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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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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.0

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

81% would recommend it to a friend

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Worth the Drive (6)
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Neighborhood Gem (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
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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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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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