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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

4.4

ambience

4.1

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

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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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 (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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 (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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 14, 2017

My wife and I had a good meal at Vanessa's but like everything in Walnut Creek these days, it is trying to hard to be trendy. Small location, probably seating for 40 to 50 people maximum.

The food was good but not amazing. I had the Filet mignon with chicken breast and garlic noodles. Meat was cooked well and the flavors were good. My wife had the Pad Thai and the Calamari appetizer. Both were well seasoned. The food in general was good but just another restaurant trying to placate the growing group of elitists that now have taken over Walnut Creek. I miss the old Walnut Creek, where you could still get a good meal, without the attitudes.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Excellent restaurant. The server was very helpful and she recommended great dishes. It is a great place if you want just a snack or if you want to eat a full dinner. Very creative menu.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Spicy, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Food was great! The waitress was very articulate and helpful. The noise level was too high was my only problem.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on June 26, 2017

The food was fresh and delicious. I'll be dreaming about those pulled pork taco tapas tonight ;)
The service was excellent as well.
I'll look forward to trying more of the menu the next time I'm in town.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Vanessa's is always a great spot to grab a quick bite at the bar. Their hand-made cocktails are delicious and their menu offers a lot of great, shareable items.

Tags: Hot Spot, Romantic, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Casual, Great for Lunch, Tapas, Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Good experience overall. Would go back. Had the Crispy Saigon Chicken Rolls and the Vermicelli Noodle Salad with Lemon Grass and Filet Mignon. Both were excellent.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 19, 2017

The dishes we ordered seemed a little burnt & salty such as the garlic noodles and fried rice. The curry was good and so was the duck confit. We've also seen the manager talk down to our waitress. Not a professional and warm atmosphere around here.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Was disappointed that they did not have the Happy Hour menu on Sunday as advertised due to Father's Day. Food was ok for the price.

Tags: Tapas
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Great food and even better service. Food comes out fast and hot. Very nice waitress too. Go on all day happy hour on Sunday to save 30% on tapas. Watch out for the jalapeños in the sandwiches! Very hot!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Service was awesome! Waitress and staff were great! Food was mediocre though very tiny meat in my crab sandwich & small peices in salmon poke. Average food for high Walnut Creek prices.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 1, 2017

We go there often, usually before the theater. We're pretty boring, generally ordering the same things (fish tacos, oven roasted pork, duck wraps or calamari). We've had Breanna as our server a couple of times. She's terrific.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 31, 2017

A really wonderful place to go with friends. Food was excellent and pricing very reasonable

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Late-night Find, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 27, 2017

The food was overall pretty good. Service was provided when needed but the staff was pretty distant.

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 (Denver)·Dined on May 20, 2017

The vermicelli salad was good and the service was good. Unfortunately, the soba noodles with seared ahi tuna was TOO Salty and we had ordered two dishes. We let them know but they did not replace or change. They just acknowledged it. We were unable to eat the noodles because they were too salty. It was a special occasion so unfortunately. The sweet potato fries were delicious with the dipping sauce. We have come to Vanessa's many times but disappointed about the high salt dishes.

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Mother in law in from out of town...Took her to this, our favorite spot.
Food was excellent.
Drinks were creative.
Service lovely.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, People Watching, Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Tapas, Happy Hour
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 18, 2017

I like Vanessa's for business lunches for several reasons. The basics are that the food is always excellent and the service is well paced. What makes this a good place for business is that is generally quiet so that one can carry on a conversation and not need to strain to hear or be understood. Many of Walnut Creek's better lunch places are very lively and it is hard to hear.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Arrived early and quickly seated. Good thing we made reservations because the place was packed. Great libations and even better food. Great place for a special occasion.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Disappointing--we expected food similar to Vanessa's in Berkeley, but here in Walnut Creek, the menu was limited and the food rather bland.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Went for Morher's Day. Been to Vanessa's before so I was disappointed in the food.
We had:
Shrimp doup, beef salad, fried calamari, tuna tartar, shrimp and garlic noodles, crab and fish dinner and a chicken sandwich.
We also ordered body Mary's which were served in a martini glass that I thought was weird.

Everything was Very very salty
Shrimp was really over cooked.
Soup was a tiny cup for $10

Service was great. Everything came out fast.
Probably won't go back again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2017

great food and cheerful service. Just picked it out of the blue so we lucked out. Wish we lived closer to it!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 12, 2017

All was awesome! Food was amazing, service was great!!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 7, 2017

This is a great place for tasty foods, reasonable prices, and great service. The quality is consistent and if you don't like the food for any reason, they will take it away or replace it, or won't charge you at all. Michael and the crew are friendly and the service is quick.
Their tapas options are excellent and their Happy Hour is great. We have gone there multiple times.

Tags: Authentic, Tapas, Spicy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 6, 2017

We like this restaurant, but are tiring of the menu. We have to eat gluten-free, and the options are somewhat limited. With just a little effort so much more could be gluten-free. The staff is attentive and the service fast - sometimes TOO fast. Great cocktails, but there is no real bar space to hang out.

Tags: Healthy, Tapas, Gluten Free Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 2, 2017

I dined at Vanessa's a few times but Tuesday night they were a bit off their game in the kitchen. Service was fabulous and attentive. Kept our beverages fresh and refilled water glasses constantly. The restaurant was warm and stuffy and the food was just so so. Not typical - I will give them another shot before finding an alternative choice.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 21, 2017

We were met by a curt and inhospitable hostess. With every restaurant in WC bustling and thriving, we decided to go elsewhere. The three people we had contact with in 10 minutes were either indifferent or downright unfriendly. Perhaps it was an off night but I won't go back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 18, 2017

Food was excellent. Service was good but not great. The menu is interesting and well-executed. Good wine list also.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 15, 2017

My recent visit to Vanessa's was the most pleasant as the sound level was significantly reduced. It appears that several tables have been removed close to the bar and the dining room wasn't full. In addition there were few men at the bar which contributed to the quieter atmosphere.

Food was excellent, as usual. This before-theater meal consisted of tapas only and all were wonderfully tasty, beautifully served and promptly made. The waitress was cheerful and sensitive to our needing to be at theater on a schedule. My friend and I enjoyed the experience and will return again.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Tasty food, excellent service, overall a very enjoyable experience. I would definitely go back when I am in the area.

Tags: Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date
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