Great to find a nice place like this close to campus. Not the mob scene on California or University Streets. The burgers looked great. Next time I will order one. The chicken liver terrine was chunkier than I like but the accompanying toasts and rhubarb jam were very good. Will not order the Caesar salad again -- it was tasteless; not an anchovy in sight! But the ambiance of this place is great and, as I said, the burgers look like the are special. Will definitely be going back.
3/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service - what
Great food and service - what more can you ask for?
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Cartlidge & Brown Pinot Noir
Cartlidge & Brown Pinot Noir and a meat ball.... nuff said!
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
The pizza and mint fennel
The pizza and mint fennel calamari were good. The fish entree was too, except was overly salty. Still, it was within our tolerance limit so we beared through it.
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
We are thankful every day
We are thankful every day Guillaume Bienaimé is now in Ladera!
4/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Portola Kitchen: Worth Finding It!
Portola Kitchen is worth finding. It is hidden from street view, tucked inside Ladera Shopping Center, directly across the pedestrian walkway at Bianchini's Market. The location adds to PK's ambiance: if you sit outside, (under a covered canopy with noiseless ceiling fans), you face Bianchini's beautiful fresh produce displays. The open-air and local market displays transport you to a small European town.
Chef Guillaume Bienaime has extensive experience creating very fine menus -- there is truly "something for everyone" on the menu. Tender petrale sole (in season of course), torchio (pasta) with seasonal ragu (lamb, duck, short rib, etc), terrific pizzas, huge wonderful burgers. DO NOT MISS THE FRIES! These are one-of-a-kind.
4/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Try the new pork chop and
Try the new pork chop and a bottle of Cartlidge & Brown Pinot!!! Amazing!!!!
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Exceeded all expectations. It was great. We'll be back.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
We frequent the restaurant,
We frequent the restaurant, and always enjoy the menu innovations, the setting, and the terrific staff. Highly recommended, always fun, always interesting. And, on top of that, reasonable prices.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good lunch spot
Had a business lunch there, sat outside, was quiet, comfortable and the service was very good. Had the seared salmon salad, which was very good.
4/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Terrific! Our meal was delicious
Terrific! Our meal was delicious and tge hospitality of the staff sheer perfection! Portola Kitchen will be a favorite of ours to share. Thanks!!!!
4/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious entree. But appetizer
Delicious entree. But appetizer lacked flavor. halibut crudou laced acid or salt.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Overall just a great place
Overall just a great place to grab a very nice meal. The food and flavors are wonderful and excellent portion size. Our favorite places when needing to eat in the Portola - Woodside area.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
We recently had a family dinner
We recently had a family dinner (10 of us) ... dined outdoors facing Bianchini's produce display; the feeling is like being on a patio in a tiny market village. The atmosphere encourage people to relax, laugh out loud, sit comfortably, and (if there are pre-schoolers in the mix) move around. It is the perfect extension of the indoor restaurant. Our group ordered a variety of entrees: always excellent sole; the veal porterhouse special; homemade torchio pasta with lamb ragu; mussels; the huge burger and indescribable fries. Cocktails, wine and voila!! it was a memorable evening.
PK is a regular go-to place when we are just 2 or 4 people, and we like to dine at the bar, too. But this was perfect for a larger, happy, talkative group.
4/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fabulous new "kitchen"
From the decor to the food everything was perfect!
Extensive wine list including wines by the glass. Ordered the buratta crostini - outstanding, kale pesto homemade pasta- delicioso, fish of the day - cod (fresh) - cooked to perfection. Two shared and we still didn't have room for dessert. To wind up the evening we decided to have a nightcap at the full bar. Who do we meet? Mike, the owner. Yes the name rings a bell because he owns all the Mike's Cafes - Portola Kitchen being an ex. The executive chef was chitchatting at the bar as well and we had a very exciting culinary discussion with him - being the foodies that we are. Ended the evening with a Sasacaia grappa. Unique!
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is a great neighborhood
This is a great neighborhood restaurant. The bar serves excellent and generous drinks, and the food is always good with generous servings. Nice to see the chef and the owner both nearly always in the restaurant warmly greeting guests in evenings.
5/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
I so enjoy this restaurant.
I so enjoy this restaurant. The food is wonderful and the service very good. I do think that their wine list is too pricey. They do not have many moderately priced bottles of wine. This is unfortunate. You are much better off with the corkage fee. We used our opentable points with absolutely no problem. I highly recommend this restaurant!
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
I always enjoy Portola Kitchen. It's a comfortable place the has great food, a nice wine list and a good staff. Highly recommend.
5/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Worth crossing the 280 for..
In Palo Alto and need a restaurant that ticks the boxes (fresh, innovative, solid wine list and attentive service)? Look no farther than Portola Kitchen.
5/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Wonderful Experience
This was our second time dining at the Portola Kitchen. The wait staff on both visits were friendly, cheerful, and very helpful.
All of our main dishes were evry very good. The fish, veal, and chicken were paired with tasty sides and attrcatively served.
We would recommend the Portola Kitchen for you and your family.
5/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good blend of pleasant ambiance,
Good blend of pleasant ambiance, interesting menu choices, well prepared food and very good service.
5/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is the same prioprieter as the various Mike's Cafe's around the area, but this is much better than any of those. Good food all round, nice wines, nice place. A keeper.
6/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
I went there with my husband on our weekly date. We were looking for something neighborhoodie and not too fancy. The food was amazing. Every bite we took was a wow. The service was very informal yet friendly and fast. Too fast at times.
6/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love PV Kitchen
We live in san jose but we make it to Portola Kitchen a couple times a year, and we always have a great meal and good service.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
My only complaint is the iced
My only complaint is the iced tea.
Hugo, our server was fabulous.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
My first time dining here and I've already made a reservation to come back next week. Our waitress (Cristin) was incredible - fantastic service, great menu suggestions and easy conversation. She also suggested a wine for me and my guest that was out of this world. Overall the experience was over the top and I can't wait to introduce another friend to this neighborhood gem.
6/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
We ate outdoors. Heaters made
We ate outdoors. Heaters made the cool evening just fine. Everyone enjoyed their food. The chicken Caesar salad was one of the best I've had.
6/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great ambiance for romance or a casual get together. Food was outstanding and the service was timely. This is new favorite spot for a nice night out.
7/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
reliable, solid menu
We have been here many times and will continue come back. A great, reliable neighborhood restaurant. All ingredients from produce to fish to meat are always fresh and well prepared. I love their beet and arugula salad. My favorite entrees are the salmon or the grilled pork chop. Chocolate budino dessert (a light pudding) is awesome!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Because the restaurant is not "down town" it seems to be out of the way, but worth the effort to drive there.
7/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
Best lunch in years
A friend & I had a late lunch here one weekday and the food was out of this world delicious. Our prosciutto, broccoli rabe and mozzarella panino was fabulous, as was the pasta and meatballs. They are one of the few restaurants that makes an Aperol cocktail almost the way I like it, so we enjoyed those. It's located in a small strip center but the interior is very nice and the outside patio overlooks fresh fruits & vegetable organic market, not the street. Looking forward to returning soon!
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, comfortable nightbout
As a trained chef myself I don't find many casual restaurants that deliver great food. Everything we had was amazing and could have paid twice the price at the Village Pub or Madera for the same item. It is not formal or fancy, rather your neighbors" tasteful home in portola valley. Don't miss the panna cotta, I could order 5 and make it my meal.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoy the new version of Mike's
Enjoy the new version of Mike's Cafe. Went for brunch... my dish of ham scramble was excellent. My husband's mushroom omelet was not as good. Omelet was not juicy but more like a egg pancake that had been folded over on top of little whole mushrooms and broccoli.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
The meals and the service are good. There is covered outside dining which is nice when the weather permits.
7/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Petrale sole out of this world. Budino to die for!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was excellent, as was the service. I'd recommend this restaurant to my friends, even though it is some distal from the villages of Menlo Park and Palo Alto.
8/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
Chef Guillaume Bienaime has
Chef Guillaume Bienaime has created a great menu; food and service are excellent; wine list is noteworthy
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Casual But Gormet
Went with my boyfriend to celebrate our one-year anniversary. Loved every second of it. Was casual enough to have show up in jeans, but the food is spectacular. Unique dishes ranging from chicken to lamb. Everything is homemade including the sausage and the pasta. And our server was awesome. Once he found out we had not been there before, he gave us the perfect recommendations. Highly recommended for anyone who just wants a good, moderately priced meal.
9/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
We've gone a number of times over the past year and it's so nice to have a place that is consistently good. There are always a few seasonal changes on the menu which hold their own against the favorites I've come to love.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great local restaurant
Food is really good. Environment is kid-friendly and bright.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great addition to the area!
We had a delicious dinner - excellent service and great food made it a perfect night. The restaurant is so easy to get too off the 280 and has a cozy, warm neighborhood feeling. Can't wait to go back!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, great service
Great service, great food. Even kids menu food was good. I will be back!!
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Keep Going Back
We love to introduce friends to this Portola Valley gem. The ambiance has good energy, yet is very warm inside, and the food is excellent. Seasonal, fresh ingredients, and the serving staff are always willing to share their recommendations. We will keep going back.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a restaurant worth going to. Food is good and the staff attentive.
10/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
brunch in the fall
I have eaten here twice for brunch with a group of friends before. It has good food, but nothing fancy. its perfect for a get together in the neighborhood and the servers are very good, polite and u can just stay and talk even after eating with just a cup of coffee if you wish.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Portola Kitchen is a little apart from town, but worth the time and effort to go there. The meatball sandwitch is wonderful and the soup
10/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
Wonderful dining experience
My wife and I have eaten at the Portola Kitchen on numerous occasions. Always, great ambience, food and service. Ran into many friends whom we haven't seen in a few months. Had dinner with my former boss. It was great. Thank you.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
The greeter let us change tables to a warmer and quieter location.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Perfect date spot
Was a great blend of casual and classy with a superb menu and delicious dishes.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great local place my friend has raved about for months now. His reasons - neighborhood, comfortable, creative, friendly, charming - I understand all of them now. I finally went and enjoyed every interaction with their staff and morsel of my meal. The seasonal fruit plate is not only beautiful but full of unexpected flavors and experiences - chocolate persimmon, finger limes and pomegranate - YUM! My dining companions started with a simple and lovely salad. For dinner they dined on Osso Buco and a burger, and finished both! I can't say enough good things about my duck sausage with fig, the combination of those flavors was perfection for me. The service was attentive and friendly, without being overbearing. We will definitely be back!
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM