Permanently Closed - Viognier

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This restaurant is permanently closed. 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 straight forward 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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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
3.9
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vpin
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Terrific food and service. The place seems to be revived from a few years ago.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!

MS
MaryannSuettaC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was perfect except the lobster, which was very tough. Neither my husband nor I could eat it. We should have said something but we didn’t. In retrospect, considering the price, it was important that it be brought to your attention.

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Jvongsa412
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable food and service! Everything was phenomenal and would highly recommend to everyone to experience this.

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Jacob
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and looked beautiful as well. It was a very quiet evening and the server took very good care of us. Enjoyed ourselves and had a very good time.

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Adobo
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Restaurant only offered Prix fixe menus. Given the price of the dishes they were still inflexible to substitute to accommodate food allergies to dairy or wheat. Both are increasingly common and even more expensive finer restaurants provide options.

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vipMudslide
San Francisco
104 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We decided to treat ourselves to an elegant holiday dinner. Viognier was a no-brainer. Our server, Mark, was professional and friendly. The cuisine was wonderfully prepared and nicely presented. Best high-end restaurant around.

LH
LindaH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I had a lovely dinner. Thomas took great care of us. Service was excellent. Thank you

KD
KevinD
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was excellent. Traditional style service...

Food was very tasty. Only negative is my ribeye was a little tougher than I would like it to be, considering the cost it should have melted in my mouth. Cooked to perfection but the quality of meat seemed to be low.

Desserts were beautifully presented...I recommend the Snow White.

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vipsp4Mendy
San Francisco
120 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I met with an old friend at Viognier. As I expected, the food and service were excellent. We both started with the crab cake. I had the beef special; it was very good. The restaurant ran out of its homemade chocolate ice cream, but there were other dessert choices that were very good. The restaurant was quiet, which was one major reason for choosing it. Overall, excellent, although a bit high priced.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful... next level
Food!!!!

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Mugs
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!

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vipBrett
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service. Really made the occasion special.

CA
vipCATHERINER
San Francisco
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
LoGo
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.

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vipjdacB
San Francisco
5 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. :)

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Andy
San Francisco
10 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
OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Customer
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.

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arnout
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Stephen
San Francisco
6 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
HildurC
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
JeffH
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
JocelynB
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!

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

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

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bethr
San Francisco
12 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...

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vipJayH
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.

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vipScotchmo
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
BarryD
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.

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

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

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cassowaryfriend
San Francisco
2 reviews
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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
OpenTable Diner
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
WillC
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.

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Andy
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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

JV
JanelleV
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
vipPamG
San Francisco
5 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
vipJunebug
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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