Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 2.02mi
  2. Distance: 2.45mi
  3. Distance: 2.69mi
  4. Distance: 2.73mi
  1. Distance: 2.02mi
  2. Distance: 2.45mi
  3. Distance: 2.69mi
  4. Distance: 2.73mi

Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 2.02mi
  2. Distance: 2.45mi
  3. Distance: 2.69mi
  4. Distance: 2.73mi
  1. Distance: 2.02mi
  2. Distance: 2.45mi
  3. Distance: 2.69mi
  4. Distance: 2.73mi

About Parkside Grille

Rustic Elegance In Beautiful Portola Valley. Nestled Among Towering Redwoods.

884 Portola Road A-1
Portola Valley, CA 94028
View Larger Map

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm

Cross Street:
Westridge

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 529-9007

Website:
http://parksidegrille.com/

Entertainment:
Seasonal Live Music.

Catering:
Offering private dinners.

Parking Details:
Free parking.

Executive Chef:
Yanni Sarakosta

Private Party Facilities:
We offer two Private Rooms which can accommodate up to 55 people.

Private Party Contact:
Bill Petkopoulos: (650) 529-9007

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Parkside Grille Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (36)
Great for Outdoor Dining (27)
Casual (26)
See All
Worth the Drive (20)
Great for Lunch (18)
Good for a Date (17)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Comfort Food (15)
Special Occasion (13)
Cozy (12)
Bar Seating (12)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Authentic (10)
Romantic (10)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Business Meals (6)
Fun (6)
Healthy (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Scenic View (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Seasonal (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
People Watching (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
Sort by
S
813 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Paleo Friendly
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Romantic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service4
value3

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 26, 2017

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

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on October 22, 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.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience3
service4
value1

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 17, 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.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

This was our third time at this restaurant. We did get water and bread right away, but no waiter. We were put in a back room which was fine, since it was pretty quite back there, but then another party was seated and the waiter took them prior to us. After his third time he came in I got his attention and he had one of the other waiters take care of us. That waiter was kind of cold to us initially but by the end of the meal he was nicer. I pointed out that it was my boyfriends birthday both on open table and to the waiter but nothing was done. Food is very good, wine list is good. Service was ok.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service3
value4

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

A great local, low key place with delicious food! I have never been disappointed. Their goat cheese appetizer and bread are standouts.

Tags: Special Occasion, People Watching, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Afternoon Coffee, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Paleo Friendly, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Good for Groups, Healthy, Vegan
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Parkside Grille is a favorite. Diverse menu with reliably tastey selections!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

I had rigatoni w/ prawns which was good, not fabulous. my guest had a hamburger which she enjoyed a lot.
the mixed drinks were great and the service wonderful. It's such a pretty spo amongst the redwoods, i always enjoy it there.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 27, 2017

The tempura avocado dish was innovative and I am glad I tried it, even though the tempura batter overwhelmed the taste of the avocado (which I love). My salmon was perfectly done. My companions all said their meals were perfect. We ate outside on a nice evening and had good conversation, something not always true in many indoor restaurants. One special note: Francesca, our waitress, was efficient, charming, and knew the wine list well---she deserves special commendation. Too bad she works only on Sunday and Thursday nights (we asked). The Parkside Grill is our local secret, so I am afraid I may have made it harder for locals to get a table at the last minute. Sorry.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 27, 2017

I love going to the Parkside Grille. The food is always good, the service was great and we sat outside under the redwoods and it was lovely.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Romantic, Cozy, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Comfort Food
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Always a favorite!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service4
value4

 
·Dined on September 23, 2017

Usually have a better experience here. Most of the food was good but, having finally tried the Parkside Burger, I was very disappointed. Ordered medium-well hoping to get a nice charred flavor on the outside and pretty tender meat on the inside, but it came out as a very very dry hockey-puck. The waiter asked how it was and I said "pretty dry!" and his only response was a quick laugh and "well, enjoy...."

I certainly wouldn't order a steak medium-well but, with hamburgers, you usually get a nice thin char with a juicy inside; unfortunately, that wasn't the case this time.

The deep-fried avocado with arugula salad certainly was a good starter though. And the complimentary bread is absolutely perfect.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service2
value2

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Delicious food, friendly service, welcoming ambiance, love this "neighborhood" spot. A fave!

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Healthy, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We always enjoy Parkside Grille! Great food and wonderful people.

Tags: Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating, Fun, Casual, Business Meals, Romantic, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, People Watching
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Enjoyed another evening at the Parkside Grill which this last time was wonderfully complimented by fantastic service by Nancy who perfectly combines attentive care without being bothersome. She doesn't over do it. Really like her style.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

The Grille was awfully loud, and the service awfully slow, on this occasion -- whoich has not been the case, in the past. We asked for a quieT, small table by the window but instead, were put in the middle oif a VERY loud room with (apparently) only one waiter (who has help in delivering what was ordered).

Tags: Casual
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience2
service2
value2

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Nice outdoor seating. Waiter was good at recommending gf and dairy free items. However after I gave my gf&df my meal came with chees all over the top! I had to send it back and it took awhile for a new dish to come out. Service was spotty mostly slow.

Tags: Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Gluten Free Options
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service3
value2

 
 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Was hoping for AC....was a very hot day

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on August 27, 2017

Delicious dinner; delightful atmosphere on the patio amidst the redwoods. Perfect for a relaxed evening with friends

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Casual, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service4
value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Been here a couple times, my 1st time here was a good experience. It was for lunch with a group. The food was good and nothing out of the norm. My second and probably my last time coming here was a joke. The food was good BUT the service was trash.

1. We got awkwardly stared down by the servers, patrons and what I assume was the owner of the place
2. The server kept looking out the window every time he addressed us (maybe 1-2x during the entire evening).
3. Furthermore, server rarely came back to ask how things were and if we needed anything. We needed a bit more help because we were dining as a family including little ones.
4. Server forgot appetizer plate and brought our dinner out and realized there was no space on the table for it because he had not cleared our previous table.
5. Overall, unfriendly and awkward experience that leaves me with the impression that I should not return, ever. The food is not worth the bad service.

Caution, if you have a family...dine elsewhere. If you are looking for culture (real Italian food) dine elsewhere. Otherwise, this place would be good for a girls night out or just for happy hour/drinks.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service1
value2

 
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Great neighborhood spot for a family birthday celebration. Blue cheese mashers with flat iron steak was delicious.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Cozy, Bar Seating
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service3
value3

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 13, 2017

remarkably bad service from start to finish. we were seated then ignored for quite a while. every time waiter came by, he made is clear that he had no interest in anything other than speaking quickly and moving us along.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service1
value2

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Always a treat to bring friends here, or enjoy a nice dinner for two.

Tags: Fun, Quiet Conversation
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Wonderful food, nice service.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 12, 2017

We have enjoyed the Parkside for several decades(through several owners) and have always had satisfactory(or excellent) meals. Service has always been very good. Present owner seems to have a more adventurous menu than in former days -- interesting selections. We are always happy to come the short distance from Palo Alto to this rewarding restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Sunday Lunch, Paleo Friendly, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service4
value4

 
·Dined on August 9, 2017

It was very nice. Good ambiance, food and location!

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Cozy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 8, 2017

The food was very good. However, they did not have enough filet mignons, even though it was one of their specials, so one person had to have a New York Steak. The service was a little slow.

We have been to the Parkside Grille many times. The food and service are consistently very good. It is a nice local spot.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Cozy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service3
value3

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 7, 2017

In general very good, but kitchen staff seems to enjoy making as much noise as they possibly can when stacking plates and platters for washing.

Tags: Comfort Food
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value3

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 6, 2017

We sat outside and enjoyed a delicious and leisurely meal with friends.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Organic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Enjoyed a lovely summer evening outdoors with good privacy and a very manageable ambient noise level. The food was very good with a lovely selection of seasonal specials. Service was the weakest link...little consistency to the wait persons tending the table and a sense that we were a nuisance, being outdoors and away from the fray.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service2
value4

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 9, 2017

The food was delicious and the server was very professional with to entrees and wine list. We had a wonderful experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Excellent food as always. The baked goat cheese appetizer is a must even for those who don't think they like got cheese. Plenty for four. Lamb and steak meals especially good.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Have reviewed this place several times. No significant change. Do not wish to repeat.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service4
value3

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 7, 2017

LOVELY PLACE FOR LUNCH AND WONDERFUL SERVICE. THE STAFF REMEMBERS REGULARS AND ALWAYS SAYS HELLLO

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 6, 2017

We love the Parkside Grill. Best casual elegance on the peninsula.

Tags: Healthy, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Scenic View
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 6, 2017

We always love Parkside Grille. We just built a house in PV and have enjoyed eating there during the 3 year building process! Looking forward to many more great meals.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Healthy, Authentic, Quick Bite, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 30, 2017

We ordered a bottle of wine & the waiter got busy & it took 20 minutes before he came back. I raised my hand to get his attention as he went back & forth but to no avail. Why don't you have a tag team for busy times?
The waiter didn't even apologize when he finally took our order. We have been there several times before with "ok" service. I will not make a reservation again.
This inquiry reminds me to leave feedback on Yelp, too.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service1
value2

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.