Clearly the place to go!
The celebration of our anniversary was made very special by the welcome we received from everyone at the Parkside Grill!
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
We felt grateful for a local restaurant in a wooded setting in Portola Valley. It is comfortably rustic but sophisticated inside with open beamed ceilings. Our dining selections included softshell crab and polenta ravioli with shrimp in a great sauce, both were lovely. One guest said his beef filet was the best he had in a long time. The open kitchen contributes to the noise level otherwise it was a comfortable place to have conversation with dinner.
5/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great for lunch on a warm day
Sitting in the shade of the huge redwoods on a warm day, sipping chilled Preseco and eating a delicious, artfully displayed salad was the perfect way to spend lunchtime celebrating my daughter's birthday. Service was friendly and attentive.
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Consistent, excellent find
I love this place and frequent it regularly for lunch, dinner, or a glass of wine. I have never been disappointed whether on it's a special dinner, time with friends, or with colleagues. Service is super.
6/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect outdoor patio
Nice at this time of year to sit on the patio and eat among the redwoods.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice Neighborhood Vibe
Parkside Grill is a great place for well made food, served by a friendly staff with a well conceived wine list that is perfect for a low-key Portola Valley dinner. It's menu consists of specials and time tested recipes that emphasize seasonal local produce. It is a good mix of comfort food and California cuisine.
6/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
While our server was good,
While our server was good, he most often wasn't around. Too many tables to attend. It colored an otherwise very nice meal.
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
The calamari is superb...A
The calamari is superb...A cozy yet active spot to meet friends or to have a romantic evening under the redwoods.
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner with Friends
We invited two out of town friends to dinner with us at the Parkside Grill on June 14th. On arrival and check in, we were warmly greeted by the owner Bill Petkopoulos. It was a beautiful evening so we elected to be seated at one of the outdoor tables. The service and food were all great and we had a most enjoyable time dining amongst the Redwoods. We expect to be back soon again .
6/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Parkside Grille Review
I took my parents here for the 42nd wedding anniversary on a Wed night, and we had a nice experience. The staff was helpful and friendly and the food was good. Working in the food and beverage industry, I would definitely say it's a solid spot to check out and dine at. Enjoy!
6/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Expensive but worth it
Sometimes a dining experience is worth every penny -- this was one of those times.
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Countryside Restaurant
Parkside Grill has been a family favorite for many years. It's convenient and casual dress. The food is good and a big variety on the menu. The bar crowd returns several nights a week so you know they have to be having a good time. The owner is always present. The waiters and waitresses are friendly and prompt with your orders. Parkside is a winner!
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Parkside Grille in Portola
Parkside Grille in Portola Valley is one of the great 'hidden gems' on the Peninsula. The staff are friendly and provide great service. The menu and food are world class!!
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Relaxing dinner in the redwoods
A keeper on our list of restaurants to go back to. We sat at the bar and had a well made cocktail before being seated. Great, friendly bar atmosphere. The outside patio area was perfect on a warm night. The baked herb goat cheese appetizer was excellent! We could have ordered two and called it dinner. We ordered the hanger steak and the New York steak. Both were grilled to our individual preference and served with sides that went well with the meat. Good selection of wine. The chocolate soufflé for dessert was a perfect ending!
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
perfect place for a specil occasion
We were taking a chief from Puerto Rico & now Washington DC for a farewell dinner on short notice & were
lucky enough to get in here. It couldn't have been more perfect. She/We all enjoyed the setting & the food &
waiter. perfect evening!
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
A perfect evening
Always a gem. Food is over the top and our waiter Bujon made our evening like he was welcoming in to his home. He just topped off the evening. Thank you for being one of the best.
7/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
a very nice early evening dinner
Great appetizers, friendly service, outdoor seating by the Redwood Trees is a must.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a neighborhood delight for us. The menu is varied, appetizers particularly delicious, good wine list, attentive waiters.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ambiance and good food
Parkside Grille has become one of our go-to places. Nothing better than sitting under massive redwoods eating good food. Red clam chowder is always great. Their fig pizetta was amazing, and entrees always good.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Warm, friendly, and great food
Love this Portola Valley gem of a restaurant. We go as a family whenever we visit. The menu is varied and is kid friendly. The specials are always awesome and they have a great wine list. Look forward to our return. Also want to mention the wonderful staff!
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is such a great place to come and eat and drink. We will come back.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dining under the redwood
The food is very good. Try the goat cheese starter; it's excellent.
Request an outside table for a unique atmosphere.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food and great setting
Good food and great setting in Portola Valley. A pleasant change from the rush of Palo Alto or the City.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place is great. You feel like you've gone far away into the woods and yet it's so close. The Redwood trees are fantastic. I absolutely love the paintings and the whole décor. The food and service has been very good as well. Think of this place as a retreat and definitely give it a try.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
We love this restaurant
Always wonderful food and lovely setting. Veteran wait staff are gems.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Favorite menu items...
Have to get the chicken chili relleno, absolutely the best thing on the menu! Also, the crab quesadillas were great!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service & patio
Had a late evening dinner there mid-week last week. Service was very good, especially for a crowded patio. Outside seating is recommended. Lots of redwoods and other trees surround the place, and the road next door is pretty quiet.
Hanger Steak was flavorful, and most sides were tasty. Only downside was a very slight bit of moldy taste to the cheddar in the Mac and Cheese special. I was the only one who could taste it, apparently. Reported to the kitchen, but no action was taken (which I'd told them was OK, in the event that my tastes were thrown by the red wine or other influences.)
All in all a delightful place for a nice casual or low-key special evening in a classy neighborhood. It's a perennial favorit and remains so to this day.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our first experience at Parkside and we were absolutely delighted. The four of us had cioppinos, wild salmon and sole and all were perfectly prepared. For wine the waiter recommended a Viognier that matched the seafood very nicely. Our server was Jose who provided us with both good advice and warm service. We will definitely be back.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Reliable neighborhood gem
Good food & a great casual atmosphere. Some great, but variable, appetizers and entrees & consistently reliable desserts. Outdoor dining on a warm night is outstanding.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
great food in the redwoods
quiet, "neighborhood" restaurant with excellent food and drink, active bar/sports but does not interfere with restaurant; also has back room for large groups - we enjoy eating near the redwoods, deer and horses passing by
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Far Away Place close to Home
Having lunch under the redwoods in Portola Valley felt like an afternoon in a distant land! Wonderful service and wonderful salads! A neat get away only 20 minutes from home.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious Food, Great Atmosphere
We had my mom's surprise birthday party here and they gave us a lovely long table in a room set off from the main restaurant but with a few other diners. They served a cake we brought and had let us drop off flowers ahead of time as well. The waiter was efficient but not trying to rush us. Every single one of us loved our food. From dungeness crab rigatoni to short ribs and hanger steak. It made for a perfect venue for a special event.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
good food, shaky service
food improves every time, now excellent.
Friendly professional atmosphere, but older male waiter never very good...
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
This has become standby for us. Great food always, quiet, nestled among the redwoods, pleasant service. What more could you ask? We always request lunch on the patio if the weather is good.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Dinning Experience
Made reservation for five on open table - went to the restaurant ---they didn't have the reservation - luckily they had a table for us. Never feels good to make reservations which included out of town guest coming straight from the airport and then find out that the place doesn't have you reservation.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Parkside Grille is always good
The service is charming, attentive but not intrusive. The food is always excellent. The spinach salad with scallops was perfection. Try the pineapple upside-down cake for dessert. Yum!
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic special salad; brought
Fantastic special salad; brought California to life on my plate! Extremely creative.
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great, great, great
The atmosphere was wonderful and food outstanding. Will definitely go again soon...jackie and john
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Portola Valley institution
This restaurant has been around in one form or another for decades. In its current version, it serves creative California cuisine in a peaceful setting. Excellent selection of great food. For outdoor seating, the cars on Portola Valley Road can be distracting at times, but otherwise it is quiet.
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Exc svc, beautiful surroundings
I've eaten at Parkside Grille many times. It's excellent for lunch as well as dinner, and the setting in a small Portola Valley shopping center is only 5 minutes from the Sand Hill Rd exit of 280, yet seems very rural, peaceful and relaxing. In nice weather you can dine in their outdoor patio and even sometimes see deer in the meadow across Portola Road.
The food is fresh, innovative and consistently good. They serve a small but strong list of wines, mainly from California. The wait staff is super-friendly, helpful with recommendations, and always accommodating.
My only hesitation in recommending you to eat here is that I enjoy it as a little "getaway" that I don't want to become too crowded!!
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best steak filet I've had in a very long time. Thanks.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
great little "out in woods" quiet location. All 4 of us enjoyed our meals! Would recommend it to others and would go again! Thanks
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great seasonal food
I work for a VC on Sand Hill Rd. - this place is a local favorite since it's so easy to get to and never insanely crowded. The food is simply fabulous - seasonal, fresh, inventive menu items. I just had the roasted beet, goat cheese, and baby greens with walnuts and citrus vinaigrette with fresh crab meat on top. It was fabulous! They kindly let us all share a glass of wine (we were celebrating a coworker's birthday) between two of us. Great French Provencal-style rose for just $10 a glass, too. Wonderful desserts and their Peruvian coffee is so rich and delicious - it's a must for after your meal!
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Best Dinner /Evenings Ever
The Parkside is by far one of our favorite places to eat ever. Everything on their menu is wonderful. The quality of the food and the service is the best. Bill the owner is so gracious and his staff is the same. We dine here at least three to four times a month. It is always good!
10/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
Excellent spot in beautiful area. Good food. Very nice receptionist and waiter
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
A great place to dine for
A great place to dine for lunch...Friendly efficient service, great food, pleasant atmosphere with option of outdoor dining when the weather allows.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
a lovely evening with good friends
We had visited the Parkside Grille the week before and enjoyed it enough to return. We invited friends to "our favorite new restaurant" and had a lovely dinner a second time.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Disappointed for the first
Disappointed for the first time at my neighborhood place. The special was rigatoni w. crab. Found 3 tiny pieces of crab and LOTS of cream. Salads and desserts good, as always. Service great. Should have stuck to their usual menu.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Parkside Grill is my local favorite. friendly, casual, and fun. lots of regulars. good daily specials, and good wine list. Bar is a good hang-out.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Every time we have a good experience here. Food is consistently above average and service as well. Would not hesitate to go back.
12/1/2013 4:00:00 PM