Vanessa's Bistro 2

4.5
975 Reviews
$30 and under
Vietnamese
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 975 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.1
ambience
4.3
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67% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Annji
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Nice decor but place felt more like a bar even if the decor was going for lounge.

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vipDisappointed
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I should have sent my meal back. This is the first time I have not loved my meal at this restaurant. The oven baked crab sandwich was room temp on top but refrigerator temp inside and the cheese was totally solid. There was no lemon or sauce for garnish. The french fries also appeared to be machine cut and reminded me of something I would get in the grocery freezer section, except I would heat those above room temp. I normally like this place, but this was a sad meal.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so nice to dine inside. We loved everything we ordered. The roasted pork was our favorite. The service was excellent. Thank you for a wonderful meal.

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viplivetoeat
San Francisco
181 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

interesting menu. small plates with lots of variety. great service! loved the cocktails!

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vipKimD
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants. Great deals for Happy Hour.

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MarvinY
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience2

The noise level was high and brassy so it was hard to have a conversation. I noticed it over the phone when I called and very noticeable we entered the restaurant. The food was tasty, but we were disappointed with the small portion of some dishes. The duck confit with lettuce leaves only had 3 lettuce leaves (4 of us), little duck, and the tasty flavor was due to the sauce. The piece of fish in the fish tacos was small and unnoticeable in the flavor profile. The service and staff were great but we didn't feel we got value for our dollar. We won't recommend it as a go to place.

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vipEpicurean
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food are always consistently great! One of our favorite places to dine.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my son here for his 17th birthday and he just loved it!! Always wonderful food and the staff here is amazing. Really the best and why I just love coming here. You HAVE to get the chicken wings!!

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Bayareabosoxfan
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we go to Vanessa's we ask ourselves why it took so long for us to return. The small plates are exceptional, including their French onion soup and their 5-Spice Quail. The small plates are an exceptional value. Vanessa's has creative cocktails to accompany its eclectic menu.

If you are looking for a thoroughly enjoyable evening, you cannot go wrong with Vanessa's.

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CarynG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall2food4service4ambience2

Definitely not a place for seniors. So so noisy. Although the food was good don’t go there on a weekend if you are a senior.

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IrHa
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Noisy and below average food.

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Graham
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vanessa’s never disappoints! Service is always great, food is delicious!

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Chris
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

No, I don’t recommend. Look out for better alternatives

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Day weeknd dinner

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vipBobJ
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Very nice Happy Hour on their Tapas Tuesdays!

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BettyB
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food was good, not great. Downstairs is noisy and loud, though upstairs was quieter. The service providers were very nice

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PamB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Acoustics very bad. Can’t hear each other talk. But food is great.

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FrancisW
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We keep coming back to Vanessa's Bistro. The food and beverages are always great. The ambience is conducive to pleasant socializing. I will be back.

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vipDeborahD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Pad Thai was awful- noodle dish just okay- food way below average for downtown dining

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vipLoves2eat
San Francisco
131 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely, attentive waitress, attended to our every need.
Food was tasty and yet were told quite earlythat the kitchen was closing.

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SharonS
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit here on a busy Saturday night, the staff were very welcoming to our group of 5 for dinner after a movie. Because they couldn't seat us right at the time of our reservation they graciously offered our first round of drinks on the house! We shared several of the appetizers, a couple of mains and 2 desserts all of which were delicious. For sure will go here again!

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PILLOWS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience3

The service and drinks were amazing. I felt the food was mediocre. Very salty and no flavor. We got the seared ahi tuna and it was hard like a potato chip terrible .

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viphappytoshare
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great! I enjoyed my meal and am looking forward to going back.

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GregS
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Food was generic, unimpressive. Good service, but a bar type atmosphere. Three diners, and all had same opinion of the food, not very good.

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SusanE
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Items to order: Cumin Shrimp, Garlic Noodles with Chicken, Honey Prawns, and Wok fried eggplant.

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GailW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were upstairs, which we were thankful for, because it was so noisy downstairs that we would have had to leave.

The Salt & Pepper Fried Prawns, Spicy Lime Dipping Sauce and the Crispy Ginger Tofu w/ Onions, Ginger & Jalapeños were a bit hit, and we ordered seconds of each. The filet mignon with prawns main course was also excellent.

The Spicy Vietnamese Green Papaya Salad W/ Poached Prawns, Roasted Peanuts, Fried Shallots, was uninteresting, and the Thinly Sliced Filet Mignon Carpaccio, Fried Shallots, Asian Herbs, Roasted Peanuts was tasty but the meat was unevenly cooked.

We all agreed that we would come back again and would order some different dishes next time.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it here! The food was so good. We came for NYE but would come back for everyday dining and date night. Really impressed.

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vipLuka
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The tuna soba salad is small and the tuna was dry. Ban me sandwich was good but sweet potato fries were thick and not cooked completely. The classic vermicelli salad was just ok. Service was mixed and overall left hungry with a sizable bill for lunch. Would not recommend- not clear how the rating is so high.

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MikeM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food and drinks. Love it regular place for me and wife.
This is my recommendation for first timers.
Start out with Vanessa Margarita - 2 of these and your making babies.
Appetizer have the tuna / salmon poke and the spring rolls.
Entree clay pot rice with chicken shrimp and veggies. Also the green beans with tofu.
Have another margarita if you want twins.
Dessert walk over to Karas Cup Cakes on North Main a couple of blocks away. Hope you have fun.

MM
MichaelM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

We were seated upstairs as the main floor was full and the server promptly forgot about us. We had to go retrieve her to get things started after seeing no one for 15 minutes. At the end of the meal no offer of coffee or a dessert menu. Just the check and no more. Felt like they wanted us to leave. We usually have good service here so hopefully this was an anomaly. The food was as great as ever.

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DebbieR
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here many times and will return many more times, Great food and cocktails and the staff are so friendly

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vipMaynard
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We always enjoy our visit at Vanessa's. Food is good, waitstaff is friendly and service is spot on.
If you are reading this and haven't had a meal at Vanessa's, do it!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved it!! Will return soon!

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LINDAB
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have eaten at Vanessa’s in Walnut Creek several times and the food is excellent. I highly recommend the filet mignon and chicken with garlic noodles. Also, the potstickers to begin. The noise level is very high and it is hard to talk, however, the service is excellent. I will be returning, for sure.

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vipEpicurean
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

One of our favorite places! The service is always great, food is consistently delicious, and they make a great dirty martini.

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Dinesofine
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love the food. Generous portions to split. Great place to have dinner before theater.

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WilliamH
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Food as good, service was good. The restaurant was much too loud to allow conversation.

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Joan
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful and a value on Tuesdays as their a Tapas which represent their entrees pretty well, are half price. We each ordered 2 tapas, (4 people) and our table had so much food, all delicious!

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vipShopdiva
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was good however, the portions were small. They also forgot to check in our reservation after we told them we had one.
Would we go back? Probably not.

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Rcwood
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ordered 4 tapas for dinner and had wine and martinis. The food was absolutely delicious! ! The wine paired well with the food and was well-priced. The martinis were perfect. The service was amazing. We will definitely come back.

FAQs

Vanessa's Bistro 2 offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (925) 891-4790.

Vanessa's Bistro 2 is rated 4.5 stars by 975 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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