Don't go if you are hungry. Had lunch there yesterday with my girlfriend and sister. Two of us ordered the Asian Pear and Ham salad on arugala. Ha - First the waiter should have been kind enough to tell us there were less than three bites on the entire plate. The three slices of pears were so thin they were transparent and tasteless the three tiny leaves of arugala were barely enough to sit on a teaspon let alone make this a salad. Went away hungry and embarrassed that I had reccommended the place for our special day and disappointed in myself that I did not speak up while I was there because I certainly will not go back. Oh and had to flag the waiter from his perch by the front door for more beverage and bread. Maybe he was embarrassed too.
Great service at the bar. 3 weeks ago my friend and I came to Va De Vi for appertizers and drinks. We sat at the bar and our bartender was great! He suggested what to orders both in drinks and food. We loved everything he suggested and we definetly will go back . We hope to get a great dining experience like last time. We believe he mentioned his name was Andy.
Try the Hangar Steak!.
I am new to your site, and as such was very curious to see the other reviews of my favorite restaurant, Va de Vi.
I must say I was shocked to read some of the negatives! - particularly the first one listed, from 10/26. I think perhaps someone needs a nap! Maybe some cookies as well, yes?
I have always received beautiful treatment from your staff. And I mean ALL of your staff. Generally I find myself sitting at the bar, and have always found each and every one of the bartenders to be professional, friendly and very attentitve. But likewise, when I am at a table with friends, your wait staff is extremely personable, helpful, and right on the money with advice.
In fact, while the food is truly delicious, and the ambience is just lovely, the reason my friends and I, continue to go back again and again is that the staff in particular always makes the afternoon or evening more fun. There is the ideal combination of having the excitement of being out and about, and the comfort of being made to feel very welcome. What could be better? From the first time I visited, I was made to feel at home, and as a result, I have taken more and more friends there. Nobody leaves disappointed. Why else would I continue to come back?
The food is delicious, just terrific, and I find it interesting that in a restaurant where you are immediately told that the plates are small (and you are, without fail), that patrons would be shocked to find that their portions, when served, are exactly what they were described as being. In fact part of what I like about the size of the portions is that you can try so many things and still leave without feeling as though you've just eaten a Thanksgiving dinner.
To sum up, your food is excellent, the ambience is elegant and warm, and your staff is informed, charming and delightful. Truly. While there are other very good restaurants in your city, I can't think of another place I'd prefer to go to in Walnut Creek.
When we arrived at Va de Vi last night the only seats were at the bar. It took a while to get attention, but once we ordered drinks, it then took more time to get the food menu from the two male bartenders who were cocky and pretentious. Finally we ordered and while the food came fast, it was OK-not fabulous, with too little sauce on the duck meatballs, and the lobster bisque shooters were just warm.
The thing that was shocking was that the bartenders, along with the waitresses and the food runner were busy having their own party at the end of the bar with group toasts and shots ! And not just once, but several times during our dinner. When I asked if they always drank on the job, one of the bartenders said: "you want me to be happy, right?". And he was SO happy that he was swearing at the top of his lungs like a sailor with one of the "regulars" sitting next to us, and bragging to us about his longevity at his job! The bartenders clearly had their favorites of both the customers and the staff.
Having a culinary management degree myself, I was saddened for the owners who must be losing a ton of juice to the staff every night, in addition to offended customers like me. Maybe this if reflective of the prices?? Serious poor management issues that if corrected could make this a fabulous venue in Walnut Creek.
Skip the food just go for the drinks and the bread pudding. I went to va de vi for the first time a few weeks ago with my boyfriend, the side patio is pretty nice -- the food was super bland though. We had the flank steak and there was no seasoning on it what so ever and the horseraddish aioli on the top was like straight mayo. When we ordered the artichoke tortellini we were expecting more than three pieces and a filling with a little bit more flavor or at least pasta that was more than just boiled - there wasn't even any sauce or seasoning on it, I mean a squirt of lemon at least would have been better than just boiled pasta. We had the osso bucco, which no joke the bone was three times bigger than the meat, the sauce tasted a little off and again the polenta was super bland. They gave us a generous pour on the sparkling flight but two of the three weren't even bubbly. The bread pudding was excellent - I wish we would have just skipped the food and went right to the dessert.
Well, the dessert was tasty.. It was our first time to the Creek. We did not have a reservation although in looking at the other restaraunts in the hood, we chose to wait out a chance at a 9:00 seating. They were very nice and sat us at the chefs counter. Service was good. Although the food.....well I do live in the heart of the City and maybe we expect more. We had wine and 4 plates. We would of gotten more plates but we were concerned that we would be dissapointed. The Carmalized Cauliflower was barely cooked and I thought that Carmelizing was the process of cooking something until it begins to turn to sugar. The swordfish was pretty unflavorful.....I felt bad for the fish. The ravioli's were tasty but you only get 3 small ones for $13. Ummmm. How do you share 3? Lastly we went for the servers redommendation of the coconut shrimp. OK. Now I was super dissapointed No taste at all. 4 smaller shrimps grilled with again, no flavor. Maybe they forgot the coconut? We kept watching them make the french fries though. They looked good. Many toppings tossed in.....do we through in the health conscience towel for a guarnteed tasty plate? We did not. We went for the dessert. This was awesome. The bread pudding was heaven. If you are looking for a interesting space, good wine(a bit on the high $ side) and great dessert. Go here. Looking for tasty small plates of food? You may want to get out your George foreman grill and salt shaker and you may be more satisfied.
One of the best in the East Bay!.
I've dined at Va Di Vi only once, but can't wait to go back next time I'm in the East Bay. The food was excellent, especially the tuna dishes. It's great to explore the wine flights and find new favorites.
It does get crowded, especially on weekends, so make reservations.
Tapas Delight with a Wine Flight!.
If you want quantity for your dollar, this is not the place. Va de Vi specializes in tapas gourmet. Best for two people to go and share a handful of plates (go for the starter lobster bisque if it's on the menu!). Make sure to match your desired foods with a good wine flight, I discovered a gem of a Sauvignion Blanc (Kim Crawfod, 2000) and entirely enjoyed all the fun foods.
Atmosphere is very crowded, very loud and service is not overly satisfying. But the food is worth the fight.
share small portions?? pay big dollars. While some of food was okay, the most of it was okay - , the service was miss and miss. The four of us were reccommended to order 4 small dishes and told to share - I get it - tapas. But for dinner 4 small dishes aren't going to satisfy anyone. When we didn't see our waiter for another 40 minutes, we were all ready to go out and have dinner- in the end we ordered more food, and still left like we needed to go out and have dinner. i really think this is a rip off - very little value for the money. wouldn definitely not go back.
AWFUL SERVICE, Don't waste your time. There is one word to describe the staff at Va de Vi....RUDE. The service may have been some of the worst I have ever had. The bartender acted like he was doing us a favor by bringing our glasses of wine. The hostess was snotty and irritated when we asked if our table for 4 was ready. As we were finishing our champagne, my friend asked if she could have a couple raspberries or a strawberry to put in her glass...the waiter told us that we would have to order the fruit cup if we wanted any fruit. PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Our check was $370 before tip and we can't have a lousy piece of fruit? Really the food was good and the restaurant attractive, but the staff was so miserable that it is NOT WORTH IT!
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