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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. 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.

3607 Alameda de las Pulgas
Menlo Park, CA 94025
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm,

Reservations highly recommended.

Cross Street:
Avy Ave.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 854-1226

Website:
http://www.cooleatz.com/

Catering:

Parking Details:
Large parking lot located behind the restaurant

Executive Chef:
Charlie Parker

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 events@cooleatz.com

Thank you!

Private Party Contact:
Kathy Harwood: (650) 854-5806

Additional:
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

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Overall Rating

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4.6

service

4.6

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4.5

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Quiet

93% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (28)
Good for a Date (27)
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Quiet Conversation (23)
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Special Occasion (21)
Creative Cuisine (21)
Good for Anniversaries (20)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Seasonal (15)
Cozy (13)
Healthy (12)
Worth the Drive (11)
Authentic (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Bar Seating (5)
Business Meals (4)
Fun (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Casual (2)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Use to love the place. Last visit was not so great. Appetizers tasteless; the soup was described in a delicious manner but had no taste, the crab salad had just the crab over salad with a little tasteless puree. My main dish was very good (fish). The wine recommended was at best mediocre and did not match the food at all, and they have great wine. Described as a French style pinot noir. Sorry I know burgundy wines. Having a lower alcohol content does not make it French style. It was like a low end Oregon pinot noir, a chemically produced sweet grape juice. And I like the good Oregon pinot noir (i.e. Beaux Freres). The waiter and mostly everyone was very polite but try hard to create a sophisticated atmosphere: this is a neighborhood restaurant serving farm to table healthy dishes. When a waiter wants to make it uptight he/she needs to know his/her stuff, not the case last visit. They need to get the style back to reality. I am soooo disappointed for the food and the failed wine pairing we had. Sorry for the bad review, hopefully you will learn from it.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Must not miss. Michelin level cuisine without the michelin $$$$ (not cheap either, but its not meant to be).

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great place to have a quiet meal and the ambience is very nice. The waitress are very attentive and check in on us often.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on February 8, 2018

I had the steak tartare with chips which were way too salty! The squab was good but , for me too rare!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 7, 2018

The service was exceptional, food lived up to price and the cocktails were great. An elevated dining experience in a non pretentious neighborhood feel.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Both the food and the service were excellent! Our waitress was very attentive and and went the full 9 yards to accommodate all my requests. I love the ambience of Flea Street Cafe and will definitely keep going back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Organic, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We booked this restaurant for my husband's birthday. When we sat down they greeted him with a handwritten card saying happy birthday. The service was excellent and the food was beautifully displayed and delicious. Of particular note is that I had asked them to reserve a chocolate dessert for his birthday on my note on the Open Table reservation. When dessert time came the waiter said they were unfortunately out of the chocolate dessert. I told them that I was very disappointed to hear that given that I had specifically asked for that to be part of the meal. The waiter excused himself and said he would speak to the manager. Next thing we know we had a chocolate dessert! Not sure what they did, but they deserve kudos on Open Table for really listening to customers! Great meal and we will definitely be back!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Organic, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Fabulous food- high quality from local farmers. I love supporting local and knowing what is on my plate. Keep up the great menu and service!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Wonderful and cozy. Excellent and fresh food. Foodie guests loved it.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

I cannot give the restaurant the high marks I had hoped to; we got in at 5:30 hoping for a quiet spot, and they gave us a corner table; unfortunately the customers at the next table were very loud. ( not really the restaurants fault, but it spoiled the evening for us; my companion is very hard of hearing, and the noise made conversation difficult) as to the food, that too was somewhat of a disappointment: interesting to the point of not something I'd want to try again, the pasta apparently was cooked with spinach or green peas, any way it came out bright green, and a very small amount of pasta compared to the cabbage on top; the chicken I had was good,
the soup we began with (sunchoke) was the best part of the meal; the ending little dessert tidbit was nice , but we would have enjoyed it more if it had come with the coffee and tea we ordered in place of dessert; the tea was ginger, and so clearly ginger, my friend could not drink it. whether we made wrong choices, or just came on a 'bad night' I'm not sure, but I've been in this place in the past where it was outstanding, which is of course why I tried it again...the Fates were against us!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Flea is a pioneer for the Farm to Table movement that is so prevalent. The experience here is always wonderful and there service is top notch! They are committed to fresh, local ingredients and walk the walk with sourcing . Thank you!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

The drinks, wine and food were excellent. The service wasn't commensurate with the quality of meal. The server was disengaged and treated our table like an afterthought. The experience was marred by him, but the food was so good we overlooked it.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Amazing food and service! Charlie created the best meals the season has to offer. Everything on the menu is a sure thing.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 19, 2018

We save Flea Street for our most special occasions, in fact our first real dress up date in 2010 was there. Several birthdays including this one, my 61st. The food is always spot on wonderful, interesting, fresh, organic and local. I had the soup which was indescribably delicious with chanterelles, leeks and I think potatoes. The sole over potato dumplings was superb. The chocolate mousse over flourless brownie with ice cream was an amazingly indulgent treat. Wow! Thank you, Jessie, for coming through yet again for a truly special dining experience.

Tags: Organic, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Great food but small portion. Definitely a place for foodies! Lucky to have this awesome restaurant in my neighborhood for so many years!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 11, 2018

My adult daughter and I shared an unmemorable appetizer, first course of smoked salmon salad that was delicious, crab fettuccine with a tiny bit of crab and a bit heavy sauce, and date cake for dessert. All portions were small and not up to the usual flavor profile of Flea St. The kitchen did not split any of our orders. Highlights were the beet/ginger cocktail with mescal and tequila (beet/ginger ice cube continued to be delicious with water) and the buttermilk biscuit and baked bread. Came with a lovely amuse-bouche and pistachio mini cake with the check. Service was kind and timely until we needed to wait for the check.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

This was our first visit to Flea Street. Menu was set up as a choice for up to three courses. We started with the baby beet salad which was vibrant with fresh. For the next course we had fettucini
with dungeness crab and black truffle. The pasta was suitably thin and obviously handmade fresh. It was the star it seemed. This because the crab meat was disappointing. Whereas it seemed to be fresh dungeness, it appeared to be shredded scraps rather than any nice, lump crab. The black truffle was in about 1 inch by quarter inch strips, like a chiffonade. The serving was about the size of a hockey puck and I don't think worth the $34 price for a side dish, not unless the crab meat quality were to be improved.
The entrees were a bit of a split. My wife had the chicken which was beautifully infused with the
flavor of lemon and herbs. I don't think I've ever encountered white meat chicken where so much flavor ran through and through. She was delighted. My short ribs were only somewhere between good and OK. This is a smallish serving with a lot of bitter cooked veggies. I don't eat the fat and once I'd trimmed that away, I was down about 25% of my protein. Considering the long braising process and the already smallish serving, I don't think I should have gotten as much fat as was present. The bitter greens totally over powered the rice grits. These seem so much like a smooth potato mash that I thought it was so. But, it didn't stand up well to the all the bitter cooked greens.

If you can find the menu online as I did, you will see the menu is pretty limited in choices. My wife and I agree that we would recommend Flea Street and we will go back. Today as I look again at the online menu via Yelp, I see the crab pasta is no longer listed there (not too surprising). Anyway, our next visit would be contingent on what is being offered - assuming
there's a seasonality to the menu.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Always great, always perfect. This time was no exception.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Organic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Healthy, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 2018

We have been going to Flea Street since it opened in the early 1980's. It has been consistently good, ups and downs, but over the last 10 years consistently excellent. Our recent meal was no exception, everything was interesting, well prepared and delicious. While not cheap, the quality is at the level of more expensive restaurants. The restaurant is always bustling, filled with regulars of all ages, but not noisy. We always look forward to eating there as a couple or with friends.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Flea Street was amazing. We really enjoyed everything. If the Caramelized Pear is still on the menu, save room for it. It was epic, to say the least. But everything we ordered was that way too. Can't say enough good things about it. Just don't forget your wallet.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Cozy, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Organic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Moderately disappointing. This restaurant should be top notch in every aspect based on their prices and self-congratulatory attitude. Food in general was just OK to good, not extraordinary. Chicken dish was tasty but meat was dry. Pasta crab dish was creative but meager in crab (just a few crumbles) however one of our diners complained about portion and he was quickly offered another more generous plate (kudos to service person!) Steak entree was good according to one of our guests. Should be at $40 plus a plate. Salmon entree ordered by two of our guests "nothing special." Again, disappointing for an important occasion that we entrusted to Flea Street Cafe to be just OK - but nothing special.

Tags: Paleo Friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

This is our second visit. Food was inventive, interesting, delicious and though the portions may have looked on the smaller side, the food was filling and satisfying. The service was excellent. Looking forward to going back again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Jesse is always serving delicious, locally grown delectables!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 13, 2017

The food was beautifully presented and every bite was delicious. The service was equally exceptional. Many thanks for another great meal and dining experience.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Organic, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Delicious food and fun, friendly space.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Best meal I’ve had in a long time! Every course was outstanding!! Michael our server was as awesome as ever! Charlie seems to be in a good groove. Will be back!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

A wonderful place for lunch or dinner. And..... be prepared to pay top dollar. For me, a glass of wine (cheapest $20) is more than I want to spend on regular basis. Dinner prices are also high. But, it's guaranteed to be delicious and memorable.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great really great

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Always a great meal and never disappoints. Fresh and seasonal; very high-quality meal.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Flea Street is, hands down, the most consistently delicious food and superb service on the Peninsula.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Anniversary

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

As usual , as always TFSC succeeds in every way , far out performs even establishments twice the price.
The best neighborhood gem.
They just get it right every time.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We went on a quiet Sunday evening. The food was nice (especially the lamb shoulder), but somehow the place didn't pop.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2017

So lovely as always!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 31, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The food and the service is always exceptional

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Our favorite farm to table neighborhood restaurant. The food is always delicious and seasonal. The biscuits in the bread basket are always a hit! Great spot for celebratory meals or just an extra special weekend dinner.

Tags: Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

I can't believe we waited this long to make a visit. We loved the food and appreciated the thoughtful touches, and we look forward to coming back very soon.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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