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Flea Street Cafe
Flea Street Cafe

Flea Street Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cooleatz.com
  • Phone: (650) 854-1226
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm,

    Reservations highly recommended.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Carlos Canada / Jesse Cool - Owner
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We have a full service fine dining catering company, offering menus similar to the menu at Flea Street for 50 to 500. Please call 650-325-2068. Our Director of Catering, Emily Martin, will be happy to assist you.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our large party, private dining room can accommodate up to 22 guests. It is available Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 9:30

    The minimum charge for the room is $2500 exclusive of tax and service charge. A special four course menu and wines will be chosen for your event.

    We also have restaurant buy-out capabilities for groups up to 80 people.

    For further information, please email rika@cooleatz.com

    Thank you!
  • Private Party Contact: Rika Zilant (650) 854-1226

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Avy Ave.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Large parking lot located behind the restaurant
A word from Flea Street Cafe
Flea Street has been a Silicon Valley favorite since 1980. The atmosphere is contemporary, sophisticated and inviting, making it the perfect place to meet for cocktails, business meetings and private gatherings. Jesse Ziff Cool, along with her remarkable staff led by Executive Chef Carlos Canada, creates a dining experience that is nurturing, soulful and memorable. The menu is a celebration of the rich Northern California food community: seafood is caught in the nearby Pacific, produce is carefully sourced from local farms, meat is grass-fed or pasture-raised to name just a few. Flea Street offers innovative yet approachable cuisine that showcases the very best of the season. Our lively, yet intimate bar specializes in martinis and unique cocktails using small batch liquors. A large hand-selected wine list features the best of California’s extraordinary vineyards with an emphasis on the local appellation--the Santa Cruz Mountains. Continued
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
Diner Reviews
  • "Great local fresh California cuisine, no fuss service. Juliana and staff very courteous, and professional. Will be back for sure"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I've been coming to Flea Street since it opened back in the 1980s, and it remains completely reliable. Imaginative food, wonderfully presented, and the service is excellent. At least "upstairs," it's even quite enough for a conversation, a rarity these days."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "This was our second dinner at Flea Street. We have been very happy with everything about the restaurant both times. The food was great, and the service matched. The menu has just enough variety to make one pause for a while to ponder the choices, but not so many choices as to make it difficult to decide. I had the Salmon special and my wife had the short rib. Both were magnificent, perfectly cooked and delicious. Altogether, we were very pleased with the meal, from the bread served before the meal to the dessert and after dinner drinks. The servers were attentive, but not intrusive and did their best to make the whole evening a great experience."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Flea Street Cafe has been around sine the 80s and has maintained its excellence. The people are lovely, the atmosphere perfect and the food is outstanding. Our favorite restaurant in the Bay Area."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Flea Street has been open more than 25 years and we just discovered it! We were very impressed with the freshness and presentation of the food. There were four of us and all were happy with their selections. One of our guests was hoping for a steak, so that might be a good addition to the menu. All of us are looking forward to a return visit."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I love the fact that Jessie would come by to say hi to her customers. But the wait staff needs a little more training on service. On my last visit, our waitress kept taking away our menus. She removed our menus right after we ordered appetizers. Didn't ask if we wanted to order any entrees. We had to ask to keep our menus. When we mentioned we were ready to order entrees, she took our menus from us before we ordered. We had to tilt our heads to look at the menu while ordering. Are they short on menus? At the end of the night, she placed the (large) bag containing our leftovers right in the middle of our (2-person) table, effectively blocking our views of each other. Better wait staff would go a long way. The food was great though."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We loved introducing old Stanford grads to FSC, now living in Chicago to FSC. They loved it! The Peach salad had 2 of us swooning. A little less successful was the Ricotta Ngocchi. A little too oily and spicy for my taste, and my friend's as well. So glad FSC is here on the Peninsula! Must add the ease of parking to it's pluses, although it's the food, service, and ambience that bring us back time and again."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Flea Street Cafe has been open for several decades, but it was my first time eating there. From the tasty fresh apricot and squash morsels to the choc are truffle, everything was artfully presented and prepared, particularly the beet salad. I enjoyed the lamb loin as a starter. The gnocchi were the true ideal soft pillows in texture with subtle flavor. Masumoto Suncrest peach pie with creamy vanilla ice cream were also true to form."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Special occasion? Flea St Cafe is our go-to place. Starting with exceptional cocktails; simple, fresh and interesting appetizers (fresh oysters, peaches with prosciutto, tomato salad with pistachio and more); onto more small plate options (smoked trout) or entrees (vegetarian tasting was the winner here) and ending with a peach pie and port. All delicious! Oh, yes, and the vino. We always get Ehlers. Check them out. Happy eating"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "I haven't been to Flea Street Cafe in years and years- but Oprah and Bill Clinton have! In any event, I was with my mother and 6 year old son on a last minute "Lets treat ourselves to a wonderful dinner" kind of night and Flea Street delivered. Everything was beautifully presented and the flavors were truly the kind only seasoned and inventive chefs manage to conjure up. We are lucky to have something so exquisite in the neighborhood! Service was wonderful and we really enjoyed ourselves!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "I brought my mother-in-law here for a birthday dinner while she was at the VA Blind Rehab in Menlo Park. She lives in Yountville and so she is used to some pretty amazing restuarants. We were both completely delighted with the delicious food. What a find! Our meals were excellent, and we were even treated to some extra delights. I'll definitely be back if I'm in the area!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Love - love - love this place. Located on the Avenue de las Pulgas (Avenue of the Fleas), the Flea Street Cafe continues strong, serving wonderful tasting local farm to table food. We've had several meals here and everyone has been excellent. On our last trip, the chicken and the egg was back on the menu. Interesting wine list, pleasant service and personnel. It's always busy. We think of it as our Chez Panisse on the Peninsula."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We especially like Flea Street for special occasions - special food and great service. Nice that it is right in our neighborhood!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "My meal was possibly the best tasting meal that I have EVER had. I started with a Lavender Lemon Drop (cocktail) which was amazing! I will be making them at home. The presentation of the cocktail was even perfect! I selected the Warm Spinach Salad which was perfect in every way! My main course was Halibut served on a bed of Beat Mashed Potatoes... So SO SOOOO delicious. We all loved our meals. Loved the local fruit served as a pre-appitizer... We were treated with a chocolate truffle after our meal. A Simply Perfect Meal!! I must say though, that it was pretty pricey! The price would keep me from going too often and would likely keep this as a special occasion treat!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Loved this place - the food was divine...only downside was the odd server, but his quirkiness was charming overall."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The flavors at flea street are incredible. Jesse Cool pairs unusual flavors to make outrageous food combinations. the smoked trout first course, is the perfect example of this. The buttermilk biscuits they serve before dinner are also incredibly buttery, and a favorite that we can't get enough of. In our most recent experience I found the service to not have good timing on food, but we have been there so many times, and usually have incredible service, so it was probably just a really busy night."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Flea Street Cafe is wonderful place to end the day. A quiet, unassuming presence that belies what awaits inside: lovely ambience, fabulous food, and friendly staff."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "great food, great service. Flea Street never disappoints, from the fabulous bar, to the elite service to the devine food. A delight in every way!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We sat outside on Friday evening and really enjoyed the food, service, and ambience. The halibut special was very tasty as was the smoked trout. Good wine list with a range of prices. We will go back. One note about the menu though. When I looked at the menu on Open Table, I saw first course, second course, third course, and assumed it was a prix fix menu. It is not. It was my mistake, but I thought others may make the same faulty assumption."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "An a amazing restaurant...and you don't need to sit in traffic for hours to go into the city! "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We love this restaurant and the food, as always, was great. However, I was surprised by the extent to which the service, which bordered on rude, could ruin the experience of an otherwise lovely dinner. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "This was my second meal in three weeks, and was just as good as the first. The food is fresh and delicious, and the service is friendly but very professional. I can't wait to return again."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "What a jewel. Selfishly would rather that fewer people know about this gem, but out of respect to it's excellence in every category, from quality and originality of food to service and attention to detail, this place is a winner."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "This place is firing on all cylinders. Food was amazingly delicious and well-conceived. So happy about the local organic fresh conscientiousness and it pays off in taste. Couldn't have been happier. Much more impressive than when I ate there a few years ago."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Made reservations at Flea Street for my wife's birthday. She's a vegetarian, so I was looking for a place with some good vegetarian options. When I told my brother where we were headed, he said that Flea Street was a great restaurant. Man, was he right! We were both incredibly impressed with the food. She will strongly recommend the Ricotta, Meyer Lemon, and Chive Gnocchi which she thought was delightful and delicious. I'll give my 'thumbs-up' for the halibut. We can't wait to go back and try the rest!"
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "My manager had brought me to the restaurant twenty years ago, just after I have join a company. I was quite impressed. Since then, I have been a loyal customer for the restaurant. At some point, there was a owner change. I was afraid that it may be totally changed. However, luckily they are still a top notch restaurant. Actually they may be even better than before. Their menu is in California fusion style. Creative with fresh local ingredients. They serve a nice variety of desserts. Very quiet and low light ambient. This is very much hidden gem in a residential area of Menlo Park. Since it is far from PA or MP downtown, you won't see any crowd. If you like to have a dinner for a special occasion, this is a very good choice. "
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "The Fleas Street Cafe is always a dining pleasure; outstanding in every way!"
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Excellent response by staff to an error made in the reservation date. Very friendly and accommodating. Food was perfect. Portions great."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Jesse and her outfits always deliver simple but great food. No molecular or plating technique but just tasty good food sourced locally. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We had a wonderful time as usual at Flea St. Excellent waiters and service. The maître d' gave us an especially nice table at which to dine for our 21st anniversary. The food was scrumptious! I loved the avocado and crab appetizer and my halibut entrée. Thank you, again, for another great meal at our favorite "go to" special occasion restaurant!"
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "...for continuing to offer such a very pleasant place to take friends out for a celebratory dinner. Flea Street is on my very short list of places I'll go -- because it is quiet enough to conduct a conversation. And the food is reliably good. And the service is just right."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Went for an anniversary dinner. The food was great and the staff was very friendly. Great spot for a special occasion!"
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "I have visited Flea Street Cafe several times, with 2 or 4 guests in the party. This is always a wonderful experience. There is a strong emphasis on local, fresh, and organic fare. The selections cover the spectrum nicely. The staff is upbeat and knowledgeable. If you are interested in fresh, precision food, you will enjoy Flea Street Cafe. I personally give them six starts for overall, food, service, and ambience."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We could not have enjoyed our dinner more! Food was delicious, and we loved the staff. Highly recommend! "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "I just wish I could have ordered one of everything on the menu. Everything we ordered looked and tasted wonderful, and everything we could see going to other tables also looked amazing."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "This little gem of a restaurant has never failed to present the most creative meals. We return year after year knowing we'll be surprised by food artistry. Flea Street takes tender care of you from the moment you walk in - using locally grown, always fresh ingredients to transports you to food heaven. Jesse Cool knows what she's doing, she educates our pallets while make sure we enjoy every moment of the experience."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We've been going to Flea Street since it opened and we love it. The food, the service are superb."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Flea Street Cafe is named after its address, Alameda de las Pulgas or "Avenue of the Fleas"! Just part of the playfulness of its founder and renowned chef, Ms. Jesse Cool. As usual, ingredients are locally sourced as much as possible, most organic, and socially conscious-raised meat. The combinations are unusual, but some of the regular offerings (like the bread, the salads, the cocktails) are deserved old favorites. Our choices were all delicious, which is our normal experience here. It is not inexpensive despite the name—it is at the top end of Peninsula restaurants, just a notch below the top San Francisco establishments."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Great place with excellent food and service. Definitely a cut above."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Flea Street is our go-to restaurant for food you are not going to make at home, with quality ingredients, proper cooking and just enough of a flavor twist to keep it all interesting. Portion sizes are not huge, but enough to have a full meal including dessert without feeling like you overate."
    Dined on 4/3/2014