Keep it up
Very relaxing atmosphere, especially the patio
Humus, sweet corn soup, mahi, and chocolate pudding with dark cherries were all satisfying.
A nice Pinot by the glass at $11 (Meomi?)
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fine Outdoor Dining
The courtyard is a great place for lunch, usually peaceful. Nothing fancy this time, just hamburger and frys My only complaint was the sandwich was trendy, that is way too thick to eat conveniently. I'd prefer not so tall with bigger diameter. However, it was perfectly cooked as were the crispy fries.
Fine service and convenient parking too.
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
A special hotel
I like the quiet environment. The price of food is OK as a hotel. The choice of soup is not enough. There is only one soup.
Although the hotel is not big, it gives me a comfortable feeling. Big hotel like Marriott may be too standard. I like the design of this hotel. Simple.
Good Service. The doorman offered to take pictures for me. Warm and friendly.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Father's Day Dinner
We had an excellent Father's Day dinner at the Menlo Grill -- special items were on the menu just for Dad, service was prompt, helpful and friendly, and food was excellent. Will be back.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Can't get enough of this place!
The Menlo Grill keeps getting better and better each time I go in for a visit. The Chef seems to continually 'up' his game and is constantly creating new, vibrant, exciting dishes to try. I am never disappointed when I come in. Wait staff at night seems to be a bit stronger than during the day but it's still great service all the way around; you can tell the staff really cares about the guest experience and that makes all the difference in the world.
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Wonderful Experience
The food was very well presented & cooked. However, I must give credit to the staff for making the overall dining experience an EXCELLENT one.
Note: An 'Old Fashion' is a very "old school" drink, which, in my husband's opinion, in today's "hipster" bar scenes is not well done or sometimes not even known! KUDOS to the bartending staff for making the BEST Old Fashion my husband has drank in the longest time & we eat out A LOT around the Bay Area.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
The egg dishes were perfectly prepared, and the service was attentive.
7/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious as always...
The Menlo Grill is a favorite of ours. The service is friendly, the ambience is warm and inviting, and the food is delicious. The beignets definitely won fan favorite this round- so light and fluffy, and served with three dipping sauces, all of which were amazing. I could go on and on for days about my favorite dishes at the Grill but you really need to go in for yourself to see what they're putting out. You will not be disappointed and may even find your new favorite hangout spot.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were looking for a place before a movie in Palo Alto on a Friday night and didnt want to fight the crowds in Downtown PA
We decided to try Menlo Grill located in the Stanford Park Hotel on El Camino in Menlo park just North of Downtown PA.
it was very good- intersting menu. The 4 of us had different entres and we enjoyed the things we ordered. Also, although pretty full it was quiet, which allowed for a great dinner time conversation.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Just keeps getting better
The management clearly cares about the service and product they present. It is ever changing and for the better. Fries rocked (two big bowls that the kids polished off) and the ahi Tuna salad was just the right size and tuna was seared just right!
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Would Visit Again
Outstanding dishes in quaint hotel setting. Scallops with heirloom tomatoes and roasted corn salad was delicious. One guest in our party had the roasted chicken and said it was the best chicken he'd ever had in a restaurant. Cesar salad looked tasty, but my husband wouldn't share. Friendly, professional service. Sommelier shared info about the wine & winery. Pleasant dining experience.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect birthday dinner
We were treated like royalty, and the food and drink went with the attention. Good desserts: mud pie (with a candle), beignets.
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Summer in Menlo Park
We enjoyed a lovely evening out on the patio. We've dined here many times, and this was one of the best meals yet. The strawberry gazpacho was inventive, and a wonderful surprise. Nicole, our server, was kind enough to bring me a taste before I committed to ordering. Amongst our group, we enjoyed the filet mignon (top notch!), the burger, the over the top fabulous buttermilk mashed potatoes, the truffled mac and cheese, caesar salad -- oh, and save room for dessert! The beignets were a treat. Always a wonderful meal and we come away asking ourselves why we don't eat there MORE often!
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a delight! Great hamburger and very pleasant, relaxed outdoor dining.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
We love this place. We have been coming here for years. It was closed for remodeling and we definitely missed it. We were there for our anniversary last Sunday. Best eggs Benedict ever. Finished off with a peach blueberry crumble that was delicious.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had the summer melon salad, really delicious; the day boat scallops, also yummy; and the Berkshire pork chop, moist and tasty, but with a little too much fat. Wine by the glass was hit and miss, but had a good Sauvignon blanc. Service friendly and efficient, and we liked the slightly more formal decor.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great dining experience
Overall we had an enjoyable dinner at this hotel eatery. Generous portions, tasty flavors, reasonable prices and great service makes this restaurant a good option for in-house dining if you are staying at this hotel. We had a large group and our server, Sean, was good at interacting with each person including the children. He was even able to get an extra guest that showed up late due to a flight delay. Thank you Menlo Bistro!
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food and service.
Excellent food and service. Should have eaten on patio, as indoors is rather anticeptic. Wines are somewhat overpriced.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was very good. We had
Food was very good. We had the salmon, filet mignon and scallops. Also enjyed the beet salad. For dessert the mint ice cream mud pie, doughnuts andberry crumble were all delicious. Service was excellent. Although there were only 5 or 6 tables used, the noise really bounces off the walls so it is noisier than it looks.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very pleasant in and out door
Very pleasant in and out door venue. Service at lunch was excellent. House hamburger was done perfectly. Very comfortable seating.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
great first visit
We had a great first visit. The food was tasty and the environment attractive. We hope to return soon.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
GREAT cocktail seletion, hand crafted. Delicious appetizers.
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
group night out
Group of 7 friends out for an evening was of food, drinks, and conversation. The place was great for getting caught up. Food and drink were great and the ambiance was wonderful. Highly recommend
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Local Spot Gets Better and Better
Congrats to the chef, who has raised the bar on bistro and hotel food. We have eaten here several times over the past 3 years. It seems to get better and better. Fine use of very fresh, unusual seasonal vegetables that lets the taste shine through. Also interesting sauces with a light touch. Casual atmosphere--very "Stanford." Free corkage means that the tab is always a sweet surprise.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Have eaten at the Grill Twice
Have eaten at the Grill Twice now and both experiences were superb! No downsides of any kind.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful evening of good
Wonderful evening of good food and service
One of my favorite on the Peninsula.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
It is a great place to go
It is a great place to go with friends. The service personnel are always welcoming and cordial. We especially appreciate the no corkage fee. Ordinarily, the noise level is OK. I had to give that a bad rating for last Saturday.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
good for peninsula
In an area (the SF Peninsula) not noted for good food, this one has quite good food, but also in an atmosphere that is pleasing and convenient. The service was unusually helpful and good-natured, adding to the pleasant experience.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
meet, talk and eat
Menlo Grill is one of a few restaurants where the food is tasty and often creative , price reasonable, service good ...AND you can actually have a conversation without shouting or using a hearing aid. Great meeting place for small groups or just friends you want to catch up with. i particularly enjoy breakfast .
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Menlo Grill delivers once again!
I was lucky enough to enjoy another meal at the Menlo Grill Tuesday night. This place keeps getting better and better! From the veggie tempura to the delicious hummus, our apps started us off right. I had the Roast Chicken which was delicious; served atop seasonal veggies, it was a nice presentation and made me miss home cooked meals by Mom. Dad had the Cornish Hen and it was absolutely perfect- well seasoned, sauce it's served with compliments perfectly and the spinach & pine nut side was a big hit. Stepmom got the Pear and Apple Salad and thoroughly enjoyed it. The chef at the Menlo Grill is definitely onto something! Service was also great fantastic- thanks Karla!! Nice to see management presence in the dining room as well.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service still lacking
The food keeps improving but something is missing in the training of servers. We were greeted in a friendly manner and then ignored for about 20 minutes. Luckily the manager came over to greet us and eventually put waitress came over. It appeared they were busy with a private party but a brief interaction with an explanation would have worked not total neglect. After this the service was fine and friendly with a team approach to delivering food. We had oysters which were very fresh and split A salad which was split for us into separate plates. We then had the paella, a special, which was very good and the salmon which was excellent. A few service corrections and this place would be terrific.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
To begin, we shared an authentic
To begin, we shared an authentic Caesar salad and inventive red pepper and apple bisque, both of which were delightful. When the entrees were delivered, the server asked that I cut into the filet mignon to make sure it was as ordered, a thoughtful touch that shows that the kitchen strives to please. I wasn't disappointed; a perfect filet, skillfully prepared exactly to my liking, with an exquisite wine sauce that made me wish I'd ordered two! Even the accompanying green beans and potato were perfectly prepared! My wife raved about her risotto (I tasted; it was wonderful!). And the Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon pared well; even the after dinner coffee stood out! An exceptional meal, flawlessly prepared and attentively served. Bravo!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
They know how to treat their guests
My husband and I had dinner here on Saturday. The restaurant staff made us feel valued even though we are just normal folks in an otherwise rich neighborhood. We had an early reservation and got seated right away. My water glass was never empty and the staff checked on us often. The food was fresh and perfectly prepared. And DELICIOUS! We are definitely coming back!
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Very Good Food, Nice Atmosphere
We sat in the bar area, near the fire. The presence of 2 TVs was the only jarring note in this otherwise clubby atmosphere. Very good food. EXCELLENT brussels sprouts. Pork chops nice and tender. Lamb shank excellent. Cavatelli (vegetarian) had lots of great flavors. Will go back.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Dinner at Menlo Grill
Three of my friends and I had a great dinner at the Menlo Grill. The food was outstanding. The service was just what one wanted. I love the new decor!! It is much more contemporary!!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
I always enjoy the food at the Menlo Grill. Ambiance and decor is just right - clean, uncluttered, with a good amount of space between tables. Comfortable for business or fun conversations.
I was in the mood for comfort food and enjoyed the Reuben for lunch. My friends ordered the Beef & Noodles (yum!) and Steak Salad (great combo - it was a big portion). I'll keep coming back.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Staff a little overwhelmed
We rec'd excellent service (we were a group of 7) until a large party was seated (about 15)---then it all went downhill. The staff was overwhelmed. Our 2PM lunch went until 4:45PM. Edwin, our server, was excellent when available.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our favorite local restaurant.
The chef is a master who has introduced several new menu items and continues to enhance the old standards. Service is attentive and Jessica is the best!
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Amazing, as always!
I love the Menlo Grill! I come here often with my parents and was lucky enough to eat here with my Mom the other night. Service was fantastic- approachable, attentive, knowledgeable, friendly, etc. Tommy was our Server and he did a great job. It was also nice that a few other Servers/Bussers checked in on us as well.
The food was fantastic, as it always is. Mom and I both ordered the Cornish Hen but had it plated with the Filet sides (mashed potatoes and green beans). We both made the comment that we should eat that well every day. :o) The Chef definitely knows what he's doing and I'm more impressed with each visit I make to the grill. Can't wait to go back for more!
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
A lovely quiet dinner
The four of us had a wonderful dining experience. Delicious Pork chop, fish and chicken dinners. All served were served beautifully. The wait staff were friendly and efficient. We would definitely go back again.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
We keep coming back!
Have been back six times now since new chef came over last December from Madera restaurant at the Rosewood (Madera earned a Michelin Guide ranking last year). This guy knows what he is doing!!! Meals have been superb. I can see why Madera got in to Michelin Guide. Had the lamb shank this last visit. It was rich and delicious. Prior visit I had pork chop (for 2nd time) and wife had prime rib (a Sunday special). Both were excellent. Food doesn't get much better than this. Service has been very good, too. What's more, parking is easy and they charge no corkage!! Highly recommended.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Every dish was delish
Dropped in here after visiting our student at Stanford. Easy to find and convenient parking. We had four delicious meals. Pork chop was tender and juicy, lamb shank was falling off the bone in a rich wine reduction, pasta was fresh and inventive, and the Chilean sea bass was perfectly cooked with a great mushroom broth that brought the whole thing together. Our wines by the glass (a Pinot Noir and Merlot) were absolutely wonderful and perfectly suited to the food. Prices reasonable for the quality of the food.
Service was prompt, and friendly. The restaurant is beautifully decorated and was not too noisy.
A great experience, we will definitely be coming back.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
We enjoyed our annual dinner
We enjoyed our annual dinner to visit sitting by the window and looking out at the lighted palm trees. The room set up with some barriers and angles to separate tables helped to give a more intimate and private arrangement for our conversation. Parking and entering the dining room were awkward, though, because all parking spots were numbered. We thought, even though there were ample parking spots, that the number was for the hotel room so we rode around and around trying to find clearly marked spots for dining only. We entered the room being set up for a meeting and then tried again to find we had entered the back door. Finally, we made our way to the front where the hostess was.
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
We come here often. We love
We come here often. We love the changes that the chef introduces regularly and the service by Jessica and Miriam is the best anywhere!
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Pre-Thanksgiving Family Dinner
Menlo Grill is the go-to place for so many occasions, this time a Pre-Thanksgiving dinner for 11 people, including three children under 6 years old. The restaurant was busy, but they handled it without a hitch. Excellent, attentive service, always good food, and knowledge of how to handle kids. Food is fairly priced, atmosphere happy, and with no corkage fee it is always a good deal.
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Came here for Thanksgiving
Came here for Thanksgiving dinner and we were not disappointed. They had a selection of 4 entrees and we selected the turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, pumpkin pie, coffee - the traditional dinner (but they didn't have cranberry sauce so we hope they add this for 2014)! The wine list was not extensive but we found a great bottle of wine. The service was excellent - server was very professional and attentive and we were not rushed. We will definitely come back here. Also, the décor of this restaurant is very charming - hard wood floors and great bar area.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
What a delight1
I met a friend for our annual birthday lunch at Menlo Grill. Not only were our meals delicious, the service was absolutely excellent. When we were reviewing the dessert menu I casually mentioned to my friend that we should indulge since it was our birthday. The waiter (A.J.) brought our dessert out and said it was on the house and wished us a Happy Birthday. It's a lovely space and the it was nice and quiet so we could talk and enjoy ourselves without yelling.
12/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good service, ambitious food
Service was excellent. Server understood my wine questions and knew the menu. The cocktail list was very creative but our cocktails were too sweet. By-the-glass wine list a little short. Wife's salad was expertly prepared, and the amuse bouche was surprising and delightful. The entrees however were deeply flawed. My dish was all brown, and called out for some greens (salmon). Wife's dish had multiple problems, both in composition and execution (cavatelli). Easy parking. A little pricey for the errors.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very Comfotable Dining Room
On Sundays the menu changes frm breakfast to brunch at 10. The Salmon Benedict was perfect. The seating is well spaced and comfortable. The room is inviting.
12/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
I have had lunch and dinner at the Grill a number of times, and never been disappointed with the food or service. I will continue to patronize the Grill.
12/8/2013 4:00:00 PM