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Viognier

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952 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary French / American
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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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary French / American, French American, Californian
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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)
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Phone number
(650) 685-3727
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
RJ Subaba
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Corner of B St. and 4th Ave.
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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.
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Public transit
Cal Train / San Mateo Stop 4 blocks away. ECR - Sam Trans - El Camino bus stop 3 blocks away
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Special events & promotions
Wine/beer/spirits dinners. Visit our website viognierrestaurant.com for details.


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

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.

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What 952 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Loved the whole experience until the noisy table of 10 international business people showed up.

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1.0Dined on March 27, 2018

A high-end wanna be restaurant. The only thing that is high-end about this restaurant is the high price tag with mediocre food and unwelcome feeling. ($870 for six 3-course meals and a bottle of ok wine)
We have a reservation booked 2 weeks in advance for party of 6. And was greeted with, we could only offer the 3 course menu bc of the late time and the kitchen is practically closed. Why on earth did you offer the time slot and confirm the reservations???? We weren’t late nor were we just walk-ins. We had reservations!
Well to be fair, at the end, we were glad that they could only do 3 courses instead of 5 courses bc the food was painful to sit thru.
Foie Gras (additional charge) was fatty. Not the creamy rich fat that melt in your mouth and leave a mmm after taste to follow with a sip of good wine. It was just running fat that drips on your tongue and gives you goosebumps.
Wagu (addition charge) was the saddest cut of wagu. It was dry (who does that to Wagu?) And tough that u need the extra elbow grease to get the knife thru.
Pork chop: we had 2 and one was under cooked (pale looking and pink inside) and one was over cooked (super dark outside And dry inside). How can u bring 2 same entrees out but look so different?
Swap breast: omg I thought I was eating pure rubber. The skin as so rubbery that I had to give up on chewing and swallow it (imagine swallow a piece if chewing gum)
Desserts were just sad....it would take another page for it.
After 2 hours, almost $900, we were hungry. So we went and get take out afterwards. That’s just sad.
We don’t mind paying $$ for our food if it was actually worth our time and intake calories.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

One of my favorite restaurants, they never disappoint!

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Best meal I’ve had in years. In the city for business and were looking for a nice meal. Was a fantastic experience!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

I went to celebrate my uncle's birthday & we had a great time! Parking is easy & the food is great! I have Celiac's & the waiter was very accommodating with helping me navigate the order.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

My second visit and I no doubt will be back. We had a large party and everyone was pleased. Excellent and creative French cuisine at relatively modest prices by today's standard. Our waiter was perfect at making suggestions but not being intrusive although we had varying tastes. Plus it is upstairs and gorgeous market that is worth the detour.

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3.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Overall not what we expected. The food was just ok and the service started off poor but got better when brought the issue to their attention.

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2.0Dined on March 2, 2018

I used to dine here when they opened many years ago and I thought it was a very nice place. I was not aware they have switched to a tasting menu format. Excellent Service and good food, but the three-course meal is absolutely not worth the price. I do not mind paying high prices for great dinner, but for what it is, you can do a lot better.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

I was on a quick vacation away from Vegas and the pastries were superb.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

As always, excellent. Creative menu with option for tasting menu with or without paired wines. Something on the menu for everyone.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

My wife and I had many restaurants to pick from but we were delighted to celebrate my 70th birthday here. Our waiter David and the sommelier Drew were extraordinary and exceptional! The wine was perfect and my cocktail Twisted Marge was delicious.
Our meal was wonderful especially my Caesar Salad and Breast of Duck. My wife’s vegetarian meal could not have been better.
I can honestly say it was one my favorite dining experiences in a very long time! Our deepest thanks and appreciation to the Chef and staff.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Viognier is a wonderful restaurant that is often overlooked. A great deal of care is given to every dish and every detail. The flavors are fresh and creative. If you haven't been in a while, you should try again. If you haven't been, make your plans now, you will be very pleased with the delicious food and phenomenal staff. The sommelier is outstanding and working with him is a pleasure.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

I will start off by saying the service was fantastic, and the ambiance was lovely -- very pleasant. On my reservation, I had asked to be seated by the fireplace. When we arrived, we weren't seated anywhere near the fireplace and there were several tables open. The hostess checked us in and said, yes I see your reservation here. I'm certain she had to have seen my note requesting a table by the fire. I was a bit disappointed.

The food was delicious and the plate presentations were elegant. My husband and I had the 7 course chef's tasting menu. The only big downfall was the portions of each course. Every course was extremely small. We actually left feeling hungry, unfortunately. Although we enjoyed the flavors of each course and dish, the portion size would not bring us back. With a bill just under $350, you don't expect to leave hungry.

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2018

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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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!

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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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1.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined on January 8, 2018

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

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

Food, drinks!

Thank you!

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4.0Dined 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.

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1.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on December 11, 2017

Fantastic 3 course options.

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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on November 16, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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