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Parkside Grille
Parkside Grille

Parkside Grille Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://parksidegrille.com
  • Phone: (650) 529-9007
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Yanni Sarakosta
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Offering private dinners.
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer two Private Rooms which can accommodate up to 55 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Bill Petkopoulos (650) 529-9007
  • Entertainment: Seasonal Live Music.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Westridge
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Free parking.
A word from Parkside Grille
Rustic Elegance In Beautiful Portola Valley. Nestled Among Towering Redwoods.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
Diner Reviews
  • "Love this restaurant. You can check every single box above and it will be true! There is something for everyone here and everyone will have a great time with excellent food and fabulous service. I made Open Table Reservations on my i-phone only to show up on a very busy Saturday night and there was no reservation! I had made it for Sunday night by mistake. No problem, they found us a table within minutes and made me feel as though it was their mistake not mine! Food was excellent. I highly recommend the roasted tomato soup - a bit of summer on the table. Boston Creme pie topped off a perfect evening."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "when they have musicians performing. The musician inflicted upon us was (1) too loud, and (2) sang modified elevator music in a high voice. Very unpleasant. Otherwise a nice dinner. The steak salad is excellent."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Parkside Grille had become our favorite place to go for lunch & we had enjoyed several outdoor dinners. But this experience was a deal-breaker. Our server was unsure of how the fish was prepared, unable to describe the difference between the way the different steak dishes were prepared, unsure of the specials. Our salad with dried cherries was flavorful. My fish was overcooked. The accompanying asparagus was cooked until mushy. My companion's steak was ordered medium but was strangely served with grill marks on it but raw in the middle. It was cold, uncooked in the center & drowned in sauce. We think it was pre-cooked & heated before service. A server replaced the steak while my food got cold. Our server disappeared. We won't be back."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We had dinner here with the kids on a Sunday night. We sat outside, which was nice. The service was good until our food came out. After that we struggled to get anyone's attention. When we finished eating they didn't clear our table, so we sat with dirty plates in front of us (a pet hate) until we left. Our bill was presented to us before we had a chance to order dessert, so we took it as a sign to cut our loses and go home. The food was OK but not great. The steaks were well cooked but served with a fairly flavorless gravy, overcooked greens and no condiments. The kids burger was tiny - not suitable for kids over 5 years old. We won't go back to Parkside Grille. The quality of food and service certainly didn't match the price."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We are locals and go occasionally. There isn't much else out here in PV and the locals love it. But each time I am surprised by the noise level inside -- we had trouble hearing at a table for 4. The specials included "fresh dungeness crab pasta". When I inquired how it could be "fresh" when they are not in season, our waiter was quite offended. It ends up I may have been wrong, but he didn't know what the season was and claimed they had "fresh" all year long. Hmmm. Sweet potato fries weren't very sweet. Dessert menu isn't very inspired. But everything we ate was good."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Once again, I had a fabulous dinner with girlfriends on the patio. The towering redwoods make me feel like I am on vacation ~ a relaxing atmosphere. This time a guitarist played lovely background music ~ a definite plus. All four of us found the food to be outstanding. The waiter was very attentive without being pushy or annoying. He graciously checked with the chef to verify my menu selection was gluten-free. I have absolutely nothing but positive things to say about this restaurant and I recommend it to all."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Dinner with friends is always wonderful here. Food is always fresh and delish! Wait staff attentive and friendly. My only suggestion is that Bill opens a restaurant in Los Altos. PARKSIDE Grill is my go to restaurant."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We have only lived here two weeks and we have been to the Parkside Grille 3 times! The dinners and lunch were quite good. The service was friendly and efficient and being in among the redwoods was wonderful."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "This has become our go-to favorite. It is consistently pleasant with good food. Love the Manhattan chowder and grilled prawns..."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "This was our first time dining in Portola Valley. What a heavenly experience. We set our reservation early enough to choose a table for two outside near the building to minimize sun and potential breeze. The hostess warmly welcomed us, the waiter was friendly and informative, the chef and staff created beautiful plates of food that were prepared just as described in the menu and as we had requested. Delicious from beginning pizza appetizer through to the final crumb of dessert. The full menu offers a wide variety of tastes, needs, and desires. We're coming back soon."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "A neighborhood " gem" but not worth driving to. Food is OK but not great. Overpriced for quality."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Fantastic setting can't be beat. Food and service are consistently excellent."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "We wanted to try some place new and found this place on Opentable.com in Portola Valley. Very nice. Good food, good service. Definitely ask for the side room if you are making a reservation. The main area is a lot more vibrant. I had the Skirt Steak which looked exactly like the picture. There are lovely redwood trees outside your window so it seems like you are in the country. We definitely will be going back."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Lovely meal on a first visit. We ate outside, under the trees. Service was prompt and courteous. It's not an exciting menu, but the food was beautifully prepared. I had an excellent tomato gazpacho, very chunky, well-chilled, great flavor. My husband had the special flatbread with figs and cheese (I think cambozola) and caramelized onions with honey -- also very nice. He also had the special pasta which he enjoyed. I had the rack of lamb, with greek salad and yogourt sauce. The lamb was perfect, and went well with the salad and yogourt. For dessert we shared the strawberry trifle, which was very light and delicious. In all, a great meal. We'll be back next time we need to eat in the area."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "good food and service and beautiful setting! Yummmmmmmm!"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "The food was very good - the noise level high. It was understaffed for the amount of people. All in all, a good meal for 6 experienced eaters."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Felt very rushed through dinner and bill paying process. Dinner was not as good as usual but, will be back as I think they were just having an off night."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We enjoyed our second visit to Parkside Grille as much as the last. The soft-shell crab was perfectly cooked and served on a bed of fresh corn and arugula. The chunky gazpacho had a nice hit of heat and was well seasoned. Our grass-fed steaks were served with carrots and green beans that were delicious. The server was attentive and really knew the menu. Our questions about the level of heat in several dishes were answered well and his descriptions of the specials were quite detailed. This is our new favorite restaurant in the area. Yum."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The ambiance at Parkside Grill is just wonderful, being among the redwood trees. Love the food and service is very attentive. It's a great place to go for a special occasion - or even just a Friday!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Went here on the recommendation of a friend who went here once as well. Needed a good meal that was without the pretense or self absorption of most restaraunt these days. That and it was just as much a treat to get out of the City. The location in a rural mall was a little off - putting but inside was interesting enough. The appetizers were great. Really great. My guest's pasta with shredded short ribs was excellent and my New York steak done to my liking. Sides were appropriate and not over done but seasoned perfectly. Dessert was a strawberry shortcake and was a miss. Even if you don't drive a new Mercedes or Porsche, even if you don't look like you just drove up from a staff meeting at Stanford, go here."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Parkside Grille has delightful food in a neighborhood setting that is both comfortable and yummy. Very relaxing both inside and out with food that tastes great."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Great food in a charming country location. We love this place but the cooks in the kitchen are too noisy... they seem to be throwing medal pans on the grill. We wish the otherwise attentive management might do something about this. There is no need for the clashing sounds to interrupt the dining room. We have been here several times and it is always the same (delicious food but too much noise). They have a back room area that will be quieter but not with the same atmosphere. As for the food, the beet salad, grilled lamb chops and salmon special were wonderful. Pleasant and attentive waiters. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I go to the Parkside Grille as often as possible. I usually want an light supper and order the shrimp grilled on rosemary branches. A green salad accompanies the shrimp and the whole thing is delicious. ALSO, the Grille has a marvelous, "home" baked bread (small round) that is so good I could eat oodles of them. The staff is not only "Johnny on the spot" but completely polite, charming and gets the client what she/he wants very quickly. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Everything was fantastic. Great food, Great service. The red clam chowder was the best I think I have ever had. Very friendly place where most everyone seemed to know each other but at the same time welcoming to new customers as we were. Also a great outdoor dining area among some huge redwood trees."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "The owner and staff of Parkside Grill are amazing. We were literally over an hour late for our 8:30pm reservation due to a local town event running over but the owner, Bill (Vasili), was gracious enough to hold his staff late, keep the kitchen open and accommodate all of the later arrivals, which were many. Bill and his staff are an incredible asset to our local community and make Parkside more than just another restaurant to catch a bit to eat."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The Grille is a good place to know if you are seeking a spot in Portola Valley. It's in the trees and has lots of parking and an easy ambience. The food is fine, nothing special but a fun place to go. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Although pricey, the food and wine selection was very good. Our group stayed after dinner to hear the band, The Hummers, and really enjoyed the music and atmosphere. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We love the consistently good food, friendly service and relatively quiet dining room at the Parkside. And it's location from Woodside."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "Just a great place. The ambiance, the food, the service, everything. "
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "Worth the drive and view, staff is nice.... I'll be back!!"
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Parkside Grill is a very good restaurant! The menu is outstanding, it is the kind of place I go to and cannot decide what to have as there are so many things there I like. I like it, my girlfriend likes it, and my kids like it. Go!!!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Scenic drive! Pretty good food, kid friendly items on menu as well. Nice interior. It definitely feels like a place for insiders though."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We were seated in the very recently redone dining room at the Parkside Grille. The service was excellent and the food absolutely right. My only "if" is that this beautiful large dining room has a beautiful wooden floor and I wonder if when the room is full what the noise level may be. I have no complaints at this time but hope the noise level probability will be taken care of."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Food is consistently good in past two years! Good for outdoor dining and lively bar."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "The filet last Friday evening was perfect. We'll be back."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We were looking for a post-concert venue near Stanford for dinner this weekend and found this place on OT. It was in a beautiful location, food was excellent as was the attentive service. Highly recommend and we will be back!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "My work group loves to come to your restaurant for the surroundings and love the lamb chops. The only negative we had this time was one of the orders the chops were undercooked so we had to send it back and I believe they brought her new chops. We all wanted to eat our meal hot so we went on ahead while she was waiting for her order to be brought back. We did have a birthday person and they presented her with a bowl of ice cream with a candle and beautiful serenade of Happy Birthday. We love to go there as a treat since it is about a 15 minute drive away from our work but well worth it for the food and the atmosphere."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "A warm welcoming staff is just a start. The wine list is amazing (though expensive), appetizers like calamari are very good. The Scallop salad and the Lamb chops are one of our favorites."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "My boyfriend & I love going to Parkside Grille for lunch. The service is very good - friendly, prompt, professional. The food is very good, although I must confess that I always get the same thing (linguini & clams). There's a reason for that; it's delicious!! My boyfriend always reads the specials on the board, considers each one carefully, then orders the warm spinach salad. Again, delicious! The restaurant is located far enough in the hills that you feel a million miles away. It is very relaxing to dine there."
    Dined on 3/28/2014