Left Bank Menlo Park

4.3
1738 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
Left Bank is an authentic brasserie celebrating classic French cuisine. Located in Menlo Park's charming downtown, Left Bank transports guests to a quaint brasserie in Paris. Open since 1998, we are proud to have served the Menlo Park community for 20 years.

Left Bank offers a casual, charming, bustling setting where diners feast upon traditional brasserie fare. Our outdoor terrace provides a lively Parisian 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 on our terrace, at the European-style bar, or in the casually elegant main dining room, you'll enjoy a fun & French experience.

Twenty years of working with local organic farms allows us to bring you the best seasonal ingredients available. Our Chef de Cuisine offers a menu showcasing locally sourced seasonal highlights alongside classic French favorites.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
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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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 Emerald Reilly 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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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

Private Dining

Left Bank Menlo Park’s private dining facilities are ideal for business meetings or presentations, birthday parties cocktail receptions, rehearsal dinners, holiday parties, showers, and any other occasion requiring a lively environment and memorable experience.

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Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Let us do the cooking this year! Join with friends and family for a 4 Course Prix Fixe Thanksgiving feast for $56 per person. A special kids menu will also be available, a 3 Course Prix Fixe for $15, as well as a limited à la carte menu offered at the bar. Open from 12 to 8 PM.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate the holidays at Left Bank Brasseries! Open for regular Lunch hours, serving the regular Lunch menu. Serving a 3 Course Prix Fixe at Dinner for $60 per person, with a reduced regular menu also available. Last seating at 9 PM. It’s never too early to reserve now!

Monday, December 24, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Open regular Lunch hours, serving the regular Lunch menu. At Dinner, serving a 4 Course Prix Fixe for $75 per person, including glass of sparkling wine to start. All prix fixe items available a la carte; serving a reduced regular dinner menu. Last seating at 11 PM with party favors and toast!

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 1738 People Are Saying
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F
San Francisco
64 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

Left Bank is our standby for good food (though over the years it has fluctuated at times), ambience, and pleasant surroundings. We have dined here frequently for many years. Also like the all day bistro menu which lets us come when we want to!
Unfortunately this time we brought friends to thank them for many favors and our waiter was "over the top" with his casual attitude. We had also had him earlier in the year and thought then he overstepped but this time it was inexcusable! He even show us pictures of his dogs at one point bantering away about himself all the while and the capper was when he was clearing and spilled water down the front of one of our guests.

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L
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mussels and calamari were divine. Service was prompt, well-paced, and considerate. We will be back. Oh yes, ravioli best ever!!

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P
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Service wasn't as good as i remembered: waiter arrived quickly after we were seated and tried to take my order before he took my date's (she was amused). Food was a little slow in arriving but not bad; my wine, however, didn't arrive until the entree. The team who actually served the food were very good; my coq au vin was properly prepared table-side (and was very tasty). Overall, it's fine, but a couple of slips on the waiter's part diminished the experience a bit.

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O
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

In direct contrast to many previous dining experiences at Left Bank, at both Larkspur and Menlo Park locations, this visit was extremely disappointing. Service definitely was inferior (quite spotty, and we had to ask for bread and water more than once); items brought to our table and put on our tab were not ordered; loud, disco-like music was very irritating, and first manager was unable to adjust either the volume or type of music, as we learned that both are "controlled by corporate"; mussels were excellent (always a reason for dining at Left Bank), but soup de jour and calamari fritti were decidedly ho hum; and plates, when finished, were not cleared within a reasonable period of time. At the end of the meal, second manager genuinely solicited our feedback regarding this unpleasant dining experience, and then kindly offered to adjust our tab--much appreciated, to be sure. This was to be a memorable special occasion for us at the Left Bank, but unquestionably and unfortunately it turned out to be otherwise.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner!

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DM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

My vegetable soup was absolutely delicious...the service not so much. Understanding that the place was busy due to lack of personnel. Our table was set but that was about it for 15-20 minutes while we conversed. Asking for water twice didn’t work; drinks were delivered haphazardly, but my Manhattan was tasty. My skirt steak was just average and less than I would expect at a place like this. The frites part was bit disappointing because I remember them as being much better than they were tonight. Creme brûlée finished my meal off and was way to egg heavy in the mouth feel.
Must have been an off night. My past experiences have been good so I’ll return another time.

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E
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a great place. We LOVE it, everytime we visit and eat their great food

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JK
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic French with local fish, etc. wonderful decor, polite staff, delicious food, great desserts

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SJ
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Generally a pleasant place with reliable and good food. However I ordered chicken paillard/ and was served a flattened chicken breast that had been breaded/ also brined.
That’s not chicken paillard. Chicken paillard is pounded and not breaded and not brined. It was ok. Not delicious and not what I expected.

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DO
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful Brunch this past weekend. Service was great and loved the Duck Confit Hash and the Fondue to start was great. WE had a bit of time constraint and but everyone help us get out on time. We sat in the main dining room but the patio looked lovely can't wait to get back and sit outside.

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D
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Food is not as good as it was a few years ago. Steak ordered med rare came medium and pork tenderloin had no taste. The food is not the same and we were very disapointed.

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MB
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place for lunch. The menu had a good selection and the lamb sandwich was excellent.

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CS
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A good place to meet friends for lunch. Easy to talk/listen. Never feel rushed.

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f
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Servers were very nice, but the first entree was cold and had to be sent back. Asked for salt & pepper, never came.

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TW
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The service is still great but the quality of the food has really deteriorated. They need to get to work on re-training in the kitchen.

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BS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Second and last time I go to left bank. HORRIBLE service, slow and disorganized. food is wanna be French which is code for expensive Denny's.

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BU
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

The food is good but once again the service is horrible. Had to ask for refills three times....Had to go inside to get salt and pepper. Two out of three meals arrived, we waited and waited, asked two people, just ignored while we watched our third meal given to the wrong table. Had to wait for the third meal to come when they realized they had an extra plate when they tried to serve the other table with our meal.
They brought bread to one out of four tables, ignored the request for refills. The wait staff are awful, they just don't care, the servers don't know which table is which. We have been here many times and always hope that the service with improve but it doesn't.

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BD
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Service was a bit slow this trip. Food was excellent.

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C
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delightful evening at Left bank. We hadn’t been there in years. We were looking for something special for our anniversary and it was perfect. Friendly attentive staff and delicious food

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L
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food quality and preparation. Service is a bit stretched but very friendly.

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LS
San Francisco
60 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The food was good (as usual), the service satisfactory, but the noise level was disturbingly high. As a result of the noise level, we will likely not return.

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JJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Left Bank on a Monday night to celebrate my wife's birthday. We were happy to find a restaurant open on a Monday night. When we arrived, we were given the choice of anywhere in the restaurant to sit! We chose a large booth that was semi-secluded. For an appetizer, we chose fondue, and it came with both bread and fruit/veggies to dip in the molten cheese. The cheese was superb! For entrees, we both had the duck, and it was excellent. After our meal, our waiter brought my wife a creme brulee with a lighted candle on the side of the plate - it was complimentary (not many restaurants do that these days)! We shared it, and didn't need any other dessert. All in all, a great evening.

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DF
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I’ve been going to LB for over 20 years. I think their food is at its best these days! Great mussels, steak tartare, lyonnaise salad, salmon, roasted chicken, just to name a few things you should try!

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SH
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everyone should come and enjoy the Thursday special Boeuf Bourgignon and profiteroles. Lovely evening with old friends, attentive service and authentic French cuisine. We had a lovely evening and will go back soon.

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t
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 1

The food was excellent. But what a huge draft on a cold evening with so many doors and windows open.

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RM
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great as usual. The octopus special (Wednesday plat du jour) is particularly good.

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GB
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

ONE OF OUR REGULAR SPOTS. FOOD IS ALWAYS RELIABLE. HAD THE FRIDAY SPECIAL OF WHOLE BRANZINO. IT WAS TERRIFIC!

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AI
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Food and is quite good, but service has steadily deteriorated and is now pretty poor. Long waits at almost every turn after being seated, and difficult to get a waiter's attention. Waiter whisked away our bread when we ordered bruschetta appetizers. After a long wait, mains showed up, followed by appetizers. To his credit, the server saw we already had our mains, so just turned around and took the appetizers with him. The waiter showed up with a totally different wine than we ordered - said he couldn't find the one we wanted. We took it, then when the check came discovered Left Bank charges the same for the two bottles, despite a marked difference in quality and cost. Speaking of the check, the bill we were given was for a small order at a different table. Eventually able to swap this for the right check, to pay our fair share.
I really like Left Bank and hope they can get back to where they used to be.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love coming to Left Bank, and think of it as our special spot. The service is always exceptional here, with the staff being very attentive. They brought us a special dessert when we were there most recently since we were celebrating our anniversary, which was very sweet of them. The food is very authentic and always incredibly delicious. We love getting the French onion soup and steak frites. Would highly recommend this spot for a date night, special occasion, or just went you want delicious French food in a fun but casual environment.

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RR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the most amazing service I have ever had at a bay area restaurant. Gabe on of the front end managers oversaw the service and gave an incredible experience. We will host many of our business lunches here in the future. Thank you so much for the amazing service!!! :)

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MI
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always can count on Left Bank for a great meal and excellent service!

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E
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The service was a little slow for our group. The restaurant wasn’t that busy to warrant it.

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S
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I expected to get the same wonderful mussels as I've always ordered here. Now, instead of a light marinieres with spinach and a light fennel touch, they are served in a spicy tomato sauce reminiscent of southern Italian spaghetti. A disappointment.

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DF
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Love this place...been going there for years...seems to only keep getting better after all these years! Great muscles, salmon steak & Fries. Try happy hour you won’t be disappointed !!

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KA
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always enjoy Left Bank. Always busy so make a reservation. Bar and outdoor seating for walk-ups.

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MG
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Wonderful menu and great service. Their appetizers weren’t very good but the main dishes and service were excellent. Skip the escargot, fondue and calamari.

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a
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We went out for a family brunch celebration and had a really nice experience! Very good food in a classically beautiful dining room. Reasonable corkage. Service was spotty, though. It got busy but we were able to have a good conversation and linger over the meal. The bar looked like it could be fun in the evenings. Will try it again, most likely.

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NJ
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food is delicious. I wish there were more seafood and vegetarian options. Our server, Steve, was simply amazing.

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T
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Very slow service, noisy, food just Ok. Lunch was better than dinner.

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GC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 2

Over the last ~5 years we have come here for celebrations and with good friends, say every 6 months. The food used to be prepared perfectly; now, it is mediocre overall and some things are not even fully cooked (farro), or, obviously pre-cooked and poorly warmed (the 1/2 chicken), or very sloppy in the use of spices (concentrations of pepper, or the entire absence, on the duck), or just bland and visually dreadful (calamari). Very disappointing.

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