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My first visit was quite enjoyable. Menu was appealing and service prompt. Our server gave us plenty of time to settle in and chat. Food was delicious and well portioned. Nice place I will visit again!
I love the diverse menu at Martin's West. We never leave disappointed. The Scotch Eggs are a rare treat. They make their own sausage for the charcuterie platter, and it's delicious. The bar offers a variety of whiskies including bourbon, scotch, and Irish varieties. It's a great place for food and drink you might not find everywhere.
Having moved from London, we missed our local pub until we found Martin's West. It take gastropub to a new level with upscale takes on Scottish & British favourites. A deconstructed chicken & leek pie consisted of a chicken leg on top of creamy leeks, baby carrots, and more delicious vegetables and topped with a square of fluffy, golden pastry.
Our must-have starter is the Scotch quail's eggs - the sausage is delicious and yolks are always the perfect, slightly runny, consistency. Our latest trip we also tried the haggis "corndog" bites - delicious!!
Their cocktails are creative and the staff are always happy to customize wherever they can (adding a Scotch egg to the portion because we were a table of 4 or mixing a Pimm's Cup for me as a specialty cocktail request).
It was extremely loud. Food portions were small and really nothing special.
Went for a quick post movie meal. Food was good - the pot pie was unique and the Brussel sprouts nicely prepared. Our experience was that the service was a little slow, especially as it did not seem very busy. We would have enjoyed it a lot more if we could hear each other talk. It looks like the front room may be better for conversation.
Food is a bit expensive for what it is. Generally good though. Cocktail selection is fun
First time visit and while the menu posted on Open Table was VERY different from what was offered, we found a few items to pick on.
Entering on time we were swiftly seated and it took a good 5 minutes before our server addressed us, welcoming us and asking for our drinks and appetizer orders....
Once placed another 5 minutes before Drinks arrived (glass of red and a draft).
First up: Oysters on the Half Shell.
Oysters placed on a coolant (slush) ice with two slices of lemons.
Judging from the dry surface on both Oyster and Lemon sliced there were not freshly prepared, but rather that afternoon for then to be cold stored until ordered up.
1/2 Dozen for $16.00. Not worth it.
Smoked Duck Rillette:
Good, Tasty, a little salty but a good combo with the toasted baguette slices
Deep fried, dark, tasty yet mushy inside.
Cod and Clam
Cod was tiny but tasty. Clams OK.
Fish & Chips
Load of fish which were freshly fried.
First piece was fantastic.
Second piece was very undercooked, soggy and raw pretty much.
Tandoori Fries w/tamarind Ketchup was wonderful.
All in all an “OK” experience and as usual I am giving a restaurant a couple of tries and we decided that we would come back.
Bare brick and tall ceilings do NOT go well together.
The room is extremely loud, and while the two-tops are narrow and deep, people almost need to yell at each other to have a conversation.
Highly suggest to invest in acoustic panels to kill noise.
Go to 31st Union in San Mateo as reference as they did a great job addressing same challenges.
Interesting items on the menu, but I don’t think I ordered the right thing. I had the sautéed snapper sandwich, which sounded healthy, but the bun was way too bready and big. It would have been nice to have a whole wheat bun that didn’t have so much bread. I will try the shrimp salad next time. Many of the menu items sounded like they included Middle Eastern spices, which was appealing. The catsup included with my French fries must have been homemade and was nice. The ambiance is very casual and like a pub. It could have been nicer for the prices, which were a little high.
Our server was very nice. Lamb burgers delicious and french press coffee a nice touch
a great Tuesday night place to get good food in a casual environment.
Very good cocktails, the food was rather oily. Deserts were fantastic. Quick and friendly service.
This is a nice pub. The homemade pickles (both an app and also sides/toppings with entrees) are the star of the show. My lamb burger was delicious, but my friend was disappointed that the carmelized onions promised with his burger were cooked in, losing the appeal.
Not appropriate for our age group (80+). Way too noise!
Not fault of restaurant !
I've never had a better martini! The food was flawless. Came out hot and everything was excellent! Couldn't of found a way to improve upon it... Went twice in one week...
We had a larger group (7) and were seated towards the back of the restaurant, which was great. The service was a bit confusing, however as the waitress was taking appetizer orders from half of us, main dish orders from the rest, so the food was coming out in fits and bursts.
I ordered the chicken and waffles. The chicken is cooked in a sous vide method and the waffles were savory with herbs in them. Rather than syrup, the sauce was a savory sauce that I could not even begin to describe but was not delicious at all, and my food was room temperature at best.
My daughter ordered the fish and chips, and they tasted fine. The dessert menu pricing did not match up with the pricing in the hand out menus so there was some confusion there. This is a good place if you're interested in a mediocre attempt at being different and delicious, I've given it a few chances, and really am not interested in coming back.
Real nice servers, but not attentive once the initial order was taken. We waited forever for drink refills, the opportunity to order more bites and drinks, dessert menus, and the check. Scouting missions came up empty at times because we didn't know where the servers or the manager were hanging out. Maybe that's just the deal on a slow-ish Monday night. Everything else was awesome.
Overall the cocktails were good and the beef and lamb burgers were really good. The meat was really good quality, good size and actually cooked to medium rare! My date had the Black Pearl (rum) and I had the JNF (mescal). His was very good; mine was nondescript. Mine needed a better presentation. Came in a tall glass, no decoration. Needs improvement in these times of unique cocktails. Both had a good amount of alcohol. When we arrived it took a bit long to get waited on but she was very good after the initial introduction. We had reservations at 6:15 so it was quiet enough to have a conversation. By 7:00 a party of 18-20 had arrived and the noise level naturally rose. Decently priced, very casual, kid friendly.
The food was creative and delicious. The chicory salad was delightfully refreshing and a nice counterpoint to the savory bonemarrow starter. We ordered a wide variety of starters and one entree, the duck - which was tender and juicy, to make an eclectic, fulfilling fall meal for the entire table of 4. I highly recommend this neighborhood gem and look forward to sampling their burger next time.
I've been going to Martins West for years now and it is a local fave. Whether on a date with my hubbie, dinner and cards with my kids, a drink and quiet lunch by myself, it's at the top of my list. The food is creative and the environment spirited.
The food and cocktails were great. We had the porcini croquettes, charred carrots, cauliflower fritters and shepherd pork pie. All were quite good with out of the ordinary presentations and spices. The desserts were excellent also. Will definitely go back. Service was very efficient and friendly.
Waiter had no idea what was on the menu, recommending items that weren’t there. They were then out of an item that was on the menu, after he recommeded that as well, and then charged for it anyway. The cauliflower fritters were too greasy/oily to detect any presence of cauliflower.
This place is excellent for amazing craft cocktails and appetizers. It is ideal for happy hour (4-6pm). The dinner entrees are kinds meh.
Creative menu. Great service!!! Staff is friendly and has been well-trained. They care about doing a good job.
Jacob is an excellent bartender!! Thinks outside the box.
Perfect for pre and post movies in downtown Redwood City
Always very energetic, a lot of drinks to choose from, and great food!
The food was well prepared with a different use of spices and ingredients not normally seen. The presentation was very nice and the taste/quality was wonderful. A definitely worthwhile visit which will happen again.
Service is excellent. Our waitress and other servers that assisted our table were very diligent and prepared to take care of us.
We visited Martin's West based on a review on KQED's Check Please. Unfortunately, we were greeted by a surely hostess which did not set a good tone. However, our server was very friendly and attentive. They have an interesting cocktail menu, my wife and I both were pleased with our choices. The pickled vegetables and dungenes deviled eggs were very tasty appetizers. We both had fish and chips...the batter on the fish was very light, similar to a tempura. The ambiance was nice, but nothing special. Overall, we enjoyed the food and would return if we were already in the area.
Overall, we had a nice time at Martins West. The cocktails are great, and their food is creative and fun. It's a very, very loud place, though, so not ideal for a date or intimate conversation. We were also surprised at how understaffed they were for a Friday evening. Our poor server had a large area/number of tables. She handled it well, but service was very slow.
Way too noisy! There was a table behind us with kids running around. I think in deference to safety I would think mgmt would develop the nerve to speak to the parents of these little darlings. What does it take? A tray of plates and food dumped on some child's head?
The Happy Hour menu and drinks were great. The main course was completely on point. Hadn't been here in a while, the kitchen has truly stepped their game up! Well done Martins West! Well done!
This is one of our favorite restaurants in Redwood. Great history, nicely decorated, food was fantastic! Only change I would consider was service. We got our salad when our meal was done because they forgot and the staff seemed stressed out. This wouldn't stop me from returning, its simply a great location and I've had great times here. I just hope next time it's less stressful on staff as this does effect how customers feel.
We came for my boyfriend's 30th birthday. It was a nice evening and great poutine.
I have been a loyal costumer since they first opened years ago. I am now starting to withdraw my loyalty. I love the food. I love the spirits and wine. I love that I can take my teenager and toddler here. The last three times I have come in for dinner (over a year-long period), the services is becoming worse and worse. It shouldn't take 30 minutes to order food (appetizers included). A second drink should be offered long before the end of the entree in order to keep up alcohol sales. The place is loud. It is hard to have a conversation over dinner, so that last few times I have brought near-and-dear guests, I find I am apologizing for the service. Martin's needs to step up service (as it used to have in the beginning) or loose fiercely loyal clientele , like myself.
First time here since the owner change. It was just as good if not better than it used to be. A little loud, but that masked the screams of my children. No kids menu, but my kids don't really eat from a kids menu often, I just give them parts of my food.
All in all it was great!
Great gastropub in Redwood City. My hubby and I enjoyed a fabulous meal before a movie. The Mac 'N Cheese was delicious as was the steak & frites. The frites were meant to be tandoori spiced but couldn't taste any unique flavor to them. The ambiance was nice and cozy, though the space is quite big. The portions were more than enough. The cocktails were okay though their whiskey selection is extensive. My husband ordered a sazerac that came out too sweet, and even upon asking for it to be less sweet for the 2nd round, it was still too sweet. My Martins Mule was decent. I enjoyed my wine more. I'd go back and recommend to others.
Great place to eat before watching a movie nearby. Wonderful cocktails and elevated American staples.
Very noisy, lively good bar scene, not the place for a quiet conversation- food average, good service but overall nothing memorable.
I am a long-time customer of Martins. They are as good as ever, which is amazing!