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Vanessa's Bistro

1715 Solano Ave, Ste D, Berkeley, CA 94707-2220
+1 510-525-8300
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good22%
  • Average20%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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Asian, Vietnamese
$$ - $$$
1715 Solano Ave, Ste D, Berkeley, CA 94707-2220
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'd read the good reviews and so booked a table here but I've never been greeted in such an unfriendly way when I entered the restaurant. I almost walked back out! After I was seated, the server was nice enough, but then the manager barked...More

Thank Byelka
Reviewed 15 March 2017

Parking: Fairly easy, especially if you're willing to park a block away on the side streets. Atmosphere: A small space but nicely decorated - it is quite noisy when it's full, with concrete floors and nothing to dampen the noise. The outdoor patio has a...More

Thank russandmarti
Reviewed 7 March 2017

Lots of fun menu options. We went with appetizers and small places, the tuna & salmon poke was the only disappointment. The duck strudel was tasty; the shaking filet mignon salad and the sole tacos were both excellent. Other diners were happy with their choices....More

Thank CAGreens
Reviewed 25 January 2017

Really like to eat here. The food is creative and tasty. Service is excellent. Lots of people eat here, often students at Berkeley with parents

Thank Andrew K
Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

The filets here are great, and very reasonably priced. This may be the best value on Solano Ave. I am sure you will enjoy you visit & food at Vanessa's.

Thank zip98221
Reviewed 8 November 2016

When we walked into this place, we planned to have a drink at the bar and wait for a 3rd party to meet us there, have a drink with us and then sit at a table. The restaurant and bar were hardly full at all....More

Thank 784michael
Reviewed 11 August 2016

Ok not sure what everyone is all up in arms about for this place. It was decent just nothing special considering all the other available choice within 5 blocks.

Thank dofthesea
Reviewed 22 June 2016

My wife and I recently strolled Solano Avenue, and as we passed Vanessa’s Bistro, were reminded that it had been on our list of restaurants to try out for a long time. We chose to go on a Wednesday, and reserved for 5:30. Let me...More

Thank Andreas G
Reviewed 1 May 2016

Vanessa's is a small place with an eclectic menu of partly Vietnamese flavors. We go here frequently, and have not had anything we did not like. Dishes typically come on small plates, sort of tapas style. The happy hour is a good deal and highly...More

Thank Grandpa284
Reviewed 12 April 2016 via mobile

Mojitos and margaritas are to be had at Happy Hour. Service is fast and friendly. I had a tasty filet. Next time you are in Albany, remember to stop at Vanessa's.

Thank zip98221
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Apparently the policy of this site is that you can't provide website links. Useful policy for sure. If you type the name of the restaurant in lower case letters and then add the usual ending, you will get to the website for... More
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Open Hours
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
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16:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1715 Solano Ave, Ste D, Berkeley, CA 94707-2220
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: +1 510-525-8300
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