Left Bank Menlo Park
Left Bank Menlo Park

Left Bank Menlo Park

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.leftbank.com/
  • Phone: 6504736543x
  • 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
131 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (61)great for lunch (48)special occasion (47)good for groups (40)fit for foodies (38)kid-friendly (29)great for brunch (29)great for outdoor dining (24)notable wine list (22)vibrant bar scene (21)romantic (18)late-night find (13)hot spot (8)Show More
  • Los Altos Lady
    LosAltosLady1
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Menu has been the same for years, but Croque Monsieur remains a consistently good item to choose. Outdoor tables next to a busy street but do provide nice alternative to indoors on a beautiful day. Friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dinner good, lunch bad
    PrincessVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I went for lunch and the three of us each had something different and each was not good. Chicken, overcooked, salad, drenched in dressing and fish that was mediocre. I've been there for dinner many times and the food has always been good. I don't know what happened on this particular day.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A step too far
    casualdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Too bad for us we elected to be seated at one of the new patio tables at Left Bank. The food was decent, the outdoor ambience a bit hectic and the service was the worst we've experienced in any Silicon Valley restaurant in a decade. That's saying a lot.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food
    ma2051
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The salmon excellent, specially the sauce with cucumber. And the fig tart was the best!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great lunch meeting
    TheEateryGirl
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The reservation through Open Table went very smoothly, and I was seated right away upon arrival. They kept an eye out for my lunch meeting partner and directed her to the table immediately, which was nice. Our waiter was being trained, and it was great to see their high level of training standards. The waitress doing the training stayed back and let the waiter she was training do the work, so they both didn't hover over us. Our order was taken seamlessly and correctly. Our waiter was attentive and kept things moving. Although it was busy, we had no trouble hearing each other and having a very nice lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    HungryBella
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Really enjoyed my experience dinning at Left Bank. I have been wanting to try this restaurant since the first day I walked by it. Very inviting, enjoyed the ambiance, the food was delicious, the service was pleasant and the wine was excellent. I will definitely be returning to this restaurant...may for a happy hour visit.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • slow service.corrected food problem
    MarkN
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We were seated in a timely manner. Gave us time to read menu. Ordered salad to share and their sea bass special to share. Salad was brought out in two plates...perfect. Fish was brought on one without extra plates to split. Then the whole fish dinner was not de-boned properly...tons of bones and irritating to eat..flavor was fine....but terrible to eat.....BUT...after complaining to waitress to tell chef to clean better, they took that entrée of the bill. Desert was good ...
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A favorite for many occasions
    MPResident
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I enjoy Left Bank already since many years finding myself going back there over and over again. Oversea visitors, friends, family, and business partners alike found the food, service, and ambience greatly enjoyable. For me personally, there is something special about Left Bank in MP.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 5 star in the waiting...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I really like this restaurant, but the service needs to catch up with the food variety and quality. It tends to be too slow, though the waiters are mostly pleasant. One of the problems might be that my party was outside. Outside is quite nice, but a little cramped both with other diners and passersby. Lunch menu offers all kinds of food for all kinds of tastes--would be nice, though, if there were some more traditional French options as the bulk of the options are (modern California) french cuisine. Still a nice place for a meal and I'll go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Carol
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Appreciated the nice round table for our group of six friends prior to Music@Menlo. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Shar
    SharVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    I loved the bouillabaisse. It was a great dinner for Bastille Day. I only wish they served it more often.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great bastille day
    dininggal
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    We came for the Bastille day celebrations. The food and service were top notch. The hit of the night was the accordian player making you feel like you were in Paris. Everyone was dressed in bright colors and seemed to be having fun.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • French food
    greatVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    We've eaten here many times. Always satisfied with the service and food. The hamburger with cheese and fries is great. And, it's big enough to be split between two diners.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cgal
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Service was poor/slow-did not check in with us throughout the meal; did not have the right silverware for the appropriate courses - no one ever checked, we just grabed the utensils off the empty table next to us. Order was incorrect. Customers next to us received very poor service as well and had to speak with mgmt about their concerns.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Slow and missing the mark
    PossumVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    For what you pay, you can easily be surprised at the slow service and messed up orders. I'd skip it.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My favorite bistro experience
    datenight
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    I love Left Bank. It is a classic bistro - tiled floors, dark wood tables. A lovely, lively environment. The food is consistently delicious, I've never been disappointed. Their guidance on the wine list is always spot on. It is good for a date, double date or groups. I'm from back east where I took reliable neighborhood bistros for granted. Now, I drive several towns over to experience it. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for Group Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    We hosted a dinner for 12 here on a Monday night. The both the meal and service were excellent.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food; terrible service
    bigfella
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Good food; terrible service. We were seated in the main dining area. It took five minutes before someone brought us water. Another five minutes to get some bread. Almost another five minutes for our waitress to show up and take our drink order. We asked for a "flinty white wine". Waitress says, "Let me ask the bartender". She comes back several minutes later with a recommendation for a flinty RED wine. Dumb as a fence post. Ordered the duck breast. She came back five minutes later: "We're out of the duck breast". We had to ask for more bread. We had to ask for more water. Everyone in the restaurant is very busy. Busy busy. Too busy to actually serve you. I have been treated better at Olive Garden. Good luck.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Menlo Park staple
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Great service and a very good meal. The Left Bank is worth a stop when in Menlo Park.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nice place, decent food, OK service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    good food and quality - enjoyed the daily special. however this is a average place to go - service was weak with waiter making lots of individual trips - and yet not checking back frequently enough.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bring back the Duck!
    GTansecoVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Haven't been here in a while, even though I grew up on Santa Cruz Ave. Very good as usual, they were nice to accomodate our "quiet table" request and gave us a booth even though we were only two. Foie Gras was amazing, and so was the Steak Tartare (very moist and flavorful) I was hoping to see the duck confit as I've always had in the past, but I understand if it's seasonal only. Keep up the good work, my only suggestion is the presentation of the menus. I understand the concept of French Bistro, but the plastic makes the restaurant very cheesy and downgrades the ambiance. You want the appeal of a Bistro in Paris on the Champs Elysees, but you are still in Menlo Park, so it should be a bit classier presentation.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • TheCelebration
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We had a warm greeting when we arrived. We were seated immediately. I had a special request for our table and the staff made sure it was taken care of. The service was very personal and done with style. I would recommend for any special occasion.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Celebrate the Pig
    OmarKhayyam
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    We dined here because they had some special pork items on the menu for only a few days. We tried two of them and they were delicious, well seasoned, tasty, and succulent. The wine, an Alsatian riesling, was not as dry as most Alsatians, which we liked. Our two disappointments were we had to change tables because the banquette that my wife sat on was so low the table was under her chin and I towered over her in a chair, and the dessert of Creme Brûlée du Jour was a misnomer as it is the same old creme brûlée every day. And remember that Left Bank is very noisy. The tables are very close to each other, and it can be hard to communicate across the table because of all the surrounding conversations and the resultant din in a large dining area.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    Anon
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    This experience was characteristically disappointing. You sit down wanting it to be fun, good food and to live up to its potential. You end up trying harder than it does. The food is not exciting, as if it was mass produced. No creativity, no great flavors, sauces, etc. And the service was terrible. We were left alone at a table for 2 and the waitress in the end spontaneously admitted she had forgotten about us. The ambience is hectic in a frenetic way, not bustling energy that you can enjoy. Overall ho-hum. Despite the cache, if we go back it will be with limited expectations.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • poor pork and service
    tornatore
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    I specifically asked the waitress if the pork was "fatty and juicy", and she assured me it was. It was dry and tasteless, and I wanted to send it back. No one came by again, or bothered to asked how the food was. 20 minutes later a bus-person asked my dining partner if she could take his empty plate, and she took my nearly untouched plate without even asking if there was an issue with the food (or even if I was done). Bummer. I used to really enjoy Left Bank, and hadn't been there in over a year. I've never had any problems with the service or food before.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best!
    Quail
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Super, always wonderful! Best in menlo park. Any day of the week.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Very consistent!
    steppinoutVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We really enjoy Left Bank. There are several dishes I order over and over including the trout, the endive salad, the steak tartare...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Francophile
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    The food here is always well prepared, but not really notable. The choice is what pleases the public which is one of the reasons why they are still in business. I would like to see some more specialites du maison with a little oomph.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    When we walked in, I thought it would be a nice dining experience. However, the waiter seemed to be disappointed we did not order drinks and was not, in the least, attentive throughout the meal. The food was nicely presented. However, my paella was not very warm and not very inspired. It makes me feel that this may have been a chain without a real chef in the kitchen.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • doesn't disappoint
    Neeners
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Left Bank is always great - food - ambiance - service - top notch. one of my favorites
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced
    wearytravler
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Two of us ordered for lunch. I had a half-salad (greens and pecans only, no meat) and water. My business partner had a fish-of-the-day special and water. Nothing else was ordered. The cost was $50 with a modest tip. You have to be kidding.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • me
    menluncky
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The Risotto and Scallop dinner were very good. Our salade nicoise was excellent. Our waiter was attentive but very busy so the main dish came but we did not have utensils which our waiter soon realized. The wine both red and white (Chardonnay and Pinot Noir) by the glass were good as well. The restaurant was busy and noisy and the price was moderately high especially the glass of wine. I would go back with friends on special occassions
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice, but could be better
    wtrm77
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    During my recent visit a number of tables were empty and the noise level was pleasantly reduced from prior visits. The house Bordeaux was nice, but I really prefer to pour my own wine, or at least be asked. The green salad was good, but was way overdressed. My wife's steak frites included an extremely small piece of meat. It was very tasty and cooked exactly as requested. The peppercorn sauce on the side had no flavor at all. The fries were great. A (huge) split order of profiteroles was nice for dessert. I am not a foodie, but I have been to France a dozen times and I felt this was pretty decent with the exceptions noted (I don't remember anyone ever pouring my wine). I miss France and this place plus Bistro Vida are pleasant reminders.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Great, consistent French restaurant with a good range of food choices for all ages. Went for an after graduation event dinner. The perfect, festive environment to celebrate with our family!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's not what it used to be
    jose
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Left Bank doesn't seem to be what it used to. Service is lacking- slow and not very cordial. Food is just fair, nothing too special.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Left Bank for special occasion
    busymom
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We booked the Left Bank for a special occasion this past Saturday. The service for our party of 12 was excellent. Everyone in our party enjoyed their meals. We ordered the risotto, rainbow trout, sole, beam, chicken and duck and everyone was pleased with the flavor, portion and neat and clean food presentation. The one party that ordered the pork shank, thought that the shank tasted great but wished there was a little bit more meat on the shank. This was the only complaint in our party. Thanks again Left Bank for a wonderful evening shared by all. Will definitely come back and dine here again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sound level
    Gourmet
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    The noise level choices should include too noisy- very difficult to hear others at table. Therefore I often choose another restaurant.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a delightful experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    A good choice when you feel in the mood for a bit of French food at reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bad dinner on Mothers Day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I normally like Left Bank for lunch and thought I would take my wife there for dinner. It was Mothers Day but Opentable showed plenty of availability. Bad choice. We were seated 25 minutes late. The waitress was overwhelmed Our first and second choice entrees were sold out (at 8:00 pm) The dinner special had obviously been sitting under the heat lamps for a very long time. We finished the wine and went elsewhere for dessert.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall great experience
    c1067
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We requested a table not in the middle of the room and got a wonderfully large booth - very happy! There are rooms upstairs overlooking the downstairs area. Those seemed to be suitable for a little romantic spot. But it was a tad loud - so good for people with kids as well. Large open main floor could be set up for a big groups. Our food was overall very good - everyone enjoyed what they ordered. Mussels were very good. Lamb burger was great. Butter lettuce salad was good - Risotto was excellent! Steak was also very good. 1st time there - will definitely go back for above average, delicious, reasonably priced dinner/lunch. Lively and fun bar area as well overlooking dowtown SC Avenue in Menlo Park. Parking was easy on a Sunday night.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate