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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.
San Mateo, CA 94401
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)
corner of B St. and 4th Ave.
$50 and over
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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 email@example.com or call (650) 685-3726.
Free Parking in the Draeger's Market parking lot and underground parking garage.
There is also street parking and metro garages within walking distance.
Cal Train / San Mateo Stop 3 blocks away
ECR - Sam Trans - El Camino bus stop 3 blocks away
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!!
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.
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?
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.
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