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About Flea Street Cafe
Flea Street has been a Silicon Valley favorite since 1980. The atmosphere is contemporary, sophisticated and inviting. Executive Chef Charlie Parker, having cooked in Michelin Star Restaurants, recently returned to Menlo Park where he lived with his family just blocks from Flea Street. Jesse Ziff Cool, along with her remarkable staff, create a dining experience that is nurturing, soulful and memorable. The menu is a celebration of the rich Northern California food community: seafood is caught in the nearby Pacific, produce is carefully sourced from local farms, meat is grass-fed or pasture-raised to name just a few. Flea Street offers innovative yet approachable cuisine that showcases the very best of the season. Our bar specializes in martinis and unique cocktails using small batch liquors. A wine list features the best of California’s extraordinary vineyards with an emphasis on the local appellation--the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Californian, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm,
Reservations highly recommended.
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Large parking lot located behind the restaurant
Private Party Facilities:
Our large party, private dining room can accommodate up to 20 guests. It is available Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 9:30
The minimum charge for the room is $3600 exclusive of tax and service charge. A special four course menu and wines will be chosen for your event.
We also have restaurant buy-out capabilities for groups up to 75 people.
For further information, please email email@example.com
Private Party Contact:
Kathy Harwood: (650) 854-5806
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Flea Street Cafe Ratings and Reviews
It would be difficult to find fault with this restaurant due to its ethical stance on providing a living wage to employees and using local sources for ingredients, flavors of dishes and very professional, yet friendly service. The prices reflect the reality of providing the above. To return, it would need to be a very special occasion, not a casual "let's go....." I would hesitate to recommend based on the final bill. Dinner for three, one glass of wine each, starter and main, no dessert was close to $250.00.
I have been going to the Flea St for a long time. On the whole, it has always left me a bit underwhelmed but this time I thought the food was really good. The chef must have improved. Also, there are some really good, not too expensive bottles of wine on the list.
My wife and I have eaten at Flea Street Cafe a number of times, and the food is always excellent. For our most recent visit, however, we were surprised at the very small size of the entrees. Each of our entrees cost about $50, figuring in tax and tip as well as price. The size of my wife's fish entree was about 2/3 the size of a medium-sized cupcake, and I had to give her some of my lamb entree (which wasn't very large either) as a supplement. I don't recall small-sized entrees as being a problem in the past at Flea Street. But in the Palo Alto area, having to pay $50 for a very small entree, we'll be looking at equally good restaurants that provide equally high quality dinners as well as more lusty portions. Again, though, the food we had was excellent, if you're not fussy about portion size.
The always-wonderful Flea Street Cafe was yet again wonderful. The cocktails were tasty, we love the wine list (so many great CA wines), and our food was great. We shared shrimp fritters and a halibut crudo among the table then ordered the chicken, ox tail, and cod. We love the space that they've been in forever (for the 40+ years we've been going there).
After an unreasonably long wait (over 20 minutes) for a properly reserved table, my date and I were eventually seated. Frankly, I'm sympathetic to turning tables, but the wait was simply too long. We were not the only delayed party; I saw at least 3 others. This is a significant issue, that is obviously not limited to just our experience. While the food was stupendous, as was the table service, the seating delay poisoned our dining experience.
Jesse Cool is always a welcoming, comfortable place, with good food and excellent service. Jesse herself came by, and was her usual warm self: very friendly, genuinely interested in treating her customers as guests. They had a very nice amuse-bouche: half a fig in balsamic vinegar. And, as many of her wonderful biscuits as you can eat.
This is a lovely, intimate restaurant with very creative recipes. Their homemade biscuits are amazing! Wine by the glass is sold in 1/2 glass and full glass. However, the whole class looks like 1/2 glass. I deducted one star because of this. They also have an excellent wine list.
Delicious food and excellent service. The menu is relatively limited but everything we tasted was great. The dishes looked so attractive, we could not wait to eat them. The fish was super-fresh and mouth-watering. This was our first time at Flea Street Cafe and we will definitely be back.
Wow ! This was our first time at Flea Street, and it was just great. From the moment we entered the restaurant our service and the food was outstanding. Not a lot to choose from, but what we had to choose from was great. This was some of the best food and service we ever had.
Thank you for making our anniversary a very special one.
It's a family favorite and very popular so reservations can be limited. The food quality is great and locally sourced (they grow some of their vegetables on site). The smoke trout is done in house and is superb. The roasted tomato soup was also wonderful with Maitake mushrooms. We were so full and satisfied from our first and entree courses we didn't get to try anything from the dessert menu. Perhaps next time. The table service was pleasant but nothing that made the experience exceptional. The ambience was very nice though the tables are situated relatively close to each other. It's definitely a neighborhood gem.
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