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About Left Bank Menlo Park

Left Bank is an authentic French brasserie celebrating Mediterranean Cuisine. Located in Menlo Park's charming downtown, Left Bank transports guests to a quaint brasserie in Paris. Open since 1998 and completely re-modeled in 2008, Left Bank offers a casual, charming brasserie setting where diners feast upon classic southern French cuisine. Our outdoor sidewalk cafe seating evokes a lively European atmosphere and is the perfect place for just an appetizer and beer or a 3-course meal with a beautiful bottle of wine. Whether it's at our sidewalk table, the gorgeous glass-walled bar, or in the casually elegant main dining room, you'll enjoy a fun & french experience.

Nineteen years of working with local organic farms allows us to bring you the best seasonal ingredients available. Chef de Cuisine Brendy Monsada offers an always changing menu focused on Southern French Cuisine.

635 Santa Cruz Ave.
Menlo Park, CA 94025
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Provencal, French

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10pm
Friday: 11:30am - 11pm
Saturday: 11:00am - 11pm
Sunday: 11:00am- 10pm

Brunch is served on Saturday and Sun from 11:00am until 2:30pm
(lunch menu also served)

Happy Hour offered every day
3:00 – 6:30pm and 9:00pm - close
(bar and terrace only)

Cross Street:
Doyle

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 473-6543

Website:
http://www.leftbank.com/

Catering:
Our Salles De Amis is a beautiful private mezzanine. You can choose to overlook the main dining room from the balcony, or enclose the room completely with our lush velvet curtains. The sunny yellow walls, warm mahogany accents and vividly colored French posters make this the perfect setting for your occasion. Set up however you wish, the room is large enough for a party of 60, yet intimate enough for a smaller group of 10 or 20. Have a much larger group? We are happy to close the entire restaurant. Contact Teri Santiago at 650.473.6543 or mpevents@leftbank.com

Parking Details:
Public lots nearby.

Public Transit:
The Menlo Park CalTrain stop is only two blocks away.
The ECR SamTrans is 1 block away.

Executive Chef:
Brendy Monsada

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Happy Hour Menu
Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Happy Hour Menu
Details

We invite you to join us for Happy Hour at Left Bank Menlo Park seven days a week. Enjoy our appetizers and drinks while you catch up with friends and family.

Terms and Conditions: Excludes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 20 People

Starts: September 26, 2017

Ends: December 31, 2017

Availability: Sun-Thu 3:00PM-6:30PM 9:00PM-10:00PM
Fri-Sat 3:00PM-6:30PM 9:00PM-11:00PM

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Let us do the cooking this year! Serving a 4-course Prix Fixe Thanksgiving meal for $54 per person (excludes beverages, tax, and gratuity). All items also available à la carte. A limited regular menu will also be offered at the bar, as well as a special kids menu. Open 12 PM-8 PM.

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Let us attend to every detail as you enjoy a stress-free Christmas Eve with friends and family. Open for regular Lunch hours, serving the regular Lunch and Brunch menus. Serving a 3 Course Prix Fixe at Dinner for $60 per person, with a reduced regular menu also available. Last seating at 9 PM.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Say au revoir to 2017 and ring in the New Year at Left Bank! Open for regular Lunch hours, serving the regular Lunch menu. Serving a 4 Course Prix Fixe at Dinner for $75 per person, with a reduced regular dinner menu also available. Last seating at 11 PM, featuring favors and sparkling wine toast.

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Private Dining

Left Bank’s private dining facilities are ideal for business meetings, cocktail receptions, rehearsal dinners, holiday parties, showers, and any other occasion requiring a lively environment and memorable experience.

Left Bank Menlo Park Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.1

service

4.1

ambience

4.1

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Business Meals (22)
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Special Occasion (19)
Great for Outdoor Dining (18)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Fun (17)
Good for Groups (17)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Casual (14)
Bar Seating (14)
Sunday Lunch (13)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Authentic (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Cozy (8)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Romantic (8)
Happy Hour (7)
Seasonal (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Kid-friendly (6)
People Watching (6)
Healthy (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Hot Spot (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
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Afternoon Coffee (1)
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 (Dallas)·Dined 4 days ago

A very reliable place. Duck à l'orange with duck leg confit, and boeuf bourguignon were top notch. Desserts were equally good. Overall outstanding food. Service was OK if slightly chaotic.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Always dependable and very good!!

Especially enjoyed the escargots and the mussels.

Fun to taste the Beaujolais Nouveau.

Tags: Bar Seating, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Our reservation was for a 6:00 pm table; at 5:00 pm, the restaurant called and said they were not serving dinner that night as they had some sort of infrastructure problem. They offered to transfer our reservation to sister-restaurant LB Steakhouse which I accepted. When we arrived at LB Steak House, they had never heard of us; they never got any information from Left Bank that our reservation was being transferred. After a 30 minute wait, LB Steakhouse was finally able to accommodate us. As a general rule, I enjoy Left Bank a great deal, and while I realize that it was not their fault that they were unable to serve dinner that night, I am very disappointed that the promise of a reservation at LB Steakhouse didn't materialize. It will be a long while before I take my business back to Left Bank.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

For the first time in 6 years, I ordered my steak frites rare/ medium rare, and I hit medium to well done. They offered to re cook, take off charge, but we refused. Just disappointing

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2017

We always enjoy our weekly dinner at LEFT BANK. I ordered the whole shrimp to start but the heads were removed and the shrimp quite small. I don't believe this was a good value. Everything else was delicious and we look forward to our next dinner there.

As I have stated in the past, on a busy night there is not enough waitstaff.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 15, 2017

This place has been on a steady downhill path for a long time. Now every time I go it smells like bleach. The bathroom was filthy, at 5:45 pm. I told management and they sent someone in to clean, but they did an inadequate job of restocking. Tbe good was mediocre at best. I wish Menlo Park would get some good restaurants.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Lovely place. Great service, wonderful food and easy parking. Everyone licked their plates. That says it all. A little pricey would be my only critique.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We dine at Left Bank about once or twice a year and this was (i hope) an off night. The staff appeared to be overwhelmed by a large party that had yet to even arrive. Very slow to take out cocktail order and after some waiting our food order was taken. The appetizers arrived before our drinks. Food arrived somewhat haphazard and the portions seemed smaller than usual. At one point, the hostess arrived to ask if we needed anything when our waiter disappeared for a time.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Left Bank did it once again! Great food, beautifully plated, good service. SO good!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Fun, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Gluten Free Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Enrique was a great server AGAIN!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Because I am a staunch fan of Bistro Vida next door (in Menlo Park), I don't often go to Left Bank. I was vey pleasantly surprised. Service was cheerful and efficient. Food was well-prepared and portions were vey generous. I had the appetizer mussels, which were as good as I have had anywhere. I certainly recommend it.

Tags: Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

It is always busy. Everything was fine, but nothing special

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

nice place, good food and good service. Very noisy.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Dependably good food, service, and wines by the glass. We were there early so it was still quiet.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 26, 2017

About six months ago, I had the onion soup. It was the best I ever ate--and I'm in my 80s!
About three months ago, I had the onion soup, it was disappointing--too much bread in the bowl, too little onion soup. Thursday I tried it one more time. The cheese layer was about two inches thick--and rubbery...the bread on the bottom was thick as mud...there may have been an inch of onion soup in the middle. I'm afraid I may not be back...there's no excuse for coasting on a dish and lowering the standard. I'm very disappointed. It's a shame.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2017

I have been a frequent diner at Left Bank in Menlo Park. After a night of turbulent service, I mentioned this to the manager and he invited me and my wife back in to make it up to us. The responsiveness to the issue and the follow-through restored my faith in the restaurant. The butter lettuce salad is excellent and simple and we always do well with the trout, chicken or steak frites. Thanks to LB for a great response to input from a frequent guest.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 25, 2017

It took forever to get waited on and the food was mediocre at best. Very disappointing experience compared to my past experiences at Left Bank.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

I wanted to try the risotto with mushrooms and canard confit and it was a deception.
The rice was watery with no flavor, the confit dry and scarce. I am french and know how to cook pretty well.
My husband enjoyed the pork chop.
I will go back to Left Bank Santana Row where I am usually please with my entrees.

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·Dined on October 17, 2017

The service was good with good attention to detail and pleasant waiter. All our dishes were excellent and we enjoyed the fact that it was not too noisy and could converse.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Food and service were great. We sat outside for breakfast, the dogs and screaming child were a bit taxing. So for a quiet meal pick your table wisely.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Charming restaurant in downtown Menlo Park. The restaurant is large, but has outside seating and several rooms giving a much more intimate feeling. The menu had several options that were very appealing. I chose the salmon which was very well prepared and the vegetable sides were delicious. A companion had the lamb shank special of the night and that was especially tasty (I tried a bit!) The wine list is extensive. This would be a very nice place for a special dinner or just for an evening out. I definitely would return. The only downside was the noise in the room, making conversation a bit difficult.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Casual, Hot Spot, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 12, 2017

They do a great job with mussels. They get the plumpest mussels I've ever had. And they cook them really well.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 12, 2017

We had a delightful dining experience. The ambiance is lively yet civilized; light and cheerful.
The meal was very good, the wine well-paired and the service friendly and prompt.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 12, 2017

very disappointing dinner. the restaurant was hardly half full at 5:30 when we arrived. we were seated promptly at a quiet table and then waited some time for service. the meal took much too long, given the time and number of customers. there were large blocks of time when we never saw our server and we had a meeting, which we were late for. we didn't get out of the restaurant till 7pm, 90 minutes for a 'quick" dinner. the food was also disappointing so all in all, we won't be back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Went on a Sunday eve, were seated promptly at a good table. We had appetizers, main meal and dessert as well as wine by the glass. Food was exactly what we expected and the service was excellent. Wine selection was decent but the price was really on the higher side. The overall experience was a positive one, though as everywhere in the area the prices have inched up substantially.

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food, Casual, Good for a Date, Authentic
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·Dined on October 4, 2017

The ambience and service were excellent. The charcuterie board was excellent. The main courses and desserts were disappointing.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Groups, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 2, 2017

We love this restaurant. Our favorite meal is the simple but excellent Steak Frites. We are thrilled that the Bearnaise sauce is now back on the menu. The Creme Brûlée is an excellent dessert as are the profiteroles.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 27, 2017

There were not a whole lot of vegetarian option for my friends. The fries that came with my hamburger were not hot--they usually are but not this time. We got more service from the "busboy" than we did from our waiter in the outside seating area. He seemed to be the only waiter there. It was an ok meal but a bit pricey for not hot food & not very good service.

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

My dining companion ordered eggs Benedict, which she said were perfect but a side salad isn’t what I would have paired with it, possibly fruit or .... potatoes.. I ordered the lamb burger which I still think is a sad substitute for the amazing lamb sandwich that they used to serve. That being said, it was a good burger, cooked as I asked. It was a tad messy to eat but very flavorful.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

The Left Bank is an authentic French Brasserie. Our favorite is the Steak Frittes with the Bernaise Sauce (now back on the menu!). Profiteroles are a great desert. Really not a bad dish on the menu.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Enjoyed dining outside, food good, drinks good. Dogs allowed outside.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2017

We were hidden from view and had difficulty getting noticed. Food was great quality!!'

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Normally love this place but just had a bad meal. Bread was stale and hard. Ribeye was mediocre. Our friend's strip steak had plastic wrap on the underside from who knows what. They said it was from the butter they roll the steak in?? How that was grilled and made its way into her plate is beyond me. They only took it off the bill after we asked them to (should have been offered).

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 14, 2017

We enjoyed being at a round table. Friendly service. Good food. Disappointed that our favorite dessert was no longer on the menu. Hopefully they will bring back the espresso pot de cream and panna cotta.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 8, 2017

My go to spot for client lunches in Menlo Park. It never fails.

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 6, 2017

LEFT BANK is our go to Tuesday night dinner. We all have our favorites but last week they surprised us with an excellent petrale sole!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 5, 2017

We often go to Left Bank and will continue to go. But all three of us ordered the sole, which was a special that night, and it was dry, perhaps because of overcooking. We ordinarily get fish much more conscientiously prepared at your restaurant, so we'll assume this was just a coincidence.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Had to beg and wave down the waitress to get our check.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Left Bank used to feel like going to Paris. Bar is still great. Restaurant was dirty. Waiter couldn't wait to take order but there was no interaction. I think they could turn it around with attitude rather than major changes. Was manager on holiday?

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Our food was very good. The atmosphere is always nice. Service was a bit slow and, given that it was a Monday night, the restaurant wasn't very busy. We go occasionally but a little more variety on their menu from more main stream choices would encourage us to go more.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, People Watching, Casual
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