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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
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.
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.
My complaint is not so much about the service (food was fine--we just went for a glass of wine and a couple appetizers to celebrate a birthday on a warm February evening) as about our fellow diners; this automatically puts the management on the hot seat because of our experience... Shortly after we were seated outside by one of three tables up by the window, a woman was seated at one of the other two tables; she had a small dog with her. The dog started barking a bit, then started sniffing my friend's purse and her shoes. The partner of the woman showed up, and the dog barked it's happiness. These two ordered dinner, and the woman started feeding the dog from her plate; if the dog didn't get another bite soon enough, it started yapping loudly for more food...About thirty seconds was soon enough.
I planned to order dessert and coffee, it was my friend's birthday after all, but we were so stressed out by all the barking and the woman's idiotic behavior regarding her dog, that we left and had dessert at a shop by the theater in downtown Redwood City.
What's the solution? I am not sure, but maybe management had to be brave and ask obnoxious pet owners to leave or some other option. My critique is coming from a dad who's daughter is working towards becoming a small animal vet, for what that's worth.
Our service was slow, but that was okay because we weren't in a hurry...that is, until we had reached our limit with the clueless dog lady.
I have eaten here a number of times at lunch and just for a bite. It’s been a while since I’ve been there for dinner and it was a disappointment. Of the four of us one really didn’t eat any of her meal. The others were fine but nothing special. The selection of non alcoholic drinks was limited.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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