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Left Bank Menlo Park

1594 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Lunch
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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Provencal, 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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Executive chef
Brendy Monsada
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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
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Cross street
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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

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.

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Happy Hour Menu

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

What 1594 People Are Saying
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4.2  based on recent ratings
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipSusan (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

Great food and service...just wish I could have had my coffee refilled or at least asked-
I needed to add people and change time of my reservation and they were very accommodating- greatly appreciated.

Atmospheric (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

We had five people. I enjoy the Left Bank experience...but this time it was very ordinary. Choice was average...salads available were run-of-the-mill and so were the food choices. The Menlo Park branch is not nearly as good as the Larkspur one. It is okay...but I would say that the value equation has slipped.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 7 days ago

Always a great lunch. Left Bank consistently serves good food, well-prepared and authentic. The service is good and the waiters are friendly. I'm never disappointed when I stop in for lunch or dinner.

4.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Not happy with lunch bring served before appetizers. Had to ask for additional drinks to order and more bread to be brought to the table. The restaurant was not busy. No reason for our table to be attended to better.

2.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Food was disgusting. Don’t order any seafood items they taste a week old. Waiter wiped his nose on his sleeve at least 50 times.

Denise (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Valentines Day. Was great.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine’s Day menu was the best food ever at this restaurant, great meal and ambiance

Davis (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

7:30pm Reservation. Seated at 8pm. First course 8:45pm. Entree’s at 9:15.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine’s Day

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We had a lovely Valentines Day dinner with excellent food and service

sby14 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Went on Valentine's Day with my wife. Our server (whose name escapes me) was fantastic and really added to the evening. He was attentive and very knowledgeable about the wine.

Service, food, overall experience: Excellent!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

I really loved this place, the best french restaurant in silicon valley!
I tried the fondue, and it was amazing... The place is awesome!

vipsp4Mendy (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

I go to Left Bank Menlo Park approximately once a quarter. I still like the restaurant--the food is very good and the ambiance of the restaurant is very nice. The service this time was disappointing. There was a very small luncheon crowd, yet, we could not get a server to even come to the table for almost 10 minutes. When he came, he did not, as most servers would do, ask if we wanted something to drink. Bread came when I asked for it. The meal, however, was served timely, and the server was more attentive after the initial delay. My guest and I both had salads and pommes frites. The salads were very good.

CRfromCA (Seattle)
2.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

To be honest, based on the reviews I read and having reviewed the menu prior to making the reservation, I was disappointed. The service was okay, and for most of the meal our server was never around. We were greeted by our server soon after seating, but then she disappeared for an extended period of time before coming back for our orders. Little things like pouring wine, checking to see how things were from time to time once the food came just didn't happen. Also, our mains meals came out before we were half way done our appetizers. They took them back, and brought them later, but you wonder whether they made them again or just kept them warm. The real disappointment was the food itself. The Gambas were fine for flavor, but they were whole shrimp. It would have been nice to have the tail split at least to make for easier access to the meat since not everyone is into easting shells. Escargot were okay, but like the other things, not much in the way of flavor. The duck was nicely cooked and the meat tender, but the overall dish was bland. Same with the rigatoni. About the only thing that came out as I would have expected was the Beef Bourguignon. It was pretty good. So overall, I expected much more given that the menu looked very interesting.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

Wow! What happened to Left Bank. A decade ago this was a thriving hot spot with real food depicting the beautiful simplicity of French countryside cuisine.
We experienced a ten to fifteen minute wait until we were approached by waitstaff and provided menus. It was Super Bowl Sunday, so I think they were busy watching the game.

The food was less than mediocre. The sauce with the escargot was heavy on the oil served with old chewy stale slices of baguette. The truffle fries- clearly were Sysco food distributors finest flash frozen. Truffles on the truffles Frits ? Ha- Never saw them, or tasted truffle oil.

My eating partner ordered seafood soup and the waiter told us that there were no mussels - he opted to have it anyway when the dish arrived it was full of muscles unfortunately the saffron sauce was ice cold and he didn’t even get any bread to mop it up with or a bowl for the shells.

I ordered a burger to play it safe- it arrived- clearly it was a frozen premade burger and my bun was so hard and stale I opted not to eat it —probably just save myself some empty calories anyway.

We decided to suck it up and move on to dessert because what sweet can’t make bad meal good again. Wrong—
The Cannelles were still FROZEN on the inside and the cream Brûlée was so off-portioned, the waiter brought us two cause he felt bad- and said two makes one normal portion. The custard was so thick you could cut it with a knife. What happened to this place. We paid the bill that was over 100$ ( now I wish we disputed) we ended up going next door, and eating a real French meal at the bar!

I’ll NEVER go to Left Bank again! WOW! #FakingFrench

The waiter sympathized with us by the end of the evening. Clearing he was trying to get through it just like we were.