Trellis Restaurant
Trellis Restaurant

Trellis Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://trellisrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6503269028
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM; Dinner: Daily: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Gabriel Madrid
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering from individual to corporate. Please see our catering menu from the website.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private rooms with own bar and terrace dining with 80 seating capacity. Perfect place for wedding rehearsals, holiday parties and corporate events.
  • Private Party Contact: Kurt 6503269028

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Santa Cruz Ave
  • Public Transit: Menlo Park Train station 1 block away also public bus line.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Behind the restaurant 8 stalls. Public parking lot nearby.
A word from Trellis Restaurant
Trellis with the truly unique upstairs patio, Trellis offers, "al fresco dining" along with it many other charms. The new low carb seasonal menu, the vibrant specials and the daily homemade bread, soups and desserts are tantalizing. A warm-comfortable dining room and banquet-catering facilities with 2 full bars, insure that Trellis is the choice for any occasion. Banquet facilities are available for groups from 10 to 120 guests and the Chef will gladly consult on any special banquet catering needs.
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Trellis Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
49 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (28)great for outdoor dining (26)fit for foodies (17)good for groups (15)special occasion (13)great for lunch (11)romantic (9)kid-friendly (8)notable wine list (4)scenic view (1)hot spot (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Nice find
    Finedinesart
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The Trellis was recommended to me by a customer of mine. I was looking for a non chain good restaurant in Menlo Park or Palo Alto. I wanted a good experience for a small family celebration. The menu for both are food & wine was very good. We were 6, each ordering something different all our choices were excellent. The service location & ambiance all fit what we were looking for. I would definitely return & recommend to friends & clients.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good value, good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    This was the first time at Trellis and we both enjoyed our meals. The pasta and the veal were good and the service was excellent. We will go back again when we are in Menlo Park.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good food, quiet place
    pvparty
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We were here on a Tuesday evening. Not too many people, but a very friendly welcoming. A bit cool to sit outside, so dinner inside. Good, solid traditional Italian food, 3 1/2. Very good service and reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1 of our favorites on the Peninsula
    pamjayonfir
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We had a very nice lunch with the girls up on the beautiful open terrace. Jorge gives the best service & owner/mgr Kurt always stops by to say Hi & check on our experience. We will return soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Barb2
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food was fabulous. We arrived with a reservation and were given a not very nice table. I said we had a reservation (for a special occasion) but no one asked for my name. It was 10 minutes before the waiter came to our table. We asked for menus and said we wanted a drink first. Ten minutes later we were brought menus and after another five or so minutes our drink order was taken. It took a while for the drinks to come. We arrived at 7:20 and got our drinks at 7:55Experinced. We were never shown the beautiful upstairs patio dining space. I am not a complainer but this was ridiculously embarrassing. We ordered dinner and were served in an appropriate amount of time and it was fantastic. Would not recommend because of the rude service.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Waitress with poor social skills, food quality like shoney's; there was good reason it was mostly empty.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Highly recommend!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We have been here several times and, as usual, the food was delicious. We started with the soup, and then had the grilled salmon with a sun-dried tomato sauce (a dish I hadn't tried before). The portions are always a good size, and was able to save half for lunch the next day. The service was impeccable - our server was available but didn't hover. Again, a lovely meal and experience. Will definitely be back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better than the Wine Country
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We drive one hour to this special restaurant-- because the food, service and outdoor dining area is just wonderful. The service is perfect, the food is excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice dinner
    DaveinCville
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food was great, the service was tops, and we really enjoyed dining the roof-top dining. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely dinner
    Jean
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    My guest and I had a lovely dinner, the restaurant was pretty full but not noisy. The food was delicious - sometimes a bit slow out of the kitchen. We will go back for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good European Food
    Mezzo
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Excellent French and Italian dishes. I loved the Boeuf Bourguinon. Overall each dish was prepared well and I am happy to find a nice restaurant with classic food. I was disappointed with the warm Zabalgione, the combination was messy, overflowing out of the glass. Using sorbet instead of vanilla ice cream would be a better combination.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly good service
    dinerVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The service was excellent probably due to the pleasant presence of the owner who could be observed watching over all. The pasta course was excellent, light and flavorful. The orange, beet and endive salad a tasty, refreshing appetizer. The apple tart for desert was full of apples and the ice cream served just at the right temperature, not frozen hard as a brick and not mushy, a complement to the warm apple tart.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, always comfortable.
    sp4Mendy
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We go to Trellis at least once a month--typically with our adult children and grandchildren. The food is always outstanding, and the staff bends over backwards to make sure that the kids have booster seats, high chairs and food that they will eat (usually with extra plates). The menu is very good, and the prices for the food and wine offerings are very reasonable.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • EXcellent meal!!
    PaloAltolocal
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed a well prepared and very tasty dinner--Italian standards well prepared. Service is prompt and friendly. Chef is not trying to invent great art--just serve good food. And conversation is pleasant and POSSIBLE!! Convenient to get to with plenty of parking nearby.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • An Italian Food Oasis
    BigEd
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Although not located in the main restaurant/shopping area, this fine neighborhood restaurant is worth going out of your way for. The food is very good. My wife's pasta was made to perfection and my Sole was outstanding. We were served by a charming and efficient waitperson and had a very enjoyable eating experience. We look forward to visiting again very soon.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    LindaVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Wonderful sitting outdoors in their patio surrounded by beautiful planters and grape vines. The was wonderful and the service was very attentive. I will continue going back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Definite MUST in menlo Park
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Our first visit to Trellis in Menlo Park was OUTSTANDING. The owner greeted and seated us at a nice table on the terrace. The terrace itself was quite nice. The tables were NOT to close together so having a conversation was easy. The wait staff was very attentive and offered suggestions. We started with the Susie's Downfall ravioli - a definite MUST. The 3 of us shared this an it was amazing. I had the lamb chops, which were cooked to perfection. They were served with potato puree and veggies. Fabulous flavor. My dining mates both had the steak. They were thriled with their meals as well. Dessert was cream carmel and zabigione. Both were outstanding. I can not wait to go back. I highly recommend this venue.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Trellis is a great place to celebrate a special occasion. The service was excellent, food was delicious. ("Susan's downfall" ravioli are amazing!) Good wine selections, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently great experiences
    NapaValleyFoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    I've had lunch and dinner at Trellis for more than a decade. Always a great experience. The menu is extensive and interesting, and everything is delicious. There are some gems in the menu, such as "Susan's Downfall", that are a real treat. The host/owner and staff are friendly, and they make guests feel welcome. The service is efficient and attentive. There are several rooms suitable for events (I had a large party there), and the deck on second-floor is very pleasant and quiet for outdoor dining. There's parking across the street in an underground garage and a few spaces behind the restaurant. I now live out of the area, but I visit Trellis whenever in Menlo Park. I'm always happy for the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Comfortable
    Lunchlover
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    I enjoy sitting on the rooftop patio for lunch. There is plenty of shade. Nice food and service. Always hate to leave.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT FIND
    BigEd
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Although this restaurant has been around for over 7 years, it was totally new to us. There is a very extensive menu with a lot of great looking items. I selected the carpaccio which was excellent, and the Sole. My wife tried the capellini. I tried it and thought it was very good. We had an excellent white wine and their wine list has a fair number of very good labels in both red and white, reasonably priced. We were impressed. It may not be the exotic and complicated offerings of a 3-star French restaurant, but the food is delicious, varied and well prepared. We happily recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 211 reviews are from the Trellis Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Pleasant gathering on the rooftop
    Susan
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Our group of five enjoyed a sun-shaded patio table on the rooftop for our lunch gathering. Service and food were all good. Plenty of indoor seating was also available. Bar is available. Well located in Menlo Park. Will return! Loved my capellini.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice setting, mediocre food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We ate outside and it was very nice. The staff were very nice although a little slow at times. The food was disappointing. Over salted, cold in places. Not terrible, just not what I'd expect at those prices.
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  • Better than expected
    SueSue
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    My daughter wanted to go there for her birthday and we had a great table up on the deck. All of the entrees were better than expected and reasonably priced. We will return more often. The outdoor dining is really quite perfect, warm but shady and out of the wind.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • busybevVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Duck was very tender but sauce on it was too salty (and I like salt). Fish was cooked right but lacked flavor.
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  • We were the only people here
    stanfordprof
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    It must be because of the food which was mediocre at best. At least it was quiet since we were the only people in the joint (a bad omen).
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  • Good restaurant, slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Trellis is a great place to eat if you have lots of time to sit and enjoy their lovely rooftop deck. I wouldn't recommend it for a quick meal, and eating outside is definitely nicer than inside. The food is good, and the people are nice, but the service has been super slow every time we've been.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As good as expected
    JamonJamon
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We stayed inside because the night was cold, so we didn't considered the outdoor. The interior however needs some update, that's why ambiance has 3 stars. The best, the staff, as said for some of the reviewers. The worst, we waited quite a bit for the food. Probably not enough workers in the kitchen when the restaurant is almost full. Food is good, as the food you will cook at home. Portions are also big. So this is not about having a culinary experience but a satisfying, correct meal for the right price.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dory
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I've had lunch and dinner at this restaurant, and have had a great experience each time.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic date night
    NatalieVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    I found this restaurant randomly through Google, and so glad I did! We had a prawn appetizer, braised beef and linguine with clams as our entrees. We sat next to the window looking out onto the street. Very romantic! I'd go back again for sure!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TRELLIS
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Great neighborhood lunch place, especially for Work lunch and lunch meetings.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Italian
    Foodsy
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Trellis is a very friendly restaurant with good food, attentive service, and reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food was very good and a wide
    Alex
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    food was very good and a wide choice of entrees. a professional bar person would be helpful; sauces require more variety.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I don't usually take the time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    I don't usually take the time to review much. But we love this restaurant especially for lunch during the week. Food is very good. Fits a large group nicely. Upstairs patio is especially nice at lunch. We most recently went to celebrate a colleagues new job.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • the service was very attentive
    otgalVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    the service was very attentive and the food delicious. they were very accommodating.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd time was just as good
    CellarSnobVIP
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    I really like this little restaurant...it's great for business lunches. The food is good and I look forward to working my way through their menu. What stands out for me with the restaurant is really their service - it's very very good. Their attention to detail really makes a difference and as a former Server.... I really appreciate what they do.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Valentine's day bust
    luvasunnidayVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My husband and I went here for Valentine's day expecting a romantic italian dinner. Unfortunately, they were overcrowded, under-staffed and had a very small version of their typical menu to choose from. We feel like we did not get to fully experience the restaurant which is upsetting because we love small, italian eateries. We finally looked at their normal menu they use daily and discovered they were charging TWICE the amount for each dish just because it was Valentine's day. So wrong. We will not be returning.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Perfect Valentine
    Orcinusmom
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Our first visit to this restaurant & it was delightful! We were seated upstairs in an intimate & romantic dining room. While the restaurant was clearly busy, all of the staff were prompt & attentive. Dinner was started with a basket of freshly made bread and an asparagus & wild mushroom appetizer, then filet with green peppercorn sauce & finished off with the tiramisu for dessert. Everything was delicious!!! We can't wait to come back & try more...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Skip this place
    mclare987VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    There are many good places to eat in Menlo Park, this is not one of them. Overpriced, mediocre food, warm and stuffy dining room. The only saving grace is the service which was very gracious.
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  • Food ok
    JRDS
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I would say that the food was fine but not exceptional.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.