Viognier

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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
Viognier (vee-ohn-YAY ~ Refined, Elegant, Relaxed) is one of the Peninsula's premier restaurants. Named after the French grape variety that has enjoyed so much success in California, Viognier is a restaurant for all occasions. Chef RJ Subaba offers a sensational California inspired menu utilizing the abundance of fresh, local, and sustainable produce available. Like California itself, his straightforward cuisine showcases the flavors and styles from around the world and close to home. Our Sommelier has compiled a list of over 1200 wines from around the world to match with any dish or occasion. Service is knowledgeable and attentive to every need. Come relax and allow our staff pamper you and deliver an exceptional dinning experience.
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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Holiday should be with friends and loved ones, and what is a better place then having Thanksgiving Dinner at Viognier. Sit back and let Executive Chef RJ Subaba and the culinary staff do all the cooking. All you have to do is to make the reservation. See you here on November 28th.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Glass of Cabernet, juicy piece of steak, tasty dessert, and a decadent glass of port.. What a perfect way to end 2019. Chef Rj Subaba and his culinary team is creating a luxurious dinner to finish the year off that will make your taste buds wanting more in 2020. We are looking forward to seeing you.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 1040 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful... next level
Food!!!!

M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service, and overall experience! I will definitely be back as soon as I’m in San Mateo again!

B
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Chef RJ has restored the high quality fine dining experience to Viognier. Great wine pairing!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, creative food and experience on the tasting menu. Easy parking and great value. Only issue was that an older white wine was past its peak- fixing that would have made it exceptional.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service. Really made the occasion special.

CA
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

So sad to say this, but for 150.00 a head I expected more. The service was painfully slow and for the most part inattentive. The food was at most average for the 3 course prix fix menu. One of my courses was actually cold. We got the wine pairing, which, at 18.00 a glass were just average wines. I was hoping for more.

LG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVE this place! The meal was exceptionally delicious and the wine pairings were interesting and perfectly chosen to meet the best flavors of the food. Although we have been pleased every time we go, this last meal (September 2019) was easily the most delightful.

d
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent from the moment we sat down and received a congratulations note for our 25th Wedding Anniversary to our lovely table by a window. Carlos the Sommelier was amazing and very informative on the food and wine selection, and the servers were prompt and attentive. The food, drinks and ambience were wonderful. The only drawbacks were:
You have to walk through Draeger's Market to get to the restaurant
The air conditioner was turned up very high and we had to ask a couple times to have it turned down but I ended up eating part of my meal in my coat.
The menu is set up with only a 3-course or a 7-course meal (so no a la carte starters or entrees) and it's pretty pricey.
If you choose to do the wine pairings with each course that can be expensive for two, so we opted for a bottle.
If you are celebrating a special occasion it's a nice choice, just remember to bring a coat. :)

A
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The seven course dinner should definitely need to improve, especially the cold and a bit salty corn soup.

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Little too quiet. Over priced wine list. Food and service was great.

C
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience3

While the service was terrific, the quality of the meal was poor and extremely overpriced. The salad was drenched in vinegar dressing and the food tasted bland. We were also asked to leave the restaurant early for closing! Huge disappointment.

a
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the very best food-wine pairing and taste experiences on the peninsula.

S
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Service very good.
Portions, of course, are small.
One main course, Wagu beef, was difficult to slice and chew. Sad.
For a special meal, i would look elsewhere.

HC
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service and very good food. Especially nice for a special occasion. A lot o nice touches that made our night special.

JH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, well-prepared and well-presented. Service was attentive without being overbearing. Undoubtedly pricey, but this was a special occasion, and 6 very satisfied guests meant that it was well worth the outlay.

JB
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful evening celebrating my daughter’s birthday. Mark our waiter and the staff and chef did a great job!

j
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing flavors ...pretty food ....a little pricey but worth it ...our server was excellent

b
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Tasting menu, charcuterie, and cheese appetizer were all really tasty. Service presentation as expected. Wine service not as expected. Wine menu has lots of cross outs as if it has been a while since updates. For a Friday night, sommelier was absent. Server did his best to pinch hit but we were both stabbing in the dark rather than applying a lot of experience. Guess we should have gone for the additional wine pairing but...

JH
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was very quiet, particularly for a Saturday night, but that meant the service was great and the noise level was low.

S
San Francisco
177 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Viognier used to be a go to for us. Then menus and things changed; and now it’s back on the rotation as an amazing place to make any dining out night special. Excellent service, food, and attention to detail. Great to have you back!

BD
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Best dining experience we have had in this area in years.

L
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent foods and good wines selections ! Congrats to the pastry chef!

SK
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rare to find such high quality food and service in the peninsular. We usually have to drive into SF for this level of food and service - so glad to find an alternative without all the headaches and inconvenience going into SF, and it's cheaper than SF too.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had a really fantastic prix fixe dinner here. Each course had very nice choices and the wine pairing was nicely priced. The food is elegant, well-prepared and interesting. Service is excellent. Just wish the decor matched the elegance of the meal. Also, the background music is a little dated and staid. Something more contemporary or with a quiet world beat vibe would be nice. Otherwise, this restaurant is a true hidden gem, upscale and just fantastic and worthy of any special occasion or foodie night out.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I went there with my wife to celebrate my birthday. We had the three course meal. The waitress was very friendly, the ambiance upscale and the food was delicious. The waitress even gave us each a free glass of champagne to celebrate my birthday. Highly recommended for special occasions!

WC
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed a three course meal with wine pairing. From the moment we were greeted until the very end the staff was attentive and professional. The food was cooked perfectly. The visual on the food was thoughtful. We capped the delicious meal and wonderful evening off with a 10 year tawny port. We will definitely return.

A
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Foods were great. services were incredibly good. servers were knowledgeable and helpful.

JV
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and ambiance was wonderful!! This is a great place for a special occasion!!

PG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Impeccable service. Dishes were like art and tasted fantastic. This is the go to restaurant in San Mateo for a special occasion. TJ was a gracious and informative waiter.

J
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonder server; food was exceptional. Quiet and gracious environment.

p
San Francisco
98 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time in visiting this centrally located restaurant in San Mateo. What a pleasure! The food and wines were wonderful but what made the evening was the very special and personalized service from the manager to our waitress to the busboy. A pleasure from beginning to end.

p
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Expensive - but the food and service was phenomenal.

JB
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was beautiful, both in appearance and for our palette.

LP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went out with my uncle, sister, brother-in-law, and a friend of my uncle to celebrate his birthday. We had a great time!! Thank you so much for such a wonderful time!

HC
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My group had a fantastic experience - really good food and fantastic service (professional, friendly, attentive, knowledgeable, and funny). Two of us had the premium wine pairing and thought it was really great. Will definitely go back!

b
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent, esp the service. Ambiance and food was good, too.

JB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I have dined at this restaurant several times and was always anxious to visit it again. I went early on a Tuesday night with three friends and although there were only two other parties in the restaurant, we were seated next to a couple and a youngster under two. The child continued to scream and we asked to be moved, certainly no fault of the restaurant.
I would say that half of our order was a disappointment. My salad was over-dressed and the lettuce was soggy. My pork chop was over-cooked and I was brought another one. One of my guests had the steak which was also over-cooked, had the pork chop and the third the fish entree. My guests decided not to have the wine pairing so we ended up, following the waiter's recommendation, ordering three glasses of wine. I never saw nor was told how the the wine was. With a 15% tip the bill was $550.00.
I will not return. Granted it was a slow night but the food was tired and there were several repeated items on the menu.

SF
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Viognier always delivers excellent service, meal and menu guidance and delivered as expected this time. Highly reliable for high quality experience overall.

W
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife had checked on line to see what the menu would be. However, the menu for the evening was different than the on line menu. Perhaps OpenTable might ask Viognier to keep their on line menus current.
Thank you

PL
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about the place. From the set 3 course menu to the servers explaining the food when served. Never had to ask for a refill of anything...butter for the bread, they were on it, water, on it. Complimentary glass of white wine for me and the wife's anniversary. Worth every penny.

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