it. But, I switched to the Panko Scallops and was pleased. Sweet and sour soup amazing. Loved the DJ!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 4, 2013

Very disappointing visit this time around.....
Food was good.
Hostess was not friendly or warm
Server was not very helpful, asked if a particular dish was spicy, he insisted absolutely not, but when we were served this dish, it WAS spicy.
The restaurant was about 10% occupied at the time we dined (5:45), I overheard the hostess tell a party she just sat, "we'll need this table by 7" So, all these empty tables in the restaurant to choose from and she sits the party down at a table she knows she will need....NOT a kid friendly restaurant, they looked at us as if we had the plague. I have visited this restaurant a few times prior (w/o kids) and it was fine.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 3, 2013

Very, very good food. The only drawback is that the chair cushions at our table were split and the overall appearance is run down. Uncomfortable chairs (due to damage)is not OK while dining out.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 2, 2013

Had a great time with my 10 years old.
were seated on the back room which was great to carry a conversation.
the front is more noisy.
Server was accommodating when we requested sharing, really appreciated especially with a lactose intolerance. Portion was just about right for us.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 2, 2013

Really creative food with lots of fun options. We found the
back room a little quieter as close to the bar can
be very loud.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 2, 2013

We LOVE this place… great food, great service, lively atmosphere, and moderately priced. GREAT Happy Hour menu for food and drinks. Great place to meet friends for fun and cheer.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 27, 2013

This was our first visit and we didn't know what to expect. We were very pleased with everything. The menu was extensive and the food offerings were healthy and full of special ingredients. Service was excellent and the environment was perfect for a weeknight casual dining experience. The space is small (not many tables), but the owner did a great job in placing the tables so that conversations could be held without noise interference from other customers. The bar was large for the space, but in my opinion, perfect for that after-work cocktail for local workers. All in all, we had a great experience. We like the idea of small food offerings via "tapas", which allowed us to order the quantity we wanted, and not be overfed.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 27, 2013

Absolutely. A family favourite! My adult children look forward to their birthday lunch here.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 25, 2013

This is one of my favorite restaurants in the bay area. Food is phenomenal and very consistent.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 23, 2013

I've heard great things about this restaurant and after eating there did not understand why. Food was bland and portion sizes were small. Really wanted to love. So disappointed. Won't be coming back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 23, 2013

Great spot to bring a date for bite and drinks. I went with the organic chicken cooked in red whine and it was terrific.

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