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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 Chris Aquino 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:
Californian, Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday through Saturday from 5:30pm
Happy Hour: Monday-Friday 5pm-7pm (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

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (14)
Special Occasion (13)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
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Good for a Date (11)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Romantic (10)
Tasting Menu (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Local Ingredients (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Worth the Drive (5)
Business Meals (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Cozy (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tapas (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 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 5, 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 3, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 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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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 21, 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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·Dined on October 20, 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 15, 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 11, 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 8, 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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·Dined on September 29, 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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·Dined on September 21, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 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 10, 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 7, 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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·Dined on August 27, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

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

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·Dined on August 20, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Lovely Venue attentive service awesome wine selection , inspired food... nice gift shop to browse after wit yo date... what about more Vegan Options or Vegan Night with wine Pairing.... hmmmm 😉

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Wonderful dining experience

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2017

We opted for the 7 course tasting prix fix with wine pairing. While the wine was good, the food was completely underwhelming, especially for the price. Each course wasn't explained and toward the end the sommelier was no where to be found. We had to ask for our wine pairings. We would have expected more for the check price tag.

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·Dined on August 5, 2017

It was a great experience with a modern and classy ambiance

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Viognier was excellent in many ways - service was impeccable, the menu selections were just amazing. I wanted everything on the menu but alas had to chose. The meal presentation was first rate and the food tasted excellent. Bravo!

Tags: Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on July 29, 2017

We had a perfectly fine experience. Nothing was really outstanding but nothing was bad. I always prefer that gin cocktails be stirred, so as not to leave ice chunks in the gin.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Outstanding service! Wonderful meal!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Loved the ambience, the decor, and the spectacular knowledge of our server, who was also the acting sommelier. He made our tasting-menu dinner a delightful journey through the foods and wines. However, not all the dishes were well executed, and it was not a good value for the price. I wouldn't do the tasting menu again. But I'd certainly come back for the three-course prix-fixe menu.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 26, 2017

A very special experience in the middle of San Mateo. Wonderful service, nice presentation and tasty Fixed Price menus.

And a very nice wine menu.

Park for free under the building.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Food was simply delicious, staff was attentive and engaging.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 21, 2017

We went to Viognier for our anniversary. The food was delicious and the presentation was creative. At dessert we were surprised by two glasses of Proseco to celebrate out anniversary. The service was very good, attentive but not intrusive. We would go back for a special occasion.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Generally very nice, but had higher expectations. My husband thoroughly enjoyed each of his choices. My salad was tasty but soggy. Staff was very nice but made a few mistakes. A large group made a lot of noise during their cocktail hour before going to a private dining room. Manager should have foreseen that. Overall a nice choice for our 26th anniversary, but I expected top notch. Was a little disappointed.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Wonderful presentation of a unique menu. Absolute must visit.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Food was good, especially the seared foiegras was wonderful.
Service was perfect.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Although I am not a fan of tasting menus the one available at Viognier was exceptional. It was a 7 course menu and quite enough to eat. Every dish was better than the last. The Staff were exceedingly pleasant, accomodating and knowledgable. When they discovered we were celebratiing our anniversary, they provided us with complimentary champagne. The Folsom Pinot Noir was excellent. They provided us with a memorable evening , right down to the 2 desserts that were part of the menu and the port which accompanied them. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 3, 2017

We wish that we would have had a sommelier that would have told us lots of things about the wines

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Viognier has ambition, and probably a few ideas on how to get there, but they fail to really bring their A game. The host seats guests without giving menus, the menu, one brought, isn't printed right, the wine list binder is falling apart, dishes are brought to the table while a guest is in the bathroom, ribeye is cooked done to well-done... And this is a Friday night! There are now literally dozens of place people would prefer to go in the Peninsula for this kind of money. Piece of advice to Viognier: step it up or this is it!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 17, 2017

The food was great the service was excellent. We should have eaten there sooner.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 6, 2017

We enjoyed a very elegant dinner at Viognier. The three course tasting menu had plenty of wonderful options for our whole table. The lamb meatball appetizer was delicious! I could highlight the entire menu. Every dish served was fantastic! Our service was superb, and the atmosphere is lovely. True fine dining on the peninsula!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 5, 2017

I am disappointed to write this as we had found memories of this restaurant . We had a party of eight and mentioned we had certain dietary restrictions. We were not told they only have a price fixed menu which was over priced. We had a celiac, gluten free and lactose free people in our party and choices were limiting . There were no appetizers available but the chef did make a romaine salad with oil and vinegar to accommodate. Service was extremely slow due to lack of staff in the kitchen. Our reservation was a 7:30 and we didn't get our main coarse until 9. 😕. To their credit they did give us sorbets between courses to help with the time issue. Portions are small so don't go with guests who have a strong appetite. One suggestion is to have a more varied mention and not just four choices in each category. Our waiter did the best he could given the limited menu and staff.

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

Excellent food and great wine pairing

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 11, 2017

Wow. Food was spectacular, clever, and great mix of flavors and preparation.Viognier is now one of our top 5 peninsula reataurants. Will be going back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 10, 2017

What a great restaurant! Food and service were excellent from beginning to end.

Tags: Special Occasion
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