Left Bank Menlo Park

4.3
1713 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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. Chef de Cuisine Brendy Monsada 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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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 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.

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What 1713 People Are Saying
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t
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
1 review
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
1 review
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
23 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
22 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
11 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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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I had a great meal and great service. Will definitely be back!

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M
San Francisco
98 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

This is my second review of Left Bank within a week. I was not very happy the prior time. Overall, the food was very good (both my guest and I had the tomato soup, and I had the Salade Nicoise). The restaurant was quiet. While the service was better than the prior luncheon (when I was seated outside), overall I continue to find the service only good. Given how quiet the restaurant was, one would have thought that the server would have been all over us. Not so. Not terrible, but I hoped for better.

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M
San Francisco
97 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I met a client for lunch. We sat outside, which was pleasant. I had the Hamburger American + fries—both very good. My guest is a vegetarian. She very clearly told the server that when she ordered an omlette with no ham. The server came back with an omlette with ham. Ugh. The error was corrected, but this was pretty basic. Later, I could not get the server to offer more lemonade. All in all, a fair or good experience—but less than I am used to at Left Bank.

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MM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The only difficult part of our evening wasvthe noise level due to acoustics. The decor is inviting and lovely but one can't hear with high ceilings. Our food and service here exquisite !!

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OH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Steve was attentive and provided great service despite it being a busy evening and my party taking a while to order since people came at different times. He was even able to speak with the kitchen staff and provide whole vegetables for one of our guests who only eats kosher. Thank you.

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F
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a request from our Chinese clients

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f
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was good as usual. AC was not strong that outdoor was cooler. Also food took a long time to come out so definitely don't go if you are in a hurry.

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J
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Terrible service., Our birthday celebration got ruined

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F
San Francisco
64 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We are patrons of many years & have experience ups & downs here. This was one of our best times!

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S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fresh ingredients appreciated. Ahi tuna excellent but rest of Salade Nicoise needs work. (I prefer Julia Child's French version that separates component parts).

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S
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Great place that has fallen so far. Nothing like the place that opened years ago and was vibrant, fun, good, welcoming and consistent. Now it’s overpriced crap food with bad service catering to transplants living here.

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M
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our lunch get-together with friends was delightful. The French "brasserie" aesthetic made the meal very civilized. We each ordered something different. The trout with almonds and the salade Nicoise were delicious.

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PM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made reservations for their Franco Filipino Night. We had an amazing time along with some delicious dishes not seen in this area of the peninsula. Such a treat. Thank you to Chef Brendy who stopped by several time during our meal. Staff was great.

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f
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

Food ok but service terrible. Couldn’t get attention for awhile. Ordered appetizers & dinner. Both arrived simultaneously so either dinner got cold while we ate the hot appetizer or vice versa. My mother (celebrating her birthday) asked for some cheese for her pasta. They couldn’t figure out she wanted Parmesan. After explaining this none arrived. We asked at least 5 or 6 times to multiple people. Finally with her pasta cold & mostly gone, someone arrived with a small cup of what looked like Kraft. Ordered 1 dessert with 3 spoons. Dessert showed up with no spoons. Asked for spoons. Watched ice cream melt & lava cake cool waiting for spoons. Not what I’d come to expect.

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RJ
San Francisco
78 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

We have eaten at Left Bank many times over the years. Last night was really awful. While the food was fine once it arrived, it took over an hour to deliver what we ordered. And all the tables around us had the same issue. The server couldn't take drink orders and water glasses went unfilled and it was just a total mess. And our server really didn't care what we thought and made no effort to fix anything or to apologize While it was a busy night, there is no excuse for this. They are either short staffed or so poorly managed that it's all falling apart which is too bad.

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CE
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I'm a vegetarian and hadn't been to Left Bank in awhile since their focus was on meat and fish. I was pleased to find vegetarian options this time -- and my selection was excellent. I'll be back soon.

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AB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal as always and our server, Steve, is wonderful as always. Did you know he has a huge bow tie collection and can tie his in 15 seconds!

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R
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

As always, food great
For a weekday lunch, however, we needed to leave to go back to work and the food was slow to arrive. If this had been a weekend, that would be fine, but we needed a timely lunch.

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LA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 5

My rib eye steak was not a rib eye. My wife’s flank steak was a better cut of meat. Service very very very slow. Waiter had so many tables that we rarely saw him.

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p
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

delicous food, friendly service and a nice outdoor "street cafe" area.

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F
San Francisco
88 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Celebrated Bastille Day with 5 friends. Naturally a very busy this evening and the food and service were good. The side street was blocked off with tables and music. We plan to be back next year and hope to sit downstairs to feel more of the festivities. (Upstairs didn't have much of a vibe)

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OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the Bastille Day festivities and food. I had accurate friendly service. I really liked the Sangre Royal drink and dessert

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d
Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for dinner to celebrate Bastille Day and were not disappointed! Our waiter, Rudy, was delightful and very attentive. We will be back sooner that later!

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CH
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it...Great drinks, great service...That's all I need to say.

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