Vanessa's Bistro

1715 Solano Ave, Berkeley
(510) 525-8300

Recent Reviews

A. N.

Happy Hours cocktails here are amazing! (I recommend the Pear Drop and Raspberry Cosmo.) Sweet potato fries with chipotle aioli were also great. The "Vietnamese Pad Thai" is like a Thai basil/chili (mild) noodle dish with greens, no sweet sauce.

Meek A.

I was looking  for Asian Fusion this popped up. I looked at the reviews and stars and decided to try. Everything was great

Patrick M

Awesome food and awesome service

Jenna T.

The place is cute and has very limited outdoor dining. They have a bunch of small plates to share, we ordered garlic noodles, egg rolls, shrimp, pork loin (strips?), and bok choy. Everything we had was more on the salty side but everything was flavorful. We finished most of our dishes since the portions were small enough for two people.

The establishment is more of an upscale western Vietnamese spot, not your traditional pho or vermicelli items are on the menu.

Corinne Pearce

Wow finally checked this place out and we are delightfully surprised at how tasty and special it was! Walked by the place dozens of times without really noticing it, so glad we spontaneously tried it out. Every bite was noteworthy, so impressed with the flavors. Amazing value for money, and excellent service. Can't wait to go back!

Jason McGuire

Drinks were delicious, Food was delicious, service was good, I had the yellow curry with chicken and im looking forward to my leftovers. Nice outdoor setup for eating during Covid.

Alonzo Gentry

I visit this place a lot since I work close by. I got to say their service is always excellent and they keep the spot well kept at all times. Prices are convenient and they serve big portions.

Sonya Clark

Great local spot for delicious cocktails and lovely satisfying food

Rodney Dixon

The food is always on point! Excellent!

Grace K.

Love coming over here , especially happy hour

Calamari , Prawns , papaya salad with Margarita are my favorite .

Salmon with noodles are really good.

Nezar A.

This is one of the best and most consistent restaurants in the Bay not only in Berkeley. The food has always been exquisite, and the service is very down to earth pleasant. They are open again now and outside.

Julia Y.

Pros: - Very quick, clean, and safe pickup services! We called, placed an order, and showed up 15 minutes later to a bundle of hot food. Sanitizer available outside the door. - Relatively inexpensive for dinner prices. We each got an entree which was $13. - Z's claypot rice was pretty delicious. There was a nice grilled/smoky flavor in the rice. If I could reorder I would go with this one. - Free delivery within 3 miles M-F from 4-8 pm. Cons: - A little bland? I got Vanessa's Yellow Vietnamese Curry with chicken (breast). Some of the chicken's texture was almost too soft and resembled vegan chicken somehow. The curry was watery and had little flavor. Hope we can try this place out in person when it's safe to do so. The inside looks cozy and intimate; the bar space could also be a relaxed place to meet for drinks.

S R.

Went to pickup some takeout. Shocked to see about 6 people inside the restaurant, only one wearing a mask. I was so surprised I didn't know how to react. I just picked up the food and got out as soon as I could. Even the staff were not wearing masks, though the lady that took the payment put her mask on to process the payment. Definitely never going here again, and thinking about reporting them to the county.

H H.

We love to eat here whenever we are in the Berkeley / Albany area. Super sweet family owners, nice bar in front and tasty food. Easy parking out front & it's a nice area to walk around.Now that it's shelter in place, we called in for take out to go eat at Berkeley Marina for a scenic meal.Shrimp garlic noodles, fish taco, papaya salad were delicious we ate every bit, ready exactly on time as promised.There's happy hour ( even on Sunday! And to-go!)

Wendy W.

Five start to Vanessa and Vi for high standards and service in these difficult pandemic times! We can still get our taco Tuesday and Happy Hour specials to go. Nothing substitutes for the incredible in person experience, but we're getting through this together. They will still give you their best and value their customers highly. The food and drinks are still excellent! Salute!

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