Menlo Grill Bistro & Bar
Menlo Grill Bistro & Bar

Menlo Grill Bistro & Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.menlogrill.com/
  • Phone: (650) 330-2790
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast:

    Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 11:00am
    Saturday: 7:30am - 12:00pm
    Sunday: 7:30am - 10:00am


    Lunch:

    Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
    Weekend Brunch: 10:00am - 2:30pm

    Dinner:

    Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Bar: 10:00 - midnight daily including late night food and desserts
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Pay with OpenTable,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Erik Romme
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Full service catering available.
  • Private Party Facilities: We have several rooms available for groups from 2 to 250 guests
  • Special Events: No corkage fee for wines at lunch and dinner!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Sand Hill Road
  • Public Transit: Cal Train - Menlo Park.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Self Parking.
A word from Menlo Grill Bistro & Bar
A classic American grill with a warm and inviting neighborhood feel, serving approachable and healthy comfort food. The relaxed setting offers casual, yet sophisticated dining with a menu that highlights regional and seasonal ingredients.

An extensive wine-by-the-glass and craft brew selection is also featured— and we have no corkage fee.

Come join us for breakfast, lunch, dinner or late night snacks and drinks (we’re open until 12am midnight!)

Parking is plentiful, free and easy.
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Menlo Grill Bistro & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
90 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (33)fit for foodies (27)great for outdoor dining (25)special occasion (24)good for groups (23)great for lunch (20)romantic (13)great for brunch (10)kid-friendly (4)vibrant bar scene (4)notable wine list (2)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Previous visits had wonderful food and service. This time the food was disappointing. Tasty but lukewarm. Not cooked to request. Will give them another shot, but with so many choices in MP and PA, it will be a while.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    This quiet restaurant has tasty food but the portions are a bit small for the price
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for anniversary
    KaMoVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    I took my parents to Menlo Grill for their anniversary and we had a great night. They started us off with complimentary glasses of champagne and continued to take good care of us the entire night. Highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday lunch with friends
    StanfordFanVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Six of us met to celebrate a birthday and asked for a table in a quiet area. We had a great spot behind a wall from the rest of the restaurant which allowed for spirited conversation which did not distract from others' lunches and allowed us to hear those at the opposite end of the table. All of us enjoyed the salads we chose. The waitress was careful to get each special note about the preparation correct with dressing on the side, no egg, no blue cheese,- though the kitchen goofed on the type of cheese for two of the salads. Most of the group loved the cheesecake served with a candle in it for our birthday friend, but I am more of a traditionalist and did not like the flavor of goat cheese in a cheesecake.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific food! Very creative!
    MelanieVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We took a chance at the Menlo Grill Bistro and Bar because we were staying at the Stanford Park Hotel for our anniversary. We were not disappointed! This was one of the best meals I've had in years! I highly recommend it. For any of your that had eaten at the Duck Club, I understand this is a new chef. It shows!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 2nd time here
    Geomi
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Impressed with the very knowledgable waiters who are very young. Very quiet restaurant and very good to have conversations even with a group of 6. Filet mignon and New York steak meals were done expertly
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fine ambiance, poor food
    rose
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I had a hamburger. There was ABSOLUTELY no way of biting into it because it was piled so high with other items besides the meat.. Bigger is not always better. The meat was tasty but fell apart. There was bacon on it that was severely undercooked. Service was spotty. We had to ask for things more than once.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great service
    AandAVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    We often eat here....early for quiet, excellent for people who have special diet needs, good service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lovely quiet evening
    Lovesfood
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    What a hidden gem! Dined with 3 women friends and we had a great meal, attentive (but not overly so) service, and the restaurant was quiet enough that we could talk comfortably without straining to hear one another. Menu not extensive but many creative dishes. Definitely will be back, so refreshing to find a place you can relax and enjoy a meal. The hotel it is in is lovely.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything is just right!
    Bonn
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Friendly staff, delicious food, portion is right, quiet, cozy.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Lunch
    gogreen
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    perfect setting on the patio; perfect food choices(salmon salad; cobb salad and charcuterie platter with beignets - and a candle- for dessert). Attentive, friendly waiter. Highly enoyable
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy!
    Seniordiner
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Granted, we there for the 7th game of the World Series, but it was loud and a little hard to converse. Food was good, soup great, and service very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good for a quiet evening out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    This was a nice, quiet place to have a good meal and talk. The chairs are comfortable, the lighting is good, the noise level allows for conversation at a normal voice level without problem, and the food was quite good. My dinner (black cod) was perfectly cooked and on an interesting bed of veggies and rice cake, but the overall flavor was still a bit bland. I added some salt to get some more flavor out of it, but shouldn't have needed to.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sad re-working of restaurant a fail
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We have been Menlo Grill fans for years. New brunch menu, and the lousy service we received on Sunday caused me to cancel another engagement here, we will NOT return unless things are revised. Food was mediocre & too pricy. A 1/2 waffle with a very small piece of chicken was $18! A fruit plate with 10 small bites was $8. Service was AWFUL. Asked for lemon FIVE TIMES and finally went to the bar to get it ourselves. No one seemed invested, the food was depressing, there was NO sense of pricing matching the food - and the taste was so boring! What happened Menlo Grill? Bring back the original menu, and get your staff invested in being there to earn their 18% added tip.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • simoneVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    The food and service were greatly improved. I was there two days in a row, one with 7 people and all thought it was delicious. I hope they keep these standards.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific Food-Focus; Lunch Perfect
    rdegoliaVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    I've eaten at the Menlo Grill many times, but yesterday's lunch was exceptional. I just had a chicken caesar salad. What can a restaurant do to make that stand out? Seriously. Well, the Menlo Grill succeeded with a perfectly cooked grilled breast and whole leaf romaine that was lightly and deliciously dressed. The inclusion of white anchovies (which I happen to like) was an added touch that worked surprisingly well with the chicken. The dishes that those with me at the business lunch looked equally good. Bravo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • patio dining
    Marlene
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    When I reserved for five on Thursday for Saturday, I requested patio seating. I called Friday to confirm patio but said it was booked by a group. I was not happy they hadn't notified me so they gave ma a nice, semi-private room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • An off night?
    FuddyDuddyVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We've been coming here since the restaurant opened as the Duck Club. The food has always been quite good and about 2 years ago, the service improved dramatically. This latest dining experience however was quite strange. The medium rare rack of lamb arrived medium well and the cod's crispy skin was soggy. I had ordered fries instead of fingerling potatoes with my salmon. After I poked my fork into the potatoes to ascertain they were actually potatoes, I called the waiter over to ask about my bistro fries. He grabbed my dish, took it to the kitchen and then brought it back without the fingerlings, leaving me to question what the kitchen planned to do with those returned potatoes. I've never seen this done in a restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Everything we ordered was poorly cooked - leathery pork chops, old vegetables, greasy hamburger.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • surprised
    scrummaster
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Easy parking, great food, and ambience. Quiet for dinner but also has a good lounge.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good lunch choice with easy parking
    Orlando
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We enjoyed the ample Cobb salads with excellent selection of traditional Cobb ingredients and fresh, fresh lettuce. Our server was helpful with menu choices and his timing was excellent. Appreciated the ample nearby parking spaces during the busy lunch time here on Menlo Park and Palo Alto streets!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • out2dinner
    out2dinner
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    A very nice evening at the Menlo Grill. The restaurant is attractive and comfortable with just the right amount of space between tables. The night we were there it was crowded but not too noisy. We requested a quiet table and they were able to accommodate our request. The food was delicious but the service was a bit slow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Diner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Ordered sunday special, prime rib, all had to be sent back not prepared as ordered, rest of meal was good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but slightly flawed
    4pickygourmetVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We returned here after a long absence to find the food good but certain things lacking. The service was superb which is a vast improvement. Our appetizers and main courses were quite good but the desserts were awful . Our server removed the charge for them. We had the sea bass and the porc chop. The desserts were the beignet (a rock-hard ball of dough deep-fried in oil which tasted of other foods) and ice cream sandwiches made of cookies so hard the ice cream squirted out from between them with any attempt to eat them.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Run by kids.....in too many ways
    JackAre
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Shockingly poor service, an ignorant wine sommelier and nearly a ruined bottle of very premium wine we brought - no wonder there is no corkage fee. Sea bass entre was very good, New York steak wasn't a steak at all. The wait service seemed totally confused - maybe they're the incoming class at Stanford. Never even received water! Just when we thought it couldn't be any worse, we had breakfast here as we'll only to wait for half an hour to get water (we asked for it, again....). As we started to leave (no service whatsoever) a waiter appeared. Long story short, food orders mixed up - but somehow they managed to fill our water glasses again. Seemed to be so promising. Just a hotel restaurant, and poor at that - run by kids.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • An elegant oasis
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    As always, good food, good service, quiet elegance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AndThenVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We had lunch in the patio and it was lovely. I'm hearing impaired and it was quiet in the patio and I could hear. My husband was happy with his hamburger. I was disappointed in the fish tacos. The fish was a tad dry and the taste too mild. I asked for some sauce and tabasco. It should be served with salsa. The fries were the big disappointment -- they were undercooked and stuck together. We shall go again because of the lovely setting and I'll try the hamburger. Haven't been there for dinner, but breakfast in the dining room is great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Grest food, quiet
    LikeQuiet
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We especially liked that we could hear ourselves talk without shouting. The service was great and the food wonderful. New (to us) decor was very pleasant. D&B
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SebastianVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I love the outdoor space at Menlo Grill - food is always good. Service was way off this last time....waiter forgot to put the order in for our salads, so our main course arrived first.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Splendid Food and Service
    EcoMama
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Food was delicious from appetizer to dessert. Our appetizers were the heirloom tomato salad, fried calamari and flatbread with tomatoes and basil. Entrees were the sea bass, prime rib, pork chops and the burger. Dessert was the cheesecake, soft serve ice cream and beignets. Everything we ate was delicious and beautifully presented. The staff was attentitive but did not hover. Atmosphere was quiet and relaxing. Wonderful food, great service and a peaceful place to dine at leisure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not worth the money
    Disappointed
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I went with my family. Thought the food would be unique and delicious. The coffe tasted like brown water, and the food had no taste. Everything was blan. I should have gone to Anna's coffee shop.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place for business dinner
    SparkyVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Last night we hosted a business dinner here. Originally, we were going to dine at Il Fornaio, but due to it's noise and $20 corkage fee, we switched at the last minute to the Menlo Grill in the Stanford Park Hotel. It worked out very nice and everyone commented on how good the food and venue was.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Disappointed
    jar321VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    being inside the Stanford Hotel I expected to have a very pleasant breakfast with my wife for her birthday. FAR FROM IT!!!! We had to hunt down waitress to get my wife's omelet remade because first one was overcooked. My over-easy eggs had yokes broken and way over cooked and the grilled ham, which i had to send waitress back for because she forgot, was burned and could taste flavor of other foods. We needed to get new silverware due to first set not clean. Finding the waitress was a challenge! No one came back to see if we needed or wanted more water. Then I find to they did not even check me in at front counter for Open Table. I had to confirm my reservation. For what I thought would be a quality place I was totally disappointed!
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  • New Patio dining is a winner
    RoccaVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The property rennovated the patio dining area, adding fire pits and couchs to lounge and enjoy a libation before/after meal time. It's a darned good use of space - add's a whole new dimension to the venue.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • relaxed dining with good food.
    pianonoirVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    the Menlo Grill seems to have gotten its act back together. after a few recent experiences of bumbling service, the service was attentive and professional . the menu so interesting that we had a difficult time choosing what to have. one of our party had the cauliflower dish which i thought might be a disaster but turned out to be totally delicious. great place when you want good food that is not too fussy AND is quiet enough that you can actually have a conversation! try it!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very enjoyable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Read the reviews on yelp so decided to give it a try for a group of six. All of us really enjoyed our meals and the service and atmosphere was very enjoyable. Will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 54 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 499 reviews are from the Menlo Grill Bistro & Bar reviews archive.
  • Disappointed
    outtolunchVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Slow service, salads not properly prepared. Maybe because it was a Monday.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite Peninsula restaurant
    teddyqa
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The Menlo Grill has the idea blend of casual and elegant-- from the outdoor firepits and indoor fireplace to the menu-- healthy, gourmet comfort food. The miso-glazed sea bass, bistro burger, and pork chops are among my favorites.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch
    ronkarrVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I would not go again, i would prefer going to a deli. Would not recommend this place to anyone
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  • Outstanding Brunch (Sunday 11:30AM)
    frequentDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I had the California Omelet which had crab in every bite. The service was pleasantly relaxed, and the view of the courtyard added to our pleasure. We come here often and have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate