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Left Bank Menlo Park

4.3
1621 reviews
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$30 and under
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Provencal
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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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Cuisines
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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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
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Doyle
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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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Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Nothing says “je t'aime” like a truly great meal, oui? Treat the special mama in your life to a Fun and French dining experience at Left Bank this Mother’s Day! We will offer scrumptious menu additions designed with mom in mind, as well as reduced regular menus. Opening at 10 AM for Brunch!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 1621 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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3.9
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 4 days ago

this is a good solid restaurant with delicious classic French food. It could probably be noisy if it were full because it is mostly hard surface and a good sized space. We had a very fresh endive salad and a great coq au vin. We also enjoyed the flight of Loire wines which was very reasonably priced. Bathrooms were a little worn...

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

The food was unremarkable. The steak tartar was sweet - not good. I ordered the sausage which is a risk and was sorely disappointed.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

I had a very memorable evening celebrating our 12 wedding anniversary. The service was delightful and the food amazing! I'm sure we will be there more than once a year

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3.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Sea food was nothing special for all. Calamari was rubbery. Staff was friendly and did their job. Will not return.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

European atmosphere, not as noisy as most newer restaurants, service is pleasant and well prepared food. Put altogether, it made for a special dining experience.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Very good as usual. We especially appreciate that you remember us
and already know what we like. Joe B.

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4.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Left Bank has been around for a very long time and does a remarkably consistent job with food, service and value. Great dinner with friends.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great spot for Easter Brunch. Nice menu options and we had a great time.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

An Easter Brunch for 13, and the staff could not have been nicer and so accommodating to 2 elderly mothers and younger kids. Well done!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The Easter Brunch offered by the Left Bank is very family friendly. There is a kids menu and the Easter bunny circulates among the tables to the delight of the children. There is, however, a limited menu, with several variatins on Eggs Benedict, waffles or pancakes. Still, the cocktails were interesting and the children had a blast.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Good spot for lunch or weeknight dining. Lots of outdoor seating. Good cocktails. Easy to get a table. Reliable stand by.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Great place for bistro dining. Wonderful service!

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4.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Waiter was slow. All else was pretty good.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

We went early: 5:30 pm so the noise level was low and we were able to talk. Super service. I had the Boef Bourguignon and my colleague had the salmon. Perfect portions and great wine.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Love this location! Great Service!!
Thank you to Wes & the Hostess on Saturday, 03/10...made the night special.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Another great meal at Left Bank. The place was packed yet we were seated exactly at the time of our reservation. Great mushroom soup & burger. The manager Wes gave us that extra bit of service that made the meal special. Thanks!!

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Welcoming reception with host personally taking charge of seating; very attentive service, despite a full house on a Saturday evening; and quality of food preparation and presentation exceptional. Overall, Left Bank Menlo Park definitely offers a superior dining experience.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Left Bank is a go-to lunch spot. Tasty food and great service.

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Nice lunch. Corner booth with two friends.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Consistently outstanding; both food and service. Many years dining at Left Bank in Menlo Park and always a great experience!

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3.0Dined on March 3, 2018

I left a note on my open table reservation—guess the restaurant didn’t see it. They also didn’t see us for a LONG time. Even with reservations, they had us wait 10 minutes. After we sat, they didn’t even acknowledge us. I had to flag down the manager and ask for service. The food was meh. The service was horrible. The waiter was recommending things that weren’t on the menu—“oh we just changed and never mind, we don’t have that.” Or even better, the waiter recommended something and then said, “oh wait, that’s only available during dinner. Sorry.”

We like going to left bank, but with service like this, it will be a long time before we go back. C’est la vie.

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3.0Dined on March 1, 2018

I've been to left bank over the years, but haven't dined with them in 2 years. Each franchise has always had a variable quality, and this night I wasn't impressed with the food, decent but the coq au vin was a bit bland and a little dry. Service was nice, and was surprisingly bright (hurt my eyes lighting) inside, which is a down for a french inspired bistro. Kills the intimacy. Its always a good spot for wine and some charcuterie.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Superior dining experience in every respect--ambiance, seating, service, food and drink.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

When the balcony is full, the din below n the main dining room is almost unbearably loud-we had to move to the bar seating, which is quieter, but also left us bereft of attentive service (until the end, when they brought the check!) On the other hand my lamb sandwich (labeled casse croque) was terrific, as was my husband's tuna nicoise. Wines by the glass reflect an excellent set of selections.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Saturday Brunch to celebrate friends Birthdays. Food and service were fantastic!

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Wish they had more vegetarian options, but otherwise, great. Wines by the glass are nice. French onion soup & burger/fries great.

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4.0Dined on February 22, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on February 20, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined 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.

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1.0Dined on February 16, 2018

We went to Left Bank for my birthday. I ordered the duck breast. The cook apparently doesn't know how to cook duck breast. They brought it out the first time and it had not been properly rendered so there was a quarter-inch thick piece of skin and duck fat on the side of the breast - in edible. When I pointed out that the duck was inedible, they took it back to the kitchen. Instead of properly cooking a new duck breast, they took the two pieces of the original duck breast, cooked them on the non-skin side, and brought out two pieces of overcooked duck breast that still had inedible pieces of skin and fat hanging on them.

I would never order the duck breast again at Left Bank. Whomever is on the grill does not know how to cook duck breast. Because the fat wasn't rendered, it left a layer of skin and fat on the breast that was literally like a piece of chewing gum - it could not be eaten.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Valentines Day. Was great.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine’s Day

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined 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.

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