Paul Martin's American Grill - Mountain View
Paul Martin's American Grill - Mountain View

Paul Martin's American Grill - Mountain View

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://paulmartinsamericangrill.com/locations/mountain-view-restaurant/#
  • Phone: 6509179941x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: M-F 11:00am-3:00pm

    Dinner: M-Th 3:00pm-10:00pm

    Dinner: F-Sa 3:00pm-11:00pm

    Dinner: Su 3:00pm-9:00pm

    Happy Hour: Su-Sa 3:00pm-7:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Paul Martin's American Grill - Mountain View
Seasonal & Delicious.

With Paul Martin's American Grill, Brian Bennett and restaurateur Paul Fleming have realized a long-nurtured dream to create the restaurant "we've always wished was in our neighborhood."

At the heart of all great food is fresh, local, peak of the season ingredients. Paul Martin's aims to serve diners the best ingredients with meat raised in a humane and wholesome way, locally sourced produce, the best of both wild and farmed fish, artisan cheeses and cured meats from small local purveyors. The deep California-centric wine list twists and turns, by glass or bottle, through the Golden State's vineyards, with an occasional stop for an Oregon Pinot Gris or a Washington dry Riesling. Behind Paul Martin's elegantly rustic bar is an interesting array of craft beer and spirited cocktails with fresh garnishes. Good times and thoughtful food are a way of life at Paul Martin's American Grill.
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Paul Martin's American Grill - Mountain View reviews from OpenTable diners
303 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (106)great for outdoor dining (102)fit for foodies (95)good for groups (94)neighborhood gem (93)great for lunch (78)vibrant bar scene (75)notable wine list (54)hot spot (50)romantic (44)great for brunch (43)kid-friendly (36)late-night find (16)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This is the third time i have been here. The service was great the first 2 times but this time it was a little slow. Also the waiter did not cut the birthday cake for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EATER
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    It was not a great experience - had a long wait after being seated (restaurant not busy) before waiter appeared. He was very good but seemed to be the only wait person available. Food not too good - sides of fries & coleslaw both lacked "something." Overall we though the experience was DULL................
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Place for Any Occasion!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I've been to this restaurant 4 times. The service and food are consistently excellent, and the atmosphere is wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid
    ekzooksVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Haven't been here since they first opened and they really have gotten their act together. The menu is well organized with some dynamite specials like a fabulous Monday night dinner for two including wine for $49. The servers are attentive and friendly. My salmon was moist and delicious and my wife is a discriminating chocolate cake fan and loved the devils food cake dessert.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    CWBUVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Third time in this restaurant, disappointed - food quality down (scrawny chicken, hard-crusted rolls on burger), noise level way beyond a "buzz."
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  • Disappointing, but will try again
    PADiner
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Went for dinner on a Saturday night. We were able to get reservations at the last minute, but were seated near the kitchen, so it was quite noisy. I ordered the Chimichuri steak. Not a good choice. The steak was tough, and the Chimichuri sauce was more bland than expected. I should have gone with the waitress' recommendation of the brick chicken. It looked much better (at other tables). The service was also spotty. My wife only got a kale salad, and I order a dinner salad (with the steak). The waitress brought my dinner salad and not my wife's salad, which was perfect. However 1 minute later, the steak and my wife's salad was delivered. So I had to rush through my dinner salad, while my steak got cold. Just very poor timing.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First Diners
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had a reservation with Open Table at 7 pm and we ended getting seated at 7 35 pm. Also, we're celebrating our 9th Anniversary and the hostess never read my notes. Food and service was fair, I'd like to give it another try.... I live in the neighborhood...
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  • Great addition to the area
    Katwoman
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We enjoyed a lovely dinner with friends- my salmon with quinoa was delicious and I heard good things about my companions entrees as well. There was a screwup in the kitchen and one of our meals came out late, but the server was very gracious, apologized profusely and took the item off the bill. Overall it was a very enjoyable experience. It's worth noting that the restaurant serves dinner past ten PM on weekends, good to know if you are coming from a movie, for example.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • probably won't return
    wendeeVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had the brick chicken, cedar salmon, grilled polenta, and seafood pasta. Pasta was a little oily, salmon was in a light broth that tasted like beef broth, brick chicken was tasty, but thought the mashed potatoes were instant. The desserts were the best part, a real biscuit shortcake, chocolate cake, which was comped by the house because it was our anniversary and birthdays. They forgot the kale salad, but they brought it out later and comped us. The service was attentive, but the food was underwhelming for the price. We probably won't be going back. Maybe it would be better to stick to the steaks or prime rib.
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  • food and service were excellent
    Owenh
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great new location at Carmel the Village. Both inside and outside dining. Can get a bit loud. Very helpful staff. Food was excellent...try the ribs.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LONG wait for mediocre food
    foodie
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    My team and I went for lunch at Paul Martins and it turned out to be a disappointing experience. Even though the place is very nice, we had to wait over 45 minutes for our food. Once th food arrived, it turned out to be nothing mind blowing. The kale Cesar salad tastes stale and is not worth $9 for some lettuce and 3 pieces of croutons . The burgers were also nothing to brag about as the buns seemed to be " old" or stale . I would go back to this place for drinks but definitely not the food.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New Neighborhood Favorite
    CrimsonVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We enjoyed their Sunday night prime rib special of 3 courses for $25. Can't beat that and the prime rib is cooked in house. At 6:00 on a Sunday, the restaurant was quiet. We will go again at that time. Extensive by-the-glass wine list, which we appreciated, too.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GREAT SUNDAY ROAST BEEF SPECIAL!
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    WE HAVE DINED AT PM SEVERAL TIMES AND FOUND IT NICE BUT A BIT PRICEY. WE CHOSE TO TRY THEIR SUNDAY ROAST BEEF SPECIAL THIS TIME AND THOROUGHLY ENJOYED A LARGE CUT PIECE OF ROAST BEEF - DONE AS WE ASKED - WITH MASHED POTATOES, SMALL SALAD AND DESSERT. IT WAS JUST AS IT SHOULD BE AND THE SERVICE HAS IMPROVED A LOT SINCE IT FIRST OPENED. WE WILL GO AGAIN!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Solid mid range restaurant. Food was excellent, but desert portions were tiny
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty filling food but bad chairs
    DavisDiner
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Our family of 4 (2 adults, 2 teens) had dinner at Paul Martin's on a busy Friday night. We had a reservation & had to wait about 10 minutes anyway, but -- it was busy. Our server was quite attentive & the food came pretty quickly. I loved my short ribs; our son enjoyed his "brick" chicken; & my husband liked his steak (he ordered "medium" & it was more like "medium-rare," but he didn't mind). We had leftovers for lunch the next day. The homemade ice cream was good too. My only real complaint is with the chairs -- they were incredibly uncomfortable. They looked nice -- plush leather -- but were too soft or something & also mismatched with the height of the table. Even our medium-height kids found them uncomfortable & back-ache-inducing.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Group of 6
    SunnyMom
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We were seated inside on a Friday night and it was very noisy. Service was good, food overall was delicious. Mashed potatoes on 3 plates were cold. Waiter brought a replacement bowl. Kale Caesar salad is nothing special. Ribeye steak was yummy. So was salmon and beef short rib. We will go back
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They care about service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My husband and I had dinner here on Friday. As it was toward the end of happy hour, a lot of last minute orders went in and so the kitchen got a bit backed up and it took awhile to get our food. Our server proactively told her manager that our food was taking way longer than it should have so he came to our table, apologized, offered to comp our round of drinks and that was that! The food was very good and it felt nice to know that they take their service level very seriously and that we were, indeed, important to them.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our waitress was fantastic.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Waitress knew the menu well and gave great suggestions. She was most pleasant and geniune. Tacos were a bit small, so that was the most disappointing dish, but Steak au Jus sandwich, braised beef, burger and fries were top notch. Very pleasant outdoor eating area.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I'm afraid to tell...
    mondaynitespecial
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Yep, I'm afraid to broadcast this, because I don't think many people have found or figured this out yet. Paul Martin's has a Monday night special that is truly a deal! For $50 bucks, a couple gets a bottle of wine, two dinner entrees and two salads. It's about a $75 value -- go with another couple and you've had a great dinner and two bottles of wine for four. The food is great and really well prepared; the service is great; and on a Monday night you won't fight the crowds and can keep one eye on the game....
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • diner7
    diner7VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Our waitress, Althea, was very good. The rest of the serve was fair, at best: . Hostess was surly, when I requested not to be seated right next to the kitchen door, she said "did you request that on your reservation?" I told her that I did not and she told me that in the future I should request "Not to be seated at table 41". Well that put me in my place, didn't it!!! At no point in our encounter did I feel welcomed or wanted as a guest. Napkins were damp, we were not the only table to receive damp napkins. Main course took a very long time to come out - over 30 minutes. Again, not the fault of our waitress. At this point Althea offered me a complimentary refill of wine. When the food arrived it was served hot and was very good.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Happy Hour
    Mytwocents
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    On occasions I need a restaurant with a happy hour. This restaurant has this 7 days a week from 3-7 pm. These are great hours for working population. Gives us some time to sit and relax. The tacos in the bar are very good. The dinner, prime rib was just average. But will come back and try again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time Visit
    ChipsVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We were greeted and seated immediately in a comfortable booth with plenty of room. My only objection is I don't like having the silverware laid out directly on a bare table. Our server was prompt, helpful and very friendly. During the meal, she returned perhaps too many times to ask, "Is everything OK?". My meal, kale Caesar salad and braised short rib, was excellent. Others in our party thought their too-dry mahi-mahi on a bed of undercooked green beans lacking. Skip the blah and uninspired desserts. I would go back again and sit at the bar. That seemed to be the fun place to be.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • disappointed
    fluffymeowVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I was really surprised how tasteless and full of grissle my steak was. The entire plate was swimming in oil.
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  • SoBy4
    SoBy4
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Sunday's prime rib dinner started with rather dry bread and a salad, large but very lightly dressed and tasteless, with only one or two cherry tomatoes cut in half accompanying the greens. So we ordered the salt and pepper wild prawns, which were delicious; gave us a reason to think the rest of the meal would be good. However, my slab of prime rib (3/4 to 1 inch thick), although large, had no flavor. A large serving of well-prepared mashed potatoes came with the meat. The three small scoops of ice cream were adequate for dessert. This is my third trip to Paul Martins’. I would not go for the Sunday prime rib dinner again. A definite positive was the excellent and friendly service. The third star in the ratings for food was for the prawns.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, good prices
    Thehobe
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food was very good but the menu is limited. Check their online menu for that particular day as it does change from day to day. The Monday and Tuesday dinner specials are very appealing.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not what we were looking for
    alastairdeacon
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had been to the Paul Martin's in Manhattan Beach and had loved it. We were excited to try out the one in Mountain View. We had a reservation at 7 pm on a Saturday night. The noise level was really high, with many screaming children. The wait staff were rushing. Our server, very strangely started telling us what she liked to eat there without our asking. Why would I care? I'm there to eat what I want, not what a total stranger tells me she eats. She took away my husband's drink when he was not finished with it. She kept interrupting our conversation. She brought the bill with the coffee, in other words, telling us it was time for us to leave. We will not be going back nor will we recommend.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • combin
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We've had a great late night dinner on Friday. Although it's quite crowded and noisy we'd made a reservation and spent an awesome time with pepper chop and marinated skirt steak
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Welcome to the neighborhood
    koleyr
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Thank you for opening up in Mountain View. The Silicon Valley area is starving for good places as so many restaurants are mediocre. You are a favorite of mine now. I'm not sure how you prepare the skirt steak to be so tender, it's perfectly flavored and is like butter.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun - but watch where you're seated
    CarolTheArtist
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We love Paul Martin's and we just had our second great meal there, and plan to go back. The french dip is a favorite of my husband's, and I love the fish tacos which have grilled fish, not fried. Good choices of wine. Huge salads. But here is the thing: we let them seat our group of four next to the door that goes out to the patio. Mistake. Big mistake. Slam, slam, slam all evening. One of our dinner companions was noticeably agitated and we should have just asked to move. Anyway i will go back again but i will make SURE to not sit next to the patio door. BTW the patio is right out on San Antonio Road so it's pretty noisy out there with traffic. For some that would be OK but for me, since i wear hearing aids, it impedes conversation.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    FrequentDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Service was slow (there might have been 5 or 6 couples, no more) and inaccurate: my friend's salad did not resemble the menu description; she sent it back and it was returned correct. I asked for no tartar but added mayo and got neither. The salmon sandwich was delicious, which is the only reason the restaurant gets two stars. Our drinks had no coasters or napkins and left large puddles of condensation on the glass-to table. We ate outside because it was very cold inside. The patio experienced gusty wind that would have blown paper napkins away, if we had had any. Finally, the shrimp added to the salad were charged at $9.00 but the menu price was $5.00. Can't imagine why I would go back.
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  • PM is a gem!
    Pony
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Outstanding! Simply an outstanding restaurant. The fresh food selection is enhanced by the skilled professionals in the kitchen. The host staff and servers are second to none. I have several favorites, brick chicken, cedar plank salmon and braised short ribs are among the stand outs. A great wine selection and first class desserts round out a perfect dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waitress Should Not Interrupt
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Good food, comfortable booth for four. Waitress interrupted our conversation a couple of times and cleared plates before everyone was finished, a pet peeve of mine.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner with adult grandchildren
    Oliver
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Dinner was good as usual, but first glitch in the six times I previously have been there. Grandson's New York steak came out overdone so he had to wait until another one, medium rare was served. Steaks are tricky to get right so they come out at the same time other diner's meals do, but always unfortunate as it spoils the dining together ambience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fine
    luv2try
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    went here for happy hour. ate outside. food and service were fine. atmosphere would be better if not for being directly open to san antonio rd.
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  • Mushroom burger at Paul Martin's
    shines
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I was a veggie in a group of carnivores for lunch at Paul Martin's American Grill in Mountain View, CA and I had the mushroom burger. This burger was great! They actually create a burger patty out of mushrooms, and the taste of the mushrooms was fantastic, full bodied and vibrant, and the aioli that they put on the burger did not overpower the taste of the mushrooms, but was just right. The bread used for the bun was good, too, and so were the perfectly salted string french fries. Paul Martins worked perfectly for our eclectic group of business lunchers including important guests from out of town and a couple of vegetarians who ordered the mushroom burger.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not so good
    Marinel
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Food was terrible. The steak was fatty, and the ribs were dry, as if they had been cooked in a slow cooker all day and they covered in barbecue sauce.
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    kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Decent, not upscale
    FoodMonster
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Had a business dinner there with some colleagues who generally prefer good steak houses. This isn't a steak house as we found out. The service was adequate. Our server seemed a bit scattered and disorganized. It wasn't busy. The portions were small. Too small for my taste given the price. Money wasn't a big issue for us but still you want to see value. The place is nice inside and with the name it just seemed like it would be one of those upper scale bar and grill places but it's not. Not sure id return unless they upgrade their menu with some classic steak offerings and maybe upgrade the level of service, given the prices they want.
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  • Lauren, Rick & Eric have a winner!
    WithGreekFriends
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Happy Hour 7 days a week from 3pm - 7pm draws the business crowd. Seasonal entrees are delicious - favorites are: Bistro Burger, Brick Chicken, Salmon Tacos & Salt/Pepper Prawns. Bartenders - Rick, Audrey, Matt & Teri are excellent, as are all servers and hostess staff! Come and have what Eric is cooking up today . . . !
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid experience
    Foodie4VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This place is a good addition to Mountain View's dining scene. Upscale feel but prices are very reasonable. Friendly service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    First time visit to Paul Martins and we were pleasantly surprised. There were four of us and we each enjoyed our selections. The fish tacos, short ribs and corn on the cobb were all outstanding. The BBQ ribs were really good, the plank salmon good but not great. Our server (Misael) was excellent and the room, although quite loud, was acceptable for conversation (but certainly not quiet conversation). Would have been a five star review were it not for the plank salmon and the noise level. Overall, great place!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic