1511 Mt Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek, CA | Directions 9459637.897287 -122.060098
Monday To Wednesday From 11:30 AM To 09:00 PM Thursday To Saturday From 11:30 AM To 10:00 PM Sunday From 11:30 AM To 09:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Broadway Plaza
Disappointing – We decided to try "Va de Vi" after I read a glowing review in Diablo magazine. I must say I was disappointed overall with our experience. The ambiance/environment of the restaurant is noisy. This was on a Monday night at 5:30pm. The space is narrow and the tables are close together. Unfortunately, we had a very loud and obnoxious customer next to us and we were also seated next to the bar. Some dishes were good like the scallops on risotto, duck confit and ricotta ravioli. But, it just isn't that special compared to similar restaurants we've been to. We also noticed that someone's bar tab with an additional $50.00 was added to our bill which we understand can happen but our waiter acted like it was our fault and did not even apologize. I don't think we will be going back and will look to other restaurants to patronize.
Va de Vis-A rare little gem in the East Bay – I agree with another member that Va de Vie is a really good restaurant. People get so thrown off by small portions. I'd rather have small portions any day than too much food! And when the food is delicious, even better. I think that the food is prepared to perfection and really super healthful. It's a fantastic date spot and I love the ambiance. Definitely not for kids, can be on the pricey side but truly, all in all I would say one of the best dining spots in Walnut Creek!! I mean seriously, it's Walnut Creek, not San Francisco and it definitely has that urban appeal.
San Francisco Feeling in Walnut Creek – I have been to Va de Vi about 3 times, and we are going back tomorrow. We read on this website that people were saying that the food wasnt worth the money and the service was terrible. I have to totally disagree. This place has some of the best food I have ever tasted and totally worth every penny. For a excellent meal (4-6 dishes), a bottle of wine, dessert, and a good night out, we spent less then $100.00. We went here cause we heard it was like Asia de Cuba in the City, another one of our favorites. Except with Va de Vi, we spend less, and only need to drive to W.C. instead of the City. As far as service goes, we had excellent service 2 of the 3 times, but with the great food, it made up for the 1 bad time.
Always A Delight! – This is one of my favorite spots in the bay area! Not only is the tapas style food consistently wonderful, but the wine selection is excellent as well! They serve flights so you can really experience some wine you normally would not. Bob, the mamager & all the staff are always very friendly and help make the experience a delight! In the summer, sit out under the big oak tree and sample some fine wines and food! Well done!
Way overpriced and service needs help! – Although I have now been to Va De Vie 3 or 4 times, they are still failing to impress and impress me they should with these prices! Small plates that are $15-20, yikes. The cheese plate with 3 cheeses is $16 and no joke, these are mere tastes of the cheese. We were sharing with 4 people so everyone got a couple tiny tastes. When I asked for a bit more bread, the waitress informed us that Va De Vie doesn't really "do" bread and there is an extra charge for additional bread. We spent $155 there and they cannot even give a couple more slices of bread?! The wine list is good, but doesn't really change and the staff is surprisingly not passionate about the wine. For a place that is touting themselves as a wine bar, unbelievable... If only there was another wine bar in WC...
Terrible service at Va De Vi – Just had lunch there and the grumpy old guy who waited on us was painfully slow, unfriendly and forgetful. The food is good but it's very loud, overpriced and the poor service make it impossible to enjoy the experience.
It's really a shame.
One of my favorite restaurants in Walnut Creek... – I worked in Walnut Creek for several months as a consultant and dined out nearly every night. Va de Vi quickly became the favorite restaurant of almost everyone in the group.
While a little pricey and loud, the food was superb. Favorites dishes included the Kobe beef, fish specials (ahi tuna, salmon, etc.), and ribs. The wine selection was also very good, and the wine flights (3 generous pours) were particularly popular with the group.
Also, the desserts are FANTASTIC. There is a chocolate souflee that is one of my favorite deserts anywhere. They also have a dessert sampler tray that was great as well.
Parking is available in the free parking deck across the street, and reservations are definitely recommended as this place can get very very busy. Also, the meal works best for groups of 2 to 5 because of the noise and dish sharing.
worthy of praise – I don't always agree with Michael Bauer, but in the case of Va de Vi I do. It is one of the best restaurants I have been to in the Bay Area. The food was very tasty and interesting. My favorite dishes included anything seafood, like the tuna roll and salmon. Although, the sahimi plate was just ok. And the chocolate souflee is defintiely worth the 20 minute wait--if you can save room for it!
Love it! – The food is delicious, the wine selection incredible. Its a fun place to go with friends to share some of the small plates and have a cocktail (or two). The ahi tartare and crab cakes are my favorite and the menu often changes so there is always something new to try. The prices are fair for the quality of food. The wait can be long and it gets pretty packed, so if you can, plan ahead and make reservations. The service is just average as a whole, but there are a couple amazing servers on the staff if you are lucky enough to get one. Its my favorite restaurant in Walnut Creek.
Definitely Go... – ... you can't beat the outdoor bar tables on a hot July night in Walnut Creek. Food is excellent (by SF standards), however, I will say the portion size is small - but it is meant for you to order several plates and share. The bar area is small and becomes crowded, but still worth a trip. Walnut Creek is increasingly becoming home to too many ridiculously "young" bars... this is one for the adults!
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