Left Bank Menlo Park
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.
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)
The ECR SamTrans is 1 block away.
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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
Service was spotty and way too slow! But the food was delicious.
Reserved more than a week ahead for two birthdays and got a terrible table, thank goodness for a super waiter!
Trout was very salty. Green beans appeared to be boiled: over cooked and watery. My dining companion had duck which was good.
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.
The food is always delicious. Our server is always phenomenal!
Excellent service and great food, nice ambience.
Even with reservation, they were not ready to seat us. Ended up with very small table in the middle of nowhere. Nice evening otherwise.
Best birthday lunch ever. Special chocolate cake!
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.
Gave three stars for service for a long wait 20 minutes before our waiter showed up to offer water.
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.
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.
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.
Thanksgiving at Left Bank, might just be our new tradition
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.
Mussels and calamari were divine. Service was prompt, well-paced, and considerate. We will be back. Oh yes, ravioli best ever!!
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.
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.
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.
Just a great place. We LOVE it, everytime we visit and eat their great food
Authentic French with local fish, etc. wonderful decor, polite staff, delicious food, great desserts
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.
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.
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.
Great place for lunch. The menu had a good selection and the lamb sandwich was excellent.
A good place to meet friends for lunch. Easy to talk/listen. Never feel rushed.
Servers were very nice, but the first entree was cold and had to be sent back. Asked for salt & pepper, never came.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Service was a bit slow this trip. Food was excellent.
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
Great food quality and preparation. Service is a bit stretched but very friendly.
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.
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.
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!
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.