Left Bank Menlo Park

4.3
1754 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
Left Bank is an authentic brasserie celebrating classic French cuisine. Located in Menlo Park's charming downtown, Left Bank transports guests to a quaint brasserie in Paris. Open since 1998, we are proud to have served the Menlo Park community for 20 years.

Left Bank offers a casual, charming, bustling setting where diners feast upon traditional brasserie fare. Our outdoor terrace provides a lively Parisian 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 on our terrace, at the European-style bar, or in the casually elegant main dining room, you'll enjoy a fun & French experience.

Twenty years of working with local organic farms allows us to bring you the best seasonal ingredients available. Our Chef de Cuisine offers a menu showcasing locally sourced seasonal highlights alongside classic French favorites.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French
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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)
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Phone number
(650) 473-6543
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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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 Emerald Reilly at 650.473.6543 or mpevents@leftbank.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Doyle
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Parking details
Public lots nearby.
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Public transit
The Menlo Park CalTrain stop is only two blocks away.
The ECR SamTrans is 1 block away.
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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
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Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate the holidays at Left Bank Brasseries! Open for regular Lunch hours, serving the regular Lunch menu. Serving a 3 Course Prix Fixe at Dinner for $60 per person, with a reduced regular menu also available. Last seating at 9 PM. It’s never too early to reserve now!

Monday, December 24, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Open regular Lunch hours, serving the regular Lunch menu. At Dinner, serving a 4 Course Prix Fixe for $75 per person, including glass of sparkling wine to start. All prix fixe items available a la carte; serving a reduced regular dinner menu. Last seating at 11 PM with party favors and toast!

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 1754 People Are Saying
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R
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Service was spotty and way too slow! But the food was delicious.

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RP
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Reserved more than a week ahead for two birthdays and got a terrible table, thank goodness for a super waiter!

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D
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Trout was very salty. Green beans appeared to be boiled: over cooked and watery. My dining companion had duck which was good.

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f
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent

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MG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I’ve been here 4 times and honestly I just haven’t liked the food. I keep going back because I love the location, ambience, service but the food just isn’t good. I like the menu but nothing tastes excellent. Sorry, I want to love it but 4x is enough chances.

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NJ
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always delicious. Our server is always phenomenal!

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CL
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and great food, nice ambience.

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R
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Even with reservation, they were not ready to seat us. Ended up with very small table in the middle of nowhere. Nice evening otherwise.

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SR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best birthday lunch ever. Special chocolate cake!

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F
San Francisco
90 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

We had 8:30 PM reservation on a Saturday and was seated promptly. It wasn't busy, but unfortunately we didn't get acknowledged for over 20 minutes before someone from the bar asked if we'd like to order drinks, which we did. He later took our food order but the translation of order to the server and then the kitchen missed a couple of requests, so we flagged down someone to find a server again. We like the menu and food was fine. People are friendly but service was lacking. A missed opportunity for a pleasant experience on date night can't be redone, never the less, we'll come back and may sit at the bar.

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CL
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Gave three stars for service for a long wait 20 minutes before our waiter showed up to offer water.

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MG
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We took an out-of-town friend to Left Bank for lunch. She has a rather strict dietary regimen, but she was able to find several dishes that met her needs. Service was reasonably prompt (the restaurant wasn't crowded on a rainy Wednesday), although getting the check took longer than I had hoped, since our friend had to get back to Davis before the afternoon rush began. She said she enjoyed the food and the ambiance of Left Bank.

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EC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I took my wife here for her Birthday. They had a nice Beaujolais nouveau tasting and excellent bistro food. I recommend the French Onion Soup - very classic and tasty. Our waiter was attentive and brought out a nice birthday dessert at the end.

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KH
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 1

We made a mistake going to Left Bank for thanksgiving rather than our usual Il Fornaio. We were seated at 7:15pm and by then the kitchen had already run out of the soup that was part of the thanksgiving menu. Instead of including something else as substitute, we were still charged the full menu price of $56. When the pumpkin pie came, it was missing the whipped cream because the kitchen also ran out of cream. They did substitute vanilla ice cream for the whipped cream. I'm surprised that with the booking list, the restaurant still was unable to budget the correct amount of food. The thanksgiving meal was served plated on individual plates, whereas Il Fornaio presents you with a common platter that you and your guests can serve from. I could have been eating at a soup kitchen. The service staff was great, though, and deeply apologetic for the food.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanksgiving at Left Bank, might just be our new tradition

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F
San Francisco
64 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

Left Bank is our standby for good food (though over the years it has fluctuated at times), ambience, and pleasant surroundings. We have dined here frequently for many years. Also like the all day bistro menu which lets us come when we want to!
Unfortunately this time we brought friends to thank them for many favors and our waiter was "over the top" with his casual attitude. We had also had him earlier in the year and thought then he overstepped but this time it was inexcusable! He even show us pictures of his dogs at one point bantering away about himself all the while and the capper was when he was clearing and spilled water down the front of one of our guests.

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L
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mussels and calamari were divine. Service was prompt, well-paced, and considerate. We will be back. Oh yes, ravioli best ever!!

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P
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Service wasn't as good as i remembered: waiter arrived quickly after we were seated and tried to take my order before he took my date's (she was amused). Food was a little slow in arriving but not bad; my wine, however, didn't arrive until the entree. The team who actually served the food were very good; my coq au vin was properly prepared table-side (and was very tasty). Overall, it's fine, but a couple of slips on the waiter's part diminished the experience a bit.

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O
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

In direct contrast to many previous dining experiences at Left Bank, at both Larkspur and Menlo Park locations, this visit was extremely disappointing. Service definitely was inferior (quite spotty, and we had to ask for bread and water more than once); items brought to our table and put on our tab were not ordered; loud, disco-like music was very irritating, and first manager was unable to adjust either the volume or type of music, as we learned that both are "controlled by corporate"; mussels were excellent (always a reason for dining at Left Bank), but soup de jour and calamari fritti were decidedly ho hum; and plates, when finished, were not cleared within a reasonable period of time. At the end of the meal, second manager genuinely solicited our feedback regarding this unpleasant dining experience, and then kindly offered to adjust our tab--much appreciated, to be sure. This was to be a memorable special occasion for us at the Left Bank, but unquestionably and unfortunately it turned out to be otherwise.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner!

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DM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

My vegetable soup was absolutely delicious...the service not so much. Understanding that the place was busy due to lack of personnel. Our table was set but that was about it for 15-20 minutes while we conversed. Asking for water twice didn’t work; drinks were delivered haphazardly, but my Manhattan was tasty. My skirt steak was just average and less than I would expect at a place like this. The frites part was bit disappointing because I remember them as being much better than they were tonight. Creme brûlée finished my meal off and was way to egg heavy in the mouth feel.
Must have been an off night. My past experiences have been good so I’ll return another time.

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E
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a great place. We LOVE it, everytime we visit and eat their great food

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JK
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic French with local fish, etc. wonderful decor, polite staff, delicious food, great desserts

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SJ
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Generally a pleasant place with reliable and good food. However I ordered chicken paillard/ and was served a flattened chicken breast that had been breaded/ also brined.
That’s not chicken paillard. Chicken paillard is pounded and not breaded and not brined. It was ok. Not delicious and not what I expected.

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DO
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful Brunch this past weekend. Service was great and loved the Duck Confit Hash and the Fondue to start was great. WE had a bit of time constraint and but everyone help us get out on time. We sat in the main dining room but the patio looked lovely can't wait to get back and sit outside.

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D
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Food is not as good as it was a few years ago. Steak ordered med rare came medium and pork tenderloin had no taste. The food is not the same and we were very disapointed.

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MB
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place for lunch. The menu had a good selection and the lamb sandwich was excellent.

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CS
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A good place to meet friends for lunch. Easy to talk/listen. Never feel rushed.

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f
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Servers were very nice, but the first entree was cold and had to be sent back. Asked for salt & pepper, never came.

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TW
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The service is still great but the quality of the food has really deteriorated. They need to get to work on re-training in the kitchen.

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BS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Second and last time I go to left bank. HORRIBLE service, slow and disorganized. food is wanna be French which is code for expensive Denny's.

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BU
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

The food is good but once again the service is horrible. Had to ask for refills three times....Had to go inside to get salt and pepper. Two out of three meals arrived, we waited and waited, asked two people, just ignored while we watched our third meal given to the wrong table. Had to wait for the third meal to come when they realized they had an extra plate when they tried to serve the other table with our meal.
They brought bread to one out of four tables, ignored the request for refills. The wait staff are awful, they just don't care, the servers don't know which table is which. We have been here many times and always hope that the service with improve but it doesn't.

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JB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great dinner an it was not too noisy. They put us oft the side where it was less noisy. The service was great and the food outstanding.

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BD
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Service was a bit slow this trip. Food was excellent.

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C
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delightful evening at Left bank. We hadn’t been there in years. We were looking for something special for our anniversary and it was perfect. Friendly attentive staff and delicious food

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L
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food quality and preparation. Service is a bit stretched but very friendly.

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LS
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The food was good (as usual), the service satisfactory, but the noise level was disturbingly high. As a result of the noise level, we will likely not return.

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JJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Left Bank on a Monday night to celebrate my wife's birthday. We were happy to find a restaurant open on a Monday night. When we arrived, we were given the choice of anywhere in the restaurant to sit! We chose a large booth that was semi-secluded. For an appetizer, we chose fondue, and it came with both bread and fruit/veggies to dip in the molten cheese. The cheese was superb! For entrees, we both had the duck, and it was excellent. After our meal, our waiter brought my wife a creme brulee with a lighted candle on the side of the plate - it was complimentary (not many restaurants do that these days)! We shared it, and didn't need any other dessert. All in all, a great evening.

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DF
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I’ve been going to LB for over 20 years. I think their food is at its best these days! Great mussels, steak tartare, lyonnaise salad, salmon, roasted chicken, just to name a few things you should try!

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SH
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everyone should come and enjoy the Thursday special Boeuf Bourgignon and profiteroles. Lovely evening with old friends, attentive service and authentic French cuisine. We had a lovely evening and will go back soon.

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