Left Bank Menlo Park

4.5
2158 Reviews
$30 and under
French
Left Bank is an authentic brasserie known for simple, seasonally-changing French menus featuring a diverse selection of fresh vegetables, seafood, meats, hearty salads and sumptuous desserts crafted by Chef Roland Passot.

Located in Menlo Park's charming downtown, Left Bank transports guests to a quaint brasserie in Paris. Our terrace, European-style bar and casually elegant main dining room offer a fun and French experience.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required

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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

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Starting May 9, 2021

Treat the special mama in your life to Left Bank this Mother's Day! We’re serving our regular Brunch menu, along with our Spring-inspired menu addition, from open until 3 PM. We’re also serving a spectacular 4 Course Prix Fixe for $88 all day, featuring only the best for mom!

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Sparky
Tahoe
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

West Bank has the BEST hamburgers anywhere. My son and I go there whenever we can and are always welcomed, treated like special customers and well fed. I highly recommend it!

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vipRobert
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Hate to write a less-than-glowing review after over a year of Covid restrictions, but our meal just didn't live up to this resto's reputation. We dined outside on the Santa Cruz Ave. side and had a terrific table. Our server seemed overwhelmed and harried (understaffed?). Food came out promptly, almost too soon, before the bread (now an extra cost item) was delivered to the table.
The food was just OK. My spouse had the burger, which historically has been her favorite dish here. She was disappointed in the flavor. I had a lamb shank that was tasty but not memorable, and the menu's description didn't match the served meal.
The resto had a good outdoor crowd, which seemed a positive step towards the "after times", and for that we're thankful. We'll return.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience4

Service is usually quite good but not tonight.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The food is bland and mediocre and the service poor. We were rushed through our meal although there was no crowd. Items ordered never appeared. You can do much better for the price, literally next door.

JJ
vipJayJBee
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Left Bank in MP meets and exceeds all our dining out requirements. Kudos to them!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A piece of bread should have been offered with the escargots

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Very slow service

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vipBarbaraHMB
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

The food, wine and the ambiance as always was amazing. This is the first time the service wasn’t up to the usual standards.

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nkss
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

We have dined here since it's opening more than 20 years ago and loved every time before. Tonight we were massively disappointed. The former level of food and service quality was sorely lacking. The wait staff was rushed and sloppy. Bread now costs an extra $6. The waiter finally opened our wine but never poured any. (Yes we do know how to pour our own wine and we did.) The water glasses were not refilled until we were having desert. The salads were fine and nicely presented but the entrees were incredibly bland and lacking flavor. (Where did they get the recipe for that terrible polenta?) The best part of the dinner was the wine, which we brought.
This had been our go-to place for a very nice meal and many great New Year's Eve celebrations, but no more. It's not cheap but the food and service sure was! Hope that they get their act together so that we can go back!

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vipPhilipS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Obviously unprepared for the demand on reopening. But taking too many bookings for the space - or filling it with walk ins - is not ok. Poorly trained person at check in didn’t help. Slow service - had to ask numerous times for bread. Drinks took forever and minuscule when they arrived. Food was ok.

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vipSherryB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice setting and very good service. 😀

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vipFlandrien
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice place for dinner and music on Frida nights. Food is tasty and fresh.

RP
vipRogerPierre
San Francisco
92 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still our go to French Bistro in California!

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vipabbas
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Mussels were ok, i would not order them again. A few tasted weird . It’s usually my favorite
The tar tar was really good.

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vipSfnative45
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfect place to meet up with friends and dine outside!
Not only is the food good, the ambience “ takes you away” and you forget that you are close to home.
Wait staff is excellent. We were a long time at lunch - 2+ hours - and we were never rushed. Our waiter just kept refreshing our water glasses. Thank you, Left Bank, for providing us with a wonderful experience!

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Leila
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This location is always wonderful, even after Covid.

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EightiesChild
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good was great. Music was awesome. Nicolas Perez was amazing on the piano. Service was lacking. Server disappeared for long periods of time. Too bad, I would have had more cocktails.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a good meal and conversation with friends. Everything was quick but didn’t feel rushed.

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DRosatiWines
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It is our neighborhood go to restaurant! We have enjoyed all our meals there.

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CarolS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience4

My dinner partner had a most delicious nicoise salad I, sadly, ordered the French onion soup. It was not good. I ate it because I was hungry, and it was cold, but I wish I had sent it back. It was a tiny bowl. The cheese was overdone (as in WAY too much) as was the french bread. I will never order it again, unless something is done to improve it, markedly.

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MaryS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a really lovely evening outside with friends. Left Bank has done a great job of creating a cozy ambience with lighting and heaters. There was even live music coming from next door. We dressed warm and found it very comfortable. For once, it didn't feel like you were sitting on the tarmac for dinner. Food was wonderful for a variety of palates (vegan, vegetarian and meat lover) and the cocktails are really the next level.

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LoLo
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always it was a great experience. Friendly and professional staff and truly delicious food.

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mjka
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening listening to the sweet songs performed by Laurent and his musicians and enjoying our wine and the delicious French Onion soup!

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vipCarol
San Francisco
71 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This was our first outdoor dining this spring during the pandemic. Carlos, our server was excellent! He was efficient, had a sense of service in delivering our drinks and courses and our dinner was delicious! Unfortunately, it was a raw, cold evening and I was cold. I wished that we had two heaters.

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vipSamS
San Francisco
65 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Very small menu, relatively quiet inside..no buzz. Was wet and cold outside.
We ordered the Cheeses fondue which was good on a cold evening, the Trout Almandine is always great, the sausage with potatoes was a disappointment. The fries were good but prefer thick cut ones

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vipSFCouple
San Francisco
71 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service as usual.

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RWCGal
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

As expected, the classic French dishes like mussels and duck were great! The brussels sprouted were wonderfully charred so they had a great, smoky flavor. The salads were beautiful. Service was slow with us needing to wait a bit before the waiter came for our drink order. Perhaps they are working out the kinks with the return of their staff. We sat inside and were a bit cold so I recommend dressing warmly regardless of whether you are seated inside or out. All in all it was nice to have dinner there and I would do it again.

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vipyuck
Palm Springs
18 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Escargot & Steak Tartare were incredible!

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vipDKSR
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A neighborhood delight. It is so easy to dine there. Pleasant locale. Lovely helpful people. Very good bistro food. We always enjoy our time at LB Menlo Park!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. The staff were very attentive!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

First time dining inside in months, and Left Bank was a great choice. Such a big, high-ceiling room with lots of space around the few tables. We had a booth so it was like our own room! The food and drink was delivered promptly and well-prepared. Love their French fries! Very nice menu.

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vipLLBB
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delighted to eat indoors but it was cold inside. Almost wished we were outside under a heater.

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fluff
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place. delicious food - just like France, but, to get a cocktail S L O W

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Carole
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place for brunch. Heat lamps and nice outdoor seating.

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oldmoms
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Left Bank has mastered the outdoor dining experience. The food and service are equally good. The seating is very comfortable and the tables are the required six feet apart. I hope the croque monsieur becomes a staple on the menu--it was delicious!

JC
vipJohnnyC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

thanks for a great meal in an excellent outdoor setting; 5 stars on the meal if the salad lyonnaise had been dressed :)

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CasualDiner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food was just warm. We went to La Boheme on California Ave and ordered similar food, which was miles better than Left Bank: more tasty, hotter temperature and stayed hot for a much longer time -- similar outside temperature. We would not go back to Left Bank.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & service. So nice to enjoy live music on the patio while we ate.

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Manga
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With Covid restrictions, we dined outdoors in an area designated for distancing safely, and I found it delightful, warm and very pleasant.

The menu was excellent, and the live music was over the top! It was a very lovely evening.

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vipPollyH
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Everything was great but the slow service. It was very hard to get the attention of our server who basically ignored us. Loved the sausage dish and the European atmosphere.

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You can order delivery directly from Left Bank Menlo Park using the Order Online button. Left Bank Menlo Park also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 473-6543.

Left Bank Menlo Park is rated 4.5 stars by 2158 OpenTable diners.

Left Bank Menlo Park does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://leftbankmenlopark.cardfoundry.com.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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