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MacArthur Park - Palo Alto
MacArthur Park - Palo Alto

MacArthur Park - Palo Alto Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.macarthurparkpaloalto.com
  • Email: barbara@macpark.com
  • Phone: (650) 321-9990
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Sunday 5:00pm - 9:00pm

    Happy Hour: Monday - Friday: 4:30pm- 7:00pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Faz Poursohi
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Off-site catering is available for groups any size ranging from simple drop offs to fully staffed events. We cater corporate and personal events at just about any location. Call the Banquets line for menus and more details.
  • Entertainment: Happy Hour Menu from 4:00 to 6:30 Monday through Friday.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Wedding receptions and larger events are hosted at MacArthur Park which can easily hold 200+ guest. We host everything from a young childs birthday party to large corporate dinners. "We are pros at special events

Getting there

  • Cross Street: El Camino; adjacent to Palo Alto Train Station
  • Public Transit: Located right next to the Cal Train Station and Bus Stop.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: $5 at dinner (self parking is available at all times at the back of the restaurant)
A word from MacArthur Park - Palo Alto
Palo Alto neighborhood favorite MacArthur Park relaunched in April 2008 with the original chef and owner. Faz Poursohi (of Faz Restaurants) and Restaurateur Chuck Frank (formerly with Spectrum Foods, owner of 16 upscale eateries) are at the helm and have revitalized this historic landmark designed by Julia Morgan in 1918. The revitalized menu features Faz' award-winning Oakwood Smoked California BBQ Baby Back Ribs, mesquite grilled meats and fresh fish. Special features include signature cocktails, the MacArthur Park famous potato skins and onion strings. Continued
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "McArthur Park was a very cool place. Had a great verity of food, will definitely be back."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Went to dinner with my wife and was pleased with our choice. The hostess sat us immediately and the server (Joseph) was quickly attentive. Our wine and drink order were returned to the table promptly. The prime rib was excellent. Had to ask for horseradish but otherwise runner was good. Food was cooked as ordered, the right temperature to eat at the table, and delicious. Was a bit disappointed by the mud pie. Very small portion ( the coffee grounds inside the ice cream was a nice touch) and no whipped cream. Other places are better. Will come back soon."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "My friend used to come with her husband who died about a year ago and wanted to relive the memories. I had always wanted to go because I had heard about MacArthur Park. Both of us were delighted with the experience"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Our meal was very good but the service was a bit slow. We had to ask several times for coffee, iced tea. The waiter was very nice but seemed to be taking care of tables across the room."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "The barbecued ribs and chicken great as is the service. We are so happy that the original owner has returned."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "For 2 people this tastes great and is enough for 3 or 4."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "I like the menu here, especially the BBQ 1/2 chicken, that is what has brought me back several times. I was disappointed this time however between the toughness of the chicken and the less than attentive service. My chicken was extremely hard to cut. I tried another knife with no difference. I had hoped the server would come by and check with us, but she never did and was not even on the floor during our dinner. I struggled but was not happy. Our server did not check with us until we were about done. Too late. Next time , if there is a next time, will ask for the 3 pieces to be cut apart"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We went for the Sunday nigh prime rib special. A fabulous buy. The prime rib was excellent. The tower of onion strings is always perfect. The hostess stopped at our table and I told her that I didn't like my asparagus. She immediately sent over a order if some of the best sauteed spinach I've ever had. My cocktail, something with blood orange and pomegrante, was perfect--fruity and cold and delicious. I've been going to this restaurant for decades and will continue to do so."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "We had a lovely dinner here on a Saturday evening, with a party of three. We didn't do a lot of sharing this time, so I can only comment on my own selections: I started with the stuffed pasilla pepper was extraordinary. Not too much cheese, but an excellent balance. My entree was the Petaluma roasted chicken, also excellent. One disappointment was the dessert, which we all three shared. We selected the brownie with ice cream since one of us was craving ice cream. She was happy with that part, but the brownie was old and dry -- perhaps it had been prepared for use earlier in the week? This really stood out as an error since everything else had been great."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Service was prompt and done by courteous and attentive staff. Our individual requests were honored effectively and efficiently. Table was kept neat and clean throughout the experience. The overall environment was pleasant and suitable for quiet conversation. The food was appropriately prepared and served punctually. As this was our first experience with MacArthur Park I will return often and do recommend them highly."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "This place is outstanding for dinners with groups... great outdoor area and bar (if weather is good). Easy parking and good location."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "A great quiet place to have a dinner with friends."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "festive atmosphere, waiter was A++, something on the menu for everyone. went with a group of varying ages and everyone enjoyed it. treat yourself to the $5 valet parking!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Service by Michael, the bartender, was great. The beers on tap are great as are the wines by the glass. My wife had the Filet Mignon and it was great as was my burger with all the fixings. If you go there on a Sunday night, sit at the bar and have Michael serve you. He is very nice."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "A gout of six of us went to MacArthur Park for a birthday celebration. We hand't been there since the restaurant's heyday, and won't go back again. The service was pretty good, but the food was beyond mediocre."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "We went in for dinner on valentine's day and there was set menu. The options were very good and we had the chicken cordon bleu and the surf and turf. Both dishes were exceptional!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The waitress, Laura, was probably the most arregant one we've ever had. This was the main problem. We even had to ask twice for water and when we were done, she didn't even bring the bill she told the busboy to do it because we saw her hanging out at the bar and watched it happen."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Excellent happy hour, food and device very good, special Valentine's Day with limited menu and higher prices was the only negative part of the experience"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food was very good. However the serves was very slow. This was pointed out to us by friends who had recently dinned there."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "We had eaten here may times over the years and the food and service was great, so we thought we stop by since we were in the area. Never again, they must have changed hands. The service was terrible and the food was not even as good as cafeteria food. The calamari we had was like rubber and the steak we asked for medium came out well done with no flavor. We asked if they had tartar for the calamari and the waiter said they did not have that even though they had three fish on the menu, but said that there was some kind of sauce that came with it. So stay away from here, there are plenty of better restaurants in the area."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "One of the few affordable restaurants in Palo Alto that stood the test of time."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Years ago, MacArthur Park was a vibrant, busy, energetic restaurant. The building itself it one of my favorites, one large white beamed open space. This time, only one side of the restaurant had customers, and that was only half full (on Saturday night). The food was good, but more characteristic of a less expensive grill yet the prices were not inexpensive. I still love the character of MacArthur Park, but won't necessarily return. Think it needs a menu overall. Times have changed. Needs to have more healthy alternatives, re-invent itself."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "prime rib is terrific! cob salad seems smaller than it has been in the past. service is not very attentive, hard time to flag down our server, any server."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "Food was good, waitress was very pleasant and helpful...The place looks like an upscale barn with huge open spaces and chandeliers...it needs a lot of people to make it temperature wise warm...we arrived about 6pm and the young woman graciously asked us if we would like to sit near the fire...thank goodness we said yes...it was a gas minimal heat, but it was better than cold, cold,cold..............The restaurant is a bit difficult to find if you are not familiar with the area (even with a gps).........the parking attendant was great........"
    Dined on 1/13/2014
  • "Open and comfortable feeling. I like it. The servers were very nice and the food was great. I had a burger, fries, and some veggies. Fresh and hot. Very nice. - AJ"
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "Have not been hee for over 10 yrs. Used to go very often in the 90's and 2000's. Remembered the place as vibrant with great ribs. Farfrom vibrant, and the food was really poor....cold ribs and tasteless..... Main course arrives mid way through the starter....unacceptable, especially as the place was only about 70 % full Would not recommend."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Nice place, got a bit drafty, ribs were sweeter than they used to be ( not good), too much dressing on the Cobb salad, burger started well but the juices eventually made the bun soggy. Had to request mustard"
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "Popular, crowded, noisy but okay for holidays. Limited choices for food but we'll done. A few gems. Good coffee. Mandatory service charge for a buffet makes it that much more pricey."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "We were very disappointed with the service/food that we received. I had to ask on four different times for water, I ordered the surf/turf and the lobster tail was served with no drawn butter/lemon. We ordered the NY Cheesecake with strawberry preserve and received strawberry sauce. The overall food and service was very disappointing..."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Had thanksgiving meal there, was so impressed so we went back for New Year's Eve. Coincidentally, we got the same waiter (Auriliani?) - he is just wonderful. Our food was great, service was even better. High recommend this historic place!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Dinner was being served until 8. When we arrived at 7 the crab legs were gone. When we got to dessert the cheesecake was missing from the table, but apparently did make an appearance later. What was there, was very, very good. No complaints at all about that. I was very pleased, and surprised, that I was seated before the rest of the party arrived. I had heard that MacArthur Park only sat you when all had arrived. I hope that is a policy change."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "The food was good, the restaurant was decorated for Christmas and looked nice, service was slow."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "Beautiful surroundings, roaring fire, attentive wait staff, excellent food...could not have asked for more. We enjoyed Thanksgiving Day Brunch here too...just as wonderful. Recommend to everyone."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "MacArthur Park has so much going for it but they regularly stumble in the basics of being a good restaurant. For the third time, twice in the last 2 weeks, they did not have our reservation for a large group, even though we stopped by in person to check on it the week before. Service is very slow. Food is average. The setting is so lovely and convenient. We kept hoping but are now giving up."
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "Many hears ago my husband and I both enjoyed frequenting MacArthur Park, enjoying their signature Catfish dish and is extremely creative presentation upon our plate. We found ourselves there with work friends, colleagues, and our own date nights. Fast forward 14 years and we went back hoping for the same wonderful atmosphere and food. NO SUCH LUCK! The food was mediocre and the bar service was embarrassing. We had to send 3 drinks back because they kept getting our order wrong. It was so disappointing because we brought our out of town family and were looking forward to a satiating meal. Needless to say - we won't be returning. If you want a good steak you'd be better off at Sundance or Flemings."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "The setting is warm and inviting. We took advantage of the Prime Rib Special, (offered Fridays and Sundays), and it was, quite possibly, the best I've ever had. Our server was very attentive. Overall, it was a positive experience. The only downside was that I had requested a quiet table, and we were seated next to two raucous parties. It is the holiday season, so there were celebrations taking place, but it seemed the other side of the restaurant was quieter. Not sure why my request was blatantly ignored."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Steaks are Great-Ask for mashed potato's with a medium rare steak-Awesome! Service is very friendly."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "This is a great old building. It was designed by the architect who designed Hearst Castle. Very open feeling in here. We had grilled apple salad and beet salad to start. My wife had beet salad. She did not think the greens were very fresh. The apple salad was good. Entres were shrimp pasta and filet. They were both tasty and good. Service by Patty was very good."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "we waited for a waiter for over 15 minutes. The busboy brought water and bread. Efforts to flag down a waiter went unnoticed. It is no doubt the time was at least 15 minutes. The room was decortated nicely for the holiday. One of the three of us had the short ribs on the recommendation of the waiter. He, the customer , said they were tough and grislly.He even gave one to his grandson on the wresting team at Stanford and he said it was awful. It cost more than the salmon I ate, which was good. It seemed some woman, like a manager in a red sweater was going around talking to some partrons. The wait for the waiter was very unsettling and influences our decision to go back."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "We came for Thanksgiving and didn't realize it was a buffet. The hostesses were disorganized and seemed new at their jobs. They did not give us instructions regarding the buffet. We were waiting for a server to order our drinks and I actually had to go find someone. The bright spot was a wonderful waitress (she seemed to be the only female one on staff that night) who offered to help us when she heard us complaining and was very sweet. She deserves a commendation from jumping into the breach and making us feel welcome. The food was hit or miss, the volume loud, poor service and generally disorganized. We were disappointed especially after spending more than $100."
    Dined on 11/28/2013