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Viognier Restaurant is famous for serving a variety of wines. Its food menu features a selection of crusted tuna, smoked pork, saut ed vegetables, crab cakes, wood-fired pizzas and cheese fries. The restaurant s wine list includes more than 900 bottles of Californian and European wines, such as pinot noir, chardonnay, merlot, zinfandel and cabernet sauvignon. Its dining room is suitable for business meetings, lectures, presentations, cocktail receptions, rehearsal dinners, birthday parties and baby showers and has a seating capacity of more than 45 guests. The restaurant s dining room has a projection screen, audio system and walls with colorful lithographs depicting various stages of wine. Viognier Restaurant s cooking team blends classic French techniques with California s bounty of fresh food. Located in San Mateo, Calif., the restaurant supports local farmers and uses seasonal, local, organic and sustainable products.
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SunClosed

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Phone: (650) 685-3728

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discover, mastercard, visa, amex
Price Range
$$$
Neighborhood
Downtown San Mateo
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Viognier Restaurant

Categories
American Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Mediterranean Restaurants, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Continental Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Dressy

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Mediterranean, Family Style, American, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, European, Continental

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

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10/03/2009

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Awful Service/Expensive/Better Alternatives

Went there many times. The service kept getting worse and worse. Finally, took a client to brunch. They took 45 minutes to serve our brunch order! No explanation. Kept asking server about meal and send would check but no response. I can not risk taking friends or clients here again. Sorry, but when I pay this type of money, I expect at the least good service.

02/15/2007

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Nothing French or edible here!

If it wasn't so expensive, this place would be laughable. The $75 valentine's day dinner was really vile....blini appetizer: blini hard; no measurable caviar...so it's some smoked salmon.

The lobster dish was tough and the risotto cloying and salty....really bad!

Desert was a joke..some stale things (fondue??) to be dipped in chocolate...hardly anything to eat.

folks, this place is overpriced, pretentious and bad....and the wine list is a catastrophe unless you have options at a silicon valley company........avoid this place at all (high) costs.....oh yes, they rammed 4 courses on us in less than an hour........................

10/10/2006

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Top Flight Dining on the Peninsula

A restaurant that has consistently delivered for us fine food and solid service in a stylish space.

A nice Peninsula dining option. Highly recommended.

09/25/2006

Provided by Citysearch - 
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Awful service, bad attitude

This overpriced and ""over attitude"" restaurant is dated. It shouldn't take 2 1/2 hours for dinner when there's no one else in the restaurant. Their corkage policy is stiff and given their overpriced wine list, their philosophy seems to be maximize profits, minimize customer experience. We're not going back!

04/18/2006

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kudos on all fronts!!

i love this place. always a consistent dining experience at viognier - from the food, wine, service, ambience, all-around wonderful. absolutely recommend the pairings (you'll stand amazed at how pairings enhance flavor/taste. side note - J's bubble room also great with their pairings). i have yet to encounter a 'missed' entree at viognier; flavor always outstanding. if there's one constructive thing i can point to, i could say i've had better desserts. last note - if you're a pinot fan, don't miss out on their merry edwards reserves!

04/01/2006

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Wonderful find on the peninsula!

I only recently ventured upon Viognier after a friend of mine suggested we dine there after our sunday afternoon cooking class. Our entire 3hour dining experience was superb. From the sommelier to our fantastic waiter to all the other service staff, everyone was extremely friendly and created for a fine dining experience. We decided not to opt for the course pairings (which I will definitely be back to try out!) and opted for oysters on the halfshell, duck prosciutto pizzetta and ahi (prepared 3different ways/flavors). and of course a fabulous pinot, william selyem which always wins me over hands-down. EVERYTHING was so wonderful to the taste. You always know when you've had a great meal at a great restaurant when you're looking forward to introducing more of your friends to the place AND wanting to go back with them!

02/12/2006

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
great service great food

Its nice to have a restaurant like Viognier located here in downtown San Mateo. The food is well prepared and imaginative, and the service is polite and professional. San Francisco is the closest place to get anything compareable and after a nice enjoyable meal, maybe a tasting menu with wine, I don't feel like driving. Plus it is located at Draeger's so you can pick up a neat cooking tool or something for the pantry. I always like to bring my out of town friends to impress them.

12/08/2005

Provided by Citysearch - 
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top chef in unique setting

This is by far one of the top culinary spots on the peninsula. Food is always excellent. Reserve a seat near the cooking class room to get a peak at the culinary offering of the evening.

07/25/2005

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Summer is here

I have always liked going to Draeger's market and I just recently tried dining at Viognier. What a wonderful experience. Chef Scott Giambastiani's new summer menu is great. The heirloom tomato salad with corn, arugula and basil viniagrette really says summer, and for my entree I had the Ahi Tuna prepared three ways. Three perfect different preparations of tuna on the same plate. Save some room for desert, the ice creams and sorbets are to die for. Our server wsa attentive and very knowledgeable about everything on the menu, and the sommelier reccommended a great pinot noir to complement our meal. One of the best meals I have ever had.

12/23/2004

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
decent food, slow service and odd decor

the food was inventive and nicely displayed, but it took forever for them to serve. the decor is terribly strange for an upscale restaurant. i appreciate great food, but at these prices, i also want my food to arrive at a decent hour and i want to experience real ambiance, not some second rate interior designer's idea of what defines class.

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