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Bistro Vida

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641 Santa Cruz Ave, Menlo Park, CA 94025-4502 (El Camino Real)
+1 650-462-1686
17:30 - 22:00
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Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 17:30 - 22:00
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Menlo Park, California
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229 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

I had been here before a few times, but not for about two years. My wife's father was visiting and on Tuesday he took my wife, our son, and me to Bistro Vida. We loved it -- the food was terrific, service attentive and very friendly and efficient, and we found the place very welcoming and homey. We went again... More 

Thank JerryR10
Arroyo Grande, California
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64 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

We are in town for Thansgiving week and wanted to try the local French restaurant. We considered Left Bank but Vida has a much more fun, authentic French look and feel so we were drawn to it. I haven't spent a lot of time in France but we have spent a lot of time looking for good French restaurants in... More 

Thank Scott F
Menlo Park, California, United States
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

I guess I still have the rogue teenager-boy-quality in me enough to be thrown out of a restaurant I’ve been a repeat customer of forever… Pointing out to the owner Ali Elsafy that I really like his new online menu, I was served a perfectly warmed cognac and asked not to come back…I guess some people still have hardships launching... More 

Thank Anders V
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

I have been coming here since probably when they opened a long time ago. The service has always been good and the food is always great. Simple but great.

Thank ishikyo
Seattle, Washington
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37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

The restaurant was 1/3 full at 6 PM on a Tuesday night. The only person obviously serving as a waiter/host was the owner. There was another guy sort of acting as a busboy. It was hard to get seated, hard to ask any questions about the menu, hard to get a single glass of water (a single refill only received... More 

Thank CT B
Beaconsfield, United Kingdom
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89 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

This is the 4th or 5th time we've visited! And we will be back many many more times! The food is consistently delicious and there has not been a single meal served there that we haven't greedily enjoyed! Best French Onion Soup I've ever had, mouth-melting Boeuf Bourguignon, superb coq au vin, scummy lamb, and the BEST BEST BEST liver... More 

Thank Chantal42
Palo Alto, California
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58 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

the menu is true French...from mussels and snails to the most incredible filet of sole I have ever had. the wine list is small but adequate. the owner is there with a smile to meet and greet. usually quiet enough that you can have a good conversation. just took some musicians there and they loved it!!

Thank asbowers
Atlanta, Georgia
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3 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

Salad, wine and desert... plus tip = $50. Took 10 minutes to find me with some day old bread, and that was with only a few people eating. Was outside... maybe they got lost?

Thank TSwan2
Menlo Park, California
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

I've been going to Bistro Vida for years. Food is great, always consistent. Burger, salmon are my favorites. Breakfast is a real treat. Big table in the back if you have a nice large party.

Thank carolfishmince
South East PA
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155 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2016

I was with a large group of people so we shared appetizers and wine, then dinner. The appetizers were very good as was the wine. Service was good. My ceaser salad was okay. I had gotten the lamb and in all honesty it was okay but did not taste fresh. The carrots and peas that came with it were excellent.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 25 - US$ 40
French, European
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 641 Santa Cruz Ave, Menlo Park, CA 94025-4502
    (El Camino Real)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Menlo Park
  • Phone Number: +1 650-462-1686

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?