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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
Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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: January 10, 2018

Ends: April 1, 2018

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

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

French is the language of love, and Left Bank speaks it fluently! Awaken your inner romantic with a 3 Course Prix Fixe Dinner for $65, in addition to a reduced regular menu . All prix fixe items also available a la carte. Also serving the regular Lunch menu; open regular hours 11:30AM to 10PM.

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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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4.2

service

4.1

ambience

4.1

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (23)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Great for Lunch (17)
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Special Occasion (15)
Good for Groups (15)
Fun (13)
Casual (13)
Authentic (12)
Business Meals (12)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Notable Wine List (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Cozy (7)
Seasonal (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Romantic (6)
Healthy (5)
People Watching (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Late-night Find (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

The chicken usually quite good was dry as a bone - I should have sent it back but held out hope for the thigh, and disappointed. The service and cocktails great, as were the appetizers.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Food is consistent and alway good! Love their calimari, and musles are killer! Great French Fries... try their happy hour also!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Kid-friendly, Fun
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·Dined 7 days ago

This location has been a hit or miss for me the last few times. The first time, the food didn't taste very fresh; bread cubes in the fondue tasted a bit stale, crab cakes were very fishy, etc. This time around, the fondue was much better; the bread was fresh and toasted, the cheese itself was flavorful, and the sole, trout, and steak were delicious.

The only downsides of this experience was the denial of happy hour menu even though Open Table clearly offered me this "special" option. They did not honor Open Table's special offer. The entree took about 45 minutes to arrive, which was a bit longer than expected. Our dinner ran two hours and we didn't have time for dessert. Though this was a Saturday and they were quite busy, so I guess that should be expected.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

Hadn't been here in a while, and was pleased that it is still very enjoyable.

Tags: Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Our waiter, Carlos, was excellent, and the chef was very accommodating when we requested salmon versus ahi for our salade nicoise. Also, I requested a booth when I made my reservation, and as usual, the reception team honored my request. Our lunch was predictably yummy!

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2018

The food was exceptional and authentic French cuisine. The service was also wonderful; I got a splash of sauce on my top and the waiter noticed and brought me club soda and a napkin to clean the stain. The waiter was also very useful in helping us to choose a wine. The food was delicious and we felt like we were back in Paris. All around a great meal and a special evening. We will definitely be coming back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Romantic, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

A very nice place for a tasty dinner with very good service.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Fun, People Watching, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Great food, nice atmosphere, very slow service. Once we were seated, it was 10-15 minutes before anyone came to even take a drink order. As always, the food was delicious.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Birthday.
Service was OK... Took a long time to get service after we initially Sat down. Also, made a reservation and was going to be seated at a booth facing a wait station... Very poor location in my opinion... Requested a different table and was given a table near the window which was much better.
My daughter and I split a salad and Entree- the kitchen was nice to split the dishes for us.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

This was our annual New Year’s Day lunch with friends. This year, we came to Left Bank.

We had a friendly, but seemingly distracted, waiter. Water came to our table as an after thought ... after we ordered and received our food and other drinks. Twice, our gluten-free dishes came to our table with bread on the plate, and had to be taken back. We didn’t have silverware for each of us to begin eating our food. We had to flag down a bus person and ask for forks because our waiter didn’t come back around for a while. Our waiter forgot to ask us about dessert or coffee before handing us our check. He also forgot to bring the to-go box we asked for so that we could take our leftovers home. On a good note though, he did have the kitchen slice & toast our gf bread we brought with us and arranged it in a bread basket for us. He had a good personality when he talked to us, but fell short on doing the job.

The food, on the other hand, was excellent. Kudos to the chef!

The ambiance was very pleasant.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Food was bland

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

I have dined at Left Bank several times, and the food and the service have been consistently superb!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The hostess was very accommodating with my request for a booth, and the wait staff were all friendly and attentive. Our salade nicoise was great, as usual.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

It was the 17th birthday of our twins. We all had a very nice time and we’re happy with the service, food and the booth we sat at.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We have been to this restaurant several times and always enjoyed our experience, but yesterday the service was awful. The hostess was not welcoming, the waiter tried to hurry us to order, then when we had received our food, did not bring us the butter and water we had asked for, tried to take a companions plate before she was finished, then disappeared for over 20 minutes until we had to flag down a bus boy to clear our table. We asked for the check, got it, paid it and were leaving when he came back and said we hadn't paid enough. We said we paid what was on the check and he responded he had given us the wrong check and we needed to pay this one. No apology until we questioned why we had the wrong check. It was an unpleasant ending to a poorly served meal. The food was fine and the bus boys were competent (we actually asked if management had changed because we had never had this kind of experience at this restaurant before).

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

We went for a Christmas Eve dinner. The ambience was fantastic and the food was even better. They did a great special menu, Wine selection was pretty good as well. Friend had a sparkling wine flight. I will definitely go back and recommend to friends.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2017

I've always enjoyed my meals at Left Bank but this last dinner we had was not up to their usual standard. The mussels were plumb and plentiful but the broth had absolutely no taste whatsoever. The profiteroles was stale and the ice cream was more like ice milk - again not much flavor. Friends meals of rigatoni and steak were better but nothing outstanding.

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·Dined on December 19, 2017

The food was underwhelming. This isn’t tge first time I’ve noticed this. The ambience and location were attractive. But the menu and the food is below ordinary.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Food here has always been hit or miss. Consistency is a problem. Onion soup(s) were each a big glob of cheese, little soup, and it was very sweet. Beef tartar was excellent, hamburger was over cooked
Waiter could not remove the cork from a wine bottle. Said it was a new corkscrew!? Opening bottles is a recurring problem.
Waiter had to be reminded twice to bring a glass of wine one guest ordered.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Lovely French dishes and very friendly attentive service. The food here is consistently wholesome, flavorful, and satisfying. It's a fun atmosphere, although perhaps not the place to go if you're looking for a cozy or intimate dinner. We weren't, so that was no problem for us!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The food was good but the service was very below par. We had five people and waiter brought the wrong dinner to one of my guests. The waiter did not even offer something to eat while waiting for the correct dinner to be delivered. Our guest had to sit there while the other guests ate their food. He should have offered at least a salad or a bowl of soup while waiting. It was very embarrassing to me and my guests.

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

It's still a nice place for lunch, though the menu seems very similar to when they opened many years ago. FYI: pretty challenging for vegetarians. The service was friendly and upbeat, though our waiter must have been pretty busy as we didn't see him much and needed to ask a few times for the bill.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Waiter filipe was very pushy on multiple occasions during the evening.

Tags: Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Escargot and butter lettuce were perfect! Fun atmosphere and it’s our go to spot for Steak frites.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 12, 2017

I love Left Bank. It is always reliable and delicious. We had a lovely lunch with the salade Nicoise as our main. Everything was cooked perfectly. Our waiter was attentive but not intrusive. Overall, excellent.

Tags: Good for a Date, People Watching, Cozy, Healthy, Quick Bite, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Over-priced food, poorly prepared. For the $35 rib eye steak frites, the rib eye was thin and tough and the fries inferior to what one would get at McD's or In-N-Out.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Skirt steak and frites were delicious. The Gambas were a lot of work for a small taste of shrimp.
Cosmos were delicious. Thank you.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

The service was so poor that I would not recommend Left Bank. The food was very well prepared (beet salad, trout almondine), but I had invited a friend and the service was so appallingly bad, I was deeply embarrassed.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

RYAN was our waiter on 12/9/17 and was one of the best waiters we ever had - He made sure my FRENCH FRIES 🍟 were hot -

Thanks RYAN ❗️

Tags: Disabled Access, Cozy, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 2017

The French Onion soup is amazing. While it may not be the longest food menu you have ever seen the selection of authentic french cuisine is wonderful.
If it is a full house it can get a little loud but so will most other restaurants.
The servers are all very knowledgeable of what is on the menu and provide a great experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Accommodated our need for a booth and were very attentive with the service. Quick and delicious hamburgers/fries. Only complaint is that they consistently make martini's with lots of tiny ice pieces - ugh! Waters down the drink which is not a generous pour to begin with.

Tags: Disabled Access, Casual, Late-night Find
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

I like first 2 dishes, but turkey itself was had too much not meaty parts, some I cannot chew.

I like the atmosphere there and service was good.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

For a very busy Thanksgiving Day dinner service Left Bank presented a nice dinner with more food than we could eat. However, I was surprised at the clientele, so many came in so casually dressed that they looked they had been camping. For a holiday dinner I would have expected a respectful dinner guests.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Three of us including my elderly mother had Thanksgiving dinner at the Left Bank. I was extremely impressed by the food quality and the very fun special menu of Beaujolais wines. The place is a bit noisy for us oldies, but it wasn't a hindrance. I'd definitely eat a special holiday meal here again.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Dining for Thanksgiving, everything was as expected: white and dark meat turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, brussel sprouts, yams, dressing, and a good choice of wine. The dressing was pretty weak, but everything else was very good. Very crowded but the service was good if a bit slow. We weren't in a hurry, so that was fine. Good place in Menlo Park.

Tags: Comfort Food, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Des Moines)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving dinner was perfect

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

My family & I were here for Thanksgiving for the Prix Fix dinner. The food and service was outstanding!!! The bar was a little slow, however, considering it was a busy holiday afternoon, we understood.

As an alternative to cooking, we will absolutely be considering Left Bank for all future family holiday gatherings & celebrations.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Always consistent. Good food and service.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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 on November 17, 2017

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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