We love the concept of the restaurant...it is relaxing, the food is ALWAYS delicious! We take everyone that comes to visit the area to Va De Vi for a fun experience and great food! Keep up the good work!
I've been here several times and have enjoyed it every time. It is pricey, but I love the flights of wine, the food is wonderful, and their dessert platter is to die for. The chocolate souffle and huckleberry bread pudding is so delicious. The servers have been great, only the hostesses could work on their customer service skills.
I don't get the opportunity of trying out east bay establishments very much so the night we got to meet friends at Va De Vi, we experienced a surprising treat! Va De Vi is located in the heart of downtown Walnut Creek. They offer a wonderful menu of different tapas of spanish, asian, and california style flavors. Every dish we tasted, from the Mac and Cheese, the Korean Kal-Bi, the Ahi Tartare with the Sesame Rice Crackers, to the Chocolate Souffle for desert were very enjoyable! I had the 2002 Rousanne Caneros with dinner which I've never tasted before and it was smooth, fruity, dry....just the perfect wine for such a dinner. Between the wonderful company of great friends and the awesome food, this first experience will definitely not be our last. We look forward to the next time! Walnut Creek, you have winner!
I took my friend for her birthday dinner and first, they ran out of bread. No apologies, no nothing, just no bread. We ordered the rock shrimp lumpia. Not so great. Next the tuna tartare, which I did love. Next, the seared scallops. The scallops themselves were very nicely cooked, but the sauce was a way unsophisticated Thai peanut sauce and it was too overwhelming for the scallops. And, I really don't recall the menu describing a Thai peanut sauce. Finally, we had the Hawaiian chicken. The chicken was tender and cooked well, but again the sauce was too overwhelming. I think the chef may have had an accident and spilled a whole bottle of soy sauce into it. Oh, and now you probably want to know about the mouse. We were seated outside under the big oak tree which was ok, except for the black ants that kept falling on our table and probably into the soy sauce chicken. The little fellow came scurrying through the patio and right under a female patrons' feet. We were laughing hysterically, but didn't want to cause trauma for the women and didn't say anything. Then the little fellow scampered away from whence he came. Oh, and even though I told the waitress that it was my friends birthday, nothing special was done for her. Almost forgot, don't order a mojito, it was so bad we sent it back. Stick to the wine.
Food and ambiance are very good.
BEWARE the parking lot trap in the back. A private company feeds off the unwitting clients of the local businesses. Unfortunately, this restaurant blows off clients who get trapped by the misplaced meters (@$2/hour. Go to Il Fornio nearby. They have parking, a valet and equally good food. Roger
Va De Vi - Is a great place to have tapas with a group of adventurous dinners that way you can share plates. I loved the atmosphere although a little crowded but the food made up for a little discomfort.
So the wait is pretty bad (45-60 min) if you don't get reservations, and you have to get them well in advance if you want em. The service was a bit slower, but overall not too bad (mostly had to wait for check and end-service vs getting food).
The food was delicious and a nice variety of 'small plate' dishes including some different beef, chicken, fish & seafood, as well pasta and really good mashed potatoes. The price is a bit much at $10-15 per plate where a 'normal' person would want AT LEAST 2 plates to get relatively full (3 of us essentially ate almost 9 plates)
I'd say give it a try if you're the area. Sitting where you can see the chefs cook is pretty cool, too.
Located downtown, this restaurant offers up fine, reasonably priced meals in a crisp dining atmosphere for the downtown shopper or
business person. Try the Steamed Clams and Mussels in Garlic, Herbs, and White Wine Sauce, or the Grilled Baseball ...