Left Bank Menlo Park
Left Bank Menlo Park

Left Bank Menlo Park

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.leftbank.com/
  • Phone: (650) 473-6543
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10pm
    Friday, Saturday: 11:30am - 11pm
    Sunday: 11:00am - 10pm

    Brunch is served on Sun from opening until 2:30pm
    (lunch menu also served)

    Happy Hour offered every day
    3:00 – 6:00pm and 9:00pm - close
    (bar and patio only)

  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Provencal
  • Executive Chef: Brendy Monsada
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Our Salles De Amis is a beautiful private mezzanine. You can choose to overlook the main dining room from the balcony, or enclose the room completely with our lush velvet curtains. The sunny yellow walls, warm mahogany accents and vividly colored French posters make this the perfect setting for your occasion. Set up however you wish, the room is large enough for a party of 60, yet intimate enough for a smaller group of 10 or 20. Have a much larger group? We are happy to close the entire restaurant. Contact Nicki Mesenburg at 650.473.6543 or nmesenburg@leftbank.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Doyle
  • Public Transit: The Caltrans stops only two blocks away.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Public lots nearby.
A word from Left Bank Menlo Park
Left Bank is an authentic French brasserie celebrating Mediterranean Cuisine. Located in Menlo Park's charming downtown, Left Bank transports guests to a quaint brasserie in Paris. Open since 1998 and completely re-modeled in 2008, Left Bank offers a casual, charming brasserie setting where diners feast upon classic southern French cuisine. Our outdoor sidewalk cafe seating evokes a lively European atmosphere and is the perfect place for just an appetizer and beer or a 3-course meal with a beautiful bottle of wine. Whether it's at our sidewalk table, the gorgeous glass-walled bar, or in the casually elegant main dining room, you'll enjoy a fun & french experience.

Fifteen years of working with local organic farms allows us to bring you the best seasonal ingredients available. Chef de Cuisine Brendy Monsada offers an always changing menu focused on Southern French Cuisine.
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Left Bank Menlo Park reviews from OpenTable diners
148 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (75)great for lunch (56)good for groups (55)fit for foodies (52)special occasion (43)great for brunch (35)great for outdoor dining (30)kid-friendly (26)notable wine list (26)vibrant bar scene (22)romantic (19)late-night find (12)hot spot (12)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/25/2014
    Chose this place for my husbands birthday and it was perfect. Very attentive service but not too intrusive. The food was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wait is enitrely too long.
    Techie
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Had a reservation and still had to wait 15 minutes for our table. Three of us got our food and 10 minutes later we asked where the fourth person's food was. She looked and found it sitting out on a waiters table, forgotten to deliver. Very crowded and waiters very rushed no personal attention. Too bad I love the food so much, so I will return, but service was not good and wait was too long.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid choice
    Maui2visitVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Good food, beautiful interior. Love the leather padded booths. Nice place to take people with various food requirements as a broad menu. One of my favorite restaurants on the peninsula.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AaaaVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    I don't want to write a review; I only want to leave a private note for the restaurant. That should be an option.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great service!
    Zoomster
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    All the staff in the restaurant are very friendly and very professional.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    GREAT CHOICE OF AVAILABLE DISHES FOR BRUNCH WHICH DO NOT INCLUDE EGGS. WE HAD WONDERFUL BLOODY MARY'S AND GREAT FRIED CALAMARI WITH A TO DIE FOR DIPPING SAUCE. LOVED OUR HELPFUL AND FUNNY WAITER NAMED STEVE. A DEFINITE RETURN FOR THE FOUR OF US.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Group of 6
    ChicagoGirl
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    We enjoyed the Left Bank Menlo Park with a group of 6. Had a table in the corner and an excellent waiter, who was passionate about the menu. Service was the high point of the evening, food and wine list was good, and noise level was just about right.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • moises1950
    Tony
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Martinis were excellent. Great presentation, especiallly the house specialty French martini
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent chicken sandwich, fries.
    frequentDinerVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    We get there after 1 PM, so there is a chance of getting in for lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had a very nice lunch.
    sp4Mendy
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    I like the menu much more than previously. The lobster bisque was excellent, and I did like the salad nicoise. The service was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • thanks again
    dininggal
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    I come to this Left Bank often and I really like that the a lot of the servers have been there for years. Julio always remembers that I like a arnold palmer and they have notes on me about my table likes and dislikes.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good for bistro fare
    pufferooVIP
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    If you have a craving for classic French bistro fare, this place will probably deliver. Left Bank is in a great location, a large place so the wait times are not long (if there is a wait at all), and the menu is classic bistro. Maybe the one thing missing is a classic duck confit dish (no cassoulet, either). But overall, Left Bank provides a very satisfying meal. Starting with the charcuterie (the duck rillettes is very good) and extra bread will get you off to a good start.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fondue Me!
    feedme66
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    I can't go to Left Bank without finding a way to have the fondue. Everything else I've had is very good too, but the fondue stops me dead in my tracks. Share it as an appetizer, or have it as a "main" with a salad on the side. Scrumptious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food but intrusive noise level
    Conehead
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    We had eaten lunch at Left Bank preciously and enjoyed it very much. At dinner, however, the noise level is off the charts, and because of this I would not return there for dinner. Food is good, and I like the fact that you can eat lightly there if you want to. But the din at dinner was way too much for us.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Nice Bistro
    gagme
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Very good food, excellent service, very noisy. LB needs to address the noise issue. This has been an issue since it opened.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good lunch
    dininggal
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    had a quick business lunch. Good food good service in and out within an hour
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good meeting location
    Meetings
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Good atmosphere for business meetings. Good noise level to have discussions.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • small town favorite
    dininggal
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I love this restaurant. Always good, very busy, kid friendly and close to home. Plus the prices remain consistent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not the best Left Bank location
    p8n8lop8
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    I've been here twice now and the restaurant area seems way too busy for the number of staff to manage their tables properly. This trip was just sitting in the bar area having charcuterie and wine with a friend. We were on a tight schedule but still had an hour+ to enjoy wine and one appetizer. We waited over 25 minutes for the bill after the waiter failed to bring my friend a martini he had ordered 15 minutes prior to that. The staff are not customer oriented and certainly have way too many tables to manage. I won't be going back.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • San Jose or Menlo Park
    doemarie
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We recently dined at The Left Bank in San Jose and the food and service was far and above the Menlo Park location! Don't get me wrong, Menlo Park was OK, but Santana Row location is way better!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not the complete picture
    GTansecoVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The food was very good as usual, great steak tartare and mussels. I had the duck breast and my wife had the steak, both very tender. This review is mainly of Teresa our server who did not reflect the usual standards of Left Bank. I'm sorry to say though that our server was not very friendly, she had an attitude that she "was forced to be there". Teresa our server came to our table once to take the order, once to apologize for the silverware, and once to literally DROP the check on the table, no eye contact, no smile. The buss boy was the one who got us extra toast points for the tartar, the buss boy asked how everything was. She did not pre-set our table for the main course, the bussboy had to do that.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food and wine
    mike
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Always good food, love their dessert wines as well, they have a kid's menu, everything is really nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Menlo Park Restaurant
    jpbw
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I love this restaurant and have been to Left Bank for many special occasions. Great food, attentive service, right in our neighborhood!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dependable !
    CathyVolunteer
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Always good food and good service ! I love the salad Nicoise ... healthy and delicious !
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Returning Again
    Corinne
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The Waitress was awesome and insightful, the motiff was grand and the food was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • service issues
    ElsieVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I was there for a business brunch and we had to consistently ask for help--and a very long wait for a check, we finally got up and asked the receptionist. They need to fix this.
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious Meal
    JosieKVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had one of our best Left Bank dinners. Both had fish and both choices were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, good service. 8/10
    Duke
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Great food, good service, nice wine list. What's not to like at this Menlo Park restaurant? i went there with some friends, and we had a blast. The beefsteak tartare was really good and the scallops were amazing. The duck (medium-rare) was juicy and very flavorful, but the sauce not so great. The "Poulle en pijama" (1/2 chicken) had a pretty lame salad on the side (some pomme gratin would have been a much better choice), but was really nicely done. The only issue was with the desserts: The Profiteroles' pastry was dry and overdone and the icecream was a bit bland. The fig tart was bad, Safeway-bad. The amount of creme anglaise was microscopic, and the tart pastry was dry and flavorless. There was no more than half a fig in the whole tart.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner
    Go2dinnerspot
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This location has very good food. Our waitress was terrific and her recommendation for the food and wine pairing was spot on. I had the scallops with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc. The noise level is pretty high and it's a little difficult to have a conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    All around - bad. Poor service. 2 out of 3 entrees bad. too noisy
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So-so...
    EmmyBeeVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    My food was "ok" - chicken over cooked, but I kept eating trying to find something redeeming. I set aside the overcooked chicken to let the kitchen know. The waitress told the kitchen, but restaurant did not compensate for anything, simply let me know she passed on my experience. One of us had the burger, but the fries were not hot... he did not send them back either... and the salmon dinner was meager... a very small piece but seemed to be enjoyed... I generally enjoy Left Bank, most especially in Larkspur. Probably won't go back to the Menlo Park venue.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food delicious, service not so much
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I have eaten at Left Bank several times, and the food is consistently good (lunch or dinner). However, the servers are indifferent and unhelpful. Everything seems to be a disturbance, and this attitude has repeated itself each time I've been in, so it's not just 1 or 2 servers. This last time, I went in for a late lunch by myself. Right off the bat, it seemed to be a hassle for the hostess to seat me (restaurant was more than half empty). No smile or welcome, just a scowl. The server was slow to take my order, and ignored me throughout the meal. Wasn't until I was almost done that she became very attentive (felt like a blatant attempt at raising her tip). Hard to return as several friends now refuse to eat here BECAUSE the service is so bad
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our regulars
    mgaviatorVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    A great selection of tasty and healthy dishes. Always fresh, well prepared, and seasonal choices.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JanM
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great French Onion Soup. The Duck was just right. Our waiter was particularly attentive and new his wines. It is always great to return to the Left Bank.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice dinner, but service lacks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My family had an overall nice experience at LB in Menlo Park. The ambience and the food was to our satisfaction. However, overall service level and coordination between service staff could be improved. We had to wait to long for our glasses of champagne to start off the evening. Our main courses were served as our shared but finished appetizers were still on the table, which made the food presentation look very messy. The main dishes arrived without the staff checked our cutlery, we had to ask for knifes and forks needed. We would again visit this restaurant for a relaxed Friday evening meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious Food with Classic Menu
    LocalVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Left Bank must have gotten a new chef in the past year! The food had been so-so, and in 2014, I have gone back 3 times and the food has been excellent every time! I had the lobster risotto, which was the Sunday night special, and it was excellent. My husband had the classic chicken dish, that is prepared like you are in France--crispy on the outside, but tender in the inside--again, delicious. We live in Menlo Park and it is so nice to have a great local restaurant to go to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Family Night
    MaxNotes
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had a wonderful meal with our daughter. Portions are nice to share and there is something for vegetarians and meat lovers. The waitress warmed up to us after opening the bottle of wine, however, the service could have been more attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great time for our 3rd Anniversary!
    foodandfun
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    My husband and I decided to go here for our 3rd wedding anniversary, and Left Bank sure didn't disappoint us! I'd been to the Santana Row location once before for lunch, and dinner was just as good! I had the Steak Frites, and my husband had their Cod dish - we also shared their cheese fondue appetizer. Everything was delicious! Thanks Left Bank!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Graet French Restaurant
    Batia
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    An upscale French Restaurant, the food was outstanding, very professional service, nice bar and the price will not kill you....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • If only the service was better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I like this restaurant, they serve decent French food but we just had terrible service that night. The hostess didn't smile a single time (to welcome us and when we left) and our server was clearly not attentive enough. She forgot the glasses for our sparkling water, forgot my wife's steak knife. I ordered two appetizers (instead of an entree), she brought them both at once...
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet