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Parkside Grille

848 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem (37)
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Rustic Elegance In Beautiful Portola Valley. Nestled Among Towering Redwoods.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Californian, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(650) 529-9007
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Yanni Sarakosta
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Private party facilities
We offer two Private Rooms which can accommodate up to 55 people.
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Private party contact
Bill Petkopoulos: (650) 529-9007
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Offering private dinners.
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Cross street
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Parking details
Free parking.
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Seasonal Live Music.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 848 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.5  based on recent ratings
Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Hammy (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Very noisy Hard to talk across the table. Energetic is not a good substitute for very noisy.

culinaryexplorers (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

We dined on xmas eve. We were sat next to the kitchen door stuck in a corner. I wonder if the reason was because we reserved over Open Table, thus we get the kitchen door table? Nonetheless, we do like the overall ambiance of the restaurant. Lively, warm, good clientele. Our waiter greeted us with "what do you want to drink?". Not happy holidays, hello, welcome, how are you, like he greeted the table next to us. They must have been regulars. An unfortunate start but we wrote it off as he was perhaps disgruntled that he was working the day before xmas. The table next to us was offered Prime Rib as a special. We were not. When I inquired as to the reason why we were not offered the special, our waiter indicated that when we sat down, there wasn't prime rib. When the table next to sat down 15 minutes later, there was. The table was set very simply with salt and pepper shakers, nothing festive considering it was xmas eve. We liked the varied menu with some creative choices. My date ordered a pasta dish that was tasty until the parmesan cheese was added, then the overall flavor was salt. My crab and avocado Cesar was very good with a generous amount of ingredients. We had to ask for fresh ground pepper for my salad and parmesan for the pasta. There was one gentlemen, perhaps the Manager or owner, that warmly greeted certain parties, although we were not on that inclusive list.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Excellent service. Food is always good, not amazing, but consistent. Loud but has character and local flair.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

Always a great meal. Best part of PSG is the menu. Varied and good. Never know what to get because I like so many things they have.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

Had lunch here with 2 friends. One friend ordered the fried oyster sandwich and she enjoyed it very much. Apparently she typically orders it when dining here. I ordered the Chilli Releno, as did my other friend. It was covered in the most revolting looking gelatinous sauce that I had to scrape off. The Chilli Releno was stuffed with chicken cubes - rather than cheese. Very odd. The batter surrounding the Chilli was paper thin and slid off into the revolting sauce when I sliced into the chili.

My friend enjoyed her Chilli Releno - I did not enjoy mine at all.

We ordered the warm apple strudel with vanilla gelato for dessert. It tasted stale.

The last time that I ate at this restaurant, I enjoyed my meal. This time, I thought the food was awful and I will not return. The parking situation was dreadful and I had to park at the local library - about 1/4 mile away.

vipMamanee (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 12, 2017

Very good food but was short staffed and rushed. They rushed us because they were short staffed. Was not attended to at all. Had to ask for everything we needed which consisted of bread and more hot water. Expected better service. Food excellent.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 8, 2017

Wonderful food but squeezed into small table with limited access and egress due to another table much too close to ours.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 6, 2017

This restaurant was highly recommended to me by a friend and the next time I got together with a girlfriend I couldn't wait to try it. I was not one bit disappointed! Pleasant ambiance and wait staff, quick service yet we were never rushed. We enjoyed a delicious lunch over a leisurely hour and an half. I will definitely return and would like to take my husband here for dinner!

SueLosAltos (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

We really enjoy going to Parkside Grill for special meals with friends, both local and out of town. We enjoy the extensive menu and the Greek touch. I think we enjoy the starters and appetizers more than the entrees! But everything is interesting. Don’t go for the standard beef dishes - opt for the items that require the chef’s touch!

4.0  Dined on November 22, 2017

Returned here after more than one year, the food was delicious and the wines paired well. Started the evening out with the baked goat cheese. One of the advantages of this prep is that it can be made to taste several ways. If you like olives there are olives to add to the feta, if you like sundries tomato’s you can add those, there are also favs beans you can combine so this was a good appetizer. There was plenty of it so two could enjoy it.
Then we cHose to share the lamb chops, medium rare. Paired those with a Mendocino Malbec, delicious! Finally the flourless chocolate cake, again withMalbec, also a double espresso. Delightful!
A fitting return to a restaurant that has improved during my absence.

Good4Dinner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on November 18, 2017

The food was very tasty. Two disappointments - they don't sell Champagne by the glass and they noise level is high.

vipCatCh2 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 17, 2017

The food was usual. The goat cheese appetizer was scrumptious! This place never disappoints.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 3, 2017

Great food and service, without pretensions. Lively atmosphere in a casual country setting. Just a great way to have a fun relaxing evening after a long week.

vipNordicsLtd (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 3, 2017

Outstanding ambience, staff and food. Great selection and staff is very hospitable. Wine selection solid.

vipFoodie (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on October 27, 2017

We went here for Halloween, and the food was OK, though we only had a few dishes. The service was very attentive. We had a good time at the Halloween party, and plan to return next year, and we hope they will have more parties. New Year’s Eve would be a good occasion.

Happy4Xanh (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 27, 2017

I have been here 20 times at least and have introduced many friends to this lovely restaurant. My friends and I have had many wonderful meals here. Parkside has many loyal regulars as well.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on October 27, 2017

Slow service

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 25, 2017

We love Parkside Grille - a neighborhood gem. Friendly service, good food, great atmosphere, and neighborhood appeal. Owner is always on site.

2ThumbsDown (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on October 21, 2017

After having enjoyed lunch here several times, I was excited to bring a group of friends for dinner. Unfortunately, it was a disappointing experience. The food overall was sub-par for the high price point. One dish was under-seasoned, another was poorly plated and looked very amateurish, while yet a third had an overly generous portion of gravy which detracted from its appeal. The fried avocado appetizer was terrible. Only the ahi tuna was deemed a winner. Very sorry to have had such a disappointing experience. :-( It is also quite loud at night which may not be appreciated by all guests. On a positive note, the staff were attentive and helpful, and they have a good wine list.

Jules (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 16, 2017

Cozy, reasonable parking nestle in Portola Valley - just a lovely spot. A bit dark to wend your way out of back to Hiway 280 if you are not familiar with the surroundings (or even if your) - deer and other critters around. However the intimacy of this smallish restaurant and the generous menu selection makes it worth the trip.