Vanessa's Bistro 2

4.6
987 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 987 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.3
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipJulieJ
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious meal at Vanessa’s. It’s been a long time since we have been there and were so happy they are still with us and make such beautiful, and delicious food. We can’t wait to go back again now that things are opening up!

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Margot
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The items listed below are all very tasty with excellent flavor. Our server was very helpful in making suggestions and a pure delight. Can't wait to go back (smile)

* Fresh Dungeness Crab Salad
* Cumin Marinated Jumbo Prawns
* Claypot Rice
* Stir Fried Filet Mignon & Chicken Breast

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RobertM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service1ambience5

Glad to see they are surviving the pandemic. There was only one other table in place and waitress stayed at thier table the whole time. So service was pretty poor, but food was awesome as usual.

1st time out of probably 100 visits i had anything to complain about.
Highly recommended!!!

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viptiffanyk
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great. Garlic noodles with crab and shrimp. Spicy chicken. Really didn't like the salt and pepper prawns . the Hennessey lemonade was good

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DoubleD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is fantastic, comes out quickly and is priced well. The service is very attentive without being overly so. A great casual place !

DR
vipDavidR
Hawaii
30 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We were excited to try VB2. It was better than Slanted Door San Ramon, but still didn't WOW us. The chicken was great but the beef vermicelli salad, "salt & pepper" prawns and oreo cheesecake were just good. Granted we like big, bold flavors so maybe they toned the spices down for us. The spicy bloody mary was great! And Natalie our server was fantastic. The outdoor seating was fine, but next time we will sit inside.

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vipMelodyShahid
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

First time there for dinner reservations with a friend. Begged the hostess for inside seating because it was FREEEZING outside. She wouldn’t accommodate us even with 4 open tables inside.... We sat outside and froze to death. It was so cold we left. Not a good experience. Won’t be going back.

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vipToby
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We arrived and ere given a choice of indoor or outdoor dining, we chose indoor. It was a mistake. Because of two tables at opposite ends of the room the noise was excessive. It was a Friday night and people were in good, if loud, moods. The service was great, attentive and friendly (Thank you Natalia). The food came out post haste, it was good but the selections were a tad sweet.

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vipFoodDiva
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and outdoor seating. Thanks for a great evening.

JW
vipJaredW
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Awesome noodles, well cooked meat and shrimp. Not big fan of the pork. Solid Vietnamese/French fusion. Good cocktails/wine. Food came very quickly and we ate it even faster! Would recommend.

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StacyM
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food, great price point. I would recommend Vanessa's.

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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
182 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

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

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

MY
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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Zorba
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

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

Valentines Day weeknd dinner

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

Very nice Happy Hour on their Tapas Tuesdays!

BB
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

PB
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.

DD
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
134 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
26 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.

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 4.6 stars by 987 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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