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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
Closed now
All hours
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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Palo Alto, California
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91 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 Ted L
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 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
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles 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
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115 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
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3 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles 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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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 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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83 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 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 

Thank Abbe L
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2016

Another great meal at Bon Vivant! We started with an assortment of appetizers: Escargot, Mussels, Lobster and a Beet salad. Everything was delicious, fresh and served beautifully. Next we had the Rabbit and a Pork chop. We shared and sometimes competed for the best morsels, but in the end, we were both very happy and very well fed. After so... More 

San Jose, California
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2015

Super find for Tea service : my mom invited me to have an afternoon tea together with her - we had a lovely time. Elegant and absolutely delicious tea service: good selection of mini sandwiches, scones came straight from the oven with orange marmalade. Bits of opera' cake and mini macarons, tiny creme brulees and fruit tarts - each only... More 

1 Thank Lessy K
San Francisco, CA
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54 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015

As a birthday surprise, my family took me here for dinner. Each dish was amazing. I had the butternut squash ravioli which melted in my mouth. My husbands crispy skinned duck was amazingly tender. Unfortunately I forgot what my kids ate, but the food was plentiful and delicious. I came many years ago and was quite disappointed that it was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
French, European
Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic
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?