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About Galata Bistro

Galata Bistro is located in Menlo Park.

827 Santa Cruz Avenue
Menlo Park, CA 94025
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mediterranean, European

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Crane

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 325-7900

Website:
http://www.bistrogalata.com/

Executive Chef:
Cumhur Ulas

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Galata Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.1

value

4.5

Noise

Quiet

100% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Love this place!

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

This is our "go to" restaurant in Menlo Park when we don't have time to make dinner.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2017

This was my first time there and I love it! The kebobs were delicious. Everything was very, very good and I can't wait to go back.

Tags: Comfort Food, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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·Dined on September 28, 2017

Sorry I am unable to give you a review. It was the first time that I went there for dinner and I need to eat there more than once to give a review.

Tags: People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Seating on the sidewalk in front was not noisy when we went. This time of year, sun in your eyes is not a problem. Service was fine, though there was a miscommunication about which of two shrimp kabob items on the menu we wanted. What we got worked fine for us though. Giant shrimp were tender, not overcooked, and nicely spiced. Pomegranate salad was tasty, though not exceptional.
This is a good place if you're trying to eat low-carb.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Tons of vegetarian options. Great Spanikopita.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Food is great. Raziye makes one feel at home and if you are lucky enough to have Sarhan as your server then you have it made!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 3, 2017

too noisy and marginal food and service...ordered salads and two minutes later here come huge entrees.....very noisy also...

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Two friends and I had a delightful summer lunch, lingering on the patio and chatting over tasty food and drinks and decadent desserts . Starting with the Melitzanosalata (eggplant dip) and pita, a great choice for the hungry trio, we had their refreshing adult beverages at a table on the patio. Then we moved onto mains of the Kofte Plate, a Falafel plate, and the Galata House Kebab plate. My Galata House Kebab (charbroiled mild spicy ground beef and lamb) provided me with the tastiest ground meat kebab that I've had in many years, and we all enjoyed the hummus and lightly dressed green salad that accompanied our mains. We decadently decided to order individual desserts of the limoncello flute and one order of the saffron-pistachio ice cream to share. Wow--that saffron-pistachio ice cream is unusual and quite tasty, and the limoncello flute was light and sweet and yummy, too. We knew that none of us would need dinner that day, and we resolved to return to Galata Bistro again.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Fun, Healthy, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 22, 2017

99% of the time, this restaurant is very consistently good with it's delicious food and great service. This time was also in the 99% category. I like to bring friends here because I can count on the quality of the food and the super service I always receive here.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 24, 2017

My wife and I both ordered the Pirzola (lamb chops). There were four average size, single-cut chops accompanied by rice, salad and a small amount of hummus on each plate. I thought the lamb chops were good, but were thicker in the past. I really like their rice, but the hummus while having an excellent taste wasn't firm enough.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 11, 2017

The food was excellent and the Octopus was spectacular.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Tasty food and great service. Very nice staff.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 15, 2017

Family get together and it was easy to talk and hear one another. The food & service were both great. They are always super nice and charming, and they make great food.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 15, 2017

Healthy and tasty, casual Mediterranean cuisine, well executed. pleasant ambiance. solid value.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 23, 2017

Great local restaurant with wonderful food and a very nice menu. You will enjoy your visit to Galata Bistro. Plus, the servers are super nice.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Love the beet salad with grilled Octopus, and my friend had a delicious wrap. The food is great, the bread is divine, the restaurant is super clean and the service is awesome. Love this place. Thanks for the lovely dining experience.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Fun, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 9, 2017

The pomegranate molasses kebab was delicious!
Service was efficient and super friendly .

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 31, 2017

Love the large outside area that's been added in front of the restaurant. More umbrellas opened to shade us from the sun would be a nice touch. Food is always consistently goo as is the service.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 30, 2017

interesting menu. But the felafel was overdone and did not come with pita

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 26, 2017

Portions are generous. We brought back a third of the food. Good vegetarian and meat options

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 18, 2017

As usual, I ordered the pirzola (char grilled lamb chops served with rice, salad, and a small amount of humus). I think the lamb chops are outstanding as is the accompanying, wonderfully flavored rice. And the humus is probably the best I've ever had. Regarding the service, the waiter was very attentive, asking me if everything is alright and bringing me my order in a very timely manner. I've also met the manager of whom I have a very high regard for providing me with excellent customer service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 13, 2017

Nice for a luncheon with friends who wanted to talk and be heard.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 3, 2017

This was my 2nd visit there. I enjoyed it a lot, but the male waiter was not as attentive as the 2 female waitresses during my 1st visit.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 12, 2017

If you enjoy middle eastern and/or eastern Mediterranean food, I can highly recommend Galata Bistro. We were 5 people in our party. We had 4 different dishes. Everyone raved about the food. I personally had the lamb shank. Cut it with a fork as it fell off the bone. Good value.

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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on February 5, 2017

Friendly service. Good food.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Very attentive staff. Food was tasty, plentiful. I had chicken, lamb, and beef kabobs with rice, hummus, salad, tsaziki. Delicious!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Food here is very consistently good as is the service. The only annoying thing is that they always try to give me a small table eventhough it's not crowded.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2016

This is the second time I've eaten at this restaurant and my experience was much better though not perfect.

We both ordered the pirzola which consisted of four very good lamb chops accompanied by some salad, hummus and excellent bread. I thought the hummus was the best I've ever had.
Although the waiter was very personable and polite, he seems to have gotten our orders mixed up. Unfortunately, although I ordered my lamb chops well done, I didn't receive them that way. The waiter seems to have given me my wife's order instead. I was also charged extra for changing the accompanying rice to grilled vegetables even though the waiter never told me this in advance

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2016

Made a reservation for 6:30 on a Friday night after another favorite place in Menlo Park closed for a private event. Was very pleased with experience there. Ambience is low-lit, lots of tables. We were early for chick in but they seated us right away, unusual for a Friday. Brought bread and olive oil immediately.
The food is Mediterranean - I had Pomegranate Spinach kabob - lovely combo with rice and a small salad. Friends had falafel and lavosh kabob.
All served quickly with nice presentation - for 3 full entrees and tea, the check was only $55. A bargain in this area.

Tags: Business Meals, Healthy, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Outstanding Value, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2016

Always a great place.........we have it on our regular list and have been there many times.
The staff is particularly helpful, Happy and nice!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2016

Great food and also has many Vegan options. There salads are amazing and their bread is outstanding. They are also SUPER nice and it is just a great overall experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Seasonal, Healthy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2016

Went there for the 2nd time in 2 weeks since the friends who went with me requested to have another lunch here they (2 separate occasions) liked it so much the first time they went with me. It's always consistent in food, service and friendliness.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Authentic, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Vegan, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Quick Bite, Outstanding Value, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 12, 2016

Good for lunch

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 12, 2016

Food was OK, not great. The service was terrible. We continuously had to get their attention. There were 9 of us with a reservation. You'd think they would be aware that they had a big table and make some accommodation of that. This was a business lunch during the week, not a Friday.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2016

What a good solution for a quick lunch with colleagues--a diverse menu that accommodates any dietary restrictions with healthy options. We will be back!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Casual, Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 5, 2016

The food & service at Galata are very good and prices are reasonable. My wife and I enjoyed eating at a sidewalk table even though the restaurant is on a busy downtown street. Both the salmon salad and chicken kebabs were very tasty, as were the rice and small salad served with the kebabs.

Galata is an excellent choice for a casual meal in Menlo Park.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 17, 2016

We love the owners of G'Alata Bistro. This is a very nice family who hires very good people to work for them. They do a very good job with their food and the service is excellent. A great neighborhood restaurant with a very friendly atmosphere.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 11, 2016

Love the falafels which is very crispy on the outside and moist on the inside--just perfect. The chicken shish is perfectly cooked and seasoned always. The service was very attentive also. Our get-together had good service and good food without interruption to our conversation. It was a very pleasant meal.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 3, 2016

Super Turkish -Mediterranean food -- as good as Istanbul especially felafel, gyro and pomegranate salad

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