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Bon Vivant

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535 Bryant St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1704 (University Ave)
+1 650-485-3228
17:00 - 21:00
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Sun 11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 20:30
Tue - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 21:30
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Showing 50: English reviews
London, United Kingdom
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579 reviews
490 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 460 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2017

The place was not very busy but we were very happy to be able to discuss very quietly with our friends. The majority of the restaurants in Palo are very noisy. The food was excellent. The service perfect. We had foie gras, filet mignon, Chilean sea sea bass, escargots, wild boar. Desserts : Napoleon and Marie Antoinette which are American... More 

Thank jmLondon845
San Jose, California
1 review
Reviewed 28 December 2016

This time it was - Mussels - Seabass - Creme Brule - A glass of Bourbon - Live music - Good company Thank you, guys!

Thank michaelkW8708LV
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 December 2016

... for the magnificent evening! Your food is sophisticated, healphy and tasty. I'm wondering why I didn't learn about this place earlier... or maybe this is because they focus on cooking as opposed to marketing. Coming back soon.

1 Thank James A
Palo Alto, California
Level Contributor
131 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 November 2016

Service is super slow. Food is overdone, dry and not particularly flavorful. Don't get the filet. The rabbit was OK (but served covered in sauce). The plating was nice and the presentation of the food was good. Extensive iPad wine list.

Thank 597tedl
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 16 October 2016

Normally I come to Bon Vivant for the duck, but this time I couldn't resist the pork chop. Amazing. Flavorful, tender and satisfying. A little wine, a little souffle and done! Perfect meal.

Thank Hank R
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 6 September 2016

Best spot for a date in PA. I went with my girlfriend and had a wonderful evening. The setting is beautiful and definitely helped set a romantic mood. The food/wine/service were all exceptional. This was a new spot for both of us, so we weren't sure what to expect. It just clicked for us.

Thank Hank R
Palo Alto, California
Level Contributor
122 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2016

We always, hire a driver to take us here and home. It's one of those places, which calls for a bottle of champagne, a love card to your wife, or SO, a small bouquet of flowers? It's the ambiance, and I do think being dressed properly, and having the "proper" attitude, will make your dining experience. Quality over quantity. RABBIT-... More 

Thank sirmeandt
Level Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 19 May 2016

The atmosphere was fine if a little cramped but the service was desultory and the food although relatively expensive was way below the standard of the most touristy of bistros in Paris. The onion soup had a log of bread one could almost climb over to get to the soup itself and the duck dish which I and another of... More 

Thank David T
San Francisco, California
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2016

I used Open-table about 2 weeks ago to find a Valentine Day Dinner location and found many were “sold-out". But, Bon Vivant was not, and I had eaten there before. It showed the only time for a reservation was at 5:30 pm, so I booked it. Unlike many other restaurants, it did not say it had a pre-fix meal nor... More 

Thank Mike G
San Jose, California
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85 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2016

I was pleasantly surprised at the atmosphere when I walked in. The art on the walls is eclectic and well placed. I loved the juxtaposition of chairs and comfortable couches. The experience was just a little lacking for me, due to the rather subdued atmosphere. I will certainly visit again on a busier night! I also neglected to check the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 31 - US$ 50
French, European
Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 20:30
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 535 Bryant St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1704
    (University Ave)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: +1 650-485-3228

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