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About Viognier

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 1500 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.

222 E. 4th Ave.
San Mateo, CA 94401
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary French / American, French American, Californian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday through Saturday from 5:30 pm 9:00 pm (last seating at 8:30 pm)
Happy Hour: Monday-Friday 5 pm-7 pm (in the Lounge)
Private Dining: available by request (Lunch or Dinner)

Cross Street:
corner of B St. and 4th Ave.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 685-3727

Website:
http://www.viognierrestaurant.com/

Catering:
Viognier has two private rooms that seat up to 16 and up to 40 people.

Please contact us for personalized consultation on planning your next event. E-mail Private Dining Events viognierpd@draegers.com or call (650) 685-3726.

Parking Details:
Free Parking in the Draeger's Market parking lot and underground parking garage.

There is also street parking and metro garages within walking distance.

Public Transit:
Cal Train / San Mateo Stop 3 blocks away
ECR - Sam Trans - El Camino bus stop 3 blocks away

Executive Chef:
RJ Subaba

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Wine/beer/spirits dinners. Visit our website viognierrestaurant.com for details.


Private Dining

Whether you envision a sophisticated sit down dinner, a festive cocktail reception, or a private business meeting utilizing state of the art audio video capabilities, Viognier Restaurant is an ideal venue for all your event needs.

Viognier Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.7

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Quiet

90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (15)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Good for a Date (12)
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Special Occasion (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Worth the Drive (7)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Business Meals (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Romantic (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Cozy (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Authentic (2)
Casual (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Everything was great, from the food to the service, but there was a party going on in one of the party rooms that was a bit overzealous and loud. Other than that, it was a great night out.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

We were not aware that they'd changed the menu to courses only. Since we wanted a nice, light dinner that day, it was a bit of a push. Yet most of the dishes were excellent. Beignets were a bit heavy and they poured chocolate sauce without asking. It'd have been nice if we had the choice.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 12, 2018

This is a great spot in San Mateo. It’s on top of Drager’s grocery store. We sat right away. Thomas was our server, he was nice and knowledgeable. The menu is prefix (s?). You either pick the 5 course winter menu or 3 courses. You can also have them pair wines with each course for $55 more. Between each course they provided amuse bouche (s?). Overall everything was great. It is very pricey tho.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 12, 2018

My executive team members loved the set up as well as how attentive the restaurant team members were to them. I will most definitely use this restaurant for future business meals. Thank you!

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Menu is very creative, but my soup was lukewarm and the duck was fine, nothing special. Panna cotta overdone, not that edible. I've eaten here before and it was really good, so this was sort of a disappointing night.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Overall we had a great time - food and service were fantastic. Would definitely come back to celebrate another special occasion!

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 2, 2018

This was by far one of the worst meal I have ever had in this price range! Such a pity that great french cuisine spot got under new management and became a shame now.... I would not recommend- save your money and go elsewhere!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

This was my 2nd visit to Viognier. I enjoyed the food as well as the service by staff. I will be back.

Tags: Business Meals, Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2018

The evening meal was wonderful and our waiter, Thomas, was wonderful. We never lacked for anything. I highly recommend the restaurant and hope you get Thomas as your waiter when you try it!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Service is excellent, menus changed ..nice if you like a limited selection. The food was delicious.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Finally tried here for the first time. Friendly service, except for the GM. He brought our dishes over and was fairly silent in comparison with the rest of the staff - no greeting, no introduction to the two dishes he brought over. Maybe because it was on NYE? Though it wasn't crowded. Otherwise food was good, nice dish presentations.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Good food, nice presentation, attentive wait staffs and easy parking. The 5-course meal was delicious and just the right amount.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Everything was excellent!!! I am really impressed !!!

Food, drinks!

Thank you!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

New chef has upped the food here. Creative California cuisine . Every dish was outstanding. Plus attentive service and a serious wine list. Three stars.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Bad food and over priced. The ambiance of the restaurant is cheap and does not justify what you are paying for. They offer 4 main dishes as part of the three course menu and they were sold out of one of the options even with the place being completely empty. There are much better options on the area.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The restaurant itself is not lovely, the tables by the window might be nice, but we got stuck at a table in the middle of the room in front of the kitchen and it lacked even a hint of ambiance. The service was pretty good, but our server's demeanor was a bit strange, and therefore, distracting. The food was for the most part excellent, but the ambiance made it a less than satisfying experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Fine dining in a refined and warm ambience conducive to conversation and enjoyment of the innovative and very satisfying cuisine. Fond memories are made and enjoyed at viognier!

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 12, 2017

While we found the food was beautifully designed and masterfully prepared, it was the wait staff that made the evening exceptionally delightful.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Fantastic 3 course options.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 4, 2017

The restaurant is pretentious with good service and attractive presentations. However, the cook needs some lessons. The wagyu was tough and hard to cut.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 23, 2017

The restaurant itself was magnificent. The food and service were top quality. Good thing, as its very pricy. My experience with open table, however, was a complete bust. Reservations were made for the wrong day and time not once, but twice..... moral of this story-- call the restaurant to make your reservation.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Organic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Awesome. Great service and a solid wine list. I enjoyed the whole prix fixed thoroughly...

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

I came here with my husband, 1yr old daughter, a friend and her husband. This isn't a place to bring a young child, but the restaurant did everything they could to accommodate and make sure we had an enjoyable time.

The food is exceptional. We ordered the seasonal 7 course meal. Everyone at the table has to order the same set 7 course menu. It was well worth it.

We had arugula salad, beet salad, pumpkin soup, scallops, wagyu beef, dates cake, and macaron and lychee dessert. Every dish was awesome. The beef salad was phenomenal because I've never been a huge fan of dates but the dates and ricotta cheese dish was really something. The wagyu beef was also tender and delicious. Scallops were also exceptional. And the macaron dessert.

The service was great too. The meal included a complimentary polenta bite in the beginning, plus bread with ricotta cheese and flavored butter, plus raspberry sorbet. All complimentary. Plus they served us champagne and a minichou cream with blueberry filling inside and a bite of chocolate since I had written in the reservation that it was our friend's 4yr wedding anniversary.

The entire meal took about 2 hrs, which was a bit too much for my daughter to handle, but it was well worth it. I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a nice dinner out with excellent service, excellent food, and an excellent experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Food and presentation never fails, always exquisite. We have had this waitress before and she always is so accommodating and friendly. We had a couple of vegetarians that have other peculiarities and each one was accommodated. My friend is from the East Coast and just loves dining here before she returns home. Thanks to the chef and staff for always doing their best, we all really appreciate you efforts and professionalism. Btw the rolls are fantastic!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The creative presentation of the food was exceptional. You could tell the chef enjoyed what he does. The food matched the presentation.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Had not eaten at V since we moved out of the area 10+ years ago. I had heard local skeptics warn about the chef leaving a while ago. I am happy to say the new chef and our meal was excellent. I recommend it highly for California Cuisine fans!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

So glad they went back to the prix fixe menu. Food was outstanding and wine pairing was delightful. We continue to enjoy this restaurant for our local fine dining experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great service and great food and great people. I would like to see a change in the ambience a bit regarding interior decorating.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 19, 2017

1st: beet salad outstanding.
2nd: braised lamb weakly seasoned and 2 canneloni was too few. My friend's halibut was much better.
3rd: dessert options seemed limited--not spectacular; beignets good.

Overall a good experience with room to improve. Thanks.

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

I love dining at Viognier. Simply put, Viognier is one of the few fine dining destinations in mid peninsula. I had the three course tasting menu. Everything was delicious. I had the fennel and arugula salad, wagyu beef and baby beignets as dessert (of course the menu is a lot more sophisticated than that) and my daughter, who is celebrating her birthday, had lamb and chocolate mousse cake. The service was always impeccable; wait staff would provide complimentary tasters to bring unexpected pleasure. This place is my go-to restaurant for fine dining close to home. Their menu, changed year round, gives me abundant joy to look for round the year!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 10, 2017

We had been longtime regulars, but things started to slide a while back and we stopped going there. After seeing recent positive reviews we thought we would try it for our anniversay. Very glad we did as they are back at the top of their game. Incredible food, service, and presentation. They were kind enough to acknowledge our anniversary with a complimentary glass of champagne. Our server Cam was professional, warm, and gracious.

Every dish was excellent with the fried oysters and rib eye being exceptional. My wife's dessert had an almost sculpture-like presentation. Highly creative (and delicious). Expensive yes, but worthwhile for a fine meal. It was wonderful to see them back in form and looking forward to a return visit.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Hot Spot, Seasonal
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The tasting menu was outstanding with fabulous food and incredible presentation

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Fabulous service, exceptional food and a special dinning experience!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Tapas, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Best service I've had in recent memory and the food was amazing.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Good food, love Foie Gras, tender, crunch on the bread. Just right.
Service was good. We ordered a bottle of wine from Margout
Recommended by the server. Exceeded our expectation, silky, light pepper and cherry taste. Server was polite

Tags: Tasting Menu, Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Exceptional food and service. The summer 3 course menu with wine pairings is definitely worth a visit! Very friendly staff!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Because it was a special occasion I did not raise the question that pork was substituted for lamb shoulder...definitely a no no, as lamb is so distinctive...
The rib eye came rare even though the wait help emphasized that it will only come as medium rare...
Additionally the cut was so tough it took effort to cut and chew...Rib eye?

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 (Baja California)·Dined on August 26, 2017

My wife & I came here to celebrate our anniversary & it was great. The ambiance was nice accompanied w/ the awesome 3 course meal that we picked. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who likes a smooth ambience & loves good food ...

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Good food. Excellent service but pricing is a bit steep.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Service was wonderful with a wonderful wait staff. Our server was Mary. Her knowledge of the menu and the beverages was spot on. Then, her attentiveness and friendliness made the evening quite enjoyable.
The occasion was a birthday celebration. We had a lovely celebration.

I have one suggestion: there should be a little more flair for special celebrations, e.g., a little bon bon, truffle, etc. One little candle on the dessert plate just seemed underwhelming.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails
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