Parkside Grille
Parkside Grille

Parkside Grille

  • 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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Parkside Grille reviews from OpenTable diners
119 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (80)great for outdoor dining (75)special occasion (49)fit for foodies (39)romantic (38)great for lunch (36)scenic view (31)good for groups (24)vibrant bar scene (22)kid-friendly (17)notable wine list (11)great for brunch (10)hot spot (5)late-night find (3)Show More
  • Gem of a Restaurant!
    twlama
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Took a colleague to lunch here last week and we decided to dine outside. We chose a table between two giant sequoias, each at least 400 years old. This is a beautiful area right on Portola valley road. There are several shops in this small shopping area, two of which are related to horses. The food at Parkside Grille is the real reason to come here; truly top notch fare with exciting choises in three areas: salads, sandwiches and entrees. You can check a sample menu online. My friend had the spinach salad with grilled scallops and i had the endive salad, also with grilled scallops. AMAZING. Delightful additions to the salads: his had roasted potato quarters, mine had pecans, dried cranberries and chunk of blu cheese. Quality/price 3 to 1!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kayskorner
    kayskornerVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Fabulous setting and consistently GREAT food. The wait staff and "chief Engineer", Adolfo, add to the charm and warmth of dining under the Redwoods. The spinach salad with seared scallops should not be missed and the warm chocolate cake with berries is the perfect way to end the meal....heavenly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely dinner
    ml1621
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We had a very nice dinner. We were celebrating two birthdays -- which I indicated on my OpenTable reservation; however, no one at the restaurant was aware of this .. hmmmm ... doesn't seem like good communication in our internet age. The food was good, service was good, wine list was a gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • not likely to return anytime soon
    MarjorieVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The restaurant is loud,,so loud we asked to be moved. Could not, since all other tables were booked. This is the only place to dine for miles so it is full on the weekends and most nights. Always try for a booth where the sound is subdued.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Always a treat
    Mypinkblessing
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This was the first time we brought our kids and they also enjoyed the food. Service is great. We are outdoors so it was quiet, relaxing and you almost felt as though you were somewhere else on vacation looking up at the Redwoods
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful Evening Dinner
    CorkyK
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Fine food, good service, but on the noisy side due to accoustic reflective environment inside. Outside dinning better for serious converstation.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty spot in the PV
    BeautieFOodie
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I have been passing this place for years on my mountain bike-rides or on my way to Windy Hill and finally got the opportunity to give it a try! Great ambiance- I love how the kitchen is open and the chef's are looking out on their guests! The hostess was unfriendly which was unpleasant to walk in on. Another woman (maybe part owner it seemed), also unfriendly, walked us to our table which was way in the back corner of the restaurant and we even had reservations! At least the chef was friendly and our waiter, they checked up on us and were very interested in how we liked our food. The food was excellent and their friendliness is what saved the review from a negative rant on the poor introduction.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Okay
    Zwin
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The mussels used to be ravishing - not anymore. I miss the large green mussels in succulent curry. The 4 shrimps with a arugula and lemon "fondue" basically was a Rabbitnesque take - a big mount of arugula with a bit of lemon sauce and 4 shrimps. The noise level makes it difficult to carry a normal conversation. I wish they would do some acoustic treatment on the ceiling A convenient local spot when you do not want to cook or dress up.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    Redsfavoritemom
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Only go to this restaurant if you live in the neighborhood and want to visit very LOUDLY with friends. We've been to Parkside several times, the last two dinners, the food was fine but the ambiance was horrible. People just talk to loudly. We'll probably never go again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Two very different experiences.
    altakocker
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Parkside Grill is a wonderful restaurant in the heart of Portola Valley. Eating outside under the redwoods could not be nicer. The food is quite good, but the ambience is superb, made especially so by the quiet and melodic guitar/vocal music that is kept discretely in the background allowing for good conversation without having to shout. That said, indoors is nothing special. Very noisy and hard to be heard, no real ambience, no guitar. And outdoor seating is on a first come first served basis. Although the food is quite good, this is not a restaurant (in an area replete with great restaurants) I would seek out if I could not sit outdoors.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fun and yum
    GeorgeVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We had a very nice leisurely lunch and good meal. The food was especially nice and the presentation was lovely.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice pick!
    out2eat
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Really enjoy the food, atmosphere and the service at this Portola Valley restaurant. Never had a bad meal. Waiters and waitresses always have suggestions. Drinks are great. Food has great variety. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Evening
    Piggy
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We ate outside on a beautiful evening among the redwoods. Wonderful food, very fast service, and an excellent, pleasant waiter.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch under the Redwoods
    kayskornerVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I have visited Parkside Grille several times before and each time I wonder why I don't go there weekly. The food is the best there is in San Mateo County! I especially like the warm spinach salad with seared scallops.....not to be found any where else that I'm aware of.....delicious! My friend had the beet and crab salad and really was impressed with the generous amount od crab and the delicious seasoning. To top off the enjoyment of the beautiful outdoor dining, Hoss, the manager, is a delight and always checking to be sure all is well. Adolfo is the frosting on the cake and has worked there 12 years. He has a permagrin and personality to charm everyone in the kindest way. Parkside Grille can't be beat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    out2eat
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We came with a group to celebrate my mom's birthday - the food was great, the service wonderful and the drinks excellent. Will definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LouiseVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Love the place, area is great, people a friendly, food good, Bill is a nice guy, very accommodating.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Neighborhood + !!!
    Excellent
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Very attentive & friendly staff; excellent food; not at all noisy, in spite of a large crowd!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining in the redwoods
    Yummie
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    What could be better than dinner under the redwoods with family, friends, great food and wine. The wait staff were courteous and attentive. The only thing that bugged us were the bees; but, heck, we were dining outside. We will be back. Thank you Parkside Grille.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Popular restaurant with very good food. Some very loud diners/drinkers in second dining room detracted from quality of dining experience there.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb as usual
    HappyVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Avoid weekends...
    Banducci
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So disappointed!
    MarinFoodLoverVIP
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor service, average food
    RAMCC
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good evening, but not fine dining!
    FoodLover94028
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinning Under the Redwoods
    BirthdayGirls
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always enjoyable
    JackieVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New to the area
    DianeT1VIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappoints
    Somethingood
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    This has become our go-to favorite. It is consistently pleasant with good food. Love the Manhattan chowder and grilled prawns...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic outdoor dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK..but not worth the $$$$s
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    A neighborhood " gem" but not worth driving to. Food is OK but not great. Overpriced for quality.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to relax and enjoy
    DJHinWoodside
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Fantastic setting can't be beat. Food and service are consistently excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really Enjoyed it
    Lynn
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dining beneath the Redwoods
    LaurahVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • always good
    pvparty
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    good food and service and beautiful setting! Yummmmmmmm!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • in a rush
    BergieVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful restaurant
    MarinFoodLoverVIP
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful gem in portola valley
    MenloFoodie
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 81 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 432 reviews are from the Parkside Grille reviews archive.
  • Go here
    hashtagfrank
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant Friday evening
    CatCh2VIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic