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Left Bank Menlo Park
Left Bank Menlo Park

Left Bank Menlo Park Details

  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Great service and a very good meal. The Left Bank is worth a stop when in Menlo Park."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Super, always wonderful! Best in menlo park. Any day of the week."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We really enjoy Left Bank. There are several dishes I order over and over including the trout, the endive salad, the steak tartare..."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Left Bank is always great - food - ambiance - service - top notch. one of my favorites"
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Left Bank offers a wonderful atmosphere with consistently delicious food. The restaurant itself is so pretty with its glass wine cellar wall and interesting decorations. Always a favorite. Good for any age and group size."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "This has been a long time established Brasserie Classic dishes, Moules, Onion Soupe, Tartes, etc... A great spot if you stick with the classic dishes, but I prefer when they load up on the Provencal recipes in the summer You can usually find a good Sancerre, Muscadet, Rhone Blanc, along with a solid selection of Red Rhones, Gigondas, etc... When the Roses are around, nothing like apps and Rose on the patio C'est Bon"
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "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"
    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."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The noise level choices should include too noisy- very difficult to hear others at table. Therefore I often choose another restaurant."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "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. "
    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."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "On this very busy day I was pleased with my greeter who explained she had some people to seat and would be right back to seat us. There was a table full of beautiful cut flowers for mini bouquets by the entrance, a nice touch. Even though we expected there would be a lot of young children the noise level was controlled. I don't know if the parents controlled their children or if the restaurant staff had a hand in keeping the children unobtrusive. I am thankful it was a delightful, enjoyable and memorable experience."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "A good choice when you feel in the mood for a bit of French food at reasonable prices."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We were there 30mins earlier than our reservation, and the host was friendly and flexible enough to accommodate us. It will be excellent if they could have some music playing in house."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The food and service was definitely above average. The items several people in our party likes and wanted were sold out. The items we received instead were great! The food was well seasoned and had fresh ingredients. The portions were not too big or too small. I enjoyed how attentive the waitstaff was to our needs. If there was an option, I would say 4.5 stars. Have the steak tartar, you will not regret it! A rarity for sure!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We had a group of 8 for lunch. Ambiance was fantastic. Food excellent, comfortable dinning beautiful setting. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Visiting an old friend in Menlo Park warranted my first trip to Left Bank. I ordered the Salad Nicoise, which the pleasant-competent waitress described as a meal. It was, I suppose, but it was certainly an uninspired dish. Decent enough, with a lot of seared, but otherwise raw, tuna, 1/2 egg that did not impress me as having been cooked all that recently and the other, standard (including anchovy) Nicoise ingredients although missing nicoise olives if memory serves. A couple of indifferent pieces of potato and the greens comprised the rest of the dish. I recently made the same dish at home from Mark Bittman's "Kitchen Express" using a good, jarred tuna and enjoyed it more. But for the Peninsula, it was more than OK."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Went for Easter Brunch and had a terrific meal. Food is spot on. Everything we had - whether from the regular menu or one of the Easter specials - was delicious. Surprisingly, Left Bank service is completely hit or miss with servers alternately confused or perplexed. What a shame as Left Bank would be one of the best in the bay if they could figure out their service."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Reserved ahead via Open Table with my request for a high chair. Arrived on time and table was set and waiting for us with the high chair in place. Our server was excellent and so was the food."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The cheese fondue was cold and runny, and the Salade Verte pretty uninspired (butter lettuce with a plain oil and vinegar and some herbs). But the frisee salad with poached egg was great, and I've been here before, so I know that if you order the right thing, it is good. Server was great -- very responsive and friendly. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The Left Bank has a quality menu and great service. The interior is beautiful with plenty of space for large groups. I enjoyed the delicious Ahi Tuna salad, and the Filet of Sole was tasty."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Varied menu with choices beyond the usual French dishes. Menu is seasonal filled with fresh food choices."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "We had a great time for lunch. Good food and a pleasant waitress. The place is light and airy and feels good. We continue to enjoy this restaurant and we will return."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "We had a group of 8 with a reservation and we were seated promptly. Everyone enjoyed the brunch, the ambiance and food was good. Waffles arrived a bit on the cold side. So while it was good, it wasn't great. I would go back and give it another try. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
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    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Hadn't been here in a couple of years, but had a wonderful meal and enjoyable evening all around. The service was excellent, the appetizer was delicious and ample for two of us, and my risotto was fabulous. Just as I remembered!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I like this restaurant. The location is convenient to Palo Alto and Menlo Park and there is plenty of parking nearby. I also like the variety on the menu and the comfy booths in the back. Finally, the French onion soup is my favorite!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014