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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.
Menlo Park, CA 94025
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)
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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 email@example.com
Public lots nearby.
The Menlo Park CalTrain stop is only two blocks away.
The ECR SamTrans is 1 block away.
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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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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